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Huntington Theatre Company Announces 2014-2016 Cohort of Playwriting Fellows

(BOSTON) — Huntington Theatre Company announces its 2014-2016 cohort of Huntington Playwriting Fellows: Mia Chung, John J King, Sam Marks, and Nina Louise Morrison.

This artistically diverse group of writers begin their two-year residency in September. Past Huntington Playwriting Fellows include Ronan Noone (The Atheist, Brendan, and the upcoming The Second Girl), Lydia R. Diamond (Smart People, Stick Fly), Melinda Lopez (Becoming Cuba, Sonia Flew), Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish), Ryan Landry (Ryan Landry's "M"), and Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro (Before I Leave You).

Encouraging conversation in the Boston playwriting community, the Huntington fosters local playwrights at all stages of their careers, from emerging talents to established professionals, through the Huntington Playwriting Fellows program. Fellows receive two-year residencies during which they are provided a modest honorarium from the theatre, participate in a bi-weekly writers' collective, attend Huntington productions and events, and benefit from access to the Huntington's artistic staff and resources. Select Fellows are invited to participate in the Huntington's Summer Workshop, a two-week new work retreat, and the Breaking Ground Festival of New Work.

The four 2014-2016 Fellows were selected from more than 60 applicants. The Huntington Playwriting Fellows program is supported by the Stanford Calderwood Fund for New American Plays, the Harry Kondoleon Playwriting Fund, and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

Mia Chung is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow. Her play Catch as Catch Can will premiere in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s 2019-2020 season. Page 73 produced the world premiere in Fall 2018. Ms. Chung’s play, You for Me for You, was performed at The Royal Court (London), the National Theatre Company of Korea (Seoul), Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (Washington, DC); and is published by Bloomsbury Methuen. Distinctions include a Clubbed Thumb commission, an EST/Sloan Commission, the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, grants from the NEA, a New York Theatre Workshop residency, a Playwrights’ Center/Jerome fellowship, a South Coast Repertory commission, the Working Farm residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Stavis Award, and a New Dramatists residency.  She was recently awarded a 2019 Helen Merrill Playwriting Award.

(As of July 2019)

John J King is part Texan and part Tyrannosaur. He lives in Boston where makes plays | art | music, and scares little children who thought dinosaurs were dead. He has a Bachelor of Arts from SUNY Boondocks and an accent from his mama. Plays include: From Denmark With Love (IRNE nomination, Best New Play); Bear Patrol; and an adapted libretto for the German Gothic opera Der Vampyr. His work has been produced locally by Vaquero Playground, Mill 6 Collaborative, New Exhibition Room, and Whistler in the Dark. Goals include recording a great dance tune, making impossible things from cardboard, and singing in a girl group. J-RexPlays.com

(As of October 2018)

Sam Marks is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow and his play, The Department Party (2015), was produced by the Huntington as part of the Breaking Ground festival of new plays. He is also the author of The Delling Shore (Humana Festival), The Old Masters (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), and The Joke (Studio Dante, dir. Sam Gold). Other New York City productions include The Old Masters and Craft (The Flea), Brack’s Last Bachelor Party (59E59), and Nelson (Partial Comfort Productions). Mr. Marks attended the 2016 Sundance Theater Lab to present his new play White Lighting. His latest play, The Department Party, was part of the Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizons Super Lab in January. He collaborated with Simon McBurney and Theater Complitice on their most recent show, The Kid Stays in the Picture. He is the 2015 recipient of the A.R. Gurney Playwriting Award and presently a playwriting fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company. His plays have received workshops at Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage and Film, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and many others. He completed a pilot for HBO produced by Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci, and he developed a series with Phillip Seymour Hoffman for CBS studios.  His work is available from Samuel French and Playscripts, Inc. Mr. Marks teaches playwriting at Harvard University. 

(As of June 2017)

Nina Louise Morrison is a theatre generator: playwright, director, deviser, dramaturg, and teacher. She is a Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow, Richard Rodgers Fellow, Shubert Foundation grantee, and winner of the Boston Project. Her plays – including The Vault, Forever Home, Born Naked, and Google Doll – have been developed by the Huntington Theatre Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, Company One Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Flat Earth Theatre, Project: Project, and Rhombus Playwrights. Ms. Morrison earned an MFA from Columbia University and additional training from the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, New Actors Workshop, and Oberlin College. She teaches at University of New Hampshire, Northeastern University, and GrubStreet. ninalouisemorrison.com.

(As of July 2019)

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:

 

 

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.

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