Our new generative writers’ group fosters the creation of new works through a year-long process. Six invited playwrights meet monthly to build original plays from the ground up by reading pages, discussing ideas, and supporting one another in an inclusive and dynamic environment.
Meet the Playwrights!

Emily Claire Schmitt received her MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama and her BA in Theater and Philosophy from Saint Mary’s College. She is also an alumni of the CRY HAVOC Company apprenticeship program. Emily is a Catholic feminist writer exploring the intersections and clashes between faith, modernity, and womanhood. Her plays include San Luis, 1989 (2012 Best Play Award, ACTF Region III), Under Further Review (2015 Princess Grace Finalist) and The Chalice (2017 production starring Tony-Nominee Austin Pendleton.)

Charlie O’Leary‘s plays have been developed and presented by Project Y Theatre, Crashbox Theater Company, the Brooklyn Generator, the BMI Workshop, 24 Hour Plays: Nationals, the Fornés Playwriting Workshop, the Flea Theater, Middle Voice at Rattlestick, Pipeline Theatre Company, Jersey City Theater Center, Loading Dock Theatre, the Dare Tactic, the Tank, the PIT, the Habitat, and the University of Notre Dame. He has been a finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and Sanguine Theatre Company’s Project Playwright, semifinalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and Ars Nova Play Group, and winner of a New York Innovative Theatre Award. Upcoming: The Exposed Bone Workshop… at the PIT (www.exposedbone.com)

Ryan Fogarty’s plays include You’ll Catch FliesGoldfish LoveBeating Off, and Code: Anchor. He currently holds commissions from New Conservatory Theater Center and the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has enjoyed play development experiences at Second Stage Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, LAByrinth, The Flea, WP Theater, Celebration (LA), Strawdog (Chicago), The Lark, Magic Time! at Judson, Fresh Ground Pepper, the Drama League, among others. Honors include: Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Award, Wurlitzer Foundation Fellow, Heideman Award – finalist, Bookshop Workshops Selection, Princess Grace Award – semifinalist, and Cherry Lane Mentor Project – finalist. BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch.

Samantha Cooper is a playwright and theatre maker originally from Cheney, Washington. She has been affiliated with organizations such as: Annex Theatre, The Barrow Group, Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2017 Semifinalist), Blood Ensemble, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Columbia University, Crashbox Theatre Company (Read. Play. Write. VI), Disquiet International Literary Program (2015 Short List), HERON Ensemble, Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2015 Play Lab), Macha Monkey Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, O’Neill National Playwrights Festival (2017 Semifinalist), Owl and the Cat Theatre (Melbourne, Australia), Princess Grace Awards (2017 Semifinalist), Samuel French OOB Festival (2016 Final 30), Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Western Washington Theatre. BA: Western Washington University MFA: Columbia University. Find her online at: http://www.samanthajcooper.com/.

Hollis Beck is a Brooklyn-based writer/performer who crafts narratives about (among other things) queer identity, found-family structures and people in general who try very hard. A staged reading of her most recent play, “Tinker Rising: A Supervillain Love Story” was produced by Crashbox Theater Company in October 2017. She is also currently working on her autobiographical show with music “This is Why I Wouldn’t (Sleep with You)”, an asexual-identity exploration. She plays video games, although not nearly as often as she would like.

Alexia Antoniou is a playwright, singer-songwriter, and teaching artist who just really, really likes to tell stories. Form don’t matter- she’ll write you a story in a play, she’ll bard you a story in a song, she’ll lie you a story right to your face! Her theatrical work has appeared in collaboration with The Joust, Magan Murti Productions, the Thalia Festival, and others- including Crashbox Theater Company, with whom she is spectacularly delighted to return to work! You can find her performing musically under the alias Gawain and the Green Knight.