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Summer Salt

Summer Salt is our annual writer's retreat. 

Each summer since 2011 Jeffrey Sweet & Kristine Niven have met with a gang of writer-improvisers like Dan Castellaneta, Deb Lacusta, Cheri & Bill Steinkellner, Deborah Laufer, Ron West, Catherine Butterfield, Mike Descoteaux, Jonathan Stark, Michael Gellman and Pam Victor. 


For a week, we improvise scenes and character explorations based on each other’s suggestions to jump-start the creation of new plays, screenplays, sketches, and TV scripts. Plays by Laufer and Butterfield which were worked on at these retreats have played off-Broadway, and several short plays have been part of AND’s Eclectic Evening of Shorts: Boxers & Briefs. Plays developed by Castellaneta/Lacusta and the Steinkellners have played on the West Coast and at festivals around the country. 


Summer Salt is by invitation only.  If you are interested in being considered to participate, please contact us at 

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