SigWorks is Signature Theatre’s program dedicated to developing the future of theater works and artists. Officially launched in 2015 with SigWorks: Monday Night Play Reading Series at Ali’s Bar, the program now includes SigWorks: Signature Theatre/Yale Composer Partnership, SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab, SigWorks: Musical Theater Director Workshop, SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writers Initiative, SigWorks: In the Schools and SigWorks: Dance Technique for Performers. The ever-growing umbrella of SigWorks programs demonstrates Signature’s ongoing commitment to initiatives which nurture writers, composers, performers, directors and productions.
Read about our programs below.
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings
Now Accepting Submissions for the 2020/21 Season
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings is an initiative which highlights and supports the work of DC-area playwrights. This series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment. Each reading will be followed by a dialogue with the audience and the artists.
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New work at Signature Theatre is sponsored by Dan and Gloria Logan.
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings 2019/20 Schedule
by Will Snider
Harish, a member of the minority Indian population in a small market town in Uganda, lives a modest life running a restaurant. When an openly gay Peace Corps volunteer comes to town looking for more than a meal, Harish’s comfortable routine is broken – and his life put in danger – in this simmering exploration of the limits of good intentions, the social disruption of Americans abroad and the menace that hides behind a smile.
by Vaughn Ryan Midder
Based on the beloved ‘90s cartoon, Hey Arnold!, Ay Gerald! flips the script to turn the spotlight on Gerald, Arnold’s African American best friend in their inner-city neighborhood. Despite his inseparability from his White best friend, Gerald finds his experiences are not the same as his peers, and he is forced to mature much more quickly in this dynamic robbing-of-age story about growing up Black without losing your joy.
The Story of Walter
by Audrey Cefaly
Walter, a recently single father to a spunky seven-year-old daughter, struggles to navigate the world of single parenthood with dating and learning to live again. The latest work by Audrey Cefaly (The Gulf) is a thoughtful, funny and quietly beautiful journey from loneliness and depression to hope and love – and what it means to be a family.
At the Full Yum
by Rahima Rice
Complete opposites Darecia and Jacob struggle to civilly co-parent their teenage son, Ohaji. When a riot that breaks out after a Black teenager is killed by police causes a lockdown, the two are trapped together in their Michigan Park neighborhood – with Ohaji nowhere to be found. The same night is then relived through an alternate reality in a thrilling and captivating reflection of DC – and those who call it home – outside the political bubble.
SigWorks in the Schools
Continuing Signature’s ongoing commitment to the rising generations of theater artists, SigWorks in the Schools focuses on burgeoning high school playwrights. Exclusively for Arlington Public Schools high school students, five young writers are chosen to go through a 5-session playwriting course led by a professional playwright, culminating in an evening of staged readings performed by professional actors.
SigWorks: Signature Theatre/Yale Composer Partnership
Signature’s newest SigWorks program supports the work of the next generation of musical theater writers through a partnership with Yale University and The Shen Family Foundation through its Ted & Mary Jo Shen Charitable Gift Fund. The partnership offers career-building opportunities for young composers who are either students of, or recent graduates of, The Shen Curriculum for Musical Theatre at Yale University. Promising Yale artists who have been involved in the Shen Curriculum will have the chance to develop their ideas, bringing new approaches and vitality to the genre.
SigWorks: Dance Technique for Performers
SigWorks: Dance Technique for Performers is a structured technique class focusing on style, storytelling, and personal artistry. Through a traditional warm-up combining yoga, isolations, ballet, and jazz, dancers will strengthen technique, followed by jumps and turns across the floor.
The class will be taught by Signature Artistic Associate and Resident Casting Director, Kelly Crandall d’Amboise, and a roster of guest artists including Broadway gypsies, visiting performers to the area and the Signature stage, and local artists. For more information, contact Kelly Crandall d’Amboise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SigWorks: Young Musical Theater Directors Workshop
Signature continues our commitment to supporting local talent with the SigWorks: Young Musical Theater Directors Workshop. The program consists of a two day workshop with Signature’s Artistic team about directing musical theater, enhanced productions, working with designers, budgets and a performance of a Signature musical.
SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab
SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab is a new developmental workshop that furthers our mission to promote new theatrical work. The creators of a selected original musical spend two intensive weeks working with Joe Calarco, Signature’s Director of New Works, refining their work, and the program culminates with public readings for the musical.
SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writers’ Initiative
Through a generous grant from The Jenna and Paul Segal Foundation, Broadway Producer Jenna Segal will sponsor a world premiere by a female playwright with a female director for the next five years through SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writer’s Initiative. The grant also gives Signature the resources to help playwrights secure second and third productions by bringing artistic directors from across the country to Signature during the run of their plays to meet with the playwright and plan for future productions of the work.
This program is named after acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter Heidi Thomas. Miss Thomas is the creator and executive producer behind the BBC’s Call the Midwife series and adapted the recent Broadway revival of Gigi directed by Eric Schaeffer and produced by Jenna Segal. Heidi’s award-winning theatrical work has been performed at the Liverpool Playhouse, the National Theatre Studio, The Almeida, Chichester Festival and Royal Court Theatres, the National Theatre of Norway, by the Women’s Playhouse Trust and by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her screenwriting has been acknowledged and awarded by BAFTA, the Emmys, The Writers Guild of Great Britain, Women in Film and Television UK, and the Royal Television Society.