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Cost

Free

Venue

Online via Zoom

Date/time

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm CST

In this hour-long conversation, we will focus on the creative process. How do we begin? In the absence of, for instance, a full draft of a play, what are the tools we can use to investigate a series of questions, themes, and ideas? We are thrilled to host this conversation with these remarkable and visionary artists and look forward to exploring some of the many ways new work can be created. 

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AriDy Nox
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Aya Ogawa
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Janaki Ranpura

AriDy Nox

The playwright
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based inBrooklyn, NY
AriDy Nox is a multi-disciplinary black femme storyteller and social activist with a variety of forward-thinking creative works under her/their belt including the historical reimagining of the life of Sally Hemmings BLACK GIRL IN PARIS (2020), the ancestral reckoning play A WALLESS CHURCH (2019), the afrofuturist ecopocalypse musical METROPOLIS (2019), and many others. AriDy creates out of the vehement belief that creating a future in which marginalized peoples are free requires a radical imagination. Their tales are offerings intended to function as small parts of an ancient, expansive, awe-inspiring tradition of world-shaping, created by and for black femmes. As a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at Tisch School of the Performing Arts at NYU and a beneficiary of the Musical Theatre Factory Inaugural MAKERS cohort, the Emerging Writer’s Group at the Public Theatre, The Civilians’ Research and Development Group, Horizon Theatre’s Black Women Speak Cohort, and the Live and In Color June Bingham commission, they have been inordinately privileged to share the workings of her imagination among a vast array of inspiring and supportive artists of various radical backgrounds throughout the country.

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Aya Ogawa

The playwright
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based inBrooklyn, NY
Aya Ogawa is a Tokyo-born, Brooklyn-based playwright, director, performer, and translator whose work reflects an international viewpoint, centers women/non-binary perspectives and utilizes the stage as a space for exploring cultural identity and other facets of the immigrant experience. Cumulatively, all aspects of their artistic practice synthesize their work as an artistic and cultural ambassador, building bridges across cultures to create meaningful exchange amongst artists, theaters, and audiences both in the U.S. and in Asia.

They have written and directed many plays including A Girl of 16, oph3lia (HERE), Journey to the Ocean (Foundry Theatre), and Ludic Proxy (The Play Company). Most recently they wrote, directed, and performed in The Nosebleed (Japan Society with The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2021; Lincoln Center Theater, 2022; Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 2023). Aya was awarded an Obie Award for the creation, writing, and direction of The Nosebleed, whose cast was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for outstanding ensemble. They are currently developing Meat Suit: the shitshow that is motherhood and an adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis as a solo performance in collaboration with Saori Tsukada with new music by Philip Glass.

As a director, they directed Haruna Lee’s Obie Award-winning Suicide Forest (The Bushwick Starr & Ma-Yi Theater Company) and Maiko Kikuchi and Spencer Lott’s 9000 Paper Balloons (HERE & Japan Society).

They have translated numerous Japanese plays into English including work by Toshiki Okada, Satoko Ichihara, and Yudai Kamisato; many of these translations have been published and produced in the U.S. and U.K.

They are currently a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a Usual Suspect at NYTW, recent member of the Devised Theater Working Group at the Public Theater and Artist-in-Residence at BAX. They were the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants for Artists, President’s Award in Performing Arts from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, a finalist for the SDCF’S 2021 inaugural Barbara Whitman Award, and finalist for the 2022 Alan Schneider Director Award. ayaogawa.com

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Janaki Ranpura

The playwright
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based inBrunswick, OH
Ranpura designs performances and events for public space and the stage. A Many Voices fellow at the Playwrights’ Center for three years (2010-14), she is also a member of the City Art Collaboratory, Public Art St Paul’s city planning think tank. Her past work with puppets and street games has been supported by the Henson Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, Forecast Public Art, and Northern Lights, Minnesota. She has produced projects with Pedro Reyes (Art Basel Parcours) and Shadowlight, Larry Reed’s company in San Francisco. She worked on a performance installation about heart surgery as a MacDowell Fellow in 2013. She trained at the Lecoq School in Paris and has a Humanities degree from Yale University, where her thesis work was about how the particularities of space shape narrative.