What's Happening!

  • 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 3:30pmRSVP to joan@clubbedthumb.org

  • 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

  • SUPERLAB RETURNS

    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 joan@clubbedthumb.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

  • THANKS FOR COMING TO INDEED, FRIEND!

    Thank you to the many people who made it out to our workshop production of INDEED, FRIEND! by Eliza Bent, directed by Knud Adams, a co-production with Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Click HERE to check out some photos from the show

  • ANNOUNCING A NEW OPEN-APPLICATION COMMISSIONING OPPORTUNITY FOR WRITERS OF COLOR

    Like our Biennial Commission, this application asks that writers respond to a series of prompts with a proposal for a full-length play, which will be read without the readers’ knowledge of the writer’s identity. One or more writers will be awarded (or will share) a $15,000 commission. Read more and submit HERE

  • ANNOUNCING THE 2018/2019 DIRECTING FELLOWS

    We are excited to introduce you to the incoming cohort of Directing Fellows: Tara Ahmadinejad, Sarah Blush and Kate Eminger. 

    This fall they’ll develop plays by Sarah Einspanier, Amina Henry and Bryna Turner with student actors from Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and in January we’ll present those plays with professional casts at our fourth-annual WINTERWORKS.

    Read more about the directors and the program HERE.

WINTERWORKS 2018

An evening of new plays directed by our 2017-2018 Directing Fellows.

Sarah Hughes directing
A WALRUS IN THE BODY OF A CROCODILE
by MJ Kaufman
featuring Zoë Geltman, Fernando Gonzalez, Birgit Huppuch, Harmony Stempel and Courtney Williams

Lily Riopelle directing
TWENTY-FIVE TO WHITE
by Xavier Galva
featuring Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Erick Betancourt, Jason Bowen, Christin Eve Cato, Amelia Fowler and Robbie Tann

Taylor Reynolds directing
PLANO
by Will Arbery
featuring Crystal Finn, Arielle Goldman, JJ Perez, Ryan King and Miriam Silverman

Seven Performances Only! Seating is extremely limited:
Wednesday January 17th at 7pm
Thursday January 18th at 7pm
Friday January 19th at 3pm and 7pm
Saturday January 20th at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday January 21st at 3pm

Runtime is approximately 2 and a half hours 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 ryan@clubbedthumb.org


More about the program and the 2017/18 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.

 

SARAH HUGHES directing A Walrus in the Body of a Crocodile by MJ Kaufman
Sarah is a director and producer of theater and new media. Recent: Real Talk / Kip Talk by Eliza Bent (Abrons Arts Center); The Object Lesson VR Short (NYTW) and Lincoln in the Bardo VR Short (The New York Times), both with Graham Sack; Afterward by McFeely Sam Goodman (Signature Theater / Columbia). With Elevator Repair Service, she assistant directed Gatz, The Select, Arguendo, Shuffle, and Fondly, Collette Richland. She’s worked with a wide range of artists and companies including Julia May Jonas / Nellie Tinder, Chris Tyler, Cara Scarmack, Paul Cameron Hardy, Half Straddle, Pablo Helguera, Vox Theater, The Office for Creative Research, and Superhero Clubhouse, among others. She is Co-Artistic Producer of Target Margin Theater, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a 2016-17 Civilians R&D Group member, and co-teaches a class on Contemporary Theater at Dartmouth College. www.sarahcameronhughes.com

TAYLOR REYNOLDS directing Plano by Will Arbery
Taylor is a New York-based theatre artist from Chicago and one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of The Movement Theatre Company, a Harlem-based company dedicated to developing and producing new works by artists of color. She has worked as a director, assistant, and collaborator with companies including Ally Theatre Company, The Atlantic Acting School, Single Carrot Theatre, NY Madness, JAG Productions, The United Solo Festival, and The 24 Hour Plays. Selected directing credits: Think Before You Holla (creator/deviser), Kids on Bikes by Nicole Daniels, Things I Don’t Want to Talk About by Gina Femia, An Informal Presentation…(Or, BURN) by Pascale Smith, FOOD by Rhonda Marie Khan, Accidental Burlesque by Gina Femia (developed through the Audrey Residency at New Georges), People Will Talk About You Sometimes by Sarah Matusek. She is a member of Habitat Theatre’s Directors Playground and Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and a New Georges affiliated artist. BFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University. iamtaylorreynolds.com

LILY RIOPELLE directing Twenty-Five to White by Xavier Galva
Lily is a director who works on new plays, musicals, and adaptations of classics. Recent directing: Lysistrata, Don’t make yourself crazy, Electra (Two Headed Rep); short plays and readings/workshops at Williamstown, EST/Youngblood, The Flea, and The Tank. Recent assisting: Assassins (Encores! Off-Center); And No More Shall We Part (Williamstown). Upcoming projects include Amanda Keating’s this movie at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival and Lizzie Stern’s Let’s get ready together at The Tank. Lily is an alumna of the National Theatre Institute and of Williams College. She is a co-artistic director of Two Headed Rep (twoheadedrep.com), a company that commissions emerging playwrights to create new plays in response to classics and produces the old and new plays in rep. lilyriopelle.com

 

PREVIOUS FELLOWS:

 

2016/17
CAITLIN RYAN O’CONNELL, CHRISTINA ROUSSOS and LA WILLIAMS

2015/16
SANAZ GHAJARRAHIMI, LILLIAN MEREDITH, JAY STULL and KATE HOPKINS