Nako Ama Adodoadji ‘18 Awarded Fellowship to The Orchard Project

July 11, 2018

Headshot of Nako AdodoadjiAlumna, Nako Ama Adodoadji '18, who concentrated in Playwriting at Columbia, will be one of six fellows participating in the The Orchard Project's inaugural Episodic Lab this summer. The Lab is a two-week program that will run from July 10th-23rd, and will help up-and-coming writers develop television and episodic content. The program will include mentorship with seasoned television showrunners and producers, creative story meetings, pitching sessions, collaboration sessions and an opportunity to present new work to TV executives. According to The Orchard Project’s website, the goal for fellows to “hone their skills, have the time and space to accelerate their work, and participate in intimate discussions about how to best bring their content to life within the episodic form,” as well as to form valuable connections in the television industry.


Adodoadji begun working on the pilot which got her into The Lab as a student of Assistant Professor in the Theatre and Film programs, Blair Singer. A playwright and television writer, Professor Singer’s most notable plays include Matthew Modine Saves the Alpacas and Notice Me. He has written for TV shows such as Weeds and Monk, among others, as well as Youth and Consequences for YouTube Red. For the web, he has written for The Suffersons and lonelygirl15.


According to Broadway World, Adodoadji’s pilot, Crack’d, follows “Allison [who] thinks she's going crazy when she sees Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet, Anne Shirley, and Janie Crawford in her town. But she soon discovers that she's not the only one who can see the fictional characters as something dark and supernatural overtakes her hometown.”


At Columbia, Adodoadji authored the play, Kill Hamlet, which was performed this past year. Other plays include, A Lonely Light, “was presented in the 2015 Women Playwrights International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, and the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival,” and Protest, which was a finalist for the 2017 Downtown Urban Arts Festival, according to her bio. Currently, she is developing a solo show titled, The Celibate Life.