MNCS has gone virtual! WTP’s first virtual session was on April 20th. See the calendar for more virtual MNCS opportunities.
Held on the first and third Monday of each month in the Little 5 Points Community Center, these sessions are free and open to theatre artists (please see the calendar for exact dates).
MNCS is our core play development program. WTP member playwrights may submit an excerpt of their work to be read by professional actors and critiqued in a moderated session. The feedback is provided by all who attend, both WTP members and affiliate artists. There are five MNCS moderators: Managing Artistic Director Amber Bradshaw, Associate Development Artist Rebekah Suellau, Mia Kristin Smith, Sofia Palmero and Christopher Hampton.
Pictured above: Scenes from MNCS in the Atlanta Children’s Theatre 2019.
Photo credit: Danyale Taylor
This community has been energizing for me. It’s stimulating for me as an artist to be around like-minded people that are committed to the craft”. -Dana Stringer, WTP Playwright
HOW TO SUBMIT
Once you’re an official member of WTP, you’ll receive an email every two weeks from the Managing Artistic Director requesting submissions for MNCS. The Call for Submissions is sent out on Sunday evening, a full week before the session. That email will include a submission form and detailed instructions. Slots in MNCS are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis, and up to four pieces can be read and discussed in one night.
WHO CAN ATTEND
MNCS is open and welcoming to all theatre artists. We value a diversity of voices in the room and would love to have you join us. This is a service of WTP, so you must be a member to submit your work to be read.
IS IT FREE TO ATTEND?
We hold MNCS in the Atlanta Children’s Theatre in the Little 5 Points Community Center at 1087 Austin Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307. There is plenty of parking in back. When you walk in the entrance (as if you are going to Horizon Theatre), stay on the first floor and turn left, then head to the end of the hallway. The yellow door on the left is the Atlanta Children’s Theatre.
Zoom Guidelines for WTP Virtual MNCS
7pm Meeting Start
5 minute break
5 minute break
9pm Meeting end
WTP Golden Rules
For feedback and moderated dialogue
- Raise your Hand to Speak
- Snap if you agree
- Be constructive. Be courteous
- Avoid using the words “like” or “dislike”
- Avoid suggestions on how to re-write the play
- Be respectful to your fellow artists
MNCS Virtual Guidelines
- To ‘Raise Your Hand’ on this platform, please just raise your hand using jazz hands right next to your head so it can be seen in your video! You may also use the “raise hand” option in your chat room.
- ‘Snapping’ can be done through the chat room by typing “snap”. Or you can show your snap in your video.
- Please mute your speaker when you are not speaking. This helps with overall sound.
- Mute or turn off your camera when you take a break, leave the meeting or move somewhere else in your home. This can be a distraction.
- Mute your camera and speaker during the readings. Unmute your video for feedback and introductions.
- With this platform, we have less time and space than we are accustomed to. Please respect these limitations by collecting your thoughts before you speak and allow room for other voices.
Connection and Prep Assistance
- A strong WIFI signal is recommended. A hotspot may not be a strong enough connection.
- Re-start your computer and complete all updates ahead of the meeting time. This can sometimes be the cause of connectivity issues.
- Get on Zoom with us early to try it out and play around with the tools that you will find useful during the meeting.
- For example: Video and speaker mute buttons are at the bottom left of your zoom screen, change how you view the call at the top right hand corner (speaker view is recommended), and click on the chat room where you can chat with everyone or just one attendee privately.
- Test your speaker microphone and allow zoom to access your video (Allow!)
- Headphones are recommended for better sound quality