Our 2016 - 2017 Writing Fellows
Liza Birkenmeier (Play: radio island) 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 (Play: The Birds of Empathy) received the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize for Beautiful Province (Belle Province). His other plays include The Birds of Empathy, People Sitting in Darkness, and The God of Wine. His work has been developed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Lark, New York Theatre Workshop, Ma-Yi Theatre, New Dramatists, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He received his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University. He has been a Rita Goldberg Playwrights & Workshop fellow at the Lark and a Dramatists Guild fellow. 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 program administrator of Columbia’s MFA Writing Program.
Patricia Ione Lloyd (Play: Eve's Song) is a writer on the AMC television show HAP and Leonard. She was a Sundance resident playwright 2016 theater lab Morocco and New York Theater Workshop fellow. Her Play Pretty Hunger was a part of the studio workshop series at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in NYC. Ione is an alumni of the 2015 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. 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 Public Theater, The Labyrinth Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, 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.
Donja R. Love (Play: Sugar in our Wounds) 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, heteronormative structures that exist in American culture. He's The Lark's 2016 Van Lier Playwriting Fellow. He’s also the 2011 Philadelphia Adult Grand Slam Poetry Champion. His work has been featured in multiple festivals, The Advocate, Glaad, NBC, and many other publications. He's the co-host of Broadway Black's podcast Off-Book; the co-founder of Ademide Theatre Ensemble; and The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for GBTQ People of Color, (www.TheEachOtherProject.com). Selected stage-plays include: The Dead N--- Poem (New Dramatists Resident Playwright Semi-finalist), and Sugar In Our Wounds. Selected film work: Modern Day Black Gay (web series), I Hate New York (web series), and The Space Between (short film).
Our past Fellows are:
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.
ELIZABETH IRWIN was born in Worcester, raised by Brooklyn and finished by el D.F. (aka Mexico City). Before becoming a playwright she was a high school English teacher followed by a very long stint as a wanderer. She was selected as a member of the 2012-13 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab while living shoe-free on a Mexican beach so she came back to New York. She then became a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in 2013, followed by Playwrights Realm’s Page One Resident Playwright in 2014-15. Her latest play, My Mañana Comes (Lucille Lortel Outstanding Play nominee, Drama Desk Outstanding Play Nominee, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award Nominee), received its critically acclaimed off Broadway debut at the Peter Jay Sharp theater in 2014. So far, it is slated for productions in 2015-16 at San Diego REPertory Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, ArtsWest Seattle, and Teatro Vista in Chicago. She misses everything.
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.