Playwrights in Residence

Playwrights in Residence 2018-2019

Martyna Majok has been named the 2018-2019 Playwright in Residence at the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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

Martyna Majok
Martyna Majok { pronounced MY-oak } was born in Bytom, Poland and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Martyna was awarded the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cost of Living (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club). Other plays include Sanctuary City (New York Theatre Workshop), Queens (LCT3/Lincoln Center, La Jolla Playhouse), and Ironbound (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Round House, WP Theatre/Rattlestick, Geffen Playhouse, and other theatres in America and abroad). Awards include The Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding New Play, The Dramatists Guild's Lanford Wilson Award, The Lilly Awards' Stacey Mindich Prize, The Greenfield Prize (first female recipient in drama), Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical at The Helen Hayes Awards, The Ashland New Plays Festival Women’s Invitational Prize, The Kennedy Center's Jean Kennedy Smith Award, Marin Theatre’s David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project Prize, National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, two Jane Chambers Feminist Playwriting Prizes, and The Merage Foundation Fellowship for the American Dream.

Commissions from The Public, Lincoln Center, The Bush Theatre in London, The Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Publications by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, TCG, and Smith & Kraus. Residencies at Sundance Theatre Lab in Morocco, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The Vineyard Arts Project with The Public Theatre, Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fuller Road, Marble House Project, and Ragdale. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama, The Juilliard School. She has taught playwriting at Williams College, Wesleyan University, SUNY Purchase, Primary Stages ESPA, NJRep, and as an assistant to Paula Vogel at Yale. Alumna of EST's Youngblood and Women's Project Lab. Martyna is a Core Writer at Playwrights Center and a member of The Dramatists Guild, The Writers Guild of America East, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Usual Suspects. Martyna was a 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence and the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. She is a 2018-2019 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University.

Playwrights In Residence 2017-2018

Sarah DeLappe

Sarah Delappe's play The Wolves premiered Off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm, following an engagement at New York Stage and Film, and development at Clubbed Thumb and Great Plains Theatre Conference. The Wolves received the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; the Yale Drama Series Prize; and the Pulitzer Prize. DeLappe is the Page One Playwright for The Playwrights Realm and has been a resident artist at the Sitka Fellows Program and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Past affiliations: Clubbed Thumb's Early Career Writers' Group, New Georges Audrey Residency. Current: Ars Nova's Play Group, Resident Playwright at LCT3.

Max Posner
Max Posner. Playwrights Horizons debut: The Treasurer. New York: Judy (Page 73), Sisters on the Ground (NYU), Snore (Juilliard), Gun Logistics (Drama League). Awards: Helen Merrill Emerging Playwright Award, Heideman Award, two Lecomte du Nouy Awards from Lincoln Center. Two-time MacDowell Colony Fellow, Sundance Institute Theatre Fellow, P73 Fellow, former Writer-In-Residence at Williamstown. TV: Contributor to John Early’s episode of The Characters (Netflix). Libretto: Sixty Seven (Brooklyn Youth Chorus with composer Ellis Ludwig Leone). Alum: Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, Ars Nova Playgroup, The Working Farm at SPACE. Frequent volunteer at Manhattan’s 52nd Street Project. Recently graduated from the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Max was born and raised in Denver and lives in Brooklyn.

Playwrights in residence 2016—2017

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

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.