Writer / Director Lab and Studio

In addition to launching Soho Rep. Project Number One and getting ready to produce again as soon as conditions allow, we will continue to develop new work in the STUDIO and support early-career artists through the Writer/ Director Lab.

In the Writer/ Director Lab, four playwright and director teams are generating new plays from scratch, which will be shared with the general public at  work-in-progress presentations in 2021.

2019-2021 Lab members include Jeesun Choi & Bryn Herdrich, Nia Farrell & Talia Paulette Oliveras, Keenan Hurley & Kedian Keohan, and Kate Moore Heaney & Divya Mangwani; the Lab is co-chaired by William Burke & Jackie Sibblies Drury.

Check out the virtual experiments created by the Lab in May 2020:

Aaj Ki Baat (Today’s News)
by Viniyata Pany & Divya Mangwani

The Map Project
by Nia Farrell & Talia Paulette Oliveras

by Keenan Hurley and Kedian Keohan

by Jeesun Choi & Bryn Herdrich

In the STUDIO, we fully support the development of new work, from first impulse through full production, over the course of several years through weeklong workshops and commissions made with an upfront commitment to production. This season, we have awarded two new $15,000 commissions to Garrett Allen and Raja Feather Kelly. Artists already commissioned or developing work in the Studio program include Becca Blackwell; Alice Birch; Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas; Jackie Sibblies Drury; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins & Carmelita Tropicana; Narcissister; Radical Evolution; Kate Tarker; and Jillian Walker

Leadership support for the STUDIO is provided by the Vilcek Foundation. Alice Birch and Jackie Sibblies Drury are recipients of Berwin Lee New Play Commissions. Other commissions are being supported by James Gleick & Cynthia Crossen, The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, and Jody Falco & Jeffrey Steinman. Jillian Walker is a 2020-21 Tow Playwright-in-Residence.

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

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