Greg Kotis, Steve Drukman, Tyler Grimes and More Will Take Part in NYU's New Play Development Program

By Michael Gioia
November 19, 2012

The Program in Educational Theatre at New York University's Steinhardt School will launch a new play development pilot, curated by Amy Cordileone (New York University) and Sean Daniels (Geva Theatre Center), this December. Tony winner Greg Kotis and Pulitzer Prize finalist Steve Drukman are among the playwrights who will debut their work.



"The hope is to create a roundtable in which a community of playwrights at various stages in their careers, with various areas of expertise, are able to share material, develop supportive partnerships and publically present their new work," said curator Cordileone in a statement. "A program of this nature encourages community and collaboration in an often solitary art form; ideally, growing personal and professional partnerships in this manner results in incredibly inspired new plays."

In the development pilot, playwrights will "explore their own new work and mentor writers of the future." Participating artists include Drukman (Another Fine Mess, Prince of Atlantis), Tyler Grimes (Meat, Ahoy Abel Brown!), Emily Kaczmarek (Jeremy, To Lose Control of the Vehicle), Kotis (Urinetown, Pig Farm), Deborah Laufer (Sirens, End Days), Nikkole Salter (Carnaval, In the Continuum) and Joe Salvatore (Three, Open Heart).

In December, members of the Writers' Roundtable will present readings of the work generated throughout this process. All readings will take place at NYU.

The lineup follows:

Dec. 6 at 7 PM: Joe Salvatore (Bromancing the OK, Lakeside Lullaby and The Power of Johnny)
Emily Kaczmarek (Untitled)
Dec. 13 at 7 PM: Nikkole Salter (Repairing a Nation)
Dec 16 at 6 PM: Deborah Laufer (Informed Consent)
Dec 17 at 6 PM: Greg Kotis (The Wayward Bunny)
Tyler Grimes (The Foreverglades)

To attend any of the readings, email Amy Cordileone at Amy.cord@nyu.edu or Sean Daniels at sdaniels@gevatheatre.org.

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The award-winning Program in Educational Theatre at NYU Steinhardt is dedicated to "developing the next generation of theatre artists and educators," and the program is focused on "exploring theatre as an art form, not necessarily in traditional spaces or by traditional measures, but through consistent engagement with artistic and aesthetic rigor." For more information, click here.