“The WP Lab was an amazing experience for me. To have my ideas and creativity fostered in a group of talented women playwrights, producers, and directors was empowering. Not only has the Lab helped me to feel clearer about my voice as a playwright, it has inspired my confidence as a woman with something important to offer our greater theatre continuum. I am extremely thankful to WP for continuing to nurture my art.”
–Dominique Morisseau, Playwright
Founded in 1994, the Playwrights Lab allows its members to develop new work in a productive environment. In addition to the full-Lab meetings, the playwrights’ group meets monthly to hear their work read aloud and receive feedback.
Eboni Booth is a writer and actress from New York City, where she will be a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at Juilliard in the fall. As an actress, she has appeared in productions at Playwrights Horizons, LCT3/Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theater Club, Page 73, Soho Rep., Atlantic Theater Company, and more. Her television credits include “The Americans,” “Show Me a Hero,” and “Daredevil.” Eboni is an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Emerging Writers Group and a graduate of the University of Vermont.
Vanessa Garcia is a multidisciplinary writer. Her debut novel, "White Light", was one of NPRs Best Books of 2015 and an International Latino Book Award winner. Her plays include The Cuban Spring (a full-length Carbonell Award nominee for Best New Play, 2015), The Crocodile’s Bite (a short included in numerous anthologies such as Smith & Kraus’ Best Ten Minute Plays of 2016; the City Theatre Anthology 2015; and the Writer’s Digest Annual Award Anthology, 2015), Freek!, a short play for Young Adults (anthologized in The Applause Acting Series’ 5 Minute Plays For Teens), and Amparo, an immersive theatre production about the real Havana Club. Her journalism/essays have appeared in the LA Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and numerous other publications. She holds a PhD from the University of California Irvine in Creative Nonfiction, and is currently a Sesame Street Writer’s Room Fellow. www.vanessagarcia.org
Christina Quintana (CQ)
Christina Quintana (CQ) is a writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. Her plays include: Azul (2017 Kilroys List; forthcoming World Premiere: Southern Rep, March 2019), Scissoring (INTAR; Finalist Alliance/Kendeda), Evensong (APAC; Kilroys List Honorable Mention), Enter Your Sleep (Yale Cabaret), and The Great Lonely Roamer & The Night That Changed Everything (NYU Voices Festival). She is the recipient of fellowships from Playwrights Realm, Van Lier New Voices at the Lark, Queer/Art, CubaOne, and Lambda Literary, and commissions from the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Project, Peppercorn Theatre, and Actor's Express. Her poetry and prose is published in Front Porch Journal, Saw Palm, Nimrod Journal, and Foglifter, among others, and her poem "She-lium" was featured on NPR's Radiolab, in collaboration with Emotive Fruition. She is an alumnus of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University School of the Arts. For more, visit cquintana.com
Charly Evon Simpson
Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright, performer, and educator from New York City. Her plays include Jump, Behind the Sheet, Scratching the Surface, Hottentotted, While We Wait, and more. Her work has been seen and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, The Tank, National New Play Network at its Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop and National Showcase of New Plays, Salt Lake Acting Company, and others. She’s currently in The Amoralists’ 18/19 ‘Wright Club and she’s The Pack’s current playwright-in-residence. She has received commissions from the EST/Sloan Project, The Flea, and The Movement/NYU. Charly was a Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theatre and is a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s 17/18 Early Career Writers’ Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab, and Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGround PlayGroup. BA: Brown. MSt: Oxford. MFA: Hunter College. www.charlyevonsimpson.com
Bryna Turner is a Brooklyn-based playwright originally from Northern California. Her play Bull in a China Shop recently premiered at LCT3 under Lee Sunday Evans' direction. Her work has been produced or developed by About Face Theatre, Abingdon Theatre Company, Alley Repertory Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Colt Coeur, Diversionary Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The National Theatre, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Mendocino Theatre Company, Mount Holyoke College, and Rainbow Theatre Project. Other plays include: Carlo at the Wedding; Lights Over Philo; The Stand-In; and How to Separate Your Soul from Your Body (in ten easy steps!). She is an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writer’s Group, a MacDowell fellow, and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Rutgers University. She is currently working on a commission for Lincoln Center Theater and was awarded their Emerging Artist Award of 2018. www.brynaturner.com