Our 2019 - 2020 Scratchpad Playwrights

Scratchpad Series jumpstarts our relationship with early-career playwrights by doing one of the things we do best: listening to what playwrights need and giving it to them. Whether it’s a place to hear a rough draft aloud for the first time, space to fine tune a more mature work, or time to focus on a particular aspect of a piece, we want to give playwrights what they need to thrive. This year, we received over 500 submissions nationwide!

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. For playwrights based outside of New York, The Realm also facilitates the playwright’s travel and housing for the workshop.


Marisa Carr (Punk Rock Mix Tape Play) is playwright who recently transplanted to Chicago after a decade in the Twin Cities. Her work has been supported by theaters including: The Guthrie, Berkeley Rep. Pillsbury House + Theater, the Playwrights’ Center, Intermedia Arts, and others. Selected recent awards and honors include: Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival Finalist (2019), McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting Finalist (2019), Jerome Artist Fellowship Finalist (2019), Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship Semi-finalist (2019), Berkeley Rep Ground Floor Residency (2018), Forward Flux Three New American Plays Commission (2018), Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017), Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellow (2016-17), Naked Stages Fellow at Pillsbury House + Theater (2015), and “Best New Political Playwright” (Lavender Magazine, 2014). Marisa is also Co-Founder/former Artistic Director of the Turtle Theater Collective, a Twin Cities-based company committed to producing high-quality, contemporary work that explores Native experiences and subverts expectations about how and when Native artists can create theater. She is Turtle Mountain Ojibwe from the Turtle clan.

Daria Miyeko Marinelli (This is Not What I Expected When I Imagined a Republic) is a non-binary Japanese-Italian playwright. Their plays include Ravenous, A Departure, Beautiful Blessed Child, and This is Not What I Expected  When I Imagined a Republic. Daria’s work has been performed at Victory Gardens, Ensemble Theatre Company, The Flea, and HERE Arts Center, among others. Mx. Marinelli has developed work with SPACE on Ryder Farm, NNPN’s MFA Playwrights Workshop at The Kennedy Center, and The New Harmony Project. Accolades include being a Finalist for The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, a Semi-Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and The Princess Grace Award, and a showcased writer at the 2018 Consortium of Asian American Theaters & Artists. While forever a New Yorker at heart, Daria currently lives in Los Angeles. Upcoming: 10-Min Commission for Without Walls Festival (La Jolla Playhouse.) BA: Brown. MFA: Michener Fellow at University of Texas at Austin.

Andrew Siañez-De La O (Sangre Míais a Boston-based Mexican-American playwright from El Paso, Texas. He is currently a 2019 Gish Jen Fellow with the Writers' Room of Boston,a scriptwriter for the Latinx children's fiction podcast "Timestorm," and a playwright with INGENIO Milgaro 2019. Recently, he was a PlayLab Writer with Pipeline Theatre Company (NYC) and, in 2018, a National Young Playwright in Residence with Echo Theater Company (LA) and a Playwright Fellow with Company One (Boston). His collection of short stories, "Lo Siento Miguel," was published by Wilde Press in 2017. His prose has appeared in fiction magazines such as The Grief Diaries, Stork Literary Magazine, and Concrete Literary Magazine. He received his BFA in Theatre and Performance from Emerson College.

Our past Scratchpad Playwrights are:

Darren Canady, Keiko Green, and Jordan Ramirez Puckett

Benjamin Benne, Miranda Rose Hall, and MJ Kaufman


Darren Canady

2018/19 Playwright

Play: Reparations

Darren Canady’s (Reparations) work has been produced at American Conservatory Theatre, Aurora Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, Congo Square Theater, Horizon Theatre, London’s the Old Vic Theatre, M Ensemble, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, American Blues Theater, and others. His awards include the Alliance Theater's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award, Chicago’s Black Excellence Award, the Black Theatre Alliance Award, and the American Theatre Critics Association’s Osborn Award. His play You’re Invited appeared in The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011. His work has been developed at the Fremont Centre Theatre, Premiere Stages, and Penumbra Theatre. He is an alum of Carnegie Mellon University, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, The Juilliard School, and is a former member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. He is an artistic affiliate with American Blues Theater and Congo Square Theatre, and is a Core Writer of the Playwright’s Center. He currently teaches playwriting at the University of Kansas.


Keiko Green

2018/19 Playwright

Play: The Ballad of the White Tiger

Keiko Green was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a bilingual household, attending a Japanese-speaking school until the fifth grade. She received her BFA from NYU's Tisch School with a focus on Experimental Theatre. Her original work focuses on spinning narratives to centralize characters that are typically utilized as plot devices. During her time as a theatre artist in the Seattle-area for the past 7 years, she was a member of Seattle Repertory Theatre's 2015 - 2017 Writers’ Group and a 2016 Core Company Member of ACT Theatre. In 2017, her play Nadeshiko (produced by Sound Theatre Company) won the Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play, as well as landing on the Honorable Mentions for the national Kilroys List (the top, underproduced plays written by women). At Annex Theatre, she wrote the book and lyrics for the musical Bunnies, as well as the Comic Con show Puny Humans, co-written with Bret Fetzer. She was a finalist for the 2018 Many Voices Fellowship and the Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, as well as a semi-finalist for the 2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Locally, she won the 2018 Amy Award for Outstanding Emerging Artists in Kitsap County. As an actor, Keiko has performed at Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Denver Center of Performing Arts, ACT Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and the National Asian American Theatre Company among others. Keiko also works as a teaching artist and lends her writing skills to the non-profit Theatre Puget Sound, a resource to theatre artists and organizations in the Puget Sound Region. www.keikogreen.com


Jordan Ramirez Puckett

2018/19 Playwright

Play: Las Pajaritas

Jordan Ramirez Puckett is a playwright and lighting designer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She often writes about being caught between two identities and our intrinsic need for human connection. She received Abingdon Theatre Company’s Christopher Brian Wolk Award for her play, Restore. Her other plays include A Driving Beat (written at the 2018 National Winter Playwrights Retreat in Creede, Colorado), Las Pajaritas (2018 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Finalist), Inevitable (production at San Francisco Playhouse), The American Traitor (production at Playwrights Center of San Francisco), and Gringo Baseball (staged reading at Goodman Theatre in Chicago). She has designed lights for the world premieres of Bauer by Lauren Gunderson, 77% by Rinne Groff, and 1 2 3 by Lila Rose Kaplan, among others. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the former Associate Artistic Director at San Francisco Playhouse. She is currently pursuing her MFA in playwriting at Ohio University.  www.jordanramirezpuckett.com


Benjamin Benne

2017/18 Playwright

Play: q u e r e n c i a

Benjamin Benne's plays include at the very bottom of a body of water, q u e r e n c i a: an imagined autobiography about forbidden fruits, and Alma (or #nowall). His work has been produced/developed by the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference (2018), The Playwrights Realm's Scratchpad Series (2017-18), The Lark's Playwrights' Week (2016), Two River Theater, Pillsbury House Theatre, Teatro Milagro, Seattle Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, Theatre Battery, Annex Theatre, Forward Flux, Umbrella Project, and Parley, among others. He is a Playwrights' Center Affiliated Writer (2017-18 McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting, 2016-17 Many Voices Fellowship) and Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Playwriting Award winner; his plays have been finalists for The Playwrights' Center's Jerome Fellowship, Princess Grace Award, SPACE on Ryder Farm's Working Farm, Ingram New Works Lab, Blue Ink Playwriting Award, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Headwaters New Play Festival, and Austin Playhouse Festival of New American Plays, as well as runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award and semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Most recently, Benjamin's work was featured on Steppenwolf Theatre Company's The Mix and 50 Playwrights Project's Best Unproduced Latin@/x Plays 2018 list. He is a first-year MFA Playwriting candidate at the Yale School of Drama.  www.benjaminbenne.com


Miranda Rose Hall

2017/18 Playwright

Play: The Kind Ones

Miranda Rose Hall is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. Her play Plot Points in Our Sexual Development premiered at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater in October 2018. Her play The Hour of Great Mercy will premiere at Diversionary Theater in San Diego in February 2019. She is currently under commission from LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater and Yale Repertory Theater. She has developed her work with The Playwrights Realm, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York Theater Workshop, Baltimore Center Stage, Woolly Mammoth, NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, and the Orchard Project. She is currently Resident Playwright and ensemble member with LubDub Theatre, a New York-based physical theater company. She has taught at Georgetown and Wesleyan University, and she received her BA from Georgetown University and her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.


MJ Kaufman

2017/18 Playwright

Play: A Walrus in the Body of a Crocodile

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