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Meet the 2017-18 Many Voices Fellows and Mentee

Please help us welcome 2017-18 Many Voices Fellows Stacey Rose and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and Many Voices Mentee Julia Gay.

The Many Voices program, which was created in 1994 and significantly expanded in 2013, will see another increase in funding from the Jerome Foundation for the incoming fellows, from $12,500 to $18,000, plus $2,000 in play development funds.

The Many Voices Fellowship is for early-career writers of color. The fellows receive dedicated support from Many Voices Coordinator Christina Ham and introductions to theater leaders in the Twin Cities and Chicago. One fellow each year must be Minnesota-based, and both writers spend a year-long residency in Minnesota. Previous recipients include Sharif Abu-Hamdeh, Benjamin Benne, Marisa Carr, Cristina Castro, Janaki Ranpura, Harrison David Rivers, James Anthony Tyler and Josh Wilder. The Playwrights’ Center’s 2017-18 Many Voices Fellows are:

  • Stacey Rose, a theater artist from Elizabeth, New Jersey, who has presented work at The Fire This Time Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and others. Rose earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU where she was honored with The Goldberg Prize for her play “The Danger.”
  • Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, a Minnesota-based writer whose work is focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices, and whose award-winning play Kung Fu Zombies Vs. Cannibals premiered with Mu Performing Arts in 2013.

The Many Voices Mentorship awards a Minnesota-based beginning playwright of color with individually-curated writing and play development services and a $2,000 stipend. The Playwrights’ Center’s 2017-18 Many Voices Mentee is Julia Gay, a writer, performer and dancer who was part of the Transatlantic Love Affair ensemble who devised Promise Land (Guthrie Theater, January 2017) and whose one-woman show motherlanded premiered in 2016 in Pangea World Theater’s Emerging Artist Series.

(See also: 2017-18 Jerome Fellows announcement)


Stacey Rose

Stacey Rose is a theater artist from Elizabeth, NJ by way of Charlotte, NC. She earned a B.A. in Theatre from UNC Charlotte and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing at NYU where she was honored with The Goldberg Prize for her play “The Danger.” Stacey has presented work at The Fire This Time Festival, The Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Mosaic Theater and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. She was a 2015-16 Dramatist Guild Fellow and served as writers assistant and script coordinator for “She’s Gotta Have It,” The Series. Stacey’s work celebrates and explores Blackness, Black identity, Black history, and the dilemma of life as the “other.” www.staceytherose.com


Saymoukda Vongsay

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American poet and playwright. Her theater work has been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Mu Performing Arts, Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists, and Theater Unbound. She is a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices fellow, a Mu Performing Arts New Performance fellow, a Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion fellow, a VERVE Grant for Spoken Word Poets recipient, and an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation scholar. www.SaymoukdaTheRefugenius.com


Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is hosting its annual TheaterJAM on  
Saturday, March 25th from 3pm – 10pm.

Join us for excerpts of new plays by Rattlestick alums, Middle Voice artists, Actor/Writer Lab artists, and new writers to the Rattlestick community.


Curated by Rattlestick’s Lit Team and presented with Rosalind Productions, lead artists include Keith Josef Adkins, Mary Bacon, Alex Borinsky, Sam Chanse, Julissa Contreras, Cusi Cram, Mike Daisey, Emily Daly, Mashuq Mushtaq Deen, Antonio Edwards, Dominic Finochiaro, Morgan Gould, Willy Holtzman, Jaime Jaget, Tori Keenan-Zelt, Florencia Lozano, Jessica Moss, Dael Orlandersmith, José Rivera, Stacey Rose, Abby Rosebrock, Melissa Ross, Keith Randolph Smith, Daniel Talbott, Lucy Thurber, David Zheng.

The Immortal Lives of Black Women

March 18th 2017


The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202


The Black female body has a long history of being subjugated through slavery and medical science. This roundtable discussion will focus on what progress has been made to reclaim the physical body and identity of black women.
The panel features black women who lend historic, artistic, medical and spiritual perspective, including:

Marcia Jones – Visual/Performance artist
Michaela Pilar Brown – Visual/Performance artist
Morgan Maxwell – Researcher and Health Prevention specialist.
Roni Nicole Henderston – Photographer/Filmmaker
Lashaya Howie – Scholar of Af. Am. Studies and Anthropology
Kelley Carboni-Woods – Author and Yoga instructor.

The panel will be moderated by Stacey Rose, a Charlotte/New York based theatre artist whose work focuses on Black identity and the dilemma of the “other.”

See copy of live stream here!


March 6, 2017  @ 7:30pm

These playwrights are on fire!

The Amoralists fly the new standard of play development at ‘WRIGHT NIGHT, the FREE public event of ‘Wright Club. Doors open at 7pm, show at 7:30 sharp.

At ‘Wright Night, two club authors present new one-acts in a “dangerously staged” reading, and then sit down for our patented “anti-talkback” — an electrifying conversation about their plays and how they are made. It’s a one-of-a-kind playmaking experience.

ACT I : Playwright Stacey Rose with director Christopher Betts present Muva Death
featuring the martial acting skills of: T Thompson, Darell J. Hunt, Kalyne Coleman, Jordan E. Cooper, and La Tasha Stephens

ACT II : Playwright Lizzie Vieh with director Kristin McCarthy Parker
featuring the lethal talents of: Richard Thieriot, Analisa Velez, Asta Hansen, and Josh Frank

ACT III : The two playwrights debate the merrits of their efforts in a moderated conversation like no other. This is the “anti-talkback” that gives writers and audiences a new perspective on craft.

Good people. Honest work.

static1-squarespaceStacey’s newest play:

America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise and Eventual Extinction of The American Negro

Will have its very first reading on January 18th at 7:00pm as part of Season 8 of The Fire This Time Festival

You should come. Here, get your $5 ticket.

d8e3385b760cc200dc23786dc2076369Stacey is a proud member of the HomeBase Theatre Collective. It is a black artists initiative where artistic fellowship and unflinching exploration of theatrical works is used to open conversation and opportunities for the next generation of artists. Especially now, in the midst of massive political change and paradigm shifts on the social level, this collective could not be more timely. As young, informed, and politically engaged artists, we are actively telling stories and creating possibilities for a new generation of black theatre makers. Help us grow by contributing to our indiegogo campaign!



Conceived and Directed by: Stacey Rose

Written by: Dani Brockington, Iesha Hoffman, Carlos Robson, Boris Rogers, Stacey Rose,  and Korde Tuttle

Tickets $28 – Available here

Want to know why “those people” are STILL so wound up about race? You’ll see when OnQ Performing Arts Inc. and the ever fictitious Media Omni, present to you the NEW face of KMBA! The KMBA 2 app! Join us for a live beta test of the app you simply MUST have on your phone, once we’ve worked out the kinks! There will be compelling reality shows like “The Real Hoteps of The Queen City” and “Cinnamon Love”! World premier visual albums from irrelevant 80s musicians! The Brunch Club radio show brought to you exclusively in CP time and much much more! This live beta test is available for a limited time only so get your ticket TODAY so you don’t miss the opportunity to see Ryan Lochte Whitesplain the secret of his success in front of a LIVE audience! What are you waiting for! Get your tickets … NOW!

The Black Jew Thing 

By Stacey Rose & Alexis Spiegel


Directed by Logan Vaughn

September 25-26, 2016

(In conjunction with Satchmo at the Waldorf)

 Two playwrights, one Black, the other Jewish, test the boundaries of interracial friendship the only way they know how – by trying to write a play. Brutally honest, utterly absurd and deeply tender, this meta-theatrical experiment leaves nothing unsaid.


New Ohio Presents

2nd NYC Indie Theatre One-Minute Play Festival
Glass Bandits
May 10 – 11, 2016 at 8:00PM

Buy Tickets

New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher Street
Buzz 1 + 5 + Enter to enter from sidewalk
New York, NY 10014
Between Greenwich and Washington Streets
1 to Christopher Street; A,C,E,B,D,F to West 4th Street, PATH to Christopher

One-minute plays by over 50 established and emerging playwrights who identify as part of the downtown or indie theatre community, prompted by #1MPF’s unique playmaking process.

The festival will feature works by:

Heidi Armbruster, Robert Attenweiler, Suzanne Bachner, Eleanor Burgess, Emily Bohannon, Suzanne Bachner, Kari Bentley-Quinn, JD Carter, Nat Cassidy, Tom X. Chao, Johnny Drago, Tim Errickson, Dominic Finocchiaro, Sharon Fogarty, Kevin R. Free, Matt Freeman, Cara Francis, Gina Femia, Benjamin Gassman, Morgan Gould, Emma Goldman-Sherman, Julienne Hairston, Chisa Hutchinson, Amina Henry, Julia Holleman, Nilan Johnson, Lindsay Joy, Rachael Jenison, Daniel John Kelly, Josh Koenigsberg, Deborah Zoe Laufer, David Lawson, Judith Leora, Yilong Liu, Jessica Luck, Mariah MacCarthy, Mackenzie McBride, Jeni Mahoney, Winter Miller, Diana Oh, Anna O’Donoghue, Nicole Pandolfo, Ming Peiffer, Duncan Pflaster, Isaac Rathbone, Mac Rogers, Tamara Rose, Stacey Rose, Kristine Reyes, Robin Rothstein, Susan Soon He Stanton, Nandita Shenoy, Sarah Shaefer, Caitlin Saylor Stephens, Jona Tarlin, Leah Nanako Winkler, Amy Witting, Emily Chadwick Weiss, Jenny Rachel Weiner, Lauren Yee, Victoria Keenan Zelt, & more!

Directed by Michole Biancosino, Pete Boisvert, Nathaniel Claridad, Annie Levy, Kyle Metzger, Meredith Packer, Brad Raimondo, Caitlin Wees, Jordana Williams, & Kat Yen

Curated by Dominic D’Andrea

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The Goldberg Prize reading of The Danger: A Homage To Strange Fruit will be held at  7pm on April 8, 2016 at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Reception to follow.


Friday, April 15, Cathedral Arts Live presents: HUDSON COUNTY PLAYS, featuring work by playwrights Stacey Rose, Kat Funkhouser, Yasmine Rana and Rosemary McLaughlin, directed by Rodney Gilbert
For tickets, click here!

Stacey is proud to announce that she will be joining:

Bixby Elliot, Ed Cardona Jr.,  Stephen KaplanKristine Haruna Lee and Erin Mallon as a Brooklyn Generator Season 4 Playwright!


About Brooklyn GeneratorFrom April to September 2016 these six playwrights will each take his or her turn at writing a brand new play in less-than-30-days! Stay tuned to learn more about them and how you can support them as they create new work! ‪#‎thebrooklyngenerator‬ ‪#‎newplaysinlessthan30days‬


Stacey is pleased as punch to announce that her play Igniting The Alabaster YOU! will be read as part ofThe Bushwick Starr Reading Series!

When: November 23, 2015 8pm

Where: The Bushwick Starr – 207 Starr St. Brooklyn, NY 11237

About Igniting The Alabaster YOU!: Millicent Lane, revered lifestyle guru, has arrived in your city to empowerYOU,  toward the igniting of your “Alabaster Self”, the fearless, all-knowing, all-seeing White Male who lives within us all and who is the key to sustainable happiness. Over the course of the evening Millicent, will guide her audience through the story of her struggle with identity and how she finally came to embrace her alabaster self … or has she?

About The Bushwick Starr Reading Series: The Starr Reading Series is a way for us to expand our community while we celebrate and explore the plays of the city’s most exciting playwrights. In four Seasons, we have featured the work of a diverse group of writers at all stages of their careers who are approaching writing for the theater in thrilling and unexpected ways. We are proud to continue to offer this ongoing series to our audiences FREE of charge!


Stacey, along with Tanya Evertt, Keelay Gipson, Jireh Breon Holder, Roger Q. Mason, Korde Tuttle, and Mia Witherspoon will put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard?) to create seven brand new 10 minutes plays for Season 7 of the Obie Award-Winning The Fire This Time Festival!

The festival will run from Jan 18-Feb 6, 2016.


The Dramatists Guild Fund and Program Chairs Michael Korie, Laurence O’Keefe, and Diana Son are proud to announce the 2015-2016 Class of Dramatists Guild Fellows. Five playwrights and eight musical theater writers were selected from over 150 applications.

2015-16 Dramatists Guild Fellows include:

France-Luce Benson Miami, FL
EllaRose Chary Gary, IN
Tim Duncheon San Mateo, CA
Greg Edwards San Carlos, CA
Ben Green Boston, MA
Rachel Griffin Springvale, Maine
Brandon James Gwinn Nashville, TN
Sylvia Khoury Westchester, NY
Daniel Lazour Boylston, MA
Patrick Lazour Boylston, MA

Jerome Parker Bronx, N
Jonathan Payne Los Angeles, CA
Stacey Rose Elizabeth, NJ

The Fellows Program, a nine-month intensive in New York, brings together playwrights and musical theater writers to develop full-length pieces by working with experienced theater professionals and artist mentors. Founded in 2000 byLynn Ahrens and Janet Neipris, who led the program for many years along with Stephen Flaherty and Susan Miller, the Fellows Program has been instrumental to over 100 dramatists early in their careers.

The Fellows Program:

The Fellows Program is supported by the Dramatists Guild Fund and administered by the Dramatists Guild. Each year, a select group of new theater writers are accepted into the nine-month program, which provides continued support and training through group sessions with theater professionals, one-on-one mentoring, and resources to build established careers.

Former Fellows include:

Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Academy Award winner, Frozen), Rajiv Joseph (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (Tony nominees for Best Score, A Christmas Story), Deborah Zoe Laufer (ATCA Steinberg Award, End Days), and Adam Gwon (Fred Ebb and Richard Rodgers Award winner).

The Dramatists Guild Fund

The Dramatists Guild Fund is the public charity arm of the Dramatists Guild of America. Its mission is to aid and nurture writers for the theater; to fund nonprofit theaters producing contemporary American works; and to heighten awareness, appreciation, and support of theater across the country. Each year, DGF awards grants to nonprofit theatrical organizations across the country that produce works by American writers, provides emergency aid to writers facing illness or other unforeseen circumstances, and supports numerous educational programs and writing development opportunities for dramatists.

For more information visit: www.dgfund.org


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