Theatre Artists Workshop
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.
Andrea Lynn Green and Cindy Hannah play Shelby and Miss Clairee, respectively, in Steel Magnolias at MTC. Running November 8th - November 24th. Tickets are available to purchase here.
Samantha Pattinson is teaching a 4 week class, "Exploring and Expressing Poetry", at the Westport Writers Workshop. The class is for those interested in studying and discussing the work of great poets such as Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Philip Larkin and Thomas Hardy amongst others. Through examples students will also expand their knowledge of different poetic form such as the Ballade, Ode and Dramatic Monologue. They will learn how poets use different devices to compliment or purposely jar with the theme of the poem. The class will discuss the poetic themes and techniques successfully employed to help inform their own writing. Plenty of opportunity will be given for in class writing and for sharing poems out loud. Limited Enrollment.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 203.227.3250 OR EMAIL INFO@WESTPORTWRITERS.ORG
Vivien Landau will be taping next week for THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. It will appear in the third season.
Vivian Sorvall's full-length play, "Strindberg's Dollhouse," has been accepted as a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Theater Center Conference. It was workshopped at TAW under the direction of Mark Graham. A staged reading at the National Arts Club was performed with TAW actors including Drew Denbaum in the lead role.
Susan Goodell's short play, "The Hour" has been published in PL.A.Y Noir, 2015, a volume of scripts staged by Punk Monkey Productions in Los Angeles in 2015. The HOUR previously was included in The Best American Short Plays 2014-2015, published by Applause Books.
IN THE PRESS
Stephanie Hazard, in an interview with
Carole Schweid, in an interview with
Elizabeth Fuller, in an interview with
APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP
Print and complete the membership form and return it by mail or email, along with your resume. Actors, please include a headshot. Playwrights should send two pieces, a full-length and a one-act or two one-acts. Please remember to put your name and contact information on your work.
Theatre Artists Workshop
5 Gregory Boulevard
East Norwalk, CT 06855
ACTORS: After reviewing your application we will contact you about coming in to audition. Auditions are held about four times a year. We ask for two contrasting monologues, or a monologue and a song. Work must be memorized. Afterwards, we’ll chat with you about what you’d like to accomplish at TAW, and how you’d like to contribute to the Workshop.
WRITERS: Along with the application, send us two samples of your work (a full-length and a one-act or two one-acts), or one file of each as an e-mail attachment. Remember to include your name and contact information of the front page of your scripts. We’ll contact you if we need anything additional.
DIRECTORS: Email us a completed application, including your resume, and we’ll give you a call if we’d like additional information or to schedule a meeting.
Prospective members may be allowed to visit and observe one of our Monday evening workshops by invitation of a current member, and/or with permission of the Board.
We look forward to meeting you!
Members are free to attend weekly meetings held every Monday night at 7:30 PM. This is our private, exclusive, members only weekly workshop where actors, writers and directors present scenes, songs, monologues and longer works. The membership watches and gives helpful critique.
A network of other artists, each eager and willing to be a part of your journey, is a large benefit of membership. Thoughtful peer review and critique can be invaluable to your growth as an artist. You'll find fellow members willing to help you prep for auditions, read a script, run through a scene or give feedback on a monologue.
TAW’s 90-seat theatre is available 24/7 for members via our member booking calendar. You are also welcome to present "alternate evening" presentations of an entire work before an invited audience of TAW members, family and friends. The theatre is available to members for rehearsal throughout the year. It can also be reserved for public performance.
TAW has a large library of scripts and theatre-related material available to members at anytime.
APPRENTICE MEMBERSHIP: (non-voting) Offered to those with some previous experience in theatre productions, studying with recognized teachers and institutions, and committed to working to develop skills to a professional level. Welcome to participate in Master Classes and Workshops. DUES: $87.50 paid biannually. There is an $85.00 one time initiation fee.
FULL MEMBERSHIP: Open to professional actors, writers and directors currently pursuing a professional career, with credits in legitimate theatre productions. Union affiliation is preferred, but not required. Full membership privileges, including use of TAW for personal development in the theatre arts. Admission by audition or writing sample. DUES, which help pay our rent, utilities, theatre upkeep, publicity and other costs are $175.00 paid biannually, plus a one-time $85.00 Initiation fee.
For members who wish to take a leave of absence while maintaining membership, there is a $50.00 yearly fee.
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.
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.
Tel: (203) 854-6830
Theatre Artists Workshop is located at 5 Gregory Blvd. Norwalk, CT
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.
Theatre Artists Workshop is a 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit organization.