Applications for Play Group 2018 are now closed!

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.


All playwrights who identify as emerging are eligible to apply. In selecting new members, we will take into account the strength of the submitted play, what the writer stands to gain from membership at this point in her/his career and the overall balance of voices and styles within the group. Writers of all races, genders, and abilities are strongly encouraged to apply!



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
  • SAM CHANSE‘s plays include The Other Instinct, Fruiting Bodies, Lydia’s Funeral Video and gilgamesh & the mosquito (with composer Bob Kelly). She is a resident of New Dramatists, a Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at the Lark, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. The recipient of residencies and fellowships from the Playwrights’ Realm, MacDowell, Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center and Sundance/Ucross, her work has also been recognized and/or supported by EST/Sloan, Leviathan Lab, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, Civilians R&D Group, The Claque and The Kilroys. MFA playwriting: Columbia; MFA musical theater writing: NYU.

    Sam Chanse
  • MILO CRAMER is a playwright and co-founder of New Saloon theater company. Milo’s plays include Cute Activist (SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab), William Shakespeare’s Mom (The Brick, Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, Williamstown Theater Festival Young Director’s series), and I’m Miserable But Change Scares Me (Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, The Brick). With New Saloon, Milo co-created Three Translations of Uncle Vanya at the Same Time (The Invisible Dog, Mabou Mines / SUITE Resident Artist Program, The Tank, Bard Live Arts), Cooking To Me Is Poetry (Galapagos Art Space) and Buster Keaton’s Ride… (Dixon Place). Milo presented a piece called Tragedy, co-created with Ariel Stess, Claire Moodey, and Max Cramer, at Danspace and Brooklyn Arts Exchange. Milo was the 2014-15 Literary Fellow at Playwrights Horizons. BA: Bard College.

    Milo Cramer
  • MICHAEL YATES CROWLEY is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. His works for theater include Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (American Repertory Theater, Joe’s Pub); temping (premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival); 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 Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub/The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Rattlestick, 59E59 Theaters, PS 122, the Bushwick Starr, and Ars Nova. He is a Writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm, 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 narrative technology company Wolf 359.

    Michael Yates Crowley
  • SARAH DeLAPPE’s play THE WOLVES premiered off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm, after an engagement with New York Stage and Film and development with Clubbed Thumb and The Great Plains Theater Conference. THE WOLVES won the American Playwriting Foundation’s inaugural Relentless Award and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Yale Prize. Current: Page One Writer at The Playwrights Realm, Resident Writer at LCT3. Alum: Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group, the New Georges Audrey Residency, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Sitka Fellows Program. MFA: Brooklyn College in 2017.

    Sarah DeLappe
  • SARAH EINSPANIER‘s plays include The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane’s Mentor Project with Sheila Callaghan, Pipeline Theatre Company’s Play Lab, Honorable Mention 2016 Kilroys List), I LOVE SEAN (upcoming UMASS Play Lab, showings at Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, and Cloud City, Honorable Mention 2016 Kilroys List), and House Plant (developed as part of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writer’s Group, as a Horton Foote Scholar at Sewanee Writers’ Conference with Naomi Iizuka, and as a resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm). She is a member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, the New Georges Jam and RADY&BLOOM collective playmaking. Currently working on NATURE WHATEVER, as part of a New Georges Special *Water* Residency (upcoming showings at 3LD, June 2017). BA: Northwestern University.

    Sarah Einspanier
  • 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
  • RYAN KING grew up in Austin, TX, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. His plays include Burying Augustus, Gigantic F***ing Worms, Loveshack in ’87, Later Hour, Always On, and Some Things Were Missed. He’s a current member of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and the 2016 Working Farm @ SPACE on Ryder Farm. He’s a former member of the Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group. His plays have been developed by Cape Cod Theatre Project (twice), Naked Angels, Rattlestick Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Theater of NOTE and Ground Up Productions. His short play Antares Returning will be produced this upcoming year as part of Fit Club’s 2017 Spring Fling Festival. As an actor, he’s appeared regionally and Off-Broadway. Education: Yale School of Drama and the University of Texas at Austin.

    Ryan King
  • JACOB PERKINS is a playwright / actor originally from South Carolina. His plays include WHERE HAVE YOU GONE. (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Page 73 @ Yale, Soho Rep Writer / Director Lab), THE THIRD RAIL (Gibney Dance Center, NEWvember Festival, Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center) and HOME CHURCH PLAY (Pete’s Candy Store, Magic Time @ Judson Church in 2017). He is currently developing an interview-based play about gay men after receiving support from Studio Tisch @ NYU and the queer theater company, {Your Name Here}. He was the inaugural winner of the DVRF / O’Henry Productions Emerging Playwrights Contest and a 2015 O’Neill NPC Finalist. Alumnus: Soho Rep Writer / Director Lab and Project Y Playwrights Group. As an actor, he most recently worked on Lawrence Dial’s IN THE ROOM (Alchemical), Matthew Lopez’s THE INHERITANCE (The New Duke, dir. Stephen Daldry), and Boo Killebrew’s MILLER, MISSISSIPPI (Vineyard / Long Wharf, dir. Lee Sunday Evans). BFA: University of Minnesota / Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program,

    Jacob Perkins
  • KATE TARKER‘s plays include THUNDERBODIES (nominee, 2017 L. Arnold Weissberger Award), An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico (2015 Kilroys List) and Laura and the Sea (2016 Kilroys list; finalist, 2016 L. Arnold Weissberger Award, Princess Grace Award and Relentless Award). Development: The Lark, The Vineyard, Ars Nova, NYTW, The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Awards and support: Jerome Fellowship, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Tofte Lake Center Fellowship, SPACE at Ryder Farm, PWCenter/NET Grant, the National Science Playwriting Award. Currently: Ars Nova Play Group, New Georges Affiliated Artist, Playwrights’ Center Core Writer. Commissions: The Wilma; Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award. Collaborations: Pig Iron and SITI Company. M.F.A. Yale

    Kate Tarker
  • JAMES TYLER has a MFA in Film from Howard University and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University where his concentration was Playwriting. Selected honors include the Paul Robeson Award and John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting. His plays have been developed at La MaMa, Blackboard Plays, and Berkshire Playwrights Lab (Some Old Black Man), Classical Theatre of Harlem (The Drop Off), and LAByrinth Theater Company (Dolphins and Sharks). He’s a member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group, a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2015-2016 The Playwrights Center’s Many Voices Fellow, a 2016 Working Farm Playwrights Group Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a 2016 Theatre Masters Visionary Playwright Award recipient, and is currently a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellow at The Juilliard School.

    James Tyler
  • RAY YAMANOUCHI was born in Queens, raised on Long Island, and received a degree in film and theatre from Hunter College in Manhattan. He has written numerous short plays and four full-length plays (Mercy Killing Kids, It’s Our Kitchen, Tha Chink-Mart, and Impact) which have been workshopped all around NYC. Tha Chink-Mart was a semi-finalist for the 2016/2017 New Dramatists Princess Grace Award. He is a member of Mission to (dit)Mars’ Propulsion Lab and WT Theatre Co. Playwrights Collective. On Monday nights, you can find him at the local bar.

    Ray Yamanouchi