2013/14 Writer/Director Lab



Downtown’s premiere program for new plays.

written by Clare Barron
directed by Louisa Proske

written by Jiehae Park
directed by Lillian Meredith

written by Amelia Roper
directed by Knud Adams

written by Jerry Lieblich
directed by Kareem Fahmy

Meet the Writers

clare-iguanaClare Barron (paired with director Louisa Proske) grew up in Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays include Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks); Solar Plexus (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon of One-Act Plays); and a boy put this girl in a cage with a dog and the dog killed the girl (developed at The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Colt Coeur, and The Bushwick Starr). She is a member of Youngblood at EST and a recipient of an EST/Sloan grant to develop Old Four Legs – a play about a prehistoric fish. She is also an actor and has appeared in Target Margin’s Uncle Vanya and The Tempest in NYC, and Masrah Ensemble’s Arabic-English production of Mud in Beirut, Lebanon. Most recently she appeared in THE CONSULTANT (Long Wharf Theater) written by Writer/Director Lab alumna Heidi Schreck.

274362E24-BEF4-1D48-8FB6F0FFC1C712F5Jiehae Park (paired with director Lillian Meredith) is a playwright and actor in NYC. Her second full-length, HANNAH AND THE DREAD GAZEBO, won the 2013 Leah Ryan Prize and 2013 Princess Grace Award; the script was developed at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and Ojai Playwrights Conference.  Current: Ma Yi Writers Lab, Soho Rep W/D Lab, 2015 Emerging Writers Group at the Public, Dramatists Guild Fellow, Princess Grace Fellow at New Dramatists. Upcoming: Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep. She served two years as co-artistic director of title3, a Los Angeles company dedicated to new works by women, and has been a mentor for the O’Neill’s Young Playwrights Festival. As a performer: NYTW, La Jolla Playhouse, Collection of Shiny Objects, Studio Theatre, Young Playwrights Theatre, REDCAT. BA (theater), Amherst College; MFA (acting), UCSDwww.jiehae.com

amelia roper headshot for realmAmelia Roper (paired with director Knud Adams) is currently writing for Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, SOHO Rep’s Writer/ Director Lab and The Rose. She has been produced in Australia by the Melbourne Arts Centre, St Martins Youth Arts Centre and FortyFortyHome. Her work has been developed by the Melbourne Theatre Company, the Old Vic in London, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, American Theater Company in Chicago, NNPN at the Kennedy Center and the Moscow Playwright and Director Center in Russia. She is a MacDowell Fellow and a recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama. www.ameliaroper.com.

Jerry LieblichJerry Lieblich (paired with director Kareem Fahmy) plays include Eudaemonia (not just 3 New Plays), Ghost Stories (HERE Arts Center), 1927 (Ars Nova, ANT Fest), Subway Play (Tiny Rhino) and Cruelty to Animals (Manhattan Repertory Theater). Finalist: Heideman Award (Actors Theatre of Louisville), T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange (Old Vic Theatre), Global Age Project (Aurora Theater), New Works Festival (Kitchen Dog Theater). Semifinalist: Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship. Jerry is a member of Smith + Tinker (HERE Arts Center), and is the writerly half of the devising team Tiny Little Band with Stefanie Abel Horowitz. 2011/2012 Literary Resident at Playwrights Horizons. He also used to work at a zoo. BA: Yale.

Meet the Directors

Lillian Meredith _ HeadshotLillian Meredith (paired with writer Jiehae Park) is a director, performer, writer, and native New Yorker. Most of her work is site-specific and explores the boundaries of performance and the role of the audience in live theater. She has developed work for Dixon Place, Culture Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, UglyRhino, Galapagos Art Space, Hunter College, The Secret Theater, Ashby Stage in Berkeley CA, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, among others. A proud alumna of Vassar College and the National Theater Institute, Lillian is also the creator and producer of the annual Communal Spaces: a garden play festival, a co-founder and member of FullStop Collective, an associated artist of foolsFURY Theater Company in San Francisco, and a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. www.lillianmeredith.com

louisaLouisa Proske (paired with writer Clare Barron) is a director of new plays, classics, musicals and opera. She holds an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama. Her productions include Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (NYU); Pinkalicious the Musical and This Same Progeny of Evils (Hangar Theatre, Ithaca); La Voix Humaine (Yale Opera); Cymbeline (Yale School of Drama); Invisible Cities (Italian Academy NY); Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire (Avant Music Festival); Rum ‘n Coca Cola in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad; an international tour of Macbeth; As You Like It (Yale Summer Cabaret); ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (The Tank, NYC); A Servant To Two Masters (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); 4.48 Psychosis (Apollonysus Theatre, York). Louisa’s translation of Fassbinder’s In a Year with 13 Moons was directed by Robert Woodruff at Yale Repertory Theatre. Louisa is a 2013 Drama League Directing Fellow. https://yaledrama.digication.com/louisa_proske

Knud HeadshotKnud Adams (paired with writer Amelia Roper) is a Brooklyn-based director of experimental and new plays. He has assisted some of the nation’s foremost artists, including André Gregory, The Wooster Group, Richard Foreman, Sam Gold, Rachel Chavkin, and Sarah Benson. His recent productions include Annie Baker’s Body Awareness (Chester, MA), Torrey Townsend’s Home Universe (Columbia Stages), Max Posner’s Gun Logistics (Drama League Directorfest), Carmen (dell’Arte Opera Ensmeble), Keep Calm — Cuts from Hamlet (Jimmy’s No. 43) and his own play Children of the Future Age (Calliope). He is currently developing a new play by Torrey Townsend, a concert musical with Kate Hamilton and Nick Lerangis, and a devised response to Romeo and Juliet. Knud is a proud alum of the Drama League NY Fall Directors Project, Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Directing Corps, Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident Program, and Kenyon College. www.knudadams.com

photo-1Kareem Fahmy (paired with writer Jerry Leiblich)  is a Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent. He has been an Emerging Artist of Color Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop, a Van Lier Fellow at Second Stage, is a founding member of |the claque| and is a core member of Rising Circle Theater Collective. He has directed and developed work with companies including NYTW, Second Stage, Sundance, Berkeley Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Partial Comfort Productions, and Noor Theatre. Kareem is an NYTW Usual Suspect. MFA: Columbia. www.kareemfahmy.com




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