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Through a combination of personalized dramaturgy, group workshops, and professional development classes — featuring a roster of locally and nationally recognized artistic leaders — Company One Theatre’s PlayLab is an incubator of new work for writers of varied experience levels and backgrounds. Over its six seasons, C1 PlayLab has provided a multiplicity of dramaturgical support models for more than 40 playwrights, all with the goal of supporting Boston’s diverse artistic field.

In 2012, 2013, and 2014, PlayLab developed 1-3 plays towards workshop, and in some cases, towards production including Natsu Onoda Power’s, Atro Boy  (https://companyone.org/production/astro-boy-and-the-god-of-comics/). Last year, to meet an identified need in the local playwriting community, the PlayLab Fellow program was structured as a series of guided master classes on playwriting and professional development, matched with one-on-one dramaturgical support towards the creation of a new full-length play.

As of 2015, we launched the PlayLab Unit — a monthly play development class, and a series of additional master classes on professional development, aligned with C1’s mission of nurturing civically-engaged artists, and creating a more equitable city. This year we continue to explore play and playwright development through the Unit, led by Company One’s award-winning Resident Playwright, Kirsten Greenidge, and C1’s Director of New Work, Ilana Brownstein.  Both the Unit and the Fellows are able to meet with local and national artistic leaders.

Affiliates are selected by application. The program is open to writers of all ages, backgrounds, and all gender expressions.

QUESTIONS? Please contact literary@companyone.org

FELLOWS

Ken Green

Ken Green is a Chicago native and former reporter and editor at the Chicago Defender, the nation’s oldest African-American daily newspaper, as well as serving as a writer and editor for several other print and online publications. He was a slam/performance poet who was a member of several Chicago teams participating in the National Poetry Slam. He has been a featured poet at several readings including in New York City, London and Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2006, he placed third in a David Mamet Write-Alike short play writing contest sponsored by Chicago’s Goodman Theater. In 2015, his short play, “State,” was one of 10 featured works in the Fade To Black Play Festival in Houston, Texas. In 2016, he was a member of Company One Theater’s PlayLab play development class. Ken is producer and co-host of Story Club Boston, a monthly storytelling/reading series held at the Milky Way Lounge in Jamaica Plain, Mass. He was a Moth Massachusetts grand slam finalist in 2015. He tells stories that are mostly at his own expense. He has had several poems, short stories and essays published in print and online.

David Valdes Greenwood

David Valdes Greenwood’s plays have been staged across the US and in the UK. In 2016, his comedy Raggedy And received its world premiere with Pride Films & Plays of Chicago and a second production in the Vermont Pride Festival, his drama Vow Keepers was presented in New York by IATI Theatre, and Mermaid Hour was workshopped at the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte nuVoices Festival, named a Eugene O’Neill finalist, and selected for the National New Play Network 2016 New Play Showcase in Austin.  His plays have been produced or workshopped locally by the Huntington Theatre Company, Argos Productions, Fresh Ink, and The Theater Offensive. His work has been developed by Ensemble Studio Theatre, Portland Stage, New York Theatre Workshop, and Stage Left. The author of three nonfiction books and a forthcoming series of Young Adult novels, Valdes Greenwood is a past Huntington Playwriting Fellow, Brother Thomas Artist Fellow, Cimientos Fellow, and Sloan Commission recipient.

Liana Asim

Liana Asim is a playwright/actor/director. She recently directed the world premiere of family musical, The Hairy Scary for The Outside the Box festival 2016. She was recently seen on stage as Mai Tamba in The Convert at Central Square Theater (winner of the Elliot Norton Award for most Outstanding production.) And also played Marcus Lycus in the Stoneham Theatre production of A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum. A 2015 BCA and Company One PlayLab Fellow, her full-length plays include Bedfellows, The King of Love Is Dead, Slut Walk or A Play About Marilyn Monroe, The Hairy Scary (musical co-written w/J. Asim and Joshua Stephen Kartes.) Her work has been developed at BCA/Company One, Boston Theatre Marathon, Fresh Ink Theatre, Davenport Studios NYC, Playwright’s Platform and Emerson College in Boston, MA. She has studied performance art at Northwestern University and screenwriting and playwriting at Emerson College. She is the proud wife of author Jabari Asim, mother to five brilliant children and a grandmother of two delightful grandbabes. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of LIVE theatre to change the world.

 

UNIT

Fabiola Decius

Fabiola R. Decius’ plays include Fighting Forgiveness, Man of the House, Bus Stop (Birthday)”, “Final Verdict”, “Age-Restricted”, “In Sync”, “Ice Cream Bucket List”, “Date Night Surprise”, and Haiti Chérie. Her plays have been produced and/or developed at the Our Voices Festival, Bryn Mawr College, Lesley University, the Boston Public Library, the Roxbury Repertory Theater, and the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA). In addition to writing for the stage, Fabiola also has acting accolades in Waiting Room and “Goddamn Bell!: A Journey Through Time at Bryn Mawr”. Fabiola currently resides in the Greater Boston area where she works as a Resident Activities Director for a housing management company, in which one of her primary responsibilities is to coordinate an after-school program on site. With this job, Fabiola is able to merge her creativity in writing and performance to showcase and teach these skills to the youth residents she interacts with and serves on a daily basis. Fabiola attended Bryn Mawr College where she received a BA in Psychology and Lesley University where she earned an MFA in Creative Writing. She is thrilled to be part of the 2017 Company One PlayLab Unit family.   

Erin Lerch

Erin holds a BFA in Stage Management from Boston University. Short play WORLD LINE was recently excerpted as part of TC Squared Theatre Company’s The Next Stage festival in Boston, and had a full staged reading with Blunt Objects Theatre Company in New Orleans. Erin’s ten minute play CLOCKWORK was a Region 1 Finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2015, and received a production as part of the 2015 Boston Theatre Marathon. Another short play, DON’T LOOK BACK, was recently produced as part of Playwrights’ Round Table’s Summer Shorts 2016 in Orlando. In addition to playwriting, Erin has a number of stage management credits with local Boston theatre companies, including American Repertory Theatre, Escena Latina Teatro, Company One, and Bridge Repertory Theatre.

Tyler J. Monroe

Tyler J. Monroe is a dramaturg, playwright, and educator in the Boston community. He obtained his MFA in Dramaturgy from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University where his adaptation of The Snow Queen appeared on the Loeb Drama Center’s mainstage. His adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s work, Tales of Poe was a part of New Repertory Theatre’s New Rep on Tour series. The Maritime Project, his mash-up of the Grimm Brother’s The Fisherman and His Wife received a workshop production at the Charlestown Working Theatre, and his original play Cheating Heaven was developed through Whistler in the Dark’s Playwright Incubator Program. As a dramaturg, he has assisted with many productions across town including plays at the American Repertory Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre Company, Company One, and through Boston Public Works. During the day, Tyler teaches 7th grade English Language Arts at the Edward Brooke Charter School before he goes home to be a daddy to Atticus. Tyler offers his sincerest gratitude to the entire C1 staff for the opportunity to develop his craft with an amazing group of artists; as well as his wife Katie for reasons too numerous to list.

A.M. Baker

A.M. Baker is a Boston area creative active in diverse media including music, photography, theatre, and multiple styles of writing, including novels, poems, songs, and plays. On the Boston scene, Baker has taken courses at Grub Street; led a writer’s group; taken performance workshops with local artists and companies; studied Irish dance with Kieran Jordan; acted, directed, produced and general dogsbodied for The Longwood Players, Solas Nua, Open Theatre Project, and Theatre Kapow (NH). A.M. Baker is particularly fond of modern British theatre, and theatre in translation (language, culture, or form); and favors performances that crack open traditional social norms, or speak loudly about what is usually whispered or taboo. Thank heavens she’s also a sucker for a belly-laughing farce! Born in Ohio, raised in western Mass, Baker is proudly repping Waltham.

Shenelle Salcido

Shenelle Salcido is a playwright, composer, and lyricist with a background and aesthetic almost as eclectic as her name. Her full-length musical For Tonight was recently seen as a developmental reading in the 2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival, the 2015 Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals, TheatreFest ’15, and Michigan State University’s 2015 ĭmáGen Program. She was a Top 12 finalist in the Drewe & Stiles Best Song Award in both 2015 and 2016 for the songs “One Stepand “Fly” which were performed in the West End at the Garrick Theatre. Other composing projects include the children’s educational app Moose Math and the immersive play The Plummer Project which received a 2015 California Humanities: Community Stories grant. As a playwright, she explores her love of both Christmas and dysfunctional families in her original play The Curtis Christmas ChallengeShenelle is also a music educator and has taught everything from Mariachi to Music Theory in grades K-12. Graduate of The University of the Arts, MAT: Music Education. Member of The Dramatists Guild, and ASCAP.

Stephanie K. Brownell

Stephanie K. Brownell is an interdisciplinary writer, artist and educator with passions for French, feminism, and geekery. She is the recipient of the 2015 National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award and runner-up for UT WomenWorks 2015 for her nonlinear drama SHE EATS APPLES (Boston Playwrights’ Theatre). Her poem-play ESKIMO PIE (Elements Theatre Co/Boston Theatre Marathon; KNOW Theatre) was a 2014 Gary Garrison Award National Finalist. Her play AFTER A MAN is published in the 2014 NYTI Collective. Stephanie has been a Kennedy Center Fellow at the National Playwrights Conference, a student of New York Theatre Intensives with Ensemble Studio Theatre, and an Assistante de Langue in Angouleme, France. As a costume designer and technician she’s worked with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Milwaukee Opera Theatre, American Repertory Theater, Poets’ Theatre, New Rep Theatre, Boston Public Works, Bridge Repertory Theater and Company One, among others. Stephanie holds a MFA in Playwriting from Boston Univeristy and a BA in Theatre Arts from Carroll University. She is a member of Artists’ Theatre of Boston and a proud Dramatists Guild of America member playwright. skbrownell.com.

Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich

Full lengths have been produced at Northern Light, Overtime, Trustus, Trinity Rep, the New York International Fringe Festival, the off-Broadway Summer Play Festival, and more. A contributing writer to the upcoming 2017 national tour, THE GRIEF MONOLOGUES. Plays have been developed in NYC at Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Second Stage, EST, ARACAworks, Stella Adler, and Rattlestick, and regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva, Victory Gardens, Elephant Theatre, Hangar, among others. She won the 2016 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Julie Harris Award, Colorado’s Six Women Playwrights Festival, and was a runner up in contests that include the Sundance Playwriting Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Heideman Award and Princess Grace Fellowship. Her play STILL LIFE was named to the Kilroy List and was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award. Published by Smith & Kraus, Applause Books, and Indie Theatre Now. barbarablumenthalehrlich.com @1BarbaraBE

Zahra A. Belyea

Zahra A. Belyea, B.A. in English, Boston University; M.Ed. in Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, Boston College; M.A. in Theatre Education, Emerson College. During her nearly eighteen years as an educator, she has had the privilege of working with students from many different backgrounds, and her convictions about the promotion of social justice, racial equality, literacy, and critical analysis have followed her throughout her working career. She has taught and tutored in both writing and literature on the collegiate, secondary, and middle school levels, acted as a writing consultant at both UNH and Wheelock College, and held the position of Academic Support Specialist for Graduate Students at Wheelock College. Also, she was the former Assistant Director and is a current board member of And Still We Rise Theater Company. As a dancer, she has performed at the Berklee Performance Center, The Dimock Center’s Annual Steppin’ Out, Lowell Auditorium, The Dance Complex, the Rhode Island Convention Center, and with Mary Driscoll as part of the Fort Point Theater Channel’s “Inter-Actions: Performance Art x Art That Performs” Festival 2015. Moving forward as both an educator and a playwright, she wants to bring the worlds of Language and Theatre Arts into a more cohesive and integrated structure, through the incorporation of literacy and analytical skills along with movement, dance, visual arts, music, and dialogue. Recently becoming a member of the Stage One Theatre Teaching staff of Company One and a cast member of Open Theatre Project’s Fear Project, Zahra is enjoying her new occupancy in the realm of transition—finding the stable in the seemingly unstable.

Vannessa Greenleaf

Vannessa Greenleaf is an LA native who found trading sunburns and gridlock for eight months of Boston winter a strangely fulfilling exchange. She got her start in theater as a ventriloquist’s dummy in 6th grade and has been on the up and up ever since, studying at LAMDA and completing a degree in Creative Writing and Theater at Wellesley College. She recently directed a full-length production of her play Blood with Femme Vital.

 

AFFILIATES

Kevin Mullins

Kevin Mullins is a playwright and theatre artist from Boston. His play A Southern Victory was a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn, the Princess Grace Award and the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab. His plays have been presented or developed with Slant of Light Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre, Vagabond Theatre Group, Mill 6 Productions, Wax Wings Productions, Interim Writers, Fresh INK Theatre, the International Anarchist Theatre Festival of Montreal and the Incubator Arts Project. He has participated in a Pataphysics workshop at The Flea Theatre in NYC and has a MFA in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a founding member of Boston Public Works and Flat Earth Theatre. Most recently, his trilogy of plays A Southern Victory was produced by Vagabond Theatre Group in March at Boston Playwrights Theatre.

Cassie Seinuk

Cassie M. Seinuk is a Jewish Cuban playwright and AEA stage manager with an MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University. Seinuk’s play FROM THE DEEP is the second place recipient of the 2014 Latinidad Playwrights Award at The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the 2014 winner of the Pestalozzi Prize for best New Play at the Firehouse Center for the Arts New Work Festival, and was a “must see” at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. FROM THE DEEP was the recipient of the Boston University Jewish Cultural Endowment 2014. Her play EYES SHUT. DOOR OPEN was recently produced by CMS and Wax Wings Productions, where it was one of the recipients of the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust Grant. Her short play OCCUPY HALLMAKR won the 2015 Gary Garrison National Ten-minute Play Award at The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She was a Next Voices Fellow 2015-2016 at New Repertory Theatre, Playwright #2 of Boston Public Works Theater Company, and the Founder of Interim Writers. Seinuk is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

 

>>UPCOMING READINGS

>>LEFTOVERS: A PLAYLAB PUBLIC READING

Sunday, July 9 @ 2:00pm | Dudley Cafe, Roxbury

Join us as we ramp up to next summer’s production of LEFTOVERS by Josh Wilder! Get a sneak peek at the script-in-development and meet the playwright at this free public reading — part of C1’s groundbreaking PlayLab program. Your feedback will help guide the development of the play leading up to its Company One premiere! Free and open to the public, but registration is required to save your space. RSVP here!

>>THE KING OF LOVE IS DEAD: PLAYLAB READING & CLOSING CELEBRATION

Wednesday, August 2 @ 7:00pm | Location TBD

Join us for a special C1 reading and PlayLab closing celebration! First, get a sneak peek at THE KING OF LOVE IS DEAD, a script-in-development by C1 PlayLab Fellow Liana Asim. Chat with the playwright about her writing process, then join us in celebrating the hard work of this year’s PlayLab cohort with a celebration like no other! This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to save your space. RSVP link coming soon!

PAST READINGS

>>THE LAST CATASTROPHIST: A PLAYLAB STAGED READING

Sunday, May 21st @ 4:00pm | Rabb Hall, Boston Public Library

Join us for a developmental staged reading of C1 PlayLab fellow David Valdes Greenwood’s new play, The Last Catastrophist. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to save your space! >>CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

>>LEFTOVERS: A PLAYLAB WORKSHOP READING

Friday, April 21st @ 7:30pm | Boston Center of the Arts Black Box Theatre

Join us as we ramp up to this summer’s world premiere of LEFTOVERS by Josh Wilder! Get a sneak peek at the script-in-development and meet the playwright at this free public reading — part of C1’s groundbreaking PlayLab program.

Free and open to the public, but registration is required to save your space! >>CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

>>16 INCH BY KEN GREEN

Thank you for coming out to C1 PlayLab’s reading of 16 INCH, a new play about softball and a changing city! Kudos to these two — playwright Ken Green and dramaturg Haley Fluke — for their hard work leading up to the reading.

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