Over the past three decades, InterAct has made a robust commitment to supporting local playwrights through productions, readings, workshops, and commissions. The InterAct Core Playwrights Program furthers this commitment by offering artistic and professional developmental support to four talented regional writers. The program is a two-year journey designed to bring the Core Playwrights closer to their full potential through one-on-one dramaturgy, developmental readings, and professional support. Each year of the residency culminates in a weekend of public readings in December.
MEET THE 2018/20 CORE PLAYWRIGHTS
Haygen-Brice Walker is a Puerto Rican-American playwright-producer born and bred in the American South and currently making badass art in South Philly. Each day, Haygen-Brice is one step closer to becoming Jennifer Lopez, which is trite for a gay Puerto Rican, but he's embracing the cliché and living in his truth. Haygen-Brice holds a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, & Production with a focus in Playwriting and a Creative Writing minor from the University of the Arts and is an alumnus of the National Theatre Institute. Haygen-Brice is the Co-Founder (with Director-Producer Elaina Di Monaco) of ON THE ROCKS, a production company for their frequent late-night, BYOB, deep-fried collaborations. Haygen-Brice’s playscapes are populated by gay werewolves, drag queens, white buffalos, Jennifer Lopez, cocaine, dreamers, and John Wayne Gacy. Haygen-Brice was awarded the 2013 Excellence in Playwriting Award from the University of the Arts; was a Finalist for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play; and was a Finalist for the Playwriting Center's Core Apprentice Program. Haygen-Brice is a third-year member of The Foundry, a Philadelphia Playwrights' Lab and can only write while listening to pop radio and drinking lots of Diet Coke. haygenbricewalker.com, ontherocksphilly.com
L M Feldman is a queer, feminist playwright who writes theatrically adventurous, physically kinetic, intimate, inquisitive, deeply honest plays – usually about outsiders, often about searchers, always about the human connection. Her plays include THRIVE, OR WHAT YOU WILL (New Georges Audrey Residency); ANOTHER KIND OF SILENCE (Magic Theatre Virgin Play Festival, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, PlayPenn Conference, O’Neill Finalist, Playwrights Realm Fellowship, Drama League workshop); AMANUENSIS (Georgetown University, Northwoods Ramah Theatre commission); A PEOPLE (Orbiter 3, Jewish Plays Project Top Plays); THE EGG-LAYERS (Jane Chambers Honorable Mention, O’Neill Finalist, New Georges/Barnard College co-commission); GRACE, OR THE ART OF CLIMBING (Denver Center, Art House Productions, Nice People Theatre, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award Nomination, Barrymore Nomination, Kilroys List); several ensemble-devised works, including GUMSHOE (New Paradise Labs + the Free Library of Philadelphia + the Rosenbach Museum), WAR OF THE WORLDS: PHILADELPHIA (Swim Pony + Drexel University), AND IF YOU LOSE YOUR WAY, OR A FOOD ODYSSEY (The Invisible Dog, New York Innovative Theatre Award Nomination), LADY M (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival), and others; and a baker's dozen of short plays. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, L is also an educator (Bryn Mawr College, University of the Arts, PlayPenn, Jefferson Medical School/Lantern Theatre), a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a Foundry mentor, and a performer & dramaturg of contemporary circus. She trains & coaches at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, and teaches dramaturgy to circus artists at Circadium and around the country. Hailing from Miami, L has lived in seven cities and is now based in Philadelphia – where she is an InterAct Core Playwright and a member of Orbiter 3 (Philly’s producing-playwrights collective). She is writing three new plays. www.laurenfeldman.com, www.orbiter3.com, www.newplayexchange.org
Jarrett McCreary has been interested in writing since he was 8 years old. Throughout the years, he has participated in all sides theater has to offer, from Teaching Artist (Philadelphia Theatre Company, Wilma theatre) to actor (Philly Young Playwrights). But writing has never left. Since self producing his own play for the Fringe festival in 2016 (The Children of Edgar and Nina) Jarrett has been trying his hardest to create more engaging art and collaborate with more theater artists around the city. He is ecstatic about this new opportunity to work with a theater company he deeply admires!
David Jacobi's plays have been performed and developed throughout the U.S. and in China, including Sideshow Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, RISK IS THIS, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop, SLC Playwrights Lab and PlayPenn. He is a winner of the Holland New Voices Award, Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences Award, a Relentless Award semifinalist, and has been nominated for the Weissburger. David was the 2015 Shank Fellow at Pig Iron Theatre Company and is currently commissioned by the Denver Center and South Coast Rep. He received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College and an MFA from UC San Diego.
CORE PLAYWRIGHT PROGRAM
Ideal applicants are hungry for a rigorous development process, and also interested in mining dramatic veins that are in line with the mission of InterAct Theater Company: to produce thought-provoking theatre that challenges the ideas and issues of our time.
Applicants must live in the greater Philadelphia area (no more than 50 miles from Center City) and must be able to commit to two full seasons of development at our center city theater space.
The two year residency includes…
- Group meetings in which a Core Playwright’s script is read and discussed
- A one-on-one developmental meeting each season with the Artistic Associate
- A public staged reading as part of Core Playwrights’ Weekend
- Access to office resources: dominate our wi-fi, copy your script, or meet in our conference room
- Season subscriptions for the two year term.
How to apply
Please send the following to: firstname.lastname@example.org
· A full-length play in PDF format that best showcases you as a writer.
· A one-page cover letter that describes where you are in your writing career at this moment and what makes your work a good fit for InterAct