The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc. is the only professional association in America for playwrights, librettists, lyricists and composers writing for the stage, with over 5,500 members around the world. Any writer who has completed a dramatic script or song may become a member of the Guild, regardless of their production history. The Guild is guided by its Council, a governing body elected by and from its membership. Since the Guild’s inception in 1919, Council members have given their time, interest and support for the benefit of dramatists everywhere and worked to advance their rights. The Guild’s current president is John Weidman, and past presidents have included Robert Sherwood, Moss Hart, Oscar Hammerstein, Alan Jay Lerner, Sidney Kingsley, Frank Gilroy, Robert Anderson, Steven Sondheim, and Peter Stone.
Benefits of DG membership include: business & career advice and contract review from staff attorneys via the Guild’s Business Affairs hotline; a subscription to the Guild’s bi-monthly magazine, The Dramatist and The Dramatists Guild Newsletter, the annual Resource Directory reference book;Â access to the Guild’s website and e-mail updates; and invitation to monthly seminars on various topics of the craft of dramatic writing. Members also have access to third party health and dental insurance programs and a group term life insurance plan; a Dramatists Guild credit card; free or discounted theatre tickets to certain New York productions; national hotel and travel discounts; and access (at a discounted rate) to the Guild’s Frederick Loewe Room in the heart of the theatre district for use in readings and auditions.
Primary Issues of Focus:
- The dramatist’s right of free expression.