Humana Interviews: Umbrella Project Executive Director, Norah Elges, interviews playwright Jenny Rachel Weiner and Jill Rafson, Director of New Work at Roundabout Theatre Company

Jenny Rachel Weiner is the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at the Roundabout Theatre in NYC where her play Kingdom Come will receive its world premiere this fall. Her play, Horse Girls, received it’s west coast premiere at Seattle’s Annex Theatre in 2014.Jill Rafson is the Director of New Work at Roundabout Theatre Company and has…

A Look Back: Playwrights and Workshops

As new play dramaturgs, playwrights are the center of our world. We founded Umbrella Project in order to be better advocates for playwrights in rehearsal rooms and in our artistic communities. We’re working to build clearer pathways to other theatre communities for the great new plays that are developed in Seattle. We’ve had the good…

A Look Back: Projects & Programs Locally

Making Seattle a destination for new work starts in Seattle. As Umbrella Project grows our national network and works to build a stronger bridge from Seattle to the national conversation, our first commitment is still to the vibrant, messy, ambitious, and bold community of our rainy city. We began building our local network by seeking…

A Look Back: Knocking Bird Premiere 

Knocking Bird trailer, produced in partnership with Mighty Tripod Productions. ​​This time last years, we jumped in with both feet. At the same time that we were running our Kickstarter campaign, we were already putting our plan into action with the world premiere of Emily Conbere’s play Knocking Bird. Conbere’s play, and it’s long and…

A Look Back: Our Kickstarter Campaign

​One year ago we were in the midst of our Kickstarter campaign, a whirlwind crowdfunding effort to raise $20K in 30 short days. We were pretty overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the all the normal stresses of crowdfunding, sure, but even more overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and generosity of our theatre community near and far. Within the first…