Liberation Theater Company has chosen four early-career playwrights to participate in the fifth year of their writing residency program for 2022-2023.
Playwrights will receive dramaturgical and professional support over a ten-month period beginning in May, during which time they will be required to complete the first draft of a new original play. The plays will then receive a public reading in the spring of 2023.
The Harlem-based theater company is a hotbed for emerging black playwrights and launched the writing residency program in 2017. Support is provided by the New York State Council for the Arts.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer a fifth year of the writing residency program and welcome this new group of playwrights,” said Sandra A. Daley-Sharif, LTC’s Production Artistic Director. “The four writers we chose come to us with varying degrees of playwriting experience, but all share exciting new ideas for the stories they want to tell. We never tell playwrights what to write, but rather help them clarify their ideas so that their pieces are presented as they see fit.”
“We are also thrilled to be able to provide this valuable and needed opportunity to a population that desperately needs it. The last two years of the pandemic have affected theater companies large and small, and we were certainly not at the shelter. Our last group concluded in the spring of 2021 and met entirely online. Since then, we have been planning how to return. As the submissions for this year have demonstrated, there are still a large number of playwrights who want and need of this program,” she added.
Playwrights will meet monthly as a group with LTC staff to share work in progress and receive constructive criticism. They will also have access to theater events around New York, engage with working professional theater artists, attend a writers retreat, and collaborate with a director and professional actors for a table reading and public reading. which concludes the residency. Each writer will receive an honorarium after successfully completing the program.
Participants in the Liberation Theater Company Writing Residency Program for 2022-2023:
Calley N. Anderson is a Brooklyn-based playwright from Memphis, TN. Past and current affiliations include American Theater Group PlayLab, Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group, The Civilians R&D Group, and Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellows. Beyond writing, Anderson is a program manager at the NY Writers Coalition. More than calleynanderson.com.
Brysen Boyd is a playwright, television writer and essayist from Tacoma, WA. He served as editor (a position created for him) for Season 3 of SUCCESSION on HBO. He is the first playwright-in-residence of the Reverie Theater Company and a proud member of Youngblood/Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Zakeia Tyson-Cross is a creative writer based in Brooklyn, and her work has appeared on numerous blogs and media platforms such as Harlem World Magazine, BRIC TV, BK Nation and more. Zakeia is currently a playwright with the New Perspectives Theater Company.
Devon Kidd is a New York based writer from Milwaukee, WI who aspires to work in poetry, playwriting, television and film and has a passion for writing surreal and realistic works in fantasy, science fiction, comedy and drama. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Morehouse College and is currently a Distinguished MFA Playwright at Columbia University.
Liberation Theater Company is led by Sandra A. Daley-Sharif, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Production, Spencer Scott Barros, Co-Founder and Associate Artistic Director, and Bernard J. Tarver, Associate Production Director.
Former members of the Liberation Theater Company writing residency program are:
2017-2018: Shawn Nabors, Germaine Netzband, Liz Morgan, Nathaniel Blake Johnson
2018-2019: Deneen Reynolds-Knott, Maia Matsushita, Marcus Scott, Tylie Shider
2019-2020: Jessica Charles, Camille Darby, Johnny G. Lloyd, Jeremy O’Brian
2020-2021: Gethsemane Herron-Coward, Karen Chilton, Malcolm Tariq, Travis Tate
LTC was established in 2009 with a mission to create a home for emerging black playwrights to develop their work and express themselves artistically in a supportive and focused environment. Directly and indirectly, LTC has helped develop or publicize over 100 writers through various programs.