In 2000, Manhattan Theatre Club began a partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to commission, develop and produce new plays about math, science and technology. Since first collaborating on MTC's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning production of David Auburn's Proof, the partnership has expanded to include four to five annual commissions for emerging, mid-level and established writers. With the Foundation's support, MTC has commissioned forty plays. The Foundation also provides a production grant to stage Sloan-related works, and has supported MTC's production of Charlotte Jones's Humble Boy, in addition to Proof.
Manhattan Theatre Club’s partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is two-fold: we consider proposals for not yet written math, science or technology plays, and we consider completed scripts about math, science and technology. In order to apply for an MTC/Sloan commission, please submit a résumé and a two page proposal outlining your idea by March 1, 2014. MTC generally does not accept unsolicited scripts, but will consider completed plays about math, science or technology. There is no deadline to send a completed script. Please send both proposals and scripts and address any questions to the Sloan Project Manager Annie MacRae at email@example.com or by mail to Manhattan Theatre Club, 311 West 43rd Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10036, Attn: Sloan Project Manager.
PLACEBO by Melissa James Gibson
THE GOOD STUDENT by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
THE POLYGAMIST IS AN ATHIEST by Eric Simonson
HOW THE WORLD BEGAN by Cathrine Trieschmann (South Coast Repertory 2011, Arocola Theatre 2011, Women's Project 2011)
INTELLIGENCE-SLAVE by Kenneth Lin (reading – Northlight Theater's Interplay Series, 2009, World Premiere production at the Alley Theatre, Spring 2010)
IOWA DIRT by Brett Neveu
Bertolt Brecht's GALILEO, adapted by Craig Lucas
DONNY'S BRAIN by Rona Munro (Ernst C. Stiefel 7@7 Series, 2012)
AND THE SUN STOOD STILL by Dava Sobel (reading – Guild Hall, East Hampton, 2007; workshop – New York State Writers Institute, 2008; reading - Kepler 2008: From Tubingen to Sagan, an international conference celebrating Kepler's life and work, 2008)
FAKE by Eric Simonson (Ernst C. Stiefel 7@7 Reading Series, 2008, World Premiere production at Steppenwolf Theatre, Fall 2009)
PERFECT MENDACITY by Jason Wells (reading - Steppenwolf First Look Festival, 2008; production - Asolo Repertory Theatre, 2009)
THE GEOMETRY OF FIRE by Steve Belber (production – New York Stage and Film, 2007; production - Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 2008)
COMPLETENESS by Itamar Moses (South Coast Repertory, 2011, Playwrights Horizons 2011)
DIRT by Bryony Lavery (Studio Theatre, 2012)
CLOUDS HILL by Charles Evered (production - City Lights Theater, 2004)
THE NATURE OF MUTATION by John Walch (workshop - Urban Stages, 2004;
reading - Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, 2006)
ON WORDS AND ONWARDS by Glen Berger (reading - New Dramatists, 2008)
MTC/Sloan Commissioned Writers
Stephen Belber's plays include Match (Broadway), The Geometry of Fire (Rattlestick), Tape (Naked Angels--NYC/LA/London; Access Theater; Humana Festival 2000...), One Million Butterflies (Primary Stages), Drifting Elegant(Magic Theater), The Transparency of Val (Theater Outrageous, NYC), The Wake (Via Theater, NYC), Through Fred(Soho Rep, 78th St. Theater) and The Death of Frank (Araca Group, NYC). Tape has been produced in Spain, Australia, Germany, Canada, Greece and Japan. Stephen also wrote the screenplay for the film of Tape, directed by Richard Linklater (Sundance; Berlin). He is a member of Tectonic Theater Project and was one of the three Associate Writers (and an actor) for The Laramie Project, performed around the world and made into an HBO movie (Emmy nomination for screenwriting). He is a graduate of Juilliard's Playwrights Program, has received commissions from Playwrights Horizons, The Huntington Theater, Arena Stage, Manhattan Theatre Club and Philadelphia Theater Company, and is currently working on several screenplay commissions. TV credits include "Rescue Me," a year and a half with "Law & Order: SVU" and (currently) a pilot for HBO.
Glen Berger's plays include Underneath the Lintel (2001 Ovation Award, 2003 Sterling Award for Best Play, Time Out New York's Ten Best Plays of 2001), The Wooden Breeks, O Lovely Glowworm (2005 Portland Drammy Award for Best Script; 2002 BugNBub Primary Stages Award), the musical A Night In The Old Marketplace (Loewe Award),Great Men Of Science, Nos. 21 & 22 (1998 Ovation Award and 1998 L.A. Weekly Award for Best Play), I Will Go…I Will Go (published in Applause Book's 2001 Best Short Plays Anthology) and On Words And Onwards (Manhattan Theatre Club/Sloan Foundation Commission). Mr. Berger has received commissions from the Children's Theatre of Minneapolis and the Lookingglass Theatre, was selected for the 2003 Old Vic/New Voices program, participated in the 2001 A.S.K. Playwrights Retreat and was playwright-in-residence at New York Stage & Film. He has written several episodes for the PBS children's series "Arthur," (2 Emmy nominations), its spin-off "Postcards From Buster" (Emmy nomination), "Time Warp Trio" (NBC), "Peep" (The Learning Channel) and is the head writer for "Fetch" (PBS).
Steven Cosson is the founding Artistic Director of The Civilians, and a free-lance director, directing new plays, musicals and classics. With The Civilians: co-writer and director of This Beautiful City which premiered to rave reviews at the Humana Festival and recently completed a critically-acclaimed run at Vineyard Theatre (Drama Desk, Drama-League, Lortel Nominations). Previously produced at Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum) and Studio Theatre in D.C. (Two Helen Hayes Nominations); co-writer and director of BROOKLYN: At Eye Level, produced this past winter at Brooklyn's Lyceum Theatre; co-writer/director of Paris Commune produced in The Public Theater's PublicLAB series; writer/director of the long-running hit Gone Missing which has toured for several years throughout the U.S. and the U.K. culminating in a seven-month Off-Broadway run at Barrow Street Theater (New York Times' Top 10 of 2007 list.) Writer/director (I Am) Nobody's Lunch, which won the 2006 Fringe First award at Edinburgh and director of the company's first show Canard, Canard, Goose?. Additionally, he's directed The Civilians' work at A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, HBO's Aspen Comedy Festival, The MoMA; London's Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre among many others. Cosson has directed and developed new plays at theaters including Hartford Stage, Soho Rep, O'Neill Conference, New Harmony Project and others. Plays include Neal Bell's Shadow of Himself; Mat Smart's 13th of Paris; Elise Thoron and Jill Sobule's Prozak and the Platypus; Tommy Smith's Air Conditioning; Anne Washburn's Communist Dracula Pageant; World premiere of Peter Morris' Square Root of Minus One; U.S. premiere of Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life; Peter Morris' Marge; U.S. premiere of Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love; World premiere of Erik Ehn's Tailings; Eric Bogosian's Scenes from the New World; and Stupid Kids by John C. Russell. Writer/director Close to Shore a community-based musical for the San Diego Rep. Director of The Time of Your Life (Williamstown); The Importance of Being Earnest (ACT); Serious Money and Guys and Dolls, both at Carnegie Mellon; and Measure for Measure (SF Drama-Logue Award). Steven won an Obie in 2004 for the work of The Civilians. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, a MacDowell Fellow, twice participated in the Sundance Theatre Lab, and Resident Director at New Dramatists. His plays have been published by Oberon Books in the UK, Dramatists Play Service, and an anthology published by Playscripts Inc. He holds an MFA in directing from UC San Diego and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Lisa D'Amour writes plays and creates site-specific performances. Her play Detroit, which premiered at Steppenwolf last year, is coming to Broadway this fall. Detroit was a finalist for this year's Pulitzer Prize and Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Lisa recently premiered Terrible Things, a dance-theater piece created with Katie Pearl and choreographer Emily Johnson, at PS122 in New York. Other recent projects include Swimming Cities of Switchback Sea (a performance for a fleet of seven handmade boats on the Hudson River designed by SWOON) and Bird Eye Blue Print (created with Katie Pearl, for a vacant office in the World Financial Center, NYC). Lisa's work has been presented by theaters such as Salvage Vanguard, Infernal Bridegroom Productions, the Walker Arts Center, Crowded Fire Theater, Children's Theater Company, Clubbed Thumb, HERE Arts Center, New Georges and the Women's Project and has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, NYSCA and the NEA/TCG Residency for Playwrights. She received an Obie Award along with Katie Pearl and Kathy Randels for Nita & Zita, and received the Alpert Award in the Arts for theater in 2008. Lisa often collaborates with ArtSpot Productions in her hometown of New Orleans. She is a core alum of the Playwrights' Center and a recent alumna of New Dramatists. Lisa's latest creation with Katie Pearl, How to Build a Forest, ran at The Kitchen in New York City.
April De Angelis
Five of British writer April De Angelis' plays have been staged at London’s prestigious Royal Court Theatre in the last decade. They include Hush Hush (1992), Havana (2004), Wild East (2005), Catch (2006), and Hungover (2010). In 2010, her play Calais was staged at Paines Plough. In 2011, her play A Gloriously Mucky Business was staged at the Lyric Hammersmith. In 2003, De Angelis’ play A Laughing Matter was produced at the National Theatre’s Lyttleton. De Angelis has written extensively for television and radio in the UK, winning prizes for her radio plays The Outlander and Visitants. De Angelis is currently under commission to Plymouth Theatre Royal and her newest play Jumpy transferred to the West End after a successful run at the Royal Court in October. Last summer, Playhouse Creatures was revived at the Chichester Festival.
Charles Evered has written screenplays and teleplays for Universal Pictures, NBC, Dreamworks and Paramount Pictures. He has won awards including The Berrilla Kerr Award, The Chesterfield/Amblin Fellowship, The Edward Albee/William Flanagan Fellowship, The Bert Linder Fellowship, The Lucas Artist Fellowship and the Crawford Playwriting Award. His published plays include: The Size of the World and Other Plays, The Shoreham, Wilderness of Mirrors, Teds' Head, Clouds Hill, Celadine and Adopt a Sailor. Mr. Evered's film and television credits include Running Funny, Adopt a Sailor, Visiting, starring James Waterston and Amy Locane, and the double episode of "Monk" titled "Mr. Monk and the Leper." Mr. Evered's newest full-length play Class, was given its first public reading in Princeton, NJ starring Roger Rees and directed by Bebe Neuwirth. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California-Riverside.
Melissa James Gibson
Melissa James Gibson's plays include [sic] (OBIE Award for playwriting, Kesselring Prize, The Best Plays of 2001-02); Suitcase or, those that resemble flies from a distance (NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights, Rockefeller Foundation's Multi-Arts Production Fund); Brooklyn Bridge, with a song by Barbara Brousal (AT&T Onstage award); All is Not (New York State Council on the Arts Theatre Artist Commission); and Current Nobody, a loose adaptation of Homer's Odyssey (2005 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist; 2006 Sundance Theatre Lab). Gibson's work has been produced at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Soho Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, and The Children's Theatre Company, as well as many other theaters, regionally and internationally. Currently, Gibson is working on commissions for Center Theatre Group and the Atlantic Theater Company. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Gibson has been a Jerome and MacDowell Colony Fellow, a recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, La Jolla Playhouse and The Children's Theatre Company/ New Dramatists Playground program. Gibson is a graduate of New Dramatists and the recipient of a 2006 Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights' Fellowship and a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her play This will premiere at Playwrights Horizons in the fall starring Parker Posey.
Daniel Goldfarb's plays Cradle and All and Sarah, Sarah premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club. His other credits include, Broadway: Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me. Off-Broadway: The Retributionists at Playwrights Horizons,Modern Orthodox at Dodger Stages, Adam Baum and the Jew Movie at Blue Light (Oppenheimer Award, Canadian Authors Association Award for Best Play, Dramatist's Guild Hull-Warriner Award Finalist), NYMF, and NAMT. Regional: Radio Girl at Goodspeed, Party Come Here at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jerry Christmas at New York Stage & Film, Longwharf, CanStage, and others. Commissions: Roundabout Theatre Company and South Coast Repertory Theatre. Grants: AT&T Onstage, Nash Foundation, Lincoln Center Lecomte du Nouy Foundation, The Jerome Foundation, NEA. Film and Television: "The Electric Company" (PBS); pilots for Showtime and CBS; screenplays for HBO, Chicago Films, Bureau of Moving Pictures. Education: NYU (BFA, MFA – now teaches there); The Juilliard School. Member: The Dramatist's Guild (also serves on publications committee), WGAE, MCC's Playwrights Coalition.
Rinne Groff's plays include The Ruby Sunrise, Jimmy Carter was a Democrat, Moliere Impromptu, Orange Lemon Egg Canary, What Then, Inky and The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem and the musicals In the Bubble (book & co-lyrics) and Saved (co-book & co-lyrics). Her work has been produced by the Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Trinity Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Women's Project, PS122 and Clubbed Thumb among others. Rinne is a recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Award, an OBIE Award grant, the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award, a NYSCA Individual Artist grant and Vortex Theater Prize. Residencies: the MacDowell Colony, the Sundance Theatre Lab and the Australian National Playwrights Conference. She has been commissioned by PS122 (Jerome Foundation grant), Trinity Rep, the Guthrie Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwrights Horizons. Rinne is a founding member of Elevator Repair Service Theater Company. Other affiliations: New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild, New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect, Clubbed Thumb, Target Margin and NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she teaches in the Department of Dramatic Writing. Yale B.A. '91. NYU M.F.A. '99.
Samuel D. Hunter
Samuel D. Hunter's plays include A Bright New Boise (2011 Obie Award for playwriting, 2011 Drama Desk Nomination for Best Play; upcoming production at Woolly Mammoth Theater Company in Fall 2011), The Whale (upcoming production at Denver Center in Winter 2012), Norway (Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis; Boise Contemporary Theater),Jack's Precious Moment (Page 73 Productions at 59E59), Five Genocides (Clubbed Thumb at the Ohio Theater), I Am Montana (Arcola Theatre, London; Mortar Theater, Chicago). His plays have been developed at the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, PlayPenn, Ojai Playwrights Conference, the Lark Playwrights Workshop, Juilliard, LAByrinth, Rattlestick, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and 24Seven Lab. Internationally, his work has been translated into Spanish and presented in Mexico City and Monterrey, and he has worked in the West Bank with Ashtar Theatre of Ramallah and Ayyam al-Masrah of Hebron. At Ashtar, he co-wrote The Era of Whales which was performed in Ramallah and Istanbul. Awards: 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, 2008-2009 PONY Fellowship from the Lark, and two Lincoln Center Le Compte du Nuoy Awards. He is a member of Partial Comfort Productions and is an alum of Ars Nova's Playgroup. He has taught at Fordham University, Rutgers University, Marymount Manhattan College and The University of Iowa. Sam holds degrees in playwriting form NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.
Latest theatre work includes Moonlight and Magnolias, Goodman Theatre 2004, Manhattan Theatre Club 2005 and Tricycle Theatre 2008; Topless Mum, Tricycle Theatre 2008; Head/Case, Royal Shakespeare Company 2004;Believers, for Playbox Young People's Theatre, 2003; LAGS, national tours 2002-'03; Beau!, Theatre Royal Bath, national tour and Haymarket, Leicester Square 2001; Burning Issues, Hampstead Theatre Club 1999; an adaptation of Mikhail Bilgakov's Flight at the National Theatre 1997; Rat in the Skull (revival, Duke of York's Theatre 1995). Mr. Hutchinson lives in Los Angeles where he is a writer/producer for features and television. Winner of an Emmy for Ben Kingsley's "Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story," 1989. His latest projects include the USA Network mini-series "Traffic" (nominated for three Emmys in 2004) and rewrites on Fox Pictures' remake of Flight of the Phoenix.
Nick Jones was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Plays produced include: The Coward (Lincoln Center/LCT3; four Lortel Nominations, including Best Play), Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (Ars Nova, The Public), The Wundelsteipen (The Flea), Straight up Vampire, The Sporting Life, and The Nosemaker's Apprentice (with Rachel Shukert). His puppet horror musical Homunculus is in development with Center Theater Group (music by Dave Malloy, directed by Sam Gold) and Grizzly Adams, a rock musical performed by bears, with the Huntington (music by Corn Mo, directed by Peter Dubois). He also holds commissions from the Old Globe and Lincoln Center. The Coward is being developed into a film with Big Beach Films/American Work. He is currently a staff writer on "Orange is the New Black" for Lionsgate/Netflix. His play Trevor is being produced by Circle X Theater in Los Angeles this season. He attended Bard College for Literature and Juilliard for playwriting, where he was a two-time winner of the Lecompte de Nuoy Award.
Lucy Kirkwood finished her English literature degree at the University of Edinburgh in 2007. Grady Hot Potato is her first full length stage play. She wrote a short play Guns or Butter for the Terror 2007 Festival at the Union Theatre, London. Her next play, Tinderbox, was produced by the Bush Theatre in April 2008 and her adaptation of Ibsen'sHedda was produced by the Gate Theatre, London in August 2008. Lucy is one of three writers currently developing a TV series with Kudos Film and Television and she writes for the Company Pictures TV series "Skins." Lucy is also working with Clean Break Theatre Company.
Bryony Lavery's recent production include Last Easter (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Stockholm (UK tour and Hampstead Theatre), Smoke (The New Vic Theatre), Yikes (The Unicorn Theatre), Deadpoint (Linbury Theatre) and an adaptation of Mary Webb's Precious Bane (Pentabus Theatre Company). Other plays include Helen And Her Friends, Bag,Family Album, Missing, Calamity, Origin Of The Species, Witchcraze, Her Aching Heart (Pink Paper Play Of The Year 1992), Wicked, Kitchen Matters, Flight, Nothing Compares To You; Ophelia and A Wedding Story. Her play Frozen, commissioned by Birmingham Rep, was produced on Broadway where it was nominated for 4 Tony awards. Bryony is an honorary Doctor Of Arts at De Montford University. She was a director of Performing Arts Labs Playwriting and taught at Birmingham University. Bryony was an Artistic Director of Gay Sweatshop and of her own company Les Oeufs Malades, and for two years she was Writer-in-Residence for The Unicorn Theatre For Children. Her future plans include Wise Children for The National Theatre, Kursk, The Thing With Feathers for McCarter Theater and an opera 57Hours in The House Of Culture, with John Keane, Peter Wyer and Phyllida Lloyd.
Rebecca Lenkiewicz's first play, Soho – A Tale of Table Dancers, won a Fringe First at Edinburgh then toured Israel with the British Council and opened at the Arcola Theatre in 2001. The Night Season, which opened at the National Theatre in 2004, received the Critics' Circle's Most Promising Playwright Award and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Other plays include Shoreditch Madonna, Blue Moon Over Poplar (Soho Theatre, 2005), A Soldier's Tale (Old Vic, 2006), Invisible Mountains (RNT Education Department, 2006), Faeries (Royal Opera House and Theatre Royal Bath, 2008), Justitia (for the Jasmin Vardimon Dance Company, UK Tour and Sadlers Wells), an adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People (Arcola Theatre, 2008), Her Naked Skin (Olivier Theatre, Royal National Theatre, 2008). Rebecca's work for radio includes Fighting for Words(BBC Radio 4, Observer Critics' Choice, Pick of the Day) and Caravan of Desire (BBC Radio 4, 2006, Telegraph Critics' Choice, Radio Times Choice, Pick of The Week). TV and film work includes a one-off drama on the life of Marie Stopes for BBC 3 and she is currently working on a film version of Her Naked Skin for Fragile Films. Rebecca's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts for the Actors' Touring Theatre will open at the Arcola Theatre later this year and she is currently under commission to the Royal National Theatre.
Kenneth Lin's plays have been produced, developed and/or commissioned by the Alliance Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Wilma Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, P73 Productions, NY Stage & Film and Arena Stage. He is the winner of the Princess Grace Award, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award and the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition. Lin is an alumnus of Cornell University, the U.S. Fulbright Scholarship Program and the Yale School of Drama, where he was awarded the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize for Excellence in Playwriting.
Craig Lucas is the author of Missing Persons, Blue Window, Reckless, Prelude to a Kiss, God's Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, The Singing Forest and Prayer for My Enemy. His screenplays include Longtime Companion, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, Blue Window and The Dying Gaul, which he also directed. In New York, he directed Harry Kondoleon's Saved or Destroyed (Rattlestick Theater) and Play Yourself(New York Theater Workshop), as well as his own play This Thing of Darkness (co-authored with David Schulner) at the Atlantic Theater. With director Norman René he created Marry Me a Little: Songs by Stephen Sondheim. In addition to the book for The Light in the Piazza (music and lyrics by Adam Guettel), Mr. Lucas has written the musical play Three Postcards (composer/lyricist Craig Carnelia) and the libretto for the opera Orpheus in Love(composer Gerald Busby). His adaptations include Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Three Sisters and Strindberg's Miss Julie. Twice nominated for a Tony (Prelude to a Kiss and The Light in the Piazza), three times for the Drama Desk (Prelude, Reckless and Missing Persons), he has received the Sundance Audience Award (Longtime Companion), L.A. Drama Critics (Blue Window), Obie Awards for Best Play (Prelude and Small Tragedy) and Best Director (Saved or Destroyed), American Theater Critics/Steinberg Award for Best American Play (The Singing Forest), New York Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay (The Secret Lives of Dentists), Excellence in Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Laura Pels/PEN Mid-Career Achievement Award.
Michael Mitnick's recent plays include Babs the Dodo, a voyage through home shopping and loneliness (developed at Babel Theater Project, and The Blank in LA); Learning Russian, a story of identity theft (produced at Hangar Theatre; published in 2008 by BPPI.); and Spacebar: A Broadway Play by Kyle Sugarman, a play about a bar in outer space (developed by Studio 42). Recent music theater works include Fly-by-Night (Yale Summer Cabaret) and The Current War, the true story of the race to light up the globe (Yale School of Drama). He received the 2004 Best Comedy Award for his short film Winning Caroline at the Ivy Film Festival; 2007 Robert Sherman Award for Best Comedy Songwriting from Broadcast Music Inc.; and he was a 2009 Theatermaster in Aspen. His short play, Life Without Subtext, will be published in a new anthology by Vintage in 2011. His upcoming projects include Pencils Down written with Simon Rich; Sex Lives of Our Parents, (The Kennedy Center); and The Current War directed by Sam Buntrock. He is currently working on a commission from The Denver Center.
Peter Morris' work has been staged professionally at the Bush; the Gate; the Latchmere and the Union Theatres in London, and in New York at Soho Rep; the Belt; HERE and Dixon Place. He twice won the London Sunday Times Playwriting Prize, in 2000 and 2001. His play The Age of Consent premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe 2001, then transferred to London's Bush Theatre in 2002. The play has since been staged professionally in Dublin, Rome, Berlin, and Tokyo, and as a television play in Reykjavik. His play Guardians also premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe and was subsequently staged by the Culture Project in New York. Readings and workshops in the UK include the Old Vic, the King's Head, and the Arts Theatre in London. Peter has also written for BBC1 (Born and Bred), BBC2 (adapting John Lanchester's The Debt to Pleasure), Film Four (adapting Paul Murray's novel An Evening of Long Goodbyes) and for film director Robert Altman (BBC Films), a 6-part adaptation of Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected.
Hannah Moscovitch's writing for the stage includes Essay, The Russian Play, USSR, Mexico City, and East of Berlin. Her plays have been produced at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto where she is playwright-in-residence, the Factory Theatre, the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Harbourfront Centre, the SummerWorks Theatre Festival and the Lab Cab Festival. As part of the 2008-2009 season, Hannah's work will be produced at The Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque, The Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Urban Curvz Theatre Collective in Calgary, Chester Playhouse and Theatre Antigonish in Nova Scotia and Alberta Theatre Projects. Tarragon Theatre is remounting their acclaimed production of East of Berlin which then tours to the Firehall Theatre in Vancouver. Hannah has been commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Great Canadian +Theatre Company, Volcano Theatre, 2b theatre company, Theatrefront, Theatre Panik and Youtheatre Montreal. Her play USSR has recently been made into a short film for Bravo Television Network. Hannah is a graduate of The National Theatre School of Canada and the University of Toronto.
Itamar Moses' work for the stage includes the full-length plays Outrage, Bach at Leipzig, Celebrity Row, The Four of Us, Yellowjackets, Back Back Back and the book for the musical The Chromium Hook. His work has been produced or workshopped regionally by the Wilma Theater, Milwaukee Rep, The Hangar Theatre, Florida Stage, Portland Center Stage, the American Conservatory Theatre, The Old Globe and Berkeley Rep and in New York by Manhattan Theatre Club, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage and Film, HERE Center for the Performing Arts and La Mama Etc. Awards include the Reva Shiner New Play Award; Portland Critics Circle Drammy Award; NEA Residency Grant; SWTA National New Play Award; Plays for the 21st Century Award; Dramarama Long Play Award. Itamar has been commissioned by the Wilma, the McCarter Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club and Playwrights Horizons. He holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU, has taught playwriting at Yale, and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.
Rona Munro was Senior Playwriting Fellow for the Traverse Theater in Edinburgh. Credits for the Traverse include:Strawberries in January, Iron (also Manhattan Theatre Club), Fugue and Your Turn to Clean the Stair. Other theatre credits include The House of Bernarda Alba (translation for Shared Experience); Snake (Hampstead Theatre); The Maiden Stone (Hampstead Theatre & Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh; Peggy Ramsay Memorial Award Winner);Gilt (Co-Writer); Bold Girls (Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Evening Standard Most Promising Playwright Award, Plays International Award, Critics Circle and Plays and Players Most Promising Playwright Award); Saturday Night at The Commodore (7:84); The Way to Go Home (Paines Plough! Royal Court); Piper's Cave (Paines Plough Workshop & Boilerhouse). Film credits include Ladybird Ladybird directed by Ken Loach (FilmFourlParallax Pictures Ltd); Aimee and Jaguar (Senator Film Production). For television, recent credits include "Rehab" (BBC2); Almost Adult (Channel 4). Rona wrote two of the plays in the latest Stanley Baxter Playhouse series for Catherine Bailey Ltd/BBC Radio 4.
Upcoming productions include Weapon of Mass Impact with A Red Orchid Theatre (Chicago) and the musical Old Town with Strawdog Theatre Company (Chicago). Other productions include Gas for Less at the Goodman Theatre,Harmless with TimeLine Theatre Company (Chicago), The Meek with A Red Orchid Theatre (Chicago), Heritage with American Theatre Company (Chicago), Eric LaRue with the Royal Shakespeare Company (London and Stratford-Upon-Avon), American Dead with American Theatre Company (Chicago), The Last Barbecue with The Aardvark Theatre Company (Chicago) and 29th Street Rep (New York) and the film version of The Earl with Sikorafilms. Brett has worked with The Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, The New Group in New York and is a resident-alum with Chicago Dramatists. He has been commissioned by Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Goodman Theatre (Ofner Prize) and was the recipient of the League of Chicago Theatre's first Emerging Artist Award. Brett has taught writing at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Second City Training Center and currently lives in Los Angeles.
Nick Payne is a British writer who won the prestigious George Devine Award in 2009 with his play If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, which was produced at the Bush Theatre in October 2009, directed by Josie Rourke and starring Rafe Spall. Nick studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama and the University of York. He made his debut at the Royal Court Theatre in September 2010 with his comedy Wanderlust and is currently under commission at the Bush, Paines Plough and the Royal Court. Other theatre credits include: Sophocles' Electra (Gate Theatre). Forthcoming:One Day When We Were Young (Paines Plough/Sheffield Theatres) and Lay Down Your Cross (Hampstead Studio). Radio: The Day We Caught The Train (BBC Radio 4).
Hannie Rayson is an Australian writer whose plays have been produced six times at the Melbourne Theatre Company and six times at the Sydney Theatre Company. Her play Life After George was produced on London's West End in 2001. Her work has been produced in New Zealand, Canada, Germany, France, Vienna, Turkey, Slovenia, Finland and Japan. She co-wrote Scenes from a Separation with Andrew Bovell which Robyn Nevin directed at the Melbourne Theatre Company. The play was later revived at Sydney Theatre Company. Director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) has directed three of Hannie's plays. Hannie's many honors include the 2004 Helpmann Award for Best Play (Inheritance), the Australian Writers Guild Best Play Award (Life After George), and the NSW Premier's Literary Award for Best Play (Falling from Grace).
Melissa Ross’ plays include Crazy Little Thing, For Dear Life, Thinner Than Water, A Life Extra Ordinary, Do Something Pretty, and You are Here. Thinner Than Water was produced by LAByrinth Theater Company at the Cherry Pit Theatre in the winter of 2010 and will be published by Smith and Kraus in New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2011. Melissa has received readings and workshops at the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Juilliard School, LAByrinth Theater Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and South Coast Repertory, where she is currently commissioned. Ross is a graduate of Bennington College, was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at The Juilliard School, a two-time recipient of the Le Comte Du Nuoy Award, and a proud member of LAByrinth Theater Company.
Heid Schreck’s plays include There Are No More Big Secrets, produced by Rattlestick in 2010 (Time Out New York and New York Magazine Critic’s pick); and Creature, presented Off-Broadway in 2009 by New Georges and Page 73. Her work has also been developed by Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, MTC, Teatro de Facto, The Civilians, Printer's Devil Theatre, and National Public Radio. Other support includes the 2009 Page 73 Playwriting fellowship, the 2012 Sundance UCross Residency and a commission from True Love Productions. Publications include Samuel French, The New York Theatre Review, The Manifesto Series, edited by Erik Ehn, and Rain City Press. Shrek is also an actor whose work has been seen at Playwrights Horizons, 13P, The Roundabout, Women's Project, Williamstown, Clubbed Thumb, The Foundry, Long Wharf, Two-Headed Calf, CTG, Berkeley Repertory Theater and more. She has received two OBIE awards (for Drum of the Waves of Horikawa with Two-Headed Calf and Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation), a Drama Desk for best ensemble, and the Theatre World Award.
Recent plays include: Everything Will Be Different or 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 (Birmingham Rep, UK) and Gift (Rising Phoenix Rep / NY Fringe Festival). 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 Deathbed (McGinn/Cazale Theater); Magic Kingdom; Brightness (workshop at Labyrinth Theater). His latest play, The Gingerbread House, will premiere at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in Spring 2009. His play Passion was featured in Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope magazine. He is a founding member and artistic associate of Theater Mitu, a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, and co-coordinator of MCC Theater's Playwrights' Coalition. He holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University.
Eric Simonson‘s plays include Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright (co-written with Jeff Hatcher), Bang the Drum Slowly, Nomathemba (written with Ntozake Shange and Joseph Shabalala), Slaughterhouse-Five, The Last Hurrah, Carter's Way, Lombardi/The Only Thing, Speak American, Honest and Fake. They have been produced across the country and in Japan, at theatres including Steppenwolf, The Huntington, Arizona Theatre Company, Madison Rep, L. A. Theatreworks, Kansas City Rep, The Kennedy Center and Crossroads. His adaptation of Moby Dick at Milwaukee Rep was chosen one of the top ten productions of the year by Time magazine. Mr. Simonson is an accomplished director for theatre, film and opera. His production of The Song of Jacob Zulu received six Tony awards including one for best direction; he received the 2006 Academy Award for his short documentary A Note of Triumph, as well as the Princess Grace Statue Award for sustained artistic achievement in 2005. He is also an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. His adaptation of Slaughterhouse-Five recently received its Off-Broadway premiere at Godlight Theatre, and his play Carter's Way was produced at Steppenwolf in March of 2008. Upcoming productions of new plays include Honest for Steppenwolf Theatre's First Look Series this summer; andFake, which will open at Steppenwolf in September, 2009.
Dava Sobel, a former New York Times science reporter, is the author of Longitude, Galileo's Daughter, Letters to Father and The Planets. In her thirty years as a science journalist, she has written for many magazines, includingAudobon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker, served as a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine and Omni, and coauthored six books, including Is Anyone Out There? with astronomer Frank Drake and The Illustrated Longitudewith William J.H. Andrewes. For her efforts to increase the public understanding of science, Sobel has been awarded the National Science Board's prestigious Individual Public Service Award, the Bradford Washburn Award from the Boston Museum of Science and the Harrison Medal from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers.
Simon Stephen's plays for theatre include Bluebird (Royal Court Theatre, London 1998 directed by Gordon Anderson);Herons (Royal Court Theatre, London 2001); Port (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 2002); One Minute (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield 2003, Bush Theatre, London, 2004); Christmas (Bush Theatre, London, 2004); Country Music(Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, 2004); On the Shore of the Wide World (Royal Exchange, Manchester and Royal National Theatre, 2005) and Motortown (Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, London 2006); Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hannover, 2007; Edinburgh Festival/Birmingham Rep, 2008 and Tricycle Theatre, London, 2009);Harper Regan (Royal National Theatre, 2008); Seawall (Bush Theatre/Traverse Theatre, 2009); Heaven (Traverse Theatre, 2009); Punk Rock (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and Royal Exchange, Manchester, 2009); Marine Parade, co-written with Mark Eitzel (Animalink for the Brighton International Festival, 2010), The Trial of Ubu (Essen Schauspielhaus/Toneelgroep Amsterdam, 2010) and A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky written in collaboration with David Eldridge and Robert Holman (Lyric Hammersmith, 2010). Simon also writes for radio, plays include Five Letters Home to Elizabeth (2001) and Digging (2003), both BBC, Radio4. Simon's screenwriting includes a two-part serial Dive (with Dominic Savage) for Granada / BBC (2009) and a short film adaptation of Pornography, Coming Up: Channel 4 (2009). Currently Simon is under commission to the Royal Court Theatre, the Royal National Theatre and has international theatre commissions from the Theater and Philharmonie, Essen and Tonnelgroep, Amsterdam. He is also developing original television work for Talkback Thames and Touchpaper TV. Awards include the 2001 Pearson Award for Best Play, for Port; the 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play for On the Shore of the Wide World and the 2009 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production for Punk Rock. In 2007 Simon was voted Best Foreign Playwright by German Critics in Theater Heute's annual poll.
Shelagh Stephenson's play The Memory of Water premiered at the Hampstead Theater, and transferred to the West End (Olivier Award) before arriving at Manhattan Theatre Club. Other plays include An Experiment with an Air Pump(Royal Exchange, Manchester, Hampstead Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club; Peggy Ramsay Award), Five Kinds of Silence (Hammersmith Lyric), Ancient Lights (Hampstead Theatre), Mappa Mundi (National Theatre) andEnlightenment (Abbey Theatre). Before You Go, her feature adaptation of ‘The Memory of Water' was filmed in 2001, directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Julie Walters. Shelagh has been commissioned by Live Theatre, the Hampstead Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club and the Atlantic Theater Company. TV credits include "Casualty," an adaptation of Frances Fyfield's Shadow Play (Arrowhead/ITV). Recent film and TV commissions include Not a Love Story for Headline/C4, Lifes a Dream for Headline/BBC and Dragon Ladies for Lime Pictures.
Sarah Treem’s A Feminine Ending premiered at Playwrights Horizons and went on to productions at South Coast Repertory and Portland Center Stage, among others. Her play The How and the Why premiered at the McCarter Theater starring Mercedes Ruehl (with Emily Mann directing) and went on to productions at Interact Theatre and Trinity Repertory among others. Treem’s other plays include Orphan Island (Sundance Theater Lab) and Human Voices (New York Stage and Film). Her newest play Useless Bay was also developed at the Sundance Theater Lab. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons and South Coast Repertory and developed work at the Ojai Playwrights Festival, the Screenwriters Colony, Hedgebrook and Yaddo. In addition to her theater career, Treem wrote and produced all three seasons of the acclaimed HBO series “In Treatment,” for which she won a WGA award and was nominated for a Humanitas award. She was also a writer/producer for the HBO series "How To Make It In America." Treem is presently writing and producing the first season of David Fincher’s “House of Cards” for Netflix, starring Kevin Spacey. She has taught playwriting at Yale University, where she earned her B.A. and M.F.A.
Catherine Trieschmann's plays include The Bridegroom of Blowing Rock (Williamstown Theatre's L. Arnold Weissberger award), Before the Fire, crooked, The World of Others and Hot Georgia Sunday. Her work has been produced Off-Broadway at the Women's Project, London's Bush Theatre, Florida Stage, the Summer Play Festival, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Theatre in the Square, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as developed with LARK, LAByrinth, Williamstown, Florida Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, and the Dallas Theatre Center, among others. Her plays are published by Samuel French, Methuen, and Smith & Kraus. Originally from Athens, Georgia, she currently resides in a small town in western Kansas, where she's working on a commission for South Coast Repertory Theatre and a screenplay adaptation of the novel Angel's Crest for Process Media.
John Walch's full-length plays include The Dinosaur Within, Circumference of a Squirrel, The Nature of Mutation, Jesting With Edged Tools, Craving Gravy or Love in the Time of Cannibalism and Alice Threw the Looking Glass. His plays have been produced at The Mark Taper Forum, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Kitchen Dog Theatre, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Off-Broadway at Urban Stages. His work has been developed or commissioned through the Public Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Playwrights' Center/PlayLabs, the Mark Taper Forum and the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London. Awards include: Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays; the American Theatre Critics Association's Osborn Award; the Charlotte Woolard Award from the Kennedy Center; the Marc Klein Playwriting Award; and three Austin Critic's Table Awards. He was a James Michener Fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at UT-Austin, where he earned his MFA in Playwriting. John served as artistic director of Austin Script Works and taught playwriting at UT-Austin/Michener Center for Writers, Florida State Univeristy and the Playwrights Workshop at University of Iowa. His plays are published through Playscripts and other works have appeared in anthologies including Humana Festival 2004: Complete Plays, Best Stage Scenes and Best Men's Stage Monologues.
Anne Washburn's plays include A Devil At Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers, The Ladies, The Internationalist, Little Bunny Foo Foo, The Small, Mr. Burns, and a transadaptation of Euripides' Oresetes. Her work has been or is scheduled to be produced by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, London's Gate Theatre, The Folger, NYC's Soho Rep, DC's Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, NYC's The Vineyard Theater, and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Guggenheim, a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo, and an Artslink travel grant to Hungary. She was a finalist for the 2011 Susan Smith Blackburn award. She is a member of 13P, an associated artist with The Civilians and New Georges, and an alumna of New Dramatists and is currently commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, and Yale Repertory.
Jason Wells has performed on stage at St. Louis Shakespeare Company, where he played the title role in Richard III; at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, American Theater Company and others. He played Jonesy in Steppenwolf's productions of Side Man in Chicago; Galway, Ireland; Melbourne, Australia; and Beaver Creek, Colorado. In the last few years, Jason has turned his hand to writing. His first screenplay, From Missouri, was accepted for development at the New Harmony Project 2002. His first play, Men of Tortuga, was a semi-finalist at the Sundance Theatre Labs 2004 and premiered at Asolo Repertory Theatre in 2006. His play Perfect Mendacity, commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, will also premiere at Asolo Repertory Theatre in 2009.
Michael West is an Irish writer who has written many plays in collaboration with The Corn Exchange, the acclaimed Irish theatre company. Freefall, which premiered at the 2009 Dublin Theatre Festival, won Best New Play at the Irish Theatre Awards and best Theatre Script at the Irish Playwrights and Screenwriters Guild. In 2010, Freefall toured to Edinburgh, Wiesbaden and Mexico; in Ireland it played at Galway and the Abbey Theatre. His next collaboration with the company will be Man of Valour which will premiere in the summer of 2011. Previous work with The Corn Exchange includes Dublin By Lamplight, which toured internationally in 2007; Everyday which was performed at the Dublin Theatre Festival in 2006; Foley, performed by Andrew Bennett in Ireland, Europe and the USA; an adaptation of Lolita, in a co-production with the Abbey; and The Seagull. He has translated or adapted many texts, includingDeath and The Ploughman which has been directed by Christian Schiaretti of the TNP in Lyon, and Anne Bogart for SITI company in the USA. He has written the libretto for Ahakista, an opera by Jürgen Simpson to be premiered in Canada in 2013. He is currently Adjunct Lecturer in Drama at Trinity College Dublin and teaches playwriting for Tisch/NYU in Dublin.
Beau Willimon's play, Farragut North, had its world premiere this fall at the Atlantic Theater in New York, and his feature adaptation of the play is set up at Warner Brothers, with Smoke House and Appian Way producing. His play,Lower Ninth, recently ran at The Flea Theater. He is also writing A Tale of Two Cities for Warners and DiCaprio and The Jury for Fox 2000. He is a recipient of the Lila Acheson Wallace Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, the Lincoln Center Le Compte du Nuoy Award. Willimon holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University.
Bess Wohl’s plays have been produced or developed at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, The Cape Cod Theatre Project, People’s Light and Theatre, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Northlight Theatre, TheatreWorks New Works Festival, The Geffen Playhouse, Ojai Playwright's Conference, and The Pioneer Theatre. She is currently at work on Pretty Filthy, an original musical, in collaboration with the composer/lyricist Michael Friedman and The Civilians. She is also writing a screenplay adaptation of the bestselling novel The Luxe for Paramount Pictures and an original television pilot for USA. Her screenplay adaptation of her play In was included on Hollywood's Black List of best scripts, and she has developed original television pilots for Fox and HBO. Her work has been supported by a MacDowell Fellowship, PlayPenn, the Sewanee Writer's Conference, and she is a member of the Ars Nova Play Group. She has been the recipient of new play commissions from The Center Theatre Group and The Pioneer Theatre. She is a graduate of Harvard and earned her MFA from the Yale School of Drama.
Anna Ziegler's BFF premiered Off-Broadway (W.E.T. at the DR2). Other plays include Photograph 51 (Ensemble Studio Theatre; Vermont Stage Company; Theater J; Fountain Theatre; STAGE award 2009); Dov and Ali(Playwrights Realm at the Cherry Lane, Theatre 503 in London, Chester Theater); Life Science (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep); Evening All Afternoon (New Georges); and Novel (SPF). Her work has been commissioned by Virginia Stage Company and New Georges, where she is an affiliated artist, and developed at Manhattan Theatre Club, The McCarter Theatre, Primary Stages, The New Group, Ars Nova, TheatreWorks, The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, The Sundance Theatre Lab, The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Rattlestick Theatre, The Old Vic New Voices program, The Cape Cod Theatre Project, The Geva Theatre Center, The Playwright's Center PlayLabs Festival, and Epic Theatre Ensemble. She is the recipient of a 2011 Tribeca Film Institute/Sloan grant to adapt her play Photograph 51 into a film; Ari Handel, Darren Aronofsky, Audrey Rosenberg and Rachel Weisz are producers. Ziegler received her BA from Yale University and MFA from The Tisch School of the Arts. She is the winner of the 2010 Douglas T. Ward Playwriting Prize, awarded by Tisch.