Writer/Director Lab

The 2019-2021 Soho Rep. Writer/Director LAB

William Burke & Jackie Sibblies Drury, Co-Chairs

We are so excited to welcome you back to the theater and share the 2019/2021 Writer Director Lab Presentations. Reserve your spot now!

Keenan Hurley and Kedian Keohan
Sept 24 at 7:30 pm | Sept 25 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm | Sept 26 at 7:30 pm 

Oct 1 at 7:30 pm | Oct 2 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm | Oct 3 at 7:30 pm

Kate Moore Heaney and Divya Mangwani
Speak American
Oct 8 at 7:30 pm | Oct 9 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm | Oct 10 at 7:30 pm

Jeesun Choi and Bryn Herdrich
Oct 15 at 7:30pm | Oct 16 at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm | Oct 17 at 7:30 pm

Co-Chaired by William Burke & Jackie Sibblies Drury

Jeesun Choi & Bryn Herdrich

Jeesun Choi is a transnational Korean playwright and physical theatre artist. Her plays move through diaspora, (im)migration, transnationalism to reveal the joy and agony of the human condition. Plays include Lost Coast (2021 Nashville Rep’s Ingram New Works Festival, reading at New York Theatre Workshop); Manuka (Upcoming: EST Youngblood Monday Lunch); The Seekers (2019 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Winner, 2019 O’Neill NPC Semifinalist, 2018-19 Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Fresh Ground Pepper Artist Retreat); Dahlia (Dell’Arte International); Cecilies (Red Eye Theater, Minnesota Fringe Festival). She was awarded Artist of Exceptional Merit by Asian American Arts Alliance, and currently is the Ingram Lab Playwright at Nashville Rep, a member of EST/Youngblood, and a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop. She was a fellow at National Institute for Directing & Ensemble Creation at Pangea World Theater and a Works-in-Progress Artist at Red Eye Theater. MFA Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre, Dell’Arte International. jeesunchoi.com

Bryn Herdrich creates storytelling events and directs new theatrical work. Recent credits include: IS IT SUPPOSED TO LAST (PlayCo),  PENNY THOUGHTS (Prelude Festival), MY LIFE HAS BEEN EXTRAORDINARY (Joe’s Pub), and VARIATIONS ON THE MAIN (JACK). She has been the Associate Director of THE SOUND INSIDE by Adam Rapp at Studio 54. Member of Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, MTC Directing Fellow 2018-2020, WTF Directors Corps, and the SDC Observership Class of 2018-2019, and serves on the Artistic Advisory Council of JETco. Film: LEG ROOM.

Project Description

‘Bust’ will track the head-spinning ascent of an expatriate family from rags to riches- and back to rags- to lay bare the truth and cost of our relentless pursuit for money in the structures of 21st century neocolonialism.

Nia Farrell & Talia Paulette Oliveras

Ta-Nia: We are Talia Paulette Oliveras and Nia Farrell, collectively Ta-Nia: a theatre-making duo committed to challenging the limits of theatre to create unapologetically BLK spaces of liberation.

Paired by the ancestors, we met through the MLK Scholars program at NYU where we studied experimental and collaborative theatre-making in Tisch Drama. We apply our multi-hyphenate and interdisciplinary nature to the art we create in both process and product.

Our work has been presented through Ars Nova ANT Fest 2019 and Theatertreffen’s Stückemarkt 2020/21 (DREAMS IN BLK MAJOR). As the recipients of the Stückemarkt Commission of Work, we are currently developing a new piece for Schauspiel Dortmund’s 2022/23 season.

You can learn more about us at ta-nia.com.

Project Description
A reminder that this is Real Life — and that means there is real hope for tomorrow. A MAP TO NOWHERE (things are) is a chakra-based ritual and abolitionist practice in closing the gap between dreams and reality.

Keenan Hurley & Kedian Keohan

Keenan Hurley (he/him) is a bisexual from Texas who writes and makes sound for theater. His original work has been shown at the Edinburgh Fringe and Judson Church. He has sound designed work in places like Carnegie Hall, The Kitchen, The Bushwick Starr, and in Cuba for artists like Sibyl Kempson, Erin Markey, Dawn Akemi Saito, and Caborca.

Kedian Keohan (they/them) is a trans director, creator, and plaything of live performance. They have collaborated with artists Jordan Fein, Erin Markey, Ann Marie Dorr & Paul Ketchum, minor theater, Geoff Sobelle, ayo ohs, Andrew Schneider, Dance Heginbotham, and Alice Gosti. Upcoming: their new work Panic Encyclopedia, developed in residency at JACK, will premiere at Exponential Festival 2022. Kedian performs the role of the Drum Major in minor theater’s Marie It’s Time (HERE Arts Center). As part of the New Georges Jam, Kedian is in collaboration on new works with artists Deepali Gupta and Cristina Angeles, respectively. Recent directing work: A Bone to Pick (Brunch Theatre), Venus in Gemini (Exponential Festival), *Chefs Kiss* (FEAST/Your Uncle Richard), and Fantasy (No Theme Festival). Recent assisting work: minor theater’s Pathetic (Abrons Art Center) and Andrew Butler’s Rags Parkland Sings Songs of the Future (Ars Nova). Their dearly departed theater company Church of the Millennials presented work at Ars Nova Makers Lab, BAX Upstart Festival, and IRT. Kedian is a proud alumnus of Dan Fishback’s NEEDING IT class at BAX. Kedian is a New Georges affiliated artist.

Project Description:
At the center of the Black Hole is the Event Horizon. Crawl inside and save me a dance. Internal transformations become external. Let’s reckon with one another or become unrecognizable. It’s ok if you’re a little smelly.

Kate Moore Heaney & Divya Mangwani

Kate Moore Heaney is a theatre director, producer, and dramaturg of Lebanese & Irish descent. Kate is Artistic Producer of Noor Theatre, Artistic Associate, Literary at Long Wharf Theatre, and a founding steering committee member for the Middle Eastern and North African Theater Makers Alliance (MENATMA). She has directed and/or developed new work with The Civilians’ R&D Group, New York Theatre Workshop, The Amoralists, The Flea, The Shakespeare Society, The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, and other NYC companies. She has assistant or associate directed with Ibex Theatricals/The New Vic, McCarter Theatre, Clubbed Thumb, Yale Institute for Music Theatre, and The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway. B.A.: Yale. katemooreheaney.com

Divya Mangwani is a writer and theatre artist from Pune, India, now based in New York. She creates work that questions our perception of the political, social and mythical. Divya was the founder and Artistic Director of Moonbeam Factory Theatre in Pune, where she wrote, directed, produced and devised plays that were staged in India, Singapore and the UK. In New York, she has developed plays with UNICEF, Soho Rep, New York Theatre Workshop, Gingold Theatrical Group, The Flea, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Mabou Mines, Hypokrit Theatre, Project Y, Theatre East, Pipeline Theatre, Rising Sun Performance Company and Governors Island. She was a NYTW 2050 Artistic Fellow, Hypokrit Theatre Tamasha fellow, Playlab fellow at Pipeline Theatre and Speakers Corner fellow at Gingold Theatrical Group. Before theatre, Divya worked as an international journalist and editor. divyamangwani.com

Project Description:
An insider/outsider’s perspective on the disorienting construct that is the American language — hyperlinking to the future (insert emoticon here).

Thank you to Lawrence Sutton & Rick Titone for providing generous support to the LAB.

If you have further questions please email us at lab@sohorep.org.

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