2011 Promise to be a great year!
2010 Eleven pieces by 9
playwrights, including five returning NWF Alums.
2009 Eleven new pieces were presented as
part of the NWF 09, including pieces from playwrights across the
country, student, professional playwrights and one full length
2007-2008 This year the NWF is expanding to integrate works
created by the Solo Performance class under the instruction of
Susan Hinshaw, and performed by the artists that created them.
Many of the Solo pieces created last year went on to perform in
venues through the LA area.
2006 brought an expanded submission process that included
accepting submissions from College students, faculty, and staff,
as well as the local community, and beyond. Additional
requirements for participation were specified: the work must be
original and previously unproduced; moreover, writers were
required to participate in the development/rehearsal process and
register for the production class.
In addition, the festival expanded to include a symposium, with
a panel discussion by some of LA’s leading playwrights and
directors. Coordinated by COC faculty member, Mark Salyer, the
inaugural symposium, “Creating New Theatrical Work in LA”
included playwright and Director of New Works at the Theatricum
Botanicum, Jennie Webb, playwright and screenwriter Mickey
Birnbaum, professional actress and playwright Katherine
Griffiths and director Randee Trabitz.
In 2005, under the direction of Associate Adjunct Theatre
instructor David Stears, the festival refocused on the
development process of the writer. With an expanded rehearsal
period, playwrights had an opportunity to hear and revise their
work before integrating the actors work into rehearsals.
In 2001, the New Works Festival
began as a partnership between the English Department and the
Theatre Department. Two faculty members, English instructor Kim
Gurnee and Theatre instructor Susan Hinshaw, wanted to offer an
expanded interdepartmental opportunity for students to improve
their writing and acting skills. The festival, which initially
was an outgrowth of classes and only open to current COC
students, was directed by adjunct Theatre instructor, Nancy