Emerging Writers Group

ABOUT THE EMERGING WRITERS GROUP

The Emerging Writers Group is a component of The Public Writers Initiative, a long-term program that provides key support and resources for writers at every stage of their careers. It creates a fertile community and fosters a web of supportive artistic relationships across generations. 

Writers are selected bi-annually and receive a two-year fellowship at The Public which includes a stipend. Staged readings of works by Emerging Writers Group members are presented in the Spotlight Series at The Public. The playwrights also participate in a bi-weekly writers group led by The Public’s New Work department and master classes led by established playwrights. Additionally, they have a chance to observe rehearsals for productions at The Public, receive career development advice from mid-career and established writers, and receive artistic and professional support from the literary department and Public artistic staff. Members of the group also receive complimentary tickets to Public Theater shows, invited dress rehearsals, and other special events, as well as a supplemental stipend for tickets to productions at other theaters.

Time Warner is the Founding Sponsor of the Emerging Writers Group.

From June to December, our 2018-2019 Emerging Writers Group will present developmental readings of brand new plays written while in residence at The Public. The Spotlight Series is open to friends, family,  industry professionals, and the general public on an invite-only basis.

If you're interested in joining us for a reading – or the whole series! –  please fill out the form below and we'll reach out at a later date with an official invitation.

2019 Spotlight Series Schedule:
(Each date has a presentation at 3pm and 7pm)

Joshua Young – LIME-A-RITA RACIST: June 10
Ryan J. Haddad – GOOD TIME CHARLIE: July 1
Diana Oh – MY H8 LETTER 2 THE GR8 AMERICAN THEATRE: July 29
Obehi Janice – NO WAHALA: August 5
Brittany K. Allen – HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY: September 16
Daniella De Jesús – PA’ TI TENGO DE TODO: October 28
Ife Olujobi – JORDANS: November 11
David Zheng – KIDNAPPING JANE DOE: November 25
Oscar A.L. Cabrera – MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST: December 9

THE 2018-19 EMERGING WRITERS GROUP

BRITTANY K. ALLEN

BRITTANY K. ALLEN

OSCAR A.L. CABRERA

OSCAR A.L. CABRERA

DANIELLA DE JESÚS

DANIELLA DE JESÚS

RYAN J. HADDAD

RYAN J. HADDAD

OBEHI JANICE

OBEHI JANICE

DIANA OH

DIANA OH

IFE OLUJOBI

IFE OLUJOBI

JOSHUA YOUNG

JOSHUA YOUNG

DAVID ZHENG

DAVID ZHENG

2017 SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Liza Birkenmeier - ROCKET PARK

MJ Kaufman - NARWHALS, UNICORNS OF THE SEA

Jeremy J Kamps - THE UNBEARABLE WHIENESS OF BEING

Stav Palti-Negev - ELSEWHERE: A PLAY FOR AN AUDIENCE OF ONE

Celine Song - ENDLINGS

Phillip Howze - DESSERT

Hammaad Chaudry - UNTITLED PLAY

Geraldine Inoa - RECKONING: FURIES FROM A NEW QUEER NATION

Monet Hurst-Mendoza - TORERA

2015 SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Kevin Artigue

Damon Chua

Keli Goff

Ricardo Perez Gonzalez

Glenn Gordon

Elizabeth Irwin

Paola Lazaro-Munez

Patricia Ione Lloyd

Jiehae Park

Sarah Sander

2013 SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Manuel Borras - NOTHING TO LOSE

A-lan Holt - THE BOTTOM

Boo Killebrew - DAYS LIKE DIAMONDS

Andrew Kramer - ARMATURE

Brian 'Dyalekt" Kushner - SOUND IS VIBRATION

Mary Kathryn Nagle - MANHATTA

Harrison David Rivers - SWEET

Riti Sachdeva - OTHER FARMERS' FIELDS

Susan Soon He Stanton - SEEK

Kyle Warren - THOREAU, AND OTHER ASSHOLES

2011 SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Augusto Federico Amador - KISSING CHE

Nikole Beckwith - STOCKHOLM, PENNSYLVANIA

Javier Antonio Gonzalez - ZOETROPE

Sevan K. Greene - BABEL

Sukari Jones - LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION!!!!!

Aaron Wigdor Levy - THE BALL PLAYER

Laura Marks - MINE

Anna Moench - HUNGER

Dominique Morisseau - DETROIT 67

Jerome A. Parker - BLISS

SFR - PERISH

2009 SPOTLIGHT SERIES

J. Julian Christopher - MAN BOOBS

Mashuq Deen - DRAW THE CIRCLE

Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins - APPROPRIATE

Bridget Kelso - HIDING IN THE GARDEN

Mona Monsour - THE HOUR OF FEELING

Vicki Ramirez - ASHES

Jordan Seavey - THE FUNNY PAIN

Alena Smith - PLUCKER

Kevin Christopher Snipes - ASHES, ASHES

Lauren Yee