PLAYWRIGHTS LAB ALUMNAE
Click here for a list of the current 2012-2014 Lab Playwrights.
Bekah Brunstetter's plays include Be a Good Little Widow (Commissioned by Ars Nova, 2009), OOHRAH! (Ars Nova outloud reading series, developed in London at the Finborough Theater, Atlantic Theater Sept 2009), To Nineveh (NY Innovative Theater Award for Best new full length play, 2006) Sick (winner, Sam French short play festival 2006), Green (finalist, Alliance Theater’s Kendeda Competition; national finalist, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival) Space (semi-finalist, Princess Grace Award 2007), I Used to Write On Walls (published and licensed by Samuel French,) Fat Kids On Fire (published and licensed by Playscripts, Inc), You May Go Now: A Marriage Play (Winner, 2008 NYIT award for best new Full Length Play [Babel Theater Project], Cenentary Stage 2009), Le Fou (The Atlantic Acting school), Happy Birthday/ I’m Dead (Samuel French Short Play festival Finalist, 2007), Miss Lilly Gets Boned (nominee, 2008 L. Arnold Weissberger Award), Celebrity, and Torch Number 2 (SOHO Think Tank), and Fucking Art (winner, Sam French Short play Festival 2008). Her plays have been read and produced by the Babel Theatre Project, New Georges, The Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater, the Ohio Theater (Think tank), NYU, Centenary Stage, NC New Voices, The New School for Drama, Working Man’s Clothes, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Phare Play Productions, Old Vic/ New Voices, Boston Theatre Works, Manhattan Theatre Source, SPF, and The Alliance Theater. Her plays are published by Sam French, Playscripts, Original Works, and Smith and Krauss. She is a member of the Ars Nova play group, the Playwright’s Center, At Play Productions, and the Dramatist’s Guild. She is proud to be the 2009 playwright in residence at Ars Nova, and a member of the Women's Project Writer's Lab. She received her BA (Theater/Fiction Writing) from UNC Chapel Hill, and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the New School for Drama. Bekah is currently working on a commission for the Roundabout Underground and Naked Angels.
Andrea Ciannavei is a writer, actor and producer in New York City. Andrea just completed the two-year Lila Acheson Playwriting Fellowship under the direction of Marsha Norman and Christopher Durang at The Juilliard School. Plays include: Deep Trees, The Hard Sell, 7 Captiva Road and Pretty Chin Up which received a development production at LAByrinth Theater Company (Artistic Drectors: Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Ortiz) in Spring 2007 at The Public Theater. TV: The Borgias (Season 1, Episode 7. Tom Fontana, Executive Producer, Atlantique Creations SASU). Andrea is the recipient of Juillard’s Lila Acheson Playwriting Fellowship 2008-2010. Awarded the Lecomte du Nouy Prize 2008 - 2010. Grand Jury Prize - Best Supporting Actress from - New York Independent International Film and Video Festival’s for her work in Pigeonholed. Member of Women’s Project Playwrights’ LAB 2006 – 2008. Selected to participate in the Royal Court’s 2006 Playwright Residency in New York. Graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Dramatic Writing Program. Member of LAByrinth Theater Company. Member of the Dramatists’ Guild.
Paula Cizmar -- Women’s Project world premieres: The Death of a Miner, directed by Barbara Rosoff; and Candy & Shelley Go To the Desert, directed by Carey Perloff. Other plays include: Madonna of the Powder Room (Portland Stage Company), Palm Sunday (Passage Theatre, Trenton, NJ), Street Stories, (Playwrights Arena @ LATC), Ghost Dance on Mulholland (Zephyr Theatre), Venus in Orange (written with Laura Shamas; Victory Theatre Center), Bone Dry (Jungle Theater, Minneapolis). She has received multiple commissions from theatres including Echo Theatre Company (Los Angeles) and the Salt Lake Acting Company and has had one-acts and short plays featured in various festivals throughout the United States, including Pretty Places at Actors Theatre of Louisville and Boodaboy at Echo.She is one of the authors of the acclaimed documentary piece, Seven, which has been translated into over a dozen languages and performed in a multitude of countries including Sweden (translated and directed by Hedda Krausz Sjogren), Argentina, Nigeria, and Serbia, as well as at the 2012 Istanbul International Theatre Festival. Her many honors include two NEA grants; a Rockefeller Foundation Residency at Bellagio, Italy; a Drama-Logue Award; the Ohio University Medal of Merit; and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize special commendation. She teaches playwriting at the University of Southern California, is a member of LPTW, and is a WP Lab alum.
Alexis Clements. A former fellow of the Dramatists Guild of America, recipient of two Puffin Foundation Artist Grants and a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, Clements writes plays, short stories, articles, and is the founder of New Acquisition. Her work has been produced and published in both the US and the UK. Recent theatrical productions include: Place ReImagined (New York, NY); The Interview (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, UK); Causality (Wheeling, WV); Three Choices (Chesterfield, UK); Pieces (Washington, DC, & Iowa City, IA); Class and The Great American Novel (Washington, DC); Finding Words and Unfettered (Kansas City, MO). She is the co-editor for the two-volume Out of Time & Place: An Anthology of Play by Members of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, which includes her performance piece Conversation. Her plays, Pieces and Three Choices, have both been published by KNOCK Magazine. Her short stories have appeared in a handful of literary magazines and collections, including two different anthologies published by Route (UK), Bonne Route and Ideas Above Our Station, and also on the Guardian's website. Her articles and reviews have appeared in magazines and newspapers such as The Brooklyn Rail, Nature, Aesthetica, and Travel New England. She regularly writes about experimental theater and performance art for The L Magazine. She has a M.Sc. in Philosophy & History of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Emerson College.
Alexandra Collier is a playwright from Melbourne, Australia, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her plays have been developed at Sydney Theatre Company, The Women’s Project, New Georges, the Lark and Dixon Place. Her recent work includes We Play for the Gods (created with the Women’s Project, Cherry Lane), Underland (Sydney Theatre Company workshop and Page to Stage, Dixon Place), Willow’s One Night Stand (a musical written with Greta Gertler, Foxy Films, Brooklyn), The Red Letterbox (Weasel Festival, East 13th St Theater), Holy Day (Telephone Festival, Overturn Theatre Ensemble) and Deathless (finalist in SheWrites, Synchronicity Theatre). Her New York debut, The Will of the Cockroach was commissioned by The Production Company and was directed by May Adrales as part of the Australia Project. In Australia, Alexandra performed in the premiere of Still Waiting (La Mama, Melbourne), which subsequently toured to the Adelaide Fringe Festival and was awarded the RE Ross Trust National Australian Playwrights Award, profiled in the Australian Scriptwriting Centre’s collection of the best Australian plays of 2006 and in their Stand Alone monologue audition collection. Other awards, fellowships and grants include: SPACE on Ryder Farm residency, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, MacDowell Fellowship, Ian Potter Cultural Trust travel grant (Australia), the Dame Joan Sutherland Award (Australian-American Association, New York). She is a graduate of Mac Wellman’s Brooklyn College MFA playwriting program and was a member of the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Playwrights Lab.
Laura Eason is the author of more than fifteen full-length plays, both original work and adaptations, and numerous short plays. They include: Sex with Strangers, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, Plainfield Ave, The Vast In-Between, Rewind, 40 Days, Area of Rescue, Mr. Smitten, It Was Fun While it Lasted, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Ethan Frome, Around the World in 80 Days, A Tale of Two Cities, and Huck Finn, among others. Productions: New York—The New Victory, 59E59, the Women’s Project, Rising Phoenix, WET, Vital Theatre; Chicago—Steppenwolf Theatre(five productions), Lookingglass Theatre(five productions), American Theatre Company (two productions), Theatre Seven, Side Project; Regional: Hartford Stage, Humana Festival, People’s Light, KC Rep (two productions), St. Louis Rep, Denver Center, Actor’s Theatre, and Baltimore CENTERSTAGE, among others. Sex with Strangers was also produced at Sydney Theatre Company in Australia. Current and past commissions include Denver Center, Arden Theatre, Lookingglass, Hartford Stage, Two River, Steppenwolf, and Writers Theatre. Her plays are published by Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing and DPS. In New York, Laura is an Affiliated Artist of New Georges and an alumna of both the Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab and America-in-Play. For six years, she was the Artistic Director of Lookingglass Theatre Company, recipient of the 2011 Regional Theatre Tony Award, and is still an active Ensemble Member. Originally from Chicago, she lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Christine Evans plays have received awards and been produced in her native Australia at venues including Belvoir St. Theatre (Sydney) and the Adelaide International Festival of the Arts. In the U.S., her work has been seen in New York, San Francisco, Providence, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Atlanta, Santa Rosa and Boston. Selected productions include Trojan Barbie at the A.R.T (American Repertory Theatre, scheduled 2009); All Souls Day (Perishable Theatre; Boston Theater Marathon); Weightless (Perishable Theatre); Mothergun (Perishable Theatre; Emergency Theatre Project, NYC) Slow Falling Bird (Crowded Fire) and My Vicious Angel (Belvoir St. Theatre, Sydney.) Awards and honors include a Fulbright Award, the 2007 Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Rella Lossy Playwriting Award, the Monash National Playwriting Award (Australia), the Weston Award for Dramatic Writing, Perishable Theatres Womens Playwriting Festival (WPF) award (2000 and 2001), and the 2009 recipient of the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts Fellowship in Playwriting. Christine is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and was a 2007 Resident Artist at Perishable Theatre. She holds an MFA (Playwriting) and Ph.D. (Theatre & Performance Studies) from Brown University. She is the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard.
Catherine Filloux is an award-winning playwright, whose new play LUZ premieres this Fall at La MaMa in New York City, where she is an Artist in Residence. Filloux has been commissioned to write a one-woman play for the actress Marietta Hedges surrounding the civil rights movement and the KKK. Filloux’s libretto, New Arrivals, for Houston Grand Opera, Song of Houston, premiered in June 2012, composed by John Glover. Her more than twenty plays have been produced in New York City and around the world. She is the librettist for Where Elephants Weep (Composer Him Sophy), which premiered in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and The Floating Box: A Story in Chinatown (Composer Jason Kao Hwang), which opened at Asia Society and is released by New World Records. Filloux’s awards include: Voice Award for Artistic Works (Voices of Women), New Generations-Future Collaborations Award (Mellon Foundation/TCG), PeaceWriting Award (Omni Center for Peace), Critics Choice Opera News, Roger L. Stevens Award (Kennedy Center), Eric Kocher Playwrights Award (O'Neill) and the Callaway Award (New Dramatists). She is a Fulbright Senior Specialist (Cambodia & Morocco), Asian Cultural Council Grant, NEA and MAP Fund recipient, and also a Core Writer (The Playwrights’ Center) and New Dramatists alumna. Filloux’s plays are widely published and her play anthologies include Dog and Wolf & Killing the Boss, Two Plays, NoPassport Press,and Silence of God and Other Plays, published by Seagull Books, London Limited. She lives in New York City with her husband John Daggett.
Garrett’s plays have been produced and developed at Dixon Place
in New York City, the Zoo District in Los Angeles, 24 Hour Plays, Playwrights
Horizon in New York, Rites and Reason Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre,
City Lit Theater Company, Chicago Theater Company, Organic Theater,
The Providence Black Repertory Company and The California College of
Arts and Crafts. The Rhode Island Arts Council, The Joyce Foundation,
City Lit Theatre and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum have
commissioned her work. Currently, Keli is a 2004-05 fellow of The Dramatists
Guild and The Women’s Project Playwright’s Lab. Keli holds
an M.F.A. 1999 in Creative Writing from Brown University, where in
1997 she was a Beinecke Foundation fellow. She holds a B.A. in Theatre
from Columbia College. Plays include:
Red Clay Hills, TOBAS, Uppa Creek, serve and protect, Meridian by Alice Walker, Faith and the Good Thing by Charles Johnson, breezing thru.
DANA LESLIE GOLDSTEIN
Christina Gorman developed Orion Rising as the New Harmony Project in Spring 2012 as well as at the Lark Play Development Center. Her play American Myth was awarded the 2012 Blue Ink Playwriting Award from American Blues Theatre, where it will receive a staged reading. Christina developed the play while she was a member of The Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group, where it was presented in The Public Theater’s Spotlight Series. It was also produced in the hotINK International Festival, at the Wesport Country Playhouse, and was named a finalist for the Princess Grace Award. Her play Split Wide Open has been produced at SPF in NYC and was developed with a New Voices Fellowship from Ensemble Studio Theatre. The play was also named a runner-up for the Princess Grace Award. Just Knots was named winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival and is published in the Samuel French Publication Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays, 34th Series. DNA has been produced at Prospect Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Samuel French Short Play Festival, and in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it received the Overall Excellence in Playwriting Award. Sacred Ground was produced at Stella Adler Studios, where Christina was the 2010-11 Harold Clurman Playwright-in-Residence. Her short play The God Particle was produced at both the Planet Connections Festival, the Estrogenius Festivals, and at Stageworks/Hudson. She is a 2010-11 Fellow of the New York Foundation for the Arts and is an alumna of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab.
Katori Hall is a playwright-performer hailing from Memphis, Tennessee. Her plays include Hoodoo Love, which was produced Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, and The Mountaintop, which was recently produced to great acclaim at London’s Theatre 503 and transferred to the Trafalgar Studios in London’s West End. It was nominated for Best New Play at the 2010 Olivier Awards. Other plays include Remembrance, Hurt Village, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning, WHADDABLOODCLOT!?!? and The Hope Well. Her awards include the 2009-10 Lark Play Development Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship, Kate Neal Kinley Fellowship, two Lecompte du Nouy Prizes from Lincoln Center, Fellowship of Southern Writers Bryan Family Award in Drama, NYFA Fellowship, Van Lier Fellowship from the Public Theatre and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award. Hall was shortlisted for the London Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award and received the Otis Guernsey New Voices Playwriting Award from the William Inge Theatre Festival. She is the first African-American to be honored with this award. Hall has been published as a book reviewer, journalist, and essayist in publications such as The Boston Globe, Essence and Newsweek. She has been a Kennedy Center Playwriting Fellow at the O’Neill. Hall is an alumna of the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab and the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group. She is a current member of the Lark Playwrights’ Workshop, the Dramatist’s Guild and the Old Vic New Voices program. As an actor, Hall’s credits include Law and Order and Law & Order: SVU, The President’s Puppets (The Public), Growing Up a Slave (American Place Theatre), Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (American Place Theatre), the world premiere of Amerika (Theatre de la Jeune Lune/American Repertory Theatre), Spring Awakening (Moscow Art Theatre School), and Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death (Classical Theatre of Harlem). She graduated from Columbia University in 2003 with a major in African-American Studies and Creative Writing. She was awarded top departmental honors from the university’s Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS). In 2005, she graduated from the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University with a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. She is a recent graduate of the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting program. Hall currently resides in New York City.
QUIARA ALEGRÍA HUDES
Kara Manning’s plays include Sleeping Rough, Mind the
Dominique Morisseau, writer and actress, is a current member of the 2011 Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group and the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Playwrights Lab. Her play, Follow Me To Nellie’s, was developed at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and produced at Premiere Stages in July 2011. Her produced one-acts include: Third Grade (FTT Festival), Black at Michigan (Cherry Lane Studio/DUTF), Socks, Roses Are Played Out and Love and Nappiness (Center Stage, ATH). Dominique’s commissions include: love.lies.liberation (The New Group) and Bumrush (Hip Hop Theater Festival). Dominique is currently developing a 3-play cycle on her hometown of Detroit, entitled “The Detroit Projects”. The first play in the series, Detroit ’67, was developed at The Public Theater and was a finalist for the 2011 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Dominique has worked as an actress with BET/Viacom, The Lark, Women’s Project, McCarter Theater, NYSAF, and MCC Theater. Her work has been developed with: the Kennedy Center, African Continuum Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and published in NY Times bestseller- “Chicken Soup for the African American Soul”. Dominique is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award Honoree, a two-time NAACP Image Award Recipient, a nominee for the Wendy Wasserstein Playwriting Prize, a finalist for the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Playwrights, and a runner-up for the 2011 Princess Grace Award.
Kristen Palmer's plays include Once Upon A Bride There Was a Forest, The Stray Dog, The Melting Point, Local Story, The Heart in Your Chest, Departures, and Gloucester Point. They have been produced and presented in New York City, Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere. She is a WP Lab alum and collaborated on We Play For The Gods, a recipient of the Jerome Fellowship, New Georges associate artist, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab alum, and a company member of Printer’s Devil Theatre in Seattle. She is a graduate of Bretton Hall College in Yorkshire, England and will receive an MFA from Hunter College in 2013.
Molly Rice is a playwright/composer whose work has been developed and produced in NYC (Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick, Women’s Project, NYTW, HERE, NYU/ Tisch) and nationally (American Repertory Theater, Trinity Rep, McCarter Theater, Salvage Vanguard, Strand Theater, Kitchen Dog, Vortex, Montana Rep). Heinemann Press, Clarkson Potter, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Press, Salvage Vanguard Press, Perishable Press, Austin Script Works Press, Head’s Tart, Kenyon Review, Austin Chronicle and DEVICE.com have published her work. Molly has enjoyed residencies at Voice and Vision, Hangar Theater, Missoula Colony, Yale/ P73 Residency, America-In-Play, and Bartlett Island Retreat. Commissions include Safeword (NYU/Tisch Graduate Acting Program), Sisters Lear (Visible Theater) and Ghost of Don Juan (Montclair State University). Awards include the International Women’s Playwriting Festival, New York Innovative Theater Awards (nominee, Outstanding Original Short Script), Brown’s Weston Prize For Graduate Playwriting, Theater Masters National MFA Playwriting Festival, and the Montclair University and Pace University New Works Initiatives. Recent productions include Futurity the Musical at American Repertory Theater (book co-writer) and The Saints Tour, a traveling site-specific play presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Other Saints Tours have appeared in Louisville, KY and the West Village. Molly received an MFA from Brown University under the instruction of Paula Vogel and teaches playwriting and other topics at Marymount Manhattan College, Pace University, and Montclair State. Molly is a longtime musician/songwriter. When she was 18 one of her songs made the Top 100 Charts in Alaska. She still doesn’t know what number it was.
Carmen Rivera — for Women’s Project: Betty’s Garage (Rowing to America And 16 Other Short Plays, Edited by Julia Miles). Recent productions include: La Gringa, (OBIE Award -17 years in repertory at Repertorio Español - Off-Broadway’s longest running Spanish-language play); Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz (co-written, with Cándido Tirado -- New World Stages -- HOLA Award, Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting). Other productions: La Lupe: My Life, My Destiny (47th Street Theatre -- ACE Award – Best Production); Julia de Burgos: Child of Water; To Catch The Lightning (Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre --Nomination ACE Award – Best Production); The Next Stop (INTAR / Repertorio Español); Under The Mango Tree (INTAR). Carmen has also participated at the Lark Playwrights Center — Mexico/ US Exchange program, as a translator. Her work has also appeared in theatre festivals at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, England, Puerto Rico, and Russia. Carmen holds an MA in Playwriting and Latin American Theatre from New York University. Publications include: La Gringa (Samuel French); Delia’s Race (Positive / Negative: women of color and HIV — Aunt Lute); Julia (Nuestro New York — Penguin USA). Carmen is a founding Member of E.P.P. (Educational Play Productions), which brings plays that deal with social issues into the schools. She is also a member of The Dramatist Guild/Author’s League of America; PEN American Center; NYTW Usual Suspect; SIGMA DELTA PI – Spanish Literature Organization; and WP Lab Alum.
Sonya Sobieski– MFA from Mac Wellman’s playwriting program at Brooklyn College. Affiliated Artist with New Georges, who commissioned and produced Commedia dell Smartass, a full-length, theatrically inventive dramedy which skewers the archetypes of high school, and Still Waters, a one-act musical about the psychology of men. Commedia dell Smartass was subsequently produced by Serious Play!, a company of home-schooled teens in Northampton, MA, and is published by Indie Theater Now. In development: Hysterical Preservation, a full-length comedy about friendship, creativity, and the end of the world, and The Unfortunate Squirrel, a feel-good musical about the emptiness of modern life (readings produced by Woodshed Collective, The Flying Carpet Theater Company, and Emerging Artists Theatre; excerpts performed at Little Theatre @ Dixon Place, curator Jeff Jones). Other one-act musicals: Evict This (Vital Theatre Company), The Road Not Taken(Clubbed Thumb), and Happy Hour (Prospect Theater Company).Four-time finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award, Best in Fringe Award from the New York International Fringe Festival, and Special Jury Prize for Best Short Screenplay at the Avignon/New York Film Festival. Lecturer at the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Saviana Stanescu is a Romanian-born multi-award-winning playwright. Her work has been widely presented internationally and in the US. Recent New York productions include: Aliens with Extraordinary Skills off-Broadway at Women’s Project (published by Samuel French), Waxing West (2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Script), YokastaS Redux at La MaMa Theatre, Suspendida and Vicious Dogs on Premises (with Witness Relocation) at the Ontological Theatre, Polanski Polanski and Aurolac Blues at HERE Arts Center, The E-Dating Project at Strasberg Institute for Theatre & Film, and the site-specific I want what you have produced by Women’s Project at the World Financial Center. Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (Inmigrantes con Habilidades Extraordinarias) has been successfully produced in Mexico City at Teatro La Capilla, May-July 2010. Bucharest Underground won the 2007 Marulic Prize for Best European Radio-Drama. In Stockholm, Sweden, White Embers produced by Dramalabbet made it in the TOP 3 of Best Plays in 2008 and in NYC is published by Samuel French as one of their 2010 OOB festival winners. Saviana has published books of poetry and drama including “The New York Plays”, “Aliens With Extraordinary Skills”, “Waxing West”, "Google me!", "Black Milk", and "The Inflatable Apocalypse” (Best Play of the Year UNITER Award in 2000). She co-edited the anthology of plays “Global Foreigners” (with NYU professor Carol Martin) and “roMANIA after 2000” (with CUNY professor Daniel Gerould). Her plays have received readings and workshops at The Lark, Long Wharf Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage & Film, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Playwrights' Foundation, Traveling Jewish Theatre, Immigrants Theatre Project, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Origin Theatre Company, PS122, HERE, etc. Saviana is a new member of EST (Ensemble Studio Theatre) and a Usual Suspect with NYTW. She was a 2005-2007 TCG fellow with the Lark Play Development Center, where her plays Waxing West and Lenin’s Shoe had barebones productions. She also was a 2007-2008 NYSCA playwright-in-residence with Women’s Project and writer-in-residence for Richard Schechner’s East Coast Artists. Saviana holds an MA in Performance Studies (Fulbright fellow) and an MFA in Dramatic Writing (John Golden Award for excellence in playwriting) from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where she has been teaching in the Drama Department for the last 7 years. Currently Saviana is the Director of Eastern European Exchange for The Lark Play Development Center and the Curator of playgroundzero – the works-in-progress series of undergroundzero festival of experimental theatre at PS122.
Joy Tomasko is a writer, educator and interactive artist. As a WP Lab alum and recipient of a WP/NYSCA Playwright-in-Residence, Joy created Keep the Change with Christina Gorman for the World Financial Center and developed the play, Talk Soon. Her work has also been developed and performed at SPF, Soho Think Tank, The Lark, Nautilus Music-Theater, Theatre Unbound, the Desk Set, St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppetry Lab, Theatre 167, the Allegra LaViola Gallery, the Figment Festival on Governor’s Island, PowerPlay in Bridgehampton, with The Internationalists in both NY and Berlin and with Project Por Amor in both Cuba and Miami. This last collaboration was also published in TheatreForum. A graduate of Drew University and CalArts, Joy was a recipient of a Jerome Fellowship from The Playwrights Center. She is also a MacDowell Colony fellow, a retreat scholar at AROHO, a Gateway School Artist-in-Residence. She is a current resident playwright at LPAC’s Lab where she is developing her play Flats Fixed. Her interactive art/intimate theater pieces, often feature online participation and can be viewed at: www.joytomasko.com.
Kathryn Walat’s Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen premiered at the Women’s Project, and was published in Dramatics magazine and New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2007 (Smith & Kraus). Other plays include Creation (The Theatre @ Boston Court), This Is Not Antigone (New Georges’ Germ Project), Bleeding Kansas (Hangar Theatre; Francesca Primus Citation), Know Dog (Salvage Vanguard Theater), and Johnny Hong Kong (Perishable Theater). She has received commissions from MCC Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse. Her work has been developed at The Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Electric Pear, Ars Nova, The Orchard Project, Voice & Visions, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Sundance Theatre Lab, and the O’Neill Theatre Center/National Playwrights Conference. She is co-librettist with composer Gregory Spears of the chamber opera Paul’s Case, premiering this season in Washington DC and New York. She is a member of MCC’s Playwrights’ Coalition, and an Affiliated Playwright with New Georges. Walat received her BA from Brown University and MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design.