La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

66 East 4th Street
(btw Bowery & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10003

Office: M–F 11a–6p
Box Office: M–Su 12–6p

A scene from Directors Symposium

International Playwright Retreat

8th Annual International Playwright Retreat

August 1 – August 10, 2014

La MaMa Umbria International, Italy
Click here for Application Form
Deadline: June 1, 2014
Limited spots available. May fill up before the deadline.

Facilitator: Catherine Filloux


Playwright and librettist Catherine Filloux will lead the La MaMa International Playwright Retreat as both a contemplative and community-oriented workshop. The retreat will consist of free writing time in settings in town and in nature; of generative exercises; and of reading aloud of material with group feedback. Catherine will work with participants on projects, which are the most crucial to them, encouraging them to probe the subject matter both as a kind of anthropologist on a journey of research and investigation, as well as an artist with the belief that the imagination allows the work to soar to unknown places. Playwrights may focus on one single project or experiment with various stories, as well as work on projects with different genres and styles. The workshop will end with informal work-in-progress readings for the La MaMa at Umbria community. The group itself will shape a workshop schedule that meets its specific needs, and Filloux will engage in one-on-one meetings as well. Catherine also welcomes French-language writers to the workshop.

Catherine inspires writers to straddle borders – between nations, cultures, our preconceptions about fine art and political activism. As an artist-activist, she leads a growing field of theater makers dedicated to bringing contemporary issues into stark juxtaposition with aesthetic criteria. With an enthusiasm for storytelling, Catherine guides participants to find their voice in a personal, active way, maximizing its theatrical potential. She stirs participants to approach stories with a large scope, as well as finding the center in the lives of individual characters. Skilled at multiple theatrical languages, Catherine will support participants in seeking and discovering expressions that engage the viewer on multiple levels.

In an inclusive environment Catherine creates long lasting relationships and collaborators, helping writers to fulfill their talent as playwrights. Catherine fortifies her work with the intensity of a serious scholar and the heart of a passionate dramatist. The end result is a body of work that informs and provokes the mind, affirms our humanity, and binds us all on a quest to improve our communities and our world. She is motivated by an underlying mission to resurrect and to grapple with the profound, provocative and disturbing human questions.

The fee is $2,300. Fee includes workshop, housing and meals for 10 days, ground transportation from the Rome airport to and from La MaMa Umbria, and excursions by bus, van or car.

The Symposium and Retreat are fully accredited programs of Sarah Lawrence College (2 credits for one session of the Symposium and 1 credit for the Retreat) For more information about Sarah Lawrence College, please visit


Playwrights who wish to participate in the retreat fill out the attached Application Form and resume and return it with a $500 deposit by June 1, 2014. You will notified about your acceptance into the program shortly.

There is limited space available, so please convey your application so it is received by our office no later than the deadline date.

Participants will be selected based on their commitment to the process and the case they make on the application as to how this program will help them with their creative process. Subject matter of the plays developed will NOT be a criterion for acceptance, nor will theatrical style, number of characters, nationality, perceived ethnicity, race or gender.

If you are not accepted into the Retreat, your deposit will be returned in FULL. If you are accepted and choose not to attend, you will receive a refund of all but a $100 registration fee, provided you notify us by June 15th. After that date, we cannot provide a refund of your payment.