France-Luce Benson, Adrienne Dawes, Deneen Reynolds-Knott And Mars Wolfe To Develop Work In The Fire This Time Festival New Works Lab

FRIGID New York has introduced the 4 playwrights who might be creating work within the sixth cycle of The Hearth This Time Competition New Works Lab program: France-Luce Benson, Adrienne Dawes, Deneen Reynolds-Knott and Mars Wolfe. The sixth cycle started in October 2023 and the playwrights will meet month-to-month to share their work by way of Could 2024. 

In 2015 The Hearth This Time established The Hearth This Time Writers’ Group with the mission to offer TFTT alumni and writers from the TFTT group the chance to develop new work in a secure, nurturing and supportive atmosphere. The initiative was renamed the New Works Lab in 2017. From its inception to the current, the lab has been co-directed by educator and playwright Cynthia Grace Robinson (“Freedom Summer season” “What If?” “Dancing on Eggshells”) and A.J. Muhammad, a producer with TFTT. Funding for the sixth cycle of the New Works Lab was made attainable by beneficiant help from The Black Seed Fund. 

Previous New Works Lab members embrace James Anthony Tyler, Jay Mazyck, Kendra Augustin, Kim Brockington, Antu Yacob, William Watkins, Shamar S. White, Maia Matsushita, Shawn Nabors, T.R. Riggins, Tyrell Bennett, Khalil Kain, Liz Morgan, Edgar Chisholm, Christine Jean Chambers, Danielle Davenport and Ngozi Anyanwu. 

France-Luce Benson is a Haitian-American playwright/screenwriter and Assistant Professor at CSU San Marcos. Her performs have had productions at Williamstown

Theatre Competition, The Hearth This Time Competition, The Fountain Theatre, Billie Vacation Theatre, New Black Fest, Crossroads Theatre, Juggernaut Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre NYC the place she is an organization member; and growth workshops at Atlantic Theatre Firm, The Playwright’s Heart, and Oregon Shakespeare Competition, amongst others. She was a workers author on Paramount Plus’ upcoming sequence “Lawmen: The Bass Reeves Story.” Honors embrace The Lily’s Lorraine Hansberry Award, Dramatist Guild Fellow, NYSCA’s Particular person Artist Award, Sony Footage Tv Various Writers Fellow, Zoetrope’s Grand Prize for authentic screenplay, and Samuel French OOB Competition Winner. She can be a recipient of Sony’s Instructing Artist Award for Progressive Curriculum. Her performs have been printed by DPS, Samuel French, and Routledge. She’s a proud member of the Author’s Guild.

Adrienne Dawes (she/her/hers) is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and educating artist initially from Austin, TX. Her performs, together with “Am I White,” “Teen Dad,” “Bushy & Sherri,” and “This Bitch: Esta Sangre Quiero,” have been developed/ produced by Salvage Vanguard Theater, New Concord Venture, The Hearth This Time Competition, Theatre Lab at FAU, Queen Metropolis New Play Initiative, Levels Repertory Theatre, Teatro Milagro, Nationwide Black Theatre, and English Theatre Berlin, amongst others. Adrienne obtained her BA from Sarah Lawrence School and studied sketch and improv on the Second Metropolis Coaching Heart in Chicago. Latest honors embrace: Walter E. Dakin Fellow on the Sewanee Writers’ Convention, Alice Judson Hayes Fellow at Ragdale Basis, Arkansas Arts Council Particular person Fellowship Award, and artist residencies with Colt Coeur, PlySpace, and Crosstown Arts.

Deneen Reynolds-Knott is a playwright residing in Brooklyn, New York. She was lately commissioned by Florida Studio Theatre to jot down her play, “Biting the Hand.” Her out of doors play, “Shoebox Picnic Street Facet: Route One,” had its World Premiere at Alabama Shakespeare Competition in Fall 2021. Different performs embrace: “Babes in Ho-lland” (2020 Bay Space Playwrights Competition, Upcoming 2024 Manufacturing at Shotgun Gamers), “Notably Meddlesome Ancestors”( 2023 O’Neill Nationwide Playwrights Convention Finalist, 2022 Ingram New Works Competition at Nashville Rep), “Assuming Constructive Intentions” (2021 Clubbed Thumb Studying), “Flashes & Floaters” (2020 Playfest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater and “Antepartum” (2020 Hearth This Time Competition’s signature ten-minute play program). She contributed work to 24/6: A Jewish Theater Firm’s Phone Performs, True Colours’ 2022 Subsequent Narrative Monologue Competitors and The Billie Vacation Theatre’s 50in50: Shattering the Glass Ceiling. Deneen is a New Georges affiliated artist and was a member of Clubbed Thumb’s 2019-2020 Early-Profession Writers’ Group. Deneen participated in SPACE at Ryder Farm’s Household Residency in Summer season 2022 and developed initiatives with Liberation Theatre Firm, Venture Y, Rising Circle and Frank Silvera Workshop. She obtained her MFA in movie from Columbia College.

Mars Wolfe (they/them) is a genderqueer nomad. They orbit New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, writing, performing and challenge managing. Mars moonlights because the genderf*ck drag queen 11 o’Clock and their one-person present, Invoice, Invoice, Billz premiered in Ars Nova’s ANT FEST 2022. Mars has stage managed the musical Kimberly Akimbo, MTV’s Video Music Awards, and Tyra Banks’ ModelLand. The digital salon Mars curated, that includes BIPOC artists throughout quarantine 2020, is obtainable to stream at Mars was a Sundance Episodic Lab Fellow and they’re at present a tall poPpy apprentice, learning with Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori. Mars has beforehand collaborated with The Hearth This Competition on their one act “Want I May P. (Pay it no Thoughts),” celebrating the legacy of Trans-Activist Marsha P. Johnson. Mars goals to amplify the voices of Trans/Gender variant individuals of colour with their work, adjusting the quantity and turning the dial from the acquainted to the unsung and unconventional. Schooling: Juilliard and DePaul College.

The Hearth This Time Competition was based in 2009 by playwright and producer Kelley Girod to offer a platform for playwrights of African and African-American descent to jot down and produce evocative materials for numerous audiences. For the reason that debut of the primary 10-minute play program in 2010, offered in collaboration with FRIGID New York, The Hearth This Time Competition has has produced and developed the work of greater than 80 playwrights together with Katori Corridor, Dominique Morisseau, Radha Clean, Antoinette Nwandu, Jocelyn Bioh, korde arrington tuttle, Stacey Rose, Aziza Barnes, C.A. Johnson, Kevin R. Free, Charly Evon Simpson, Angelica Cheri, James Anthony Tyler, Jordan Cooper and Nathan Yungerberg.  

The Hearth This Time’s first anthology, “25 Performs from The Hearth This Time Competition: A Decade of Recognition, Resistance, Rebirth, and Black Theater” edited by Kelley Girod was launched by Bloomsbury Publishing in February 2022. 

FRIGID New York’s mission is to offer each rising and established artists the chance to create and produce authentic work of various content material, type, and elegance, and to amplify their numerous voices. We do that by presenting an array of month-to-month programming, mainstage productions, an artist residency, and eight annual theater festivals that create an atmosphere of collaboration, resourcefulness, and innovation. Based in 1998, the goal was and is to type a construction, permitting a number of artists to concentrate on creating and staging new work and offering inexpensive rental area to scores of unbiased artists. Now in our third decade we now have produced an enormous amount of stimulating downtown theater.


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