The Playwrights Collective is a program that allows a rotating group of writers to develop work, foster collaborative connection, and share professional mentorship within the framework of a resident regional theater.
Starting in spring 2015, a group of invited writers was asked to explore ways of working in shared support, while being offered a range of association and engagement with Baltimore Center Stage.
The Playwrights Collective is one of several artistic initiatives in support of new writing at Baltimore Center Stage. Other programs include Play Labs, Hot Desk playwright residencies, and Wright-Right-Now.
Acclaimed writer and actor Alisa L. Brock, originally from New Orleans, has made Baltimore her home since 2005. She is the creative director of A Work in Progress Theatre Company and the owner of the Drama MaMa Bookshop, an online bookstore and bindery specializing in used and vintage plays, screenplays, and theater memorabilia. As a writer, she premiered her one woman show, So She Writes, formerly known as Make HERstory, in March of 2012 at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center. Since then, she has performed this body of work and others for a variety of theaters and organizations, such as the 14 Karat Cabaret, The African American Civil War Museum in DC, The Transitional Living Community (TLC) in Brooklyn, Adolescent Employment and Education Program (AEEP) in Brooklyn, the LaMaMa Experimental Theatre in New York, and many more. It is with great joy that she is participating in the 2017/18 Emerging Playwrights Collective at Baltimore Center Stage.
Brent is a playwright and director from Baltimore, Maryland, where he works as an editor for an ed-tech company. His plays have been produced throughout the United States, including in Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Denver, and Washington, DC. He is also the Baltimore Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild of America. To learn more about his work, please visit his website: brentenglar.com.
Kevin Kostic is an active member of the Playwrights Group of Baltimore, a multi-awardee of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, and a consistent contributor to Baltimore Center Stage’s Wright-Right-Now project. His 10-minute shows, full length plays, and musicals have been produced nationally. Kevin studied at James Madison University and Fordham University, and currently raises grant funding for a global humanitarian aid organization. He lives in Baltimore with his wife and two kids. kevinkostic.com
Susan McCully, playwright, performer, professor, is the artistic director of the GrrlParts festival at UMBC. She has been commissioned by RepStage (All She Must Possess, 2017) and is a member of the Playwright’s Collective at Baltimore Center Stage. She was a featured playwright for the DC Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in 2015. Her plays, Kerrmoor and Inexcusable Fantasies have been produced at the New York and the Prague International Fringe Festivals and around the country, including the Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theater Festival.
Baltimore native Lola B. Pierson is a playwright, writer, and director. She is the founding co-artistic director of The Acme Corporation. She has been awarded "Best New Playwright" by Baltimore City Paper and her production of Beckett's Play won "Best Production of the Year." Her script, Thr3e Zisters, a contemporary response to Chekhov's Three Sisters, was performed at Salvage Vanguard Theatre, and was awarded "Best Production (Comedy)" by the Austin Critics Table Awards and Best Production of the Year by the Austin Chronicle. She is a recipient of the GNCA's Ruby Award for Literary Arts. Baltimore City Paper also named her production of Peter Handke's Kaspar "Best Use of Video In a Play." Her version of The World is Round was awarded "Best Adaptation" by Baltimore City Paper and was named #1 stage production of 2015. The Baltimore Sun listed The World is Round, adapted and directed by Pierson as a "Best of Baltimore 2015." She was named a 2016 Baker Award finalist and most recently her production of Stranger Kindness, which she wrote and directed was award "Best Play of 2017" by Baltimore City Paper. The Baltimore Sun also hailed that production as setting "a fresh standard for ingenuity and, perhaps, opaqueness." Other words she has used in bios include: presence, explore, dynamic, and representation.
R. ERIC THOMAS
R. Eric Thomas is a Barrymore Award-winning playwright and humor writer. He is also the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia and Washington, DC. By day, he is a Senior Staff Writer for for Elle.com. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, Man Repeller, Philadelphia Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. His play, Time is on Our Side, was commissioned by Simpatico Theater Project and was the recipient of two 2016 Barrymore Awards, including Best New Play, and was named one of six finalists for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theater Critics Association New Play Award. Of the play, The Philadelphia Inquirer raved, "it's a superbly crafted two-hour mystery… Thomas creates an entire world with seeming room for all of humanity’s hopes and dreams, foibles, and longings.” It was produced by Simpatico in 2016 and will receive its Midwest premiere with About Face Theatre in 2018. Other plays include Mrs. Harrison (Azuka Theatre 2018), Infinity Jones Needs Some Space (Act II Theatre commission), Human Resources (City Theatre Summer Shorts, 2015, 2015 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting, published: City Theatre Anthology 2015), and the wordless puppet play Frieda the Invisible Woman (developed with Aaron Cromie, FringeArts 2015). rericthomas.com
Mani Yangilmau is an actor, playwright, and director fascinated with post colonial theory, ritual performance, and Oceanic studies, with a focus in intersectional activism. She recently graduated from Towson University where she directed In the Blood, and produced her original play Vajungle. Recent credits include Assistant Director for Lear at Single Carrot Theatre, Ensemble in Baltimore Center Stage's As You Like It, and Shen Te/Shui Ta in Good Person of Szechwan at Towson University.