Moving Arts marks the fourth cycle of our Moving Arts Development Lab (MADlab) in 2017. We are excited to report that we received more applications from Los Angeles playwrights this year than ever before, with an impressive level of artistic quality overall. We are proud to announce the 2017 MADlab writers: Nayna Agrawal, Makeda Declet, Chloé Hung and Jennie Webb (bios below).
They will be working with dramaturgs, directors and actors as they craft brand-new plays over the next nine months, culminating in the First Look Reading Series in October, 2017. We look forward to working with these talented artists!
A former investment analyst in Manhattan, international aid director in Asia and policy writer in DC, Nayna is currently a member of the Episodic Lab team at the Sundance Institute. She holds an MFA from Northwestern University and a BA from the University of Virginia. In 2015 she was named one of Variety magazine’s “100 writers to watch” and was nominated for the Humanitas new voices program. She has studied five languages and lived and/or worked in 22 countries.
Makeda Declet is an LA-based playwright, producer and actress. She attended New York University where she received her BFA in theater, studying at The Experimental Theater Wing, The International Theater Wing in Amsterdam, and The Classical Studio. Her most recent plays include Sisters, Dem, Judith & The River Styx, and Nothin’ Left to Lose (loosely workshopped at The Michael Woolson Studio). She is the writer and producer of Just Makeda, an absurd semi-autobiographical web series about a world in which alter egos exist and manifest themselves as puppets. Makeda is a member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA.
Chloé hails from Toronto, Canada where a distain for cold winters meant a lot of time spent indoors writing. Her first play All Our Yesterdays, which she wrote, directed, and produced, was shown at two theater festivals in Canada and received critical acclaim. Her second play, Issei, He Say, was workshopped at the Kennedy Center. She is working on her next play, The Three Women of Swatow, with Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre Company. Since graduating from NYU Tisch’s MFA in Dramatic Writing last spring, she’s left the cold east coast for sunny LA where she’s pursuing TV and film in addition to playwriting.
Jennie Webb is an independent Los Angeles playwright, currently in residence at Rogue Machine (where her dark retail comedy “Yard Sale Signs” premiered) and Theatricum Botanicum (where she runs workshops and “Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights”). Her plays, including “Currency,” “Remodeling Plans,” “Unclaimed Assets,” “GreenHouse,” “On Tuesday,” “It’s Not About Race,” and “Buying a House,” have been produced in LA (most recently at Inkwell Theater, Santa Monica Rep, Green Light Productions and Theatre of NOTE,), on stages across the country and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her work is published by Heinemann Press, ICWP and Indie Theatre Now. She is currently a member of the Playwrights Union, EST/LA’s Playwrights Unit and PlayGround-LA writer’s pool. She is also on the Artistic Committee for the Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series, and was recently honored with an invitation to the 2017 National Winter Playwrights Retreat in Creede, Colorado. Jennie is the recipient of a Women in Theatre Red Carpet Award, and co-founded and acts as editor-at-large for the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI).