Above: "A Dress for Mona" in Durham, NC, USA (2003) and Durban, South Africa (2007)
Drama Circle is a small press and a loose creative collective dedicated to using the arts to build community. Through print and electronic publications, we promote work that taps theatre's power to educate and transform and engages its capacity to create empathy and social communion. We advocate artists and practices that exemplify this focus as well. The circle is a symbol of the unity and strong sense of community that the arts can help create. This is the spirit of our undertaking.
Drama Circle was founded in 2002 by playwright Mark Perry, originally to produce his own plays and promote theatre initiatives in the Baha'i community. Its mission has evolved and broadened since then, now focusing on publishing and promoting community through drama and other arts. It will no doubt continue to evolve.
Mark Perry teaches play analysis and playwriting in the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill and serves as a resident dramaturg to Playmakers Repertory Company. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa's Playwrights Workshop and a recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Literature Fellowship in playwriting.