Playwrights Group

The Project Y Playwrights Group is a selective playwrights workshop that meets every two weeks to read and discuss new work. Current playwrights include alumni of the O’Neill, Juilliard, the Jerome Fellowship, the Ars Nova Play Group, the National New Play Network’s Playwright-in-Residence program, and more. For more information about this group please email [email protected].

2016 Project Y Playwrights Group!!


BIOS

Eboni Booth is an actor and writer from New York City. Her plays include one or two (Bushwick Starr Reading Series) and Worthy (Brooklyn Generator Reading Series). She is a member of Clubbed Thumb’s Early-Career Writers’ Group. As an actor, Eboni has performed with the Atlantic Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Collaboration Town, and the Flea Theater. Television appearances include HBO’s Show Me a Hero and Netflix’s Daredevil. Eboni is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

Sarah Dunivant is thrilled to be working with the Project Y Playwrights Group! Prior to moving to New York, she worked with Working Title Playwrights, a play development organization in Atlanta, GA. After arriving in New York, she produced Spaghetti Sundays- a monthly collaboration of writers, actors, and directors to try out new work. Sarah has served as Project Y’s Associate Producer on The Religion Thing (Cell Theatre), A User’s Guide to Hell, featuring Bernard Madoff (Atlantic Theatre Stage 2). Recent acting credits include Motherly Love (Luna Stage), Lovesick or THINGS THAT DON’T HAPPEN PopUp Tour (Project Y) The Winter Comedy Festival (JK Productions), Negotiating the Elusive Perfect One Night Stand at Theatre 54 (JPG Productions). Originally from Alabama, Sarah graduated from Auburn University with a BFA in Theatre Performance.

Bixby Elliot’s play Blueprint was produced by Tony Award winning producer Arielle Tepper Madover as part of her new works Summer Play Festival (SPF). This production was directed by Drama Desk Nominee Jonathan Silverstein and starred Emmy winner Peter Strauss. Bixby’s next play Abraham Lincoln was a Faggot was a finalist for the O’Neill Theater Conference in 2010, as well as a finalist for New Dramatists, Seven Devils Development Conference, winner of the Pandora New Play Competition, a semi-finalist for New Harmony Workshop and received its Chicago premiere at About Face Theater (Time Out Top 10 plays of 2015 and Critics Pick, Chicago Tribune – 3 stars). His play Girl You Know It’s True (inspired by the rise and fall of the pop/rock duo Milli Vanilli) was a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Conference in 2011, finalist for New Harmony, semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award, finalist for Kitchen Dog Theater New Works and an advanced round entry for PlayPenn 2011. Girl You Know It’s True received its world premiere production in Spring 2012 at Chicago’s The Pavement Group and was produced in Seattle in March 2014. This past year Bixby’s play Sommerfugl (inspired by the true story of Lili Elbe) received a world premiere production by InViolet Theater Company in NY directed by Stephen Brackett and starring Wayne Wilcox.  Other plays include Birds Do It (semi-finalist for Princess Grace Award), Treasure Island, FL (2012 O’Neill Conference semi-finalist, Seven Devils semi-finalist, SouthernRep New Play Festival Winner, New Orleans), PN1923.45 LS01 volume 2: The Book Play (New York Premiere: NYC International Fringe Festival), Hotel Oracle (New York premiere: Walkerspace/SoHo Rep) and I Am Not Peter Pan (New York premiere: Cherry Lane Theater; Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Best of Fest Winner). Bixby is a graduate of the MFA playwriting program at Columbia University, a proud company member of InViolet Theater, long time contributor to Cherry Picking and Co-curator of The Brooklyn Generator (a new play generation project run with playwright/actress Erin Mallon). Bixby’s writing also includes television projects – in 2012 he was in development with Jennifer Lopez Entertainment for a new hour long comedy/drama and this year he is working with a producer on a new hour long historical drama.  Bixby has also written two screenplays Highway and Happy, Now (finalist for the Sundance Writers Lab). Upcoming: production of Abraham Lincoln in Cleveland, OH, a new play for Cherry Picking PRKS in NYC, a reading of his new play The Whole Sky All Diamonds and a new project with Mason Holdings with Tracy Weller and Kris Thor.

Kevin R. Free is a writer/performer whose work has been showcased on NPR and in theatres across the United States. His most recent work is the web series Gemma & The Bear! (www.GemmaAndTheBear.com) received an Award of Excellence from the Best Shorts Competition (and was the only online content to receive such recognition). His full-length plays include A Raisin in the Salad: Black Plays for White People (SemiFinalist, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2013); The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual, or TRIPLE CONSCIOUSNESS;  Night of the Living N-Word and AM I DEAD? The Untrue Narrative of Anatomical Lewis, The Slave (Commissioned by Flux Theatre Ensemble through the FluxForward program, 2015). He is an alumnus of the New York Neo-Futurists, with whom he wrote and performed regularly in Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) between 2007 and 2011. His work has been published by Commonplace Books (“What it Means To Be A Grown Up: The Complete and Definitive Answer”) and at www.indietheaternow.com. In 2010, He was named one of NYTheatre.com’s 15 people of the year, because of his “outstanding, noteworthy contributions to the New York theatre scene,” and he now serves as Producing Artistic Director of The Fire This Time Festival, a festival for emerging playwrights of the African Diaspora. www.kevinrfree.com, Twitter: @kevinrfree

Adam Kraar’s work includes a quartet of plays about American families living in Asia, and a play inspired by the Civil Rights Movement’s “Freedom Summer.” His plays have been produced and/or developed at Primary Stages, The Public Theatre, The New Group, N.Y. Theatre Workshop, Cherry Lane, LaMama, Geva Theatre, Performance Network, Alliance Repertory and many others. Fellowships from: Manhattan Theatre Club, Bogliasco Foundation, Millay Colony, and Sewanee Writers’ Conference. Adam’s plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Applause Books (including five BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS anthologies). Recent work includes ALTERNATING CURRENTS (The Working Theatre); EMPIRE OF THE TREES (Wizard Oil Productions at Abingdon Theatre; NY Innovative Theatre Awards’ Outstanding Script Nominee); NEW WORLD RHAPSODY (Manhattan Theatre Club commission); THE SPIRIT HOUSE (Performance Network); WILD TERRAIN (EST Marathon of One-Act Plays) and FREEDOM HIGH (Queens Theatre in the Park). Adam is an Affiliated Writer of The Playwrights’ Center and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He was previously a Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center, a Featured Artist at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and was twice a resident playwright at the Inge Center for the Arts. Adam grew up in India, Thailand, Singapore and the U.S. He earned an M.F.A. at Columbia University, has taught at the University of Rochester, Adelphi University, Hampshire College and NY Institute of Technology, and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Karen. www.adamkraar.com

Daniel McCoy is a playwright and performer based in New York City whose recent plays include Perfect TeethCleaveEpimythium, and Dick Pix. His work has been produced and developed at Theaterlab in New York, Simple Machine Theatre in Boston, Source Theatre Festival in Washington D.C., the New York International Fringe Festival and many other venues. He was recently a finalist for the UMass Amherst New Play Lab and the Nashville Repertory Theatre Ingram New Works Festival, and was a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, Daniel can be seen writing and performing regularly in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes), in which he has world-premiered more than 150 very short plays. Other productions with the Neo-Futurists include Mute (winner, New York Innovative Theatre Award for Unique Theatrical Design: Puppetry) and (un)afraid (nominee, NYIT Award for Outstanding Performance Art Production). Daniel is a graduate of the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College, where he studied with playwrights Tina Howe and Arthur Kopit, and with dramaturg Mark Bly.

Gracie Gardner is a NYC-based playwright and performer. Her work has been developed and seen at Naked Angels, Hearth Gods, Adaptive Arts, Tiny Rhino, the Secret Theater, Dixon Place, Less Than Rent, 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, the Highline, the Workshop Theater and Core Artist Ensemble. She is a proud member of the Tank’s TV Group. Her play PRIMARY will premiere at IRT in April with the Sanguine Theatre Company. She currently holds a writing residency and commission at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music for her play VERY DUMB KIDS. BA: Kenyon College graciegardner.com

Vince Gatton is a New York-based actor and writer. He received a Drama Desk nomination for David Johnston’s Candy and Dorothy, and sits on the Board of New York Shakespeare Exchange, with whom he’s appeared in King John, Titus AndronicusShakesBEER, and The Sonnet Project.  Other notables: Cock at the Kitchen Theatre in Ithaca; I Am My Own Wife and Fully Committed at Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires; and The Temperamentals at New World Stages, standing by for Michael Urie. His short plays IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF HI-Q, HAIR TUCK HALF SMILE, and NEON GLOWING NEW have had readings in each of the last three annual CHERRY PICKING events at the Wild Project in NYC; HI-Q was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Short Playwriting Award at the City Theatre in Miami, and was presented in a reading at their 2015 CityWrights conference; and another short, JAM, won Best Play (as well as Best Actor and Best Director) in the 2015 LIC Short Play Festival at the Secret Theatre in Long Island City. www.vincegatton.com

Tasha Gordon-Solmon’s plays have been developed and produced at The Actors Theater of Louisville, Dixon Place, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges and The Flea. She is a recipient of the Dramatist Guild Fellowship, a member of the Clubbed Thumb Falcons Writers Group, a lyricist in the BMI Workshop, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group and an alumna of the Ars Nova Playgroup. Her writing has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, The Dramatist, and The Huffington Post. As a director, Tasha has worked at Dixon Place, EST, the Flea, The Tank, The Signature Ford Studio, The Brick, The Cell, Studio Tisch, Columbia University Graduate Playwriting, NYU Graduate Acting, the New York Clown Festival, the New York Fringe Festival, the Fire This Time Festival, and the Young Playwrights Festival at the O’Neill. Tasha received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU, attended the National Theater Institute, and is a proud 52nd Street Project volunteer.

David Hilder’s plays and musicals include Misfortune (Finalist, 2015 National Short Playwriting Contest, City Theatre); The Moment Before it All Went Wrong (Great Plains Theatre Conference 2015; Finalist, Lark Playwrights Week 2015); Drown (Acadiana Rep; Holland New Voices Playwriting Award, Great Plains Theatre Conference 2014; finalist, 2014 Princess Grace Award; ESPA Drills at Primary Stages 2013); Drop of Kindness (The Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series, 2014); The Insidious Impact of Anton (Absolute Theatre, Los Angeles – winner of seven StageSceneLA Awards; Winner, 2010 Ashland New Plays Festival; Finalist, Lark Playwrights Week); Just exactly like (The Flea Theater; Finalist, 2010 Heideman Award); Shake the Santa (GrooveMamaInk); anAtrainmusical (with composer Jess Klein; Neighborhood Playhouse); Gikh-kaa (Raw Impressions); I Have Something to Tell You (with composer Gihieh Lee; Raw Impressions); Maps (with composer Gilles Chiasson; Clear Space Productions; Dixon Place’s WARNING: Not for Broadway Festival; Raw Impression); Leave the Room (Finalist, Lark Playwrights Week and Abingdon’s Wolk Award); Bay Orchard High (Expanded Arts; Cullen/Dumas Productions); Dinner Party! (EST; Smatterfest; Particle Wave Theatre); One for the Books (the intentional theatre group; EST); and, naturally, others. He is also a director and a recovering actor, and an alumnus of Hunter College (MFA), the University of Pennsylvania, and the O’Neill Center’s National Theater Institute. He tweets, too: @hilderthtrguywww.davidhilder.com

Jacob Perkins is a writer/actor originally from Anderson, South Carolina. He is a current member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Project Y Playwrights Group. His play, The Third Rail, won the inaugural DVRF/O’Henry Emerging Playwrights Contest and was a 2015 Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He’s developed work with Makehouse, Pataphysics @ The Flea, Botanica, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, and The NEWvember Festival. As an actor, he’s collaborated with Samuel D. Hunter, Sarah DeLappe, Lindsay Joy, Pia Scala-Zankel, Cheri Magid, Amanda Keating, and many others. He is also the Creative Director of Fervor, a publication supporting emerging creatives (www.fervor-studios.com). www.jacobdperkins.com

Brian Quirk, New York, NY. Playwright. Quirk’s plays include WARREN (or) Those People, produced at Boise Contemporary Theater and nominated for 2015 Pulitzer Prize; MAPPLETHORPE/The Opening, produced at The Provincetown Playhouse, San Francisco’s New Conservatory Theater Center, San Diego’s [email protected], and The Bahama’s Popop Studios. Developmental work and readings include: Playpenn, Seven Devils, Primary Stages, The Atlantic Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theater, Hudson Stage, The Actors Studio, Thingamajig Playwrights Festival, The Caldwell Theater, Dixon Place, id theater, The Axial Theater, and Emerging Artists. Quirk is Weissberger nominated and the recipient of The Robert Chelsey award given to an emerging gay/lesbian playwright, the Erik A Takulan memorial endowed fellowship from Djerassi Resident Artists Program, a Leon Levy Foundation Grant, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant both from the MacDowell Colony, and an Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Grant. A three time MacDowell Colony Fellow, with residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Ucross Foundation and The Wurlitzer Foundation. Quirk received his BFA from New York University and is proud member of id theater’s “id-IOTS at play” writing group also a member of The Dramatist Guild, Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit and new member of Project Y Playwrights group.

Lia Romeo’s plays have been produced at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Stillwater Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, Forward Flux Productions, New Origins Theatre Company, Jersey City Theater Center, and Xpressions Performing Arts Network, and have been developed at the Lark Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the American Theatre Critics’ Assocation’s Steinberg Award for best new play, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has been a finalist for the O’Neill and the Heideman Award. She was the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright-in-Residence at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, and she is currently a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group, the Athena Theatre Playwrights Group, and the BMI Librettists Workshop. She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers. She is also the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams Image), which has sold over 35,000 copies worldwide.

Joe Sutton’s plays include Voir Dire (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the Best Play Award of the American Theatre Critics Association), As It Is In Heaven, The Third Army, and Restoring the Sun. Theatres producing Joe’s plays include New York Theater Workshop, Long Wharf, Arena Stage, BAM, the Cleveland Play House, and the Old Globe. Most recently, Joe’s play Complicit (winner of the Beverly Hills Theater Guild award) opened at London’s Old Vic with Artistic Director Kevin Spacey directing. More recently still, Joe’s newest play Orwell In America opened at Northern Stage and will continue next at 59E59 in the fall of 2016. In addition to his theatre work, Joe has also recently developed a pilot for television called Scales of Justice (USA Network). Joe is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, among them fellowships from NYFA, the NEA, and NJ Arts. When not in rehearsal, Joe teaches playwriting at Dartmouth College. When not at Dartmouth, Joe lives with his wife Anne in West Orange, New Jersey.


Past Play Group Members

Eliza Bent, Sarah Bernstein, Edward Einhorn, Erik Gernard, Ken Greller, Julienne Hairston, Stephen Kaplan, Robert Kerr, Meron Langsner, Barry Levey, Dano Madden, Erin Mallon, Grant MacDermott, David Meyers, Max Mondi, Charlie, O’Leary, Greg Paul, Christopher Ulloth