Announcing the New Dramatists Class of 2026

May 20, 2019

Class of 2026
Class of 2026

New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: Will Arbery, Kevin Artigue, Gracie Gardner, Dipika Guha, Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, Madhuri Shekar, and Ariel Stess. They will be in-residence through June, 2026. These adventurous theatre artists were selected by a seven-person committee of New Dramatists current residents, alumni, and outside theatre professionals from 398 applicants after undergoing a highly competitive, nine-month review and consensus-based decision-making process. New Dramatists kicks off their seven-year residencies with an evening of readings and celebration at the annual New Playwright Welcome in the fall.

Will Arbery

Will Arbery

is a playwright from Texas + Wyoming + seven sisters. Plano premiered at Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks in June 2018, and it was re-mounted to critical acclaim by Clubbed Thumb in April 2019 at the Connelly Theater. Heroes of the Fourth Turning will have its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in September 2019. Evanston Salt Costs Climbing premiered at New Neighborhood/White Heron in August 2018. Wheelchair is published by 3 Hole Press. He’s currently under commission from Playwrights Horizons and ShadowCatcher Entertainment. He’s an alum of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a resident at Colt Coeur, a member of Youngblood, and an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group. His plays have been developed at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, The Vineyard, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Cape Cod Theater Project, The New Group, EST/Youngblood, The Bushwick Starr, Alliance/Kendeda, and Tofte Lake Center. Dance work: Pioneer Works, MCA Chicago, Watermill Center. MFA: Northwestern. BA: Kenyon College. willarbery.com

Kevin Artigue

Kevin Artigue

writes plays, TV, and film. He was raised in Redlands, CA and calls Brooklyn home. He’s a current member of The Working Farm @ SPACE at Ryder Farm, the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, and an alum of Interstate 73 and the Public Theater's Emerging Writers Group. His plays have been performed and developed with South Coast Rep, Golden Thread, Page 73, The Public Theater, the National New Play Network, NYTW, Long Wharf Theater, Portland Center Stage, and the Playwrights' Center. He has films in development with Imperative, Star Thrower, and Scott Free. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

Gracie Gardner

Gracie Gardner

is a New York-based playwright. Her play, Pussy Sludge, was selected for the 2019 Theatertreffen Stückemarkt in Berlin, and previously received the Relentless Award (2017); it was developed by Less Than Rent at HERE Arts Center, and The Old Vic in London. Her play, Athena, (New York Times Critics’ Pick) was presented by The Hearth at JACK and will have its regional premiere at Theatre Horizon in Philadelphia in 2020. Gracie is the recipient of the 2013 James E. Michael Award, 2019 James Stevenson Prize, and a 2018 Samuel French OOB Festival publication; she has received commissions from Clubbed Thumb, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She is currently developing a project with Anonymous Content at Paramount TV.

Dipika Guha

Dipika Guha

is an LA-based, Calcutta - born playwright raised in India and the United Kingdom. Her plays include Yoga Play (South Coast Rep, Gateway, Moxie Theatre & SF Playhouse), The Art of Gaman (Theatre 503 London, Relentless Award semifinalist) and Unreliable (Kansas City Rep). Recent works includes Azaan, a play for for Oregon Symphony Orchestra, In Braunau for Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and contributions to You Across From Me (Humana, Actors Theatre of Louisville). She was a Hodder Fellow at the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, the inaugural Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellow and is a current Venturous Fellow with the Lark for her play, Passing. She’s a proud alumnus of Ars Nova Playgroup, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, the Women’s Project Time Warner Lab, Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, the Ma Yi Writers Lab and currently the Geffen Playwrights Lab. Dipika is currently under commission from South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club and Barrington Stage. For television, she has written for projects in development at AMC and recently wrote on the series Sneaky Pete. She earned her undergraduate degree at University College London, won a Frank Knox Fellowship to Harvard University and has an M.F.A from the Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel.

Mary Elizabeth Hamilton

Mary Elizabeth Hamilton

was a Lila Acheson Wallace Fellow at The Juilliard School and a Jerome New York Fellow at The Lark. She has participated in The O’Neill Theater Conference, Youngblood, I-73, New Georges’ The Jam, and Play Penn. Mary holds her MFA in playwriting from The University of Iowa. Her play, 16 Winters, won the American Shakespeare Center’s New Contemporaries Award in 2018 and she is currently working on a Sloan Commission with Ensemble Studio Theatre. She was a member of Ars Nova Playgroup and lives in Brooklyn with her daughter.

Madhuri Shekar

Madhuri Shekar

was born in California and grew up in India. Her plays have been produced across the U.S. and internationally. They include In Love and Warcraft (winner of the Alliance Theater's Kendeda Graduate Playwriting contest), A Nice Indian Boy, Queen, and Bucket of Blessings. Her upcoming world premieres include House of Joy (Cal Shakes, August 2019) and Dhaba on Devon Avenue (Victory Gardens, April 2020). Her first audio play, Evil Eye, was commissioned by Audible, and debuted on their best-seller list in May 2019. She is a recent graduate of the Juilliard playwriting program, and a staff writer for the new HBO show The Nevers, created by Joss Whedon

Ariel Stess

Ariel Stess

is a playwright and director originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her plays include Tranquil, KARA & EMMA & BARBARA & MIRANDA, The World My Mama Raised (Clubbed Thumb), Heartbreak (The Bushwick Starr, co-produced by New Georges, Time Out Critics’ Pick), and I’m Pretty Fucked Up (Clubbed Thumb). She is a 2018-21 Core Writer of the Playwrights’ Center and a New Georges Affiliated Artist. Her work has been produced and/or developed at Playwrights Horizons, The Bushwick Starr, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Mabou Mines, and The Playwrights’ Center. Ariel received her BA from Bard College and her MFA from Brooklyn College where she studied under Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. She has taught Drama in Performance within NYU’s Dramatic Literature Department and Playwriting at Brooklyn College and SUNY Purchase.

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 70 years since our founding, approximately 700 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, Lonnie Elder III, Horton Foote, Richard Foreman, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Quiara Alegría Hudes, David Lindsay-Abaire, Taylor Mac, Eduardo Machado, Donald Margulies, Joe Masteroff, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Lynn Nottage, Suzan-Lori Parks, Sarah Ruhl, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, 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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