POSTPONED “Stages, Pages, & Television” @ Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach
Jul 2 @ 6:30 pm


“Stages, Pages, and Television”
With Hermitage Fellows Melissa Dickey & Eleanor Burgess 
Hermitage Artist Retreat Beach, 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL 34223

Poet Melissa Dickey will share new work. Playwright and screenwriter Eleanor Burgess will share her work  and give a look behind  the scenes writing for HBO’s Perry Mason.

Melissa Dickey is a Hermitage Fellow and the author of two books of poetry, Dragons (Rescue Press, 2016) and The Lily Will (Rescue, 2011). She earned degrees from the University of Washington and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems, nonfiction, and reviews have appeared in jubilat, Puerto del Sol, Columbia Poetry Review, the Spectacle, the Laurel Review, and Kenyon Review Online, among other publications. Born and raised in New Orleans, she now lives at a boarding school in Western Massachusetts, where she teaches literature and writing.

Eleanor Burgess, a returning Hermitage Fellow, is a playwright and television writer whose work has been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, The Alliance Theatre, Writers Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Geva Theatre Center, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Company, and Centenary Stage, and developed with The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company, the Lark Play Development Center, and the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop. She has been a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, Page 73’s writers’ group Interstate 73, The Civilians’ R&D Group, and New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship. She has also been a staff writer for Perry Mason on HBO. Originally from Brookline, Massachusetts, she studied history at Yale College and Dramatic Writing at NYU/Tisch.


“2021 Hermitage STARs” @ Hermitage Great Lawn
Jul 17 @ 11:00 am
“2021 Hermitage STARs” @ Hermitage Great Lawn

“2021 Hermitage STARs”
A Hands-On Showcase for Families
Saturday, July 17 @ 11am ET
Live on the Hermitage Great Lawn
6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, FL 34223

The five winners of Florida’s 2021 State Teacher/Artist Residency program (STARs) – an award presented in collaboration with the Florida Alliance for Arts Education – will give brief presentations and lead hands-on music, writing, and visual art activities for students and guests of all ages!

Click here to register. $5 per adult, KIDS ARE FREE.

The five winners are Megan Boehm, a painting instructor at Kissimmee Middle School in Kissimmee; Kimberley Mullins, a creative writing instructor at Gainesville High School in Gainesville; Jennifer Rodriguez, a ceramics instructor at the J.M. Tate Senior High School in Cantonment; Eric Troop, a music instructor at the Bellalago Academy in Kissimmee; and Laura Wiswell, a painting instructor at the Port Salerno Elementary in Stuart.


2021 Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration! @ Hermitage Artist Retreat
Nov 13 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
2021 Artful Lobster: An Outdoor Celebration! @ Hermitage Artist Retreat

The highly popular Artful Lobster is our signature fundraising event, and the only benefit to take place on our historic Gulf front campus on Manasota Key. With a luscious lobster feast catered by Michael’s On East and live entertainment featuring a celebrated Hermitage Fellow, the Artful Lobster is anticipated as the season kick-off for many across our community.

To learn more about Artful Lobster, click here.

Tickets will go on sale a later date.