NYC’S PREMIER HUB FOR NEW TALENT

Ars Nova exists to discover, develop and launch singular theater, music and comedy artists

who are in the early stages of their professional careers. Our dynamic slate of programs supports outside-the-box thinking and encourages innovative, genre-bending work. By providing a protective environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of diverse artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.

OUR VENUES

Dubbed by The New York Times as a “fertile incubator of offbeat theater,” Ars Nova provides artists a testing ground for new ideas. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our in-person venues in Hell’s Kitchen and the West Village remain closed — but we’re thrilled to introduce our new digital platform, Ars Nova Supra, that allows us to continue providing a platform for some of New York City’s most promising emerging artists.

VENUES

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Our new digital platform, Ars Nova Supra, is the home to most of our 2020-21 season offerings! Tune in weekly for premieres created specifically for streaming, available live and on-demand with a $15/month, cancel-anytime subscription. Commitment-phobic? Single tix are just $5-10.

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Through year-round programming, the Ars Nova Hub bustles with comedy, music and theater artists testing out new ideas in front of adventurous audiences.

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In 2019, we expanded into the historic, 199-seat Greenwich House Theater in Manhattan’s West Village, giving us a new home for our Off-Broadway productions, and ensuring we can support the ambitions of our artists and meet audience demand as our community continues to grow.

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Our Programs

Both audiences and artists have a home at Ars Nova, where our Discover, Develop and Launch programs foster the growth of creatives, and our adventurous weekly events welcome the next generation of theater-goers. Learn how you can join our community, below!

EXPERIENCES

Launching for the 2020-21 season, Ars Nova Experiences features new forms of physical and off-screen happenings that keep you safe and connected to theater. Our experimental foray begins November 2020 with the durational theatrical piece P.S. (on sale October 1), with a Spring 2021 Experience to be announced.

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DISCOVER

Ars Nova gets to know a wide range of artists each year by inviting them into our home and giving them free reign of our toys. See who’s caught our eye in these one-night-only performances!

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Our untamed monthly variety-show-meets-party is guest hosted by one of our favorite comedians and features a who's-who of the weird and wonderful — performing comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.

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Our annual, month-long festival of All New Talent is designed to showcase the next wave of pioneering theater, comedy, music and hybrid theater-makers who fill our stage with their most dynamic ideas.

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A vibrant group of resident playwrights, Play Group gathers biweekly to share new work and get peer feedback, concluding their residences with free-to-the-public Out Loud readings.

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Makers Lab features a dynamic group of generative theater artists, each with individually tailored residencies designed to holistically support their careers and develop their new works.


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CAMP provides an eclectic group of creators with peer support and artistic feedback, as they develop a new comedic work, culminating with a premiere on Ars Nova Supra.

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Designed to create more equitable and power-sharing curatorial practices, Ars Nova's new Vision Residency invites seven artist-curators to create, develop and present their own work and work by artists they are inspired by or wish to amplify.

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Ars Nova provides holistic support to devised companies through residencies that are flexibly and individually tailored, and can include concerts, workshops, stipends, dramaturgical support, retreats and more.

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We commission and develop new work, with an eye for artists who work with nontraditional creative processes and projects that combine multiple disciplines.

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LAUNCH

Each season, we produce two world premiere, Off-Broadway productions of original, innovative projects that have been radically supported through our development programs.

PRODUCTION HISTORY

Ars Nova is committed to launching our artists just as far and wide as their big ideas can take them—including Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway; the international tour of Underground Railroad Game; and the upcoming Broadway production of KPOP.

Ars Nova is a 501(C)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization and was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener.

Ars Nova’s artist development programs are generously supported by JetBlue_blue

HISTORY

Ars Nova was founded in memory of Gabe Wiener in 2003 to provide a welcome home for young artists and audiences alike. In 2005 Ars Nova became a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization. In addition to Ars Nova’s vast array of development programs for emerging artists, we’re also committed to commissioning new work and producing world premieres.

Since our founding, we’ve launched the careers of luminaries like Lin-Manuel Miranda (Tony winning playwright/composer of Hamilton In The Heights), Liz Meriwether (Emmy nominated creator of television’s New Girl), Beau Willimon (Emmy winning creator of Netflix’s House of Cards), Amy Herzog (OBIE Award winning playwright of 4000 Miles), Dave Malloy (Richard Rogers Award for Musical Theatre winner for Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), Annie Baker (Pulitzer Prize winning playwright of The Flick Circle Mirror Transformation) and many more!

PAST PRODUCING CREDITS INCLUDE:

Ars Nova has been honored with an OBIE Award and a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics’ Circle for sustained quality and commitment to the development and production of new work. Notable past productions include: “Best New American Theatre Work” OBIE Award-winner & New York Times’ “Best of 2016” Underground Railroad Game by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special (now on international tour); Outstanding Musical Lortel Award-winner Futurity, by César Alvarez with The Lisps; the New York Times’ and New York Post’s “Best of 2015” Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl (now touring the US after a return engagement Off Broadway); Time Out New York’s “Best of 2014,” JACUZZI by The Debate Society; the Tony award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy (now on Broadway); Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar; the world premiere of the 2009 season’s most-produced play boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Alex Timbers; audience favorite Dixie’s Tupperware Party by Kris Andersson; the show that put Bridget Everett on the map, At Least It’s Pink, by Everett and Kenny Mellman; and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s and Thomas Kail’s first New York production, Freestyle Love Supreme, by Anthony Veneziale and Miranda.

The Gang


Company Photographer Ben Arons
Legal Jason P. Baruch, Sendroff & Baruch LLP
Accounting Rich & Bander, LLP
IT Consultant Steven Dalton
Insurance Maury Donnelly & Parr
Season Photography & Art Marc Bovino & Joe Curnutte
Public Relations John Wyszniewski, Everyman Agency

 

The Board

Alisa Lessing, Chair
Jenny Steingart, Founding Chair, Co-Founder
Dana Kirchman, Vice Chair
Judy Bedol, Secretary
Jason Kemper, Treasurer
Rich Battista
Nancy Bergman
Renee Blinkwolt
, Managing Director
Nicole Brodeur
Greg Corradetti
Jason Eagan
, Founding Artistic Director
Victor Edozien
Rick Feldman
Lizzy Florence
Deeksha Gaur
Mei Lin Kwan-Gett
Greta Mansour
David Miner
Doug Rappaport
Stephen Siderow

Jon Steingart, Director Emeritus, Co-Founder

Alumni Advisory Board

César Alvarez
Rachel Chavkin
Billy Eichner
Bridget Everett
Liz Flahive
Amber Gray
Joe Iconis
Stephen Karam
Dave Malloy
Carly Mensch
Liz Meriwether
Phillipa Soo
Robin Lord Taylor
Alex Timbers

Beau Willimon
Bess Wohl

 

Vision Residency

  • Starr Busby is an experimental artist who sings, acts, composes and educates. You may have seen Starr playing solo shows with their loop station, Francis, or fronting Brooklyn-based experimental soul band People’s Champs (peopleschamps.com). Starr has also supported artists such as The Gorillaz, Esperanza Spalding, X Ambassadors, Kimbra and Alice Smith. Selected appearances include: Moby Dick (American Repertory Theatre; Starbuck); Octet (Signature Theatre; Paula – Drama Desk Award Winner); where love lies fallow (The Shed; Nia 1); Apollo Cafe Live: Soul Cypher; #BlackGirlMagic Show (Jack; composer/performer); Mikrokosmos (Steirischer Herbst, Graz and Nottingham Contemporary); The Girl with the Incredible Feeling (Spoleto Festival di Mondi) as well as various concerts. Starr also enjoys working as an arts educator through organizations such as Carnegie Hall’s Lullaby Project, Beats 4 Peace and Long Island University. She is looking forward to continuing the development of (pray) with nicHi douglas and JJJJJerome Ellis at Ars Nova. Their music is available via Bandcamp.


    Starr Busby
  • nicHi douglas is a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, director, playwright and ART-IVIST who spells her name with a capital H. she is the Head of Movement in the NYU/Tisch Playwrights Horizons Theater School studio. she has developed curricula for BAM, NYU and the CRAFT Institute. she has developed original theater work at Denver Center, Berkeley Rep and The Public Theater, among others. she is currently developing an interactive dance exhibit for the National Museum of African-American Music. her sacred offering for Black womxn, (pray), co-composed by Starr Busby & JJJJJerome Ellis, has been commissioned by Ars Nova. nicHi’s reparations-based mutual aid fund, nicHi’s SuSu, is set to begin in mid-October. recent stage credits: A Time Like This: Music for Change (Carnegie Hall, Stage Director), Girl From the North Country (Public Theater, Associate Choreographer), where love lies fallow (Open Call/The Shed, The Public Theater, Playwright/Choreographer/Director), SKiNFoLK: An American Show (The Bushwick Starr/National Black Theater, Choreographer), 1MOVE: DES19GNED BY … Commission (The Movement Theatre Company, Commissioned Artist), Broad Daylight Sign & Wonders (48Hours in … Harlem-Digital Edition, Director). upcoming: SUPERHOST (Lightning Rod Special, Creator/Actor), The Harriet Holland Social Club Presents the 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel (The Movement Theatre Company/New Georges, Movement Director). BFA, Tisch/NYU; MFA, The New School. mynameisnichi.com | @mynameisnichi


    nicHi douglas
  • JJJJJerome Ellis is a stuttering composer, performer and writer. His current practice explores blackness, music and disabled speech as forces of refusal and healing. His work has been heard at the Poetry Project, Sotheby’s, Soho Rep, WKCR and on This American Life. He’s a 2019 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a writer in residence at Lincoln Center Theater and a 2015 Fulbright Fellow. He collaborates with James Harrison Monaco as James & Jerome (or Jerome & James). Their recent work explores themes of border crossing and translation through music-driven narratives. They have received commissions from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Ars Nova.  


    JJJJJerome Ellis
  • raja feather kelly is an Obie-winning choreographer, director, artistic director of the feath3r theory and a Creative Associate at The Juilliard School. In 2020, Kelly made his directorial debut at New York City’s Second Stage Theatre with We’re Gonna Die. Since 2016, raja has choreographed extensively for Off-Broadway theater in New York City, most notably for Signature Theatre, Soho Rep, New York Theatre Workshop and Playwrights Horizons. Frequent collaborators include: Lileana Blain-Cruz, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Sarah Benson and Lila Neugebauer. Other theater credits include choreography for Skittles Commercial: The Musical (Town Hall), The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente (SohoRep), Everyday Afroplay (JACK), GURLS (Princeton University, Yale Repertory Theatre), Electric Lucifer (The Kitchen), Lempicka (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop), Fireflies (Atlantic Theatre Company), If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must Be a Muhfucka (Playwrights Horizons, nominated for the 2019 Lucille Lortel Award and the 2019 Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Choreography), The Good Swimmer (BAM) and Faust (Opera Omaha). Most recent work: Fairview (SDCF Joe A. Callaway Award finalist for choreography; Soho Rep, Berkeley Rep, TFANA, and winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama), A Strange Loop (Obie Award winner and SDCF Callaway finalist for choreography; Playwrights Horizons, winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Drama).


    raja feather kelly
  • Jenny Koons Recent Projects: Men on Boats (Baltimore Center Stage), Speechless (New Blue Man Group North American Tour), The Tempest (Juilliard School), Between Us: The Deck of Cards (Denver Center), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Public Theater Mobile Unit), Burn All Night (American Repertory Theatre), Gimme Shelter (Why Not Theatre, 2015 Pan Am Games commission), Theatre for One: I’m Not the Stranger You Think I Am (Arts Brookfield), A Sucker Emcee (National Black Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company), Queen of the Night (Diamond Horseshoe), The Odyssey Project 2012 (site-specific NYC). Jenny was the 2017 curator of the Encores! Off-Center Lobby Project, co-curator of the 2016 ThisGen Conference and co-founder of Artists 4 Change NYC (National Black Theatre). She has been an artist in residence at Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, SPACE on Ryder Farm and The Invisible Dog Art Center and has developed new work at Ars Nova, Steppenwolf, Roundabout and New Black Fest. Jenny has guest taught at Princeton, ART Institute at Harvard and NYU Tisch. Jenny has been a facilitator and educator in creating anti-racist spaces and engaging in conversations around race and equity for over a decade, in both non-profit and artistic circles. 


    Jenny Koons
  • David Mendizábal (he/him) is a director/designer, one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of the Obie Award winning The Movement Theatre Company and the Associate Artistic Director of The Sol Project. Select directing credits include: Don’t Eat the Mangos (Magic Theatre/Sundance/Sol), On The Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf), the bandaged place (NYSAF), Then They Forgot About The Rest (INTAR), The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), And She Would Stand Like This (w/ choreo. by Kia LaBeija), Look Upon Our Lowliness, Bintou (The Movement) and Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic / Drama League Nomination). He is a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons, alumnus of The Drama League Directors Project, LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble, NALAC, artEquity, and Lincoln Center Directors Lab. David was a participant in the TCG Leadership U: One-on-One program from 2017 – 2018, where he was the Artistic Associate at Atlantic Theater Company. BFA – NYU/Tisch @ PHTS. davidmendizabal.com | IG: @its_daveed


    David Mendizábal
  • Rona Siddiqui is a composer/lyricist based in NYC. She is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant and Billie Burke Ziegfeld award. She was named one of Broadway Women’s Fund’s Women to Watch and is currently an MTF Maker. Her show Salaam Medina: Tales of a Halfghan, an autobiographical comedy about growing up bi-ethnic in America, had a reading at Playwrights Horizons (dir. by raja feather kelly). Other musicals include One Good Day, The Tin and Treasure in NYC. She is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation Harold Adamson Lyric Award, Mary Rodgers/Lorenz Hart Award and ASCAP Foundation/Max Dreyfus Scholarship. She has written pieces for Wicked‘s 16th anniversary commemoration Flying Free, 24 Hour Musicals, Prospect Theater Company, The Civilians, NYC Gay Men’s Chorus and 52nd St Project; and has performed concerts of her work at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Feinstein’s/54 Below. Original scores include The Vagina Monologues, Middletown and The Good Person of Szechuan. Rona music directed the Off-Broadway Pulitzer Prize-winning A Strange Loop for which she received an Obie along with the cast and creative team (Playwrights Horizons), Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons) and Who’s Your Baghdaddy: Or How I Started the Iraq War (St. Lukes Theatre). She has orchestrated for Broadway Records, Broadway Backwards, NAMT and Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. ronasiddiqui.com


    Rona Siddiqui

Play Group

  • MELIS AKER is a writer, actor and musician from Turkey. She is currently a 2050 Playwriting fellow at NYTW and a 2019-2021 member of Ars Nova’s Play Group. She was recently commissioned by Atlantic Theater Company for their Middle Eastern Mixfest to develop her one-act Scraps and Things, and she is part of the Middle East America writers room hosted by Mona Mansour, Heather Raffo and Kareem Fahmy at the Lark Play Development Center. Melis’ plays include: Field, Awakening (2018 Sundance Theatre Lab semifinalist, 2018 Berkeley Rep Ground Floor finalist, Lark’s 2018 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship finalist), which performed at Signature Theatre’s New Plays Fest, Golden Thread’s New Threads reading series and Corkscrew Festival at Paradise Factory; Manar (2017 Columbia@Roundabout finalist, 2016 Theatre503 Playwriting Award semi-finalist) which was at The New Group’s New Works series, LaMaMa, Golden Thread’s 2017 ReOrient Festival, LPAC’s 2017 Rough Draft Festival and was featured by Silk Road Rising on NPX; 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter [Part I] (Lark’s 2018 Jerome New York Fellowship finalist) received a Noor Highlight series reading at NYTW; Azul, Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] was workshopped at NYTW and the BRICLab Residency; When My Mama was a Hittite (2018 Columbia@Roundabout finalist) is currently in development at NYTW. Her acting credits include: The Blacklist: Redemption (NBC), Love in Afghanistan (Arena Stage / Roundabout), Daybreak (Pan Asian Rep), Opium (New Dramatists), Tear a Root from the Earth (Kennedy Center / New Ohio), We Live in Cairo (New World Stages). Melis recently gave a TEDx Talk in Ankara, and works as Ayad Akhtar’s assistant. MFA Playwriting (Columbia), Acting (RADA), BA Drama and Philosophy (Tufts). melisaker.com


    Melis Aker
  • PRESTON MAX ALLEN is a trans masculine writer based in New York City. His work has been featured at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Lincoln Center, New York Musical Festival, Signature Theatre, York Theatre, Musical Theatre Factory, Feinstein’s/54 Below and Joe’s Pub. Preston conceived and wrote book, music and lyrics for We Are The Tigers (Hudson Backstage Theatre, L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation winner for Best Lyrics/Composition), Agent 355 (co-book/dramaturgy by Jessica Kahkoska, Marion International Fellowship Winner), NEVER BETTER (NYMF Developmental Reading Series) and Carrie 2: The Rage, An Unauthorized Musical Parody (Jeff Nominee, Best Musical/Underscore Theatre). His original music can also be heard in Bradical and the Pink Sock and The Hunted: Encore. Preston is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago, the Second City Chicago Comedy Studies Program and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. @prestonmaxallen


    Preston Max Allen
  • SERENA BERMAN is a playwright, performer and producer living in NYC. She is a semi-finalist for the 2020 Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship and a member of Ars Nova Play Group. Her plays include The Experiment (fka ‘The Splitting’; Westport Country Playhouse’s New Work Initiative), Études (Princess Grace semi-finalist, Less Than Rent Theater, Renegade Theater Festival), The Difference Between Big Girls and Little Girls (The Bechdel Group), sea/sick (devised in collaboration with Artilliers Theatre Company) and Wisdom (The Davenport Theater). Serena’s short plays have been performed at The Samuel French OOB Festival (two time finalist: The Dark 2018, Sex Friends 2019), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Absolu Théâtre, The Brick, The Players Theater and more. You can hear her audio plays on Flying V’s anthology podcast Paperless Pulp (“Apocalypse Airbnb”) and on Season 2 of Roommate From Hell (upcoming). She is Director of Performance at LES gallery Chinatown Soup, where she produces theatre and organizes political activism events. As an actor, favorite credits include Diaspora (NY Premiere), Set it Up (Netflix), Murder at the Gates (Steven Sater) and Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales (Voice of Lucy, ABC). BFA NYU Tisch. serenaberman.com


    Serena Berman
  • JOHN J. CASWELL JR. is a queer, Mexican-American playwright and director originally from Phoenix. He is a 2018 MacDowell Fellow, a 2018 SPACE on Ryder Farm Creative Resident and the 2017 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. He is the Artistic Director of Progressive Theatre Workshop, a company that has made plays for the past ten years. He has developed and shown work across Arizona and in New York City at Page 73, HERE, Dixon Place, The Public Theater, Theater for the New City, and more. He has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, Sundance Theatre Lab, New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellowship, Drama League Impact Residency and the Woodward Newman Drama Award. His work is cited frequently as an example of queer-themed theater, most recently referenced in articles appearing in Theatre TopicsThe International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice and the European Journal of Comparative American Studies. Included as a consummate demonstration of auto-ethnographic theater, his play SHOTS: A Love Story was published as part of Johnny Saldaña’s book Ethnotheatre: Research From Page to Stage published by Left Coast Press. He is pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College.


    John J. Caswell Jr.
  • VICHET CHUM is a Cambodian-American playwright and theater maker from Dallas, Texas and currently dreaming and scheming in New York City. His plays have been workshopped at Steppenwolf Theatre, the Magic Theatre, the Alley Theater, the UCROSS Foundation, Fault Line Theatre, Second Generation Productions, Crowded Outlet, Weston Playhouse, All For One Theater, Amios, Florida State University and the New Harmony Project. In 2018, his one-man show KNYUM at Merrimack Repertory Theatre received a special state citation from the Massachusetts House of Representatives for “… contributions in raising social awareness and bringing to the forefront the complexity and the beauty of the Cambodian culture.” He received the 2018-19 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting with New Dramatists. He serves as an Associate Artist at Merrimack Repertory Theatre and is a board member for the New Harmony Project. This season, Vichet is a part of the Resident Working Farm Group at Space on Ryder Farm and is working on commissions for Audible Theater and Cleveland Play House. In January 2020, his play High School Play: A Nostalgia Fest will be workshopped at the Alley Theatre’s All New Festival. He is a proud graduate of the University of Evansville (BFA) and Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company (MFA). vichetchum.com


    Vichet Chum
  • GUADALÍS DEL CARMEN is a playwright, actor and Co-Artistic Director of the Latinx Playwrights Circle in residence at Primary Stages. She’s an Ars Nova Resident Artist and Artistic Associate of Black Lives Black Words. Her plays include Bees and Honey (Kilroys 2019, 50 Playwrights Project List of Unproduced Latinx Plays 2019), My Father’s Keeper (Steppenwolf Theater’s The Mix List 2019), A Shero’s Journey or What Anacaona and Yemayá Taught Me… (Parsnip Ship Season Four, Theater Magazine Issue 49), Not For Sale (UrbanTheater Company Chicago 2018, Jeff Award Nominee 2019), Daughters of the Rebellion (Montclair State University New Works Initiative 2019) and Blowout (Aguijón Theater 2013). As an actor, she’s performed in various independent films and commercials and has worked with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, UrbanTheater Company, Aguijón Theater, Victory Gardens and LATEA.


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  • ERIKA DICKERSON-DESPENZA is a Blk feminist poet-playwright, cultural worker, educator and grassroots organizer from Chicago, Illinois. She’s the recipient of the 2019 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting/Fellowship at New Dramatists and was a 2018 Relentless Award Semifinalist. Erika is a National Arts & Culture Delegate for the U.S. Water Alliance’s One Water Summit 2019. She’s the 2019-2020 Tow Playwright-in-Residence at the Public Theater, a 2019 Writers’ Gathering Jerusalem Writer-in-Residence, a 2019 New York Stage and Film Fellow-in-Residence, a 2019 New Harmony Project Writer-in-Residence, a 2018-2019 Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow and was The Lark’s 2018 Van Lier New Voices Fellow. Erika is a 2019-2020 member of Ars Nova Play Group and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Obie-winning Youngblood collective. Her work has been developed at The Lark, The Public Theater, Vineyard Arts Project, New York Stage and Film, Public Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, Fault Line Theatre and Jackalope Theatre. Current plays in development include: ocean’s lip/heavn’s shoretook/tied, hung/split and cullud wattah (2019 Kilroys List; Public Theater, 2020). In addition to this water tetralogy, Erika is developing a 10-play Katrina Cycle, including [hieroglyph] (2019 Kilroys List) and shadow/land, focused on the effects of Hurricane Katrina and its state-sanctioned man-made disaster.


    Erika
    Dickerson-Despenza
  • GRACIE GARDNER is a playwright based in New York. Her play Pussy Sludge was a Theatertreffen Stükemarkt selection at Berliner Festspiele and is published in German by S. Fischer. She’s a resident at New Dramatists, and she’s the recipient of the Claire Tow Fellowship at the Atlantic Theater Company, a James Stevenson Prize, a Relentless Award, the James E. Michael Prize, a Clubbed Thumb Commission and a Manhattan Theatre Club Sloan Commission. Her plays Ballgirl and Athena are available on Samuel French. She’s also developing projects at Anonymous Content and Annapurna Interactive. 


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  • DYLAN GUERRA is a gay, Latinx New York City-based artist originally from Miami, Florida. He has been a finalist for The Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, NBC Universal’s Writers on the Verge Program, The MTC Directing Fellowship, The Drama League Hangar Directing Fellowship and a semifinalist for the Sundance Episodic Television Writers Program. His most recent play, Let’s Have a Seance, premiered at HERE Sublet Co-Op Series in February. And his next play, The Yalemihkeinsploke, is currently in development with Really, Really Theatre Group. BFA Southern Methodist University. He is a proud member of EST/Youngblood. dylanguerra.com


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  • GETHSEMANE HERRON-COWARD is a poet-playwright from Washington, D.C.
 She has developed work with JAG Productions, The Hearth, Magic Time @ Judson, The Ice Factory Festival at the New Ohio Theatre and Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem. Alumna of 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, VONA and The Fire This Time Festival. Residencies from The Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony, where she was the recipient of the Yasmin Scholarship. Semi-Finalist for the Many Voices Fellowship at Playwright’s Center, the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, Rising Circle INK TANK and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Finalist for Space on Ryder Farm and the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison. MFA Columbia University. She’s enamored with Sailor Moon, witches and other magical girls warriors.


    Gethsemane
    Herron-Coward
  • IFE OLUJOBI is a Brooklyn-based playwright and screenwriter from Columbia, Maryland. She is a member of the 2018-19 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, a 2019-20 New Voices Fellow at The Lark and a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater. Her work has been seen at The Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Bishop Arts Theater Center (Dallas, TX), Abe Burrows Theater at NYU and more. She also is the founder and editor of Townies, a zine exploring the experiences of POC and queer people who have a relationship to suburban and rural areas of the US and abroad. She received her BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2016.


    Ife Olujobi
  • OMAR VÉLEZ MELÉNDEZ is a playwright born and raised in Puerto Rico. His playwriting debut took place at the 2016 UPR Student Theatre Festival with The Natives Fight for Their Cave: Part 2. His work has also been developed with The Lark, Teatro SEA, Pregones/PRTT, The Latinx Playwrights Circle, Fresh Ground Pepper and What Would The Neighbors Say?. Other plays include We Built Our Homes Near Kingdoms of Animals and Magic (The Lark’s 2019 Playwrights’ Week, 2019 Rita & Burton Goldberg Playwriting Prize), The Last Episode of El Super Mega Show and Notes on Killing Seven Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board Members. Playwriting MFA: Hunter College.


    Omar Vélez Meléndez

Makers Lab

  • MICHAEL BRESLIN & PATRICK FOLEY make plays and videos (and plays with video) about their mutual obsessions. Their work draws on material from modern drama, reality television, American method acting, technology and dance, in combination with original text. Underlying the duo’s work is an investigation into theatrical form — how to subvert and manipulate it — and theater’s relationship to the media that dominates our lives: television, Instagram, FaceTime and Hollywood movies. Their work has been seen at New York Theatre Workshop Next Door (This American Wife), Ars Nova’s ANT Fest, the Exponential Festival, Wesleyan University (A Doll’s House, Part 3) and Yale Cabaret. They frequently collaborate with dramaturgs Cat Rodríguez and Ariel Sibert. michaelandpatrick.com


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  • MANIK CHOKSI Broadway: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Off-Broadway: Indian Ink, Roundabout; Bunty Berman Presents (Lortel Nomination), New Group; Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, Ars Nova; God Bless You Mr. Rosewater, Encores!; King Tot and DDeb, Debbie, Deborah; Clubbed Thumb; Huck & Holden, Cherry Lane. Regional: Moby Dick and Moby Dick, ART. Film/TV: “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”; “New Amsterdam”; “Good Fight”; “Mindhunter”; “Elementary”; “Happyish”; “One Life To Live” (Vimal Patel), HomePassing Season.  Composer: Those Lost Boys (workshop); Food Odyssey, 3LD. Education: The Juilliard School.

    ZI ALIKHAN is a queer, South Asian-American, culturally Muslim theatre director. Born to two immigrants from India, Zi grew up in Northern California and went to UC Berkeley to study Sociology before transferring to NYU to finish a degree in Musical Theatre (the immigrant parents were thrilled). In the decade that’s followed, Zi has been able to make work throughout the city and across the US, most notably Shabash! starring Danny Pudi and Parvesh Cheena, the first time a company of majority South Asian performers and writers took the stage at Lincoln Center, and an acclaimed reimagining of Ragtime at Playmakers Rep in North Carolina. Additionally, he has developed new plays at Playwrights Horizons, New York Stage and Film, Keen Company and The Lark, and HAS guest directed at Juilliard, NYU and Yale. Zi was the Associate Director of the Broadway companies of Six Degrees of Separation and The Rose Tattoo and the national tours of Hamilton and The Band’s Visit. Fellowships and residencies include The Drama League Director’s Project, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown and MTC. Zi is on faculty at Pace University.


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  • GUADALÍS DEL CARMEN is a playwright, actor and Co-Artistic Director of the Latinx Playwrights Circle in residence at Primary Stages. She’s an Ars Nova Resident Artist and Artistic Associate of Black Lives Black Words. Her plays include Bees and Honey (Kilroys 2019, 50 Playwrights Project List of Unproduced Latinx Plays 2019), My Father’s Keeper (Steppenwolf Theater’s The Mix List 2019), A Shero’s Journey or What Anacaona and Yemayá Taught Me… (Parsnip Ship Season Four, Theater Magazine Issue 49), Not For Sale (UrbanTheater Company Chicago 2018, Jeff Award Nominee 2019), Daughters of the Rebellion (Montclair State University New Works Initiative 2019) and Blowout (Aguijón Theater 2013). As an actor, she’s performed in various independent films and commercials and has worked with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, UrbanTheater Company, Aguijón Theater, Victory Gardens and LATEA.

    DAVID MENDIZÁBAL is a director, designer and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of the Obie Award winning The Movement Theatre Company. He is also the Associate Artistic Director of The Sol Project. Select directing credits include: Don’t Eat the Mangos (Magic Theatre/Sundance), On The Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf), the bandaged place (NYSAF), Then They Forgot About The Rest (INTAR), The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro, or iNegro (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), And She Would Stand Like ThisLook Upon Our Lowliness and Bintou (The Movement), and Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic / Drama League Nomination). Member of Latinx Theatre Commons Steering Committee. Alumnus of Drama League, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, NALAC, & artEquity. BFA NYU/Tisch. davidmendizabal.com

    JOÉL PERÉZ is an award-winning performer and writer living in NYC. As an actor, his theater work includes Fun Home (Broadway and The Public Theater), Kiss My Aztec! (Berkeley Rep and La Jolla Playhouse), Sweet Charity (New Group; Lucille Lortel Award Winner for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical), Oedipus El Rey (Public Theater), Raw Bacon From Poland (Abrons Art Center), As You Like It (Public Theater Public Works) as well as national and international tours of In the Heights and Fame. His TV work includes Person of Interest (CBS), Odd Mom Out (Bravo), The Big C (Showtime), The Outs (Vimeo) and Black Box (ABC). He is an ensemble member of Broken Box Mime Theater. He studied at Tufts University, The British American Drama Academy and Upright Citizen’s Brigade. As a writer, his play, The Church of the Holy Glory, premiered at Ars Nova as a part of ANT Fest 2018. He writes and performs in SHIZ and Peach, monthly sketch shows at UCB. He has participated in the Actors Who Write Fellowship at Rattlestick Theater Company and is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Playwriting from The New York Foundation for the Arts. joelperez.com @misterjoelperez

    EMMA RAMOS is a bi-lingual Mexican actress, comedian and sketch comedy writer, who has been called “A revelation, linguistically acrobatic, and piercingly funny” by NY Magazine. Her sketch series B.U.T.S. won Best Comedy at NBCUniversal Short Film Festival AND was nominated twice for the Imagen Awards; the Spanish Class episode alone has millions of views on YouTube and Facebook. Co-creator of anthology series Dichos, a NALIP Official Selection. Emma’s TV credits include Law & Order: SVU for NBC, Unforgettable for CBS, Valentina for HBO, Marisol for HBO (nominated for “Best Actress” next to Olivia Thirlby and Jennifer Morrison) and New Amsterdam for NBC. Semi-Finalist for Sundance’s New Voices. Acting Company for Sundance Institute 2017. Official selection for the 2018 HBO New York Latino Film Festival with Exeunt and this year with Seneca. Recipient of the UCB Diversity Fellowship. Writer and Performer for FLAMA (Latinx Funny or Die) and Broadway Video’s Mas Mejor. Recipient of the Ruth and Harold Newman Scholarship for excellence in acting. Member of The Actors Center. Emma is in the development of a half-hour comedy series called Hangry XVñera.


    Guadalís Del Carmen,
    David Mendizábal,
    Joél Peréz
    & Emma Ramos
  • LAURA GALINDO is an artist of many hats who enjoys testing how many of these hats can balance on top of her head at once. This past summer, she and her band debuted Annie Aspen’s Musical Space Spectacular! at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest. She is a Victory Theatre LabWorks resident for the 2019-2020 season. Her band, Laura Galindo and The Boys, plays regularly around NYC and her EP Tastes Like Dreams is available on all platforms. She also loves to act, using the chops she got from her fresh BFA Drama degree at NYU. Basically, she’ll try anything once and almost always just keeps doing it. She’s cooking up new things, all of which can be tasted at @thelauragalindo on Instagram and a website which she’ll eventually make.


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  • DEEPALI GUPTA is a writer and performer making music-driven theater across New York City. Her work explores themes of mania and insanity, and their relationship to femininity. She makes work in an attempt to unravel the warped weave of narratives surrounding mental disorder and neurodivergence in contemporary America. Her music has been heard at venues such as The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center Theater, The Bushwick Starr and Judson Memorial Church — as well as many backyards and living rooms across the city. Recent and ongoing projects as a performance artist include No Way To Say Goodbye, Over(Reverberating) and I Love You Stranger. Recent and ongoing projects as a composer include original music for Madonna Col Bambino (written by Sarah Einspanier, directed by Caitlin Sullivan), Cute Activist (written by Milo Cramer, directed by Morgan Green), Ski End (created by Piehole, directed by Tara Ahmedinejad) and MINOR CHARACTER (created by New Saloon, directed by Morgan Green). Her writing has been published in Moon Missives (an astrology quarterly) and Musical Theater Today. She is an affiliated artist with The Civilians and Target Margin Theater, as well as a member of the New Georges Jam and the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop. B.A. Brown University (Weston Award, Writing for Performance). M.F.A. Tisch (Musical Theater Writing).


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  • NIGHTDRIVE makes big, funny, strange, spooky, formally experimental plays that push the boundaries of storytelling in order to make unique, meaningful connections with audiences. They’ve made a live, immersive alien movie about becoming a better person (Alien Nation at The Paradise Factory); created a town in a theater, complete with city council meetings and a community pancake breakfast cooked on-stage (Providence, RI at The Tank’s Flint & Tinder series); and played a fictionally autobiographical rock concert about an artists’ residency in a haunted, foreclosed house in Detroit (Thank You Sorry at Ars Nova). Their show Apathy Boy was an O’Neill finalist, and they’ve developed additional work at Pipeline Theatre, Ice Factory at the New Ohio, The Flea, The Brick and Fresh Ground Pepper. Skylar Fox and Simon Henriques are the co-artistic directors of Nightdrive. @nightdriveplays nightdrive.org


    Nightdrive
  • MICHELLE J. RODRIGUEZ is a vocalist, songwriter, musical theater composer and actor. Born in Orlando, Florida to Puerto Rican parents and raised in Kirkland, Washington and Lexington, Kentucky, Ms. Rodriguez sings and writes songs that shake your heart and remind you of home in all its forms. With a voice that is “clear and compelling” and a sound that features “flourishes of bolero, bossa nova and even jazz” (Chicago Tribune), Ms. Rodriguez captivates as a performer at venues like Joe’s Pub (NYC), Ars Nova (NYC), The Hideout (Chicago) and Steppenwolf (Chicago) with her stunning vocals and vulnerability onstage.

    Ms. Rodriguez made her Joe’s Pub début at the Public Theater in November of 2017 after a sold-out performance of her original musical, East o’, West o’! at ANT Fest at Ars Nova in June of 2017, which earned her a mention in The New Yorker. Beloved by NPR’s All Songs Considered team, her music project MICHA became a finalist for NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk Contest with her song “Nena Nena Nena,” praised for a “bilingual set spanned laid-back southern soul and Latin pop flare” (NPR). She has received support from Ars Nova, New York Theater Workshop, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and the University of Chicago. Musicals include East o’, West o’! (Ars Nova/ANT Fest) and works in development Jiran, Bibliophile and Rokera. Ms. Rodriguez recently made her Public Theater début composing the music for The Mobile Unit’s production of The Tempest directed by Laurie Woolery, and she is currently under commission by the Public Theater for a new musical for their Mobile Unit program. B.A. Williams College. michamusica.com


    Michelle J. Rodriguez
  • JILLIAN WALKER is a multi-faceted artist and thinker who is shaping culture through interdisciplinary forms of performance. Her genre-pushing work SKiNFoLK: An American Show has appeared in the Starr Reading Series, ANT Fest at Ars Nova and the inaugural SPARK Festival for new small musicals at Pittsburgh CLO. Her play Sarah’s Salt. has received developmental support from Roundabout Theater Company and MCC Theater, and was chosen as an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Relentless Award (American Playwriting Foundation). With dramaturgy as the core of her artistic practice, Jillian is theatermaker as archaeologist. She investigates the processes and workings of time, ritual, identity and structure to unearth the ways theatrical forms can impact the larger cultural landscape. Through her residency at University Musical Society (University of Michigan), she researched her new play, Tignon, and a lecture/performance work, Songs of Speculation, which premiered at JACK in November 2018. Jillian was recently commissioned to create brand-new work for the critically-acclaimed Soho Rep. and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University.


    Jillian Walker

CAMP

  • Mahayla Laurence is an actor and a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. She’s a natural-born empath and loves connecting with people through comedy and storytelling. Mahayla currently writes for the Story Pirates Podcast and SHIZ.


    Mahayla Laurence
    (CAMP Co-Program Director)
  • Matt Gehring is a performer, writer and director of comedy. He’s been on Amazon, Netflix, Comedy Central and has spent years on the UCB stage. Currently, he is collaborating with National Lampoon on his Broadway-Meets-Sketch show, SHIZ.


    Matt Gehring
    (CAMP Co-Program Director)

Company-In-Residence

  • ON THE ROCKS THEATRE CO. is a California born, New York-bred company comprised of longtime collaborators Christopher Ford and Dakota Rose. Through rigorous blending of humor and heart, camp and poignancy and with a rich visual aesthetic drawing on a wide range of mid-century Americana, ON THE ROCKS create wholly original work that tells the stories of imperfect characters making their way in uncertain worlds. With a recurring crew of performers, musicians and dancers, they have made McBeth (2010), Wolfert (2015), The White Stag Quadrilogy (2016), FRED (2017) and their annual holiday bar pageant, Edelweiss (2017 & 2018).


    On The Rocks Theatre Co.

New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellows

  • LAURA GALINDO is an artist of many hats who enjoys testing how many of these hats can balance on top of her head at once. This past summer, she and her band debuted Annie Aspen’s Musical Space Spectacular! at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest. She is a Victory Theatre LabWorks resident for the 2019-2020 season. Her band, Laura Galindo and The Boys, plays regularly around NYC and her EP Tastes Like Dreams is available on all platforms. She also loves to act, using the chops she got from her fresh BFA Drama degree at NYU. Basically, she’ll try anything once and almost always just keeps doing it. She’s cooking up new things, all of which can be tasted at @thelauragalindo on Instagram and a website which she’ll eventually make.


    Laura Galindo
  • MICHELLE J. RODRIGUEZ is a vocalist, songwriter, musical theater composer and actor. Born in Orlando, Florida to Puerto Rican parents and raised in Kirkland, Washington and Lexington, Kentucky, Ms. Rodriguez sings and writes songs that shake your heart and remind you of home in all its forms. With a voice that is “clear and compelling” and a sound that features “flourishes of bolero, bossa nova and even jazz” (Chicago Tribune), Ms. Rodriguez captivates as a performer at venues like Joe’s Pub (NYC), Ars Nova (NYC), The Hideout (Chicago) and Steppenwolf (Chicago) with her stunning vocals and vulnerability onstage.

    Ms. Rodriguez made her Joe’s Pub début at the Public Theater in November of 2017 after a sold-out performance of her original musical, East o’, West o’! at ANT Fest at Ars Nova in June of 2017, which earned her a mention in The New Yorker. Beloved by NPR’s All Songs Considered team, her music project MICHA became a finalist for NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk Contest with her song “Nena Nena Nena,” praised for a “bilingual set spanned laid-back southern soul and Latin pop flare” (NPR). She has received support from Ars Nova, New York Theater Workshop, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts and the University of Chicago. Musicals include East o’, West o’! (Ars Nova/ANT Fest) and works in development Jiran, Bibliophile and Rokera. Ms. Rodriguez recently made her Public Theater début composing the music for The Mobile Unit’s production of The Tempest directed by Laurie Woolery, and she is currently under commission by the Public Theater for a new musical for their Mobile Unit program. B.A. Williams College. michamusica.com


    Michelle J. Rodriguez

Commissioned Artists

  • MELIS AKER is a bilingual writer, actor, and musician from Turkey. Her plays have been commissioned by and developed at Atlantic Theatre, Ars Nova (Play Group member), NYTW (2050 fellow), New Group, Dramatists Guild (DGF fellow), Roundabout Space Jam, LaMaMa, The Lark, The Flea, Noor, Golden Thread Productions, Corkscrew Festival and BRIC in the U.S., as well as the Finborough and Park theatres in London.

    Melis’ plays include: Field, Awakening (2019 Kilroy’s List, Columbia@Roundabout finalist, Sundance final-round, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor final-round, Playwrights Realm finalist); Dragonflies (2019 Sundance final-round); When My Mama was a Hittite (Columbia@Roundabout finalist), Azul Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited]; Manar (Columbia@Roundabout finalist, Theatre503 Playwriting Award semifinalist); 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter (Jerome NY Fellowship final-round), Scraps and Things (Playing on Air, starring Carol Kane), and Gilded Isle. Her screenplay “ARI” (“Bee”) was at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival as part of Maison des Scenaristes, and her pilot of “MANAR” was accepted to Orchard Project’s Episodic Lab, Trans Atlantic Partners, and IFP week.

    Selected acting credits include: “The Blacklist: Redemption” (NBC), “Seneca” (HBO’s NYLFF), Love in Afghanistan (Arena Stage & Roundabout), We Live in Cairo (NAMT, New World Stages), Proof (Edinburgh Fringe). Her song “The Unknowing” made it to the final reel of the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk contest. Melis has worked as Ayad Akhtar’s assistant, and given a StoryCorps and TEDx talk. She is a proud member of The Lark’s Middle East America writers room.

    Upcoming: Melis is developing a screenplay with Revelations Entertainment headed by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary, and her play Field, Awakening will receive its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre directed by Rory McGregor. Training: Columbia (MFA), Tufts (BA), RADA (Acting). Representation: CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners. www.melisaker.com

    Melis Aker’s commission is supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.


    Melis Aker
  • KEVIN ARMENTO’s plays include Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally (Drama Desk Nomination, Stage Edinburgh Award), Good Men Wanted (New York Stage and Film), Companion Piece (Pleasance Theatre), and killers (Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory), and upcoming plays include Balls (co-written with Bryony Lavery, 59E59 Theaters / One Year Lease), Playing Hot (Pipeline Theatre) and Devil with the Blue Dress (Bunker Theatre, London). Work has been produced and developed with Arena Stage, Ars Nova, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Dixon Place, The Flea, Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, The New Ohio and Stages Repertory Theatre, and he is an alum of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Artist-in-Residence at The Drama League and Play Group and Makers Lab at Ars Nova.

    SAMMY MILLER A native of Los Angeles, Grammy-nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that “feels good” as a drummer, singer and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music—joyful jazz.


    Kevin Armento & Sammy Miller
  • MICHAEL BRESLIN & PATRICK FOLEY make plays and videos (and plays with video) about their obsessions and humiliations. In combination with original text, their work draws on material from modern drama, reality television, American method acting, viral memes, technology and dance. Underlying their work is an investigation into theatrical form — how to subvert and manipulate it — and theater’s relationship to the media that dominates our lives: television, Instagram, FaceTime and Hollywood movies. Their works include: Circle Jerk (Ars Nova Makers Lab, Prelude Festival, Little Theater), A Doll’s House, Part 3 (Ars Nova ANT Fest, Exponential Festival, Wesleyan, International Online Theater Festival), and This American Wife (NYTW Next Door). Dramaturgy, in its abundant forms and contortions, is critical to their work, and they frequently collaborate with Cat Rodríguez (performer and dramaturg) and Ariel Sibert (dramaturg). michaelandpatrick.com


    Michael Breslin & Patrick Foley
  • HEATHER CHRISTIAN (Composer) is an Obie Award-winning composer/playwright/performer and 2019 Sundance Time Warner Fellow. She makes original performance work (Animal Wisdom Bushwick Starr, Mission Drift Nat’l Theatre London, The World Is Round BAM,) as well as scores film (The Shivering Truth (Adult Swim), Lemon, Gregory Go Boom, Sundance Grand Jury Prize) and has released 9 records with her band Heather Christian & the Arbornauts. Heather is an Ars Nova commissioned artist and a 2019 Steinberg Commission at Playwrights Horizons. heatherchristian.com


    Heather Christian
  • nicHi douglas is a Brooklyn-based performer, choreographer, director, playwright and ART-IVIST who spells her name with a capital H. she is the Head of Movement in the NYU/Tisch Playwrights Horizons Theater School studio. she has developed curricula for BAM, NYU and the CRAFT Institute. she has developed original theater work at Denver Center, Berkeley Rep and The Public Theater, among others. she is currently developing an interactive dance exhibit for the National Museum of African-American Music. her sacred offering for Black womxn, (pray), co-composed by Starr Busby & JJJJJerome Ellis, has been commissioned by Ars Nova. nicHi’s reparations-based mutual aid fund, nicHi’s SuSu, is set to begin in mid-October. recent stage credits: A Time Like This: Music for Change (Carnegie Hall, Stage Director), Girl From the North Country (Public Theater, Associate Choreographer), where love lies fallow (Open Call/The Shed, The Public Theater, Playwright/Choreographer/Director), SKiNFoLK: An American Show (The Bushwick Starr/National Black Theater, Choreographer), 1MOVE: DES19GNED BY … Commission (The Movement Theatre Company, Commissioned Artist), Broad Daylight Sign & Wonders (48Hours in … Harlem-Digital Edition, Director). upcoming: SUPERHOST (Lightning Rod Special, Creator/Actor), The Harriet Holland Social Club Presents the 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel (The Movement Theatre Company/New Georges, Movement Director). BFA, Tisch/NYU; MFA, The New School. mynameisnichi.com | @mynameisnichi


    nicHi douglas
  • DEEPALI GUPTA is a writer and performer making music-driven theater across New York City. Her work explores themes of mania and insanity, and their relationship to femininity. She makes work in an attempt to unravel the warped weave of narratives surrounding mental disorder and neurodivergence in contemporary America. Her music has been heard at venues such as The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Lincoln Center Theater, The Bushwick Starr and Judson Memorial Church — as well as many backyards and living rooms across the city. Recent and ongoing projects as a performance artist include No Way To Say Goodbye, Over (Reverberating) and I Love You Stranger. Recent and ongoing projects as a composer include original music for Madonna Col Bambino (written by Sarah Einspanier, directed by Caitlin Sullivan), Cute Activist (written by Milo Cramer, directed by Morgan Green), Ski End (created by Piehole, directed by Tara Ahmedinejad) and MINOR CHARACTER (created by New Saloon, directed by Morgan Green). Her writing has been published in Moon Missives (an astrology quarterly) and Musical Theater Today. She is an affiliated artist with The Civilians and Target Margin Theater, as well as a member of the New Georges Jam and the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Songwriting Workshop. B.A. Brown University (Weston Award, Writing for Performance). M.F.A. Tisch (Musical Theater Writing).


    Deepali Gupta
  • KHIYON HURSEY is a writer and composer based in Los Angeles and New York. He was a staff writer for Netflix’s romantic musical drama, SOUNDTRACK and is currently co-writing LOVE IN AMERICA, a movie musical to be produced by Issa Rae at Universal. He is the recipient of the ASCAP Foundation’s Irving Burgie Scholarship, Bart Howard Songwriting Scholarship, the Lucille and Jack Yellen award, a 2016 NAMT Writers Grant, a 2016/17 Dramatists Guild Musical Theater Fellow, 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Residency, 2018 Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project residency, 2019 ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop with Stephen Schwartz, 2019 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat, the 2020 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony at Goodspeed Musicals and the 2020 Stephen Schwartz Award. Khiyon got his start as the music assistant on the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions and the Grammy Award Winning Cast Album of HAMILTON. He’s been a guest lecturer at Columbia, Yale and Berklee College of Music on Musical Theater. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music with a degree in Songwriting.


    Khiyon Hursey
  • JEROME & JAMES (JJJJJerome Ellis & James Harrison Monaco, also known as James & Jerome) are a music and storytelling duo based in New York, creating hyper-literary live-music narrative spectacles for theaters and other spaces. Their collaboration is diligently non-hierarchical. Their electronic music concert and art lecture Ink, which premiered in January 2019 as part of Under The Radar Festival, was the first ever co-presentation by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Public Theater. In addition to The Met and Under The Radar, their works have been presented at venues such as Lincoln Center, La MaMa, MASS MoCA, the Kimmel Center and Ars Nova’s ANT Fest (2013). They are also New Writers in Residence at Lincoln Center Theater. jeromeandjames.org or jamesandjerome.org


    Jerome & James
  • ANTOINETTE NWANDU is a New York-based playwright. Her Jeff-award winning play, Pass Over, will have its New York debut at LCT3 in June. A filmed version of the Steppenwolf production—directed by Spike Lee—will have its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Her play Breach: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate will have its World Premiere at Victory Gardens in February. Antoinette’s work has been supported by the Sundance Theater Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, Ignition Fest, the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, the Kennedy Center, Page73, PlayPenn, Southern Rep, The Flea, Naked Angels, Fire This Time and The Movement Theater Company. Honors include the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, the Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize, a Literary Fellowship at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and spots on the 2016 and 2017 Kilroys lists. Antoinette is a MacDowell Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow and an Ars Nova Play Group alum. She is currently under commission from Echo Theater Company, Colt Coeur and Audible.


    Antoinette Nwandu
  • RAY YAMANOUCHI was born in Queens, raised on Long Island, and received a BA in film and theatre from CUNY Hunter College in Manhattan. His plays include Tha Chink-Mart (PlayPenn 2018), Impact (Finalist, Princess Grace Award 2019) and The American Tradition (New Light New Voices Award 2018). He has developed work with WT Theatre, The Blank Theatre, Rising Circle Theater Collective, Mission to (dit)Mars (Propulsion Lab), Ars Nova (Play Group), and Playwrights’ Center (Core Writer). You can find him online @NotoriousYAMs, or as the host of RE:, a NYC theatre talk show (retheatre.nyc).


    Ray Yamanouchi
  • ZACK ZADEK Composer/lyricist, playwright and songwriter with Warner/Chappell, Zack Zadek has been named by Playbill as “A Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriter You Should Know”, was a MacDowell Fellow and VCCA Fellow and is a 2019 Dramatist Guild Fellow. Zack won the Weston New Musical Award for his book, music and lyrics to DEATHLESS (dir. Tina Landau) which received its world premiere at Goodspeed Musicals in 2017. His work has been developed and presented at The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The 5th Avenue Theatre, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, The Lark, Arena Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Weston Playhouse, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Legacy Theatre, NYMF, The Mitten Lab and in the UK at the London Theatre Workshop and Edinburgh Fringe. He is a two-time finalist for the Kleban Prize as a librettist and a lyricist, a three-time Jonathan Larson Grant Finalist, a resident of the Working Farm @ SPACE on Ryder Farm and SigWorks @ Signature Theatre, KSF Artists of Choice finalist and winner of the inaugural NMI/Disney Imagineering New Voices Award. Other pieces include The Crazy Ones (dir. Sam Buntrock/Hunter Bird), The Role of a Lifetime (dir. Jerry Mitchell) and 6 (dir. Sheryl Kaller/Max Friedman). Upcoming projects include Store Brand (dir. Jaki Bradley) being developed by The Civilians and current commissions from Mike Bosner Productions, Jill Furman Productions, Arena Stage and Ars Nova. He is currently a writer-in-residence with The Orchard Project Greenhouse and The Civilians.


    Zack Zadek

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