CLUBBED THUMB IS GOING TO BROADWAY
We’re thrilled to announce that our much beloved production from Summerworks 2017 is headed to The Helen Hayes Theater for a limited run. It’s the first time that Clubbed Thumb will be above-the-title on a Broadway show, so we hope you’ll join us for it! Tickets and info HERE
WINTERWORKS 2019 IS UPON US!
Join us for an evening of short-ish new plays directed by our
18/19 Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger directing plays by Sarah Einspanier, Amina Henry and Bryna Turner
Read more about the directors and RSVP 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!
Vivian is only one of the over 40 playwrights we’ll be supporting in 2019 with residencies, retreats, commissions, workshops, writers’ groups and of course, productions.
HELP US HELP THEM WITH A DONATION NOW.
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
CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH CLUBBED THUMB
Join us as we celebrate all we’ve done in 2018! There’ll be a big pot of gløgg, dancing around the tree, our signature strange and unusual traditions — and who knows, YOU might be the Troll King this year. It’s free – but do RSVP so we know how large of a marzipan pig to make
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
QUINN CORBIN JOINS THE CLUBBED THUMB STAFF AS ADVANCEMENT DIRECTOR
We first met Quinn many years ago, when she was working as a literary agent for Gersh; in fact it was she who sent us a play by and urged us to meet with a talented young playwright named Jaclyn Backhaus. Since then, Quinn has been building her skills with fundraising and events, as well as reading plays and adjudicating awards for institutions across the country–and so comes to us with the perfect mix of experiences we were looking for. She’s great, we’re lucky to have her on our team, and we can’t wait for you to get to know her at an upcoming event.
MEET THE 2018/2019 EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP
We’re excited to introduce you to (and get to know ourselves) eight writers, nominated by our mid-career alumni community, who will meet over the coming season – culminating in presentations of their work during Summerworks. They are: Alexander Paris, April Ranger, Emma Goidel, Lily Akerman, Lizzie Stern, Sanaz Toossi, T. Adamson and Zhu Yi – learn more about them HERE
An evening of new plays directed by our 2018-2019 Directing Fellows.
Kate Eminger directing
by Bryna Turner
featuring Jane Bradley, Laura Esterman, Layla Khosh, Ellie MacPherson and Kelly McAndrew
sound design by Ben Vigus | stage manager Christina Woolard
Tara Ahmadinejad directing
by Sarah Einspanier
featuring Eliza Bent, Ugo Chukwu, Flora Diaz, Nadine Malouf, Keilly McQuail, Julia Sirna-Frest and Paco Tolson
design by Oona Curley | stage manager Matthew Henao
Sarah Blush directing
by Amina Henry
featuring Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Maechi Aharanwa, Hannah Cabell, Elia Monte-Brown, Zuzanna Szadkowski and Carmen Zilles
choreography by Kelly Bartnik | stage manager Lauren Veit
Seven Performances Only! Seating is extremely limited:
Wednesday January 16th at 7pm
Thursday January 17th at 7pm
Friday January 18th at 3pm and 7pm
Saturday January 19th at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday January 20th at 3pm
Runtime is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, followed by drinks and snacks in the Clubbed Thumb office.
at Playwrights Downtown
440 Lafayette Street, 4th floor, New York, NY 10003
Tickets are free but you must make a reservation by emailing email@example.com
MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND THE 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 work on new plays by Clubbed Thumb playwrights over the course of a semester with Playwrights Horizons Theater School student performers. Then, they build on this work with workshop productions of the same plays with professional actors, presented for industry audiences at Winterworks.
TARA AHMADINEJAD directing Lunch Bunch by Sarah Einspanier
Tara is a NY-based director and theater-maker. She is a core-founding member of Piehole, whose work has been developed and produced at New Ohio/IRT’s Archive Residency, JACK, Irondale, LMCC’s Workspace Residency, The Drama League, New York Theatre Workshop, and HERE, among others. Tara is directing for a VR project by LA-based company Tender Claws, in collaboration with Piehole. Piehole previously collaborated on Tender Claws’ augmented reality piece TendAR (Sundance 2018). Tara’s current new play collaborations include Chana Porter’s Leap and the Net Will Appear (Houston premiere: Catastrophic Theatre; NYC premiere upcoming), and new projects in development with Daaimah Mubashshir and Julia Sirna-Frest (New Georges Audrey Residency), and Celine Song (in collaboration with Piehole). In addition to directing, Tara has taught theater-making workshops to undergraduates throughout the US and in Tehran, Iran. NYTW Usual Suspect; New Georges Affiliated Artist; MFA Columbia University.
SARAH BLUSH directing Bully by Amina Henry
Sarah directs theatre and virtual reality. She is a co-artistic director of the theatre company TV, whose work includes Sehnsucht (JACK), Power Couple (Ars Nova ANT Fest), and My Favorite Character Was the Talking Vase (HERE). Other directing: Clubbed Thumb, NYU Graduate Acting, The Playwrights Realm, The Atlantic Acting School, Dixon Place, NYU Abu Dhabi Institute, The Flea, The Tank, Williamstown Theatre Festival. Associate/Assistant directing: Daniel Aukin, Mark Wing-Davey, Rachel Chavkin, Young Jean Lee, Richard Nelson, among others. She is the recipient of New York Society Library’s Emerging Female Artist Grant, was a member of The Habitat’s Directors Playground, and is a New Georges Affiliated Artist. Upcoming: CAVE, a multi-viewer virtual reality experience, premieres at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Canada; Sehnsucht returns to JACK in August 2018. www.sarahblush.com
KATE EMINGER directing Rats! by Bryna Turner
Kate is a director and filmmaker based in New York. She has developed work with Ars Nova, Dixon Place, IRT, NYU, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Luna Stages, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, NYC Fridge Festival, Gowanus Arts Productions, and Wide Eyed Productions, among others. Selected directing credits: Cape Disappointment by The Debate Society, reluctant to burn and no seconds by Korde Arrington Tuttle, nightnight by Lucas Hnath (The New School), Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, trans. Sarah Ruhl (GAP, New York Premiere), Endgame by Samuel Beckett, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, and Melancholy Play by Sarah Ruhl (Ausitn Playhouse, Regional Premiere). Assistant Directing: Daniel Aukin, Les Waters, Meredith McDonough, and Ian Belknap, among others. She is a Lincoln Center Directors Lab member (2014), Actors Theater of Lousiville directing intern (2012-2013), SPACE on Ryder Farm Resident Chef, and a native Texan. MFA directing: The New School. keminger.com
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