Alumni Playwrights

The Realm is in it for the long haul, which is why our support doesn’t end when the curtain comes down on our Page One Production. After a Playwrights Realm premiere, the Page One Playwright joins our Alumni Playwrights Group. Alumni continue to receive benefits for a decade, including roundtable readings, professional development funds and participation in our Next Edition series. Playwrights can also be produced in Alumni Productions, a second, full Off-Broadway production of one of their new works. After the ten years are over, playwrights become Alumni Emeritus.



Substitution, '08
The Orchard, Next Edition 2013
Still Life, Next Edition 2014
City Of, Alumni Production 2015

Anton Dudley's Off-Broadway productions include Substitution (Playwrights Realm featuring Jan Maxwell), Getting Home (Secondstage Theatre directed by David Schweizer), Honor and the River (Theatre Row featuring Jan Maxwell), and Slag Heap (Cherry Lane Theatre featuring Vincent Kartheiser). Other productions include A Dram of Drummhicit [co-written with Arthur Kopit] (LaJolla Playhouse directed by Christopher Ashley), Honor and the River (Walnut Street Theatre, Luna Stage, New York Stage & Film), Cold Hard Cash (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Letters to the End of the World (Finalist for 2012 Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Drama), Davy & Stu (Ensemble Studio Theatre), and The Lake’s End (Adirondack Theatre Festival featuring Jason Butler Harner).  His work has been commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club, Playscripts Inc, Cherry Lane Theater, Stella Adler Studio, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, and is published by Playscripts, Heuer Publishing, Heinemann Press, Backstage Books, Vintage, and Samuel French. The award-winning short film of Davy & Stu, directed by Soman Chainani, appears on Strand Releasing's Boys Life 6.


My Mañana Comes, '14

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 The 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.



Red-Handed Otter, '12
The Agonist, Next Edition 2014
Goodbye April, Hello May, Next Edition 2015
(in collaboration with Barrington Stage Company)

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



Dramatis Personae, '10
Lies We Tell Ourselves, Next Edition 2013
It Never Rains in Lima, Next Edition 2014

Gonzalo Rodríguez Risco is a playwright, screenwriter and translator from Peru. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama (MFA in Playwriting, 2009). His plays in English include The French PlayThe End of Vaudeville, Dramatis PersonaeFather/SonJourney to SantiagoGay PlayThreesome and the short radio play Taxi Scene, broadcast by the BBC World Service in 2003. Plays in Spanish: Un Verso Pasajero, La Manzana ProhibidaJuegos de ManosGeneración Y, RainbowMal Criadas (written with Diego La Hoz), Asunto de TresEl MusicalTV-TerapiaCarmín El MusicalCuarentaHoy Prometo No MentirPurgatorio (written with Julia Thays),  Nunca Llueve en Lima and El Hombre del Subsuelo (written with Josué Méndez). His first feature film El Vientre (The Womb)  opened to great critical and commercial success in Peru in 2014 and the Portuguese version of his play Assunto de Três opened in Rio for a two month run in September 2014 while his latest play El Hombre del Subsuelo, based on Dostoyevsky's Notes from the Underground, ran in Lima at the same time. Good times!




Crane Story, '11
All the Roads Home, Next Edition 2013
The Moors, Next Edition 2014
The Roommate, Next Edition 2015
The Moors, Alumni Production 2016

Jen Silverman's work has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (CRANE STORY), by Clubbed Thumb (PHOEBE IN WINTER), at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (THE ROOMMATE, Humana 2015; WONDROUS STRANGE, Humana 2016), Yale Rep (THE MOORS), and at InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia (THE DANGEROUS HOUSE OF PRETTY MBANE, Barrymore Award, Steinberg Award Citation). She is a member of New Dramatists, a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and has developed work at the O’Neill, Playpenn, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Williamstown, New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Center Stage, PPF at South Coast Rep, Boston Court Theatre in LA, The Cherry Lane Mentor Project, The New Harmony Project, Fusion Theatre Co in New Mexico, Youngblood @ Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Royal Court in London among other places.

She’s a two-time MacDowell fellow, recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, a Leah Ryan Fellowship/ Lilly Award, the 2015 Helen Merrill Fund Award for emerging playwrights, and the Yale Drama Series Award for STILL. Some upcoming productions: COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BOOPS at Woolly Mammoth; ALL THE ROADS HOME at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; THE MOORS off-Broadway with The Playwrights Realm.  Education: Brown, Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard.  More info:



Dreams of the Washer King, '10
Shake and Be Saved!, Next Edition 2013
The Calamity, Next Edition 2014
The Calamity, Next Edition 2015

Christopher’s play dreams of the washer king premiered Off Broadway at the Playwrights Realm (Backstage Critic’s Pick) and was subsequently produced in LA. Other productions include Couldn't Say at Charter Theatre and Some Other Place at Black Dog, both in DC. His plays have been developed at Abingdon in New York, Kitchen Dog in Dallas, RoundHouse in Maryland, HotCity in St. Louis, and at the Last Frontier Theater Conference. He's been a finalist at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Sundance, New Harmony, and other festivals. His nonfiction has appeared in the LA Review of Books, The Missouri Review, Poets & Writers, and other publications, and three of his works have been cited as a Notable Essay of the year in the Best American Essays anthology. He was a fellow at the Norman Mailer Center last summer and was interviewed on the Leonard Lopate show in 2007, where he read from his prize-winning essay, “The Size of the Room.” He has a BA from Dartmouth and an MFA from New York University.

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Sojourners, '15

Mfoniso Udofia a first generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College and obtained her MFA from ACT. She co-pioneered the youth initiative The Nia Project, providing artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint. Mfoniso's Ufot Family Cycle plays, Sojourners and Her Portmanteau, will be produced this coming Spring 2017 as part of New York Theatre Workshop's season. In Spring 2016, The Magic Theater in San Francisco produced the West Coast Premiere of Sojourners and the World Premiere of the third installation in the Ufot Family Cycle, runboyun. Mfoniso is currently working on Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Play On! commission translating Shakespeare’s, Othello. She’s also the Artistic Director of the NOW AFRICA: Playwrights Festival and a proud member of New Dramatists class of 2023.

Mfoniso’s plays have been developed, presented and/or produced by Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, NNPN and New Play Showcase, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, I73, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle's INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, American Slavery Project, Liberation Theatre Company and more. Mfoniso was a finalist for the 2015 PoNY Prize, the Eugene O'Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Many Voices Fellowship, Page73 Development Programs, Jerome Fellowship, NYTW’s 2050 Fellowship and Lark Playwrights' Week.

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The Hatmaker's Wife, 2013
King of the Yees, Next Edition 2015

Lauren Yee is a playwright born and raised in San Francisco, currently living in New York City. She was a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MacDowell fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, and a member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. She has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship, the PONY Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, the Sundance Theatre Lab, and the Wasserstein Prize. Her play Samsara has been a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and was workshopped at the O'Neill Conference. Her work has been published by Samuel French.

Her full-length work has been produced at AlterTheater, Artists at Play, City Lights Theatre Company, Company One, fu-GEN, the Hub Theatre, Impact Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, Pan Asian Rep, SIS Productions, and others. Lauren’s work has also been developed at Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, The Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Playwrights Realm, Second Stage Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Aurora Theatre, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, East West Players, the Hangar Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, the Magic Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, PlayPenn, and the Playwrights’ Center.

Lauren is a Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, a member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab, the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre, and a Core Writer at the Playwrights' Center. She is currently under commission from Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, Mixed Blood Theatre, and Encore Theatre Company (with support from the Gerbode Foundation). BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD.


Dov and Ali, '09
A Delicate Ship, Next Edition 2013
Boy, Next Edition 2014
The Last Match, Next Edition 2015
A Delicate Ship, Alumni Production 2015

Anna Ziegler’s plays have been produced at Seattle Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Magic Theatre, EST, New Georges, and Theatre503 (UK), among others. Upcoming productions include Photograph 51 on the West End directed by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman, The Last Match at The Old Globe and City Theatre, A Delicate Ship at The Playwrights Realm, and Another Way Home at Theater J. Workshops/Residencies: The Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, New York Stage and Film, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Arena Stage, PlayLabs at The Playwrights’ Center, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s New Works Festival, Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, McCarter Theatre Center’s Playwrights Retreat, The Araca Group, Old Vic New Voices, and many more. Awards: STAGE award, Weissberger Award (finalist), Edgerton New Play Prize, Douglas T. Ward Playwriting Prize. Publications Include: DPS editions of BFF, Life Science and Photograph 51. Ms. Ziegler has a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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The Wolves, '16

Sarah DeLappe's acclaimed play The Wolves premiered Off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm, following an engagement at New York Stage and Film, and development at Clubbed Thumb and Great Plains Theatre Conference, and was subsequently remounted at Lincoln Center. The Wolves received the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Yale Drama Series Prize. Fellowships and developmental support include The MacDowell Colony, The Ground Floor, LCT3 Playwright in Residence, Ars Nova Play Group, Page One Fellowship at The Playwrights Realm, SPACE on Ryder Farm and Sitka Fellows Program. Past affiliations: Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers' Group and New Georges Audrey Residency. MFA in process at Brooklyn College.



The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias, '17

Michael Yates Crowley is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. His works for theater include The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B Matthias (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, UMASS New Play Lab); School Shooting IV (developed at NYTW and Ars Nova); Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (American Repertory Theater, Joe’s Pub); temping (premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival, A.R.T.); The Dead, Inc. (Schlosstheater Moers); Evanston: A Rare Comedy (2013 O’Neill NPC selection, 2015 Alliance/Kendeda Finalist); and The Ted Haggard Monologues (published by S. Fischer Verlag; filmed by HBO). He is a member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, a former NYFA Playwriting fellow and member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Together with the director Michael Rau, he founded the narrative technology company Wolf 359.



Hello, From the Children of Planet Earth, '18

Don Nguyen's full length plays include: Sound (Azeotrope/ACT Seattle), Red Flamboyant (Firebone Theatre Company), The Commencement of William Tan (Yale Cabaret), The Man From Saigon (ACT New Strands Festival), The Supreme Leader(Roundabout Underground Reading Series).  Don is the recipient of the 2015 GAP Prize from the Aurora Theatre, a New York Stage & Film Founder’s award and has been a finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Princess Grace Award, and The Woodward International Playwriting Prize. Don is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, an alumni of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and The Civilians R&D Group, and a co-founder of Mission to (dit)Mars, a Queens based theatre arts collective.  More info at:



The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll'd, '18

Jonathan Payne’s work has been produced and developed at Long Wharf Theatre, Ars Nova, Fringe Festival NYC, The Bushwick Star, and the Fire This Time Festival. He was a fellow at New Dramatists, Playwrights Realm and The Dramatist Guild, as well as an Ars Nova Play Group. Awards include the Princess Grace Award, Holland New Voices Award, Rosa Parks Award, John Cauble Short Play Award. He received a BA from the GSA Conservatoire (UK), an MFA in Playwriting from Tisch School of the Arts, and an Artist Diploma Recipient in Playwriting from The Juilliard School.