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ART THAT AWAKENS

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New Plays by American playwrights of Caribbean Heritage

Conch Shell new works reading series - accepting play and screenplay submissions 'til 7/28/19

submission fee

$10.00

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about conch shell new works reading series

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TAKE A CHANCE ON YOURSELF

Introduce your work to us by submitting an excerpt of your new play or screenplay.  


FAQ: What type of genres/styles of plays/screenplays are you seeking? 

Answer: We want to help develop new "art for social" by men, women, transgender and transsexual Caribbean-American writers that have never been fully produced. Specifically, writing that  

1) Inspires audiences to redefine their stereotypical views about people of Caribbean heritage, 

2) Explores unique, culturally specific strategies for overcoming challenges.   

3) Scripts must be written in predominately in English.  Other languages may be incorporated in the script as long as translations are included.


Genres: All film and theater genres, except for horror.


We are seeking art that pushes the audience to imagine a better world featuring specific cultural viewpoints as expressed by a character(s) who either come from or  is a descendant of one of the 28 Caribbean nations and living in America.


To learn more about our submission requirements, click here.

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IT TAKES A COMMUNITY OF SUPPORTS

Conch Shell Productions was awarded the ARTNY 2019/2020 Creative Space Grant - a key element in our efforts to showcase new voices.

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IT TAKES A POWERFUL PARTNERSHIP

Conch Shell Productions and Milton G. Bassin are once again partnering to inspire change with works written by Caribbean-American writers.  


The Conch Shell New Works Reading Series venues will include both ART/NY locations and MGBPAC's Main Stage.

About Conch Shell Productions

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OUR MISSION

At Conch Shell Productions, our mission is to develop, workshop and produce new plays and screenplays by writers of Caribbean heritage living in America who have an expanded view of reality. The blowing of the conch signifies purification, unification, victory over suffering...the hearing of the divine word. We believe that art can and should provoke social change. We are interested in new works that - like the blowing of the conch shell –  inspire audiences to redefine their reality and to find news ways of thinking when presented with challenges. Our productions create an opportunity for diverse audiences to explore and celebrate the unique ethnic/cultural diversity of the 28 multi-lingual Caribbean cultures that have immigrated to the Americas. Browse our pages to learn about our previous productions and festivals, and learn how you can support our mission to  infuse a new Caribbean-American voice in the American theater and film industry.


Conch Shell Productions is a Queens, New York-based organization and a member of  the Alliance of Residence Theatres/NY. 


SUPPORT OUR MISSION BY DONATING TODAY  

Conch Shell Productions is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Conch Shell Productions must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” and are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted.  


Donors who prefer to mail their contribution are welcome to send a request for our mailing address to conchshellprod@gmail.com.

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Magaly Colimon-Christopher - Artistic Director/Founder

Magaly is a first-generation Haitian-American actress/playwright/ director/producer. She writes new works  from a viewpoint heavily influenced by the stories her family members shared about the complexities and wonders of Haitian culture and history.  She co-founded Conch Shell Productions with her husband Calvin Christopher (a native of St. Thomas, USVI) to support/showcase new works by Caribbean-American artists who have an expanded view of reality and share her passion for innovative story telling.  


Magaly’s writing credits include SILENT TRUTH (2018 O’Neill NPC Finalist), THE HUNTING SEASON (Winner of OUTSTANDING PLAYWRITING FOR A NEW SCRIPT - Planet Connections Theatre Festival), “Butterscotch and Fudge” (Ah-Ha Moments One-Act Play Festival); DESTINATION: OOOH, AAH, YUMMY (Princess Grace Awards – Semi-finalist); and STRAIGHT TALK AGAINST THE GRAIN (New Perspectives Theatre, PSNBC @ HERE, Haitian Consulate).    Her directing/writing credits include BN4REAL (webseries), YES MADAME (Official Selection: Pan African Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, Reel Sisters Film Festival, and HBREC Film Festival) HER TORY (Semi-Finalist NATIV Caribbean Film Festival and Market). Magaly's acting credits include television shows (Blue Bloods, Law & Order SVU, ER, Sex and the City, Law & Order Criminal Intent, The Closer) national commercials, short films and regional theater productions. Memberships: Actor’s Studio Playwright’s and Directors Unit; The Actor’s Center; SAG/AFTRA; AEA; ART/NY. A native New Yorker, she received a B.A. from Columbia University, an MBA from Binghamton University, and an MFA  from Yale School of Drama.

Learn More About Magaly

Press

American Theater Magazine supports HEAR HER CALL

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"NEW YORK CITY: Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced its support for the voices of Caribbean American women. Conch Shell Productions, in collaboration with Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center at York College, will present the Hear Her Call festival (March 29) featuring plays by Caribbean American artists."

Caribbean Life News

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Thanks to Caribbean Life's support of Conch Shell Productions' first annual "Hear Her Call Caribbean-American Women's Theater Festival" we received submissions from across the America's.

Carry On Friends Podcast Episode #108

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“We hyphenate our heritage not to separate but to celebrate.”

Check out a recent podcast interview between Conch Shell Productions' Founder/Artistic Director Magaly Colimon-Christopher and Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, Founder of www.CarryonFriends.com "Caribbean American Voices in American Theater"

KLKN-TV

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Thanks to Apples & Oranges PR generous support, our press release was featured in ABC 8 - KLKN TV and other local news channels

MEDIA/PR CONTACT

Contact person: Magaly 

Email: conchshellprod@gmail.com

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