The Public Theater has announced the ten playwrights who will make up its 2016-17 Emerging Writers Group. Past participants of the program include Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Dominique Morisseau.
Now in its sixth cycle, the Emerging Writers Group targets playwrights in the earliest stages of their careers and offers them an artistic home and numerous resources. The selected participants, chosen from over 440 applicants, are Liza Birkenmeier, Hammaad Chaudry, Phillip Howze, Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Geraldine Inoa, Jeremy J. Kamps, MJ Kaufman, Christopher Gabriel Núñez, Stav Palti-Negev and Celine Song.
Writers are selected bi-annually and receive a two-year fellowship at The Public, which includes a stipend. Staged readings of works by members are presented in the Spotlight Series at The Public. The playwrights also participate in a bi-weekly writers group led by the theatre's literary department, and master classes presented by established playwrights. They have the chance to observe rehearsals, attend productions and receive career development advice.
"We are so happy to welcome our sixth class of the Emerging Writers Group to The Public Theater," said associate artistic director Mandy Hackett in a press statement. "It’s been thrilling to watch this program grow over the years and we are excited to get to know this very talented group of writers hailing from all over the world."
The Group is part of The Public Writers Initiative at the theatre, a long-term program that nurtures playwrights at every stage of their careers. "It creates a fertile community and fosters a web of supportive artistic relationships across generations," state Public press notes. Time Warner is the Founding Sponsor of the Emerging Writers Group and provides continued program support through the Time Warner Foundation.
For more information about the Public's writers initiative, visit PublicTheater.org.