Huntington Theatre Company Announces 2012-2014 Cohort of Playwriting Fellows

(BOSTON) -- Huntington Theatre Company announces its 2012-2014 cohort of Huntington Playwriting Fellows: Lila Rose KaplanWalt 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 fantastical heartfelt plays that shine light on the stories we don’t tell about women. A Huntington Playwriting Fellow, her full-length play We All Fall Down will premiere in January 2020 at the Huntington. She has worked with American Repertory Theater, Second Stage Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, New Victory Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, and more. Her work has been developed at Arena Stage, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Center Theatre Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Orchard Project, Theatreworks, PlayPenn, and The Lark New Play Development Center. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts with her marine biologist husband and her curious daughter.

(As of July 2019)

Walt McGough is a playwright that recently wrote The Case of the Emerald Necklace, in partnership with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Sherlock's Last Case (2018) at the Huntington. His Non-Player Character (2015) has previously been produced by the Huntington as part of the Breaking Ground Festival of new plays. His 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.

(As of October 2018)

Lenelle Moïse is a poet, playwright, and performance artist. She was a 2012-2014 Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow and the 2010-2011 Poet Laureate of Northampton, Massachusetts. She wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed Off Broadway drama Expatriate. Her other plays include The Many Faces of Nia, Cornered in the Dark, Purple and Merit which won the 2012 Ruby Prize. Her work has been developed with the Culture Project, the Hansberry Project, Hedgebrook, the Jewish Plays Project, Kitchen Theatre Company, Serious Play Theatre Ensemble, Southern Rep Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, and The New Black Fest at the Lark Play Development Center, among others. Ms. Moïse has also been an artist-in-residence at Clark University, Northwestern, and UT Austin. She is the author of the poetry collection, Haiti Glass (City Lights/Sister Spit), a winner of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award. Visit for more information.

(As of October 2018)

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:



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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