MEET THE CASTS AND DESIGN TEAMS FOR SUMMERWORKS 2022
Tickets are on sale now for The 25th Summerworks – running May 20th through July 2nd at the Wild Project. We’re thrilled to announce initial casting and design teams for these three plays – READ MORE AND GET YOUR TICKETS HERE
APPLY FOR CLUBBED THUMB'S NEW PLAY DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP
Applications are now open for the 2022-2023 cohort of Clubbed Thumb’s New Play Directing Fellowship. Directors who have at least 3 years of experience outside of an academic environment, will not be in grad school in the coming year and plan to be in NYC September 2022 through January 2023 are welcome to apply now through May 1st. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
THE 25th SUMMERWORKS
Oh Summerworks, how we’ve missed you! With your idiosyncratic, fast, funny plays. On a warm summer evening with the garage door rolled up and a cold drink in hand – what could be better? We’re thrilled to be back at the Wild Project, May 20 – July 2, with three new plays we love. Please join us – we miss you too! CLICK FOR INFO & TICKETS
A SONG OF SONGS
We are delighted to support this new work from Agnes Borinsky (playwright of Summerworks 2017’s Of Government), and directed by Machel Ross (who interned for us many years ago)! A Song of Songs is produced by The Bushwick Starr and Jeremy O. Harris, in partnership with El Puente. Performances May 10 – 27: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS AND INFO
WINTERWORKS 2022: MEET THE DIRECTORS
Clubbed Thumb’s Directing Fellowship just concluded, with our seventh-annual Winterworks! Through planning, a great deal of testing, enormous goodwill from the company of artists – and perhaps a shake of luck – we managed to do the whole program in person, and are so glad we did.
Since attendance capacity (and our ability to see each others’ faces) was very limited this year, we put together a short video chat with the directors and mentor / program co-founder Anne Kauffman. CLICK HERE TO WATCH
ANNOUNCING OUR NEXT BIENNIAL COMMISSION
Every other year Clubbed Thumb invites playwrights to propose plays inspired by a particular prompt. The application is open to all, and read blind. The winning proposal(s) receive (or split) a $15,000 award and two years of development support. Today (December 22, 2021) we are pleased to announce our next Biennial Commission: Your Community Theater. CLICK HERE to read the prompt
MEET THE ARTISTS IN OUR 21/22 EARLY-CAREER INCUBATOR PROGRAMS
We’re excited to be back in-person with two new cohorts of writers and directors – read about those groups HERE and HERE, and stay tuned for information about how to get to know their work. And we’re also thrilled to have a new Producing Fellow—Gabby Farrah—on our team. Welcome Gabby!
EARLY-CAREER WRITERS' GROUP READING SERIES
We’re pleased to introduce you to the work of the 16 playwrights who made up the last two cohorts of our Early-Career Writers’ Group – all of whom chose to postpone their readings until we could safely gather in person.
It’s a tightly-packed schedule of two plays per day, Tuesday through Friday, October 5th through 15th at the Wild Project. We are excited to finally get to celebrate these writers and hope you can join us – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO!
OUR NEW ANTHOLOGY - ON SALE NOW
We’ve been eager to put out a second anthology since Funny, Strange, Provocative was published in 2007, and the last year finally provided us with the time to take on this long-awaited project. We are thrilled to announce that Unusual Stories, Unusually Told, published by Bloomsbury/Methuen, is now available!
In it you’ll find seven Clubbed Thumb plays that span 18 years of our history, as well as essays and interviews about the work, and the often atypical processes that led to their productions.
Read more about the book and get your discounted copy (and our first anthology) HERE
EAT YOUR FEELINGS - three short videos about taking care of ourselves and each other
Over the past few months we’ve been commissioning Clubbed Thumb artists to make short videos while we wait for theaters to re-open. We’re pleased to bring you the first installment of this initiative, a series created by Directing Fellowship alumnae Kate Hopkins, Kate Eminger and Caitlin Sullivan.
It began as a chance to check-in with various CT artists during the pandemic – but quickly became a much deeper investigation of our community, of how we rely on one another, and how we might rebuild and reimagine a better future. This first episode features actress, playwright and good friend Crystal Finn cooking with her daughter Delphina (follow along from home with the recipe on the left).
The series also features an organization which started in March to address food insecurity in New York – EV Loves NYC. Their work is crucial and ongoing, and we hope the videos inspire you to spread the word about what they do, volunteer and donate. They need our help.
And stay tuned for two more episodes, featuring Chinaza Uche & Caitlin Zoz and Mel Ng – as well as more commissioned work from a variety of Clubbed Thumb artists, coming soon to CT/TV!
CLUBBED THUMB’S 21/22 DIRECTING FELLOWSHIP
We’re excited to return to an in-person version of our Directing Fellowship with these three directors, who have already begun developing new plays with Playwrights Horizons Theater School student and alumni actors. In January, they’ll present these pieces during Winterworks.
This year’s fellowship features: Blayze Teicher directing Travel Turn Step by Mary Elizabeth Hamilton; Tara Elliott directing The Joy of Painting by Brittany K. Allen; and Josiah Davis directing Ms. Lily by Crystal Finn.
Blayze Teicher (she/her) is a Queer, Jewish director from Orlando, FL with roots in New York City. Select credits include Nelson Diaz-Marcano’s The Diplomats (winner: Outstanding Direction, 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival), Gina Femia’s The Virtuous Fall of the Girls from Our Lady of Sorrows (Spicy Witch Productions), Grace Jordan and Ronete Levenson’s Moses (HERE), and Resident Director of Trainspotting Live (Off-Broadway, Brass Jar Productions). She’s directed radio plays for podcast series The Parsnip Ship and also served as Artistic Associate for their 4th Season. Her filmmaking has screened at Frameline43 in San Francisco, Out on Film Atlanta, qFlix Philiadelphia, Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs, and more. She served as Script Supervisor on New York is Dead which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Comedy at the 2017 New York Television Festival. Blayze holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theater from Florida State University. She was a 2020 Semi-Finalist for The Drama League TV/Film Fellowship, is an Associate Member of SDC, and a 2020 National Directing Fellow with The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center/National New Play Network. BlayzeTeicher.com
Tara Elliott (she/her) is the director of critically acclaimed shows Burq Off! and Not the One and a producer of the Gotham Award-winning web series Shugs & Fats. She translated and directed the workshop premiere of prize-winning Chilean play Las Analfabetas. She is the recipient of a Tow Travel Grant for research in Cuba, a CUNY Diversity Fund grant, and has developed new plays with Clubbed Thumb, Pipeline Theater Company, Fresh Ground Pepper, LaMicro Theater, Teatro LATEA, BAX, Goethe Institut, Downtown Art, Exquisite Corpse Company, AENY, KOFest, and The Barn Arts Collective. Her work has been seen internationally in London, Seoul, Edinburgh, Toronto, Vancouver, and Santiago, and in NYC at The Public, The Cherry Lane, The New Ohio, HERE Arts, and Walkerspace among others. 2019/2020 CoCo Resident with Colt Coeur. 2018 Drama League Directing Fellow. MFA Directing, Brooklyn College. taraelliott.com
Josiah Davis (he/him) is a multi-disciplinary artist from Dallas. A director, choreographer, designer and actor, his work intersects expressive movement, live music, emerging technology, and ritual to breathe new life to physical storytelling. Asking, how do we create space for people to be in sync when we are pulled apart by invisible systems? He is a graduate from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, a Brown/Trinity MFA Directing 2020, a company member of Theatre Lumina, a NYTW 2050 fellow, a National Black Theatre Soul Resident, and Associate Artistic Director of On The Verge Theatre Company in Santa Barbara. josiahdavis.net
2019/20: MICHAELA ESCARCEGA, LEONIE BELL, NANA DAKIN, ARPITA MUKHERJEE, RACHEL GITA KARP, ESTEFANÍA FADUL, KEENAN TYLER OLIPHANT and JOAN SERGAY
2018/19: CAITLIN SULLIVAN, ANDRÉS LÓPEZ-ALICEA and EMMA MILLER
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