Our 2017 - 2018 Scratchpad Playwrights

Our newest program, Scratchpad Series, is a chance for us to engage with a whole new group of playwrights each year, erasing limitations of geography or access by working to identify playwrights from all across the country to participate. In our very first year, we received over 450 submissions from 41 states!

Scratchpad participants will receive a developmental workshop of up to one week in New York City, working with top-notch professional collaborators—director, cast, and The Realm’s artistic staff. If the playwright is based outside of New York, The Realm will also facilitate the playwright’s travel and housing for the workshop.


Benjamin Benne (Querencia) is a 2017-18 McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at The Playwrights’ Center, and was previously a 2016-17 Many Voices Fellow. He is a winner of the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award, runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award, finalist for the Princess Grace Award, and a semifinalist for the Blue Ink Playwriting Award. His work has been produced by Annex Theatre, Forward Flux Productions, and Pillsbury House Theatre, as well as developed with The Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, Two River Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Umbrella Project, Parley, and The Playwrights’ Center, among others. His plays have been finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Ingram New Works Lab, Headwaters New Play Festival, and Austin Playhouse’s Festival of New American Plays. He was born and raised in Los Angeles County and currently resides in Minneapolis, MN. www.benjaminbenne.com

Miranda Rose Hall (The Kind Ones) is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. She has produced her plays at the Yale School of Drama, Yale Cabaret, Yale Summer Cabaret, the DC Fringe Festival, and with Longacre Lea for the DC Women's Voices Theater Festival. She has workshopped her plays with Play Lab at Baltimore Center Stage, PlayFest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Kennedy Center's MFA Playwrights Workshop, the Sam French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and will workshop with the National New Play Network's Annual Showcase and at New York Theatre Workshop later this fall. Miranda was the 2013/14 Hot Desk Resident Playwright at Baltimore Center Stage, and is the Resident Playwright and ensemble member with LUBDUB Theatre Company, a New York-based physical theater company. She has taught playwriting as a visiting lecturer at Wesleyan University, and currently teaches at Georgetown University and Baltimore Center Stage. She graduated with a BA from Georgetown University and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. mirandarosehall.com

MJ Kaufman is a playwright and devised theater artist working in New York and Philadelphia. Their work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the New Museum, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Page73, Colt Coeur, Yale School of Drama, Lark Play Development Center, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Harmony Project, One Coast Collaboration, and has been performed in Russian in Moscow. MJ has received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Young Playwrights Inc., and the Huntington Theatre, where they are also a playwriting fellow, as well as the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, the 2013 Global Age Project Prize, and the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. MJ is a member of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers' Group and the WP Theater Lab, and a core playwright at InterAct Theatre. They have taught playwriting at Fordham University, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase College, the University of the Arts and as a teaching fellow at Yale College. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. www.mjkaufman.com