(BOSTON) — Huntington Theatre Company announces the 2011 — 2013 cohorts of Huntington Playwriting Fellows: John ADEkoje, Eleanor Burgess, and David Valdes Greenwood. This artistically diverse group of writers began their two-year residency in September. They follow in the footsteps of renowned past Huntington Playwriting Fellows Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly), Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro (Before I Leave You), Kirsten Greenidge (the upcoming The Luck of the Irish), Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew), and Ronan Noone (The Athiest, Brendan), to name a few.
Through the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program, the Huntington fosters the talents of local playwrights at all stages of their careers from emerging talents to established professionals and encourages and facilitates conversations among Boston's playwriting community. Fellows are awarded two-year residencies during which they are provided a modest grant, participate in a bi-weekly writers' collective, and benefit from access to the artistic staff and to the resources of the Huntington. The three 2011 — 2013 Fellows were selected from among 60 applicants. The Huntington Playwriting Fellows program is supported by the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays and the Harry Kondoleon Playwriting Fund.
John Oluwole ADEkoje's short play Cry Baby Jones was part of GRIMM (Company One) and was nomainted for an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award for Best New Play. He was also nominated for two IRNEs for his play Love Jones. Mr. ADEkoje is a National Award winner of the Kennedy Center ACTF — Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting award for his play Street Hawker, as well as the winner of the National Triennial New Play Competition. He was recently commissioned to write a new play by the Boston Black Theater Collective. He is a recipient of the Brother Thomas Fellowship for this documentary film, Street Soldiers, for which he won the Emerging Filmmakers Award by the Roxbury International Film Festival. Street Soldiers has been shown at the Pan African Film Festival at Cannes, France, and the World Film Festival in Montreal, Canada. He is currently editing his feature film, Knockaround Kids. Mr. Adekoje is a proud recipient of the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship. He is currently a Playwright in Residence at Company One and UMass Boston and a faculty member in the theatre department at Boston Arts Academy where he teaches playwriting, filmmaking, and directing.
Eleanor Burgess is a playwriting fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company and an alumna of the writers' group at the Arcola Theatre in London. Her work has also been read or developed at the Vineyard Theatre, New Georges, Broad Horizons, and Reverie Productions. She is a native of Brookline, Massachusetts and an alumna of Yale College.
David Valdes Greenwood is the author of a dozen plays produced across the US and UK including Wandaleria, Brave Navigator, published by Baker Plays and winner of the Midwest Theatre Network National New Play Contest, and Paradise of Earthworms, commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre. His plays have been staged at the Humana Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, City Theatre, Venture Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, and Emerson College, with readings presented by New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Stage, New Jersey Rep, Blue Coyote, Immediate Theatre, Theater Offensive, Boston TheatreWorks, and Centastage. His short plays Dream of Jeannie-by-the-Door and Day Either: Snow Globe have been anthologized. He is a Brother Thomas Fellow, a two-time Sloan Commission recipient, and a finalist for both the National New Play Network Smith Prize and a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant. As a prose writer, he is the author of three books and a Huffington Post blogger. He teaches at Tufts University.
"Being part of the Huntington Playwriting Fellows allows me to connect with others who are diligently pursuing their craft, while allowing all of us to have dialogue about our work, so that it need not be created in a vacuum," says Valdes Greenwood. "I look forward to creating new work, exploring in-process works from new angles, and continuing to explore ways in which stage plays make the most of the theatrical space and devices and are not simply mirrors of material for other mediums."
Past Huntington Playwriting Fellows are leaders of the local community whose plays have been produced on the Huntington's stages and throughout the country. They are:
- 2010 — 2012 Cohort: Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro (Before I Leave You), Miranda Craigwell (The Strongest Shape), Lawrence Goodman (The Disappearance of the Jews), and Masha Obolensky (Not Enough Air)
- 2009 — 2011 Cohort: Patrick Gabridge (Pieces of Whitey), Ryan Landry, Martha Jane Kauffman
- 2007 — 2009 Cohort: Kirsten Greenidge (The Luck of the Irish), Jacqui Parker (Jeanie Don't Sing No Mo'), Ken Urban (The Happy Sad), and Joyce Van Dyke (The Oil Thief)
- 2005 — 2007 Cohort: Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly), Rebekah Maggor (Shakespeare's Actresses in America), John Shea (The Hill), and Kate Snodgrass (The Glider)
- 2003 — 2005 Cohort: John Kuntz (Jasper Lake), Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew), Ronan Noone (The Athiest, Brendan), and Sinan Ünel (The Cry of the Reed)
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Since its founding in 1982, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston's leading theatre company. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is in residence at Boston University. For more information, visit huntingtontheatre.org.