Today's blog post is by Tira Palmquist, president of the Seven Devils New Play Foundry Board of Directors.
The Seven Devils Playwrights Conference focuses on new work by amazing playwrights from across the country, but it truly takes a village to make it all happen -- interns, stage managers, company managers and our staff. On behalf of the entire board, I want to make sure that we send our most sincere thanks to these hardworking individuals -- because without their work and dedication, the conference just wouldn't happen.
First, none of what happens at the conference would be possible without the year-long efforts of Jeni Mahoney (Producing Artistic Director), Paula Marchiel (Managing Director), A.P. Andrews (Literary Manager), Mallory Metoxen (Artistic Associate) and Ed Baker (Production Manager). From the entire board, a HUGE thank you to all of them!
I know that Jeni, Paula, A.P., Mallory and Ed would join me in thanking the stage managers and interns who make sure that the daily work of the conference goes off without a hitch. As Ed will frequently remind the company, these are the people who get there first, and leave last. These are the interns who clean our spaces, who build the props and sets, who paint everything gray to build the world of functional neutrality (there might need to be another blog post just for that!). These are the stage managers who make sure that there are sharpened pencils, new script pages, water and coffee to keep the company alert, and snacks in the kitchen to feed everyone at breaks. These are the individuals who help with technical work, doing errands for the company, driving folks who don't have drivers licenses... It may be impossible to list every task they do during their time at the conference.
Suffice it to say that is a group of individuals who don't often get the limelight, but who truly deserve it today!
Your support of the conference helps make it possible to hire all of these individuals, too. So if you haven't made a donation yet, we hope knowing that there are so many people dedicated to the development of new plays will inspire you to do so! And, as ever, we thank you for your support!
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