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!
THIS WEEK WE'RE WORKSHOPPING TWO COMMISSIONS
We’re delighted to have nearly 20 artists in the building this week working on two of our current commissions. We’ll have a presentation of each, but seating is very limited – let us know if you can join and we’ll send along the info
The Woman’s Party by Rinne Groff, directed by GT Upchurch — Friday, Dec 7th at 1:00pm. and Spindle Shuttle Needle by Gab Reisman, directed by Tamilla Woodard — Saturday, Dec 8th at 3:30pm. RSVP to email@example.com
We’re back in Superlab this week, working on We Are Radios, by Chana Porter, with composer Ted Hearne, directed by Adam Greenfield and featuring Bill Buell, Tomás Cruz, Gregg Mozgala, Alex Flores, Kristine Haruna Lee and Annette O’Toole. Join us on Friday, Oct 12th at 3pm to hear the play —
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
MEET THE 2020/2021 CLUBBED THUMB DIRECTING FELLOWS!
In partnership with Playwrights Horizons Theater School, The Clubbed Thumb Directing Fellowship is a five-month new play directing intensive, under the mentorship of alumni artists Anne Kauffman and Ken Rus Schmoll.
Fellows 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.
THE 2020/2021 FELLOWS ARE:
ANDRÉS LÓPEZ-ALICEA is a Puerto Rican director, actor, and teaching artist based in New York. He graduated from The New School for Drama with a degree in MFA Directing. His early studies were at the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in both Architecture and Drama. During his studies, Andrés was recognized by the university with awards in both directing and set design. In 2010, he created his own production company, Arte Zanquia’o, where he directed, produced, and acted in a variety of performances that ranged from improv shows to original works. In New York, he joined the creative team of Teatro LATEA, where he opened a resident theater company called Teatro 220. As an Assistant Director, he has worked with Alexander Mikhail on Twelfth Night, Laura Savia on Artney Jackson at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Christopher Liam Moore on Hairspray The Musical at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Selected credits include: Cymbeline (The New School for Drama), Pony Up (The New School for Drama), Blood Wedding (The New School for Drama), Five Sessions (LATEA Theatre) and Bad Press (The Cherry Lane Theatre.)
EMMA MILLER is a director, educator & producer. She is Co-Artistic Director of The Hearth, with which she recently directed Gracie Gardner’s Athena (NYTimes Critics’ Pick, JACK). Emma’s work has been seen at JACK, Queens Theater, The Medicine Show, The Tank, Dixon Place, Lucid Body House, Cincinnati Fringe, South Oxford Space, Theaterlab, Playwrights Downtown, Kenyon College & more. Emma was a Fellow at Playwrights Horizons, is Theater Arts Director at B’nai Jeshurun, and is on faculty at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Emma is an alumna of Laurel School, Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute – Advanced Directing at The O’Neill.
CAITLIN SULLIVAN is a New York-based director and theater maker. Her recent work has been presented by Ars Nova, New Georges, New Ohio Theatre, WP Theater, Danspace, Fusebox Festival, the Drama League, On the Boards and Seattle Repertory Theatre. She is the Associate Director of Hundred Days and The Lucky Ones (The Bengsons and Sarah Gancher, dir. Anne Kauffman). Before moving to New York, Caitlin co-founded Seattle’s critically acclaimed Satori Group, where she created and/or directed seven original works. She spent several summers as the Artistic Director of the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab, developing new plays and musicals with The Bengsons, Martyna Majok, Mallery Avidon, Dipika Guha, and Caroline McGraw among others. Born and raised in Boston (Dorchester!), MA, Caitlin is a graduate of Williams College, an alum of the Drama League Directors Project and Next Stage Artist Residency, a member of the New Georges Jam and a New Georges Affiliate Artist.
2018/19: KATE EMINGER, TARA AHMADINEJAD and SARAH BLUSH
2017/18: SARAH HUGHES, TAYLOR REYNOLDS and LILY RIOPELLE
2016/17: CAITLIN RYAN O’CONNELL, CHRISTINA ROUSSOS and LA WILLIAMS
2015/16: SANAZ GHAJARRAHIMI, LILLIAN MEREDITH, JAY STULL and KATE HOPKINS
Applications for the 2020/2021 Fellowship are now open – click HERE to apply!