New Dramatists Class of 2019 Announced

June 20, 2012

Clockwise from top left: Christina Anderson, Andy Bragen, Clarence Coo, Erin Courtney, Laura Marks, Kenneth Prestininzi
Clockwise from top left: Christina Anderson, Andy Bragen, Clarence Coo, Erin Courtney, Laura Marks, Kenneth Prestininzi

New Dramatists is proud to announce the addition of six playwrights to our resident playwright company, the class of 2019: Christina Anderson, Andy Bragen, Clarence Coo, Erin Courtney, Laura Marks and Kenneth Prestininzi.

Christina Anderson’s plays include Good Goods, Man in Love, Inked Baby, Blacktop Sky, Hollow Roots, and Drip. Her work has appeared at Steppenwolf, Penumbra, Yale Rep, A.C.T., The Public Theater, Crowded Fire, and other theaters all over the country. Awards and honors include Playwright-in-Residence at Magic Theater (National New Play Network), two PONY nominations, 2011 Wourzell Prize Finalist (University of Vienna), National Playwrights’ Conference residency at the O’Neill, Schwarzman Legacy Scholarship awarded by Paula Vogel, two Susan Smith Blackburn nominations, Lorraine Hansberry Award (American College Theater Festival), Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship (New Dramatists), Wasserstein Prize nomination (Dramatists Guild), Lucille Lortel Fellowship (Brown University). She's a Core Writer at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. American Theatre Magazine selected Anderson as one of fifteen up-and-coming artists "whose work will be transforming America's stages for decades to come." She obtained her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama's Playwriting Program. Anderson was born and raised in Kansas City, KS.

Andy Bragen, a lifelong resident of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, was a 2009-2010 Workspace Resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Other honors include the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission, a Tennessee Williams Fellowship from Sewanee, and a Jerome Fellowship. His plays and translations have been produced and/or presented at numerous theatres across the country, including The Guthrie, The Goodman, PS122, The Playwrights Center, Queens Theatre in the Park, EST, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, Studio Roanoke, The University of Rochester, and Soho Rep. Andy collaborates frequently with the jazz saxophonist John Ellis. Their most recent piece, Mobro, a chamber opera for nine musicians and five singers was commissioned by and performed at New York’s Jazz Gallery in 2011, and featured on WNYC radio’s Soundcheck. He is a core member of the Playwrights Center, and a member of New Dramatists since 2012. More information is available at

Clarence Coo received the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize for Emerging Playwrights, which was judged by John Guare, for Beautiful Province (Belle Province). The play was developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and the Inkwell. His other plays have been produced or developed at Second Generation, the New York International Fringe Festival, Mu Performing Arts, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Round House Theatre, East West Players, the Mark Taper Forum, the Young Playwrights Festival, and the Kennedy Center. His work has been published by Temple University Press, the New Press, and Baker’s Plays. Honors include an Arena Stage Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship, an NEA Access to Artistic Excellence Grant, a Kennedy Center commission, and a Larry Neal Writers’ Award. He has been a dramaturg at Young Playwrights Inc., a visiting artist at Georgetown University, and a social media writer for the 2010 and 2011 Tony Awards. He received his MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University where he studied under Charles Mee. He is currently the program administrator of Columbia’s MFA Writing Program.

Erin Courtney’s play, A Map of Virtue, produced by 13P and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll, was awarded an Obie and described as "a delicate gem" and "a resonant tale of loss" by the New York Times. Ms. Courtney's other plays include Honey Drop, Black Cat Lost, Alice the Magnet, Quiver and Twitch, and Demon Baby. Her work has been produced and developed by Clubbed Thumb, The Flea, New York Stage and Film, Adhesive Theater, Soho Rep, The Vineyard, and The Public. She has collaborated with Elizabeth Swados on the opera Kaspar Hauser and is starting work on a new musical with Ms. Swados on the life of Isabelle Eberhardt. She has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, a recipient of a NYSCA grant and two MAP Fund grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Demon Baby is published in two anthologies; New Downtown Now, edited by Mac Wellman and Young Jean Lee and published by University of Minnesota Press, and Funny, Strange, Provocative: Seven Plays by Clubbed Thumb edited by Maria Striar and Erin Detrick and published by Playscripts, Inc. A Map of Virtue and Black Cat Lost are published by 53rd State Press. She is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a member of 13P, and a member of New Dramatists. She teaches in the MFA playwriting program at Brooklyn College and is a co-founder of Brooklyn Writers Space. MFA, Brooklyn College, 2003. BA, Brown University, 1990.

Laura Marks is a recent graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting program and an alumna of the Public Theater’s 2011 Emerging Writers Group. Her play about the foreclosure crisis, Bethany, won the Leah Ryan Prize for Emerging Women Writers as well as Synchronicity Theatre’s SheWrites award, was published in Methuen’s American Next Wave anthology in the UK, and was chosen by John Guare as runner-up for Yale’s David C. Horn Prize. Bethany and her other plays, Mine and Gather at the River, have had readings or workshops at the Public Theater, Juilliard, the Women’s Project, Manhattan Theatre Club, Steppenwolf, the Black Dahlia, The Wilma Theater, HighTide Festival Theatre (UK), the Lark, Partial Comfort, Naked Angels et al. Laura grew up in Kentucky and is a graduate of Indiana University. She recently spent a year studying lyric writing in the BMI Lehman Engel Composer/Lyricist Workshop, and she’s currently working on a new play commission for South Coast Repertory.

Kenneth Prestininzi is Associate Chair of Playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, Co-Artistic director of the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre, and an associate artist with Sleeping Weazel. His plays have been seen in Brighton, Boston, Chicago, Edinburgh, Kalamazoo, Los Angeles, Mexico City, New York City, Philadelphia, Prague, Providence, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Beholder, produced by Trap Door Theatre (Chicago), received a Joseph Jefferson Award for best new play 2008-2009. Frank Theatre Company (Brooklyn) is currently developing his play, Love in the Seventh Kingdom of Wrath. His other opera and play titles include Amerikafka, Ariadne, As American As, The Burger Girl Jingle, Chaste, The Hole, The Monkey from Zanzibar, The Response, and Ria and Bobby, USA, He has received theatre awards from ACTF, California Arts Council, Christina Crawford, Djerassi Program, Gerbode Foundation, Goethe Institute, LEF, Millay Arts Colony, National Endowment of the Humanities, Rockefeller Foundation and the San Francisco Cultural Equity Office. Wearing multiple performance and theatre hats, he has directed new plays by Andy Bragen, Jennifer Haley, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Charlotte Meehan, Greg Moss and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, done dramaturgy for modern dance companies, been a resident artist at Perishable Theatre, and treasurer of Performance Studies international.


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