News & Updates

MAY 2019

CIARA NI CHUIRC (‘21) was announced as one of the writers for this year’s NY Madness, which was co-produced by Elephant Run District and took place on April 28.

JAMES WILLIAM EVANS (‘01)’s play THE PROTEST was presented as a part of Open Fist Theatre Company’s “What Matters Now” Fest in Los Angeles.

ASHLEY MINIHAN (‘14) has been selected as an fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation.

CHRISTINA QUINTANA (‘13)’s play AZUL had its world premiere at Southern Rep in New Orleans.

CELINE SONG (‘14) had her short play WHAT IF CHILDREN RAN THE COUNTRY? featured in T: The New York Times Style Magazine and as part of the BAM event America 2024: Playwrights on Our Country’s Future.

APRIL 2019

DAAIMAH MUBASHSHIR (‘15) received a workshop presentation of her play THE IMMEASURABLE WANT OF LIGHT in partnership with FADO Performance Art Centre, Public Recordings and Life of a Craphead in Toronto, Ca on March 13.

KRISTIN SLANEY (‘16)‘s play HOCKEY MESSIAH received a reading as a part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2019 Ted Snowdon Reading Series on March 18.

MARCH 2019

RAQUEL ALMAZAN (‘15)’s play LA NEGRA received a reading with The Classical Theatre of Harlem on February 25.

JACK CALK (‘19) is assisting Halley Feiffer on her new play THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE at Playwrights Horizons, which runs April 22 – May 12.

DIANNE NORA (‘15) received a reading of her play COME HERE TO ME on February 25 as part of Dandelion Theatre’s RESERVOIR Reading Series.

CHRISTINA QUINTANA (‘13) was one of two second-place winners of the Bonnie and Terry Burman New Play Award, a new national play contest at Barrington Stage Company. Quintana will receive $5,000 and a developmental staged reading of her play CITIZEN SCIENTIST.

GORDON PENN (‘18) had a run of his play BLACK GARDEN at The Tank from February 6-16.

PIE SOTO (‘20) is helping to produce a 24 hour film festival that is currently looking for artists to take part in the film festival. People can visit here for more information and to sign up.


MELIS AKER (‘18) was selected for Ars Nova’s Play Group, joining returning member JULIA MAY JONAS (‘12).

SAMANTHA CHANSE (‘16) was  awarded The Lark 2019-2020 Venturous Playwright Fellowship, which includes an award of $50,000 over two years, as well as a Production Subsidy Grant of up to $50,000 to support a production of the play at a theater of her choosing.

GETHSEMANE HERRON-COWARD (‘19) had a staged reading of her thesis BLANKS in the Fire This Time Festival on January 29 and will continue to develop her thesis at JAG Fest 3.0 in February and the Virginia Center for the Arts in March.

DOMINIC FINOCCHIARO (‘16) is one of nine theatre artists to receive a 2019 MacDowell Colony Awards Fellowship.

JOHNNY G. LLOYD (‘20) was a semi-finalist for Clubbed Thumb’s 2018 Open-Application Commission.

ANNA JASTRZEMBSKI (‘19) premiered her play A MODEST PROPOSAL at the Cherry Lane Theatre on January 25-27.

JULIÁN MESRI (‘20)  has been sound designing and composing original music for Marisela Trevino Orta’s THE RIVER BRIDE directed by Jerry Ruiz at Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston.

MARTIN MURRAY (‘20) had a ten-minute play in the Rule of 7×7: February Edition at the Tank on February 1-2.

HARRISON DAVID RIVERS (‘09) won the Relentless Award for his play THE BANDAGED PLACE. The Relentless Award is the largest annual cash prize in American theater awarded to a playwright in recognition of a new play.

GINA STEVENSON (‘18 ) won the American Stage’s 21st Century Voices New Play Festival for her thesis show, THE COLONY, and received a staged of the play on January 3.CALLAN STOUT (‘17) had a reading of her play GIRL BECOMES BONE at Ampersand Theatre on January 27.


GREG NANNI (21) is now serving as the Playwright Literary Manager for the 2019 Columbia University School of the Arts International Play Reading Festival.

ALIX SOBLER (‘17) received the Suzi Bass Award for best world premiere for her play ALLIANCE. The Suzi Bass Awards recognize outstanding achievements from participating metro Atlanta theater companies during the 2017-18 season.

ROUXIN XU (19)’s short play 芳名。IN THE NAME OF US is a finalist of the 17th annual season of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival.


MELIS AKER (‘18) had her play MANAR included in The New Group’s Fall Reading Festival, with a reading directed by Whitney White.

RAQUEL ALMAZAN (‘15) is a semifinalist for the 2019 Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship and the 2018-2019 Playwrights Realm Fellowship.

JACK T. CALK (‘19) interned for Samuel D. Hunter on his new work LEWISTON/CLARKSTON, which opened last week at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

GETHSEMANE HERRON-COWARD (‘19) recently completed a sold-out run of her play LORDES, which was also one of the Columbia MFA Directing Theses.

ELISABETH FRANKEL (‘19) was a finalist for the 2018-2019 Playwrights Realm Fellowship and was chosen for the 2018-2019 Manhattan Theatre Club Directing Fellowship. Elisabeth also co-hosts a podcast, Feminist Popcorn, that celebrates the greatest films about women.

DANIEL IRVING RATTNER (‘20) directed THE DAERIE QUEENE at The Tank and was selected to be part of the research team for Life Jacket Theatre Company’s next play, THE GORGEOUS NOTHINGS.

ALIX SOBLER (‘17) developed her play LAST NIGHT IN INWOOD as part of The Gulfshore Playhouse’s New Works Festival.

TORREY TOWNSEND (‘13) presented his play NIGHT WORKERS at Long Wharf Theatre’s New Works Festival.


A.A. BRENNER (‘21) had her play GOD IS DEAD & APRIL’S GETTING MARRIED produced at The Capitol Fringe Festival in D.C. It was named Best of Fringe by D.C. Metro Theatre Arts this past summer

JACK T. CALK (‘19) served as Script Supervisor on Halley Feiffer’s new play, THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE, in development at NYSAF’s Powerhouse Theater (Poughkeepsie, NY). He is currently serving as the assistant to Samuel D. Hunter on his new plays LEWISTON and CLARKSTON, at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Further, he is currently appearing as Static Man on the fiction podcast Archive 81, by Dead Signals Productions.

GETHSEMANE HERRON-COWARD (‘19) participated in the Millay Colony Residency from September 11th to September 25th and will be presenting LORDES, directed by Katherine Wilkinson (Directing ‘19), at the Lenfest Center for the Arts from October 17th to 20th.

MARTIN MURRAY (‘20) assisted Tracy Letts on the New York premiere of his play MARY PAGE MARLOWE at 2econd Stage directed by Lila Neugebauer.

DANIEL IRVING RATTNER (‘20) spent June assisting Anna Deavere Smith on NOTES FROM THE FIELD at the Royal Court in London. In July, his play WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS was produced as part of Dixon Place’s HOT! Festival.