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Lucille Lortel Theatre Announces Recipients of 2nd Annual NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:35 am EDT 03/24/21

LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE ANNOUNCES
RECIPIENTS OF THE 2nd ANNUAL NYC PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL
PLAYWRITING FELLOWSHIP

10-Minute Plays Directed by Kimille Howard
to be Presented June 7 on the Lucille Lortel Theatre's YouTube Channel



New York, NY (March 24, 2021) - The Lucille Lortel Theatre is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2nd Annual NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship, created as an opportunity for aspiring young writers citywide to get unparalleled access to professional theater artists for mentoring. The Fellows and Finalists of the program represent every borough of NYC, as well as a D79 school. Each aspiring playwright submitted an original 10-minute play, and was judged by the following panel of playwrights and directors: Rebecca Aparicio, A.J. Muhammad, Michael Raine, Phaedra Scott, and Gabriel Vega Weissman. Plays were chosen based on dramatic structure and the playwright's individual voice.

Fellows will meet with a mentor to discuss their play and learn more about playwriting as a career. This year's mentors are Nilan Johnson, Jon Kern, and Mona Mansour. Fellows work directly with their mentor, and then with director Kimille Howard (NYTW 2050 Directing Fellow, a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club, and Assistant Stage Director at the Metropolitan Opera), to learn what the role of a director is and how they collaborate with a playwright to create a theater work.
In addition to the unique opportunity to see their plays brought to life, a collection of the Fellows' six plays will be published by the Lucille Lortel Theatre and distributed to the student playwrights. Participation in this program is free to students and sponsored by the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

All plays will be presented in a special virtual performance hosted on the Lucille Lortel Theatre YouTube channel in June 2021. Kimille Howard will direct all works.

"We were overwhelmed with the response to this program in our second year, especially in the middle of a pandemic. At this challenging time, it's more important than ever to encourage young artists to share their voices with their community," said George Forbes, Executive Director of the Lucille Lortel Theatre. "We are also extremely grateful to Peter Avery and the NYC Department of Education for all their assistance."

"Stories keep us socially and emotionally connected to one another even when isolated. Through the Lucille Lortel Theatre's Playwriting Fellowship, our NYC public school teens creatively process and share their individual points of view of what is happening in their worlds through original crafted plays. How inspiring for these diverse young artists to receive professional mentorship, culminating with their distinct voices brought to life by a professional team of actors and directors," remarked Peter Avery, Director of Theater for the NYC Department of Education.

This Year's Fellows
Analyesia Calo - Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, D79, Manhattan, Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
Sarah F. Chaudhry - Queens School of Inquiry, Queens, The Kingdom of Hearts
MiMi Ryder - Repertory Company High School for Theatre Arts, Manhattan, Metamorphosis of a Fairy
Nicaulis Mercedes - Fordham High School for the Arts, Bronx, Wilting Essence
Katie S. Nieves - Lyons Community School, Brooklyn, PLACES EVERYONE! A Half-Baked Play
Flannery Patterino - Susan E. Wagner High School, Staten Island, A Funeral Story

Finalists
Sarah Cheyney - Stuyvesant High School, Manhattan, Fleeting Moments in Nail Salons
Lauren Cho - The Bronx High School of Science, Bronx, The Matter's Circle
Mace Funz - Townsend Harris High School, Queens, A Gift
Darrell Lopez - Susan E. Wagner High School, Staten Island, RXR
Jaxon Tartaglia - Kingsborough Early College Secondary School, Brooklyn, Closure

ABOUT THE NYC PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PLAYWRITING FELLOWSHIP
The Lucille Lortel Theatre, in collaboration with the Department of Education Arts Office Theater Program, created the NYC Public High School Student Playwriting Fellowship as an opportunity for young writers citywide to get unparalleled access to NYC professional artists for mentoring. Funded entirely by the Lucille Lortel Theatre, this innovative theater education program sends a high-profile message of inclusivity and artistry to both the educational and professional worlds. The program engages public school students of all levels of ability who devise an original one-act play. Master theater artists from across the professional theatre community and who represent the diverse continuum of the participating students will participate in the program, mentoring and directing the students to create fully realized plays based on their collective experiences and imagination. The free program provides approximately two months for students to write and submit their plays. Fellows then have another two months of play development culminating with a performance. The opportunities provided by this program encourage NYC public high school students to become the next generation of playwrights. For more information, visit https://www.lortel.org/hspf.

ABOUT THE LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE
The Lucille Lortel Theatre's mission is to sustain and advance Off-Broadway by creating awareness, appreciation, and encouraging the continued growth of Off-Broadway; assisting with theatrical infrastructure and capacity building; and developing educational programs fostering the next generation of theatre makers. The Theatre's programs include Live at The Lortel (a video interview and podcast series), NYC Public High School Playwriting Fellowship, Consequences (a digital series commissioning BIPOC artists), Lucille Lortel Awards and Playwrights' Sidewalk, Internet Off-Broadway Database (IOBDB.com), Fellowships in Theatre with Bennington College, Non-Profit Theatre Strategic and Management Services, and Subsidized Theatre Space. For more information, please visit www.lortel.org.

ABOUT The New York City Department of Education
The NYC Department of Education is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in approximately 1,800 schools. The Department of Education supports universal access to arts education through the ArtsCount initiative, which tracks and reports student participation in arts education and tracks progress at the school and city-wide levels for meeting New York State Instructional Requirements for the Arts. For more information, visit NYC DOE Office of Arts and Special Projects.

ABOUT KIMILLE HOWARD
Kimille Howard is a New York based director, deviser, writer and filmmaker. She is an Assistant Stage Director at the Metropolitan Opera and recently worked on the new James Robinson production of Porgy and Bess. She is a co-founder of the Black Classical Music Archive. Select directing credits: In The Open by Mona Monsour (Western Connecticut State University), Soil Beneath by Chesney Snow (Primary Stages/59E59), $#!thole Country Clapback by Pascale Armand (Loading Dock Theatre), The Fellowship Plays (Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation), A Light Staggering by Jeesun Choi (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Tidwell: or the Plantation Play by Rodney Witherspoon II (Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival - winner), Low Power by Jon Kern (EST), Black Girls Are From Outer Space by Emana Rachelle (National Black Theatre), Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau (TheatreSquared) and Triggered by Gabriel Jason Dean (Cherry Lane Theatre). Kimille was awarded Best Director at the 2016 Thespis Festival for It's All About Lorrie by Joseph Krawczyk at the Hudson Theater and remounted the production for a commercial run at The American Theater of Actors in 2017. Her work has also been seen at The Circle in the Square Theatre Circle Series, The Flea, The Lark, JAGFest, NYU, Sea Dog Theater, and Atlantic Acting School among others. Broadway: Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations (Assistant Director). She has worked with Des McAnuff, Rebecca Frecknall, Ruben Santiago Hudson, Emily Mann, Stephen Wadsworth, Lorca Peress and more. Recent Fellowships: New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship and the Manhattan Theatre Club Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship. She is the Series Producer for American Opera Project's Music As the Message and has produced shows at the HERE Arts Center, FIAF, and more. She is a current member of The New Georges Directors Jam, a participant in New York Stage and Film's inaugural NYSAF NEXUS project, and a former Resident Director at the Flea Theater. UPCOMING: Death By Life - A new opera with White Snake Projects and L'Amant Anonyme at Wolf Trap Opera www.kimillehoward.com
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