Category: Kate Snodgrass

Snodgrass and Lopez in ‘Dream Boston’

July 6th, 2020 in Alums, Blog, Kate Snodgrass, Melinda Lopez, new plays, short plays

BPT Artistic Director Kate Snodgrass and Adjunct Assistant Professor Melinda Lopez have plays featured in Huntington Theatre Company’s new audio series Dream Boston, which asked playwrights to “imagine their favorite locations, landmarks, and friends in a future Boston, when we can once again meet and thrive in our city.” Listen

Snodgrass receives 2019 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education

May 9th, 2019 in Alums, awards, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, boston university, Kate Snodgrass

BPT Artistic Director and MFA Program Director Kate Snodgrass was among those honored on May 8 during the final faculty meeting of the year. Dean Stan Sclaroff and Acting Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policies Arianne Chernock honored the winners of this year's CAS teaching awards.

"Professor Snodgrass has helped make BU the premiere site for graduate training in playwriting that it is today. Professor Snodgrass’s students praise her for her honest feedback, eagerness to treat them as peers, and tireless efforts to help them realize their professional ambitions. Yet what truly distinguishes Professor Snodgrass’s teaching is her commitment to community-building."

Congratulations, Kate!

When the Rubber Meets the Road

March 6th, 2019 in Alums, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Dramatists Guild, Gary Garrison, Kate Snodgrass, new plays

We are honored to be featured in the new issue of The Dramatist, in a piece written by Visiting Professor of Playwriting Gary Garrison:

I've written three fan letters in my life: one to the Monkees when I was ten years old (I had a mad crush on Micky Dolenz), one to Lucille Ball when I was fourteen years old and now at a considerably older age, this article-as-fan-letter to Kate Snodgrass and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) at Boston University. Having lived as long as I have and worked in a variety of academic/professional training programs, I know how training programs in the arts should be, what they should focus on pedagogically, how they should train writers (or actors, designers, directors), what their faculty should be and how they should prepare their artists for the career ahead of them—all this while maneuvering big dreams through limited resources. So, what distinguishes BPT from similar training programs (those found at Brown, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Northwestern and the University of Texas, for example)?

Read the full article

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2019 issue of The Dramatist.

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre: When the Rubber Meets the Road

March 6th, 2019 in Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Dramatists Guild, Gary Garrison, Kate Snodgrass, new plays, News & Press

From the March/April 2019 issue of The Dramatist

I've written three fan letters in my life: one to the Monkees when I was ten years old (I had a mad crush on Micky Dolenz), one to Lucille Ball when I was fourteen years old and now at a considerably older age, this article-as-fan-letter to Kate Snodgrass and Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (BPT) at Boston University. Having lived as long as I have and worked in a variety of academic/professional training programs, I know how training programs in the arts should be, what they should focus on pedagogically, how they should train writers (or actors, designers, directors), what their faculty should be and how they should prepare their artists for the career ahead of them—all this while maneuvering big dreams through limited resources. So, what distinguishes BPT from similar training programs (those found at Brown, Carnegie Mellon, NYU, Northwestern and the University of Texas, for example)?

Read the full article

Thank you…

May 7th, 2018 in Alums, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Boston Theater Marathon, Boston Theater Marathon XX, Deirdre Girard, Gary Garrison, Hortense Gerardo, Jack Neary, Jack Welch, Kate Snodgrass, Kirsten Greenidge, Laura Neill, luchadore, Melinda Lopez, Michael Towers, new plays, Pat Gabridge, Peter Floyd, Robert Brustein, Ronan Noone, Rosanna Yamagiwa, short plays

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...to everyone who made Boston Theater Marathon XX possible! See you next year!

Eclipse 2017

August 21st, 2017 in Blog, Eclipse 2017, Jeffrey Petersen, K. Alexa Mavromatis, Kate Snodgrass

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The entire country (seemingly) stood still for the eclipse today, and we made our own BPT-themed viewers to play along. We weren't in the path of totality, of course, but it was still pretty magical!

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BPT at GPTC

May 30th, 2017 in Abbey Fenbert, Alums, Blog, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Kate Snodgrass, Leo McGann, new plays, The Honey Trap

GPTC-Flogo-v1Two of our Playwriting alums—Abbey Fenbert (Intentions) and Leo McGann (The Honey Trap)—are at the Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) this week as part of PlayLab. Twenty-one PlayLabs are held throughout the Conference week with three staged readings running simultaneously. Playwrights receive feedback on their work from a panel of GPTC Guest Artists, as well as other local and national theatre artists and the general public.

Kate is also there as a Guest Artist, responding to plays! More

A note from Kate

March 17th, 2017 in Blog, Derek Walcott, Kate Snodgrass

“The king is going home.” from Omeros by Derek Walcott.

I am heartbroken. For those of us who knew and loved him, Derek's passing is a milestone in our lives—certainly it is in mine. And for the world, we have lost a needed presence, a gifted poet and playwright, a true literary giant. I try to express it, and words are not enough. For those of you who knew him and loved him, please feel free to contact me (ksnodgra at bu dot edu) or K. Alexa Mavromatis (kamavrom at bu dot edu). We will be happy to have your words on this blog. Sharing our grief allows us to be together, and that is everything in this moment. With warmest regards to you all.

—Kate

St. Lucia, January 23, 2017

January 24th, 2017 in Blog, Derek Walcott, Kate Snodgrass, St. Lucia, teaching

st_lucia_1Today I’m flying back to Boston from St. Lucia on Derek Walcott’s birthday—January 23. He is 87 years old today. I have been coming here for years on this week where the entire island celebrates his birthday with readings at the Governor’s House and with the “Nobel Speech”—this year given by Jamaica Kincaid. Many of Derek’s friends come from all over the world to celebrate with him as well—Esperanza from Spain, Mindy from China (via Los Angeles), Caz from North Carolina (via Yale and St. Kitts), Glyn and Marie-Cristina from Essex and London, Adriana and Martin from Transylvania and Canada, Michael from North Dakota. This year we are missing some stalwart visitors like Stephanos from Greece, Derek’s translator Matteo from Italy, John from New York, and many more. But all of us have become a staunch, if mismatched, team of celebrants, and Derek and his partner Sigrid traditionally take us to dinner, honor us with a boat ride up to Soufriere to have lunch near the active volcano at the Ladara resort (a honeymooners’ paradise where there are no confining walls, only spectacular views of the Pitons); then the return back up the coast to Castries with a late-afternoon stop for a dip in the Caribbean sea. More

Dohrn recipient of Horton Foote Prize

October 28th, 2016 in Alums, Blog, Kate Snodgrass, new plays, Zayd Dohrn

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Kate celebrates with Zayd

Playwright alum Zayd Dohrn was presented with the Horton Foote Prize for Promising New American Play (for his play The Profane) earlier this week. Full details can be found here. The Profane will receive its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons later this season. Congratulations!