Announcing our 2017 Semifinalists!

We are thrilled to announce the 16 semifinalists for the 2017 P73 Playwriting Fellowship!

We look forward to reading more from these writers who stood out from among a field of 400 applicants. Finalists for the Fellowship, as well as members of our 2017 Interstate 73 writers group, will be announced later this fall!

Ngozi Anyanwu
Will Arbery
Jocelyn Bioh
Liza Birkenmeier
Alexander Borinsky
John J. Caswell, Jr.
Sam Chanse
Cat Crowley
Blake Hackler
Jeremy Kamps
Claire Kiechel
Ryan King
Molly Beach Murphy
Jonathan Payne
Ariel Stess
Kate Tarker


Ngozi Anyanwu is an actor, playwright, and producer. Education: University of California San Diego’s (MFA acting) Point Park University (B.A). She will be appearing in the upcoming HBO show The Deuce. Good Grief (Kilroys list 2016, semifinal) will have its world premiere at the CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre in 2016/17. The Homecoming Queen was presented as part of The Fire This Time’s Inaugural’s Writers group, and most recently had a workshopped reading at Yale with Page 73’s summer residency. Anyanwu is also a recipient of the Djerassi Artist Residency, as well as Space on Ryder Farm and the LCT playwrights residency.




Will Arbery is a playwright from Texas + Wyoming. He’s the current winner of the Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists. He’s an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group, Theater Masters, Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda group, Tofte Lake Center’s Emerging Artist Residency, and Variety’s “110 Students to Watch.” His play The Mongoose was an L.A. Times Critic’s Pick. Upcoming: a micro-residency at the Bushwick Starr. His dance work with BOOMERANG is upcoming at Steppenwolf and MCA Chicago. MFA: Northwestern.


bioh-headshotJOCELYN BIOH

Jocelyn Bioh is a Ghanaian-American writer/performer born and raised in New York City. Plays include School Girls (Kilroys List 2016) Nollywood Dreams (Kilroys List 2015) and The Ladykiller’s Love Story of which she conceived the story and wrote the libretto with music/lyrics by Cee Lo Green. She has received commissions from MTC and Atlantic Theatre Co.  B.A in English/Theatre from The Ohio State University and MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.


birkenmeier-headshotLIZA BIRKENMEIER

Liza Birkenmeier is a member of EWG at the Public Theater and a Playwrights Realm Fellow. She is currently collaborating with New Georges and 3LD on a project that will premiere in the summer of 2017. Her work has been developed at Ars Nova, Rattlestick, Lincoln Center, University Settlement, Dixon Place, and elsewhere. Her play radio island was a finalist for the inaugural Relentless Award and was included on the 2016 Kilroys List.



Alexander Borinsky was born in Baltimore. He has made work with the warm support of the LMCC Workspace program, the Working Farm at SPACE at Ryder Farm, Target Margin Theater, Page 73, Masrah Ensemble in Beirut, and Youngblood, and is working on commissions from Clubbed Thumb and Playwrights Horizons. This fall he will finish his MFA in playwriting at Brooklyn College and serve as Artist-in-Residence at University Settlement, where he is exploring weird classrooms.


caswell_1JOHN J. CASWELL, JR.

John is the Artistic Director of Progressive Theatre Workshop, a company that makes plays about queer things. He has developed and shown work at HERE, Dixon Place, The Public Theater, Theatres at 45 Bleecker, Primary Stages, and more. He has been a finalist for both the Princess Grace Award and The Woodward Newman Drama Award. His play SHOTS: A Love Story was published by Left Coast Press in Johnny Saldana’s Ethnotheatre: Research From Page to Stage. Company website:


chanse-2016-1SAM CHANSE

Sam Chanse’s plays include The Other InstinctFruiting Bodies Lydia’s Funeral Video, and gilgamesh & the mosquito (composer Bob Kelly). A Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellow at the Lark and member of New Dramatists, Ars Nova’s Play Group, and Ma-Yi Writers Lab, her work has also been supported by the Playwrights Realm, Sundance/Ucross, EST/Sloan, Leviathan, Yale Institute of Musical Theatre, Civilians R&D Group, The Claque, and MacDowell. MFA playwriting: Columbia; MFA musical theater writing: NYU.


crowley-headshotCAT CROWLEY

Cat Crowley is an NYC based queer writer and performer. Her work has been performed at Ars Nova, Dixon Place, #Serials at The Flea, The Tank, Salty Brine’s Spectacular Living Record Collection… at The Red Room, 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, Irondale Arts Center, Judson Church, Bowery Arts and Science, and The Breadbox Theatre (San Francisco, CA). She is a current member of the Fresh Ground Pepper Playground PlayGroup. BFA Tisch, NYU.


hackler-headshotBLAKE HACKLER

Blake Hackler is a lifetime member of the BMI/Lehman Engel Workshop and was a recipient of the Harrington Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre Writing. His play, This Sweet Affliction, received a workshop produced by Primary Stages in 2015, and was named runner up for the 2016 ATHE Playwriting Award. An inaugural member of Dallas Theatre Center’s playwriting unit, Blake holds faculty positions at SMU and Yale University, and is a Fulbright Senior Scholar. MFA, Yale School of Drama.


kamps-headshotJEREMY KAMPS

Jeremy Kamps’ work has been produced/developed with Esperance Theater Company, Company Cypher at the National Black Theatre of Harlem, Ugly Rhino, Dixon Place, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, The Amoralists and New York Theatre Workshop; member of the Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. He has also been recognized for awards for his play GUTTING (The Ruby Lloyd Apsey Award, Goldberg Prize) and WATER HYACINTH (Hudson Valley Writers Center and NYU Festival of New Works). MFA: NYU.


kiechel_headshot-2CLAIRE KIECHEL

Claire Kiechel is a playwright and theater maker living in New York. Her plays include: PILGRIMS (upcoming at the Gift Theatre; Lark Playwright’s Week 2016; the Kilroys’ 2016 THE LIST); LULU IS HUNGRY with composer Avi Amon (ANTFEST 2016); SOME DARK PLACES OF THE EARTH (New School for Drama). She is a current member of Youngblood, an alumna of The Civilians 2015-16 R&D Group, and a 2016 recipient of South Coast Rep’s Elizabeth George Emerging Writers Commission.


king-headshotRYAN KING

Ryan King is from Austin, TX, and now lives in Brooklyn. His plays: Burying Augustus, Gigantic F***ing Worms, Later Hour, Loveshack in ’87, Always On, and others.  He’s a current member of the Primary Stages New American Writers Group and the 2016 Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm.  He’s a former member of the 2014-2015 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group. His plays have been developed by Cape Cod Theatre Project, Naked Angels, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, Theater of NOTE and others.


murphy-headshotMOLLY BEACH MURPHY

Molly Beach Murphy is a playwright and director from Galveston, Texas. Plays include: Cowboy Bob (Upcoming Ars Nova Project Residency), Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert, Molly Murphy  & Neil de Grasse Tyson On Our Last Day On Earth.  Her work has been developed at Williamstown Theatre Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Fresh Ground Pepper Playground Playgroup, NYMF, Incubator Arts Project, The Habitat, Signature Theatre, New Light Theater Project, New Georges Affiliated Artist BFA: Southern Methodist University.


payne-headshotJONATHAN PAYNE

Jonathan Payne’s work has been developed at the Tristan Bates Theatre (UK), Ars Nova, Fringe Festival NYC, The Bushwick Star, and the Fire This Time Festival. He’s been a fellow at New Dramatists, Playwrights Realm and The Dramatist Guild, as well as an Ars Nova Play Group. He received a BA from the GSA Conservatoire (UK) and an MFA in Playwriting from Tisch School of the Arts. He is a current fellow at the Juilliard Playwrights Program.


stessheadshot-100kb-1ARIEL STESS

Ariel Stess is a Brooklyn-based playwright and director originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has been developed or produced by The Bushwick Starr, Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, New Georges, The Lark, Dixon Place, and Mabou Mines. Recent productions: I’M PRETTY FUCKED UP (Clubbed Thumb) and HEARTBREAK (The Bushwick Starr & New Georges). She is currently working on a commission for Playwrights Horizons and a memoir.


tarker-headshotKATE TARKER

Kate Tarker’s plays include THUNDERBODIES (nominee, 2017 L. Arnold Weissberger Award), An Almanac for Farmers and Lovers in Mexico (2015 Kilroys List), and Laura and the Sea (2016 Kilroys List; finalist for 2016 L. Arnold Weissberger Award and Princess Grace Award). Developed by The Lark, Ars Nova, NYTW, The O’Neill, among others. Jerome Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, Ars Nova Play Group. Commissions: The Wilma, Theater Masters Visionary Playwright Award. Collaborations: Pig Iron and SITI Company. M.F.A. Yale.

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