If you are a playwright, APPLY TO THIS CONFERENCE! It is a superb theatre experience in an absolutely breathtaking place. Valdez, Alaska is literally surrounded by mountains. The air is fresh. The water is captivatingly blue, and the sky is full of eagles soaring above you. NO JOKE! It's a place of majestic beauty, oh, and a bountiful population of bunnies bounce around every patch of grass in Valdez. How much more storybook can you get?
It is a week long conference packed FULL of workshops, new play readings, new play productions, a fringe festival and just pure fun! You get to network over provided meals and meet TONS of new people in the theatre world you may have never encountered before in your lifetime.
My play, WITH MY EYES SHUT, had the opportunity to be a part of the Play Lab portion of the conference where it received a staged reading performance. It received critical and dramaturgical feedback, which was beyond helpful. I would definitely apply for this conference again, and I highly suggest you do so yourself.
Coincidentally, the dates of the conference fell on Mark and my's three year wedding anniversary! It was such an incredible summer trip away in the mountains.