Play Group is a two year residency in which members become a part of the Ars Nova Resident Artist community. In addition to biweekly meetings where members share new work and receive feedback from their Play Group peers, members also receive dramaturgical support and artistic match-making advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff; invitations to Ars Nova shows, Resident Artists mixers, and to see the work of Play Group alums around the city; two Play Group writing retreats; and the opportunity to further develop and showcase one of their plays in a weeklong workshop that can culminate in a public reading. Click here for a list of Play Group alumni.

Applications for Play Group are now closed.



Click the headshots for Artist Bio below:

  • KATE ATTWELL is a playwright & theater maker. She is a member of Page 73’s I73 writers’ group and was a finalist for the 2016 Page 73 playwriting fellowship. She is a Mabou Mines Resident Artist and a member of the Public Theater’s devised theater working group. Kate co-founded and creates work with the interdisciplinary performance group, I AM A BOYS CHOIR. Recently her work has been seen at: REDCAT (LA), Under the Radar (The Public Theater), JACK, La MaMa, Dixon Place, BRIC, BAM (Everybooty), The Bushwick Starr (reading series), The Prelude Festival (CUNY), The Segal Center (Festival of Performance & Film) and The Wassaic Project. BA The University of Bristol, UK. MFA Yale.

    Kate Attwell
  • DUSTIN CHINN is a Seattle native whose plays include Colonialism is Terrible, But Pho is Delicious, I Am Nakamura, Snowflakes or Rare White People, the EST/Sloan commission Herschel: Portrait of a Killer and Let’s Ninja Science Ranger Team Get!. His work has been developed with the Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep Summer Residency Lab, A.C.T.’s New Strands Festival, the University of Washington via a Mellon Creative Fellowship, UMASS Amherst, Ensemble Studio Theatre, SPACE on Ryder Farm and Vampire Cowboys. He’s also written for the 52ndStreet Project. He is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.

    Dustin Chinn
  • MARY ELIZABETH HAMILTON is the 2015-17 Jerome New York Fellow at The Lark. Her plays include We Three, The Plan, One of the Women and The Quiet Ones. She was a 2005-2009 recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship and has participated in Youngblood, I-73, New Georges’ The Jam, and Play Penn Theater Conference. Mary holds her MFA in Playwriting from The University of Iowa and was a Lila Acheson Wallace fellow at The Juilliard School from 2014-2016. She is working on a commission from Studio Theater in DC and is a member of Ars Nova Playgroup.

    Mary Elizabeth Hamilton
  • AMINA HENRY is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Productions include: The Animals at JACK, Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, An American Family Takes a Lover at Theater for the New City, Water produced by Drama of Works and The Minstrel Show, produced as part of the 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival at 13th Street Theater/CSC (NYC). Her work has been developed by/presented at: The New Group, The Flea, Clubbed Thumb, National Black Theater, Barefoot Theater, Little Theater at Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR) and Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX), among others. She has been a participant in Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group as well as a member of Page 73’s Interstate 73 writers group. For somewhat up-to-date information, go to

    Amina Henry
  • JULIA MAY JONAS recently developed MICHIGAN MURDERS with Meghan Finn and composer Brian Cavanagh-Strong as part of the New Works Initiative at Montclair State University. Other recent work includes Emily Climbs (Machine Méchant), Raise Your Voice in Medieval Counterpoint, Evelyn, For Artists Only and Your Own Personal Exegesis. Currently in development: All Long True American Stories (a 5-play cycle reimagining contemporary classic American-male-experience plays for other people (mostly women)). Her work has been presented/developed at venues including The Bushwick Starr, Prelude Festival, Incubator Arts Center, The International Revolutions Festival in New Mexico, The Brick, Dixon Place, PS122 (with TerraNova), HERE Arts Center, Chashama and the International Theater Society of Vietnam. Founder and Artistic Director of Nellie Tinder, she has been granted support by The Mental Insight Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. 2016 Audrey Resident, 2016/17 member of The Jam, New Georges Affiliated Artist. MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, she teaches playwriting at Skidmore College.

    Julia May Jonas
  • ANCHULI FELICIA KING is a multidisciplinary artist of Thai-Australian descent who works primarily in live theater. Her areas of interest include emerging technologies, 2D animation, VFX and projection design, music production and writing for performance. As a playwright, Felicia is interested in linguistic hybrids, digital cultures and issues of global urgency. She is a member of EST’s Youngblood Group and Roundabout’s Space Jam Program. Currently based in New York, Felicia has worked with a wide range of companies, including Punchdrunk, The Builders Association, PlayCo, 3LD Arts & Technology Center, Roundabout Theater, 59E59, Ars Nova, the Obie Awards, Ensemble Studio Theater and Red Bull Theater. She continues to work globally, with companies such as Playwriting Australia (Sydney), Melbourne Theatre Company (Melbourne), Yellow Earth Theatre (London), House of North (Berlin) and SHIFT Festival (Shanghai). In 2017, Felicia is working as the Associate Artistic Director at 3LD Arts & Technology Center.

    Anchuli Felicia King
  • RYAN KING grew up in Austin, TX, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His plays include Sometimes It’s Dirt, Sometimes It’s Bones; Burying Augustus, Gigantic F***ing Worms, Loveshack in ’87, Later Hour and Always On. He’s a current member of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. He’s a former member of the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group and 2016 Working Farm @ SPACE on Ryder Farm. His plays have been developed by Cape Cod Theatre Project (twice), Naked Angels, Rattlestick Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Theater of NOTE, Tofte Lake Emerging Artists Program and Ground Up Productions. His short play Antares Returning was recently nominated for Best Short Script by the Innovative Theatre Awards. As an actor, he’s appeared regionally, Off-Broadway and on television. Education: Yale School of Drama and the University of Texas at Austin.

    Ryan King
  • NOAH MEASE is a writer and designer. His plays include Omega Kids (NLTP / Access Theater, directed by Jay Stull) and Republic (JACK, Manbites Dog Theatre, adapted from Plato, conceived & directed by Alec Duffy). He’s developed work with the Fresh Ground Pepper Playground Play Group and BRB Retreat, Loading Dock Theatre, Teatro IATI, Duke University, Dixon Place, The Tugboat Collective and The Brick. He also designs props for new plays — including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino, A.R.T., Broadway; Tony Awards for Best Set & Lighting), Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova, Signature Center, National Tour), An Octoroon (Soho Rep., TFANA), After the Blast (LCT3), Streepshow! (The Tank) and multiple projects with The Debate Society, including Jacuzzi (Ars Nova), The Light Years (Playwrights Horizons) and Blood Play (The Bushwick Starr). He received an Obie Award in 2016 for his work on Annie Baker’s John (Signature). Originally from Vermont, Noah now lives in the South Bronx.

    Noah Mease
  • JACOB PERKINS is a writer + performer from South Carolina.  His plays include a triptych of texts titled Home Church Play (comprised of Home Church Play, Where Have You Gone and Dad), Restaurant in D Major and The Third Rail. He’s produced and developed his work through the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Page 73 @ Yale, Soho Rep., Two Headed Rep, Studio Tisch @ NYU, Gibney Dance Center and the NEWvember Festival, among others. He won the inaugural DVRF/O’Henry Productions Emerging Playwright Award and was a finalist for the 2015 O’Neill NPC. Alum: Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Project Y Playwrights Group. As an actor, he most recently appeared in Dan Giles’ Breeders (dir. Jaki Bradley) at the Access Theater and Geo Decas O’Donnell’s From Skull to Ghost (dir. Jay Stull) at LMCC.

    Jacob Perkins
  • MADHURI SHEKAR won the 2013/14 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award at the Alliance Theatre for her play In Love and Warcraft, where it went on to receive its world premiere production. Her play A Nice Indian Boy won second place in the East West Players’ 2012 Face of the Future Playwriting Contest, where it received its world premiere before being produced in Chicago by Rasaka Theatre Company in residence at Victory Gardens. Her most recently produced play Queen began its journey in the Center Theatre Group Writers’ Workshop, and received its world premiere in 2017 at Victory Gardens. She is currently developing House of Joy, which had a reading at Atlantic Theater and a workshop at Juilliard. She has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC, a dual Master’s degree in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC and currently attends the playwriting program at Juilliard.  

    Madhuri Shekar
  • KORDE ARRINGTON TUTTLE is a multi-disciplinary artist from Charlotte, NC. His work has been developed and seen at the Ojai Playwrights Conference, the OBIE Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival, The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, the Obie Award-winning Harlem 9’s 48 Hours… in Harlem at The National Black Theatre, HomeBase Theatre Collective, The Movement Theater Company, The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference and The Tenth Magazine, in collaboration with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Korde is a recipient of the Steinberg Playwriting Fellowship, and was selected as a  finalist for both the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Contest and City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. In 2016, his play, clarity, won the 41st Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and was published in their successive anthology. Korde is a current playwright-in-residence at Lincoln Center Theater, and is a Middle Voice Theatre Company member at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater. He received his MFA in Playwriting at The New School.

    Korde Arrington Tuttle
  • RAY YAMANOUCHI was born in Queens, raised on Long Island, and received a BA in film and theater from Hunter College in Manhattan. His plays include Mercy Killing Kids, It’s Our Kitchen (Semi-finalist, Iati Theater Cimientos 2017), Tha Chink-Mart (Semi-finalist, Princess Grace Award 2016), Impact (Semi-finalist, National Playwrights Conference 2017) and The American Tradition (Finalist, New Light New Voices Award 2017). He has developed work with WT Theatre, Mission to (dit)Mars, The Blank, Rising Circle and Ars Nova. You can find him at the local bar on Monday nights, or on the internet @NotoriousYAMs.

    Ray Yamanouchi