Alumni and Students Win Columbia’s 2018 New Play Reading Series

September 12, 2018

Current Playwriting students Andy Boyd, Jay Stull, and Alumna Kristin Slaney '16 were named winners of Columbia@Roundabout’s 2018 New Play Reading Series. Boyd, Stull, and Slaney will receive readings of their plays from September 24th-27th at Roundabout’s Rehearsal Hall, along with mentorship by faculty members David Henry Hwang, Lynn Nottage, and Charles L. Mee, and a cash prize.


Headshot of Andy BoydAndy Boyd’s play, Os Confederados, follows “a small group of men and women who immigrate to Brazil following defeat in the Civil War,” and will showcase on September 24th. Boyd has written the plays, Acres of Diamonds, which won Harvard’s Phyllis Anderson Prize, She Shall Be Praised, and Bitch: A Play About Antigone, which was performed at Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, D.C. Currently, Boyd is at work “on a play about the creation of Diego Rivera’s Detroit industry murals in the context of the tumultuous labor battles of the Great Depression.”


Headshot of Jay StullJay Stull is a playwright, director, and educator. His play, Undone, is “a portrait of two friends whose decade-long relationship is fractured by schizophrenia,” and will be performed on September 27th. He has directed numerous plays including, As Far As the Day Goes and Take Me Back, by Jenny Schwartz, and Noah Mease's Omega Kids, among many others. This summer, Stull “directed and co-authored the book for Lucky In That Way, a mini-docu-musical” as an Artist-in-Residence with the theater group, The Civilians, and New York City Center, a theater located in midtown Manhattan.


Headshot of Kristin SlaneyHockey Messiah by Kristin Slaney ‘16 is about “a 13-year-old hockey prodigy and his unlikely friendship with a girl in his neighborhood,” and will be performed on September 26th. Slaney is apart of “the Obie-award winning playwriting group, Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and her plays have been produced and developed by many places, including The Flea Theater, The Tank, Ugly Rhino,” among many others. Her most recent plays include, Agora, Welcome Week, and Un-Utero.