Columbia Alumnus and Staff Member Clarence Coo '10 Receives Playwriting Fellowship

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Theater Program alumnus and Writing Program Administrator Clarence Coo ’10 has been named a 2016-2017 Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow. The Playwrights Realm is an “Off-Broadway company dedicated to producing early career writers,” according to the publication American Theater, and it has been awarding fellowships to groups of three to four playwrights annually since 2009. The other 2016-2017 Writing Fellows are Liza Birkenmeier, Patricia Ione Lloyd, and Donja Love.

Over the course of their fellowships each of the Realm Writing Fellows will develop a new play, with financial and professional-development support from the Realm. According to the Realm web site, “Mentor-opportunities, meet-and-greets, and professional workshops are designed to shed light on the business side of theater and empower the Fellows to be active, informed participants in their own writing careers.” At the end of their fellowships, the playwrights will read at the Realm’s annual INK’d Festival, a public event set to take place in April.

Theater Program alumnus Jason Gray Platt ’10 was named a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow in 2013.

Since graduating from Columbia Coo has received several awards and fellowships. He won the 2012 Yale Drama Series Prize for his play Beautiful Province and has been a Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at the Lark theater, as well as a Dramatists Guild Fellow. He is currently a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, a resident playwright at New Dramatists, and a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab.

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