All events are FREE and will be held at:
The June Havoc Theatre
at the Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex
312 West 36th Street
(between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Join us for a week of events created to inspire and assist emerging stage directors in their careers. Throughout the salon, directors will be given the opportunity to work, network, hear from leaders in the field and join a community of both emerging and established directors. The salon is now in its fourth season, and it will be the biggest salon to date! Mark your calendars!
Monday, June 17 @ 7.00pm
SALON KICK-OFF PARTY
You don’t want to miss the annual kick-off party, and here’s why: not only do we give away raffle prizes, dance, drink, and celebrate, but this is the night we choose the directors to direct the 7 new plays being presented on Sunday, June 23! All you have to do is show up and put your name in a hat and you could be directing a new play by Tuesday morning!
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Tuesday, June 18 @ 7.00pm
DIRECTORS Q&A PANEL
Every year we invite some of New York’s busiest directors to take a break from rehearsal and share their experiences with us. Ask them anything. This is a chance for you to get your questions answered about directing in New York.
This year’s panelists include Tamilla Woodard, Nelson Eusebio III, Ken Rus Schmoll, and Daniella Topol.
NELSON T. EUSEBIO III is a freelance stage and film director. For the last three years, he has served as the Artistic Director of Leviathan Lab. Under his leadership, Leviathan premiered over 30 new plays, created 3 short films, and employed over 50 artists. In 2008, he co-founded Creative Destruction, a theatre collective. He has directed and developed work at theaters throughout the country, including the Public Theater/NYSF, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playmaker’s Rep (NC), the Mark Taper Forum, and the Old Globe Theatre. Member: Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, Rhodopi International Theatre Collective. Mr. Eusebio is a recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors, the Phil Killian Directing Fellowship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and was a resident director at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Training: MFA, Directing, Yale School of Drama, BA, Drama, UC Irvine. www.nelsoneusebio.com
KEN RUS SCHMOLL is freelance theater director, primarily of new plays, who grew up in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently directing Ain Gordon’s Not What Happened, which will tour and wind up at BAM in the fall. Recent work includes Alexander Dinelaris’sRed Dog Howls (New York Theatre Workshop), Ethan Lipton’s Luther (Clubbed Thumb), Ellen Maddow’s The Peripherals (The Talking Band), Lucas Hnath’s Death Tax (Humana Festival), Erin Courtney’s A Map of Virtue (13P), Will Eno’s Middletown (Vineyard Theatre), and Wolfgang Rihm’s opera Proserpina(Spoleto Festival USA). He is the recipient of two OBIE Awards, an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a Sundance Theatre Institute alum, and co-chair, with Jenny Schwartz, of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Upcoming: George Brant’s Grounded (Page 73).
DANIELLA TOPOL: Off-Broadway – Catherine Treischmann’s HOW THE WORLD BEGAN (Women’s Project & South Coast Rep), Lloyd Suh’s JESUS IN INDIA (Ma-Yi Theatre & Magic Theatre), Judith Thompson’s PALACE OF THE END (Epic Theatre), Sheila Callaghan’s LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING (Women’s Project/Cherry Lane), Trista Baldwin’s SAND (Women’s Project), Sheila Callaghan’s DEAD CITY (New Georges). World premieres around the country include: Rajiv Joseph’s MONSTER AT THE DOOR (Alley Theatre), Willy Holtzman’s THE MORINI STRAD (City Theatre, PA), Stefanie Zadravec’s ELECTRIC BABY (Quantum Theatre), Ari Roth’s ANDY AND THE SHADOWS (Theatre J, DC), Niko Tsakalakos and Janet Allard’s POOL BOY (Barrington Stage). Committed to nurturing new models and writers of new plays, Daniella served as the Artistic Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center, New Works Program Director of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, and Associate Producing Director of City Theatre. She is a board member of the Lark, member of EST, NYTW Usual Suspect, and a graduate of Carnegie Mellon.
TAMILLA WOODARD is a director, actor and adapter residing in New York City. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, an alumnus of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a founding member of The Internationalists, a collective of directors from around the world creating an interactive global theatrical community. Most recent work includes co-creator of the site specific performance Hotel Project, that had its American premiere at Washington Jefferson Hotel and the Summit Grand Hotel in January 2012; Valiant by Lanna Joffrey (InterAct Theatre); Nightlands by Sylvan Oswald (New Georges) and the development and direction of Saviana Stanescu’s Polanski Polanski (starring Grant Neale and produced by Nomad Theatricals at PS122/ SoloNOVA festival in New York City, Teatrul Odeon in Bucharest, The Sibiu International Theatre Festival, TIFF International Festival in Cluj and HERE in NYC). New Dramatists honored her with The Charles Bowden Award and the League of Professional Theatre Women with the Josephine Abady Award. She serves as an adjunct professor teaching solo performance at City College’s Center for Worker Education. More about Tamilla atwww.Tamilla.com
Wednesday, June 19 @ 7.00pm
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR & PRODUCER PANEL
In addition to the Directors Panel, each year we hold a panel with Artistic Directors from theaters around New York City AND with independent theatrical producers. How do theaters choose directors for their plays? What’s the best way to “pitch” a new project? Ask all your questions tonight!
This year’s panelists include Mark Plesent (Producing Artistic Director, Working Theater), Jennifer Cook (Executive Director,The Field), Susan Bernfield (Artistic Director, New Georges), andEllen Rusconi (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society).
SUSAN BERNFIELD is the founder and artistic director of New Georges, an award-winning nonprofit theater company which produces ambitiously theatrical new plays downtown and provides an artistic home to some of the most adventurous theater artists (who are women) working today. Since 1992, she has produced 38 new plays (including works by Lisa D’Amour, Eisa Davis, Sheila Callaghan, Jenny Schwartz, Diana Son, Deb Margolin, Heidi Schreck and Tracey Scott Wilson) and countless shorter works, performance festivals and works-in-progress. In this capacity, she wrote the introduction to Plays by Women: The Best of 2002; has appeared on The American Theatre Wing’s Working in the Theatre series; and is the recipient of an OBIE Award for artistic achievement. Susan is also a playwright and solo performer whose plays have been presented or developed around the country. She serves as President on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York (A.R.T./New York), and on the boards of the League of Professional Theatre Women and the LIT Fund.
The Field empowered Executive Director, JENNIFER WRIGHT COOK, to cut her teeth twice! First, as a fledgling arts administrator in 1996 when she was an exhausted dancer/waitress/personal trainer in need of a life change and then again in 2006 when her full-time performance life was waning and she was ready to hunker down and test her leadership skills. Her current role as Executive Director is firmly grounded in these two experiences – that The Field can truly change someone’s life. Jennifer officially joined The Field’s staff in 2006 as Development Manager and then Co-Director. In 2007 she was promoted to Executive Director where she oversees The Field’s programmatic, technological, financial and organizational growth. In 2008 she launched an innovative mentorship program, Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists (ERPA) in 2008 with multi-year funding from The Rockefeller Foundation. Her work has been recognized by the Wall Street Journal, Backstage, WNYC Public Radio, and by participation on adjudication panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and Dance Theater Workshop. Jennifer is a part of Pew Charitable Trust’s Cultural Data Project Task Force and the NYC Arts Coalition. She has been on panels for CUNY Prelude Festival, Alliance of Artists Communities and the Future of Music Coalition. She is also a proud alum of Coro Leadership NY XXI. As a dance/theater performer, teacher and art-maker, Jennifer has performed/created with the San Francisco-based Joe Goode Performance Group (1997-2005) and New York choreographers Neil Greenberg, Sarah Skaggs, Mark Dendy and others. She has performed her own work in Madrid, New York, San Francisco and Portland, OR. She sings in a gospel choir and lives in Brooklyn.
MARK PLESENT has been associated with Working Theater since 1989. In 1996 he was named Producing Director and in 2010 he became Producing Artistic Director. He has produced over 30 plays for the Theater including Michael Henry Brown’s Ascension Day, Ed Belling’s A Drop in the Bucket (which he also directed), and the Drama Desk Award-winning Tabletop, among many others. In his current capacity, Mark is responsible for the re-institution of the Company’s commissioning program resulting in new plays by Linda Faigao-Hall, OyamO, Jason Grote, Lisa Ramirez, Manuel Borras and Ed Cardona Jr. Mark has also worked as the Development Director for Jennifer Muller/The Works and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Prior to working for the arts organizations mentioned above, Mark produced and/or directed over 15 independent theatre and performance art projects including Populace, a performance on the IRT #1 train from Chambers Street to 125th street involving 22 directors and over 200 actors. Mark serves on the Board of Directors of the Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York, an organization serving over 300 member theaters. Mark graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater.
ELLEN RUSCONI is the Producing Director of Stage Directors and Choreographers Workshop Foundation, the nation’s only organization focused on fostering, promoting and developing the creativity and craft of stage directors and choreographers. At SDCF, she creates and manages a diverse portfolio of programs for directors and choreographers at all levels of career including the SDCF Observership Program, five endowed Fellowships for emerging artists, two Fellowships for mid-career artists, the Guest Artist Initiative Program, recognition awards for established artists including the Fichandler Award, the Callawya Awards, and the Mr. Abbott Award; and public conversation series including monthly DCNs, One-on-One Conversations with master artists, and free podcast series “SDCF Masters of the Stage.” In addition, Ms. Rusconi was recently the General Manager of Forbidden Broadway for twelve years in New York (including the recent edition, Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking!), Chicago and Miami, and has General Managed and Company Managed commercial theatre productions both on and off Broadway for 18 years. She had a two-month guest residency at London’s Tricycle Theatre, has worked at Playwrights Horizons and American Jewish Theatre, and has served as a panelist for the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Queens Council on the Arts. She began her career as a C.P.A. for Price Waterhouse in New York and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Saturday, June 22 @ 7.30pm
PRESENTATION OF DIRECTOR-DRIVEN PROJECTS
One of the most exciting parts of the Salon is our night of director-driven work. We put out a call for submissions and we choose three projects to receive rehearsal space, resources, support, and a public presentation. Join us Saturday to see a brand new project in front of an audience for the first time! The evening ends with a talkback with all the artists, so you can be a part of the process.
Featuring work by Katherine Brook, Kareem Fahmy, andShana Solomon.
“Transcripts” is an ongoing project led by Katherine Brook, in which performance texts are created through the collaging and recontextualizing of documentary material. The current “Transcripts,” piece (working title “Home”) , uses audio and video recordings collected by writer Liza Birkenmeier in a Saint Louis transgender-hub-coffee-house. Delving into issues of identity, realism, one of the biggest civil-rights issues of our time, this piece is an attempt to create a new ‘Great American Play.’
Katherine Brook most recently directed Lady Han at Incubator Arts Project. She received her MFA in Directing at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, where her thesis production of Suddenly, Last Summer, inspired the company name Tele-Violet. This past year, she directed She Is King, starring Laryssa Husiak as Billie Jean King (Dixon Place), and American Realism, part of Tele-Violet’s Transcripts project with Liza Birkenmeier, (The Invisible Dog, the San Diego Museum of Art and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions). Brook has also worked for StoryCorps and The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival, and is a member of New Georges’ Jam.
Light. Clay. Fire. God created three types of beings – one from each element.
When Nabil, a young Egyptian fleeing the chaos of the revolution arrives at his cousin Fatima’s New York City apartment, he doesn’t realize that he’s set in motion an unstoppable sequence of events that will bring the forces of evil and the forces of good into combat. The lives of Nabil, Fatima, and Fatima’s friends Parker and Benjamin will be irrevocably changed by a struggle where dark and light invade the world of men, the in-between.
Inspired by Middle Eastern mythology, The In-Between is a provocative new play about the oppositions that define us: man/woman, gay/straight, east/west, good/evil.
Developed with Noor Theatre.
Kareem Fahmy is Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent. He has worked extensively in new play development, classical theatre, and in the creation of adaptations for the stage. In Montreal, as founder and Artistic Director of The Alternate Theatre, he directed the Canadian premieres of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus and Naomi Iizuka’s Language of Angels as well as Constance Congdon’s Tales of the Lost Formicans and Patrick Marber’s Closer. He has developed and directed work with companies including New York Theatre Workshop (Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship), Second Stage (Van Lier Directing Fellowship), Sundance Institute Theatre (PEN World Voices Series), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Ground Floor Series), Partial Comfort Productions, |the claque|, Rising Circle Theatre Collective, Noor Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Selected NYC credits: Steven Levenson’s Seven Minutes in Heaven, Love Dr. Mueller (also adaptor), Don Juan Does New Jersey (adapted from Molière), Judith Thompson’s Lion in the Streets, Michael Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Brecht’s Drums in the Night, Shepard’s Curse of the Starving Class. As Assistant Director: the Tony Award-winning Best Muscial Once (NYTW, John Tiffany, director), Tony Kushner’s The Illusion (Signature Theatre, Michael Mayer, director), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Good Boys and True (Second Stage, Scott Ellis, director). He is the recipient of a Drama League Classical Fellowship with which he assisted on Red Bull Theater’s workshop production of Margaret: A Tyger’s Heart (Michael Sexton, director). NYTW Usual Suspect. MFA: Columbia.
Si Nos Dejan is an ensemble devised work that tells the true story of a family torn apart by El Salvador’s civil war and their journey to the United States. The play examines the impact of immigration, America’s fear of foreign invaders, and the retooling of the American Dream.
Shana is a freelance director of new plays, musicals, classics and dance theatre. Among others, she has directed for New Jersey Repertory, Columbia University, Genesius Theatre Guild, North Shore Theatre Group and Ensemble Studio Theatre. As the Artistic Director of Odyssey Theatre Ensemble (New York) Shana directed The Tempest, Ghostbustas, Vanishing Point, Naming the Baby, A Shot in the Dark and Encountering Atlantis. Shana trained with Siti Company, Tectonic Theatre Project, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Pilobolus and The Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School. Shana is an associate member of the Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers and a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Sunday, June 23 @ 7.30pm
7 NEW PLAYS inspired by WAITING FOR LEFTY, directed by YOU!
The culmination of the Salon week is the night of brand new plays by some of the hottest playwrights in New York, and all the directors are chosen out of a hat at the Kick-Off Party! This year’s playwrights are: Keith Josef Adkins, Chad Beckim, Mike Lew, Halley Feiffer, Cándido Tirado, Mfoniso Udofia, andAlladin Ullah. An incredible group. YOU could direct their new plays. Just make sure to come on Monday to the party!
KEITH JOSEF ADKINS (Playwright, The Underside of Jackfruit and Papaya) Keith Josef Adkins is a playwright, screenwriter and artistic director. His plays include Sugar and Needles (2013 workshop at Epic Theatre – NYC),Sweet Home (2012 production MPAACT Theater Company – Chicago), The Final Days of Negro-Ville (2012 Playwrights Foundation Rough Reading Series – San Francisco, 2011 Represent Festival at A.C.T. – Seattle),The Last Saint on Sugar Hill (2011 production MPAACT), Pitbulls, Safe House, Farewell Miss Cotton, The Patron Saint of Plants, among others. Keith’s play Sweet Home just earned six nominations (including Best Script) from the African American Theater Alliance in Chicago, his play The Last Saint on Sugar Hill recently earned a 2012 Jeff nomination for Best New Work in Chicago as well as selected into the Lark Play Center’s 2012-2013 Monthly Meeting of the Minds playwright group. As a screenwriter, Keith wrote for the CW hit series “Girlfriends.” He also wrote and directed an all-black sci-fi web series called “The Abandon” that launched in December. He is co-founder and artistic director of The New Black Fest, a festival of new and provocative playwriting, music and discussion from the African Diaspora.
CHAD BECKIM (Playwright, McRib) is a New York City based playwright whose writing credits include …a matter of choice, `nami, Lights Rise on Grace (Winner, Outstanding Play, 2007 NY Int’l. Fringe Festival; Finalist for the 2007 Princess Grace Award; Finalist for Ojai Playwrights’ Conference), The Main(e) Play (Semi-Finalist, The O’Neill Festival), That Men Do (Member of The Lark’s 2009 “Playwright’s Week” and Naked Angels “Out Loud” Series), Mercy and most recently the critically and audience acclaimed After (currently receiving it’s Midwest Premiere with Profiles Theater Company in Chicago). He has also authored a number of shorts and one-acts, including The Coach, (part of Partial Comfort Production’s “TEN for TEN” play fest); The Fluffer andMarvel Super Hero Squad (both produced at Ars Nova), Tha Bess Shit, Alexander Pays a Visit,Blac(c)ident, andLast First Kiss, which was adapted into a Columbia Grad film and produced in July, 2008. Chad holds an MFA in Playwrighting from Mac Wellman’s Brooklyn College’s Program, and in July of 2007 was named one of “50 Playwrights to Watch” by the Dramatists Guild. His work has been published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith & Krauss, and in thePlays and Playwrights 2007 collection by NYTE. He is a former member of Ars Nova’s acclaimed “Play Group,” and was recently named a 2012-13 Playwrights’ Realm Fellow. Chad is a co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of Partial Comfort Productions.
HALLEY FEIFFER (Playwright, My Interpretation of the Play) is a New York-based playwright and actress. Her full-length plays include HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS AND THEN KILL THEM (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Fall 2013, dir. Kip Fagan), SIDNEY & LAURA (Stella Adler Studio, Spring 2013), I’M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD (LAByrinth Barn Series, 2012; dir. Trip Cullman). Her plays have been produced or developed by The Cherry Lane Theatre (Young Playwrights’ Festival XXII), The New Ohio, Second Stage Theatre, The New Group, The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, The LARK, Ars Nova, The Barrow Group, The Orchard Project, Berkshire Theatre Group, The Vineyard Playhouse, HERE Arts Center, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Naked Angels, and LAByrinth Theater Company. Her work has been published in two Vintage Books anthologies. She is an alumna of terraNOVA’s Groundbreakers Playwrights’ Group, and has been a Semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Princess Grace Award, a finalist for the Leah Ryan Prize, a two-time nominee for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and a winner of the Young Playwright’s Competition. She is the current Harold Clurman co-playwright-in-residence at the Stella Adler Studio in New York. She will be a Playwright-in-Residence this July at the Cape Cod Theatre Project. She co-wrote, produced and stars in the upcoming film “He’s Way More Famous Than You,” directed by Michael Urie, which recently premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival, and which will be released theatrically this May. As an actress, Halley’s credits include the recent Signature Theatre production of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Medieval Play,” the Broadway revival of John Guare’s “The House of Blue Leaves” (Theatre World Award), Kim Rosenstock’s “Tigers Be Still” at the Roundabout (Drama League Nomination), HBO’s “Mildred Pierce” and “Bored To Death,” and the films “The Squid and the Whale,” “Margot at the Wedding,” “Gentlemen Broncos,” and others. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
MIKE LEW (Playwright, Ten Page Manifesto) Mike Lew’s plays include Bike America (Ma-Yi, NYC; Alliance, Atlanta; Juilliard, Lark, Kennedy Center, and Playwrights Foundation workshops); microcrisis (Ma-Yi, NYC; InterAct, Philly; Next Act, Milwaukee); Stockton (AracaWorks and EST workshops); and People’s Park (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Chicago). His shorts include Tenure (24 Hour Plays on Broadway), In Paris You will Find Many Baguettesâ€¦ (Humana Festival), and Moustache Guys. He is a resident writer for Blue Man Group and winner of the Kendeda Grad Playwriting Competition, AracaWorks Grad Playwriting Award, Heideman Award, Sam French Festival, InspiraTO Festival, and Battle of the Bards. Juilliard (2013), Yale (2003). Website: mikelew.com.
CÁNDIDO TIRADO (Playwright, The Bullet Test) His play Fish Men (Steinberg nominated/4 Jeff nominations) was produced the spring of 2012 at the Goodman Theatre in collaboration with Teatro Vista. Momma’s Boyz was produced by Teatro Vista and it was chosen as Chicago Top Ten plays in 2011 by the Huffington Post. His Off Broadway productions include Celia: The Life and Music of Celia Cruz (co-written with Carmen Rivera) premiered at New World Stages and had a 9 month run was also performed in Chicago’s Athenaeum Theater, Las Bellas Artes in Santurce, Puerto Rico; Tenerife and Miami. King Without a Castle, Checking Out, First Class (Puerto Rican Traveling Theater). The Barber Shop, Momma’z Boyz (Repertorio EspaÃ±ol). Other productions include: The Missteps of a Salsa Dancer, From Dating to Death in Five Easy Steps, Ilka: The Dream, Hands of Stone. King Without a Castle was also work shopped at Sundance Theater Lab.; Some People Have All The Luck was produced at the National Theater of the Dominican Republic and New York. Heart Stopping Sex was produced by Soho Rep. His other plays include, The Kid Next Door, Hey There Black Cat, Abuelo, The Missing Colors of the Rainbow and Palladium. He co-wrote award winning short film with Alfredo Bejar, “Getting to Heaven,” and was a staff writer for the TV show Ghostwriter where his episode was nominated for a Humanitas award. His screenplays include: Da Bronx, El Casique del Poker and The Milagro Boyz. He’s also a staff writer for the hit web series East WillyB. He’s a four-time winner of the New York Foundation of the Arts Playwriting Fellowship. Publications: First Class, Recent Puerto Rican Theater: Five Plays from New York, (Arte Publico); Some People Have All the Luck, Nuestro New York: An Anthology of Puerto Rican Playwrights (Penguin, Mentor Books); Ilka the Dream: Positive/Negative: Women of Color Living with H.I.V. (Aunt Lute Books). He’s a co-founder EDUCATIONAL PLAYS PRODUCTION with his wife Carmen Rivera, which tours the public schools presenting social issues oriented plays concerning the youth.
MFONISO UDOFIA (Playwright, Walking Out) is a New York based storyteller, actor, slam-poet and teaching artist. She attended Wellesley College for Political Science and obtained her MFA in Acting from San Francisco’s Tony award winning, American Conservatory Theater. During this stay in the Bay Area, Udofia pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint. Some of Ms. Udofia’s plays include: The Grove, Sojourners, runboyrun, Lilyvine andSherman: A Black Comedy. She has been a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. She received this distinction with her plays The Grove (2012)and Sojourners (2013). She has also been a semifinalist for the Page 73 Playwrights Development Programs. She is one of The New Black Fest’s 2012 Writing Fellows and she is a 2012-2013 Writing Fellow with both Playwrights Realm and Rising Circle’s INKTank. Also, she was featured in the independent film, Fred Won’t Move Out, which headlined the 2012 Edinburgh Festival. Please follow her at @mfudofia and check out her site www.mfonisoudofia.com for the latest news.
ALADDIN ULLAH (Playwright, ¿Donde está Juan?) Aladdin’s plays have been workshopped/developed at New Works NOW! at the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, The Culture Project, Classical Theater in Harlem, Victory Gardens (Chicago) Silk Rd. Rising (Chicago) Cape Cod Theater Project (Mass.) Shakespeare in Paradise Fest (Bahamas). He was a member of the Inaugural Emerging Writers group at the Public Theater and IAAC playwright in resident at Lark Play Development Center. He is recipient of the LMCC grant and the Paul Robeson Development Grant. His solo play Dishwasher Dreams is going to have it’s world premiere next season. A recent book- Bengali Harlem published by Harvard Press was inspired by that project. More info:http://bengaliharlem.com/ As an actor/comedian Aladdin has been a veteran of Stand Up Comedy for the past decade pioneering the way for South Asians on Television having performed on Networks such as: Comedy Central, HBO, NBC, PBS and BET. He has done hundreds of commercials and voiceovers for animated television shows and was the voice of several characters in the award winning film Sita Sings the Blues and played the hilarious prof. Gautaum in the indie film American Desi. Regular cast member of Uncle Morty’s Dub Shack – Winner of the Telly award for best comedy writing (IATV)