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Theatre Artists Workshop

What is TAW?

 TAW is designed as a safe place, a theatrical gymnasium, where theatre professionals hone their craft, stretch creative muscles, experiment, develop new plays, work with and get feedback from fellow actors, writers and directors away from the harsh glare of the public spotlight. Operating virtually only due to the pandemic, TAW is looking for a new physical home for when it is safe for theatre to reconvene.

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HISTORY

 

On Valentine’s Day, 1983, the first meeting of the Theatre Artists Workshop of Westport, Inc. was held. Founded by Keir Dullea and his wife, the late Susie Fuller, and based on the Los Angeles “Theatre East” workshop they had loved, TAW is designed as a safe place, a theatrical gymnasium, where theatre professionals hone their craft, stretch creative muscles, experiment, develop new plays, work with and get feedback from fellow actors, writers and directors away from the harsh glare of the public spotlight.

For 38 years, the Workshop has served its membership and audiences with that original vision still intact. Plays have been developed that have gone on to Broadway, Off-Broadway, Regional and even International production. Workshop performance and constructive critique have improved members’ skills, and led to new opportunities. Audiences attend readings of classic and original plays, scenes and stories at the workshop theatre, local libraries and cultural institutions.

Membership over the years has included names such as Lucille Lortel, Anne Baxter, Theodore Bikel, Phoebe Brand, Morton DaCosta, Sandy Dennis, Mia Dillon, Keir Dullea, Christopher Durang, Kevin Gray, Shirley Knight, Ring Lardner, Jr., James Noble, Jane Powell, Lee Richardson, Laura San Giacomo, and Brett Somers.

After several moves since 1983, TAW found its most recent home in the Masonic Lodge at 5 Gregory Blvd., East Norwalk 06855. Yet the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic had other plans. After 25 years in our Norwalk space, TAW has had to transition to a fully virtual community, and though not without pains, TAW has been thriving online. The search is on to find a new home that serves our membership and audiences just as well if not better than before. TAW looks forward to the spring/summer of 2021, when it is projected that it will be safe to meet in person again, and commence with live theatre. By this time, we hope to have found a wonderful new home, where members can meet every Monday night for presentation and peer feedback, have convenient access to rehearsal space throughout the week, and produce live theatre for our audience.

Membership in the Workshop is open to professional actors, writers and directors. Admission is by audition, script submission or by a substantial body of recognized professional work. 

TAW was founded in Westport, CT in 1983 by Susie Fuller, Keir Dullea, Haila Stoddard, Burry Frederick, Jerome Kilty, Whitfield Connor, Sydney Michaels, Patricia Englund, Chilton Ryan, James Mapes, Ann Clay, Louisette Michaels, and E. Katherine Kerr.

 

CONTACT

 

Tel: (203) 854-6830 

For general inquiries, email: theatreartistsworkshop@gmail.com 

To reach the board of directors, email: tawboardofdirectors@gmail.com

Theatre Artists Workshop is currently operating online-only.

Check back for updates as we search for a new physical home.

Theatre Artists Workshop is a 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit organization. 

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