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BINGHAM CAMP THEATRE RETREAT
A creative home for faces and stories that reflect the diversity of today’s world.
Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat focuses on the development of new work for the stage that promotes and celebrates diversity. Set in the woods of Salem, CT, it is a rural retreat where theatre artists create work that gives voice to under-represented communities onstage. With an emphasis on non-traditional casting, multi-ethnic participants and bold theatricality, it offers a unique opportunity for theatre-makers to develop new plays and musicals that encourage dialogue between cultures.
BCTR is an annual ten-day retreat at The Bingham Camp. Each season, participants work on the development of a single new play or musical. In addition, there are opportunities for readings and exploration of other work while on-site. It culminates in a presentation to an invited audience of local supporters, national art advocates and other professionals.
Under the artistic direction of Devanand Janki, the creative environment is collaborative and supportive, with the ultimate goal of creating high-quality work that has potential to be produced commercially so its message can reach larger audiences.
The quietude of the countryside around Bingham Camp offers the opportunity for participants to work without the interruption and distraction of a city. All artists receive a small stipend plus housing and meals.
ABOUT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DEVANAND JANKI
Dev is a New York-based Director and Choreographer who grew up spending summers at The Bingham Camp. His career spans all facets of the performing arts - theatre, opera, ballet and corporate entertainment.
He began as a performer, appearing in numerous productions including Broadway’s Miss Saigon. Cats, The King & I, and Side Show. For the past 15 years, he has been a freelance director, working regionally and in New York on over 50 shows including Aladdin, Junie B. Jones, Man of La Mancha, Rent, The Full Monty and Off-Broadway’s Zanna Don’t for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award.
His passion has always been creating new work for the stage. He is excited that The Bingham Camp, which inspired so much of his own creativity, is now a home for other theatre professionals. He looks forward to sharing their work with the community in the years to come.