Austin Script Works (dba ScriptWorks) exists to support dramatic writers by providing opportunities at all stages in the writing process-from inception through production. ScriptWorks supports the whole writer, not just isolated projects, and dedicates itself to career advancement as well as artistic growth. ScriptWorks programs encourage members to engage in the creation, development and production of their plays and provide playwrights the resources to network and promote their plays both locally and nationally.
Impact StatementIn our twenty-year history, ScriptWorks has served over 500 member playwrights. We have provided more than 2,000 Salon readings to those members. We have supported the development of more than 100 plays through our ScriptWorks Ahead and Seed Support programs. We have produced or supported 22 full productions through our Finer Point Fund for new play production. Every year there are dozens of plays by current and former ScriptWorks members produced in Austin and around the country, many of those plays having been created or developed in ScriptWorks programming. Our members and alum include a Pulitzer Prize finalist, an Olivier Award nominee, an Obie award winner, and multiple Heidemann, Austin Critics' Table and B.Iden Payne award winners.
Needs StatementIt's impossible to create a dollars-to-activities ratio for what we do.
How do you assign a dollar amount to inspiration and support and relationships? We can say $150 will pay for a Salon reading (rent, script copies, snacks, etc) but a Salon reading is not a finite event. It is only a step in the journey of developing a new play, and that journey will often take years. Because ScriptWorks' commitment is to playwright development, not just new play development, we are there for the entire journey, providing support in various forms - dramaturgical, financial, educational, networking, and sometimes production. We believe it is the cumulative effect of our holistic programming that makes us an integral part of Austin's culture of creativity and innovation. Staff and organizational stability are what gives us the ability to fulfill this commitment and those things require stable funding.
I value living in a city that creates an amount of new work that is far beyond what one would expect from its size and population. Austin is renowned throughout the country for being a place where new works are born almost constantly and many larger cities wonder how we can maintain such an enormous rate of creation. I would submit that it's because of an organization like ScriptWorks. It's an organization dedicated to writers and creating brand new work. The writers benefit from the attention. The city benefits from their work. And the nation continues to wonder how we do what we do.
Lowell Bartholomee, member playwright
ScriptWorks is a unique organization in the Austin arts community and an incredible resource for playwrights and producers. ScriptWorks provides support, feedback, education, production opportunities, and financial assistance to Austin's many talented and emerging playwrights. They have worked tirelessly to help these writers since their inception in 1997.
ScriptWorks serves a vital role in the development of new theatre for Austin. They are a community asset whose work benefits producers, playwrights, and patrons in equal measure.
Lara Toner, Artistic Director, Austin Playhouse
Through our years of working together, I've been impressed by the level of commitment from the staff, the community buy-in from the playwrights at-large in the Austin community, and the careful and robust culture of support and elevation this company provides to the artists through their many phases of programming. I can attribute a measure of growth of craft, ideas, and artistic development I've been able to see in the Austin community's work directly because of opportunities ScriptWorks has provided to the writers via their services. They are important because companies who work in seeding ideas, are not as recognized as the companies who produce plays; however, without development, we would have no new plays to produce.
Dominic D'Andrea, Producing Artistic Director, One-Minute Play Festival (ScriptWorks' national producing partner)