Announcing our 2018 Semifinalists!

We are thrilled to announce the 16 semifinalists for the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellowship!

We look forward to reading more from these writers who stood out from among a field of over 400 applicants. Finalists for the Fellowship, as well as members of our 2018 Interstate 73 writers group, will be announced later this winter!

Will Arbery
Benjamin Benne
Eleanor Burgess
Milo Cramer
Ryan Dowler
Emily Feldman
L Feldman
Gina Femia
Geraldine Inoa
C. A. Johnson
Ted Malawer
Divya Mangwani
Stav Palti-Negev
Andrew Saito
Charly Evon Simpson
Celine Song



Will Arbery is a playwright + performer from Texas + Wyoming. His plays have been developed at Clubbed Thumb, Ojai Playwrights Conference, The New Group, EST/Youngblood, The Bushwick Starr, Alliance/Kendeda, White Heron Theatre, and Tofte Lake Center. His dance work has been seen at Pioneer Works, The Watermill Center, and MCA Chicago. His play Wheelchair is forthcoming from 3 Hole Press in 2018. He grew up the only boy among seven sisters.



Benjamin Benne is a McKnight Fellow in Playwriting at the Playwrights’ Center and was previously a Many Voices Fellow. He is the winner of a Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award and Wurlitzer Foundation Residency, runner-up for the National Latino Playwriting Award, and a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, O’Neill NPC, and BAPF. His plays have been developed/produced with Two River Theater, Seattle Repertory, A Contemporary Theatre, Pillsbury House Theatre, and The Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, among others.


Burgess, Eleanor smallerELEANOR BURGESS

Eleanor Burgess’s plays include The Niceties (Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Portland Stage), Chill (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), Start Down (Alliance Theatre, Centenary Stage Company), and These Dying Generations. She is currently a 2050 Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and a member of The Civilians R&D Group, and has also been a playwriting fellow at Huntington Theatre Company and the recipient of an EST/Sloan Commission. She grew up in Massachusetts, studied history at Yale College, and completed the M.F.A in Dramatic Writing at NYU/Tisch.



Milo Cramer’s play Cute Activist will premiere this January at the Bushwick Starr in association with Clubbed Thumb. Other works include: Apology Circle (Ars Nova’s PlayGroup, Space on Ryder Farm), Business Ideas, (Mabou Mines,) and Minor Character, co-created with New Saloon Theater Company (co-founder), presented at The Invisible Dog, the Sharon Playhouse, and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival. Milo is an alumni of SoHo Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, and under commission from Playwrights Horizons.


ryandowler3RYAN DOWLER

Ryan Dowler is from San Angelo, Texas. He is an alumnus of the OBIE and Drama Desk Award-winning writer’s group, Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Two of his full-length plays—Stiff and The Gratifications —were produced during his time with Youngblood. His work has been developed or presented at Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Flea, Hyde Park Theatre, DC Source, Cherry Lane Theater, Main Street Stage, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.


feldman headshot smallerEMILY FELDMAN

Emily’s work has been developed by The Playwrights’ Center, Colt Coeur, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Magic Theatre, The Alliance Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, and The Playwrights Realm. She has been an Alliance/Kendeda finalist, Ashland New Play Festival Winner, and a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Emily is a recent Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center and earned her MFA in playwriting at UC San Diego and her BA at Middlebury College.


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L Feldman is a playwright, deviser, professor, and a circus performer and dramaturg. Plays: THRIVE // ANOTHER KIND OF SILENCE // AMANUENSIS // THE EGG-LAYERS // A PEOPLE // GRACE, OR THE ART OF CLIMBING. She has been nominated for the Wendy Wasserstein Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, New York Innovative Theatre Award, and the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. A proud member of Orbiter 3, she’s based in Philadelphia.



Gina Femia’s plays have been developed/presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Great Plains Theatre Conference, New Georges, Dixon Place, and Pipeline Theatre.  She is an alum of EST/Youngblood, a member of Lather, Rinse, Repeat, New Georges Affiliated Artist, & New York Madness Company Member. She’s received residencies with NTI at the O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Fresh Ground Pepper and has been nominated for the Kilroys List, the Doric Wilson Award and Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project.


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Geraldine Inoa is a member of The Public Theater’s 2016-17 Emerging Writers Group. Her play Reckonings: Furies from a New Queer Nation will be developed through the Atlantic Theater Company’s Amplified Reading Series. Her play Scraps was developed at the Labyrinth Theater Company and was a semifinalist for the O’Neill. She was a finalist for the 2017 Van Lier New Voices Fellowship at the Lark. BA: NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Headshot in ColorC.A. JOHNSON

C. A. Johnson is a playwright from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her plays include Thirst (Kilroys List 2017), The Climb, Waitin’ On The Moon, Mother Tongue, and Elroy Learns His Name.  Her work has been developed with the generous support of The Lark, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the Playwrights Center, and PlayPenn National Conference. She is an alumna of the Dramatists Guild Fellowship and The Civilians R & D Group. BA: Smith College MFA: NYU.


Ted Malawer is a 2017 graduate of Juilliard’s Playwriting program and a story editor on NBC’s Rise. Ted received the Kennedy Center’s Blanche and Irving Laurie Award, and his plays have been developed at MCC, Atlantic Theater Company, and The Chance in Anaheim, where he’s the Playwright-in-Residence. Ted has published six novels and sold a TV pilot to Freeform with producers Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller. A former opera singer, Ted is a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a graduate of the Columbia University-Juilliard Exchange Program, and received his Masters from Fordham University.

Divya Mangwani pictureDIVYA MANGWANI

Divya Mangwani is a playwright from Pune, India, based in New York. She was the Artistic Director of Moonbeam Factory Theatre, where she wrote and directed plays that were staged in Pune, Mumbai, Chennai, Goa, Singapore and Glasgow. Her play One, Two, Three won best play, best script, best director and audience vote at the international Short+Sweet Festival. She is currently a member of the Pipeline Theatre’s Playlab. MFA: Tisch, NYU.


Stav Palti-Negev’s works have been developed/performed at The Public Theater, The Flea Theater, Red Theater (Chicago), The Studio Theater, Beer Sheva Fringe Theater, Asylum Arts, Israel International Exposure and GLZ Radio among others. Produced: Israel Fringe Theater Festival (Acco), Tmuna Theater (Tel-Aviv), Nazareth Theater. Awards: 2014 Best Play Award Israel Fringe Theater Festival. Stav is a 2017 fellow at The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. BFA: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MFA: NYU Tisch.


Andrew Saito was Andrew W. Mellon Resident Playwright at The Cutting Ball Theater, which produced his plays Krispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night and Mount Misery: A Comedy of Enhanced Interrogations.  A Fulbright Scholar in Papua New Guinea, he has collaborated with Peruvian theatre collective Yuyachkani, and developed work with Victory Gardens, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Crowded Fire, East West Players, Playwrights Center (Minneapolis), Bay Area Playwrights Festival, among others.  Until recently, he lived in Cuba.


Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include Jump, Scratching the Surface, Hottentotted, and While We Wait. She’s a member of the 2017 Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and 17/18 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers’ Group and is working on commissions from EST/Sloan, The Flea, The Pack, and The Movement/NYU. She’s an alumna of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab, and Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGround PlayGroup. BA: Brown. MSt: Oxford. MFA: Hunter College.



Celine Song is a member of the Public Theater’s 2016-2017 Emerging Writers Group, a member of Ars Nova’s 2014-2015 Play Group, and Playwrights Realm’s 2017-2018 Writing Fellow. Her play Endlings was a part of the Kilroys list 2017, and Tom & Eliza was a semifinalist for the 2016 Relentless Award. She has been awarded residencies from: the Millay Colony, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Edward F. Albee Foundation. She holds an M.F.A. from Columbia.

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