We are proud to announce the writers participating in the fifth cycle of our Moving Arts Development Lab (MADlab): Mando Alvarado, Jihan Crowther, Stacy Osei-Kuffour and Victoria Stewart. This year we received twice as many applications from Los Angeles playwrights than the previous year, with an impressive level of artistic quality overall.
The MADlab playwrights 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 September, 2018. We look forward to working with these talented artists!
Mando Alvarado is an award-winning playwright/screenwriter from Pharr, Texas. His play Parachute Men had its world premiere at the Victory Gardens Theater with Teatro Vista. His play Basilica premiered Off-Broadway at the famous Cherry Lane Theater in NYC. His play Post No Bills received its Off-Broadway premiere at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater. His new play, Diablo Love, had its world premiere at Central Park’s Summer Stages. They also produced A King of Infinite Space, a Hamlet/Pearl Jam mash-up and Sangre, an adaptation of Blood Wedding. He also co-wrote the book for the bilingual musical A Yellow Brick Road, an adaptation of Wizard of Oz for Theaterworks USA which received its critically acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere at The Lortel. His first feature film, Cruzando, which he co-wrote and co-directed with Michael Ray Escamilla is available on DVD and was distributed by Vanguard Cinema. He is a member of Rising Phoenix Rep, alum of INTAR’s Hispanic-Playwright-in-Residence Laboratory 2006 – 2008, an alum of Company of Angels writer’s group, and a graduate of The University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is currently an Executive Story Editor on VIDA for Starz. Previously he was a staff writer on Greenleaf for the OWN Network and is also a Co-Producer for Netflix’s Seven Seconds.
Jihan Crowther’s plays has been read, produced and developed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New Georges, 52nd Street Project and New York Theatre Workshop in New York; Stella Adler Theater, Son of Semele, The Actors’ Gang and Cornerstone Theater in LA; the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival in Scotland; Theatre 503, The Oval Theatre, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, The Actors’ Centre, The Space, University of London – Goldsmiths College in London and Eastern Bloc in Montreal, Quebec.
She’s been a New York Foundation for the Arts Screenwriting/Playwriting Fellow, a New York Theatre Workshop Emerging Artists Fellow and an alumna of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood Collective. She has received EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation commissions, is an Affiliate Artist at New Georges Theater in New York and a member of the LA-based Playwrights Union. She received her MA in Writing for Performance at University of London — Goldsmiths College.
Jihan is also an essayist and TV writer. Her essays have appeared in Jezebel, Hello Giggles and Esquire. She was the Writers’ Assistant on Alan Ball’s Here and Now (HBO) and has been a Staff Writer on Aim High (AMC) and Barry Jenkins’ upcoming TV adaptation of The Underground Railroad (Amazon).
Stacy Osei-Kuffour, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, is a BFA graduate from NYU (major: Drama) and an MFA graduate from Hunter College (major: Playwriting).
Previous plays include: The Painter, *Samuel French Festival finalist. Breathless, workshop productions at the Dream Up Festival & Downtown Urban Theater Festival (both at Theater for the New City). Dirty Blood, reading at Rattlestick Theater. Animals, *Irv Zarkower Award winner through Hunter College, readings: Lark Development Center, NYTW, Blank Theatre, and IAMA Theatre. The Pearl and The Black Sea, *Honorable Mention in The Kilroy’s 2015 The List. Hang Man, Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist, Boston Court New Play finalist, MultiStages New Works Contest finalist, and The Kilroy’s 2017 The List. This past year, Stacy was accepted into EST in LA, Youngblood, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, New Georges the Jam, Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Ingram Play Lab alongside Christopher Durang, and Humantias PLAY LA Workshop. In addition, Stacy became a two-time Van Lier finalist at the Lark Development Center. Stacy is also a TV writer. Just last year she wrote for the TV show Happy! which airs every Wednesday night on the SYFY network. Currently, Stacy is writing for the HBO TV show Watchmen based on the acclaimed comic book by Alan Moore. Stacy’s goal as an artist is to bring untold stories to the stage and screen, stories that challenge our political, societal, and stereotypical views of the Black experience.
Victoria Stewart’s plays include Rich Girl (Florida Studio Theater, The Old Globe, George Street Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse), The Meaning Of Maggie (Rose Theater), Mercy Watson To The Rescue! (Children’s Theatre Company), Hardball (Live Girls Theatre!, SPF), Fissures (Lost And Found) (Actors Theater of Louisville), Live Girls (Urban Stages, WHAT), 800 Words: The Transmigration Of Philip K. Dick (Workhaus Collective), The Last Scene and an adaptation of Henry James’ The Bostonians. Recently, she finished a pilot for YouTube Red co-written with YouTube star Devin Supertramp and is developing several other TV/film projects. Her collaborative bilingual music theater piece about immigration, Clandestino, was developed at the Sundance MassMOCA lab and had a workshop at New York Theater Workshop. She has received the Jerome Fellowship, the McKnight and the Francesca Primus Award. She was a founding member of the Workhaus Collective and is an Affiliated Writer with the Playwrights’ Center and a member of WGA West and the Playwrights Union of Los Angeles.