Page 73 Announces 2024 Playwriting Fellowship Finalists
L-R: jose sebastian alberdi, Stacey Rose, Elinor T Vanderburg, Forest Malley
L-R: jose sebastian alberdi, Stacey Rose, Elinor T Vanderburg, Forest Malley

Brooklyn, NY Page 73 has announced the four finalists for its 21st annual Playwriting Fellowship: jose sebastian alberdi*, Forest Malley*, Stacey Rose*, and Elinor T Vanderburg. The 2024 Fellow and 2024 Interstate 73 writers group will be announced in January.

The Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship is the company’s most prestigious award, annually supporting a playwright who has yet to have a professional premiere in New York City. Past recipients include Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Heidi Schreck*, and Obie winners Clare Barron* and Kirsten Greenidge*. The 2023 Playwriting Fellow is Majkin Holmquist. Each Fellow receives an honorarium and development support from Page 73, which can be personalized to support the Fellow’s proposed project and can include such expenses as research, workshop and reading presentations, and fees for collaborating artists. Each Fellow works with Page 73 on at least one public presentation of a new play, including identifying artistic collaborators like directors, designers, and actors. 

In September, Page 73 announced that it is doubling the honorarium for its Playwriting Fellows and increasing the stipend for its Interstate 73 Writers.

(* denotes Dramatists Guild member)

jose sebastian alberdi is a New York-based Mexican-Basque-American playwright originally from California. sebastian was a 2023 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference playwright with his play bogfriends and has developed work with The Orchard Project, the Huntington Theatre Company, SpeakEasy Stage, Exquisite Corpse Company, Breaking & Entering Theatre Collective, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Teatro Chelsea. MFA from New York University, BA from Northeastern University.

Forest Malley is a Brooklyn-based playwright, poet and performer from a notoriously witchy town in Massachusetts. His work explores memory, migration, queerness, God (or the lack thereof), divas, and his Middle Eastern heritage. He was one of seven winners of the 2022 Theater Masters short play festival and a finalist for the 2023 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference for his play Gidou. Forest recently received his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and received his B.A. from Harvard University in 2020 in the study of the history and literature of the Arab world.

Stacey Rose hails from Elizabeth, NJ and Charlotte, NC, respectively. She is a writer for stage, television, and film. Her theatrical work has been presented at: The Fire This Time Festival, The Lark, National Black Theatre, Pillsbury House Theater, Barrington Stage Company, and Kansas City Rep. Stacey has held fellowships/residencies with The Dramatists Guild, The Playwrights' Center, Sundance Theatre Lab, and The Goodman Theatre. She has had three plays featured on the Kilroys list. Stacey is a recipient of a 2019 Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Women's Commissioning Grant in partnership with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Stacey's work celebrates and explores Blackness, Black identity, Black history, body politics, and the dilemma of life as the “other.”

Elinor T Vanderburg writes plays for and about misfits, creating troubled chimerical landscapes populated by dark-humored antiheroes. She is a co-creative director of Fresh Ground Pepper and one half of the illusory theater company, underlords, alongside her partner, Drew. Elinor has recently written and developed work with SheNYC Arts, Exquisite Corpse Company, and The Actor’s Studio. Born in DC, Elinor lives and works in Bushwick, Brooklyn with Drew, their child, Zara, and their two calicos, Poppy and Mirri.