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Theatre Artists Workshop

Calling all TAW playwrights!

Click the button below to check out TAW's new submission opportunity! TAW is producing an online only fundraising benefit that will feature new work from member playwrights. 

 

Click the button below to learn the details of this new submission opportunity!

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Dear Fellow Members and friends of TAW,

 

As you are aware, state and federal officials are advising the public to stay away from crowded places and events during the COVID-19 health crisis. To that end, Theatre Artists Workshop must remain dark until we are all given the green light to hold in person meetings once again. 

 

This means no Monday night meetings, no in-person rehearsals, and no in-person Board meetings. Also, our tenant, The Actor’s Gym, will not be meeting in the space. The Board will (virtually) reconvene weekly to reassess the situation and act accordingly. We will let you know as soon as any new decisions have been made. 

 

In place of this year's planned Spring and Fall fundraising events, TAW will be producing a special virtual playwright festival titled, "The Tawlight Zone" which will take place online only at the end of October. For more information as this production develops, and to submit your play, click here.

 

Please note that in order to do our part to maintain the health and safety of our community, there will be no access to the Workshop space until further notice. We will have the space undergo a deep cleaning before we return to the theater.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by reaching out to tawboardofdirectors@gmail.com. 

 

Thank you and may we all stay safe and healthy.

 

Sincerely,

The TAW Board of Directors

 

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 36 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 current home in the Masonic Lodge at 5 Gregory Blvd., East Norwalk 06855. It’s an intimate space with a floor-level stage and raised seating for eighty people: a perfect setting for the workshop and performance experience. The north wall is entirely taken up by an extensive and ever-expanding theatre library. These facilities are available 24/7 to all our dues-paying members for rehearsals, meetings, classes, private performances, etc., on a first-come-first-served basis. Members meet every Monday night for presentation and peer feedback.

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 Los Angeles 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

Our 90-seat theatre is in the Masonic Hall in East Norwalk, conveniently located near I-95 and the East Norwalk train station. We have a large parking lot and parking is free.​

Driving directions

Take I-95 to Exit 16. At the end of the ramp, turn right if coming from the south (NYC), left if coming from the north (New Haven). You will be on East Avenue. Follow the signs to Calf Pasture Beach, After the fourth traffic light, you’ll see a historic cemetery on the left. Go left, about halfway around the cemetery (this is a traffic circle). Almost immediately, you’ll see a fork in the road – a bank is on your right. Bear right onto Gregory Avenue. Straight ahead is the Masonic Hall (the brick building that houses TAW). Make an immediate left into the driveway of the theatre. Parking is in the back on the building.

By train

TAW’s theatre is a short walk from the East Norwalk Metro-North train station. The train station is on East Avenue – follow the driving directions from East Avenue – just on foot! Click here for the current train schedule.

Tel: (203) 854-6830 

theatreartistsworkshop@gmail.com 

Theatre Artists Workshop is located at 5 Gregory Blvd. Norwalk, CT

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