Art House Productions has announced the 2021-2022 cohort of its INKubator Program. INKubator is a year-long generative process for a select group of six playwrights in residence at Art House Productions. This year’s playwrights are Jake Brasch, Nay Harris, Justice Hehir, Riley Elton McCarthy, Christian Mendonça, and Melissa Toomey.
Playwrights will meet on a monthly basis alongside program director Alex Tobey to share new work, receive feedback, and develop a first draft of a new play. Meetings will begin virtually, but are expected to transition to in-person when it’s safe to do so. In the spring, each writer will team up with a director and actors to present a public reading in May as a part of the 4th Annual INKubator New Play Festival. Audiences who attend the festival will also have the opportunity to participate in conversations with the writers, directors, and actors following each performance.
In addition to monthly meetings, INKubator playwrights will receive free admission to performances, mixers, and other events at Art House Productions. Playwrights will also have the ability to schedule time in both the theatre and classroom for any meetings, rehearsals, and readings as needed for free.
This year, over 100 submissions were received, more than double than the previous year. Submissions were evaluated through a process coordinated by INKubator Program Director, Alex Tobey, in partnership with INKubator alumni playwrights Alyssa Haddad and SMJ, and Art House Productions’ Meredith Burns and Courtney Little.
The following finalists were also honored in this year’s submission process: Jacqueline Bircher, Cris Eli Blak, Larissa Marten, Genevieve Simon, and Gage Tarlton.
Meredith Burns, Executive Artistic Director of Art House Productions, says, “We’re thrilled to welcome this year’s INKubator cohort to the Art House family. INKubator is a longtime program at Art House that has grown tremendously in the last four years under the leadership of Alex Tobey. We’re so honored by and proud of the work that’s been created in INKubator already, and this year’s cohort has pitched some incredible plays to begin writing. We’re looking forward to supporting these fabulous artists throughout the next 9 months and beyond.”
Art House Productions is generously supported by The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, SILVERMAN, The Princeton Foundation, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, The Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Alliance of Resident Theatres / New York.