Animated Theaterworks is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) production company which uses an InterActive Play Development Program to with accomplish two related aims: helping playwrights improve and develop their works through feedback from the theatergoing public and helping that theatergoing audience to understand the process of play development thereby leading to an understanding and appreciation of the work involved in creating new plays.
Reworking a play before members of the theater community is common, it is unusual for the general public to be a part of the process. But I believe that through communication between the author and the potential audience for his/her work, links can be forged which enable both parties to benefit through an interesting and rewarding learning experience.
The program functions through a series of readings and/or workshops attended by interested audience members. After each reading members of the audience discuss what they have seen in order to help the playwright reshape and improve the work. After the playwright has revised the work utilizing the insights gained in the post-reading discussions, Animated Theaterworks produces it as a theatrical showcase production.
The company started in 1999 and has produced seven plays since then using this program. For more information, contact Elysabeth Kleinhans, founder and artistic director.