New Dramatists Announces New Members of the Playwright Company

July 24, 2013

Clockwise: Carla Ching, Jennifer Haley, Samuel D. Hunter, Chisa Hutchinson, Mark Schultz, Mona Mansour, Kristen Kosmas
Clockwise: Carla Ching, Jennifer Haley, Samuel D. Hunter, Chisa Hutchinson, Mark Schultz, Mona Mansour, Kristen Kosmas

New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to New Dramatists’ company. This talented group of theatre artists was selected by a seven-person committee of New Dramatists playwrights, alumni, and outside theatre professionals from 536 applicants after undergoing a highly competitive, nine-month evaluation process. The playwrights are: Carla Ching, Jennifer Haley, Samuel D. Hunter, Chisa Hutchinson, Kristen Kosmas, Mona Mansour, and Mark Schultz. They will be in-residence through 2020. New Dramatists will kick off their seven-year residencies with an evening of readings and celebration on Monday, September 9.

An LA native, Carla Ching stumbled upon NYC pan-Asian performance collective Peeling at the Asian American Writers Workshop and wrote and performed with them for three years, which she still considers her first theater training. Her plays include, TBA (2g), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater Company), Dirty, Big Blind/Little Blind, Fast Company (an EST/Sloan commission which appeared in the 2013 Pacific Playwrights Festival, with forthcoming production in fall 2013 with South Coast Rep) and The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up. She’s an alumna of The Women’s Project Lab 2008-2010, the 2011/12 Lark Play Development Center Meeting of the Minds and a current member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. 2008 Urban Artists Initiative fellow, 2009/2010 Teachers and Writers Collaborative fellow and 2010/11 Lark Playwrights Workshop fellow. She’s been in-residence at Voice and Vision’s Envision retreat with Women’s Project, the Rockefeller Foundation and NY Stage and Film with the Lark. TBA is published in Out of Time and Place. BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama. Former Artistic Director of 2g. She is currently working on a Crossroads Commission for South Coast Rep. Proud member of New Dramatists.

Jennifer Haley won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Nether, which premiered at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Los Angeles in March 2013. Her other plays include, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, which premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville 2008 Humana Festival and continues to see productions nationwide, Froggy, a graphic novel play in development with American Conservatory Theater and The Banff Centre, Breadcrumbs, which premiered at the 2012 Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and Sustainable Living, written in Center Theatre Group’s 2011-2012 Writers’ Workshop and featured in the 2012 Ojai Playwrights Conference. Her work has been developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Lark Play Development Center, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Residency, PlayPenn Playwrights Conference, Page 73 Productions Summer Residency at Yale, The MacDowell Colony and the Millay Colony for the Arts, and she is currently commissioned by Center Theatre Group and South Coast Repertory. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. Neighborhood 3 is published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Inc. and in French by Espaces 34. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles, where she founded a network of dramatic writers called the Playwrights Union. You can find out more about her at jenniferhaley.com.

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include, The Whale (2013 Drama Desk Award, 2013 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie Award for Playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), and his newest plays, The Few, A Great Wilderness and Rest, all set to premiere in the 13/14 season. His plays have been produced by Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Rep, Victory Gardens, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, Clubbed Thumb, Page 73, and elsewhere. Sam is the winner of a 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, and the 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship. He has active commissions from LCT3, Steppenwolf, Playwrights Horizons, and MTC/Ars Nova. He is a member of New Dramatists, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, a Core Member of The Playwrights’ Center, a member of Partial Comfort Productions, and is currently a Resident Playwright at Arena Stage. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in NYC. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.

Chisa Hutchinson earned a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Her plays, which include Dirt Rich, She Like Girls, This Is Not the Play, Sex on Sunday, Tunde’s Trumpet, The Subject, Mama’s Gonna Buy You, Somebody’s Daughter, Alondra Was Here and Dead & Breathing have been presented by such venues as the Lark Play Development Center, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Co, Working Man’s Clothes Productions, the BE Company, Partial Comfort Productions, Mad Dog Theater Co. and the Wild Project. In addition to having been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a New York NeoFuturist and a finalist for the highly coveted PONY Fellowship, she’s won a GLAAD Award, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award, and a New York Innovative Theatre Award. A recent foray into screenwriting won her Best Narrative Short at the Sonoma International Film Festival, so she's really looking forward to seeing how her first feature film, an adaptation of her play, The Subject, turns out. To pay off all the student loans she's racked up in pursuit of those aforementioned degrees, Chisa writes for the Blue Man Group. She is thrilled nearly to the point of incontinence to be a New Dramatist. www.chisahutchinson.com.

Kristen Kosmas is an American playwright and performer. She has had new works commissioned by The Chocolate Factory (NYC), Performance Space 122 (NYC), The Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf (NYC), Seattle University's SITE Specific, Dixon Place (NYC), and the New City Theater in Seattle. Her plays and solo performances have been presented in Boston, Seattle, Chicago, and Austin by the Fusebox Festival, Physical Plant, and Frontera at Hyde Park. In New York City her work has been seen at numerous venues including the Chocolate Factory, Prelude Festival, Performance Space 122, Dixon Place, Little Theater, Barbès, the Ontological/Hysteric Downstairs Series, and the Poetry Project. Her play, Hello Failure, was published by Ugly Duckling Presse; her multi-voice performance text, This From Cloudland, appears in the latest issue of PLAY A Journal of Plays, and her companion pieces, Anthem and The Mayor of Baltimore, were published by 53rd State Press. Other plays include, There There, Chapter of Accidents, H-O-R-S-E, and Palomino. Kristen is the writer/performer of four critically acclaimed solo shows: Blah Blah Fuckin Blah, Again, Slip, and The Scandal! As an actor, she has appeared in many notable new plays including Potatoes of August by Sibyl Kempson, Mark Smith by Kate Ryan, ASTRS and Some Things Cease To Be While Others Still Are by Karinne Keithley, The Internationalist by Anne Washburn, Producers of Fiction by Jim Strahs, The Florida Project by Tory Vazquez, and Hurricane by Erin Cressida Wilson. Ms. Kosmas is a founding member of the OBIE Award-winning performance series, Little Theater; the Brooklyn-based experimental writer's collective, The Ladies' Auxiliary Playwriting Team/Machiqq; and The Twenty-Five Cent Opera of San Francisco, a monthly event for the enactment of texts and theatricals. She holds a BFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College. She is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Whitman College and a member of New Dramatists.

Mona Mansour’s play, The Way West, will get its world premiere in spring of 2014 at Steppenwolf, directed by Amy Morton. The play received a BareBones workshop, directed by Linsay Firman, at the Lark Play Development Center where Mona was a Fellow in 2012. The Hour of Feeling (directed by Mark Wing-Davey) received its world premiere in the 2012 Humana Festival in Louisville. Following that, it was part of the High Tide Festival in the U.K. as part of the Rifle Hall plays. Urge for Going (directed by Hal Brooks) received a LAB production in the 2011 season at the Public Theater, and will have its West Coast premiere in fall 2013 at Golden Thread in San Francisco (directed by Evren Odcikin). Mona was a member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, a Core Writer at Minneapolis’ Playwrights’ Center, and has just been selected for membership in New Dramatists. Other plays include, Across the Water, Girl Scouts of America and Broadcast Yourself (part of Headlong Theater’s Decade). With Tala Manassah she has written The House, for Noor Theatre, After, and The Letter, which premiered in November 2012 at Golden Thread’s ReOrient Festival; Mona and Tala will be in-residence this summer at Berkeley Rep as part of Ground Floor, where they will work on a piece called The Wife. Television credits: Dead Like Me and Queens Supreme. Honorable mention, 2010 Middle East America Playwright Award; 2012 Whiting Award.

Mark Schultz’s plays include, The Gingerbread House (the stageFARM); Deathbed (Apparition Productions); Everything Will Be Different: A Brief History of Helen of Troy (Soho Rep/True Love Productions) for which he won the 2005 Oppenheimer Award and the 2006 Kesselring Prize; Polar Bear (commissioned and produced by Birmingham Rep, UK); Ceremony (Rising Phoenix Rep); Gift (Rising Phoenix Rep/NY Fringe Festival); and various One Acts. Everything Will Be Different was produced by the Actors Touring Company with Theatre Royal Plymouth under the title A Brief History of Helen of Troy at the Soho Theatre in London after a UK tour. Other plays include, The Blackest Shore; Magic Kingdom; Brightness. He has received a Sloan Commission from MTC, as well as commissions from Playwrights Horizons and The Exchange. He was selected for a 2006 Royal Court Residency. He is a member of New Dramatists and Rising Phoenix Rep and is coordinator of MCC Theater’s Playwrights’ Coalition. He holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University.

The following playwrights completed their residencies, and were celebrated in New Dramatists’ annual After Seven Festival in June, 2013: Tanya Barfield, Adam Bock, Sheila Callaghan, Kirsten Greenidge, Jason Grote, Carson Kreitzer, Young Jean Lee, and Chiori Miyagawa. The festival is made possible with the generous support of The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, in memory of Barbara Barondess MacLean. Please note that we have made significant changes to our admissions process: we’re paperless, and the new submission window is July 15 to August 15 at 11:59 pm E.S.T. For more information please visit http://newdramatists.org/how/apply-residency.

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 64 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, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, John Patrick Shanley, Mac Wellman, August Wilson, Doug Wright, and many more. Current playwrights and alumni have won 17 Pulitzers (including 8 of the last 13), 24 Tonys®, 74 Obies, 17 Drama Desk Awards, 4 MacArthur Fellowships, and 13 Susan Smith Blackburn Awards. New Dramatists itself 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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