The New Harmony Project Awarded 2018 Sustainable Arts Foundation Residency Grant

The New Harmony Project is thrilled to announce that they have been awarded a 2018 Sustainable Arts Foundation Residency Grant for parent artists. Throughout its history, The New Harmony Project has provided an open, welcoming, and supportive environment for parent artists. The annual spring conference has historically provided child care, family friendly housing, and flexibility to parent writers and artists. This funding award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation will aid in the expansion of that support, and will help The New Harmony Project to formalize that support throughout the year. 

"As The Project begins to expand and offer year-round support for writers," says executive director David Hudson, "this grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation will allow us to make a formal commitment to supporting parent artists. As the father of a two and a half year old little girl, I understand the flexibility and support needed in order to work in this profession. It is my hope that The New Harmony Project will continue to build on its reputation as a family friendly environment, and become a place that parent writers and artists can count on for support."

Funding from the Sustainable Arts Foundation will support multiple residencies beginning in the fall of 2018, with a soon to be announced application process. Parent writers are encouraged to express interest in the program via The New Harmony Project's website, and will be notified once the application process is formalized. The New Harmony Project is incredibly grateful to Tony & Caroline Grant at the Sustainable Arts Foundation for their support. 

In April of 1986, a group of theater, film, and television professionals gathered in Indianapolis to explore the trend in the entertainment arts toward exploitative and sensational material. They concluded there was a need to engage and support writers whose work sought a goal beyond mere entertainment, work that sought to empower and uplift. It was out of this meeting that The New Harmony Project was created. For more than three decades, The New Harmony Project has been serving writers whose work emanates hope, courage, and the strength and resiliency of the human spirit. We elevate stories for theater, television, and film that inspire, enlighten, and endeavor to make the world a better place. Following a leadership transition in the fall of 2017, The New Harmony Project has begun to drastically expand its programming in Central and Southwestern Indiana, and is working tirelessly to expand its impact across the state and around the country.

The New Harmony Project Announces Artists for 2018 Spring Conference

The New Harmony Project (Mead Hunter, Artistic Director; David Hudson, Executive Director; Lori Wolter Hudson, Incoming Artistic Director) an organization dedicated to supporting writers whose work emanates hope, is pleased to announce that ten writers will be in residence for their 2018 annual conference, which will take place from May 21-June 2 in the idyllic town of New Harmony, Indiana.

Each spring since 1986, The New Harmony Project has brought together writers whose works sensitively and truthfully explore the positive aspects of life. Over the course of the conference, The New Harmony Project offers a retreat from the outside world, and space for writers to fully immerse themselves in their work. The peaceful serenity of New Harmony, the site of two former utopian societies, is a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Writers in full development are joined by a full cast and creative team, and spend the conference working on one specific project, hand-picked following a rigorous selection process that saw nearly 500 submissions this year! Writers in residence are offered support to work on multiple projects, and afforded the freedom to immerse themselves into their personal process.

This season The New Harmony Project is thrilled to welcome Kennedy Award-winning playwright Dan O’Brien as a writer in full development. New Life concludes the trilogy of O’Brien’s poetic memoir-for-the-stage, with The Body of an American (Primary Stages, NHP 2011) and The House in Scarsdale (Theatre @ Boston Court, NHP 2016), and dares to dream of healing after trauma, and of telling the truth of war as entertainment. Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Watson, who served as an inspiration for and character in the trilogy, will also join the company.

In addition, The New Harmony Project will welcome David McFadzean (Roseanne, Home Improvement), Vichet Chum (Knyum at Merrimack Rep), Emily Feldman (Shank Playwright-in-Residence at Playwright’s Horizons), José Cruz González (2016 PEN Center USA Literary Award Finalist), Arlene Hutton (The Nibroc Trilogy), Daria Miyeko Marinelli (Weston Award in Playwriting), and James Still (Four-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Indiana Repertory Theatre Playwright-in-Residence) as writers in residence.

As part of the 2018 conference, The New Harmony Project is also excited to announce the beginning of its year-long support of a new musical project by James Lecense, writer of the 1994 Academy Award-winning short film Trevor and co-founder of The Trevor Project, and Ryan Amador, a singer, songwriter, and theater director best known for his queer-related music videos “Define Me” and “Spectrum.” In addition to a residency at the 2018 conference, their project will be further supported with two additional workshops in the fall of 2018 and the spring of 2019. This represents a drastic expansion of programming for The New Harmony Project, and an enhanced commitment to creating, nurturing, and promoting groundbreaking, life-affirming work.

The New Harmony Project boasts an impressive roster of past participants including Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning writer Robert Schenkkan (All the Way, The Kentucky Cycle), Theresa Rebeck (NBC’s Smash, Seminar), Lee Blessing (Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee, A Walk in the Woods), Steven Dietz (Lonely Planet), John Pielmeier (Agnes of God, The Exorcist), James Still (four time Pulitzer Prize nominee, The Velocity of Gary), Meredith Stiehm (Emmy winner, Homeland, Cold Case), Danny Strong (two time Emmy winner, Empire, Lee Daniels’ The Butler), George Brant (Grounded, Marie and Rosetta), Idris Goodwin (How We Got On, The Way The Mountain Moved), Regina Taylor (Drowning Crow, Crowns), Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51, Actually), Jim Leonard (Major Crimes, Dexter), Mark St. Germain (Freud’s Last Session, The Cosby Show), Angelo Pizzo (Rudy, Hoosiers), and Matt Williams (five time Emmy nominee, Home Improvement, Roseanne).

In April of 1986, a group of theater, film, and television professionals gathered in Indianapolis to explore the trend in the entertainment arts toward exploitative and sensational material. They concluded there was a need to engage and support writers whose work sought a goal beyond mere entertainment, work that sought to empower and uplift. It was out of this meeting that The New Harmony Project was created. For more than three decades, The New Harmony Project has been serving writers whose work emanates hope, courage, and the strength and resiliency of the human spirit. We elevate stories for theater, television, and film that inspire, enlighten, and endeavor to make the world a better place. Following a leadership transition in the fall of 2017, The New Harmony Project has begun to drastically expand its programming in Central and Southwestern Indiana, and is working tirelessly to expand its impact across the state and around the country.

Lori Wolter Hudson Named Artistic Director of The New Harmony Project

The New Harmony Project, which has been faithfully serving writers for more than three decades, announces that Lori Wolter Hudson will succeed Mead Hunter as artistic director following the annual spring conference in June of 2018.

Lori Wolter Hudson will assume artistic leadership of the organization following fifteen years of dedicated involvement with The New Harmony Project in various capacities, including her current role as associate artistic director. She moves into her new position following a successful tenure in NYC as a director, adapter, and producer, most recently as the director / adapter of the off-Broadway hit Drunkle Vanya. As an assistant director, she has worked on numerous Broadway productions, including the Tony award-winning revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of VirginiaWoolf?, in addition to productions at Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club,  Atlantic Theater Company, American Conservatory Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, and Pittsburgh Public Theater. She previously served as artistic assistant of Signature Theatre Company in NYC.

Mead K. Hunter, who has successfully led the organization as artistic director for the past seven years, will step down following the 2018 conference as a newly tenured professor at the University of Portland. “Lori’s accession to artistic directorship,” Hunter says, “means that NHP now has two resident Hoosier leaders with the proximity and the vision to invest in the regional community as well the national. It heralds a bright new era for The Project.”

Jane Herndon, chair of the board of directors, says, "The board is thrilled to have Lori join The New Harmony Project as its next artistic director. We look forward to her inspirational vision as she leads us into the next phase of artistic excellence."

“I’m thrilled to be stepping up to artistically helm an organization I love, and believe in so much,” says Wolter Hudson of her appointment. “The New Harmony Project has enriched my life and career in ways I didn’t imagine possible when I first arrived to New Harmony over fifteen years ago. I have had the privilege of working under artistic directors including Anna Shapiro, Paul Walsh and Mead Hunter, long-time project director Joel Grynheim, and many of the founding board members, and have learned so much from their leadership, vision and guidance. There is truly no other organization I know of committed to serving writers and supporting positive, hope-filled stories that celebrate humanity and the resiliency of the human spirit. Especially today, I think The New Harmony Project mission is more vital and necessary than ever, and I am deeply committed to making the world a better place through the work we support, the writers we lift up, and the artists we inspire to make a difference.”

Lori Wolter Hudson is a director, producer, and administrator who has dedicated her professional career to new work development and creating exciting, daring theatre. She has developed plays and musicals by writers including Jessica Dickey, Andrea Stolowitz, Arlene Hutton, Crystal Skillman, Katie Bender, Susan Bernfield, Joel B. New, and Suzanne Bradbeer, among others. She is a co-founder of Three Day Hangover, a New York City-based theater company that reimagines classic stories for a contemporary audience, most famously responsible for the NY TimesCritic’s Pick Drunk Shakespeare, which has been running off-Broadway for almost four years. Her work has been featured in the New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Huffington PostBrooklyn Magazine and more.

She recently relocated from NYC to Indianapolis, IN, her home state, and in 2017 directed Stuart Little at Indiana Repertory Theatre. Lori holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Evansville and studied at the Moscow Art Theater. She was the inaugural recipient of the SDCF Charles Abbott Fellowship, is a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and an associate member of SDC.

 ABOUT THE NEW HARMONY PROJECT

In April of 1986, a group of theater, film, and television professionals gathered in Indianapolis to explore the trend in the entertainment arts toward exploitative and sensational material. They concluded there was a need to engage and support writers whose work sought a goal beyond mere entertainment, work that sought to empower and uplift. It was out of this meeting that The New Harmony Project was created. For 32 years, The Project has inspired a community of artists dedicated to this mission, motivated by a desire to support stories of hope, optimism, and the resiliency of the human spirit.

The New Harmony Project boasts an impressive roster of past participants including Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Robert Schenkkan(All the Way, The Kentucky Cycle), Theresa Rebeck (NBC’s SmashSeminar), Lee Blessing (Tony and Pulitzer Prize nominee, A Walk in the Woods), Steven Dietz (Lonely Planet), Anna Ziegler (Photograph 51Actually), John Pielmeier (The Exorcist, Agnes of God), James Still (Four Time Pulitzer Prize Nominee, The Velocity of Gary), Meredith Stiehm (Emmy Winner, Homeland, Cold Case), Danny Strong (Two Time Emmy Winner, Empire, Lee Daniels’ The Butler), Ngozi Anyanwu (The Homecoming Queen), Dan O’Brien (The Body of an American), George Brant(Grounded, Marie and Rosetta), Idris Goodwin (How We Got OnThe Way The Mountain Moved), Regina Taylor (Drowning Crow, Crowns), Jim Leonard (Major Crimes, Dexter), Mark St. Germain (Freud’s Last Session, The Cosby Show), Angelo Pizzo (Rudy, Hoosiers), Matt Williams(Five Time Emmy Nominee, Home Improvement, Roseanne), David McFadzean (Three Time Emmy Nominee, Home Improvement, Roseanne), and numerous others.

The New Harmony Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For information on how to support this unique and worthwhile organization, please visit newharmonyproject.org, or follow us on social media.

The New Harmony Project Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

The New Harmony Project Joins the Global #GivingTuesday Movement

The New Harmony Project has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the US) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.