New York, NY – The Playwrights Realm has announced its 2022-23 Writing fellows, as well as the members of its Scratchpad Playwright program and its first-ever Native American Artists Lab.
The Writing Fellows program is comprised of four early-career playwrights who each receive a stipend, resources, workshops, and other artistic support as they develop a new play over the course of nine months. The 2022-23 fellows are Andrea Ambam (Fragile State), Alyssa Haddad-Chin (The Ancestry Dot Com Play), Jesse Jae Hoon (Somebody is Looking Back At Me), and Alex Lin (LASTHUNTER). At the end of the nine months, each artist will present their work at the INK’D Festival.
The 2022-23 Scratchpad playwrights are Anamaria Guerzon (SKIN), Ankita Raturi (No One Plays Badminton in America), and Christopher Washington (The Facts are as Follows). The program offers early-career playwrights access to collaborators and professional guidance, along with “a paid developmental process of up to one week culminating in a reading of the play.”
The inaugural Native American Artist Lab cohort includes Sean-Joseph Choo (The Isle is Full of Noises) and Moki Bear Eagle (IGMU kiŋ na PAHA kiŋ). The chosen artists will each receive artistic mentorship and design consultation, as well as a stipend for housing and transportation costs for participation in the readings held at the conclusion of the lab. Finalists were chosen by Madeline Sayet, Vickie Ramirez, and Rhiana Yazzie.
“As we proudly announce the incredible, dynamic artists that will be joining us in 2022-2023 in Writing Fellows, Scratchpad, and Native American Artists Lab programs, we’re excited to simultaneously be expanding our support for aspiring playwrights,” said Founding Artistic Director Katherine Kovner in a statement. “If someone says ‘I'm interested in being a playwright,’ we want The Realm to be their first resource. Our goal is to have a wealth of content generated by professional playwrights and theater artists and Realm staff, free-of-charge, and totally accessible—no need to apply or subscribe.”
The Playwrights Realm will also launch a new program, Aspiring Playwrights, this fall with online articles, filmed classes, and a new round of Script Share. For more information, visit PlaywrightsRealm.org.