Congratulations to the 2014 members of Interstate 73!
The I73 writers group meets twice a month in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, giving its members an opportunity to share new pages, engage with other emerging writers, and receive developmental feedback and support. Each writer will also have the option of receiving a public or private reading sometime during the year.
We’re excited to work with these eight writers over the next year as they develop current drafts and generate new material.
Read more below about the newest members of the Page 73 family.
A first-generation South Asian American playwright and performer, Mashuq Deen is a P73 Interstate writing group member (2014-15), a NYFA Fellowship recipient (2013), a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow (2013-14) and Usual Suspect, an alumni member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group (2009), an affiliate artist with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (2012-13), a former LMCC SPARC Fellow (2013), as well as one of the artists chosen for the 2013 Tofte Lake Center emerging artist retreat. Full length plays: Shut-Up! (Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize, James Baldwin Award), Tank and Horse (Berkshire Fringe Festival), and Draw the Circle (produced at InterAct Theatre and presented at Hampshire College, PACE University; staged readings: Public Theater, Dixon Place, Berkshire Fringe, NYTW at Dartmouth, Passage Theatre, and Queens Theatre in the Park). His new play, People Are Made of Flesh and Bone, about the 1984 anti-Sikh massacres in India, is currently in development (readings: Hemispheric Institute). Deen is currently working on a new project as part of his NYTW Fellowship exploring how mental illness is treated in hospitals. He received his MFA at the ASDS/New School of Drama.
Sarah Gancher is a playwright with a passion for epic stories, big ideas, and deep comedy. Her plays have been produced or developed at institutions such as London’s National Theatre, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, Budapest’s Quarter6Quarter7 Festival, PS122, La Mama, Ars Nova, NYC SummerStage, New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse, the Women’s Project, the Great Plains Theater Conference, Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival, and Telluride Theatre, among others. She frequently collaborates with devising ensembles such as NYC’s The TEAM, Colorado’s Telluride Theatre, Portland, Oregon’s Hand2Mouth, and Blue Man Group. She is the winner of the 2013 Founder’s Award from New York Stage and Film, a recipient of the Jewish Plays Project’s OPEN Residency, a 2012—2014 Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and a 2012—2013 member of the Ars Nova Play Group. Upcoming: The Architecture of Becoming with Women’s Project at City Center.
Nick Gandiello is a playwright, screenwriter, and teaching artist based in NYC. Twice a finalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, he also attended the company’s 2013 Summer Residency at Yale. Nick was a member of the 2012-13 Play Group at Ars Nova, where his play Sunrise Highway received an Out Loud reading. His full-length plays include Oceanside (to make its Regional premiere in 2015), Black Fly Spring (to receive a developmental production at Xavier University), and Off the Realness (The New School for Drama’s New Voices Festival). Other NYC credits include At the Finish (to be published in Smith and Kraus’s Best Ten Minute Plays of 2014), Travis Winters (winner: Best Play, Audience Favorite; American Globe Theatre), and Screen (Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival). Nick has attended residencies at The Blue Mountain Center and SPACE on Ryder Farm. For the screen, he has developed a feature-length script with 7th Empire Media and a television pilot with Ready Set Go Productions. Nick is the Literary Manager of Young Playwrights Inc., through which he has led playwriting workshops in NYC, Virginia, and Miami. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama.
Kevin Kautzman is a playwright originally from North Dakota. An alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where he studied history and philosophy, he holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He began studying playwriting in London at The Royal Court Theatre and became a core writer out of the Young Writers Program. He has received commissions from History Theatre and Red Eye, and his work has been performed and/or developed at places including The Des Moines Social Club, Fox Valley Repertory, The Landing Theatre Company, The Living Theatre, Mondays Dark, The New Theatre Project, Nouveau 47, The Players’ Guild Theater, The Playwrights’ Center, Scriptworks, The Soho Theatre Studio (UK), South Camden Theatre Company, The Tristan Bates Theatre, and The UK National Student Drama Festival.
His honors include Jerome and Michener fellowships; Tennessee Williams and Kenyon Institute scholarships; and the Kernodle New Play, International Student Playscript Competition, Repertory Theatre Iowa’s Alpha Project, and Southwest Playwriting awards. He is represented by Max Grossman at Abrams and lives in New York, where he is a partner at the web development agency e9digital. More at kevinkautzman.com.
Hailing from New Jersey, Becca Schlossberg’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. They include: Guidance, Cal & Grey, All We Are, Hands, Punches, 3boys (available through Original Works Publishing), Just Like I Wanted (available through Playscripts Inc.), The Secrets of Aiden Brooks, Merrily³, The Marvels and Wonders of 1001 Nights (adaptation), and Where Did the Bees Go. She is a three time recipient of the Robert Fischer Oxnam Award in Playwriting in conjunction with Ensemble Studio Theatre. She is also the co-founder and associate artistic director of Sunglasses After Dark Productions (sunglassesafterdark.org) She happily resides in Brooklyn, NY. BA: Drew University; MFA: The New School for Drama.
Emily Schwend’s plays include Carthage, South of Settling Splinters, Route One Off, Take Me Back, and Behind the Motel. In 2012, her play South of Settling was produced in Steppenwolf’s Next Up Rep. Her ten-minute play, Halfway, is the winner of the 2013 Heideman Prize and was produced at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. She is the recipient of a 2014 Tow Foundation grant for the creation, development and production of a new play through Second Stage Theatre in New York. Her work has been developed at The New Group, Roundabout Theatre Company, ACT Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Partial Comfort Productions, Ars Nova, the Alliance Theatre, the Source Festival in DC, and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, among others. She is a frequent contributor to Christine Jones’s Theatre for One booth. She is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, the 2011 ACT New Play Award winner, the 2009 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwrights Prize winner, a finalist for the 2011 ATCA/Steinberg prize, and a 2009 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist. She is a two-time Interstate 73 member. She is a proud alumna of the playwriting programs at Juilliard and Tisch.