Playwrights in Residence

Playwrights in residence 2016–2017

Lucas Hnath and Mia Rovegno have been named the 2016–2017 Playwrights in Residence at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Hnath and Rovegno will give workshops to student playwrights, work with the graduating actors, and engage with the whole theater program about their lives and works.

Mia Rovegno

Mia Rovegno is a Brooklyn-based director, playwright, and puppeteer who devises, adapts, and collaborates with living playwrights. The founding artistic director of HummingbirdWORKS, she has also performed with Redmoon Theater, foolsFURY, Shadowlight, Bread and Puppet Theater, and Intersection for the Arts. Her plays have been developed by P73, New Georges, Pataphysics, Culture Project, The Civilians, Perishable Theater, and foolsFURY.

Rovegno has directed new work for Soho Rep, Women’s Project, New York Theater Workshop, St Anne’s Warehouse, Berkeley Rep, The Civilians, The O’Neill, Ars Nova, Clubbed Thumb, New York Stage & Film, The Lark, Playwrights Realm, Atlantic Theater Company, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Labyrinth Theater Company, Bushwick Starr, JACK, Culture Project, TerraNOVA, Woodshed Collective, New Dramatists, Rising Phoenix, EST, Partial Comfort, The Amoralists, The Flea, Dixon Place, A.R.T., 2G, Personal Space Theatrics, IAMA, Lake George Theater Lab, Brown University/A.R.T. Institute, Harvard Playwrights Festival, Hangar Theatre, and Playwrights Rep. She is a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a Partial Comfort company member and an associate artist with The Civilians.

Rovegno is a recipient of the 2016 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the 2013 Audrey Artist Residency with New Georges, the P73 Yale Summer Residency, an invitation to the Pataphysics Silent Writer’s Retreat, a SDC Observership, and MTC’s Jonathan Alper Fellowship. She is a Drama League fellow and an alum of Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, The Civilians R & D Writers Group, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and Women’s Project Directors Lab. She has been nominated for the Ockrent Directing Fellowship and the O’Neill National Directors Fellowship, and was a finalist for the Beatrice Terry Drama League Residency. Rovegno received her BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern and MFA in Directing from Brown University. Former teaching fellow and guest lecturer at Brown and adjunct faculty at New College of California, she is currently a playwright in residence at the Rutgers University MFA Playwriting program and an assistant professor in the Hunter College Department of Theatre. Her recent production of The Way They Live (The Civilians) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was featured in the New Yorker’s Favorite Cultural Moments of 2015.

Lucas Hnath

 Lucas Hnath's plays include Hillary and Clinton, Red Speedo, The Christians, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, Isaac’s Eye, and Death Tax. His work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New Plays, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Gate Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre, Soho Rep, Traverse Theatre, and Victory Gardens. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He has received the Kesselring Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, and an Obie. His work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press.

Past Playwrights in Residence

Playwrights in residence 2015–2016

Madeleine George and Anne Washburn were the 2015–2016 Playwrights in Residence at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. George and Washburn gave workshops to student playwrights, worked with the graduating actors, and engaged with the theater program about their lives and work.

George and Washburn were part of 13P, a company of thirteen playwrights who proactively produced each other’s work. Through their collaboration, they introduced a new model that has been copied by many playwriting groups.

Anne Washburn

Washburn's plays include 10 out of 12, Mr. Burns, The Internationalist, A Devil At Noon, Apparition, The Communist Dracula Pageant, I Have Loved Strangers, The Ladies, The Small, and a transadaptation of Euripides' Orestes & Iphigenia in Aulis. Her work has been produced by 13P, Actors Theater of Louisville, The Almeida, American Repertory Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, Classic Stage Company, Clubbed Thumb, The Civilians, Dixon Place, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Folger, The Gate, The Guthrie, Playwrights Horizons, Red Eye, Soho Rep, Studio Theater, Two River Theater Company, Vineyard Theater, and Woolly Mammoth. Awards include a Whiting, a Guggenheim, a PEN/Laura Pels award,  a NYFA Fellowship, a Time Warner Fellowship, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, and residencies at MacDowell and Yaddo. She is an associated artist with The Civilians, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, Chochiqq, and is an alumna of New Dramatists and 13P. Currently commissioned by MTC and Yale Rep. Her play Antlia Pneumatica will premiere at Playwrights Horizons in the Spring of 2016.

Madeleine George

George's plays include The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence (Pulitzer Prize finalist; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award), Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist), Precious Little, and The Zero Hour (Jane Chambers Award, Lambda Literary Award finalist).  She's a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a founding member of the Obie-Award-winning playwrights' collective 13P (Thirteen Playwrights, Inc.).


Playwrights in residence 2014–2015

David Adjmi  and Christina Anderson were the 2014–2015 Playwrights in Residence at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

David Adjmi

Adjmi was called "virtuosic" by the New York Times, one of the "best and most original theatre artists of a generation" by Vogue, and one of the Top Ten in Culture by The New Yorker magazine.

His play Marie Antoinette received a critically acclaimed world premiere co-production with A.R.T. and Yale Rep. The play won three Connecticut Critics Circle Awards including Best Play. Marie Antoinette premiered in New York at Soho Rep and was produced at Steppenwolf, Woolly Mammoth, and other theaters.

3C received its world premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (with Rising Phoenix and Piece by Piece Productions) in June 2012, and was dubbed "revelatory" by the Times and “the most divisive and controversial play of the season” by the New York Post3C was selected as one of the top ten plays of 2012 by the New York Post, Time Out New York, and the Advocate.

Elective Affinities premiered at the Royal Shakespeare Company and received a US premiere at Soho Rep (with Rising Phoenix and Piece by Piece Productions) starring Zoe Caldwell.

Other plays include Stunning (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company), The Evildoers (Sundance, Yale Repertory Theatre), Caligula (Soho Rep Studio Series), and Strange Attractors (Empty Space).

Adjmi was awarded a Mellon Foundation Playwrights Residency, the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Kesselring Prize for Drama, the Steinberg Playwright Award (the “Mimi”), McKnight and Jerome fellowships, the Helen Merrill Award, the Marian Seldes-Garson Kanin Fellowship, the Fadiman Prize, and the Bush Artists Fellowship, among others. He is the recipient of residencies from the American Academy of Rome, the Bogliasco Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, Corporation of Yaddo, Ucross, and others. He holds commissions from Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, the Royal Court (UK), and the Center Theatre Group.

Adjmi has served on panels for the Luminato Festival, National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and others. He has taught workshops and seminars at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, Harvard University, Yale School of Drama, Rutgers University, Primary Stages, NYU, Mark Taper Forum, CalArts, Southampton Writers Conference, and the University of Rochester.

He is a member of New Dramatists, the Dramatists Guild, MCC Theater Playwrights’ Coalition, and Soho Theatre’s “The Hub.” A collection of Adjmi’s work, Stunning and Other Plays, is published by TCG, and his work is included in The Methuen Drama Book of New American Plays.

Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson’s plays include The Ashes Under Gait City, Good Goods, Man in Love, Blacktop Sky, Hollow Roots, How to Catch Creation, and Drip. Her work has appeared at The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Penumbra, Yale Rep, A.C.T., The Public Theater, Crowded Fire, and other theaters all over the country. American Theater Magazine selected Anderson as one of fifteen up-and-coming artists “whose work will be transforming America’s stages for decades to come.” For two consecutive years, her plays have appeared as one of the top recommendations on The Kilroy's List, an annual industry survey of excellent new works by female playwrights. Awards and honors include 2015/16 Aetna New Voices Fellow (Hartford Stage), 2011/12 Playwright-in-Residence at Magic Theater (National New Play Network), two PONY nominations, 2011 Woursell Prize Finalist (University of Vienna), National Playwrights’ Conference residency at the O’Neill, Schwarzman Legacy Scholarship awarded by Paula Vogel, two Susan Smith Blackburn nominations, Lorraine Hansberry Award (American College Theater Festival), Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship (New Dramatists), Wasserstein Prize nomination (Dramatists Guild), and Lucille Lortel Fellowship (Brown University). Born and raised in Kansas City, KS, Christina obtained her BA from Brown University and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama’s Playwriting Program. She’s an assistant professor of Playwriting at SUNY-Purchase College.