2018 Playwrights

In my time at Columbia University School of the Arts, I have never known such a consistently dedicated and collegial class of artists. Each is wildly talented, works incredibly hard, and has something important to say. Moreover, they have all embraced a central tenet of working in the theatre: the need to collaborate, to bring out the best in one's artistic partners, to make from the work of many, an even greater whole. I am so proud of them all. And, yes—they really do love each other. I am confident that getting to know these dramatists will be as thrilling an experience for you as it has been for me. Welcome to the future.

David Henry Hwang, Head of Playwriting

Theatre Playwright 2018

Nako Adodoadji is a writer, actor and multi-disciplinary artist. She has performed at The Wilma Theater, The Arden Theatre Company, The Prince Music Theater, InterAct Theatre Company, Writing is Live Festival at Brown University and The Philadelphia Fringe Festival. full profile 

Theatre Playwright 2018

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 

Theatre Playwright 2018

Andy Boyd is a playwright based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. His previous plays include Os Confederados, She Shall be Praised, and The Trade Federation, or, Let's Explore Globalization Through the Star Wars Prequels. full profile 

Theatre Playwright 2018

Nora Sørena Casey’s plays include Take the Car (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Resistance Training (Women-In-Theatre Festival), Waiting (Columbia Stages), Dreams of Malinche (Everyday Inferno), and Not Afraid (PowerOut). full profile 

Theatre Playwright 2018

Santino DeAngelo is a playwright, composer+lyricist, and producer of musical theater, plays, orchestra, ballet, and film. Described by the New York Times as having a “gift for engaging melodies”, Santino’s full length plays and musicals include Foolerie, Slow to Burn, and A Haunting. full profile 

Theatre Playwright 2018

Max Mondi is a writer based in New York. His plays include Maybe Tomorrow (winner of Overall Excellence in a Play at FringeNYC), House of Karen, and Personhood. His work has been produced and developed at The PIT, SoHo Playhouse, Under St. full profile 

Theatre Playwright 2018

Ayvaunn Penn is in the final year of her Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at Columbia University where she has the honor of being the School of the Arts Dean’s Fellowship recipient for the playwriting class of 2018. She is also a lyricist, composer, and director. full profile 

Theatre Playwright 2018

Credits include Into The Zone (directed by Ann Cooley) and Disarm at the Schapiro Theatre, Columbia University; Thank You For Your Service at The City College of New York; Into The Zone (Mandarin translation directed by Ann Cooley) at The Shanghai Theatre Academy, China. full profile 

Theatre Playwright 2018

Gina Stevensen is a playwright who embraces magic and myth to tell stories about gender, power, and identity. Her plays include Buck (Governor's Island '17 Residency), Cruel Sister (Columbia) and Book of Esther (Top Ten: 2017 Jewish Playwriting Contest, Semi-Finalist: 2016 Princess Grace Award). full profile 

Theatre Playwright 2018

Ed Wasserman is a New York City based playwright, currently pursuing his MFA at Columbia University. His plays include Dear Mr. Kappus, From Pilgrim Landing (Semi-Finalist, National Playwrights Conference 2016), Town Hall, Only Words, and Between Fire and Smoke. full profile 

Upcoming Events

New Plays Festival 2018 | Spring 2018

WED APRIL 4 - SAT MAY 12, 2018

Organized by David Henry Hwang, Theatre.

Featuring work by Nako Adodoadji, Melis Aker, Andy Boyd, Nora Sørena Casey, Santino DeAngelo, Max Mondi, Ayvaunn Penn, Gordon Penn, Gina Stevensen, and Ed Wasserman.

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