The HUMANITAS PLAY LA Workshop has chosen six Los Angeles-based playwrights, whose original stage works it will help develop over the next year. More than 200 writers applied to participate in the program, which is now in its third year. Each playwright will receive a $1,500 stipend and access to guidance from theatre, film and television professionals throughout the year as they craft a new play. The plays will be presented in April 2017 at the HUMANITAS PLAY LA Festival of New Works, produced in conjunction with six celebrated local theatres: Circle X Theatre Company, IAMA Theatre Company, Playwright’s Arena, The Road Theatre Company, Rogue Machine Theatre and the Skylight Theatre Company.

“Choosing from among this year’s many extraordinarily gifted entrants was no easy task,” said award-winning playwright and screenwriter Shem Bitterman, who founded PLAY LA in 2015 and serves as its director. “These six writers are representative of the incredible diversity and depth of talent that make Los Angeles the entertainment capital of the world.”

“PLAY LA’s first two seasons have been hugely successful in fostering new works by exceptional playwrights and the program continues to grow under Shem’s leadership,” said HUMANITAS President Ali LeRoi. “We have another great crop of writers this year and we are very excited to see their plays develop under the guidance of their mentors.”

“The goal of PLAY LA is to provide L.A.-based playwrights with the support and advice they need to create and produce compelling new works,” said HUMANITAS Executive Director, Cathleen Young. “The result is a win for the writers, theatergoers, and members of Hollywood’s film and television industry, for whom it provides a chance to discover exciting new storytelling talent.”

The six selected writers are as follows:

Patrick Burleigh is a screenwriter and playwright from Los Angeles. He has written screenplays for Dreamworks, Prana, Lin Pictures, Anonymous Content and Archer Gray, among others. His plays have been seen and heard at Atlantic Theater Company, The Blank Theater, The Echo, New York Stage & Film, Naked Angels, Edinburgh Fringe and Dublin Fringe. He was educated at Dartmouth and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

Sigrid Gilmer makes black comedies that are historically bent, totally perverse, joyfully HUMANITAS PLAY LA Selects Six Writers for 2017 2 irreverent and are concerned with issues of identity, pop culture and contemporary American society. Her work has been performed at the Skylight Theatre, Pavement Group, Know Theatre of Cincinnati, Cornerstone Theater Company and Highways Performance Space. She is a winner of the Map Fund Creative Exploration Grant, the James Irving Foundation Fellowship and is a USA Ford Fellow in Theatre.

Corey Hinkle won the 2015 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville for his play, “This Quintessence of Dust,” which premiered at the Humana Festival. He is also the recipient of two Jerome fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant. In Los Angeles, he has developed plays with Moving Arts and the Playwrights Union.

Meg Miroshnik’s plays include “The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls” (Yale Rep, Alliance), “The Droll” (Undermain, Pacific Playwrights Festival), “The Tall Girls” (Alliance, O’Neill, La Jolla DNA Festival), and “Lady Tattoo” (Pacific Playwrights Festival). She is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center and the recipient of a Whiting Award. Upcoming projects include commissions for Steppenwolf and Yale Rep and a Marivaux adaptation for the Olney Theatre Center. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and is a founding member of The Kilroys.

Tatiana Suarez-Pico is a playwright and a screenwriter. Residencies and fellowships include: Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow at The Juilliard School, Dramatists Guild fellow, Royal Court Theatre fellow, Mary Louise Rockwell Scholar at ESPA/ Primary Stages, MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at The Kennedy Center and the Lark’s US/Mexico Exchange. Television credits include Parenthood, and A Series of Unfortunate Events. She earned an MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School/New School University.

Chelsea Sutton is a playwright and fiction writer. Her plays have been developed locally with Rogue Artists Ensemble, Skylight Theatre, The Vagrancy, and Brimmer Street Theatre. She has been a finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn Playwrights Conference, Ingram New Works Lab, Stanley Drama Award, Woodward/Newman Drama Award and Reva Shiner Comedy Award. She is a 2016 Emerging Voices Fellow with Pen Center USA.


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