COMPANY ONE PLAYLAB CIRCUIT

Through a combination of personalized dramaturgy, group workshops, and professional development classes, Company One Theatre’s expansive PlayLab Circuit program is an incubator of new work for writers of varied experience levels and backgrounds.

CURRENT EVENT

Open Write: Writing for Social Change

with P. Carl and Tara Moses

RSVP Today!

Join us Saturday, March 16 from 11am-1pm ET for a free online experience led by C1 Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge and guest panelists P. Carl and Tara Moses!

New plays chronicle our times—as well as creating relevant conversations on a local and national level— serving as a platform to amplify calls to action and civic engagement. As playwrights, how can our activism inform our writing practice and what we write about?

Join us for a moderated discussion on playwriting as activism, featuring emerging and established playwrights in the American Theatre.

RSVP required; this is a Pay-What-You-Want experience with $0 minimum. All proceeds support C1’s mission to build community at the intersection of art and social change.

The myriad PlayLab Circuit initiatives aim to provide professional development that aligns with C1’s mission of nurturing civically-engaged artists and creating a more equitable city.

Open Circuit events, like Field Work and Open Writes, provide free public gatherings for people who make new plays to grow their skills and vision.

The Circuit Labs — Volt Lab and Flux Lab — provide writers at various stages of the practice with direct dramaturgical support and opportunities to develop work towards public debut, from showcases to productions.

 

You can also learn about our long history of supporting playwrights in our PlayLab Circuit Program history.

This season, our Open Circuit programs focus on The Art of Criticism. How do we hold space to examine and explore how we create and respond to art in our craft?

FIELD WORK

C1’s Field Works are professional and creative development workshops for people who make new plays. Moderated by C1’s artistic staff, local and national guest artists who provide valuable insights and advice for attendees in a roundtable + interactive discussion format.

OPEN-WRITES

C1’s Virtual Open Writes are free, monthly Saturday morning meetings open to all writers and theatre makers dedicated to new work. Led by Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge, each meeting features a special guest writer who leads exercises and writing time.

VOLT LAB

The Volt Lab provides mentorship opportunities for pre-professional theater creatives to practice and enhance their craft while actively engaging with our productions and community engagement programming. This year’s Volt Lab is designed to help early career playwrights, dramaturgs, designers, and directors hone their craft. Participants will join a cohort of civically-engaged, antiracist peers led by C1’s Resident Playwright Kirsten Greenidge. The cohort will meet monthly in-person from January to May 2024 to dream, write, devise, rewrite, and develop pieces created both collaboratively and individually, culminating in an in-person showcase in June.

Stay tuned for our Season 25 Volt Lab cohort announcement!

FLUX LAB

The Flux Lab is a home for C1’s resident artists whose work is being actively developed towards production.

Past projects include Hookman by Lauren Yee, Shiv by Aditi Kapil, Leftovers by Josh Wilder, Hype Man and Quotables by Idris Goodwin, Splendor and Greater Good by Kirsten Greenidge, Untitled Chinatown Musical by Kit Yan and Melissa Li, The Last Ship to Proxima Centauri by Greg Lam, can i touch it? by Francisca Da Silveira, and Black Super Hero Magic Mama by Inda Craig-Galván.

Kirsten Greenidge
developing the world premiere production of Morning, Noon, and Night

Tara Moses

Tara Moses
developing the world premiere of Haunted

Eliana Pipes
developing the Boston premiere of Hoops

S25 FLUX LAB BIOS

Kirsten Greenidge (she/her) 

Kirsten Greenidge’s work presents African American experiences on stage by examining the nexus of race, class, and gender. Kirsten is currently a Playwright in Residence at Company One Theatre in Boston Massachusetts, where she helps run Company One’s playwriting program, PlayLab. She is the author of Baltimore, a commission from the Big Ten Consortium at the University of Iowa, which toured to the National Black Theatre Conference; Bud Not Buddy, an adaptation of the children’s novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, with music by Terence Blanchard, which will be produced this winter at Metro Stage Company in St. Louis; The Luck of the Irish (Huntington Theatre Company; LTC3); and Milk Like Sugar (La Jolla Playhouse; Women’s Theatre Project; Playwright’s Horizons), which was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and received an Independent Reviewers of New England Award, and San Diego Critics Award, and an OBIE Award. She is a 2016 winner of the Roe Green Award for new plays from Cleveland Playhouse for Little Row Boat; Or, Conjecture, a play about Sally Hemings, James Hemings, and Thomas Jefferson, commissioned by Yale Rep. Her play As Far As a Century’s Reach toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, after being part of the Royal Exchange’s B!RTH Project. She is a proud author of Audacity, part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s EVERY 28 HOUR PLAYS, and she’s enjoyed development experiences at Family Residency at the Space at Ryder Farm, the Huntington’s Summer Play Festival, Cleveland Playhouse (as the 2016 Roe Green New Play Award recipient), The Goodman, Denver Center Theatre’s New Play Summit, Sundance, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Sundance at Ucross, and the O’Neill. Kirsten is currently working on commissions from Company One, La Jolla Playhouse, OSF’s American Revolutions Project, The Goodman, and Playwrights Horizons. She is an alum of New Dramatists, and has proudly graced the Kilroys list of New Plays by women and women identified Playwrights several years running. Her play Familiar`, a winner of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival New Play Award, was presented by Harvard’s A.R.T. Institute this winter. She is an alum of Wesleyan University, and the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa. She oversees the Playwriting Program at the School of Theatre at Boston University.

 

Tara Moses (she/her)

Tara Moses is a citizen of Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, Mvskoke, director, award-winning playwright, Producing Artistic Director of telatúlsa, co-Artistic Director of Red Eagle Soaring, and co-Founder of Groundwater Arts. Most recently, her work as a director has been seen with American Indian Community House (New York, NY); Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.); Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program (New Haven, CT); Safe Harbors Indigenous Collective (New York, NY); telatúlsa (Tulsa, OK); Oklahoma Indigenous Theatre Company (Edmond, OK); Serenbe Playhouse (Chattahoochee Hills, GA); and Amerinda (New York, NY). She is a Participant in New York Stage and Film’s inaugural NYSAF NEXUS project (2021); a Cultural Capital Fellow with First Peoples Fund (2020); fellow with the Intercultural Leadership Institute (18/19); member of DirectorsLabChicago (2018); member of the Directors Lab at Lincoln Center (2017); recipient of the Thomas C. Fichandler Award (2016); alum of the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship (2015-2017); associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; and Dramatists Guild member. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Tulsa, and is an MFA Directing Candidate at Brown University/Trinity Rep. She is currently based on the Muscogee Creek Reservation.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to workshop this play that I’ve been thinking about for years with Company One as they’ve not just been supportive of authentic Native work but also excited about relationship building and using theatre as a tool of radical change.” —Tara Moses

 

Eliana Pipes (she/her)

Eliana Pipes is a playwright and filmmaker based in her hometown of Los Angeles. Her plays include BITE ME (world premiere off-Broadway WP Theater & Colt Coeur); DREAM HOU$E (world premiere co-production Alliance Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, and Baltimore Center Stage, published by Concord Samuel French); HOOPS (world premiere commission Milwaukee Chamber Theater). She holds commissions from Two River Theater and South Coast Repertory. Her work has been developed or presented at the New York Theatre Workshop Dartmouth Residency, Playwright’s Realm Scratchpad Series, South Coast Repertory Pacific Playwright’s Festival, NNPN National New Play Showcase, Old Globe Powers New Voices Festival, Fire This Time Festival, and Drama League DirectorFest. Her writing awards include the Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, Alliance Kendeda Prize, Leah Ryan Prize, KCACTF Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award, National Latine Playwrights Award, and Dr. Floyd Gaffney Award. BA English Columbia University, MFA Playwriting Boston University.

“I’m excited to return to Boston and reconnect with BPT and Company One with this production of Hoops!  Boston is where I spread my wings as a artist, and I’m thrilled to bring this play to a theater with such a long history of serving the communities that Hoops was written to celebrate.” —Eliana Pipes

Company One’s PlayLab has gone through many iterations over the years, and began in 2011 as a program collaboratively designed with the Boston Center for the Arts, highlighting new works by women. The annual festival format shifted in 2014 to a Lab-based model that supports writers of all gender identities, at different stages of their careers. In 2017, we began offering Bootcamp convenings, providing creative and professional development intensives, open to anyone. As Covid-19 shuttered opportunities for in-person programming, we reformulated the initiative entirely as the digital C1 PlayLab Circuit, which has two prongs of activity: The Circuit Labs (Flux Lab, Surge Lab, and Volt Lab), which closely support small groups of writers working with staff dramaturgs on specific writing projects; and The Open Circuit (Field Work and Open Writes), free events which evolved out of Bootcamp, and which provide master classes with guest artists on topics of creative and professional development.

PlayLab is designed and run by the dramaturgy staff at Company One Theatre, with Ilana M. Brownstein as senior dramaturg and program producer. The comprehensive program history below documents the incredible number of writers and guest artists who have been part of this important work.

2020-2023: C1 PLAYLAB CIRCUIT

2022-2023: C1 PLAYLAB CIRCUIT

Volt Lab: Annalise Guidry, Fabiola R. Decius, Gayané Kaligian, Jupiter Lê, Julie-Anne Whitney, Nontani Weatherly, Raqael Duarte Hunt, Wenxuan Xue

Surge Lab: Jonathan Norton, J.C. Pankratz, Eliana Pipes

Flux Lab: Kirsten Greenidge, Idris Goodwin, Tara Moses, mica rose

Open Writes Guest Artists: Nathan Alan Davis, Annalise Guidry, Gayané Kaligian, Khary Jones, Jacqueline E. Lawton

Field Work Guest Artists: Valyn Lyric Turner, Luis Alfaro, Liz Engelman, Shanaé Burch

2021-2022: C1 PLAYLAB CIRCUIT

Volt Lab: Cris Eli Blak, Pampi Das, Venus Delmar, Cayenne Douglass, Francesca Fernandez McKenzie, Jolie Frazer-Madge, Rawchayl Sahadeo

Surge Lab: M Sloth Levine, Tara Moses, Ashley Rose

Flux Lab: Inda Craig-Galván, Francisca Da Silveira, Idris Goodwin, Kirsten Greenidge, Micah Rose

Open Writes Guest Artists: Jacqueline Lawton, Rhiana Yazzie, Luis Alfaro, Amy Zhang

Field Work (in partnership with the Boston Public Library)

  • Guest Artists: Anne G. Morgan, Gwydion Suilebhan, Pat Gabridge, Andrew Siañez-De La O, Erin Lerch, Al Parker
  • Dramaturgs: Ilana M Brownstein, Afrikah Selah

2020-2021: C1 PLAYLAB CIRCUIT

Volt Lab: Elana Lev Friedland, Alicia Olivo, Robin Berl, Dr. Maru Colbert, Hayley St. James, Taiga Christie, Thato Mwosa, Quentin Nguyen-duy, Jen Bobiwash, 

Surge Lab: Inda Craig-Galván, Francisca Da Silveira, Idris Goodwin

Flux Lab: Kit Yan & Melissa Li (C1 Pao Fellows)

Dramaturgs: Ilana M Brownstein, Christina R. Chan, Kirsten Greenidge, Jessica Scout Malone, Elena Morris, Alison Yueming Qu

Open Writes Guest Artists: Mike Lew, Rehana Mirza Lew, Christopher Oscar Peña, Aurin Squire, David Valdes, Cori Thomas, Francisca Da Silveira, Idris Goodwin, Karen Hartman, Todd London, David Adjmi, Naomi Iizuka, Ryan J. Haddad, Lila Rose Kaplan, Micah Rose, Lydia R. Diamond, Ashley-Rose, Gethsmane Herron-Coward, Kate Cortesi

Field Work (in partnership with the Boston Public Library)

  • Fall 2020 Convening Guest Artists: Claudia Alick, Jasmine Brooks, Shanaé Burch, Inda Craig-Galván, Francisca Da Silveira, Kara Elliott-Ortega, Pascale Danice Florestal, Idris Goodwin, Tim Hall, Mike Lew, Rehana Lew Mirza, Diana Oh, Madeline Sayet, Yura Sapi (Vivana Vargas), Sparkhaven Theatre (Hannah Pryfogle, Geena M. Forristall, M Sloth Levine, John Meredith), Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston (Sarah Shin, Christina R Chan), Erin Lerch.
  • Spring 2021 Convening Guest Artists: Eric Ting, Jasmine Brooks, Michael Colford, Joshua Glenn-Kayden, Lydia Jane Graeff, Lauren Gunderson, Kim Montelibano Heil, Daniel Alexander Jones, Tonasia Jones, John J King, Shawn LaCount, M Sloth Levine, Todd London, James Milord, Diana Oh, Nicole Olusanya, Kristin Parker, Tyler Prendergast, Micah Rose, Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Summer L. Williams, Yura Sapi (Vivana Vargas), Audrey Seraphin, Vincent Siders, Dawn Meredith Simmons, Karthik Subramanian, Eric Ting, Paloma Valenzuela, Mark Abby VanDerzee, Shanelle Chloe Villegas, Ngoc-Tran Vu, Oompa Williams,  
  • Dramaturgs: Jessie Baxter, Ilana M Brownstein, Kirsten Greenidge, Jessica Scout Malone, Elena Morris, Alison Qu

2016-2020: C1 PLAYLAB UNIT + FELLOWS + BOOTCAMP

2019-2020: C1 PLAYLAB

Unit: Bess Welden, Catherine Stewart, Nico Pang, Dillon Yruegas, Eli Nixon, Amy Merrill, A.K. Morgan, Ashley Rose

C1 Pao Fellows: Kit Yan & Melissa Li (in partnership with the Pao Arts Center)

Mellon Resident Playwright: Kirsten Greenidge

Dramaturgs: Ilana M Brownstein, Christina R. Chan, Kirsten Greenidge, Jessica Scout Malone, Elena Morris

2019 BOOTCAMP

Guest Artists: Edrie Edrie, Ramona Rose King, Catherine T. Morris, Emily Ruddock, Elle Borders, Jasmine Brooks, Shawn LaCount, Summer L. Williams, Dawn M. Simmons, Annis Sengupta, Elisa Hamilton, Sari Boren, Fabiola Decius, Stephanie K. Brownell

Dramaturgs: Jessie Baxter, Ilana M Brownstein, Kirsten Greenidge, Jessica Scout Malone, Elena Morris

2018-2019: C1 PLAYLAB

PlayLab/Pao Fellow: Greg Lam (in partnership with the Pao Arts Center)

Fellows: Kim Euell, Ingrid Oslund, Jaymes Sanchez

Unit: Sloth Levine, Nency Selamoun, Nick Malakhow, Grace Hoffman, Barbara Lewis, Sari Boren

Mellon Resident Playwright: Kirsten Greenidge

Dramaturgs: Jessie Baxter, Ilana M Brownstein, Kirsten Greenidge, Jessica Scout Malone, Lina Pulgarin-Duque

2018 BOOTCAMP — in partnership with the Boston Public Library

Master Class Guests: Rashin Fa (Fahandej), Lauren Miller, Summer L. Williams, Christa Brown, Sarah Shampnois, Joshua Glenn-Kayden, Jasmine Brooks, Karthik Subramanian, Edrie Edrie, Anne G. Morgan, Shawn LaCount, Alexis Scheer, Steve Bogart, Greg Lam, Laura Neill, Jaymes Sanchez, Christina R. Chan

Dramaturgs: Jessie Baxter, Ilana M Brownstein, Kirsten Greenidge 

2017-2018: C1 PLAYLAB

Fellows: Kim Euell, Andrew Siañez-De La O, Livian Yeh,

Unit: Hortense Gerardo, Ana Candida Carneiro, Jaymes Sanchez, Ingrid Oslund, Takeo Rivera, Sara Horatius

Mellon Resident Playwright: Kirsten Greenidge

2017: BOOTCAMP — in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts

Master Class Guests: Shana Gozansky, Dawn Meredith Simmons, Emily Ruddock, Julie Felise Dubiner, Kevin Becerra, Julie Hennrikus, Nicole Olyusana, Pat Gabridge, Ramona Ostrowski, Bridget O’Leary, Jacqueline Lawton, Andrew Duncan Will, Lynn Wilcott, Megan Sandberg-Zakian, Sarah Shampnois, Shawn LaCount, Summer L. Williams, Karthik Subramanian, Josh Glenn-Kayden, Kirsten Greenidge

Dramaturgs: Jessie Baxter, Ilana M. Brownstein, Fran Da Silveira, Haley Fluke, Tatiana Isabel Gil 

2016-2017: C1 PLAYLAB

Fellows: David Valdes, Liana Asim, Ken Green

Unit: Shenelle Salcido Williams, Stephanie K. Brownell, Vannessa Greenleaf, Zahra Belyea, Allison Marsh Baker, Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Erin Lerch, Fabiola Decius, Tyler Monroe

Affiliates: Cassie M. Seinuk, Kevin Mullins

National: Josh Wilder, Idris Goodwin

Mellon Resident Playwright: Kirsten Greenidge

Master Class Guests: Jacqueline Lawton, Julie Hennrikus, Jiehae Park, Anne G. Morgan, Pat Gabridge, Lee Schuna, Cristina Todesco

Dramaturgs: Jessie Baxter, Ilana M. Brownstein, Fran Da Silveira, Haley Fluke, Hayley Spivey 

 

2011-2016: XX PLAYLAB + BCA PLAYLAB

2015-2016: BCA PLAYLAB — in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts

Fellows: Christian R. Chan, Cecelia Raker, Jeni Mahoney

Unit: Ken Green, Colleen Hughes, Rosa Nagle, Jecenia Figueroa, Mimi Augustin, Mara Elissa Palma, Mary McCullough, Greg Lam

Affiliates: Laura Neill, Nina Louise Morrison

Master Class Guests: Obehi Janice, Kelly Miller, Julie Hennrikus, Anne G. Morgan, Pat Gabridge, Beth Blickers, Cristina Todesco, A. Rey Pamatmat

Dramaturgs: Jessie Baxter, Ilana M. Brownstein, Haley Fluke, Ramona Ostrowski 

2014-2015: BCA PLAYLAB — in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts

XX Fellows: Elizabeth Addison, Liana Asim

PlayLab Playwrights: Deirdre Girard, MJ Halberstadt, Terrence Kidd, Ginger Lazarus

Master Class Guests: Kristoffer Diaz, Kirsten Greenidge, Melinda Lopez, Kelly Miller, Julie Felise Dubiner, Rebecca A. Frank, Anne G. Morgan, Beth Blickers

Dramaturgs: Jessie Baxter, Ilana M. Brownstein, Kelley Holly, Alexandra Juckno, Ramona Ostrowski 

2013-2014: XX PLAYLAB — in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts

Playwrights: Miranda Craigwell, Obehi Janice, Natsu Onoda Power, Kirsten Greenidge

Dramaturgs: Jessie Baxter, Ilana M. Brownstein, Ramona Ostrowski, Ciera-Sadé Wade

2012-2013: XX PLAYLAB — in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts

Playwrights: Natalia Naman, Lydia R. Diamond, Kirsten Greenidge

Dramaturgs: Ilana M. Brownstein, Tyler Monroe

 

2011-2012: XX PLAYLAB — in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts

Playwright: Lauren Yee

Dramaturg: Ilana M.Brownstein