The Board of Directors of Working Title Playwrights is thrilled to announce that Amber Bradshaw will become WTP’s Managing Artistic Director, effective January 1, 2016. Working Title Playwrights offers classes, workshops, readings, critique sessions, and special events to help playwrights at all levels develop their scripts and to promote new plays by local writers in the Atlanta area. Bradshaw will succeed Jill Patrick, who has held the position for the past nine years.
"Amber possesses both the artistic vision and administrative acumen to build on Jill's fantastic legacy, and help WTP continue its path to becoming one of the leading organizations for playwrights in the Southeast," says Hank Kimmel, WTP's Board President. "Amber has already established herself as one of the most effective artists within Atlanta’s vibrant new play development community, and we look forward to giving her the chance to expand her impact and the services WTP can provide Atlanta area playwrights."
As a director/dramaturg, producer, and playwright, Bradshaw's sole focus has been on new works and script development. In Atlanta she has worked with Actor’s Express, Synchronicity Performance Group, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Working Title Playwrights, Theatre du Reve, Gathering Wild Dance, Out of Hand Theater, and the Essential Theatre. She has directed and developed plays for the annual Essential Theatre Bare Essentials Reading Series, curating the Series in 2013.
Bradshaw has co-produced three original works and has had productions accepted to festivals from Atlanta to Canada. For Working Title Playwrights, she has directed for the Ethel Woolson Lab (The Cannibals, Theroun Patterson) and the On Demand reading series (When Things are Lost, Derek Dixon), as well as moderating several Monday Night Critique Sessions. Bradshaw’s plays have been featured in the One Minute Play Festival, the Inside Voice project, at the Center for Puppetry Arts Annual XPT Festival, and an original production at 7 Stages Backstage Theater.
“I am excited to become such an integral part of Working Title Playwrights! I have great respect for Jill Patrick and I hope that I can do half of what she has done to develop this organization and its reach. Her leadership has been absolutely essential to WTP," says Bradshaw. "The company has a solid reputation with playwrights and theatre makers alike, an incredible membership base of loyal artists, and a wonderful set of partners in the Atlanta theatre community. This is a new chapter for WTP, where we expand our reach and define our goals going forward, and I am grateful and honored to be at the helm.” [Photo credit: Alli Royce Soble]
As WTP assumes a greater regional and national presence, the Board gives profuse thanks to Patrick for her past service. During Patrick's stewardship, WTP expanded its roster of playwrights, fortified its core programming (including the Monday Night Critique Session, the On-Demand Reading Series, the "Playwrights &…" series and the 24-hour play festival), and launched the acclaimed Ethel Woolson Lab. Her efforts have helped foster an environment in which the development and production of new plays has become an integral part of the Atlanta theatrical landscape.
“Over the nine plus years I have served at WTP’s helm, I have had the great pleasure of nurturing excellence in the Atlanta playwriting community. It has been a fun, challenging experience, and I am proud of the work accomplished during my tenure. I feel confident I am leaving the organization on the right trajectory with Amber Bradshaw as my successor. She has the right energy, talents, tenacity, and resourcefulness to continue WTP’s rise to the top of new play development in the Southeast. I am thrilled she is as dedicated to the development of new plays as WTP is, and I welcome her to the role of Managing Artistic Director."
Starting February 1, 2015, Patrick will serve on the WTP board -- and will continue to help fulfill its mission of making new plays happen.