Meet the 19/20 EARLY CAREER WRITER'S GROUP and PRODUCING FELLOWS.
We have a new team of playwrights and we are delighted to introduce you to them: Crystal Finn, Deneen Reynolds, Justice Hehir, Aaron Ricciardi, Julia Izumi, Kori Alston, May Treuhaft-Ali, and Ryan Szelong.
Nominated and mentored by members of our mid-career alumni community, these eight writers will meet over the course of the year to develop their work, culminating in presentations during Summerworks.
Read more about the playwrights and the program HERE.
And say hello to this year’s Producing Fellows: Kathy Ng and Natalie Risk.
Each year, two early-career creative producers assist on all programming, as well as casting, script evaluation, management and marketing under the guidance/mentorship of Clubbed Thumb staff, culminating in hands-on roles in Summerworks.
ANNOUNCING THE 2019 / 2020 CLUBBED THUMB DIRECTING FELLOWS
We are excited to introduce you to the incoming cohort of Directing Fellows: ANDRÉS LÓPEZ-ALICEA, EMMA MILLER and CAITLIN SULLIVAN, working on plays written by MILO CRAMER, T. ADAMSON, and GRACIE GARDNER.
This fall they’ll develop new 30 to 40 minute plays by commissioned Clubbed Thumb playwrights over the course of a semester with Playwrights Horizons Theater School student and alumni performers, in barebones, classroom settings. Then, they build on this work with workshop productions of the same plays with professional actors, presented for industry audiences at Winterworks, running January 22 – 26, 2020 at Playwrights Downtown.
THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF THE 24th ANNUAL SUMMERWORKS!
We are exceptionally proud of the work we put out over the last seven weeks. Thank you to the over 150 artists, staff and interns who made it happen, and to the over 3,500 people who came to see a show this summer. If you missed it (or if you want to reminisce) you can read some selected press on the right —->
We’re writing this note while on our annual writers’ retreat in Red Bank, New Jersey, hosted by Two River Theater (with our friends, playwrights Trish Harnetiaux, Vivian Barnes, Sarah Einspanier, Milo Cramer and Zhu Yi). We’re spending the week (in addition to a lot of grilling) beginning to plan for the coming season – our next Biennial Commission, a new writers group and directing fellowship cohort, Superlabs & other workshops – and maybe a few surprises we aren’t ready to talk about just yet. So stay tuned for that.
Until then: have a great summer, and thank you.
Maria, Michael and Quinn
MEET THE 2018/2019 EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP
We’re excited to introduce you to the eight writers from our early-career group as they present their work throughout Summerworks, starting this week! They are: Alexander Paris, April Ranger, Emma Goidel, Lily Akerman, Lizzie Stern, Sanaz Toossi, T. Adamson and Zhu Yi – see the schedule and RSVP HERE
SUMMERWORKS IS NOW OPEN!
Lunch Bunch – the first production of Summerworks 2019 – is a NYTimes Critic’s Pick!! All evening shows are sold out – but there are tickets available for the newly-added Saturday, May 25th 3pm matinee – get yours HERE
OUR BELOVED PRODUCTION OF PLANO HAS COME TO A CLOSE
Congratulations to the incredible team of artists who worked tirelessly to re-mount our production of Plano. We are so proud of what we all accomplished together, and delighted to have hosted over 3,000 audience members throughout the run. We couldn’t be happier – so thank you. Check out our Instagram to see photos of many of the wonderful people who visited Plano
MEET THE CAST OF SUMMERWORKS 2019
Our 24th Annual Mini-Season of New Plays is just around the corner! Featuring: Lunch Bunch by Sarah Einspanier, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad; You Never Touched the Dirt by Zhu Yi, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; and King Philip’s Head Is Still On That Pike Just Down The Road by Daniel Glenn, directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell. Read more and get your tickets HERE
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED AND SUPPORTED OUR 2019 GALA
We were delighted to celebrate Sarah DeLappe, Heidi Schreck and Jaclyn Backhaus at our gala last night–thank you to the many artists who made it a fantastic party, and thank you to everyone who attended and contributed–it was a huge success and we were touched and honored by the outpour of support.
And if you couldn’t be there, it’s ok – there’s still time to contribute HERE
HAPPY OPENING TO HEIDI SCHRECK AND THE WHOLE CONSTITUTION TEAM
We’re thrilled to be above-the-title on a Broadway show for the first time, and doubly thrilled it is with our much beloved production from Summerworks 2017, What The Constitution Means to Me. Running now for a limited time at the Helen Hayes Theater – tickets and info HERE
SUPERLAB: FEATURING ANGELA HANKS
This week we’re giving Angela Hanks’s 2017 Biennial Commission Bodies they Ritual the Superlab treatment. Join us on Friday, March 15 at 3pm to hear the play, directed by Jeremy Bloom
JOIN US FOR SUPERLAB
This week we’re working on Daniel Glenn’s King Philip’s Head is Still on That Pike Just Down the Road, directed by Caitlin Ryan O’Connell – join us on Tuesday, February 19th at 3pm to hear the play. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
WINTERWORKS 2019 HAS COME TO AN END
Thank you to the 35 artists and nearly 400 audience members who supported the work of our18/19 Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger. It was a great six months with these directors, and we look forward to a long relationship with each of them. Read more about them, and the program, HERE
Playwright Vivian Barnes has been awarded our 2018 open-application commission!
We just met Vivian at our holiday party, and didn’t think we had read her work—-or were about to give her $10,000! We look forward to getting to know her and working together over the next few years.
The panel–which included Jaclyn Backhaus, Migdalia Cruz, April Matthis, and CT’s Michael Bulger and Maria Striar–read 140 anonymous proposals, selecting Vivian’s for the grand prize, and awarding five finalists $1,000 each: Kori Alston, Phillip Howze, Deneen Reynolds-Knott, Ruth Tang and Andrea Thome.
12 semi-finalists were also named: John J Caswell, Jr., Preston Choi, Daniella De Jesus, Noah Diaz, Georgina Escobar, Deepali Gupta, Kristine Haruna Lee, Daniel K. Isaac, Julia Izumi, Garrett Kim, Johnny Lloyd and Maia Matsushita. Congratulations, and thank you to everyone who applied!
• Maria Striar (Producing Artistic Director, Founder) Maria helped found Clubbed Thumb in 1996, and has been on its staff since. Up until 2004 she directed and performed in many of the company’s shows. She still performs upon occasion with other downtown companies. Maria conceived and edited 2007’s Funny, Strange, Provocative: Seven Plays from Clubbed Thumb. She received her B.A. from Brown University and her M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego.
• Quinn Corbin (Advancement Director) most recently served as Head of Events for the American Associates of the National Theatre. She has served as an independent script reader for the National Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Juilliard, Ars Nova, The Lark, Sundance Theatre Lab, The Public Theater, the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, Clubbed Thumb, South Coast Repertory, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference (where she has also been a returning guest artist), and is a nominator for The Kilroys and a subcommittee member for The Relentless Award. She worked for three years at The Gersh Agency where she represented playwrights, directors, and designers. She is the co-founder of C+C Mini Factory alongside Chelsea Cates. Under this moniker they have been social media influencers for companies like Starbucks and Firefox and were awarded “Instagrammer of the Year” in 2015 by the Shorty Awards (honoring the best of social media).
• Michael Bulger (Associate Artistic Director) In New York, Michael has worked for St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Public Theater, The Cherry Lane Theatre and others. Prior to that he worked for Center Theatre Group and Brimmer Street Theatre Company in Los Angeles. He teaches Creative Producing at Playwrights Horizons Theater School / NYU where he is also a consulting producer on mainstage productions. He received his B.A. from Emerson College and a Masters in arts administration from Columbia University.
• Natalie Risk (Producing Fellow) is an award winning director, producer, and actor working in theatre and film. Born in Cairo, and raised in Nashville she proudly calls New York City home. Most recently, Natalie wrote, devised, and performed in VIOLENT SILENCE, a performance art piece offering a new perspective on the appropriation of bodies and colonization of the mind. Natalie developed and fostered the work of experimental live performance through associate producing FUSEBOX FESTIVAL and KINDLING ARTS FESTIVAL. She was a co-founder and co-Producing Artistic Director of Second Stage Student Theatre, as well as the New Works intern for the Ingram New Works Project. Aside from her work as a theatre artist, Natalie served as the Vice President of the student chapter of Tennessee Women in Film and Media. She has won numerous awards for her work in film, both as a director and an actor. Natalie holds a BFA in Theatre: Directing and Film Production from Lipscomb University. @riskfactor
• Kathy Ng (Producing Fellow) is a playwright, librettist and hybrid theater-maker from Hong Kong, currently trying to make it work in the big apple. The content of her writing varies, but her pieces often deal with the actions of magnification, collage, and accumulation. More often than not, she likes to write about bugs. She has an B.A in Writing for Performance from Brown University and an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Most recently, her one-act musical [Maya and Me] was a top 10 finalist at Theatre Now’s festival, Soundbites 6.0.