Announcing our four Residency playwrights!


We can’t wait for these four incredible playwrights to join us for our annual Summer Residency next week – and we’re so excited to share a sneak peek of what they’ll be working on!

beckford-burrell headshot editBleu Beckford-Burrell is a Jamaican-American actor/playwright from New York City, with an M.F.A in Acting. She is a member of the Obie Award-winning Youngbloods playwright group at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Her work includes Lyons Pride, P.S. 365, Forecon, Broken Record and Masque. She is excited to be a part of the Page 73 family this summer. Bleu will be using her residency as a writing retreat.



Caswell headshot smallJohn J. Caswell, Jr. is the 2017 P73 Playwriting Fellow and is a queer, Mexican-American playwright and director originally from Phoenix, AZ. He is also the Artistic Director of Progressive Theatre Workshop, a company that has made plays for the past ten years. He has developed and shown work across Arizona and in New York City at HERE, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Primary Stages, and more. His work has been named a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, the O’Neill NPC, the Woodward Newman Drama Award, and the Impact Residency at The Drama League. His plays are frequently cited as examples of queer-themed theatre, most recently referenced in articles appearing in Theatre Topics, The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, and the European Journal of Comparative American Studies. Included as a consummate demonstration of auto-ethnographic theatre, his play SHOTS: A Love Story was published as part of Johnny Saldaña’s book Ethnotheatre: Research From Page to Stage published by Left Coast Press. John will be using his residency as a writing retreat.


chung headshot editMia Chung’s plays include You For Me For You, Catch As Catch Can, and This Exquisite Corpse.  She recently received the Stavis Playwright Award, the Frederick Loewe Award in Music-Theatre, and a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship.  You For Me For You recently had a Korean premiere at the National Theatre Center of Korea, a UK premiere at The Royal Court Theatre, a US premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and multiple regional productions, including Company One, Crowded Fire Theater, InterAct, Mu Performing Arts/Guthrie Theater, Portland Playhouse; the play is published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama.  In 2018, the play will run in Chicago, Michigan, and upstate NY.  Mia’s work has been supported by awards, commissions, fellowships, residencies and workshops, including BAPF, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Blue Mountain Center, Civilians’ R&D Group, Hedgebrook, Huntington Theatre, Icicle Creek, Inkwell, JAW, LAByrinth, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, NEA, NYTW, the Orchard Project, Playwrights Realm, RISCA, South Coast Rep, Southern Rep, Stella Adler Studio, TCG, and the Unicorn Theatre.  She is a New Dramatist. Mia will be using her residency to collaborate with director Ken Rus Schmoll on Catch As Catch Can.


Deen headshot smallMashuq Mushtaq Deen was a 2014 member of Interstate 73 and is an award-winning queer theater artist and a resident playwright at New Dramatists. His work will be produced at Mosaic Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, and InterAct Theatre next year. Full-length plays: The Betterment Society, The Shaking Earth, Draw the Circle (premiered at PlayMakers Rep), Tank & Horse (premiered at Berkshire Fringe Festival), and Shut Up! Deen’s plays have been presented/developed by New Dramatists, The Public Theater, NYTW, InterAct Theatre, Page73, Ma-Yi, Dixon Place, and other places. Awards and Grants: Helene Wurlitzer’s Chesley/Bumbalo Foundation Award, MacDowell Colony’s Arch and Bruce Brown Fellow, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow; James Baldwin Award, Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize honorable mention; Residencies/Fellowships: New Harmony Project, MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow; Writing Groups: Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and Alumni Writers Group (current), Page73 Interstate writing group; Member: NYTW Usual Suspect, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, Public Theater Alumni Writers Group, Dramatists Guild. He is represented by the Gurman Agency LLC. Deen will be using his residency to collaborate on The Betterment Society with director Jessi Hill and composer Nell Shaw Cohen.


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