Playwright and Screenwriter CRAIG WRIGHT (November 5-7, 2009)

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Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival

The academic symposium of the Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival seeks papers on a range of topics for the November 2009 event on the campus of Baylor University. The Festival features a lively mix of theatre productions, staged readings, professional panels, guest artists, and scholarly papers.

Previous honorees were Horton Foote (2003), Romulus Linney (2005) and Tina Howe (2007). The 2009 festival will celebrate Craig Wright, the award-winning contemporary author of The Pavilion, Recent Tragic Events, The Unseen, and television projects such as Six Feet Under and Dirty Sexy Money.

The academic symposium will include panels on Craig Wright, Horton Foote, and a variety of other topics related to American playwrights, American drama, and theatre practice in the United States. Possible subjects for the 2009 festival include:

The plays of Horton Foote
The television and film work of Horton Foote
The plays of Craig Wright
The television work of Craig Wright
Playwrights as screenwriters
New play development in the U.S.
Issues of teaching playwriting in U.S. higher education
Historical considerations of the role of the playwright in the U.S.
Themes of America in plays by U.S. authors
Regionalism and the U.S. playwright
Librettists and composers of American Musical Theatre
U.S. playwrights and U.S. critics
Issues of faith in American drama

Abstracts (250 words max) for conference length papers must be submitted electronically to Please also send brief biographical statement and university affiliation.

Abstracts due by August 15.

Notices will be sent out by September 1.