PRESS RELEASE: SLAC's Executive Artistic Director to Direct in 12th Annual MFA Playwrights’ Workshop in Washington, D.C.

Salt Lake Acting Company                            News Release

PRESS CONTACT: CYNTHIA FLEMING | 801.363.7522 | [email protected]

July 19, 2017

For Immediate Release


Salt Lake Acting Company Executive Artistic Director

Cynthia Fleming to Direct in 12th Annual MFA Playwrights’ Workshop in Washington, D.C.





JULY 21 – 30, 2017


National New Play Network, the country's alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays, is pleased to co-present the 12th annual MFA Playwright’s Workshop (MFAPW) in association with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and Stanford University’s National Center for New Plays. The Kennedy Center will host more than 75 theater-makers from July 21-30, 2017 as part of the 12th annual week-long MFA Playwrights’ Workshop featuring new works by graduate students or recent MFA graduates from Yale School of Drama, Hunter College, Indiana University, Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, the National Theatre School of Canada, and Columbia University.



A committee comprised of NNPN Core Member Theater leaders selected six plays from the 67 nationally nominated. Those chosen include plays by Miranda Rose Hall, Charly Evon Simpson, Bruce Walsh, Marisela Treviño Orta, Drew Paryzer, and Andrew Heinrich. The Workshop will also feature new play development opportunities for NNPN Affiliated Artist and Workshop alumnus Steve Yockey, Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Prize-winner Alix Sobler, Hansol Jung in affiliation with Seattle Rep, Chelsea Woolley in affiliation with the National Theatre School of Canada, and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award-winner Josh Wilder in affiliation with NNPN Associate Member Theatre Company One.


This annual program, now in its twelfth year, pairs gifted early-career playwrights with directors from NNPN Core and Associate Member Theaters across the country, dramaturgs from a wider circle of theaters around North America, and an acting company from the Washington, D.C. community. The Workshop will also feature the sixth annual New Play Dramaturgy Intensive, led by Mark Bly, who serves as an Ambassador at Large for the Network.


Additionally, the third class of National Directors Fellowship recipients will be in residence for a portion of the week to start building professional relationships with representatives from NNPN Member Theaters and the Washington, D.C. theater community. This program is a partnership of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, National New Play Network, Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. The 2017 National Directing Fellows are: Sherri Eden Barber, Estefanía Fadul, Kareem Fahmy, Leora Morris, and LA Williams.


The Hour of Great Mercy by Miranda Rose Hall, Yale School of Drama

Directed by Gavin Witt, Baltimore Center Stage* (Baltimore, MD)

Dramaturgy by Cynthia White, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre* (FL)


Flood by Andrew Heinrich, Texas State University

Directed by Adam Immerwahr, Theater J* (Washington, DC)

Dramaturgy by Heather Helinsky, InterAct Theatre Company* (Philadelphia, PA)


Shoe by Marisela Treviño Orta, University of Iowa

Directed by Marc David Pinate, Borderlands Theater* (Tucson, AZ)

Dramaturgy by Milta Ortiz, Borderlands Theater* (Tucson, AZ)


Alter by Drew Paryzer, The University of Texas at Austin

Directed by Freddie Ashley, Actor’s Express* (Atlanta, GA)

Dramaturgy by Kelly Miller, The Shuman Company and NNPN Ambassador at Large (Los Angeles, CA)


Jump by Charly Evon Simpson, Hunter College

Directed by Summer Williams, Company One* (Boston, MA)

Dramaturgy by Martine Kei Green-Rogers (Madison, WI)


Berserker by Bruce Walsh, Indiana University

Directed by Tina Parker, Kitchen Dog Theater* (Dallas, TX)

Dramaturgy by Jason Parrish, Florida Repertory Theatre* (Fort Myers)


MFAPW Alumni Project

Reykjavik by Steve Yockey, MFAPW 2008, New York University

Directed by Aimée Hayes, Southern Rep Theatre* (New Orleans, LA)

Dramaturgy by Brian Drader, National Theatre School of Canada (Montreal)


In association with Seattle Rep

Undesirables by Hansol Jung, Yale School of Drama

Composer, Brian Quijada (Chicago, IL)

Dramaturgy by Kristin Leahey, Seattle Rep (WA)


Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Prize Recipient

Sheltered by Alix Sobler, Columbia University

Directed by Kimberly Senior (Chicago, IL)

Dramaturgy by Celise Kalke, Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA)


The Lorraine Hansberry Workshop (in association with Company One Theatre)

Leftovers by Josh Wilder, Yale School of Drama

Directed by Summer Williams, Company One* (Boston, MA)

Dramaturgy by Ilana Brownstein, Company One* (Boston, MA)


In association with the National Theatre School of Canada

These Peaceable Kingdoms by Chelsea Woolley, National Theatre School of Canada

Directed by Cynthia Fleming, Salt Lake Acting Company* (UT)

Dramaturgy by Mark Bly, The Acting Company/Fordham Primary Stages and NNPN Ambassador at Large (New York, NY)


Acting Company (to date)

Tia Bassett Shearer, Shayna Blass, Anne Bowles, Andy Brownstein, Satya Chavez, Felicia Curry, Wyatt Fenner, Terrance Fleming, Rick Foucheux, Michael Glenn, Ben Gunderson, Chelsea D. Harrison, Jeremy Keith Hunter, Yesenia Iglesias, Joy Jones, Mia Katigbak, Drew Kopas, Dennis McLernon, Jon Hudson Odom, Mauricio Pita, Zack Powell, Brian Quijada, Kelly Quinnett, Nancy Robinette, Carlos Saldaña, Olga Sanchez, Donovan Session, Karen Sheridan, Regina Aquino Smith, Jenna Sokolowski, SooJin Song, Deidra LaWan Starnes, Preston Straus, Peter Tarantino, Emily Townley, William Vaughan, Craig Wallace, Justin Weaks, Michael Anthony Williams


*NNPN Member Theater 

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