Playwrights Group

The Project Y Playwrights Group is a selective playwrights workshop that meets every two weeks to read and discuss new work. Past 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].

Project Y Playwrights Group Alumni


Adam Kraar writes plays about cross-cultural clashes and connections, including works about American families in Asia, the Civil Rights Movement, and quixotic rebels who challenge societal boundaries. His plays include ALTERNATING CURRENTS (The Working Theatre); WILD TERRAIN (EST Marathon of One-Act Plays); NEW WORLD RHAPSODY (Manhattan Theatre Club commission); FREEDOM HIGH (Queens Theatre in the Park) and DIVO AND DIAVOLO (upcoming at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati). His work has been produced and/or developed by N.Y. Stage & Film, Public Theatre, Theater for the New City, The New Group, and many others. His plays appear in six BEST AMERICAN SHORT PLAYS anthologies. Adam grew up in India, Thailand, Singapore and the U.S., earned an M.F.A. at Columbia University, teaches playwriting at Primary Stages and lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Karen.

Adam Szymkowicz’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Turkey, South Korea, Thailand, Sweden, Austria, Slovenia and Lithuania.   His work has been presented or developed at such places as Portland Center Stage, MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among others.  

Published plays include Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, Incendiary, Clown Bar, The Why Overhead, Adventures of Super Margaret, 7 Ways To Say I Love You, Rare Birds, Marian Or The True Tale of Robin Hood, Kodachrome, Mercy and Nerve.  His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing and Original Works Publishing, and featured in New York Theatre Review, the Dionysian, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus and Applause books.

He was the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series.  He has been to The Orchard Project and to JAW at Portland Center Stage, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, and twice as a Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters.  Szymkowicz received two grants from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, Single Carrot Theater, Majestic Rep, The Chance Theater and Flux Theater Ensemble. 

Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, and was a member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and of the very first Ars Nova Play Group. 

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Alexis Roblan‘s plays include RED EMMA & THE MAD MONK (NY Times Critic’s Pick; 6 NYIT Award nominations), DAUGHTERS OF LOT (4-star review, The Scotsman), YOU FEEL SO FAR AWAY RIGHT NOW (Finalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), THE ANDREW PLAY (Thomas Barbour Playwrights Award), and SAMUEL (Grant recipient, NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre; Finalist, Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission). She has been a WGA Award nominee and is a 2020 Audrey Resident at New Georges.

Amy Gijsbers van Wijk (she/they) is a queer, first-generation American playwright from Pasadena, Texas, now based in Brooklyn, NY. She writes plays about sex, shame, the female gaze, and technology. She has been a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominee, a 2019 Princess Grace semi-finalist, and she won the national 2018/19 DVRF Playwrights Program. She has recently been an Ensemble Studio Theatre Youngblood finalist and EST/Sloan Commission finalist; a two-time semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival; and a two-time O’Neill semi-finalist. She is a New Georges affiliated artist. BA, Brooklyn College under Erin Courtney. Recent MFA graduate, Carnegie Mellon University under Rob Handel. (

Anderson John Heinz is a playwright, poet and lyricist. His work has been presented at Joe’s Pub, The Flea, The Tank, The Brick, The PIT, New York Theatre Barn, Tiny Rhino and several of Brooklyn’s most lavish living rooms. His full-length plays include THE PRINCES OF PRINCE STREET, PAINTED BRICK/WHITE HOUSES, MY GUY IN THE SKY, ISLAND PEOPLE, BABY ALLEN and LYMPH NODES WE LOVED TOO MUCH TO LET GO. Anderson was a member of Musical Theatre Factory’s 2017-2019 writers group, where he developed the musical STILL LIFE IN A MILE-DEEP BATHTUB with composer Andrew J. Hanley. Anderson most recently served as writers’ PA / assistant to creators Michelle and Robert King on THE GOOD FIGHT (CBS All-Access) and EVIL (CBS). Anderson hails from Memphis, Tennessee and is the proud uncle of 15.

Avery Deutsch is a Brooklyn based Actor and Playwright. Full length plays include The Winterguard Play (reading at NYTW Nextdoor Aug 2019), The Guests and Lucky! (Developed with Leo Abel, Russell Norris and Henry Evans at the Orchard Project and Dixon Place). Short plays include Old Beggar Women (Winner! Redbull Short New Play Festival 2020), The Patriot (Acted and Performed at Actors Theatre of Louisville as part of the 2018 Solo Mio festival) and The Donor. Avery is a member of Actors Equity and was an acting apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville (18/19 PTC). Website: 

Barry Levey’s New York productions include Let Me Call You Sweetheart (formerly titled Maimed, 14th St. Y PrideFest starring Carol Kane, Project Y New Play Festival starring Jackie Hoffman); Hoaxocaust! (14th Street Y, FringeNYC 2014 Overall Excellence Winner, Jersey City Theater Center, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Theater for the New City, Prospect Theater Company); Woman of Troy (Upstart Creatures); Critical Darling (The New Group); All the Way From China (Mad Dog at the Gene Frankel); and two shorts for Ars Nova, Downeaster Alexa and Yale Law School, the latter of which was a finalist for the Heideman Prize from the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Barry is a two-time O’Neill finalist, for Citizens of Rome and Woman of Troy. Barry’s work has been developed by Resonance Ensemble, the Lark, Arena Stage, Rattlestick, and Williamstown, among others. He holds a BA from Yale and an MFA from UC San Diego.

Bixby Elliot is a queer writer (for tv, film and theater) from New York City. An award-winning playwright, Bixby’s plays have been produced in New York, London, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Edinburgh and more. His play I LOVE YOU ST. PETERSBURG! recently won the Samuel French OOB Festival and was published in 2020. He is this year’s winner of the Carlos Anoni Italian Award for Best Comedic Play in English and was a finalist for the prestigious Eugene O’Neill Conference. TimeOut Chicago selected Bixby’s play ABRAHAM LINCOLN WAS A FAGGOT as one of the “Top 10 Plays of 2015” and it was Jeff Award Nominated. 

The New Yorker Magazine wrote that Bixby’s play SOMMERFUGL, directed by Stephen Brackett (director of Broadway’s BE MORE CHILL) and starring Wayne Wilcox (GILMORE GIRLS), “conjured the spirit of Christopher Isherwood, both in its vivid evocation of Europe between the wars and in its characters’ bittersweet yearning for the fullness of life.” His play BLUEPRINT was produced by Tony Award winning producer Arielle Tepper Madover and starred Emmy winner Peter Strauss. 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,  semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award and was produced in Chicago and Seattle.

Bixby is a graduate of the MFA playwriting program at Columbia University and a proud company member of InViolet Theater Company. Bixby is developing new works for theater, film and television.  Bixby’s screenplay HAPPY, NOW was a finalist for the Sundance Writers Lab.

Brian Quirk’s play include: MARROW part of (im)Pulse, Spectrum Dance in association with Seattle Repertory Theater, directed by Donald Byd (3 Gypsy Rose Lee awards), and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, directed by Melissa Firlit; MAPPLETHORPE/The Opening, directed by John Stix (Provincetown Playhouse, New Conservatory Theater Center, [email protected], New Georges ManFest); NERINE (Playpenn, O’Neill/Jerome Finalist); WARREN or THOSE PEOPLE (Boise Contemporary Theater/Seven Devils); THE JUNIPER and Mary/HUNTER, directed by Melissa Firlit (Thingamajig Playwrights Festival). Residencies and Awards: MacDowell (3x), Djerassi, Ucross, Wurlitzer, VCCA, recipient of a Robert Chesley Award, an Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Grant, Erik A Takulan Memorial endowed Fellowship, Leon Levy Foundation Grant, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant, and Jane Geuting Camp fellowship. Representation: Mark Orsini at Bret Adams, 212-765-5630.

Charlie O’Leary is a playwright. Alumnus of the Project Y Playwrights Group, the Brooklyn Generator, the Advanced BMI Workshop, Crashbox Theatre Company’s Write Play Launch, the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, and the Fornés Playwriting Workshop. Recent development with the Flea Theater, the Artist Co-op, and Dixon Place. Finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the DVRF Playwrights Program, Sanguine Theatre Company’s Project Playwright, and the Woodward/Newman Drama Award. Recipient of a New York Innovative Theatre Award and an Iowa Arts Fellowship. Charlie’s short plays have been published by Methuen Drama and Theatre Now New York. MFA-in-progress: Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

Christopher G. Ulloth is a New York City based playwright, producer, and graphic/web designer.  Plays: FIRST SNOW (Semi-finalist of the 2015 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Finalist of the 2014 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference); “Sex Robot”  (TechnoPlays, Project Y Theatre, published by Indie Theater Now); “Bi-Cycle” (Landmarks & TRANSformations, Project Y Theatre, 2017 Innovative Theatre Award Nominee); “Bisexual BBQ” (Voice Recognition Plays, Bloomsburg University); COUCH SURFING (Queer Plays Reading Series, Project Y Theatre); “Museum Bar” (Suicide Stories, Elephant Room Productions, Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2017).  B.A.: Bloomsburg University.

Daniel McCoy is a playwright and performer whose plays include Dick Pix, Perfect Teeth, Nothing Beyond the Light Matters, Four and Twenty Draculas, Cleave, and Epimythium. His work has been produced and developed with Theaterlab, Primary Stages, Project Y Theatre, Dreamwell Theatre, IATI Theatre, Dutch Kills Theatre, and Simple Machine Theatre. As an ensemble member of the New York Neo-Futurists, Daniel has spent more than a decade writing and performing in The Infinite Wrench and Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind at the Kraine Theatre. Other productions with the Neo-Futurists include The Great American Drama, Mute (New York Innovative Theatre Award winner) and (un)afraid (NYIT Award nominee). Daniel is a graduate of the MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College, where he studied with playwrights Tina Howe and Arthur Kopit and dramaturg Mark Bly. He directs every spring for the Writopia Lab Worldwide Plays Festival, showcasing the work of young playwrights.

Dano Madden is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and director, originally from Boise, Idaho. His plays have been produced throughout the United States and in numerous countries. Published works include: In the Sawtooths and Drop (Samuel French, Inc.), Beautiful American Soldier and Ella (Best American Short Plays), The Save (Playscripts, Inc.), The Soft Sand, Survival, and Painting a Room (Northwest Playwrights Alliance). His web series, Precious Cargo, was named one of the ten best web series of 2016 by Paste Magazine. Dano has been a MacDowell and Djerassi fellow. He received his BA from Boise State University and his MFA in playwriting from Rutgers University. Dano lives in New York with his wife Lauren and their cats, Buster and Little Boo.

David Hilder’s plays and musicals include Those Days Are Over (winner, Ashland New Plays Festival; finalist, O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference; semifinalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival); Misfortune (Finalist, National Short Playwriting Contest, City Theatre); The Moment Before it All Went Wrong (Great Plains Theatre Conference; finalist, Lark Playwrights Week); Drown (Acadiana Rep; Holland New Voices Playwriting Award, Great Plains Theatre Conference; finalist, Princess Grace Award); The Insidious Impact of Anton (Acadiana Rep; Absolute Theatre, Los Angeles – winner of seven StageSceneLA Awards; winner, Ashland New Plays Festival; finalist, Lark Playwrights Week); Just exactly like (The Flea Theater; finalist, Heideman Award); and, naturally, others. He is also a director and a recovering actor, as well as an alumnus of Hunter College (MFA), the University of Pennsylvania, and the O’Neill Center’s National Theater Institute. He tweets, too: @hilderthtrguy.

David Meyers – As a writer, Michael Shannon is attached to premiere his play “We Will Not Be Silent” in NYC. His plays have been produced regionally across the country, and his pilots have been pitched at Netflix and Paramount. As an actor, he’s worked with FOX, BET, Lifetime, Danny DeVito, and more. 

Deneen Reynolds-Knott has developed work with Liberation Theatre Company’s Writing Residency, Project Y’s Playwrights Group, Rising Circle’s INKtank Development Lab and Frank Silvera Workshop’s 3in3 Playwright Residency. Deneen was a member of Clubbed Thumb’s 2019-2020 Early-Career Writers’ Group and received a finalist grant from their 2018 Open-Application Commission. Her full-length play, BABES IN HO-LLAND, was featured at Playwrights Foundation’s 2020 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Deneen’s play, BATON, was selected for the 2018 Premiere Play Festival and received a workshop reading at Premiere Stages, the 2017 Playfest at the Orlando Shakespeare Company and finalist for the 2017 PlayPenn and Bay Area Playwrights conferences. Deneen’s play, ANTEPARTUM, was presented at the 2020 Fire This Time Festival as part of their signature ten-minute play program. She received her MFA in film from Columbia University.

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.

Elisabeth Karlin’s plays include The Night the Ocean Met the Bay (Jerry Kaufman Award, Citation for Excellence); The Showman and the Spirit (Winner of the 2017 Stanley Drama Award; Finalist, Ashland New Play Festival 2015; Semi-Finalist, the 2014 O’Neill Playwrights Conference.); Hotbed (Epic Play Readings, Project Y Theatre; Reading, Jersey City Theatre Center) Bodega Bay (Produced by The Abingdon Theatre Company; Winner of the 2013 Jerry Kaufman Award in Playwriting; THE BEST MEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2014 and THE BEST WOMEN’S STAGE MONOLOGUES 2014, Smith and Kraus); Wild Men of the Woods (The Lark, Playwrights Week; Winner of the 2008 Jerry Kaufman Award); The Mooncalf (Produced by The Abingdon Theatre Company, represented in THE BEST STAGE SCENES 2001, Smith and Kraus); Lucy’s Last Date (Produced at The Third Street Theatre, Los Angeles, named a Dramalogue Critic’s Choice.)

Eliza Bent is a playwright and performer whose works are indeed, “bent”: “different from normal; strongly inclined; changed from an originally straight condition” and often feature misfits who toil in the recent past. These “bentertainments” include soloish works, plays, adaptations, and hybrid affairs. Bent’s shows have been developed, workshopped, and produced at the Abrons Arts Center, JACK, the New Ohio, the Atlantic Theatre, the Bushwick Starr and New York Theatre Workshop’s Next Door Series. Residencies: MacDowell Fellow, SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges, Target Margin Institute Fellow, Casa Zia Lina, and Pilot Balloon. Bent currently teaches writing for Northwestern University’s Radio TV Film dept. 

Erik Gernand’s plays have been in production and/or development at theaters including Premiere Stages (Union, NJ), Redtwist, American Theater Company, and Chicago Dramatists (all Chicago), Actors Theatre of Louisville, as well as The Barrow Group (NYC). As a filmmaker, his award-winning short films have screened at more than 100 film festivals around the world including SXSW, Chicago International Film Festival, and Cinequest, as well as been broadcast on IFC, PBS, and the Logo Channel. Erik is a senior lecturer in Radio-TV-Film at Northwestern University.

Francesca Pazniokas is a Brooklyn-based playwright and filmmaker whose work frequently explores memory and fable, trauma and identity, obsession and the occult. Her plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, London, Toronto and Melbourne. Francesca holds a B.A. in Art History from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Playwriting from Royal Holloway (University of London). For more about her work, please see

Georgina Escobar currently splits her time between El Paso, Texas and NYC. She is a MacDowell Fellow, Djerassi Resident and recipient of the Kennedy Center Darrell Ayers Playwriting Award. Her work has been featured in the Kilroys List, The Texas Review, Los Bárbaros, McSweeney’s Anthology, and New Passport Press. Her plays have been produced across the USA and internationally in Mexico, Denmark, and Sweden. Artistic homes and presenters include INTAR, New York Children’s Theatre, Project Y, Clubbed Thumb, Lincoln Center, Bushwick Starr (NY), Two Rivers (NJ), Milagro (PDX), Aurora Theatre (GA), and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre (IN).

Gina Femia‘s work has been seen/developed at MCC Theater, Playwrights Horizons, EST, Page 73, CTG, Theater of NOTE, Panndora Productions, & some plays include ALLOND(R)A (2019 Kilroys List, Winner: Leah Ryan Prize, Runner-up, Yale Drama Prize), We Are a Masterpiece (Winner: The Doric Wilson Award), The Mermaids’ Parade (Finalist, American Blue Ink Award, Semifinalist, The Relentless Award).  She’s the 2020 Otis Guernsey New Voices award winner, a 2019-2022 Core Writer with the Playwrights Center, the 2019 Parity Commission Winner and a member of Ingram New Plays Lab & Parsnip Ship’s Radio Roots writer’s group. She’s an Alum of EST Youngblood, Page73’s Interstate 73, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab, New Georges’ Audrey Residency and Project Y’s Writer’s Group. Find out more:

Gracie Gardner (Playwright) Credits: The Blind (McKnight Fellowship), Pussy Sludge (Relentless Award, Theatertreffen Stückemarkt), I’m Revolting (Atlantic Theater Company Claire Tow Fellowship), Athena (New York Times Critic’s Pick), Hate Baby (James Stevenson Prize), Panopticon (Clubbed Thumb). Development: New Dramatists, Ars Nova Play Group, Manhattan Theater Club, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngblood, The Old Vic, The New Group, Two River Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival. Publications: Samuel French, S. Fischer, Cincinnati Review.

Grant MacDermott was a member of Project Y from 2014-2015. His works include, An Independent of Race and the Brain (semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference; PlayPenn Conference) without you but also with you too as well (semi-finalist PlayPenn), Like A Queen or Whatever (Stella Adler/Harold Clurman Official Selection) The Play About The Head Transplant (Wordsmyth semi-finalist; BAPF semi-finalist), Jasper (TRU New Voices Official Selection, Stella Adler/Harold Clurman finalist). He has recently been commission by The Farm to write a piece on the lives of Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman.

Greg Paul likes to write about things that are unseen and unexplained.  Some of his plays include: WAIT (2008 Seven Devils Playwrights  Conference); The Point of Deviance (Macaulay Honors College’s  International Symposium on Surveillance Societies); Goblin Universe, (The Alley Theatre/Louisville KY and semi-finalist for the 2011  National Playwright’s Conference); The Lady’s Child with composer  Lisa Dove (NYU/Playwrights Horizons Theatre School); The Amazing  True Adventures of Buckbean Bushytail with composer Lisa Dove  (Jalopy Music Theatre, Special Music School); Wetiko (2014 Seven  Devils Playwrights Conference and semi-finalist for 2015 National  Playwrights Conference), When The Man Comes Around (The Actors  Studio and 2015 semi-finalist for The National Playwrights Conference)  and The Flower Or The Bee (The Actors Studio), and A Day To Be  Someone Else (Second Rounder, 2019 Austin Film Festival). His recent  screenplay Indigo Child is currently a semi-finalist for the Fantasy/Sci Fi Film & Screenplay Festival and a finalist for the Pitch Now  Screenplay Competition. He is a founding member of Juggernaut  Theatre Company and The Northern Light Opera Company in Park  Rapids MN, which has produced a number of his plays for children.  Greg is also a member of the Idiots at Play Playwrights Group and The  Playwrights/Directors Unit at The Actors Studio. Currently he is in  development with his play Wetiko with Barefoot Theater Company and  he is also in the process of pre-production for his feature screenplay,  Mystic Circle, with Eidetic Pictures. 

Holly Hepp-Galván Recent productions include Lakshmi Counts Her Arms and Legs (Prithvi Theatre Festival, Mumbai, India), Tamed – An Adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew and All That Brass! (Pioneer Playhouse, KY). Her work for young audiences includes eight plays with Pollyanna Theatre Company (Austin, TX), as well as commissioned work in NYC from Rising Sun Performance Company, Long Island Children’s Museum, and Gallery Players.  Holly holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hunter College and was a 2019 NYFA/NYSCA Fellow.  She is Playwright-in-Residence for Voices Inside/Out a writing program for male inmates and teaches in the Lincoln Center Scholars Program.

Jacob Perkins is a writer and performer based in Brooklyn, New York.

Jillian Walker writes and performs sacred texts for the theatre. Her work has taken the form of plays, musicals, lecture-sermon-concert gatherings, and self-reflective space for remembrance and liberation. She draws deeply on her training as a dramaturg (MFA Columbia), Black Spiritual wisdom, and the ongoing work of Black feminist thinkers to bring process-driven performance to life. Some of her work(ings) include SKiNFoLK: An American Show, co-presented by The Bushwick Starr and National Black Theatre (NY Times Critics’ Pick, Kilroys List), Sarah’s Salt., and Songs of Speculation. Jillian is currently co-conspiring with The TEAM as a writer/performer on Reconstruction, and Soho Rep., where she is the 2020-21 Tow Playwright-in-Residence. She is a 2020 Lilly Award recipient who also enjoys co-conspiring with the readers of her monthly newsletter, The Free List.

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.

John Jiler writes drama and prose. He won both the Richard  Rodgers Award and Kleban Librettists’ Award for AVENUE X, which  began at Playwrights’ Horizons and played some fifty cities  around the world. He won a New Dramatists’ Weissberger Prize for  his first full-length play SOUR SPRINGS. His work has been seen  coast-to-coast, from the Labyrinth Theater to the Eugene O’Neill  National Playwright’s Conference to the Kennedy Center and places in between. His most recent book, Sleeping With The Mayor, was a  New York Times’ “Most Notable Book.” His first, Dark Wind, was  called by the Village Voice “a classic.”

Joshua Young was a proud member of The Public Theater’s 2018-2019 EWG and is a member of the 2020 Project Y Playwright’s Group.  His plays include Lime-A-Rita Racist (The Public’s 2019 Spotlight Reading Series, it’s a play about whether it’s right or wrong to punch a nazi), Red Room on a Dark Web (Primary Stages Drills 2019 Reading Series), Appalachian Pachinko! and My Guggenheim Play, a true story about unreported corporate corruption.  He’s a founding member of The Playwriting Collective, a playwright driven initiative focused on economic justice.  He’s been a laborer most of his career and sometime public speaker.

Judith Leora – Recent productions: The Hierarchy of Fish at Hillsborough (Tampa, FL) and Shenandoah University (Winchester, VA); Elijah at The Victory Theatre Center (LA Times Critics Choice); Showpony at The Victory (LA Times Critics Choice); Elijah at Bristol Valley Theatre; The Cookie Fight at BVT; Gideon – Ego Actus/Paradise Factory and at UMASS Lowell (commission); Icon Plays/Ego Actus, NYC; 1MPF – numerous times. Readings: Painting with Lulu, MadLab/Kraine Theatre; Showpony – Living Room Series/Blank Theatre (Hollywood, CA); Cap Rep Theatre Next Stage Festival, Albany, NY; The X and the Y at BVT; Heart-Shaped Uterus a MadLab/IRT; The Cookie Fight (Last Frontier Theatre Conference). 2020 Project Y Playwrights Group; a Founding Member/Executive Director – New York Madness; Robert Askins Playwriting Fellow/Lone Star Theatre.

Justin Warner’s work has been produced in more than 25 cities here and abroad, and is published by Sam French, Original Works, Smith & Kraus, and BMI.  He was recently a finalist for the Kleban Prize in Musical Theater and the Jonathan Larson Grants.  Other honors include: Peabody Award, Jerry Harrington Award (BMI), Global Age Project, Kennedy Center-ACTF, Princess Grace finalist, O’Neill semi-finalist, and seven-time National Short Play Award finalist. He’s currently writing the libretto for an authorized musical adaptation of Andrew Solomon’s Far From The Tree, about parenting children with extraordinary challenges and differences, with recent workshops at Vineyard Arts and the Public Theater.  He teaches Expository Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  

Kaaron Briscoe is a New Orleans native with an MFA from ART/MXAT/IATT at Harvard University. A  playwright for the Brooklyn Generator’s most recent season; her work has been read as part of Project Y’s  Women in Theater Festival, Classical Theater of Harlem’s Playwright’s Playground, and Inviolet’s Second  Monday Socials. She is a former member of Project Y’s Playwriting Group. Kaaron was a 2015 fellow of Target Margin Theater’s Institute and is a member of the 52nd Street  Project.

Kari Bentley-Quinn’s plays have been presented at or developed with Lesser America, Lark Play Development Center, Halcyon Theatre, Artemisia Theater, Animus Theatre Company and more.She has been a finalist for many awards and conferences including the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, and the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. Her plays include Paper Cranes (Backstage Critic’s Pick), The Ocean Thought Nothing (O’Neill NPC Finalist), Prepared (Kilroys List Honorable Mention), The Worst Mother in the World (Halcyon Theater), Wendy and the Neckbeards (The Relentless Award Honorable Mention) and Hyannis (Ashland New Plays Festival Award Winner). Kari has an MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College, where she won the Rita and Burton Goldberg Award.

Kathryn Funkhouser‘s plays Do You Read Me?, Double Double, Unbreakable Timmy Cratchit (with Tyler Dwiggins), and Weekend Warriors are published by Playscripts. Other plays include Bootstraps, Help Who’s Next, The Bargain, Jump Scare, Accessories, Alternative Facts, We’re Not So Different, You and I, The Sequel, The Pitch, and Ghost Story (Oxnam Award, EST and Drew University). Her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as The Toast, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Atlantic, and The Nation. BA from Drew University. Twitter: @KatFunkhouser. New Play Exchange: Website:

Kat Mustatea is a playwright and technologist. Her TED talk originates a novel thesis about puppets and algorithms. Currently a member of NEW INC, the art and technology incubator at the New Museum of Art in New York City, she curates EdgeCut, a live performance series that explores our complex relationship to the digital. Her plays have been performed in New York, Chicago, Berlin, and Oslo. She speaks frequently about the intersection of cutting edge technology and art, at venues such as SXSW, The Pompidou Center in Paris, and Creative Tech Week in NYC. Website:

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! ( 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 CONSCIOUSNESSNight 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 In 2010, He was named one of’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., Twitter: @kevinrfree

Kristen Palmer’s plays include PERSEPHONE (a new myth for a hotter world), ONCE UPON A BRIDE THERE WAS A FOREST, THINGS YOU CAN DO, LOCAL STORY, DEPARTURES, and ALL THE GIRLS LOVE BOBBY KENNEDY.  Her writing has been produced and/or developed by Soho Rep, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Women’s Project/WP Theater, New Georges, Capital Rep, FLUX Ensemble, The Brick, Live Girls! Theater, and Circle X among others. Awards include a Jerome Fellowship at the Playwrights Center, the Goldberg and Zarkower Prizes at Hunter College, and two CT State Artist Awards. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Laura Zlatos is a Brooklyn-based playwright and librettist. Her plays include The Even More Lamentable Tragedy of Lavinia (2020 Women are Funny Prize), The Blue Whale (2019 Dr. R.J. Rodriguez Emerging Playwrights Contest, 2nd Place), Happily After Ever (2017 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, 59E59 Theaters, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Bloomington Playwrights Project), Three Hours (HERE Arts Center), Exposure (Gene Frankel Theatre), and the musical A Problem with the Pattersons with composer/lyricist Andre Catrini. She was a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, the Jerome Fellowship, and the Core Writer Program at the Playwrights’ Center. Laura is a member of the Orchard Project’s Greenhouse and was a resident playwright with the Exquisite Corpse Company. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU.

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.

Matt Minnicino is a playwright, adapter, teacher, and theatre-make who writes little myths and calls them plays. He is a current member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group and Project Y. He is an O’Neill Semi-Finalist, a Helen Hayes Award and Jeffrey Melnick New Playwright Award Nominee, and winner of the Arts & Letters Prize. He is an alumnus of the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Pipeline’s PlayLab, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup, Joust Writers’ Round Table, Everyday Inferno Writer/Director Lab; and others. He has been playwright-in-residence for multiple theatre companies, and his essays on theatre have been published by HowlRound, Gathering of the Tribes, and The Dramatist. He also co-founded the COVID-19-related theatre initiative Theatre Without Theater; served as Literary Assistant for the Dramatists Guild in New York; and is a perennial teaching artist at the American Shakespeare Center. MFA. Columbia.

Max Mondi is a writer based in New York. His plays include MAYBE TOMORROW (winner of Overall Excellence in a Play at FringeNYC), HOUSE OF KAREN, and PERSONHOOD. His work has been produced and developed at the Signature Theatre, Orchard Project, HERE, The PIT, SoHo Playhouse, Under St. Marks, Dixon Place, Abingdon Theatre Company, Project Y Theatre, among others.  He also produces and hosts SHOW US YOUR WORST, a monthly cabaret at the Parkside Lounge.  Max holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University and a B.A. in Theatre History/Criticism from the University of Vermont.

Maya Macdonald is a Playwrights Realm 2019-2020 Writing Fellow, where she developed her play brunch (Honorable Mention, The Relentless Award, Semi-Finalist, Theatre503’s Playwriting Award in London). Her plays include: Raw Pasta (Finalist, Leah Ryan FEWW, Semi-Finalist, The O’Neill and Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), Three Anne Franks (Sam French OOF Festival, Finalist, Berkley Rep Underground, Finalist, Rattlestick Playwrights Commission), Leave the Balcony Open (Finalist, Princess Grace Award).  She received her BA, from Bennington College, and an MFA from Hunter College under the guidance of Annie Baker, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Brighde Mullins where she received the Irv Zarkowr Award for Excellence.

Meron Langsner (2015-16 Cohort) has had plays performed around the country and overseas, as well as published by Bloomsbury, Smith & Kraus, Applause, and YouthPLAYS.  He was one of three writers in the US selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright Residencies, and was in the second cohort of the Stony Brook University Audio Podcast Fellows.  Also a fight director, he has over 175 credits in venues ranging from LORT houses to prestigious conservatories. Meron has also written numerous articles for both peer-reviewed publications as well as popular/trade outlets. MA: Performance Studies, NYU/Tisch, MFA:  Playwriting,  Brandeis, PhD: Theatre History,  Tufts University.  More at 

Molly Bicks is a writer based in Brooklyn.  In 2019 they participated in Inkubator’s Playlab and was a 2018-2019  resident at Access Theatre. Bicks’s play “Lily” was a finalist for the Clauder Awards, and was performed at Portland Stages. Bicks is the co-artistic director of Rat Queen Theatre Company. Select writing credits include: “Judy Doomed Us All,” (co-written with Rat Queen Theatre co) performed at The New Ohio’s Ice Factory. “Strindberg Vs. Strindberg,” (Co-written with Carsen Joenk) developed at an independent residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, performed at China Town Soup’s Stag Monday series. “ “Swaggy,” performed at The Brick Trans Theater Fest (Co-written with Reed Northrup)

Nandita Shenoy is a New York-based writer-actor. Her Rage Play, was recently named to the Kilroys List 2020. Washer/Dryer was produced multiple times nationally after its world premier at LA’s East West Players and an Off-Broadway production in which she also starred. Her first full-length, Lyme Park: An Austonian Romance of an Indian Nature, was produced by the Hegira in Washington, DC. Her one-acts have been produced in New York City and regionally. Nandita won the 2014 Father Hamblin Award in Playwriting and a 2018 Mellon Creative Research Fellowship at the University of Washington School of Drama in partnership with Ma-Yi Theater Company. She is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, the Dorset Theatre Festival’s Women Artists Working Group, and the Dramatists Guild. Nandita holds a BA in English literature from Yale University.

Renée Darline Roden (Project Y Writer’s Group 2015-2016) penned her first play at ten years old on a 1985 IBM Actionwriter and hasn’t looked back. Renée’s work has been produced at Open Booth Theatre Company, the University of Notre Dame, and The Tank and developed at The Bushwick Starr, Dixon Place, and Triskelion Arts. Her writing has appeared in Howlround, the Santa Clara Review, and America Magazine. She is currently a graduate student in Journalism at Columbia University and is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA ’14, MTS ’18). 

Robert Kerr‘s produced plays include The End of the Road (The Juilliard School; also finalist for the Abingdon Theaters Christopher Brian Wolk Award and the Trustus Playwrights Festival), The Potato Creek Chair of Death (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Sticky-Fingered Fiancée (with composer Mat Eisenstein, Raw Impressions Musical Theatre), To Whom (Brick Theater), and The Squizzinator (Project Y Theatre).  His play Kingdom Gone was translated into Russian as part of a Lark Play Development Center program and received readings at Teatr.doc in Moscow and in Yekaterinburg and Perm, Russia.  The Crooked Mansion was a finalist for the 2016-17 Woodward/Newman Drama Award.  Barkers NYC selected him to adapt the play The Abduction of Luis Guzman by Spanish playwright Pablo Remon.  In Search Of…Sasquatch was included in Brave New World Repertory’s Brave New Works 2018 Series and in 5th Wall Productions 2018-19 Staged Reading Series, and received a reading with Project Y Theatre.  Ask Me Anything received a staged reading in Benchmark Theatre’s Fever Dream Festival in October 2019.  Robert was a playwriting fellow at Juilliard, a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and a founding member of Bedlam Theatre in Minneapolis.

Samantha Cooper is an Astoria, NY based playwright and theatre maker. She has been affiliated with organizations such as: Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2017 Semifinalist), Blood Ensemble, [email protected] (2018 Finalist), Crashbox Theatre Company, HERON Ensemble, Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2015 Play Lab), Macha Theatre Works, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, O’Neill National Playwrights Festival (2017 Semifinalist), Princess Grace Awards (2017 Semifinalist), Project Y Writer’s Group, Samuel French OOB Festival (2016 Final 30), Seattle Repertory Theatre, Unicorn Theatre (2017-18 New Play Series Semifinalist), and Western Washington University (WWU). BA: WWU MFA: Columbia University. Find her online at:

Sarah Bernstein is a New York based writer. Her plays have been produced and/or developed with The New Group, the Lark Play Development Center, the Amoralists, Project Y, Forward Flux Productions, New York Madness, The Motor Company, the Source Festival, FullStop Collective, Caps Lock Theatre, and the New Voices Project. She is the winner of the 2017 Irv Zarkower Award and a Semi-Finalist for P73’s 2020 Playwriting Fellowship. Sarah received her MFA from Hunter College, studying under Annie Baker and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and her BA from Brown University, where she studied playwriting with Paula Vogel. When not writing plays, Sarah has taught undergraduate playwriting at Hunter College and led workshops for young writers through Writopia Lab. Her humor writing has appeared in Reductress and The New Yorker

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.

Sarah Sander is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose work has been developed/produced at Bay Area  Playwrights Festival, Columbia University, |the claque|, DC Arts Center, Florida Studio Theatre,  Inkwell Theatre, Kennedy Center, Lark, NYSF, Page 73 Productions, The Public Theater,  Project Y, Raven Theater and Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. She’s a New Georges  Affiliated Artist and alumni of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, Dramatist Guild  Fellowship and P73’s Interstate 73. Residencies: MacDowell, Millay, SPACE at Ryder Farm and  Stillwright (Erik Ehn’s Silent Retreat). Finalist: ATL’s Heideman Award, Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission, Ingram New Works Fellowship, Jerome Fellowship, Juilliard, Leah Ryan  FEWW Prize, P73’s Fellowship, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Premier Stages, Trustus Theatre  Festival, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Source Theater Festival. Nominations: Susan Smith  Blackburn Prize, NTC’s Stavis Award and Williamstown’s Weissberger Award. MFA:  University of Iowa. 

Stephanie Swirsky writes about illness, death, grieving, and cultural identity with humor, levity, and a sense of romantic adventure. Her plays have been developed at The Brick, The Flea, Pasadena Playhouse, Theatricum Botanicum, and WordBRIDGE, among others. She is a CubaOne Literary Fellow, recipient of the Israel Baran Award, and received a commission with the Iron Tongues Project between the University of Southern California and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland. Stephanie is active with Let Us Work, an advocacy group that aims to combat and end sexual harassment in theater. Originally from the suburbs of New Jersey, Stephanie currently lives in NYC, and received her BA from NYU and MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC.

Stephen Kaplan’s plays include: Tracy Jones (upcoming: Williamston Theatre); Death Defying (NJ Rep/Theatre Brut); Branwell (and the other Brontës) (upcoming: Loft Ensemble, Blue Room; semi-finalist: O’Neill); Community (finalist: Seven Devils; semi-finalist: Premiere Stages); Exquisite Potential (finalist: Woodward/Newman); A Real Boy (59E59 Theatre; semi- finalist: PlayPenn, Ashland, FutureFest and MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); una casa/a home (finalist: Landing Theatre’s New American Voices, Route 66 New Play Development); For Unto Us (published by DPS); In Mrs. Baker’s Room (Commission: Abingdon); The Seventh Son (semi-finalist: Ronald M Ruble New Play Festival). He is a Dramatists Guild member and serves as the Northeastern Regional Representative for the DG National Council. Visit for more info.

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.

Tom Matthew Wolfe’s plays include JANICE UNDERWATER (produced at Premiere Stages as winner of the 2014 Premiere Stages Play Festival); THIS IS HOW WE EMERGE (semifinalist for 2013 National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill Center); STRAY CATS (manhattantheatresource workshop; Seven Devils finalist); GOD’S CIGARETTE (EST Memberfest); HARBORSIDE (2008 Samuel French Festival), FACING THE WINDOW (2010 Samuel French Festival, 2009 EST Marathon finalist), and IN THE DEEP DOWN. Project Y Playwrights Group (2018-2019). Founding member of ‘Wright On! Playwrights Group. Member of Dramatists Guild and WGA East.

Tori Keenan-Zelt writes curiosity-chasing plays that sniff out in-between spaces in big theatre to change the world. Many of them decide to be comedies. Recent: How the Baby Died (Bay Area Playwrights Fest, Ingram New Works), Seph (Araca Project, Fresh Ground Pepper, Princess Grace Finalist), Air Space (Kilroys Top 5, Ingram New Works), Truth/Dare (Project Y, NYITA Nominee, Best Ensemble Pittsburgh Fringe, Nashville Top 10), How to Be a Widow (Ellie Award), Egypt Play (PWC Mentorship), Episode #121: Catfight! (Yale Cabaret). Affiliations: The Lark, The Playwrights Center, New Georges, EST Playwrights Unit, Fresh Ground Pepper, & the Dramatists Guild. She has written for Colonial Williamsburg’s Emmy Award-winning PBS education series and is an Emmy nominee. AB, Harvard. MFA, NYU Tisch Asia (Singapore).

Tyler Dwiggins is a playwright, screenwriter, and producer. His play, Bump, has been showcased at Actors Theatre of Louisville, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, and received a nomination for the National Partners – American Theatre Award at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. His plays for young actors (including subText) are published by Playscripts. Tyler was a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Librettists Workshop, as well as a semifinalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, and the Orchard Project Episodic Lab. He has served as a teaching artist at Northwestern University’s National High School Institute (Cherubs). Tyler wrote and created the award-winning web series, Queen’s English.

Vince Gatton is a New York-based actor and writer. His short plays have made him a two-time finalist for the National Short Playwriting Award at City Theatre in Miami, and a winner of the LIC Short Play Festival and the Samuel French OOB Festival. His full-length play Alexandria was the winner of Sanguine Theatre Company’s Project Playwright 2018 and was a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award. As an actor he received a Drama Desk Award nomination for his performance in David Johnston’s Candy and Dorothy.