We are proud to announce the writers participating in the sixth cycle of our Moving Arts Development Lab (MADlab): Eric Reyes Loo, Khari Wyatt, Marlow Wyatt, and Meghan Brown. This year we received over 50 applications from Los Angeles playwrights, 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, 2019. We look forward to working with these talented artists!
ERIC REYES LOO
Eric Reyes Loo is a native Los Angeles playwright and TV writer. He’s a part of Chalk Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Circle and runs their writers group. His play Death and Cockroaches had a successful run in November 2018, produced by Chalk Rep. He wrote and developed another play, This is Only a Test in Moving Arts’ MADLabs in 2015 and his plays have been developed at other local theatres such as Celebration Theatre, Rogue Machine, The Blank, and Playwrights Arena. He currently writes for the upcoming Netflix series A.J. & the Queen and previously wrote on the AwesomenessTV/Hulu series Guidance for two seasons. He got his MFA in Dramatic Writing at Tisch and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.
Khari Wyatt has written for theatre, television, and various journalistic publications such as the National Urban Leagues Opportunity Journal. His work has placed in various competitions including, Disney/ABC Writers Fellowship, AMC One-Hour Drama competition, Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition, and Writer’s-for-Writer’s Diversity Fellowship among others. Some of the fellowships and grants he has received came from the MacDowell Colony, the Guy Hanks/Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program, and the Panavision New Filmmaker Equipment Grant. Chalk Repertory Theatre Company as well as the DC Black Theatre Festival have hosted his plays for readings. His play Some Type of Ecstasy was a semifinalist for the 2018 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Short films he has written and directed have appeared in foreign and domestic film festivals including Rotterdam International Film Festival, Raindance Independent Film Festival and Urbanworld Film Festival. As an actor he has appeared on network shows Shark, America’s Most Wanted and Unforgettable. He also produced a spoken word album, Mr. Wyatt – Elevator. Wyatt is an alumnus of Howard University, earned an MFA in Film from Columbia University in the City of New York, and also completed the Summer Legal Institute at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He is member of the Antaeus Theatre Company Playwrights Lab.
Marlow Wyatt is a Kansas City native, and a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University’s Theater Arts Department. She is an actor and playwright. Selected works include: Say Something (2018 AWOT Festival), American Dreamers (2018 Benefit) Sweetie’s Confession (2017 NESONA Playwrights Festival, 2016 Fade to Black Festival), SHE (2018 Howard Players/Theatre Alliance, 2016 Long Beach Playhouse), Our Music, Our Spirit, Our Gospel (Los Angeles, San Francisco Gospel Tour) and The Village (Girl Blue Project). She is a 2018 Many Voices Fellowship finalist, the first playwright to have two works presented in the “A List” Reader’s Series at the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival, a 2016 HUMANITAS/CTG Playwrights Prize finalist and winner of the 2016 Long Beach Playhouse New Works Festival. Other honors include: two time recipient of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Discretionary Grant, Women In Theatre Red Carpet Award, Pine-Sol/Ebony Magazine Powerful Difference Award and the first Spirited Woman Grant recipient. Marlow is also a new member of Antaeus Theatre Company Playwrights Lab.
Meghan Brownis an Ovation Award-winning playwright, lyricist, and screenwriter based in Los Angeles, where she is the resident playwright for Fugitive Kind Theater and a founding member of the Temblors. Full-length plays include The Pliant Girls (winner of the 2014 Ovation Award for Playwriting for an Original Play), The Kill-or-Dies (Max K. Lerner Fellowship winner, Princess Grace Award semifinalist), Psyche (Princess Grace Award finalist), The Fire Room (Hollywood Fringe Festival Award winner), The Machines, This Is Happening Now, Perfect Teeth for Crocodile Land, and Shine Darkly, Illyria. She wrote the libretto for Operaworks’ The Discord Altar, and the book and lyrics for Emma: A New Musical with composer Sarah Taylor Ellis (the pilot musical for Broadway production company Apples & Oranges THEatre ACCELERATOR). Meghan wrote the lyrics for the song cycle Untuned Ears Hear Nothing but Discord which premiered at Lincoln Center as part of In Need of Music: The Songs of Ben Toth with Tony Award-winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Dogfight) as Emma Goldman. Current projects include rock musical These Girls Have Demons with Pittsburgh CLO (music by Sarah Taylor Ellis), wild west musical Cowboy Elektra with Rogue Artists Ensemble (music by the Dustbowl Revival’s Zach Lupetin), and political foodie suspense play The Tasters (developed at Portland Center Stage’s 2018 JAW festival).