Playwrights' Lab

A ten-week session created especially for early- to mid-career playwrights to work on original material written to be performed on stage. We will provide a workshop leader and a nurturing environment for sharing and critiquing work and encouragement to the participants as they develop their scripts. Each week, up to 3 participants will bring in pages to be read aloud by members of the Company's roster of actors and discussed by fellow writers in order to provide useful feedback as scripts are developed.

Stephanie Bok

Playwright's Lab Facilitator
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Pharah Jean-Philippe
Pharah has a diverse entertainment background which includes acting, directing, filmmaking, playwriting, screenwriting, teaching and producing. Her plays include: LOVE AND HAPPINESS, BLACK BOOK and HAM IN THE LET. It is her desire to create work that will excite, motivate and heal.  She is currently the Founder/Artistic Director of The Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company.

Janice Lowe

Janice is composer-librettist of the opera Dusky Alice.  Her music theater pieces include Sit-in at the Five & Dime, text-Marjorie Duffield (New Harmony); This Esther, text- Charles E. Drew, Jr. (Chelsea Playhouse); Lil Budda-text Stephanie L. Jones (O’Neil Music Theatre Conference; NAMT New Works).  She was songwriting coach on the pilot episode of OWN’s My Time and holds an MFA, Musical Theatre Writing, NYU.

Kari Joy Hinkson

Kari is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn.  She received her BA in English with a concentration in Third World Literature from Cornell University and went on to pursue her MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School. Writing since she was in elementary school, Kari Joy has always been passionate about sharing her heart in poetic, lyrical and narrative forms. She is honored to have the opportunity to express her perspective through play writing. She is currently developing her first play, That Shameful Part . In Him, to Him and by Him!

Tremane Nicholson

Tremane's first play, BITS AND PIECES OF LOVE, was one of the finalists of the 2003 Strawberry One Act Festival with The Riant Theatre in New York City. Her second play LOVE: THIS GAME IS REAL made it to the semi-finals in 2006 and was published in The Best Plays from the Strawberry One Act Festival vol. 3. SPIRALING INTO PLACE is her most personal and proud piece and is still in the making.

Paul Boocock

Paul has performed his solo work at HERE, The Flea Theater, EST and Soho Think Tank and was nominated for 2 New York Innovative Theatre Awards - including Best Performer. He has been the voice of Dr. Jonas Venture and many others on the Cartoon Network's Venture Bros and was a member of Elevator Repair Service and PREMIUM BOB. He appears in Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black's 2010 release and Law & Order: Criminal Intent.  Paul created segments for American Public Radio & WBAI and he has been a baseball pundit to The New York Times.

Charles Edward Drew, Jr.

Charles got his professional theater start at LaMama ETC. As artistic director of Absolute Theater Company, he produced over one hundred plays in NYC and LA. Charles collaborated on five musicals with composer Janice Lowe and was commissioned by the NYC Parks Dept. to write Central, presented at Summer Stage. He has produced numerous readings at April Barton's Suite #303 in the Chelsea Hotel. Currently, his play Nightmare 1965 - The Lynching of Emmett Till is touring at local colleges.