Paola Lazaro-Muñoz Receives Residency Through Tow Foundation Grant

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The Atlantic Theatre Company has selected Paola Lazaro-Muñoz ’13 to be its Tow Playwright-in-Residence as part of the Tow Foundation’s 2016–17 playwright residency program. The program, which provides $75,000 to six New York City theatre companies in support of a selected playwright, offers a full-time salary for each resident and culminates in a full production of one of their plays by their respective sponsor theatre company.

The six theaters who received grants were selected by the Tow Foundation after two competitive application rounds. The other recipients of the grant include Ars Nova, which selected Rachel Bonds as its Playwright-in-Residence; Clubbed Thumb, which selected Jaclyn Backhaus; Roundabout Theatre Company, which selected Jenny Rachel Weiner; Page 73 Productions, which selected Caroline V. McGraw; and 2econd Stage Theatre, which selected Chisa Hutchinson.

“Our primary goal is to provide a transformational opportunity to spend a year focused on their writing,” said Emily Tow Jackson, Executive Director and President of the Tow Foundation. “Promising playwrights need time and space to create their work, the support and mentorship of a professional theater company, and ultimately to see their work produced. We hope this residency will enhance their ability to navigate with confidence the multi-faceted, highly competitive world of professional theater.”

Lázaro-Muñoz was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition to her MFA from Columbia, she holds a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from SUNY Purchase College. Her plays include Tell Hector I Miss Him, Contigo and more. She was part of the 2015 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and is the recipient of an Arts Entertainment Scholarship Award from the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts for the pilot episode of her TV show, Trópico. She is also an actress who has appeared in To the Bone at Cherry Lane Theatre (2015 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress) and John, Who's Here from Cambridge at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Recently, Lázaro-Muñoz was also selected to participate in the Sundance Institute’s pilot Theatre Lab in MENA, held in Morocco in May.
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