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6 Aug 2012: Simone starts at the Columbia School of Journalism
1 May 2012: Simone joins the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
15 Mar 2012: Simone accepted into Columbia School of Journalism
14 Feb 2012: Simone accepted into Medill School of Journalism
28 Sept: 2011: Simone given NY Theater column at Inside New York
7 June 2011: David Lindsay-Abaire has agreed to be my Thesis Play Mentor.
3 June 2011: 'Three Bears' Accepted into San Francisco Fringe Festival
May 2011: 'Adieu My Sunshine' gets 'Outstanding Play Award' at Notes From The Underground Festival 2011
15 & 18 Feb. 2011: 'Three Bears' gets extended twice at Manhattan Rep.
16 Jan. 2011: Full 'Three Bears' Script Solicited by American PlayWorks for Consideration for Upcoming Season
2 Dec. 2010: Full 'Three Bears' Script Solicited by Samuel French for Consideration
30 Nov. 2010: 'Three Bears' Script Solicited by Agent for Consideration
- Copyright © 2011 Simone Marie Martelle. All rights reserved.
- IMPORTANT: All scripts and samples of my writing are registered with the Writers Guild of America, East and protected by copyright. If you’re interested in performing any of these plays, you need to clear performance rights.
I wrote this story for my RW1 class and it was published on our class website, The Midtown Gazette.
On August 2nd, orientation started for the Journalism School and I got the chance to meet my new classmates.
Then, on Monday, classes officially started… or at least what they call ‘boot camp’ started. We don’t start all of our classes. Instead, we have an introduction to Audio and Photo skills, so that we all know how to use equipment and get an understanding of some basic principles of Journalism. So far, I have had two classes in Audio. My first reporting assignment was to put together an Audio Profile. I interviewed actor Joey Slotnick for the project and you can listen to my 2 minute Radio profile below:
Next, we were tasked with putting together a 2 minute audio postcard. I chose to do one of the Central Park Zoo. You can listen to the piece below:
On Friday, we will be starting Photo skills classes.
In addition to these basic skills classes we take in August, we start Reporting and Writing 1 (RW1), which is a reporting class where we are broken up into small groups and assigned a beat to cover this whole semester. My professor is Karen Stabiner, an adjunct professor. You can read about on the Journalism School’s website. My beat is Midtown West, so I will be covering the area from Lincoln Center to 14th Street and 5th Avenue to the Hudson River. This includes the Garment District, the Diamond District, the Theater District, Times Square, Korea Town, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen. Although some of my classmates in other RW1 groups are covering areas like the Bronx or Brooklyn, I am very excited that I got a Manhattan beat, especially since this will allow me to still write about theater.
So far, my first week at the Journalism School has been challenging, but I am glad to be here. I have met some incredibly talented people and I absolutely love hearing and reading their work.
That is all I have to report so far, but I will be sure to keep you updated of my progress at the J-School. You can also keep up with my journalism work by following my other blog – http://the-outside-observer.com – where I will be posting some of my written work.
My MFA thesis play, Damaged, which I wrote under the mentorship of the esteemed playwright and Pulitzer-Prize winner, David Lindsay-Abaire, performed April 4th, 5th and 7th at New York Theatre Workshop’s 4th Street Theater.
Damaged is a full-length play that explores the horrifying effects of oblivion, self-absorption and fear in a rapidly disintegrating and damaged world. For more info about the play, visit damaged-theplay.com
Starring Kevin Bohl, Kathleen Marsh*, Clea Straus Rivera*, Paul C. Kelly*, Samantha Walsh and Dylan Kammerer, Damaged was a great success.
Reservations to see the play were hard to come by, as all three of our performances quickly sold out on columbiastages.org website.
The audience seemed very receptive to our show, and many emailed to share their thoughts after the show. Our favorite email is included below:
“I loved how you had the two scenes on stage at the same time & how intricately they wove together…. [I] Especially [liked] at the end when I ended up crying … [I] liked how the play stayed true to life. Even though we want a fair resolution, it isn’t always possible.” – Alexa B.
While all of us were sad to see the play end, I have submitted Damaged to several festivals, competitions and theatre companies, so hopefully Damaged will be returning the stage soon.
(*Actors Appear Courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association)
I just found out that I have been accepted into Columbia University’s School of Journalism’s Centennial class! While I do still need to wait to hear back about financial aid, I am very excited about being admitted. I absolutely love Columbia University and New York city, so the idea of staying here is very appealing.
Columbia’s curriculum is very exciting and I know of quite a few classes that I really look forward to taking there.
More info to come soon!
I just found out that I have been accepted into the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University! So exciting! Of course, I still have to wait to hear back from a few more places and to find out about financial aid, but that is all stuff I will think about later. Right now I am just excited!
In particular, I am really excited about their Magazine concentration and their Global Residency Program. I think that it will be an excellent place for me to improve my skills as a journalist. Find out about the program by visiting their website.
More details coming soon!
Although I am still re-writing and tweaking my thesis play, the time has come to cast it. Auditions started the end of January and final callbacks are Tuesday the 7th of February. I will then have a cast to announce.
In the meantime, check out the new Damaged website. You can follow us throughout the rehearsal process there.
I have been offered an editorial internship at Bon Appétit for the Spring semester, and after a careful look at my schedule, I have decided to accept. I will be working there Mondays and Fridays, and at the Radio on Tuesdays, leaving Wednesday and Thursday for my thesis.
I am excited to get the opportunity to work for a new Conde Nast magazine and to learn the inner workings of the editorial department.
I just accepted a field reporting internship with WOR 710 NewsTalk Radio for next semester. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I get to gain real field experience as a reporter, learn about sound editing (something new!) and I may get to also write for the website.
I am really excited for January!
Because I am applying for a Masters in Journalism, and because it is difficult to find a blog/writing job, I decided to start my own blog where I could write about the issues I care about.
Please read it: www.the-outside-observer.com
You can subscribe to it as well and keep up to date with all my latest posts. Stay Tuned!