Alumna Daaimah Mubashshir Awarded MacDowell Fellowship

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18-Nov-16
School of the Arts playwrighting alumna Daaimah Mubashshir ‘15 was awarded a fall 2016 MacDowell Fellowship, alongside theater artists such as acclaimed playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, performance artist Alina Troyano, and the Obie-Award winning director and designer Jim Findlay. Previous MacDowell Fellowship recipients include Suzan-Lori Parks, Paula Vogel, and Thorton Wilder.
 
“I am so thrilled to be awarded a fellowship where some of my theatre and literary heros have spent time,” said Mubashshir. “As an emerging playwright, I am just so bowled over with joy that I get to write nonstop with no ‘day-job’ obligations that I can barely contain myself.”
 
The MacDowell Colony, founded in 1907, invites contemporary artists across seven disciplines to Peterborough, New Hampshire. Fellowships provide artists with a private studio, accommodations, and three meals a day for a period of up to eight weeks, with an average value of $10,000. The goal of the Colony is to allow artists the resources of time, space, support, and the beauty of the New Hampshire landscape to delve into their work.
 
“My first impulse was to finish all those ‘half drafts’ that I started while studying at Columbia. My second plan was to go deeper into rewrites of a project that was being developed at the top of 2016. That project got so difficult that I reached out to my mentors for advice,” Mubashshir said.  “Something Lynn Nottage (Faculty) said to me struck home: the best way to overcome a difficult project is to begin again on something new. I am heeding her sage words by using the MacDowell Colony Fellowship to focus on new work and new collaborations.”

Mubashshir’s upcoming projects include work on Everyday Afroplay, which will be staged in Brooklyn in April 2017, and a new project for New Georges in collaboration with Columbia director Tara Ahmadinejad ‘14.

Previously, Mubashshir’s work has been developed by The Bushwick Starr, Going to The River Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Fire This Time Festival, JACK, and Rising Circle Theatre Collective. Her School of the Arts thesis play, Rum for Sale, was a Finalist Prize in the Columbia University/Roundabout Theatre Underground Reading Series.

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