Current Students Melis Aker '18 and Nana Dakin '18 Receive NYTW 2050 Artistic Fellowships

April 9, 2018

Melis Aker '18 (Playwriting) and Nana Dakin '18 (Directing) have been announced as two of the New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellows. NYTW will welcome a total of six new fellows for the 2018/19 season to the 2050 Artistic Fellowship Program, that has been supporting emerging artists for 20 years. The 2050 Fellowship is a yearlong residency for emerging playwrights and directors that “provides a space for experimentation, artistic and administrative support, and mentorship,” according to NYTW


The 2050 Fellowship is named in celebration of the U.S. Census Bureau’s projection that by the year 2050, there will be no single racial or ethnic majority in the United States. "This program exists to support the diversity of voices and aesthetics that will make up this new minority majority. The 2050 Fellows are early career artists who, with their unique voices, give us perspective on the world in which we live; and who challenge us all to contend with this changing world,” according to the organization's website. 


For more information about the application process for the NYTW 2050 Artistic Fellowships click here


Nana Dakin is a Thai-American director of new plays, classics and devised performance. Having grown up in multiple countries, Nana’s work is driven by a great curiosity and empathy for diverse cultural and sociopolitical realities. full profile

Melis Aker (Playwright) is an actor, writer and musician from Turkey, and will be a NYTW 2050 Fellow in the fall. Among her plays are, Field, Awakening, Manar, 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter [Part I], and Azul, Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited].  full profile