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provides mentorship, resources and an institutional platform to its affiliated artists who produce their own work. 

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Lynn Rosen


directed by José Zayas


A dark comedy about missing

commas, a missing person, and three proofreaders who are trying to fill an empty space…

Lynn’s plays have been produced or developed with: New Georges,
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, TheatreWorks (Silicon Valley), Actors
Theatre of Louisville, UCSB Launch Pad, Women's Project,
Ensemble Studio Theatre (two EST/Sloan commissions), Centerstage
(Baltimore), Studio Theatre, Working Theater, Barrington Stage, The
New Group, The Lark, terraNOVA Collective, New Harmony, GEVA,
Fault Line Theatre, The Brick, Red Bull Theatre, Todd Mountain
Theater Project, The Lark Development Center (Writing Fellow), and
52nd Street Project, among others. Lynn also co-writes and co-created
the award-winning web series Darwin, directed by Carrie Preston,
with whom she is developing two TV pilots. Darwin was named one of
the “Top Ten Best Web Series of 2015” by Paste Magazine and is
currently in production for Season Two. Her short piece The Amazing
America Auction is included in Hal Hartley’s feature film My America.
Recently: The Firebirds Take the Field, an EST/Sloan Commission,
world premiere at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, Chicago; Writer In
Residence at The New Harmony Project; her short play I Love You
was recorded for Playing On Air starring Bill Irwin, Steve Boyer,
directed by David Auburn; and her one-act The Opulent Complex was
published in Red Bull Shorts. Coming up: Washed Up On The
Potomac with The Pool, NYC, followed by the world premiere of
Washed Up On The Potomac at San Francisco Playhouse, Sandbox
Series, 2018; also continued development of Gurley! – a musical
about Helen Gurley Brown – with rock band The Kilbanes at
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Lynn is originally from Gary, Indiana,
graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, and is
a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists in NYC.

José Zayas has directed over 100 productions in New York, regionally and internationally. Recent credits include: The Island of Lonely Man (Teatro Espressivo, Costa Rica), The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir (BAM, Mass MoCa),  the Name of Salome, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Burundanga, The House of the Spirits, Your Name Will Follow You Home, La Nena Se Casa, Love in the Time of Cholera, In the Time of the Butterflies, Madre (el drama padre),  Besame Mucho, Nowhere on the Border, and Barcelo on the Rocks  (Repertorio Español); Corazon Eterno (Mixed Blood), Southern Promises and Strom Thurmond is not a Racist (PS 122, The Brick),  Useless (IRT), Pinkolandia  (INTAR and Two River Theatre), Father of Lies  and Vengeance Can Wait (PS122); P.S. Jones and the Frozen City, Feeder: A Love Story (TerraNOVA Collective);  Okay, Mrs. Jones and the Man From Dixieland (EST), The Idea of Me (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Queen Bees (Queens Theatre in the Park), Manuel Vs. The Statue of Liberty and Children of  alt  (NYMF), Cancun, Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Gala Theatre, DC). He has premiered work by Caridad Svich, Rob Askins, Thomas Bradshaw, Duncan Sheik, Steven Sater, Taylor Mac, Andrea Thome, Marco Antonio Rodriguez, Saviana Stanescu, Carlos Murillo, Rob Urbinati, Kristina Poe, Catherine Filloux, James Carter, and Jordi Galceran. In 2007 he was selected as one of nytheater.com’s People of the Year. He is also a Drama League Fellow, an alumnus of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab and the SoHo Rep Writers/Director’s Lab, participated in the 2009-2011 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, and is a lifetime member of The Ensemble Studio Theatre.  Born in Puerto Rico, he graduated from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon Universities.    

Peter Gil-Sheridan

directed by Morgan Gould


...is the story of legendary and

award-winning playwright Peter

Gil-Sheridan's marriage to tennis superstar Rafael Nadal.


Peter's plays include Ritu Comes Home, originally commissioned by InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, where it had its world premiere, as part of its 20/20 Commission program. Others include Cockfight, written at the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and further developed by PlayPenn under the direction of Anna Brenner, which he will produce with the director in 2018. What May Fall was commissioned by the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and performed there. Topsy Turvy Mouse was produced by the Cherry Lane and Borderlands Theatre in Tucson and was the winner of The Smith Prize awarded by the National New Play Network for outstanding political work. Other work developed by Lark’s Playground, New York Theatre Workshop, Queens Theatre in the Park. Residencies include the Jerome Fellowship in Minneapolis, The Sundance Institute, The Millay Colony, Ucross Foundation, Tofte Lake, A Theatre Group in Silverton, CO, and San Juan College in New Mexico, where he wrote Courtney and Caroline, about religious and cultural tradition in the area, with Native and non-Native community members. Peter has been a member of I73, Page 73’s weekly writing group. He’s performed his first solo piece People Tell Me Things at Ars Nova’s ANTFest, Identity, Inc., in Farmington, NM, at Ucross in Wyoming and on Martha’s Vineyard. Peter has recently been named a recipient of a grant from the Artist Patron's Fund, a not-for-profit supporting the work of mid-career artists, and received the Mollie Mook-Fiddler Prize and will be in residence this summer in Silverton, Colorado. Currently, Peter is at work on a new webseries called Hungry in collaboration with Amar Srivastava.  After ten years of teaching at Fordham University and as a LEAP teaching artist in New York City Public Schools, Peter now runs the MFA Playwriting program at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Morgan Gould is a director and playwright who has held staff positions at Playscripts, Inc., Lark Play Development Center, Cape Cod Theatre Project, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, where she co-created Untitled Feminist Show and worked alongside Young Jean on the premieres of Lear, We're Gonna Die, tours of Pullman, WA and The Shipment, and the original workshop production of Straight White Men. She is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and WP Theater lab, a New Georges affiliated artist, and an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, the SDC Foundation Observership Program, the Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Collaborative Theater Making, The Civilians R + D Group, and the Playwrights Horizons Directing Residency Program. In 2012, Morgan created Morgan Gould & Friends, a theater company comprised of 8 actors, 3 designers, and a filmmaker. Their work has been seen at The New Ohio Theatre, Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Lyceum, HERE Arts Center, Ars Nova, CAP21, BAX, New Georges, The Culture Project, and more. Most recently, Morgan directed the Off-Broadway premiere of Kentucky by Leah Nanako Winkler (EST/ P73) and in 2016, her play I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart earned Morgan the Beatrice Terry/ Drama League Residency and received its world premiere at Studio Theatre in 2017. Morgan holds a B.A. in Directing, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, M.F.A. in Playwriting, Brooklyn College. 

Susan Bernfield


directed by Portia Krieger


In which freedom's just another word for yeah, go get liberated, mom, I'm just gonna hide in the closet and pretend to be Patty Hearst.


Susan's plays and solo performance works have been produced or developed by New Harmony Project, People's Light & Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company/Breaking Ground Festival, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Ensemble Studio Theatre/First Light Festival, SPACE at Ryder Farm, Soho Think Tank’s Ice Factory Festival, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Lark Play Development Center, undergroundzero festival, Chrysalis Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, FringeNYC, Magic Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, HB Playwrights, HERE Arts Center, Peculiar Works Project and New Georges, and more – including living rooms throughout New York City, the venues in which she's currently performing her solo play My Last Car.  She received a 2015 EST/Sloan commission for her newest play, Sizzle Sizzle Fly; her plays have been finalists for the National New Play Network's National Showcase of New Plays, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, PlayLabs at the Playwrights Center and Mill Mountain Theater's New Play Competition; and published (in whole or in part) by Playscripts, Smith & Kraus and Indie Theatre Now.  Susan is also the founder and producing artistic director of New Georges, an award-winning nonprofit theater company that has produced and developed adventurous new plays (by women) in New York City since 1992.  In this capacity, she is the recipient of Obie and Lilly awards.  She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and trained as an actor at Circle in the Square.

Portia Krieger is a New York-based theater director who mostly works on new plays and musicals. Recent productions include Olivia Dufault’s The Tomb of King Tot (Clubbed Thumb - New York Times Critic’s Pick!), Sofia Alvarez’s Friend Art (2ST Uptown), Sarah Einspanier's The Convent of Pleasure (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Caroline V. McGraw's The Bachelors (Lesser America), Gabrielle Reisman's Storm, Still (Brooklyn Yard), Peggy Stafford’s 16 Words Or Less (Clubbed Thumb), Clare Barron's Baby Screams Miracle  (Clubbed Thumb), and Eager to Lose, a burlesque farce Portia co-created with writer Matthew-Lee Erlbach, director Wes Grantom, and burlesque starlet Tansy (Ars Nova).  Portia has workshopped new plays with the O'Neill/National Playwrights Conference, Playwrights Horizons, 2ST, Roundabout Underground, New York Stage & Film, Rattlestick, Page 73, Ars Nova, the Lark, the Juilliard School, NYMF, and many others. She is a member of the Civilians R&D Group, an inaugural O'Neill/NNPN National Director's Fellow, a former New Georges Audrey Resident, an alumna of the Drama League Directors Project and the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a former Ars Nova Director-in-Residence, a Clubbed Thumb and New Georges Affiliated Artist, and a co-founder of the New Georges Jam. Associate Director of Fun Home on Broadway and on tour. Education: BA in Theater, Smith College.