Wednesday, April 19th 7-10pm
Hyde Park Theatre, 511 W. 43rd St.

$40 General/$25 ScriptWorks
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You’ve written the play, you’ve found the perfect workshop/festival/writer’s group to take your work to the next level. The only problem now is…how do you knock down the door?
In this workshop, we’ll break down the Artist Statement required on so many submission opportunities, asking “what do they really want to know, and why?” We’ll look at some extremely effective submission materials, and some less effective ones, examine our own, and work together to “crack” the Artist Statement. By the end of this workshop, you’ll have some new, effective tools for crafting your own statements, and several models of what works (or doesn’t) in a statement.

Please bring: a laptop and/or pen and paper, 5 copies of a statement you’ve written for a past opportunity (if you have one), and an idea of which play of yours you’d like to write a statement for.


Jenny Connell Davis’s plays include DRAGON PLAYTHE SCIENTIFIC METHOD, GODDESS OF MERCY,  and END OF SHIFT. She is a CORE Writer with the Playwrights’ Center and her stage plays been developed or produced with the O’Neill, Icicle Creek, ACT in Seattle, the Araca Group, The Gift Theatre, Stage Left and ATC in Chicago, Ars Nova, Asolo Rep, NAATCO, Theater Mitu, New York Stage and Film, Shrewd Productions, Impact Theatre in Berkeley, Chance Theatre, SPACE at Ryder Farm, and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation.

Her short films have screened at festivals worldwide, including SXSW and Toronto; she currently has full-length films in development with Maven Pictures and Co-opent Films.

She has been a finalist or semi-finalist for Seven Devils, BAPF, the Nicholl (twice), and the Heideman Award, has been an honorable mention on the Kilroys list (2014, 2015) and for the Jane Chambers Award (2014), and has been twice-nominated for both the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Lark/PONY fellowship. She is a proud member of The Gift Theatre, former member of the Ars Nova Play Group, and a recipient of grants and/or commissions from Ars Nova, ScriptWorks, The Playwrights’ Center, and the Network of Ensemble Theatres. Jenny was the 2014-2015 Hot Seat Local Writer in Residence at Baltimore’s Center Stage Theater, where she helped organize their new Playwrights Collective, and the 2016 Resident Playwright at Chance Theatre in Anaheim, CA.

Jenny has been an evaluator for the Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, Ars Nova Play Group, and The Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference.

She trained as an actor at Court and Steppenwolf theaters in Chicago, and in playwriting at University of Texas at Austin.  She has taught acting at UT Austin, and playwriting at the Berkeley Carroll School in New York, at UT Austin, and for the Playwrights’ Center.  She is represented by Beth Blickers, Lucy Stille and Amanda Hacohen at APA, and managed by Circle of Confusion.  She lives in Austin, Texas.