New Dramatists Announces Eight New Playwrights Join the Resident Playwright Company

June 19, 2017

The Class of 2024
The Class of 2024

New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of eight writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: Johnna Adams, Boni B. Alvarez, Kirk Wood Bromley, Morgan Gould, MJ Kaufman, Aya Ogawa, Jiehae Park, and Andrea Stolowitz. They will be in-residence through the year 2024. These supremely talented theatre artists were selected by a seven-person committee of New Dramatists current residents, alumni, and outside theatre professionals from 415 applicants after undergoing a highly competitive, nine-month consensus based evaluation process. New Dramatists will kick off their seven-year residencies with an evening of readings and celebration at the annual New Playwright Welcome in the fall.

Johnna Adams is an Astoria, NY-based writer who recently received her fifth off-off production from Flux Theatre Ensemble (of her play World Builders, prior productions include Sans Merci and The Angel Eaters Trilogy). Other recent NYC shows include a premiere and revival of her rhyming, Alexandrine verse play, Lickspittles, Buttonholers, and Damned Pernicious Go-Betweens, by Boomerang Theatre, and the 59E59 production of Gidion’s Knot (directed by Austin Pendleton). Johnna received a Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Citation for Gidion’s Knot (2013). She is a past recipient of the Princess Grace Award and a 2012 Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Gidion’s Knot was published in 2012 in American Theatre Magazine. The Contemporary American Theatre Festival premiered Gidion’s Knot in Shepherdstown, WV, in 2012 and more than 40 productions have taken place in the last few years, including productions at InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), Profiles (Chicago), Kitchen Dog (Dallas), Stages (Houston), Aurora (Berkeley) and Furious Theatre Company (Los Angeles). Johnna graduated from the DePaul University Theatre School with a BFA in Acting and received an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College under professor Tina Howe. Three of her plays are published with Dramatists Play Service and five are published by Original Works Publishing.

Boni B. Alvarez is a Los Angeles-based playwright-actor. His plays include Bloodletting; Dallas Non-Stop; Ruby, Tragically Rotund; Dusty De Los Santos; Dolls of America; The Debut of Georgia; Marabella; and The Special Education of Miss Lorna Cambonga. His plays have been produced/developed at Playwrights’ Arena, Center Theatre Group, Chalk Rep, Skylight Theatre Co, The Vagrancy, Los Angeles Theatre Center, EST/LA, The Blank, Second Generation (2g), InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia), and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has been a Semi-Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and Finalist for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission. Alum of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, Skylight Theatre’s Play Lab, CTG Writers’ Workshop, Moving Arts’ MADlab, and Humanitas/CTG Play LA Workshop. BA - Sarah Lawrence College, MFA - American Repertory Theatre/MXAT Institute at Harvard University, MFA - USC. Upcoming: Nicky (Chekhov’s Ivanov) with Coeurage Theatre Company & FIXED (Calderon’s The Physician of His Own Honor) with Echo Theater Company.

Kirk Wood Bromley, aka “Shakespeare on mushrooms” (LA Weekly), has been writing verse plays in NYC since 1990. In that time, he has written around 30 of them, and they have been produced by Aaron Beall (Nada), FoolsFury (SF), Bad Epitaph (Cleveland), Sacred Fools (LA), Wesleyan, Kenyon, Mizzou, Inverse Theater (of which he is Artistic Director), and more. Bromley/Inverse have won various awards, including Best Downtown Theater Company (NY Press 2001), the Berrilla Kerr Foundation Playwriting Award (2001), three NY Fringe Festival Excellence Awards (2002, 2003, 2009), and the first Caffe Cino Award (NY Innovative Theatre Awards 2005). While he has been compared to Shakespeare (NY Magazine, Time Out NY, OffOffOff.com, the Cleveland Scene), Stoppard (The Village Voice), and Van Gogh (NYTheatre.com), his writing “speaks directly to its audience’s concerns and in its dialect” (American Theatre Magazine). He is currently transcribing revelations regarding a new world religion called ONOMOME. These transcriptions will eventually make up five dramatic texts, collectively entitled The Feeling, which tells the story of the re-emergence of the extinct Onomome People, their return to their beloved homeland, Begiddlend, and their reunion with their ontological effervescence, the Feeling. The Onomome, or the People of the Feeling, distinguish themselves from the Emomono, or the People of Identity, by conscientiously objecting to the Identity Wars, which the Emomono foment to establish a Segregationist Identitarian Confederacy (SIC) that can enslave humanity to their Dogmatic Identity Markers (DIMs).

Morgan Gould is a New York based playwright and director. She has previously held staff positions at Playscripts, Inc.; Lark Play Development Center; Cape Cod Theatre Project; and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, where Morgan co-created Untitled Feminist Show and worked alongside Young Jean on the premieres of Lear and We're Gonna Die; tours of Pullman, WA and The Shipment. In 2012, she created Morgan Gould & Friends, a theater company comprised of eight actors, three designers, and a filmmaker. Their work has been seen around New York at The New Ohio Theatre, Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Lyceum, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, CAP21, BAX, New Georges, The Culture Project, and more Ms. Gould is a member at Ensemble Studio Theatre, a Women’s Project directing lab member, a New Georges affiliated artist, and an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, the Stage Director’s & Choreographers Foundation Observership Program, the Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Collaborative Theater Making, The Civilians R + D Group, and the Playwrights Horizons Directing Residency Program. Most recently, Ms. Gould directed the Off-Broadway premiere of Kentucky by Leah Nanako Winkler (EST/P73) and received the 2016 Beatrice Terry/ Drama League Residency Award for her play I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart, which premiered at Studio Theatre in D.C. in winter 2017. She holds a BA in Directing from Fordham College at Lincoln Center, as well as an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. Coming up in 2018, Morgan will direct Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee at Marin Theatre Company in California as well as develop her new play, All the Stupid Bitches, about five white women in the middle of the country at a makeup party on November 9, 2016.

MJ Kaufman is a playwright and devised theater artist working in New York and Philadelphia. Their work has been seen at the Huntington Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the New Museum, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Page73, Colt Coeur, Yale School of Drama, Lark Play Development Center, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Harmony Project and performed in Russian in Moscow. MJ has received awards and commissions from the Program for Women in Theater, the Playwrights Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, Young Playwrights Inc., and the Huntington Theatre, where they are also a playwriting fellow. MJ received the 2013 ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting, the 2013 Global Age Project Prize, and the 2010 Jane Chambers Prize in Feminist Theatre. MJ is currently a member of the Public Theater's Emerging Writers' Group, a core playwright at InterAct Theatre, and a member of the WP Theater Lab. Originally from Portland, Oregon, MJ attended Wesleyan University and received an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama. MJ has taught playwriting at Fordham University, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase College, the University of the Arts and as a teaching fellow at Yale College.

Aya Ogawa is a Tokyo-born, Brooklyn-based playwright, director, and translator for the theater. She challenges traditional notions of the American aesthetic and identity by creating plays infused with a multiplicity of perspectives and languages, and by incorporating influences from outside the U.S. - of style, form, and content. She wrote and directed oph3lia at HERE (hailed by The New York Times as “great theater”); Journey to the Ocean, commissioned by The Foundry Theatre; and most recently Ludic Proxy, commissioned by The Play Company, which the NY Theatre Review described as “enchanting and poetic, deeply in tune with the spirit of many different cultures.” She has translated numerous Japanese plays into English, including works by Toshiki Okada, Yudai Kamisato, Takeshi Kawamura, Yoji Sakate, and Tomohiro Maeda, among others. Her translations have been described as “fluid and delicious” by American Theatre Magazine, published by Samuel French among many others, and produced in the U.S. and U.K. www.ayaogawa.com

Jiehae Park’s plays include peerless (Yale Rep premiere, Cherry Lane MP, Marin Theatre Co, Barrington Stage, First Floor, Company One, Moxie), Hannah and the Dread Gazebo (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Here We Are Here (Sundance Theatre-Makers residency, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Princess Grace Works-in-Progress @ Baryshnikov Arts Center), and contributions to Wondrous Strange (Humana/Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Her work has been developed through the Soho Rep Writer-Director Lab, the Public’s Emerging Writers Group, p73’s i73, Playwrights Horizons, NYTW, Old Globe, Dramatists Guild Fellowship, Ojai Conference, BAPF, and the amazing Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Awards: Leah Ryan, Princess Grace Award, Weissberger, ANPF Women’s Invitational; two years on the Kilroys List. Commissions: Playwrights Horizons, McCarter, Yale Rep, Geffen, OSF, Williamstown, MTC/Sloan. Residencies: Princess Grace Award residency at New Dramatists, MacDowell, Yaddo, Hedgebrook, McCarter/Sallie B. Goodman. She is a NYTW Usual Suspect, LCT New Writer-in-Residence, and 2016-17 Hodder Fellow at Princeton. Upcoming, as a performer: Naomi Iizuka’s adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s Sleep for Ripe Time (Philadelphia and NY, fall 2017). BA, Amherst; MFA, UCSD.

Andrea Stolowitz’s plays have been developed and presented nationally and internationally. The LA Times calls her work “heartbreaking” and the Orange County Register characterizes her approach as a “brave refusal to sugarcoat issues and tough decisions.” Andrea’s latest play, Berlin Diary, was presented at English Theatre Berlin/International Performing Arts Center in October 2016 and Portland’s Coho Theater in April 2017. The Portland Mercury writes "If the news cycle has you feeling numb right now, it’s possible Stolowitz’s story will jolt you awake…When an old man seated next to me burst into tears in the play’s final moments, he seemed to be speaking for all of us." Andrea works as a collaborating writer with the award-winning devised theater company, Hand2Mouth Theatre (www.H2M.org). Her current collaboration, Pep Talk, is touring nationally. The San Francisco Chronicle says “The genius of Pep Talk is that it is at once a collective unburdening…while also being very funny and self-aware.” She is currently at work on their latest collaboration, Psychic Utopia. Andrea is the Lacroute Playwright-in-Residence at Artists Repertory Theatre (www.artistsrep.org) where she has just received a new play commission. An MFA playwriting alumna of UC-San Diego, Andrea has served on the faculties at Willamette University, The University of Portland, Duke University and UC-San Diego. www.andreastolowitz.com

New Dramatists is dedicated to the playwright, and pursues a singular mission: To give playwrights time and space in the company of gifted peers to create work, realize their artistic potential, and make lasting contributions to the theatre. Founded in 1949 by Michaela O’Harra in association with Howard Lindsay, Richard Rodgers, Russel Crouse, Oscar Hammerstein II, John Golden, Moss Hart, Maxwell Anderson, John Wharton, Robert E. Sherwood, and Elmer Rice, New Dramatists is one of the country’s leading playwright centers and a nationally recognized new play laboratory, unrivaled in the depth and duration of our commitment to writers.  In the 68 years since our founding, 600 new dramatists have passed through our doors, creating work that has laid the foundation for contemporary American dramatic literature. Our alumni include some of the most influential writers of our time:  Robert Anderson, Kia Corthron, Nilo Cruz, Horton Foote, Richard Foreman, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, David Lindsay-Abaire, Eduardo Machado, Donald Margulies, Joe Masteroff, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, John Patrick Shanley, Mac Wellman, August Wilson, Doug Wright, and many more. New Dramatists received a Ross Wetzsteon Award for excellence at the 2005 OBIES and a 2001 Tony Honor for “blessing the theatre with new and exceptional works that have assured both a rich theatrical heritage and future for the American Theatre.”

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