Huntington Theatre Company announces 2011 — 2013 Huntington Playwriting Fellows.

(BOSTON) — Huntington Theatre Company announces the 2011 — 2013 cohorts of Huntington Playwriting Fellows: John ADEkojeEleanor 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 AthiestBrendan), 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 is playwriting fellow Huntington Theater Company. He was the recipient of The Roxbury International Film Festival’s Local Filmmaker award for his documentary Street Soldiers, which also showed at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes, France, The World Film Festival in Montreal, as well as the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta and for which he received the Brother Thomas Fellowship Award. Most recently, he was awarded the Emerging Filmmaker Award for Knockaround Kids, his first narrative feature, at the Roxbury International Film Festival. John Oluwole ADEkoje,  teaches theatre and film production at Boston Arts Academy.

(As of Septmeber 2020)

Eleanor Burgess is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. She recently wrote The Niceties (2018) at the Huntington. Her work has been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre Center, Alliance Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Company, and Centenary Stage, and developed with The New Group, New York Theatre Workshop, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Page 73, The Civilians, Salt Lake Acting Company, the Lark Play Development Center, and the Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop. She grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts, and studied history at Yale College and dramatic writing at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

(As of October 4, 2018)

David Valdes Greenwood is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Company One PlayLab Fellow, a Cimientos Fellow, and Brother Thomas Artist Fellow. His plays have been presented in public readings across the United States and UK, most recently with Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, National Showcase of New Plays, Pride Films and Plays, and IATI Theatre. In the 2017-2018 season, his play The Mermaid Hour will receive a rolling world premiere with productions at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, Milagro Theatre, Borderlands Theater, and Mixed Blood Theatre. He has worked with Fresh Ink, Argos Productions, Stage Left Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Theater Offensive, and his plays have appeared at the Humana Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, Portland Stage’s Little Festival of the Unexpected, and New York Theatre Workshop’s Thursday Studio. His plays have been published and anthologized by Samuel French. He is the author of four books, including the recently released Revengers, and he is a Huffington Post blogger.

(As of June 2017)

"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, MJ 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 AthiestBrendan), and Sinan Ünel (The Cry of the Reed)


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

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