Writing Fellows

The Writing Fellows Program is at the heart of what the Realm does: helping writers write. Over the course of the season, Fellows develop a single new play in group meetings that include Artistic Director Katherine Kovner and Literary Director Kate Pines. Professional development resources are an integral part of the program and are tailored to each Writing Fellow. Mentor-opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional workshops are designed to shed light on the business side of theater and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own writing careers. The Writing Fellows' season culminates in a public reading in our INK’D Reading Festival.

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 Empathyreceived 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 Songis 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 Woundsis 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). 



2015/16 Fellow

Play: The Other Instinct

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.


2015/16 Fellow

Play: Another Kind of Silence

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


2015/16 Fellow

Play: The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll'd

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.


2015/16 Fellow

Play: The Room Where I Was Held

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.


2014/15 Fellow

Play: The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias

Michael Yates Crowley is a Brooklyn-based playwright and performer whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. His plays include Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (premiering at A.R.T. in Oct. 2015); temping (53rd New York Film Festival Convergence); Evanston: A Rare Comedy (2013 O’Neill NPC selection, 2015 Alliance/Kendeda Finalist); The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias (UMASS New Play Lab 2015); and The Ted Haggard Monologues (published by S. Fischer Verlag; filmed by HBO). In New York, his work has been seen at Joe’s Pub/The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Rattlestick, 59E59 Theaters, PS 122, the Bushwick Starr, and Ars Nova. He is a NYFA Playwriting fellow, a past member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Together with the director Michael Rau, he founded the theater company Wolf 359.



2014/15 Fellow

Play: The Place We Built

Sarah Gancher's writing has been seen on stages across the US and internationally, including London’s National Theatre, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, Ars Nova, P73, the Women’s Project, and NYC SummerStage. Honors include the New York Stage and Film Founder's Award, the Clifford Odets Commission, a Time Warner Fellowship at the Women’s Project, and a Drama League Nomination for Best Production of a Musical. She is a member/alum of P73’s writer’s group Interstate 73, the Women’s Project’s Lab and the Ars Nova Play Group. Sarah was a co-writer of The TEAM’s Mission Drift (Drama League nom, Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel; London’s National Theatre, int’l tour). She frequently collaborates with devising ensembles including Telluride Theatre and Hand2Mouth (Portland, OR) and enjoyed previous and concurrent lives as a jazz violinist and circus clown. She is currently an in-house writer for Blue Man Group. MFA: NYU.



2014/15 Fellow

Play: Local Girls

Emma Goidel's plays include Local Girls (workshop, The Playwrights' Center), A Knee That Can Bend (development: CAP21, InterAct, New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse Theater), We Can All Agree To Pretend This Never Happened (commissioned by Tiny Dynamite, co-produced with InterAct), and Safe Space (Philly FringeArts Festival 2014, co-created with playwrights Emily Acker and Douglas Williams and director Maura Krause). She is a Core Playwright at InterAct Theatre Company and a member of the Foundry, a lab for emerging Philadelphia playwrights. Emma was a 2013-2014 Core Apprentice at The Playwrights' Center and the 2012 Dasha Epstein Playwriting Fellowship at Powerhouse Theater. Her short plays have been presented at Philadelphia Theater Company, Horizon Theater in Atlanta, SIT: Dakar in Senegal, and the University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Barnard College.



2014/15 Fellow

Play: Las Hermanas Padilla

Tony Meneses is a Mexican born playwright, raised in the south/southwest, and now home in the east. His work has been presented in New York, Austin, Chicago, San Diego, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Productions include The Boy in Black through Chicago Fusion Theatre and Las Hermanas Padilla through Chicago’s DCA Storefront Theatre. He is the winner of the 2010 Kennedy Center ACTF Latino Playwriting Award. His play Guadalupe in the Guest Room was part of the 2013 LARK Playwrights’ Week, and received its world premiere in February 2015 at Two River Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, directed by Daniella Topol. He is a recent member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Obie Award-winning writing group Youngblood. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and BA from The University of Texas at Austin.



2013/14 Fellow, 2014/15 Page One Playwright

Play: My Mañana Comes

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.



2013/14 Fellow

Play: 123

Lila Rose Kaplan lives in Cambridge and is a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow. Her play Wildflower debuted Off-Broadway at Second Stage Uptown. Other plays include We All Fall Down, Home of the Brave, Bureau of Missing Persons, 123, and Tink. Her work has been produced and developed by Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Vic, Center Theater Group, and The Kennedy Center among others. She has been in residence at Harvard Business School and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. Select awards include: The International Women’s Playwriting Award and The National Science Playwriting Award. Next up is The Light Princess at the American Repertory Theatre. www.lilarose.org



2013/14 Fellow

Play: The There There

Jason Gray Platt’s work has been produced and developed around the country by the American Repertory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Flea, Round House Theater, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, The Playwrights Realm, Prelude NYC, Page 73, Red Bull Theater, Source Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Abingdon Theatre Company, and through residencies at MacDowell and Djerassi. He received a Helen Hayes Nomination for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play in 2013 and was the 2007 runner-up for Princess Grace Award in playwriting. Originally from Arizona, Jason now lives in New York. Member of Woodshed Collective. BA: Vassar; MFA: Columbia.



2013/14 Fellow

Play: Lottie in the Late Afternoon

Amelia Roper is a Brooklyn playwright, currently writing for Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, Marin Theatre Company, Colt Coeur and The Rose in Omaha. Originally from Australia, her most recent productions include the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival, 2014, the upcoming PRELUDE 14 Festival in NYC and SHE RODE HORSES LIKE THE STOCK EXCHANGE for Crowded Fire Theatre, San Francisco 2014. Fellowships: EVERYTHING IS NICE for SOHO Rep.’s Writer/Director Lab 13/14, LOTTIE IN THE LATE AFTERNOON for Playwrights Realm at Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC, 2014 and Bookshop Workshop, NYC, 2014. LOTTIE was listed seventh on the recent KILROY’S LIST. Her plays have been developed at the Old Vic in London, the Театр Центр драматургии и режиссуры in Moscow in Russian translation, Berkeley Rep.’s Ground Floor, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the MacDowell Colony and the Melbourne Theatre Company, Australia. The Dramatist Play Service will soon publish her monologue for one elderly lady, CAMBERWELL HOUSE, produced nine times in Australia, New York, Boston and London. Other Australian productions include THE PICKLED LILY PROJECT, 2005 and BIG SKY TOWN by St Martins Youth Arts Centre, 2008, the Melbourne Arts Centre, 2009, published in 2009. Amelia originally trained as a designer and worked with Australian and visiting European theatre companies, arts festivals and contemporary dance. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, is represented by AO International and has an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. www.ameliaroper.com



2012/13 Fellow

Play: The Arrival

Is a New York City based playwrights whose credits include Lights Rise on Grace (National New Play Network participant via Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, upcoming Azuka Theatre and Stageworks Theatre); a matter of choice, `name; ...a matter of choice, `nami, The Main(e) Play, That Men Do, Mercy, After, The Arrival and And Miles to Go. Produced shorts include Ad Infinitum, The Coach, The Fluffer, Marvel Super Hero Squad, Tha Bess Shit, Alexander Pays a Visit, Blac(c)ident, and Last First Kiss. His work has been published by Samuel French, Applause Books, Playscripts, Smith & Krauss, and in the Plays and Playwrights 2007 collection by NYTE. Chad is a founding co-Artistic Director of Partial Comfort Productions, and recently finished a commission for the Old Vic Theatre in London. He was recently named a finalist for both the 2015-16 Jerome Fellowship and for the prestigious Kevin Spacey Foundation. Chad holds an MFA in Playwrighting from Mac Wellman’s Brooklyn College Program.


2012/13 Fellow

Play: The Monster Play

Theresa Giacopasi is an Iowa Arts Fellow and MFA Playwriting Candidate at the University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop. Her full-length plays include Order Now (Gallery Production, University of Iowa 2014; Semi-finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2015 and Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2015); Chicken. (Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2014; Truffle Theatre Company Reading Series; Last Frontier Theatre Conference 2013); The Monster Play or, Under the Bed (Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow 2012/13); and We Never Did (Fresh Ground Pepper Playground Playgroup 2012). Her short plays have been produced by MadLab Theatre; Emerging Artists Theatre; Universal Theatre; and others. A New York native, she currently resides in Iowa City.


2012/13 Fellow

Play: Sound

Don's plays have been developed or produced at The Public Theater, New York Stage and Film, Naked Angels, The Civilians, Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the 52nd Street Project, 2G, Ma-Yi, The Living Newspaper, Naked Radio, and The Shelterbelt Theatre. Don is the recipient of New York Stage and Film's Founders Award for his play The Man From Saigon. He has also been nominated for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, been a finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Don is a member of the New York Public Theater’s Inaugural Emerging Writers Group, The Civilians Inaugural R&D Group, Ma-Yi Writers Lab and is the co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a theater arts collective in Queens. For more information on Don, please visitwww.thenuge.com.


2012/13 Fellow, 2015/16 Page One Playwright

Play: Sojourners

Mfoniso Udofia is a 1st Generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator. She attended Wellesley College for Political Science and obtained her MFA in Acting from San Francisco's award-winning American Conservatory Theater. Some of Mfoniso’s plays include The Grove, Sojourners, and runboyrun. Her work has been developed and/or presented by Playwrights Realm, Sundance Theatre Lab, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, Page 73 Development Programs, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle's INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, Liberation Theatre Company and JJCEO Youth Programs in Birmingham, Alabama. Mfoniso has received a commission from Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theater to write the 4th installation in the Ufot Family Cycle, Her Portmanteau. Udofia has been a finalist NYTW’s 20/50 Fellowship, The Source Festival, Lark Playwrights' Week and the 2013 Many Voices Fellowship. She has also achieved semifinalist status for the 2014 Cherry Lane Mentor Project and the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Follow her at @mfudofia and check out her site www.mfonisoudofia.com.


2011/12 Fellow

Play: Exile

Nastaran Ahmadi’s plays include Exile, Doctoring, The Bet and Layla and Majnun. They have been developed and/or produced by The Cherry Lane Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Actors Theater of Louisville, Lark Play Development Center, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Playwrights Realm, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, art.party.theater.company, 45th Street Theatre, The Access Theatre, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Queens Theatre in the Park, Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco, The InterArt Annex, The Yale Cabaret and The Yale School of Drama. In 2011/2012, in addition to her Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, Nastaran received a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace grant. After the Fellowship, Exile was selected by Kia Corthron to participate in The Cherry Lane Theatre’s Mentor Project where it was produced in April 2013, directed by Lisa Peterson. Nastaran has since received development residencies from The Exchange’s Orchard Project and The Vineyard Arts Project. Nastaran received an Honorable Mention in 2010 for The Middle East America Distinguished Playwright Award, has twice been a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and received two Honorable Mentions from The Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. Nastaran is proud member playwright of The Lark Play Development Center and was delighted to serve on their Artistic Advisory Board for the 2012-2013 Season. Nastaran holds an MFA in Playwriting from Yale School of Drama where she received the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting. Born in Iran and raised in the U.S., Nastaran grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and has also lived in California, New York, Missouri, Kentucky and Connecticut. www.nastaranahmadi.com


2011/12 Fellow

Play: You for Me for You

Mia is a member of New Dramatists and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. She was a member of the inaugural 2010-2011 Civilians’ R&D Group in Brooklyn; as a member of this group, she wrote her new play Page Not Found. She is the recipient of a 2012 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts fellowship and a 2011 TCG Global Connections grant to support a pansori collaboration with a South Korean musical theatre artist. Her play Exquisite Corpse received Honorable Mention for the 2011 Jane Chambers Award. Her work has been developed by the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Inkwell, the Magic Theatre, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Mu Performing Arts, and the Brandeis Theatre Company. She received a Sloan commission, a Creative Arts Council grant, and a residency at the Millay Colony. MFA, Brown. MPhil, Univ. of Dublin–Trinity College. BA, Yale.


2011/12 Fellow

Play: The Inexplicable Disappearance of Hector Villaraigosa

JC writes for theatre, film and television. His play LUCE received its world premiere in 2013 at LCT3 at Lincoln Center Theatre. His plays have been staged and developed throughout the United States including The Old Globe, The Magic Theatre, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Next Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Center Theatre Group, Azuka Theatre Company and many others. He's received commissions and/or fellowships from South Coast Repertory, Playwright’s Realm and the National New Play Network. JC is a graduate of The Juilliard School & Bloomsburg University. He is currently a writer & co- producer for “Looking” on HBO, where he previously wrote for “Girls.” He’s also in development at HBO on his dark comedy “Bad Kids” with Peter Berg and writing a screenplay for Imagine Entertainment.


2011/12 Fellow

Play: Red-Handed Otter

Ethan Lipton’s plays include Red-Handed Otter (Playwrights Realm), Luther (Clubbed Thumb), Goodbye April Hello May (HERE), The Barber and The Farmer (3LD), 100 Aspects of the Moon (The Ohio) and Meat (Powerhouse). His musical No Place to Go was commissioned by Joe’s Pub and produced by the Public Theater in 2012, for which he won an Obie Award. No Place to Go was later produced at Two River Theatre in Red Bank, NJ at the Gate Theatre in London. It has also been presented in concert in more than 20 cities around the US and UK. Ethan’s plays have been seen in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC, Edinburgh, and Berne, Austria. He is an alumni of the Public’s Emerging Writers Group, as well as the Clubbed Thumb and Plawrights Realm writers groups. He was also the inaugural Playwrights Realm Page One playwright. Ethan has received a NYFA grant, a Drama-Logue Award, and commissions from Playwrights Horizons, True Love Productions, NSYCA (via Clubbed Thumb), Barrington Stage Co. and the NEA (via Joe’s Pub). He has been a Kesselring Prize nominee, an O’Neill Conference finalist, a Kleban award finalist, and a resident playwright at New York Stage and Film. His play Luther was published in THEATER (Duke/Yale) in Winter 2013. With his band, Ethan Lipton and His Orchestra (“Best Lounge Act” New York Magazine), he has released five albums and played throughout New York and beyond including Joe’s Pub, Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MoCA, ATP in East Sussex (UK), Grand Performances in LA and at Portsmouth Music Hall. The band has been featured on radio shows such as “Weekend Edition,” “Word of Mouth,” “The World,” and “Soundcheck” and on the Clash cover album "Sandinista." As a performer Ethan originated the role of Klipspringer in Elevator Repair Service’s Gatz, and he has worked with artists including Laurie Anderson, Cynthia Hopkins and Matt Berninger of The National. More info at www.ethanlipton.com.


2010/11 Fellow

Play: Five Second Chances

As a playwright, Mattie’s productions include Modern Love, Playground: The Hallie Flanagan Project (commissioned by Vassar College), Starbox, Meeting: Important, American Catnip, The Imaginary Audience, If Found Please Return to Charles Darwin, The Redundant Colon (also performed), Civil War, Bill Clinton Goes to the Bathroom (or It Might As Well Be Spring) (also directed), and Max Out Loud, a children’s musical adapted from books by Maira Kalman. Mattie is an associate artist of art.party.theater.company. She has been a playwright-in-residence at The Millay Colony for the Arts, New York Stage & Film, and The O’Neill at Yale in Provincetown, MA. She has also worked with The Lark, Pig Iron Theatre Company, and The 52nd Street Project. Mattie’s six-episode web series, Ro, was produced by Jon Avnet and Rodrigo Garcia for the WIGS channel. As a journalist, Mattie wrote for Money magazine, The Santa Barbara Independent, and The Montecito Journal. Mattie holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from The Yale School of Drama (Eugene O’Neill Scholarship) and a B.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She trained in ballet and modern dance and was Artistic Director of Expressions Dance Company at Princeton. Mattie is from Santa Barbara, CA.


2010/11 Fellow

Play: Hey Brother

Bekah Brunstetter – whose play To Nineveh won the NY Innovative Theater Award for Best New Full-length Play in 2006 – has had her work read, produced and/or developed by New York Stage and Film, the Williamstown Theater Festival, Luna Stage, Babel Theatre Project, The Rattlestick Playwright's Theater, Ohio Theater (Think Tank), New Georges, NYU, Centenary Stage, NC New Voices, The New School for Drama, Working Man's Clothes, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Old Vic/New Voices, Boston Theatre Works, Manhattan Theatre Source, SPF, The Alliance Theater, and The Atlantic. In addition to To Nineveh, her works include: House of Home, OOHRAH! (Atlantic Theatre Company), Miss Lily Gets Boned, Sick, Green, Space, I Used to Write on Walls, Fat Kids On Fire, You May Go Now: A Marriage Play, Arms, Le Fou, Happy Birthday/I’m Dead, Celebrity, Torch Number 2, and Fucking Art. Her plays are published by Sam French, Playscripts, Original Works, and Smith & Krauss. She is a member of The Primary Stages Writer’s Group, At Play Productions, and the Naked Radio writing team. She is an alumna of the Women's Project Writer's Lab and the Ars Nova Play Group. She was the 2009 playwright in residence at Ars Nova. She is the 2010 Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theater, London. BA (Theater/Fiction Writing) from UNC Chapel Hill and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama.


2010/11 Fellow

Play: Icarus Burns

Christopher Oscar Peña has developed work at The Public Theater, NYU Graduate Acting, INTAR, the UCSB Summer Theatre Lab, Theatre C, The Studio (New York), the Ontological Hysteric Incubator and New York Theatre Workshop. His works include: Maelstrom, One of Us, 5 Letter Word (or How Orpheus Became Learned), Mnemonic, Point of Reference, How Should I Address You?, …And the Rain…And the Rain…And the Rain…And the Rain…, and the collaborative piece X+Y=Z. His Current projects include the musical (E)Vaporate: A Screwed Up Reinvention of Orpheus & Eurydice in the Form of a Made-Up Love Song with composer Parker Ferguson, the play The Suicide Tapes. He is the co-creator of 80/20, a new web series launching this fall in which he will also be co-starring.


2010/11 Fellow

Play: The Electric Baby

Stefanie Zadravec is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a writer-in-residence at The Women's Project. For her play The Electric Baby (Playwright's Realm Fellowship; Two River Theater), Stefanie received the 2013 Francesca Primus Prize, A NYFA fellowship, and the Women in Arts and Media Collaboration Award with director Daniella Topol, who directed the workshops and the world premiere production in Pittsburgh. The play is now published by Dramatists Play service and featured in Best Women's Stage Monologues (Smith and Kraus). Her Play HONEY BROWN EYES (Theater J; Working Theater) received the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. Current projects include several new play commissions: The Nocturnal Cry of a Great Potoo for The Women’s Project; Colony Collapse for Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Mellon Foundation, and The Boat for The Working Theater funded by NYSCA. Her work has also been produced/developed at The Lark Play Development Center, Play Penn, Two River Theater Company, New Dramatists, Oregon Shakespeare Festival,The Kennedy Center, The Working Theater, San Francisco Playhouse, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Theater J and Playwrights Realm, among others. Honors include fellowships with The Lark Play Development Center, Playwrights Realm, Dramatists Guild, and Sewanee Writers Conference. Stefanie is the recipient of Sustainable Arts Foundation Award and a Human Rights commission from Epic Theater Ensemble (Ford Foundation). She is an alumnus of Women’s Project Lab and The Lark's Playwrights Workshop. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. Stefanie teaches playwriting at Primary Stages’ ESPA school. www.szadravec.com


2009/10 Fellow

Play: After the Revolution

Amy Herzog’s plays include After the Revolution (Williamstown Theater Festival; Playwrights Horizons; Lilly Award), 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center; Obie Award for the Best New American Play, Pulitzer Prize Finalist), The Great God Pan(Playwrights Horizons), and Belleville (Yale Rep; New York Theatre Workshop; Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; Drama Desk Nomination). Amy is a recipient of the Whiting Writers Award, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Helen Merrill, the Joan and Joseph Cullman Award for Extraordinary Creativity, and the New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW and an alumna of Youngblood, Play Group at Ars Nova, and the SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab. She has taught playwriting at Bryn Mawr and Yale. MFA, Yale School of Drama.


2009/10 Fellow

Play: Rent Control

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.



2009/10 Fellow

Play: In the Woods Where Wolves Are

Joe Tracz is a New York-based playwright with an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His play In the Woods Where Wolves Are received a staged reading at the Public Theater as part of NYU’s MFA Thesis presentations. Other full-length plays include Boy Wonders (readings: NYU Festival of New Works; American College Theatre Festival; Performance Network of Ann Arbor, MI); Song For A Future Generation (readings: NYU Festival of New Works; Bridge Theater) and Phenomenon of Decline (Long Wharf Theatre’s Next Stage Productions; ACTF). His ten-minute play Man Up and Away has appeared in festivals from Aspen to Williamstown, including an Off-Broadway showcase at 59E59. His original TV pilot FANG! premiered at the 2007 Chicago Comedy Festival. Joe is a member of Aspen Theater Masters and the director of New Play Development for the Bridge Theater Company. He holds a BA in English from Kalamazoo College, Michigan, where he recently returned to teach as a guest artist.