Page 73 Productions has named Sanaz Toossi the 2019 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow, a fellowship awarded annually to a playwright who has yet to have a professional premiere in New York City. Toossi will receive a $10,000 prize and an additional $10,000 budgeted for developing several new plays over the course of the year.
“We are absolutely delighted to welcome Sanaz to Page 73 this year,” said Producing Artistic Director Michael Walkup. “Her plays are finely attuned to the beauty of language, the weight of tradition, and the difficulty of traversing national borders. She often writes about the lives of Iranians and Iranian emigrants, crafting her characters with a deep appreciation for the cultures that have shaped them and the longings that drive them. Sanaz is at such an exciting moment in her career, and we are proud to support her creative and professional growth through the Fellowship.”
The three finalists for the 2019 Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship are Kevin Artigue, Emily Feldman, and Phillip Howze. They were selected from nearly 400 applicants.
As recently reported, Toossi is the second recipient of the Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission from Los Angeles’ IAMA Theatre Company, as well as the winner of the John Golden Award for excellence in playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. An Iranian-American playwright, she is a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Clubbed Thumb early career writers’ group. Her short play Baba Karam was read at the Atlantic Theater, where she is the recipient of the Launch commission; and her play English will be seen as part of Roundabout's upcoming Underground Reading Series, January 31.