(BOSTON) -- Huntington Theatre Company announces its 2012-2014 cohort of Huntington Playwriting Fellows: Lila Rose Kaplan, Walt McGough, and Lenelle Moïse. This artistically diverse group of writers began their two-year residency in September. They follow in the footsteps of renowned past Huntington Fellows Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly), Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro (Before I Leave You), Kirsten Greenidge (The Luck of the Irish), Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew), Ronan Noone (The Atheist, Brendan), and Ryan Landry (the upcoming “M”) 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. Select Fellows are invited to participate in the Huntington’s Summer Workshop, a two-week new work retreat funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The three 2012-2014 Fellows were selected from more than 50 applicants. The Huntington Playwriting Fellows program is supported by the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays, the Harry Kondoleon Playwriting Fund, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Lila Rose Kaplan writes bittersweet comedies that delve into the mysteries of human relationships. Her play Wildflower made its Off-Broadway debut in 2009 at Second Stage Uptown and was published by Dramatists Play Service. Her other works include We All Fall Down, Home of the Brave, 100 Planes, Entangled, Bureau of Missing Persons, and Tink. Her plays have been seen and/or developed at Second Stage, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Vic, Chalk Rep, Perishable Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Theatreworks, PlayPenn, and The Lark. Awards include The National Science Award in Playwriting, The International Women’s Playwriting Award, The Shank Playwriting Fellowship, and the I.J. Kapstein Award in Playwriting. She was selected as an Old Vic/New Voices T.S. Eliot Exchange Playwright, and one of her short plays debuted at the Old Vic in London 2010. Ms. Kaplan has been in residence at Cornerstone Theatre Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. She is a graduate of Brown University and received her MFA in Playwriting from UC San Diego. She has taught at UC Santa Barbara, Westmont College, Dartmouth College, and Primary Stages. Ms. Kaplan lives in Cambridge and will be teaching at Lesley University and The Gamm Theatre this coming year. She is a proud founding member of The Playwrights Union in Los Angeles. www.lilarose.org
Walt McGough’s plays The Farm and Priscilla Dreams the Answer (recently published by Playscripts) are past Independent Reviewers of New England Award nominees. He has worked around the country with Boston Playwrights Theatre, Fresh Ink, Boston Actors Theatre, Sideshow Theatre Company, The Orfeo Group, Nu Sass Productions, Chicago Dramatists, and The Second City Chicago. Mr. McGough was the 2011 recipient of the Best Comedy Award from the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC and was named one of The Boston Globe’s 2012 Artists on the Rise. He received the Kennedy Center’s 2010 Ken Ludwig Scholarship and the O’Nell Playwrights 2010 Conference’s writing fellowship and was a finalist for ACTF’s John Cauble Short Play and ten-minute awards. He was previously Company Manager at Chicago Dramatists, and currently serves on staff at the SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston. He is also a founding ensemble member of Slideshow Theatre Company, for which he acts as Literary Manager. Mr. McGough received an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. He currently teaches playwriting at the Boston Center for Adult Education.
Lenelle Moïse’s two-act comedy Merit was the winner of a 2012 Southern Rep Ruby Prize. She also wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed drama Expatriate, which launched Off Broadway at the Culture Project in 2008. Her other plays include Matermorphosis (Serious Play Theatre Ensemble), Little Griot (Drama Studio), Purple (Kitchen Theatre Company), Cornered in the Dark (Insight Out Theatre Collective), and The Many Faces of Nia. Her solo performances Womb-Words, Thirsting, and Ache What Make have been presented at colleges and theatres across the USA. Ms. Moïse was a 2010 Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival Fellow, the 2010 recipient of the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund Award in Poetry, the 2011 Artist in Residence in Performance Studies at Northwestern University, the 2012 Visiting Performing Artist in African & African Diaspora Studies at UT Austin, and the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. Her poetry and prose have been published in several anthologies including Word Warriors: 35 Women Leaders in the Spoken Word Revolution. She received an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Smith College.
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:
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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.