Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Coming Up: Ingram New Works Festival

Ingram New Works Festival Reading of TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFEI'm very glad to share the dates for upcoming readings of my new play TOGETHER WE ARE MAKING A POEM IN HONOR OF LIFE as part of the 2014 Ingram New Works Festival with Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville.

WHERE: Tennessee Repertory Theatre / NPT Studio A
                 (161 Rains Avenue, Nashville, TN)
WHEN: Saturday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 13, at 7:00 PM

Also, check out this short interview on Tennessee Rep's Blog.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Short Play Readings: NYC, Nashville

My new short play THE END OF THE WORLD WILL COME WHILE I'M IN LINE is sweeping the nation! Check out two readings coming up. This play uses 3 actors to play 10 characters standing in a grocery store line on a Sunday evening. Existential thoughts seep in, and maybe we move forward, or maybe we're all waiting for something yet to come.

New York - The Drawing Board is reading a series of short plays highlighting the work of NYC playwrights.

WHERE: MEC - 825 Seventh Ave, 2nd floor. (Bring photo ID)
WHEN: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Nashville - Playhouse Nashville is reading a few new short plays over the course of two nights.

WHERE: Street Theatre Company (1933 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN)
WHEN: Sunday, February 9, and Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Saturday, January 18, 2014

New Play Symposium with Doug Wright

I'm honored to be spending the week working with Doug Wright as part of the Ingram New Works Lab with Tennessee Rep. Doug is a warm and generous mentor who is guiding our new play development process in a week-long symposium. At this early stage, with a play still finding its form, the help and experience of someone so seasoned is invaluable, and I am looking forward to the next steps.

Come check out his talk at Vanderbilt this Wednesday. Register here.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013


YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN a new play by Dean Poynor, published as part of the GPTC ReaderMy new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN has been published in the Great Plains Theatre Conference Reader: 2013 Mainstage. As one of only five plays selected, this new book highlights my work alongside other rising playwrights. It also represents the next step in the life of this play - with more to come.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

THE MORE BEYOND Workshop with The Drawing Board

I'm very excited to be diving into a workshop with The Drawing Board (NYC) to explore my new play THE MORE BEYOND. We had a great reading earlier this year and I am grateful to have the chance to take this next step, and hear the script in detail. I've partnered with director Joshua Gelb to bring scenes to life, and I'm looking forward to a great time.

A story of wreckage and recovery, this play follows an underwater treasure hunter from Key West, FL trying to find a sunken ship, and his own lost glory.

Cast: 33 characters played by 17m, 4f (plus chorus and a guitarist)
Locations: Multiple

Monday, October 14, 2013

Winner of Centre Stage New Play Festival

After an amazing week in Greenville, SC, I'm so happy that my new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN was chosen as the winner of the 2013 Centre Stage New Play Festival. Thanks very much to an amazing cast and director, Ahsha Daniels, who worked so hard to make this reading a challenging, enjoyable evening. We had an incredible audience response, and I was grateful for the chance to hear the play aloud, and learn more about this story.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ingram New Works Lab at Tennessee Rep

Dean Poynor selected as Ingram New Works Lab Playwright-in-Residence at Tennessee Repertory Theatre

I am thrilled to be selected as a Playwright-in-Residence with the Tennessee Repertory Theatre for their 2013-2014 Ingram New Works Lab. Over the next nine months, I'll be flying down to Nashville to develop a brand new play, culminating in their New Works Festival next May.

From their website:

"The Ingram New Works Lab is intended to be an artistic home for emerging playwrights to share work, hone craft, receive direction, and springboard themselves into the next phase of their writing career, providing a fertile environment for the emergence of great new plays."

With a mission statement like that, you can bet it will be a good time! I am very excited to work with these amazingly generous and supportive people. More to come.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Centre Stage Playwrights Festival

YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN a new play by Dean Poynor, selected for the Centre Stage New Play Festival, Greenville, SC.I'm thrilled to announce that my new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN has been selected for the 2013 Centre Stage New Play Festival in Greenville, SC. As one of only three plays selected, I will enjoy a week of workshop, rehearsal, and a formal presentation. This story has been a labor of love since the very beginning, and I am so glad to have the chance to share it with new audiences.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


My new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN will enjoy a Main Stage reading next week at the 2013 Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, NE. I've had a great time working with the director D. Scott Glasser and composer Mark Bruckner, and I'm very excited to share this new play.

UPDATE: Winner of the Holland New Voices Playwright Award

Friday, February 15, 2013

Reading with The Drawing Board

Midtown meets Key West this month in a reading of my new play THE MORE BEYOND with one of NYC's hottest theatre clans. The Drawing Board tackles meaty, challenging work, in an informal, collaborative setting, and I'm honored to be part of their schedule. Plus they have a roster deep enough to produce this reading - 34 characters! - without (almost any) double casting.

THE MORE BEYOND follows a Spanish treasure galleon in 1622 that sinks off the coast of Florida, and a modern-day treasure hunter from Key West as he tries to piece his life back together and find lost glory.

WHERE: MEC - 825 Seventh Ave, 2nd floor. (Bring photo ID)
WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Great Plains Theatre Conference Main Stage

My new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN was selected for a main stage reading at the 2013 Great Plains Theatre Conference this coming summer in Omaha. I'm humbled and honored to be selected for this event. Playwrights being featured this year include Erik Ehn who graciously advised me in the early stages of this project, and also Kate Snodgrass who encouraged and challenged me during the Summer Playwrights' Intensive at the Kennedy Center last year. It's gonna be a great week!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Reading at the Dramatists Guild

If you need a warm, dry, well-lighted place to spend a few hours on Friday evening, then come by The Dramatists Guild for their Friday Night Footlights series. My new play YOUNG NEGRESS STEPPING OUT OF THE RIVER AT DAWN will have a reading and I'd love to have you there. This play grew out of my experiences in Rwanda earlier this year. It shines a spotlight on the daily struggles of a small population of illegal immigrants living and working in the United States, as they seek to harmonize the demands of their own culture and traditions, with a new life far from home.

Donnetta Lavinia Grays - ALYZE
Owiso Odera - MARTIN
Jamyl Dobson - EDMOND
JoAnna Rhinehart - RONNIE

Our director is the lovely Mary Birnbaum.

WHEN: Friday, November 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM (promptly)
WHERE: The Dramatists Guild - 1501 Broadway, Suite 710