LPTW CT Chapter Member Wins Festival Artists’ Awards

unnamedWe would like to congratulate our Connecticut Chapter member Susan Cinoman on winning the inaugural Guilford Foundation/Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Awards! Cinoman was one of two winners chosen by festival programmers and independent judges from a field of applicants from throughout Connecticut. She will receive a $2,500 grant toward the creation of new work.

The Guilford Performing Arts Festival Artists’ Awards were created to encourage the development of new work by professional Connecticut artists and to provide a vehicle for the debut of original material at the festival. Cinoman’s work will be performed in full for the first time at the next Guilford Performing Arts Festival, scheduled for September 26-29, 2019.

Cinoman, who won in the Drama category, will complete work on a full-length play, “Guenevere,” that uses the King Arthur legend to illuminate the struggle for power and control between women and their closest male friends, in love, at work and at play. In Cinoman’s play, Guenevere, a childhood friend of Arthur, pulls the legendary sword from the stone and becomes the rightful ruler of Camelot—setting up a battle of wills, intrigue, romance, murder and a feminist perspective on the dynamics between men and women, on politics and on destiny. Cinoman plans a staged reading of “Guenevere” at the 2019 festival; a portion of the play while in development was presented previously at Connecticut’s Ivoryton Playhouse as part of its annual Women’s Playwright Initiative.

Cinoman has written for the ABC television shows “The Goldbergs” and “Schooled.” Her one-act plays “Cinoman and Rebeck” and “Gin and Bitters” were produced off-Broadway at the Miranda Theatre in New York City, and her short play “Cat and Dog Watch the Tonys” staged at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles this past August. Several of her plays are available as films, including “All Me, All the Time,” and “Love and Class in Connecticut,” which received The Best Connecticut Filmmaker Award at the Connecticut Film Festival in 2009.

Cinoman will be introduced at a limited-seat reception in Guilford on September 29, 2018. Tickets are $50 per person; to attend or get more information, email gpafest@gmail.com.