Plays in Bloom
A New Play Development Program at Bloomsburg University
In the annual Plays in Bloom Residency, Bloomsburg University students and recent alums first collaborate with a guest professional playwright in a week-long development of a full-length play and then participate in a festival of short new plays written by student and alum playwrights. The staged readings of each of these plays are a chance for general audiences to respond to the plays-in-progress. Each reading will include a guided post-play discussion about the plays.
A reading of The Astronots by Guest Playwright Mora V. Harris
Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 pm
Greenly Center, 50 E Main Street, Downtown Bloomsburg
A reading of Three Short Plays by Student and Alum Playwrights
Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm
Theatre Laboratory, Arts & Administration 036 on the campus of Bloomsburg University at the corner of E 2nd St & Chestnut
The student and alum plays are Action by Lydia Hannibal, Dark Clouds by Russell Shelton, and The Great Princess Pilgrimage of Erwin Hall’s 23rd Birthday Party by Samantha Corcos.
Guest Professional Playwright for Plays in Bloom Residency 2022
Mora V. Harris writes character-driven comedies under a blanket in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her alien comedy SPACE GIRL has had dozens of productions in schools, colleges, and community and professional theaters throughout the United States. It is published by Playscripts Inc., alongside MIRCALLA—a TYA adaptation of the gothic vampire novel Carmilla, and her contributions to two ten-minute play anthologies for teens. Her work has received development and support through the Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre Company, The Hangar Theatre, Alliance/Kendeda, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Pittsburgh Opera, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Kennedy Center’s Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center Fellowship. She was a two-time National Finalist for the Kennedy Center's John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play for her plays BOXED IN and ONDINE'S CURSE, and a Second-Place winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Script Competition for her screenplay, EGGHEAD GENIUS. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theater from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Rob Handel. She teaches screenwriting at Point Park and La Roche Universities and serves as Pittsburgh's Regional Co-Representative for the Dramatist Guild. She occasionally updates her website at www.moravharris.com.
About Plays in Bloom
Plays in Bloom is a new play development program that provides opportunities for Bloomsburg University students to collaborate with fellow students and with guest professional theatre artists on the nurturing of new plays. The development of new plays is a vital part of the health of the American theatre and the theatre program at Bloomsburg University is eager to train student theatre artists to be successful new play practitioners. Students have the opportunity to learn by doing in Theatre 492: New Play Development and in the annual Plays in Bloom Residency.
Theatre 492: New Play Development
In a new course offered in Spring 2022, student artists will exercise the positive practices for developing new plays in collaboration with one another and with visiting professional playwrights. Participating students will engage with and contribute to the revision of Positive Practices for New Play Development, a handbook for students and emerging professionals on how to prepare for and participate in a new play development process. The handbook will include conversations with accomplished professionals in the field of new play development conducted by Prof. David A. Miller.
Plays in Bloom Residency
In the annual Plays in Bloom Residency a Student Company of theatre artists will collaborate with a guest professional playwright in a week-long development of a full-length play and participate in a festival of new short plays written by student and alum playwrights. The inaugural residency will take place from May 15 to 25, 2022.
Schedule for Plays in Bloom Residency 2022
Sunday, May 15 :: Guest Professional Playwright Arrives | Company Dinner
Monday, May 16 :: Rehearsal for Full Length Play
Tuesday, May 17 :: Rehearsal for Full Length Play
Wednesday, May 18 :: Rehearsal for Full Length Play
Thursday, May 19 :: Rehearsal for Full Length Play
Friday, May 20 :: Rehearsal for Full Length Play
Saturday, May 21 :: Rehearsal and Public Sharing of Full-Length Play at 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 22 :: Off | Guest Professional Playwright Departs
Monday, May 23 :: Rehearsal for Student-Written 10-Minute Plays
Tuesday, May 24 :: Rehearsal and Public Sharing of Student-Written 10-Minute Plays at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, May 25 :: Plays in Bloom Student Company Departs
Student Company Application Process for Plays in Bloom Residency 2023
Participation in the Plays in Bloom Residency is open to all Bloomsburg University students. Students are required to apply to be a member of the Student Company. Applications for the Plays in Bloom Residency 2023 Student Company will be available in fall 2022.
Leadership for Plays in Bloom
Prof. David A. Miller, Artistic Director of Plays in Bloom and Director for Plays in Bloom Residency 2022
Dr. Carrie Winship, Associate Artistic Director of Plays in Bloom and Dramaturg for Plays in Bloom Residency 2022
Prof. Ethan Krupp, Producer of Plays in Bloom and Mentor for Plays in Bloom Residency 2022
Support for Plays in Bloom
Plays in Bloom is supported by a Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities Grant from Bloomsburg University and the Faculty Professional Development Council of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education.