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Free

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Playwrights’ Center

Date/time

April 21 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of scenes from plays-in-progress by the 2023–24 Playwrights’ Center Fellows.

Featuring work by Michelle de JoyaGethsemane HerronRachel JendrzejewskiPaul KruseNubia MonksJarek PastorMK TuomanenJosiah Turner, and Liqing Xu

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Michelle de Joya
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Gethsemane Herron
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Rachel Jendrzejewski
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Paul Kruse
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Nubia Monks
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Jarek Pastor
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MK Tuomanen
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Josiah Thomas Turner
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Liqing Xu
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Michelle de Joya

The playwright she/her/they/them
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based inSt Paul, MN
Michelle de Joya (they/them/she/her) is a Performer, Playwright, and Teaching Artist based in the Twin Cities. Their writing has received many different forms of recognition, such as: a publication from their play Filipino Cuisine in Playground Experiment’s 2021 Faces of America Monologue Anthology, a staged virtual workshop of their piece titled Lilith for Kuma Kahua Theater and Conch Shell Productions’ RESET Series for New Plays by BIPOC Artists, and a commissioned short titled Empty Orchestra for Theater Mu’s The REMIX Series. Additionally they were a member of the 2023 Exposed Brick “Through Our Eyes” Emerging Writer’s Cohort, a semi-finalist for Theater Mu's Mu Tang Clan Writing Incubator, a semi-finalist at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale for Playwriting, and are excited to be doing the upcoming ‘23-’24 Many Voices Mentorship at the Playwrights' Center. Lastly, they’ve received monetary and artistic support from many notable theaters and organizations in addition to those listed above, such as: Minnesota State Arts Board, Pangea World Theater, Penumbra Theater Company, Theater Latte Da, and more. You can keep up with an other performing and writing projects at facebook.com/dejoya.michelle

Gethsemane Herron

The playwright
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based inMinneapolis, MN
Gethsemane Herron is a playwright from Washington, D.C. She has developed work with Ars Nova, The Fire This Time Festival, The Hearth, JAG Productions, The Liberation Theater Company, the Playwrights’ Center, Roundabout Theatre Company, and WP Theater. She was a 20-22 member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, a 20-22 member of the WP Lab, and a 21-22 Jerome Fellow/22-23 Many Voices Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center. Winner of the Columbia@Roundabout Reading Series. Winner of the 45th Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. 2022 Recipient of the Helen Merrill Award. Finalist for the Van Lier New Voices Fellowship at the Lark and the Founders Award at New York Stage and Film. MFA: Columbia University. Proud member of the Dramatists Guild. She’s enamored with Sailor Moon & other magical girl warriors. She writes for survivors.

Instagram @gethsemane_herron

Rachel Jendrzejewski

The playwright
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based inMinneapolis, MN
Rachel Jendrzejewski (she/her) is an experimental playwright who works across the U.S. and internationally, most often collaborating with choreographers, musicians, and visual artists to explore new interdisciplinary and performative vocabularies.

Her work has been developed and/or presented at Red Eye Theater, Walker Art Center, Southern Theater, Public Functionary, Hair+Nails Gallery, Weisman Art Museum, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Wild Project, Conflux Festival, ICA/Boston, MASS MoCA, Padua Playwrights, Los Angeles Performance Practice, The Theatre at the Ace Hotel, Tricklock Company, Art Café Kalambur, ITseLF Festival, and Cross Club, among others. Publications include ENCYCLOPEDIA (Spout Press), IN WHICH _______ AND OTHERS DISCOVER THE END (a collaboration with SuperGroup; Plays Inverse), and AMBER (in the anthology I MIGHT BE THE PERSON YOU ARE TALKING TO). Her play MERONYMY is forthcoming from 53rd State Press; and she is currently working with WaxFactory (NYC) on TRACES, an immersive outdoor roving performance inspired by the life and work of Sophie Calle.

Rachel is deeply grateful to be a 2022-23 McKnight Fellow at the Playwrights' Center, where she has developed new work for more than a decade through a previous Jerome Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship, and three Core Writer residencies. Other honors include residencies with Everwood Farmstead Foundation, University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study and Weisman Art Museum, Instytut Adama Mickiewicza, and MASS MoCA; plus grants from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Minnesota State Arts Board, National Endowment for the Arts, Network of Ensemble Theaters, Dramatists Guild Foundation, PEN America, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, among others.

Rachel has taught courses and/or workshops in writing and interdisciplinary collaboration at numerous institutions including Brown University, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Playwrights' Center. She is a co-artistic director at Red Eye Theater and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown.

Instagram @_rachelka_

Paul Kruse

The playwright he, him, his
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based inMinneapolis, MN
Paul William Kruse tells Queer love stories. As a playwright and media artist from Western Wisconsin, his work flows from his Catholic roots and ever-evolving experience of family. Paul often writes collaboratively, drawing from his years of experience as a videographer and documentarian. He is a 2023–2025 Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and a cohort member of Audible’s third Emerging Playwrights Fund. His audio play Once Removed was an official selection at the 2022 Tribeca Festival. Paul’s plays have been produced by Adjusted Realists in Brooklyn, NY; Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh, PA; the Vortex Theater in Austin, TX; and in high schools around the country. Paul has developed work at The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Yaddo, the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, and Middlebury College. Paul completed his MFA at UT Austin in 2020, where he was a fellow with the Michener Center for Writers. From 2012–2022, Paul was resident playwright with Pittsburgh’s Hatch Arts Collective, which he co-founded with Adil Mansoor and Nicole Shero.

Nubia Monks

The playwright
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based inMinneapolis, MN
Nubia Monks is an actor, playwright, and educator. She has performed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, The Women’s Theatre Festival, The Guthrie Theater, and The Folger Theater. As a writer, Nubia is interested in telling stories that cater to and center the Black experience. Her works include Hands of Color (Synchronicity Theatre, 2019), The War Unseen (Montana Repertory Theatre, 2020), and The Lost Women, which has been developed and workshopped at the Playwrights’ Center (‘21-’22 Jerome Fellowship) and The Playwright’s Realm (‘21-’22 Scratchpad Series). She is currently a member of the Realm’s Writer’s Group at The Playwright’s Realm, and is overflowing with excitement to be returning to the Playwrights’ Center as a Jerome Fellow for the second time.

Instagram @_onlynubia

Jarek Pastor

The playwright they/them
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Jarek Pastor is a theatermaker with a focus on play composition, dramaturgy, and directing. Their work moves with a tonal dynamism to enact absurdist portraits of social systems from a mixed race/bilingual/transnational perspective. The result is a theater of being more than the expected doing—of presence and acquaintance more than deed and explanation. This practice is driven by an insistence on finding more communal ways of living beyond the closed horizon of imperialism in all its forms.

MK Tuomanen

The playwright they, them, theirs
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based inPhiladelphia, PA
MK Tuomanen (they/them) is the 2017 recipient of the Haas Emerging Artist Award, named “Best Theater Artist” by Philadelphia Magazine in 2014. A graduate of the Lecoq School of Movement Theatre in Paris, they helped found two devising ensembles: Applied Mechanics, an immersive performance collective, and The Bearded Ladies, a queer experimental cabaret. In 2015, they cofounded Philadelphia’s first producing playwright’s collective, Orbiter 3, along with Maura Krause and playwrights James Ijames, Emma Goidel, Doug Williams, and Emily Acker. Their play Peaceable Kingdom, an allegorical retelling of William Penn’s arrival in Lenape lands, won the 2017 Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award, and was hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “deeply moving and utterly melancholy… with a sharp satirical edge.” In the same year, their play Marcus/Emma premiered at InterAct Theater and was nominated for the Independence Award for Best New Play. Says Tuomanen: “It was written from a place of urgency — a need for political and sexual liberation, a need to be released from cynicism into empowering joy.” Their solo show Hello! Sadness! was developed at the 2014 Dael Orlandersmith Solo Residency at the Kimmel Center, a performance described by critic Julius Ferraro as: “witty, wise, heroic, cruel.” An alum of The Foundry and InterAct Core Writers, Tuomanen’s work has been supported by Venturous Theatre Fund, the Philadelphia Foundation, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. As a director, they have recently toured John Jarboe’s Rose: You Are Who You Eat to the Guggenheim Works and Process and Cultural DC. They are a practicing Quaker and were the 2018 Friend-In-Residence at Haverford College. Their current project, Night Science, is supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation and has been developed at the Wilma Theatre.

Instagram @m.tuomanen
TikTock @mktuomanen

Josiah Thomas Turner

The playwright
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based inNew York, NY
Josiah Thomas Turner is a queer, Black artist, musician, and theater-maker born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He earned his MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. Josiah’s work has been developed with and seen at Fade To Black Theatre Fest, Wild Winds Texas, the constructivists, Breaking & Entering, The Fled, and The Kennedy Center. Turner was a finalist for Magic in Rough Spaces at Rorschach Theatre, winner of the Kennedy Center’s Planet Earth Prize, Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship, and National Undergraduate Theatre award as well as being a Semi-Finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, The O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwright’s Conference, and the Playwright’s Realm’s Scratchpad Series.

Instagram @JosiahThomasTurner

Liqing Xu

The playwright
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based inMinneapolis, MN
Liqing is a playwright and screenwriter. Their work has been developed/presented by Theater Mu, Second Stage, the María Irene Fornés Institute Writers Workshop, The Orchard Project, the Sewanee Writers' Conference (as a Walter E. Dakin Fellow), and Breaking the Binary Festival, among others. They are a proud inaugural member of the Mu Tang Clan. They are a Semi-Finalist for the 2022-2023 Princess Grace Award, the 2022-2024 WP Lab, the 2023 Disney General Entertainment Writing Program, and a Finalist for the Mentorship Matters BIPOC Initiative. In their former life as a creative executive, Liqing developed feature animated films for DreamWorks China, including ABOMINABLE and OVER THE MOON. Currently, she is a Playwrights' Center 2022-2023 Many Voices Fellow. BFA: NYU, Film and Television. MFA: Hunter College, Playwriting.

Instagram @xliqingx