Johnny G. Lloyd (left) Gethsemane Herron-Coward (right)

Gethsemane Herron-Coward ’19 and Johnny G. Lloyd ’20 Named 2022 Ars Nova Play Group Residents

BY Emma Schillage, February 3, 2022

Two Columbia Playwriting alumni, Gethsemane Herron-Coward ’19 and Johnny G. Lloyd ’20, were selected to participate in this year's Ars Nova Play Group Residency.


The Play Group is a two year residency in which members become a part of the Ars Nova Resident Artist community. The artists involved participate in biweekly meetings where they share new work and receive feedback from their Play Group colleagues. The members receive dramaturgical support and artistic networking advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff and  attend Ars Nova shows, Resident Artists mixers, and shows by Play Group alums around the city. Residents will take part in two Play Group writing retreats and have the opportunity to develop one of their plays in a workshop that can culminate in a public reading.

Gethsemane Herron-Coward is a poet-playwright from Washington, D.C. She has developed work with JAG Productions, The Hearth, Magic Time @ Judson, The Ice Factory Festival at the New Ohio Theatre and Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem. She is an alumna of 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, VONA and The Fire This Time Festival. She has received residencies from The Virginia Center of the Creative Arts and the Millay Colony, where she was the recipient of the Yasmin Scholarship. She was also a Semi-Finalist for the Many Voices Fellowship at Playwright’s Center, the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, Rising Circle INK TANK and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. She was a finalist for the SPACE on Ryder Farm residency program and the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. 

Johnny G. Lloyd is a New York-based writer and producer. His work has been seen and developed at Second Stage Theater, Clubbed Thumb, 59E59, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, JAGFest (White River Junction, VT), TheatreLab (Boca Raton, FL), and more. Recent plays include Or, An Astronaut Play (Co-Production, InVersion Theatre & The Tank), The Problem With Magic Is: (Winner: Bay Area Playwrights Festival), and Patience (New Voices Reading Series, Second Stage Theater). Johnny has collaborated as a writer with companies such as Theater in Quarantine and SalonSeance. Previously, he was a member of the 2020-2021 Clubbed Thumb Early-Career Writers Group and 2019-2020 Liberation Theatre Company’s Writing Residency. He is the Director of Artistic Development at The Tank and Producing Director for InVersion Theatre.