New Hampshire
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
ALCHEMISTS' WORKSHOP

We are a non profit service organization for dramatists. Our mission is to help communities establish identities through the performing arts with a focus on new works. Currently we are offering five original works available for touring or as part of residencies:
Georgia O'Keeffe Paints Paradise...Libretto by Tom Dunn and music by Will Ogmundson. This award-winning chamber musical had a successful run last summer at the Jewell Theatre where it won awards for best music and lyrics as well as best supporting actress. Most recently performed at the Derek Walcott Theatre in Boston.
The Children of MLK a tribute to our fallen leader that focuses on the summer his children spent hiding in New Hampshire after his assassination.
The Lending Doll...a new musical by Tom Dunn and Will Ogmundson about the doll that saved a public library--can be adapted to your specific library.
Lessons...an original jazz musical by Robert Gardner inspired by one of Tomie dePaola's earliest books: First One Foot, Then The Other Foot about three generations of women learning from each other.
Kindness & Cruelty: Willa Cather of NH...a new musical by William Ogmundson about the 15 years that famed author Will Cather visited Jaffrey, NH and did some of her most acclaimed writing. Earlier this year had a successful run at The Hudson Guild Theatre in NYC.
Community Films...residencies can be worked out that have as a final outcome a short film based on a community event or topic. Past film topics in this program are one room schoolhouses, the food pantry, town's oldest citizen, etc.
The Toupee...a PG 13 two person award winning play that explores comically what happens when a new widow confronts the woman who was in bed with her husband when he had his fatal heart attack.
Master Class in Script Writing: The 10 minute soap opera...a two to six hour workshop that culminates in readings of ten minute plays in soap opera style by all the participants.
The comic opera workshop...a two to six hour workshop that is great for corporate and educational residencies--focuses on team building through musical story-telling.
Timeslips...our company has become certified Timeslips memory loss workshop leaders. www.timeslips.org

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Chelsea Pettibone--translator and actress singing the opening # in Spanish
Cindy Johnson, Fred Sprage, Scott Sweatt and Linny Kenny in the adaptation of the Tomie dePaola classic, Las Posadas on tour in Lebanon, NH.
An original musical set in turn of the last century New England by Tom Dunn and Will Ogmundson. World premiere production in Hillsboro, NH 2013, scheduled for productions in /Boston and NYC in 2015.
Cindy Johnson and Marcus McFall in Tom Dunn and Will Ogmundson's original musical about the Franklin Pierce presidency. Projected scenery by Bob Robertson. Co-produced with Hillcat Theatre in Hillsboro, NH.
one of the seven short films we're produced as part of our Community Films residency project directed by Bob Robertson of Dartmouth College. Winner of the Sodexo 2014 award.

I Have Worked With

  • December 2015

    We did a one week residency that resulted in 3 sold out performances and the world premiere of our jazz musical, Lessons, by Robert Gardner.

  • December 2015

    We did a holiday camp that ended with a performance of our own adaptation of the Dogs and Cats musical.

  • December 2015

    Every Dec. for the last three years we've performed Las Posadas for this organization--each time the money raised has gone towars a different social service agency in the Upper Valley.  Our composer-in-residence, Will Ogmundson, has also performed solo concerts for this very active communit church.

     

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Tom
Job Title/Position: 
Artistic Director
Mailing Address: 
PO BOX 658
Henniker, NH 03242
Physical Address: 
PO BOX 658
Henniker, NH 03242
Last Name: 
Dunn
Phone: 
603-568-5102

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Media - Film
Theater - General
Theater - Children's
Theater - Musical
Theater - Playwriting
Year Founded: 
1999
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
American Sign Language
Spanish
Institution/Business Type: 
Performing Groups
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Performance / Concert / Reading
Events Per Year: 
90
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Dramatists' Guild member, TCG, SEIU, PEN, Playwrights' Center, etc.
Awards: 
Children's Theatre Foundation of America 2010 Aurand Harris Award for innovation--new works--in the small professional theatre category
Stiumus Award for Arts in Education, 2009, NH Dept. of Education
Sodexo Arts in Society Award 2014 for Food Pantry short film
2013 Hasbro Ambassador of Joy Award--one of two in NH
Students of 9/11 Points of Light Youth Serves America 2011 Award
Nominated for severalNH Theatre Awards as individuals--best new play, best director, best music director, best accompanist, etc.
SNOB (Somewhere North of Boston) Film Fest 2nd place in youth film competition for The Bird's Nest
Dramatists' Guild Commission Award, 2013
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Our Artistic Director is handicapped and so are several of our regular actors so we're very sensitive to this issue.

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
very simple--we bring everything with us and can perform anywhere from a bare classroom to a church sanctuary to a grange hall or actual theatre.
Fee Range Minimum: 
$25
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,500
State of Residence: 
New Hampshire
Minimum Number of Performers: 
6
Maximum Number of Performers: 
30

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Certifications / Training: 
Masters in Creative Writing from BU, 21 years teaching at college level, some 100 different residencies, master classes, etc. Published book on teaching playwriting--24 editions, several books on acting and fund-raising
Timeslips dementia training
Fee Range Minimum: 
$50
Fee Range Maximum: 
$3,500