Our 2019 - 2020 Writing Fellows

Each year we award four promising playwrights with our annual Writing Fellowship, and this year was a very competitive one: we got over 300 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 their readings at our INK'D New Play Festival!


Tanya Everett (A Dead Black Man) moved from Massachusetts to Brooklyn to pursue her career as an actor and writer. Her plays have been performed in many Off and Off-off Broadway venues: including the Public, Cherry Lane, HERE Arts Center, TheaterLab, Kraine, Cherry Pit and the Tank. Her play “And The Gods Walk Among Us” was named Semi-Finalist for the Princess Grace Award and Finalist for the Lark Development Week. Her play, “A Dead Black Man,” was a Finalist for the Dramatist Guild Fellowship in 2019.  She recently graduated from Brooklyn College, under Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. She won the AAUW Career Development Grant, the Truman Capote Scholarship, and the 2018 MFA in Playwriting Awards to support her academic pursuits.  Some of her teachers and mentors include: Stephen Adley Guirgis, Ellen McLaughlin, Maggie Flanigan, and Julia Jordan. When she is neither acting nor writing, Tanya enjoys homemade food, live performances, working with youth, cuddling and communing with artistic spirits.

Maya Macdonald (Brunch) is a playwright and native of New York City. Her plays have been developed in NYC and across the country with companies that include The Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The New Ohio, Echo Theater Company, Bushwick Starr, New Dramatists, Ensemble Studio Theatre, MCC Theater Young Playwrights, Three Legged Dog, The Flea, Rising Phoenix Rep, JACK, Dixon Place, and DePaul University. Her plays include: Brunch, (Honorable Mention, The Relentless Award, Semi-Finalist, Theatre503’s Playwriting Award in London), Three Anne Franks (Finalist, Rattlestick Playwrights Commission), Raw Pasta (Semi-Finalist, The O’Neill and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), Leave the Balcony Open (Finalist, Princess Grace Award). She’s been a resident playwright for The Rogue Players, Oye Group, Lake George Theater, Ragdale and Tofte Lake, is a New Georges Affiliated Artist and has been nominated for Cherry Lane Mentor Project and the Doric Wilson Award. BA, Bennington College, MFA from Hunter College (Irv Zarkowr Award for Excellence).

Christopher Reyes (Balikbayan) is a Philippine-born performer, writer and theater marketer. He received a BA in Theatre Arts from Drew University with a minor in Film & Media Studies. He has previously worked with the National Asian American Theatre Company as a Production Assistant in their reiteration of Awake and Sing at The Public Theater. He had the opportunity to work with them once again during their production of  SAGITTARIUS PONDEROSA as a Marketing Assistant. He served as the Communications & People Associate at The Lark where he produced and hosted the web series/podcast "Artist Spotlight" and published a collection of essays on their blog. Influenced by his upbringing in the Philippines, his plays explore what it means to be Filipino, what it means to be American, and what it means to be "Filipino-American." And they're always queer as f*ck. 

Tasha Gordon-Solmon (The Lasagna Incident) plays include I Now Pronounce (Humana Festival of New American Plays, Perry Mansfield New Works Festival), Same Time, Same Place (Actors Theater of Louisville PTC Commission), Piece Of (developed at Northern Stage’s New Works Now), Whip It Up! With Wendy! (AFO Solo Collective Residency) and Pal (developed at Sun Valley Center for the Arts and New Georges). Her musical Fountain of You, written with composer Faye Chiao, has upcoming workshops at The Tank and Zeiders American Dream Theater. Tasha is a recipient of the Dramatist Guild Fellowship, a Puffin Foundation Grant and residencies at the Millay Colony, VCCA and Bethany Arts Center. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a member the BMI Advanced Workshop and Directors Lab West, and an alumna of the Ars Nova Playgroup, Clubbed Thumb Emerging Writers Group and Project Y Writers Group. Tasha’s directing credits include EST, Brooklyn Museum, InViolet, The Tank, The Flea, The Brick, Dixon Place, Columbia and NYU Graduate Playwriting, Sound Bites Festival, NY Fringe Festival and Fire This Time Festival.


Bleu Beckford-Burrell

2018/19 Fellow

Play: Lyons Pride

Bleu Beckford-Burrell is a first-generation Jamaican-American actor/playwright. Born and raised in New York City, she works for a non-profit organization where she teaches acting to teens, as well as writing and directing plays. Her M.F.A in acting was received at Rutgers university, some credits include; Doubt as Mrs. Muller, Uncle Vanya as Marina, Intimate Apparel as Mrs. Dickson; NYC Credits, Nelly as Jenny, Hobart’s Dilemma as Eileen, Seen Her as Yara. She is the 2018 Yale Drama Series Award Runner Up, A new member for New Georges 2019 The Jam Director-playwright Lab, a former member of the Obie Award Winning Ensemble Studio Theatre playwright’s group Youngblood and was Page73 2017 Summer resident. She was also commissioned for the EST 2019 One-Act Play Festival. Her plays include P.S.365 (EST workshop series, The National Black Theatre’s Keep the Soul Alive reading series), Lyons Pride (EST Bloodwork Reading Series, Finalist for 2018 PWC New Voices Fellowship, Finalist of 2018 BAPF, Finalist for 2018 Princess Grace Award) and La Race (EST 2018 Bloodwork Reading Series). Some of her short plays produced at EST Brunch series and Play festivals include: Tomorrow Tomorrow Yesterday Tomorrow, Neutered, M.D.M.A., Forecon, and Masque.


Sarah Einspanier

2018/19 Fellow


Sarah Einspanier is a playwright from Dallas, TX. Her plays include I LOVE SEAN, The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project with Sheila Callaghan), House Plant (Horton Foote Scholar at Sewanee Writers’ Conference with Naomi Iizuka), Lunch Bunch (Clubbed Thumb’s Winterworks), and MADONNA col BAMBINO created with composer Deepali Gupta and director Caitlin Sullivan (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and the New Ohio’s Ice Factory, curated by New Georges). Her work has also been developed and presented by Ars Nova’s Play Group, Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, the New Georges Jam, a New Georges Special Residency, New York Theatre Workshop's Mondays @ 3, and Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Directing Studio. She has been a resident at the Millay Colony, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Stratford New Works Lab, and has participated in Erik Ehn’s annual Texas Silent Writing Retreat.


Keelay Gipson

2018/19 Fellow

Play: #NewSlaves

Keelay Gipson is an Activist, Teaching Artist, and award-winning Playwright whose plays include #NewSlaves (Finalist; The O’Neill), CRH, or the placenta play (Semi- Finalist; The O’Neill, Bay Area Playwrights Conference, AADA Main Stage Live!), Nigger/Faggot (Downtown Urban Theater Festival), The Lost (Or, How to Just Be), What I Tell You in the Dark (Premiere Stages Finalist), and Mary/Stuart, a dramatic queering of friederich schiller's classic play (BAM Next Wave Festival, partnership with Wendy’s Subway and Lambda Literary). He is the recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship (2016-2018) at New Dramatists, as well as writing fellowships with Lambda Literary, The Amoralists, Page 73 and the Dramatist Guild Foundation. He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of New York, the Administration of Children’s Services of the City of New York, New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Season at Vassar College and Yale University. His work has been seen/developed at the Wild Project, HERE Arts Center, Pace University, National Black Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights' Theater, The Fire This Time Festival, Classical Theater of Harlem, and New York Theatre Workshop. He is published in The Best American Short Plays anthology by Applause Theatre and Cinema Books and 48 Hours in Harlem, Vol. 3 by Harlem9.


Else C. Went

2018/19 Fellow

Play: Initiative

Else C. Went is a co-founder of The Renovationists and current member of Trans Theatre Lab. Their work has been produced and developed by Trans Lab @ The Public and WP, The Tank, The Brick, The Flea, Living Room Theatre, and Parity Productions. Recipient of 2017 Parity Productions' commission for women and transgender playwrights. Finalist for The Public's Emerging Writers Group, Ingram Works New Play Lab @ Nashville Rep, Scratchpad Series @ Playwright's Realm; semi-finalist for the Ars Nova Play Group, and Shakespeare's New Contemporaries @ American Shakespeare Center. Plays include They Stay Together, Old Names for Wildflowers, Courage! To the Field!, Three Seconds, Saving Throw, Boxcar, The Great American Folksong, and The Tarantists. BA Sarah Lawrence College.


Isabella D'Esposito

2017/18 Fellow

Play: Albert County Public Library System; Lakeside Branch

Isabella D’Esposito is a New York based playwright and songwriter. As a playwright, her works have been produced or developed at Boise Contemporary Theatre, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, ANT Fest at Ars Nova, Arts Tristate, Carnegie Mellon University, Horizon Theater, and Red Theater Purchase. 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 is currently a Writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm, and she received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University where she was the recipient of the Jean and Samuel Elgart Legacy Fellowship.



2017/18 Fellow

Play: Everything That Never Happened

Sarah B. Mantell's plays include Everything That Never Happened, Tiny, Fight Call, and Mrs. Galveston. Her work has been performed and developed at The Theatre @ Boston Court, Yaddo, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Seattle Rep, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Yale School of Drama, Philadelphia Theater Company, Geva Theatre, Play By Play, Wildacres, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Yale Cabaret. Sarah has been first runner-up for the Leah Ryan FEWW award and a finalist for the Heideman Award. She has taught at Occidental College, Wesleyan, and the O'Neill Playwriting Program at New Haven's Cooperative Arts High School. She is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama and holds a BFA in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design.



2017/18 Fellow

Play: Azul

Christina Quintana is a New York-based writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Azul was featured on the 2017 Kilroys List and selected as an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Arch Bruce Brown Playwriting Competition. Other plays include: Evensong (Astoria Performing Arts Center), Enter Your Sleep (Yale Cabaret), Citizen Scientist (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Project Commission), The Great Lonely Roamer & The Night That Changed Everything (NYU Voices Festival), and Scissoring (Finalist Alliance/ Kendeda; 2014 Kilroys List Honorable Mention). The recipient of fellowships from Playwrights Realm, Van Lier New Voices at The Lark, Queer/Art, CubaOne, and Lambda Literary, she holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University and is a current member of Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Obie-winning cohort of playwrights. For more, visit cquintana.com 



2017/18 Fellow

Play: Endlings

Celine Song is a member of the Public Theater’s 2016-2017 Emerging Writers Group, a member of Ars Nova’s 2014-2015 Play Group, and a Playwrights Realm 2017-2018 Writing Fellow. Her play ENDLINGS was a part of the 2017 Kilroys list, and TOM & ELIZA was a semifinalist for the American Playwriting Foundation's 2016 Relentless Award. Celine has been awarded residencies, fellowships, and commissions from: MTC/Sloan, Sundance, 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, Theatre503), and ENDLINGS (The Public, Echo Theater, OSF Black Swan Lab). She holds an M.F.A. from Columbia.



2016/17 Fellow

Play: radio island

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.



2016/17 Fellow

Play: The Birds of Empathy

Clarence Coo is a recipient of a 2017 Whiting Award and the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize. His plays include The Birds of EmpathyBeautiful 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.



2016/17 Fellow

Play: Eve's Song

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



2016/17 Fellow

Play: Sugar in our Wounds

Donja R. Love is an Afro-Queer playwright, poet, and filmmaker. He's the 2017 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellow, a Eugene O’ Neill 2017 National Playwrights Conference finalist, The Lark's 2016 Van Lier New Voices Playwriting Fellow, The Playwrights Realm’s 2016-2017 Writing Fellow, and the 2016 Arch and Bruce Brown Playwriting Award recipient. His work has been developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Rising Circle Theatre, The Lark, and The Playwrights Realm. He’s the co-founder of The Each-Other Project, an organization that helps build community and provide visibility, through art and advocacy, for LGBTQ People of Color (www.TheEachOtherProject.com). Select stage-plays include: The Love* Plays (Sugar In Our Wounds, Fireflies, In The Middle), and Soft; Or The Dead N---- Poem (New Dramatists Resident Playwright Semi-finalist). Select film work: Modern Day Black Gay (web series), and Once A Star (short film). Training: Juilliard's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program.


2015/16 Fellow

Play: The Other Instinct

Sam Chanse’s plays include The Opportunities of Extinction (2017 Kilroys List, Rita Goldberg Playwrights Workshop at the Lark, Ars Nova Out Loud), The Other Instinct (Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, Lark Playwrights Week, O’Neill Semifinalist, 2017 & 2016 Kilroys List Honorable Mention, StageLeft Leapfest), What You Are Now (EST/Sloan commission), Fruiting Bodies (2015 Kilroys List, Lark Studio Retreat, the Claque, Ma-Yi Labfest), and Lydia’s Funeral Video (Kaya Press). She is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Ars Nova’s Play Group. A former Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, Sundance/Ucross Playwright Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at The Lark, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. Commissions include Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan, Ma-Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, Leviathan Lab and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her work has also been developed with The Civilians R&D Group, The Yale Institute of Musical Theatre, Labyrinth Theater, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, Bindlestiff Studio, Asian American Theater Company, and the New York International Fringe Festival. more info: www.samchanse.com


2015/16 Fellow

Play: Another Kind of Silence

L Feldman is a queer, feminist playwright who writes theatrically adventurous, physically kinetic, intimate, inquisitive, deeply honest plays – usually about outsiders, often about searchers, always about the human connection. Her plays include THRIVE, OR WHAT YOU WILL (New Georges Audrey Residency); ANOTHER KIND OF SILENCE (Magic Theatre Virgin Play Festival, PlayPenn Conference, O’Neill Finalist, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Drama League workshop); AMANUENSIS (Georgetown University, Northwoods Ramah Theatre commission); A PEOPLE (Orbiter 3, Jewish Plays Project Top Plays); THE EGG-LAYERS (Jane Chambers Honorable Mention, O’Neill Finalist, New Georges/Barnard College co-commission); GRACE, OR THE ART OF CLIMBING (Denver Center, Art House Productions, Nice People Theatre, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award Nomination, Barrymore Nomination, Kilroys List); several ensemble-devised works, including GUMSHOE (New Paradise Labs + the Free Library of Philadelphia + the Rosenbach Museum), WAR OF THE WORLDS: PHILADELPHIA (Swim Pony + Drexel University), AND IF YOU LOSE YOUR WAY, OR A FOOD ODYSSEY (The Invisible Dog, New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination), LADY M (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival), and others; and a baker's dozen of short plays. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, L is also an educator (Bryn Mawr College, University of the Arts, PlayPenn, Jefferson Medical School/Lantern Theatre), a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a Foundry mentor, and a performer & dramaturg of contemporary circus. She trains & coaches at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and teaches dramaturgy to circus artists at Circadium and around the country. Hailing from Miami, L has lived in seven cities and is now based in Philadelphia – where she is a proud Orbiter 3 playwright. She is writing three new plays.


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 is a Brooklyn-based playwright and founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia's critically acclaimed producing playwrights collective. Her plays include The Gap (upcoming: Azuka Theatre, 2017; developed at Ars Nova, Labyrinth Theatre Co., and Theatre Exile); A Knee That Can Bend (Orbiter 3, finalist for seven Barrymore Awards, American Theater Critics Association/Steinberg Award nominee); Local Girls (Azuka Theatre, developed at The Playwrights Realm); and We Can All Agree To Pretend This Never Happened (Tiny Dynamite & InterAct Theatre Co. in Philly, Òran Mór in Glasgow, Ensemble Studio Theatre in NYC). Her work has been supported and developed through residencies and fellowships at Ars Nova, The Playwrights Realm, InterAct Theatre Company, the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, New York Stage & Film, and PlayPenn’s Philadelphia writing workshop, The Foundry. Emma was a finalist for the 2016 F. Otto Haas Award, the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award (with Orbiter 3), the Independence Foundation Award for an Outstanding New Play/Musical, and the 2015 Princess Grace Award, and was a 2017 Lanford Wilson Award nominee.



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’s plays include The Cake (The Echo Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Alley Theater, upcoming, MTC 2019), Going to a Place where you already are (South Coast Repertory), The Oregon Trail (Portland Center Stage, O’Neill Playwrights Conference; Flying V), Cutie and Bear (Roundabout commission), A Long and Happy life (Naked Angels Commission), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, Collaboraction, The Old Globe), Oohrah! (The Atlantic Theater, Steppenwolf Garage, the Finborough Theater / London), Nothing is the end of the World (except for the end of the world) (Waterwell productions), House of Home (Williamstown Theater Festival) and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Ice Factory Festival.) She is an alumni of the CTG Writers Group, Primary Stages writes group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright’s Realm, and the Women’s Project Lab. She has previously written for MTV (Underemployed), ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, and Starz’s American Gods. She is currently a Supervising Producer on NBC’s This is Us. BA UNC Chapel Hill; MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama.


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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 playwright and librettist whose work include the cult musical BE MORE CHILL (with Joe Iconis), POSTER BOY (with Craig Carnelia), which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and THE LIGHTNING THIEF (with Rob Rokicki), which received Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical and Book. He is currently a writer/producer on Netflix’s A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS. Joe is an alumnus of the Ars Nova Play Group and a recipient of a 2015 Doris Duke Foundation Commissioning Grant. He has an BA from Kalamazoo College and an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.