Announcing the 2018 Members of Interstate 73

We are thrilled to announce the nine members of our 2018 Interstate 73 Writers Group!

Eleanor Burgess
Emily Feldman
Amina Henry

Darrel Alejandro Holnes
Daniel K. Isaac
Michael R. Jackson
Gordon Leary
Julia Meinwald
Gary Winter

 


Eleanor BurgessELEANOR 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. www.eleanorburgess.com


Emily Feldman 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. Emily was a 2016 Alliance/Kendeda finalist and a 2017 Winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers Conference and is a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Emily is the 2017/2018 Shank Playwright- in-Residence at Playwrights Horizons and a recent Jerome Fellow and Core Apprentice at The Playwrights’ Center. MFA in playwriting: UC San Diego. BA: Middlebury College.


amina-henry-hsAMINA HENRY

Amina Henry is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Productions include: Ducklings at JACK, The Animals at JACK (developed with The Brooklyn Generator), Happily Ever at Brooklyn College, An American Family Takes a Lover at Theater for the New City, Water produced by Drama of Works and The Minstrel Show, produced as part of the 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival at 13th Street Theater/CSC (NYC). Her work has been developed by and/or presented at: The New Group, The Flea, Clubbed Thumb, National Black Theater, Barefoot Theater, Little Theater at Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR), Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX) and Interrobang Theatre (Baltimore, MD), among others. She has been a participant in Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers, Page 73’s Interstate 73 writers group and and is currently a member of Ars Nova’s emerging writers group. She is also a recipient of an Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Space Grant. For somewhat up-to-date information, go to aminahenry.wordpress.com.

 

Darrel HolnesDARREL ALEJANDRO HOLNES

Darrel Alejandro Holnes’s plays have won him various awards including the Best New Play award from Wichita State University, the Farrar Prize in Playwriting at the University of Michigan and various grants including a Kitchen Theater Company New Play Development Grant and an Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Production Grant. They have been presented as part of the Kennedy Center for the Arts College Theater Festival and the NOW African Playwrights Festival. His play TRIGGER was a recent finalist for the Princess Grace Award, his play STARRY NIGHT was a recent finalist for the Van Lier Fellowship from The Lark Play Development Center, and his other plays have been developed in residency at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the MFA Convening Residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and elsewhere. He has presented work at the National Black Theater, Second Stage Theater, Kitchen Theater Company, and elsewhere nationwide. He is also a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Musical Theatre Factory’s POC Roundtable, the Stillwater Writers Workshop, Page 73’s Interstate 73 writers’ group, and is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Playwriting at Medgar Evers College and teaches playwriting at New York University. Follow him @blackboytraveljoy and learn more.

 

Daniel K. Isaac Headshot SMALLERDANIEL K. ISAAC

Daniel K. Isaac is an actor and writer based in New York City. You can currently see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime’s “Billions.” Daniel co-wrote and stars in “According To My Mother” which was awarded the NYTVF Best Drama & Best Actor, and further developed at the Inaugural Sundance New Voices Lab. www.AccordingToMyMother.com. Daniel is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood and a Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. Finalist: Van Lier New Voices Fellowship and Van Lier Fellowship in Acting. Training: UCSD, BADA. www.DanielKIsaac.com


MJ headshotMICHAEL R. JACKSON

Michael R. Jackson holds a BFA and MFA in playwriting and Musical Theatre Writing from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He wrote book, music, and lyrics for the musical A Strange Loop and White Girl In Danger. He is an alum of the Johnny Mercer Writers Colony, the Ars Nova Uncharted Writers Group, and is a Sundance Theatre Institute Composer Fellow. He is 2017 Jonathan Larson Grant Recipient, a 2017 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award Winner, a 2016-2017 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the 2017 Williamstown Theatre Festival Playwright-In-Residence, and has commissions from UARTS and LCT3.


Gordon Leary 2015 headshotGORDON LEARY

Gordon Leary is a Brooklyn-based bookwriter and lyricist. Musicals with composer Julia Meinwald include The Loneliest Girl In the World (2018 Diversionary Theatre), REB+VoDKa+ME (2017 Yale Institute), The Magnificent Seven (2016 Dixon Place), Something Blue (2014 NYTB), and Pregnancy Pact (2012 Weston Playhouse). Other musicals include Cheer Wars (2009 Richard Rodgers Award; Karlan Judd, composer) and Across the River (2013 Seoul Musical Festival; Hyun Rim Kim, composer). Gordon has developed work with the Dramatists Guild Fellows, NAMT, Ars Nova’s Uncharted, The Civilians’ R&D Group, Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup, Musical Theatre Factory, and the 92Y Musical Theatre Development Lab. BA: Vassar. MFA: NYU GMTWP.


Julia_Meinwald_016JULIA MEINWALD

Julia’s musicals include Pregnancy Pact, The Loneliest Girl in the World, REB+VoDKa+ME, The Magnificent Seven, Something Blue and Elevator Heart. She and her collaborator Gordon Leary write aggressively empathetic shows that help them understand completely foreign points of view, like Anita Bryant’s anti-gay-rights crusade, online fan communities that formed around high school shooters, and groups of teenage girls who decide to get pregnant together.  Julia’s work has been produced at the Weston Playhouse and Diversionary Theatre, and developed through awesome groups like Ars Nova, the Civilians, Fresh Ground Pepper, the Dramatists Guild, 92Y, and exciting acronyms like MTF, NAMT, NYMF, and YIMT.  www.juliameinwald.com.

 

Gary WinterGARY WINTER

Gary Winter was a member of OBIE-Award winning 13P. His plays have been produced at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (2015 Heideman Award), P.S. 122, The Brick, The Flea, The Chocolate Factory, Defunkt Theater, HERE, Beth Soll Dance Co., and the Cherry Lane Alternative. Support from The New Group, Playwrights Horizons. JPP, EST, MacDowell, YADDO. Gary received a Spielberg Righteous Person’s Fellowship to study Eastern European Jewry in Krakow, Poland. Currently Gary works with the Petey Greene program tutoring incarcerated youths awaiting trial. Sometimes he goes fly fishing, MFA-NYU.

 

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