Our 2017 - 2018 Writing Fellows
Each year we award four promising playwrights with our annual Writing Fellowship, and this year was a very competitive one: we got nearly 350 submissions!
Each recipient will receive nine months of resources, including a $3,000 stipend, generous use of the Realm’s office, regular meetings, workshops, and feedback designed to help them reach
their professional and artistic goals!
We can't wait for you to hear their plays at the INK'D New Play Festival in the spring of 2018!
Isabella D’Esposito (Play: Albert County Public Library System; Lakeside Branch) is a New York based playwright, composer and lyricist. As a playwright, her works have been produced or developed at Seven Devils Playwright’s Conference, ANT Fest at Ars Nova, Arts Tristate, Carnegie Mellon University, Horizon Theater, Red Theater Purchase, and SUNY Stony Brook's International Theatre Festival. She has been an apprentice with New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, a resident at the Stony Brook International Theater Festival, and a 2016 TEDxBroadway Young Professional. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University where she was the recipient of the Jean and Samuel Elgart Legacy Fellowship. She holds a BA in Playwriting and Screenwriting from Purchase College.
Sarah B. Mantell (Play: Everything That Never Happened) is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama’s playwriting program. Her plays include Everything that Never Happened (Carlotta Festival, runner-up for the Leah Ryan FEWW); Tiny (Langston Hughes Festival, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Play By Play); Mrs. Galveston (Yale Cabaret); Rochambeau (PlayPenn, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Heideman finalist); Fight Call; and Southbound, Soon as We Can (New Play Labs). Sarah has received residencies with Wildacres and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She holds a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and is a proud alum of Philadelphia’s The Foundry.
Christina Quintana (Play: Azul) is a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Plays and musicals include: The Great Lonely Roamer & The Night That Changed Everything (forthcoming NYU Voices Festival), Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center), GUMBO (book & lyrics), with music by Brett Macias (Yale Institute for Music Theatre), Enter Your Sleep (Baby Crow Productions), Scissoring (Finalist Alliance/ Kendeda), and Blank Canvas (“Best Short” Downtown Urban Theatre Festival). The recipient of fellowships from Van Lier New Voices at The Lark, CubaOne, Queer/Art, and Lambda Literary, and commissions from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project, Peppercorn Theatre, and Actor's Express, she is a proud member of EST's Obie-winning cohort of playwrights, Youngblood, and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. For more, visit cquintana.com
Celine Song (Play: Endlings) is a member of the Public Theater’s 2016-2017 Emerging Writers Group and a member of Ars Nova’s 2014-2015 Play Group. Her play Endlings was a part of the Kilroys list 2017, and Tom & Eliza was a semifinalist for the American Playwriting Foundation's 2016 Relentless Award. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships from: the Millay Colony for the arts, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation. Celine was an IATI Theater 2015 Cimientos Playwright and a 2014 & 2016 Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab Playwright. Her plays include The Feast (MAP Theater in Seattle, New Court Theatre in LA, Shelterbelt Theatre in Omaha, Red Theater Chicago), Family (Signature Theater, Potomac Theater), Tom & Eliza (Ars Nova, JACK), and Endlings (Public). She holds an M.F.A. from Columbia.
Our past Fellows are:
Liza Birkenmeier is a member of the Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and is currently collaborating on a piece about water that will premiere with New Georges and 3LD in 2017. Her plays have been seen or heard at Ars Nova, The San Francisco Playhouse, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, University Settlement, City Theater, Invisible Dog, Rattlestick, Dixon Place, New Georges, The San Diego Museum of Art, The School at Steppenwolf, The Classic Coin Laundry, and elsewhere. She is an alum of the Ars Nova Play Group and a recent MacDowell Colony Fellow. radio island was on the 2016 Kilroys List and was a finalist for the inaugural Philip Seymour Hoffman Relentless Award. She received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon under Rob Handel.
Clarence Coo is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award and the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize. His plays include The Birds of Empathy, Beautiful Province (Belle Province), People Sitting in Darkness, and The God of Wine. His work has been developed at the Atlantic Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He has been a Rita Goldberg Playwrights Workshop fellow at the Lark and a Dramatists Guild fellow. He received his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University. Currently he is a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and the manager of academic administration of Columbia’s MFA Writing Program.
Patricia Ione Lloyd was a Sundance resident playwright for the 2016 theater lab in Morocco with Eve’s Song. Her play Pretty Hunger (Kilroy’s List ’16) was a part of the studio workshop series at the Public Theater. She is an alumni of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public and the 2050 Fellowship at NYTW. She was a resident playwright at the University of Mumbai, Brown University (through the Africana Studies Department) and the International Theatre and Literacy Project in Tanzania. Her work has been developed by The Labyrinth Theatre, Red Bull Theatre, Dixon Place, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, New York LGBTQ Center, Fire This Time Festival and others. Recipient of New Professional Theatre’s Emerging Playwright Award, and best play award from DUTF for her play Train Bound for Glory. She is a Dramatist Guild and New Georges fellow where she is working on her first musical (book and lyrics). She is a writer for Jessica Biel's new television show on USA - THE SINNER, she was a writer on the AMC television show HAP AND LEONARD
Donja R. Love is a Philadelphia born and raised Afro-Queer playwright, poet, and filmmaker. His work examines identity by unapologetically dramatizing the multifaceted nuance of Blackness and Queerness, and challenges the white supremacist, hetero-normative structures in American culture. He's The Lark's 2016 Van Lier Playwriting Fellow, and a 2016-2017 Writing Fellow with The Playwrights Realm. He’s also the 2011 Philadelphia Adult Grand Slam Poetry Champion. He has been featured in multiple festivals, The Advocate, GLAAD, NBC, and many other publications. He's co-founder of The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for GBTQ People of Color. His work has been developed at Rising Circle Theater Collective, The Lark, and Playwrights Realm. Plays include: Soft; Or The Dead N--- Poem (New Dramatists Resident Playwright Semi-finalist), and Sugar In Our Wounds (The Arch and Bruce Brown Playwriting Award). Selected film: Modern Day Black Gay (web series), Once A Star (short film).
Sam Chanse is a writer based in New York. A 2015 Sundance Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Civilians R&D group, her work has also been developed and supported with the Lark, the Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Leviathan Lab, the Claque, Second Generation, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Her work includes Fruiting Bodies, gilgamesh & the mosquito (with composer Bob Kelly), lobsters live forever (also with Bob Kelly), About That Whole Dying Thing, and Back to the Graveyard. Her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, was published this year by Kaya Press.
Lauren Feldman is a playwright (Another Kind of Silence; Amanuensis; The Egg-Layers; A People; Fill Our Mouths; Grace, or the Art of Climbing), a devised-work collaborator (And If You Lose Your Way, Or A Food Odyssey; Lady M; The Apocryphal Project), a dramaturg, an adjunct professor of playwriting (Bryn Mawr College), and a creator-performer of theatrical contemporary circus (Tinder & Ash). She has been nominated for the New York Innovative Theatre Award, Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award, Wendy Wasserstein Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, Barrymore Award, Carbonell Award, and the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. A graduate of both the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, Lauren is also a New Georges Affiliated Artist and a member-mentor of The Foundry. Hailing from Miami, Florida, she has lived in seven cities and is now in Philadelphia. www.laurenfeldman.com
Jonathan Payne recently received a 2015 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. His previous play, The Briar Patch, received the 2014 Holland New Voices Award from the Great Plains Theatre Conference. His work has been produced and developed at the Tristan Bates Theatre (UK), Ars Nova, Fringe Festival NYC, Horse Trade Theater Group, Fire This Time Festival, The Bushwick Starr, and Theatrikos Theatre Company. He is a proud member of the Ars Nova Play Group, a Dramatist Guild Fellow, and a core cohort of the devised theatre group Impossible Bottle. He is a recipient of the Rosa Parks Award for Borne to the Ocean (2011) and the John Cauble Short Play Award for Slavery (2002) from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. He received a BA from the GSA Conservatoire (UK) and an MFA in Playwriting from Tisch School of the Arts.
David Zax spent the first decade of his writing career as a journalist, writing for The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Slate, and other publications. His writing for the stage and screen has yet to be produced, which makes him inordinately pleased and humbled to join such august company as a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow. He wrote the first draft of The Room Where I Was Held in NYU's MFA program, where he studied with Janet Neipris and Annie Baker. He also holds an MA from the Columbia Journalism School and a BA from Yale. He was a member of the improv comedy team "The Utilitarians," which performed once. More at: www.davidzax.com, @davidzax.
A former magazine journalist, Alex holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of California at San Diego and is Alex is currently a member of the Writers’ Workshop at the Center Theatre Group. His plays have been presented and developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Geva Theatre Center, MCC, The New Group, P73, Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage, the New Harmony Project, the Absolut Gay Theatre Festival (Dublin), and New York Theatre Workshop, where he is an Artistic Associate. Commissions: La Jolla Playhouse, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation, and KBEM/Jazz 88 (St. Paul, MN). He was also a 2012-13 Jerome Fellow. Alex has been a finalist for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, the Heideman Award, and the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, among others. For five years he was a member of the MCC Playwrights Coalition.