Kirsten Greenidge Receives 2008 Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship

News   Kirsten Greenidge Receives 2008 Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship
Playwright Kirsten Greenidge has been named among the Sundance Institute's 2008 Time Warner Storytelling Fellows.

In addition to financial grants, the fellows receive year-round guidance, residency support, mentoring and presentation of their emerging works. The 2007 Time Warner Storytelling Fellow for playwrighting was Good Negro playwright Tracey Scott Wilson.

According to Sundance, "The Time Warner Storytelling Fellows are chosen for the uniqueness and diversity of a project's voice and narrative, and the particular timeliness of the story and its perspective. These artists will be developing projects which highlight the role and importance of storytelling in specific aspects of the creative process; in personal vision and perspective; and as a central component in embracing the diversity of our common experience."

Greenidge was selected for her work Bossa Nova. The play "tells the story of Dee Paradis, the daughter of a Black bourgeois family, whose sense of self begins to erode at the predominantly white girls school she attends. Raised to be an achiever, she unwittingly begins an affair with an eccentric white professor who wants to get closer to 'authentic' black experience. The play presents a poignant and fractured universe from the viewpoint of Dee's spiraling mind."

A member of the Dramatists Guild, Greenidge has had her works read at the Hourglass Theatre New Work Series and Playwrights Horizons, and performed at the Boston Theatre Marathon, the Humana Festival and New Georges. Her plays have been commissioned by Mixed Blood Theatre Company, The Huntington Theatre Company and South Coast Repertory. Greenidge was a 2002 Sundance Institute Ucross Fellow and 2008 Sundance Theatre Lab Fellow.

Sundance has also honored filmmakers John Magary and Dee Rees as 2008 Time Warner Storytelling Fellows.

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