Core Playwrights is a two-year incubator for four Philadelphia writers dedicated to giving playwrights the time and tools they need to advance their work; to raising the profile of incubated playwrights; and to giving playwrights insight into artistic administration,
all through the lens of InterAct’s unique mission.


Applications Open - 2020-2022 Class

InterAct seeks four emerging or early career local playwrights for our 2020-2022 Class of Core Playwrights.

We seek playwrights who live in the Greater Philadelphia area (within 35 miles of City Hall) whose playwriting ethos aligns with InterAct’s: that theatre can be a powerful tool by sparking dialogue around our world’s most pressing issues.

From January 2020 - December 2021, each Core Playwright will receive:

  • At least five meetings dedicated to reading and discussing the Core Playwright’s play in full, with the option of inviting actors

  • Four one-on-one dramaturgical meetings with Literary Manager Erin Washburn

  • Complimentary tickets to all InterAct shows during the residency

  • Opportunities to observe InterAct’s Season Selection process

  • Access to office resources, including printing services and space for meetings

  • Assistance with dramaturgical research from InterAct apprentices and the Literary Manager

  • A playwright-driven development process with opportunities for an excerpted work-in-progress showing, a full public reading and/or microgrant funding, all based on the Core Playwright’s discretion. You make the call for what your play needs when you need it.

  • A culminating showcase reading in December 2021 as part of Core Playwrights Weekend

In return, Core Playwrights will be asked to:

  • Commit to two full seasons of monthly meetings

  • Attend InterAct’s shows

  • Read and evaluate plays as part of InterAct’s Season Selection process

  • Be willing to participate as a facilitator for InterAct’s audience discussion series

To apply, please prepare the following materials:

  • A brief statement, no longer than one page, describing where you are in your writing career, your goals for this kind of program and why you want to spend two years with InterAct

  • A one-page playwriting resume

  • A full-length play that best showcases you as a writer

Applications accepted until 11:59 PM on
Sunday, November 17

The incoming class of Core Playwrights will be announced during the
7th Annual Core Playwrights Weekend, December 13-15.



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.


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. 


Jarrett McCreary has been interested in writing since he was 8 years old.  Throughout the years, he has participated in all sides theatre has to offer, from Teaching Artist (Philadelphia Theatre Company, Wilma Theater) to actor (Philly Young Playwrights). But writing has never left.  Since self-producing his play THE CHILDREN OF EDGAR AND NINA for 2016 FringeArts Festival, 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 theatre company he deeply admires!

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Haygen-Brice Walker is a Puerto Rican-American playwright-creative producer born and raised in the American South and dividing his time between Philadelphia and the Twin Cities, where he is a 2018-2019 Jerome Many Voices Fellow at The Playwrights' Center. His work is a kaleidoscopic clash of caffeine, history, pornography, violence, pop-culture, myth, and magic. He was awarded the 2013 Excellence in Playwriting Award from the University of the Arts; was a Semi-Finalist for Forward Flux Theatre Company’s THREE NEW AMERICAN PLAYS Commission; and a Finalist for the Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play. He is an alum of PlayPenn’s The Foundry and a 2018/2020 Core Playwright at InterAct Theatre Company. In addition, Haygen-Brice is the Co-Founder (along with Director-Creative Producer, Elaina Di Monaco) of ON THE ROCKS , a production company devoted to the deep fried, late-night, millennial, unapologetically queer, BYOB, theatrical dumpster-fires Elaina and Haygen-Brice make together.  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.,


6th Annual Core Playwrights Weekend: December 14-16, 2018

David, Jarrett, Haygen and L spent a week digging into fresh new scripts, working with directors and actors to find the next step in their new play journey. Here’s what they worked on:


    A Christian youth group work trip falls into chaos, leaving three youth group leaders with varying degrees of enthusiasm and actual biblical knowledge struggling to hold onto their faith while battling a mob of kids who have abandoned theirs. Directed by Jack Tamburri. Commissioned by South Coast Repertory.

  • Jarrett McCreary: DIRT, ASH, DEAD TREE

    A young black boy, after losing everything, drifts into a fantasy world in search of his home, his will to live, and the answers to his many questions surrounding what it truly looks like when one considers taking their own life. Directed by Cat Ramirez. Read it on the New Play Exchange!

  • Haygen-Brice Walker: rhonda[‘s dad] dies in the end/no one really cares/[s]he was a racist/anyways

    A messy mashup of a play about white privilege, white liberalism, white tears, white ghosts, Jon Benet Ramsey, diversity trainings, all the fucked up shit about high school, and WEST SIDE STORY. Directed by Elaina Di Monaco. Developed with support from the Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, Playwrights’ Center, Minneapolis, MN


In the 1700s, Jeanne Baret, disguised as a man, became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe—but everything we know about her life comes from the journals of the men who knew her. Part love story, part feminist wrestling with history, and part theatrical celebration of awe and the human need to thrive. Directed by Larissa Lury. Supported by the New Georges Audrey Residency. Read it on the New Play Exchange!

Erin, L, Jarrett, Haygen and David have a very candid chuckle over a job well done.

Erin, L, Jarrett, Haygen and David have a very candid chuckle over a job well done.