New York Theatre Workshop Announces 2012-2013 Emerging Artists Fellows

New York Theatre Workshop is pleased to announce that Simón Adinia Hanukai, Julián J. Mersri, Janine Nabers, Matthew Paul Olmos, Tamilla Woodward, and Zhu Yi have been selected as 2012-2013 Emerging Artists Fellows.

About the Fellows

SIMÓN ADINIA HANUKAI is a director, performer and educator. Originally from Baku, Azerbaijan, he has recently relocated to New York City from Oakland, California, where he was a founding member of headRush Crew and the Co-Artistic Director of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company. Working with both companies for six years he was instrumental in creating original full-length dance theater pieces, which toured nationally and were seen by over 25,000 people per year. Since arriving in New York his directing credits include My Artichoke Heart (Theater for the New City), Can't Stop, Won't Stop (2010 Hip Hop Theater Fest), The 6 Project (Brooklyn Arts Exchange/Toured to over 10 cities nationally), Brave Ducks (Living Theatre - FringeNYC), Birthday Triage (Horace Mann Theater). Simón holds a Masters degree in Education from the University of San Francisco’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Social Justice and an MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University.

JULIÁN J. MESRI is a New York based Argentinean-American director, playwright and composer who is proud to work with a company of actors encompassing both North and South America and work in both English and Spanish. He was 2010-2011 Van Lier fellow at Repertorio Español where he directed Rafael Spregelburd’s “La estupidez” in its New York premiere (ACE nominee, Best Direction) and presented Calderón de la Barca’s “La dama duende”. Recent work includes: “The Homophobes” by Susana Cook, which will premiere in September, as well as his play Blood and Cake. As a playwright his work has been read at venues such as New York Theatre Workshop, Dixon Place and the Lark Theatre Center. His play The King in Exile was presented in a new translation by the playwright in Buenos Aires in 2011. He is a founding member of Fifth Wall theatre company and a collaborating artist with Magic Futurebox. He graduated Williams College with a B.A. in Philosophy.

JANINE NABERS plays include: Welcome to Jesus, Series.Black.Face., Annie Bosh is Missing, A Swell in the Ground, West of the Willow Tree, Juniper, Jubilee and book to the musical A Beautiful Something (composer/lyricist Sharon Kenny). Janine is a currently a member of MCC Playwrights Coalition and the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer's Group at Primary Stages. She was the Page 73 2011 Playwriting Fellow and is an alumna of Ars Nova Play Group, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, The Dramatist Guild playwriting Fellowship and the 2010 & 2011 Sundance Theater Program. Presently Janine is working on commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Keen Company and Theatre Works (Palo Alto) and is a Lila Acheson Wallace playwriting fellow at Juilliard. This summer Janine will be writing the book for the Boris Sagal Fellowship musical at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her short play Black Girl Gone recently completed a run with Headlong Theatre in London as part of their DECADE production. Janine is published by Nick Hern Books, Samuel French and PlayScripts.

MATTHEW PAUL OLMOS was recently selected by Sam Shepard as the inaugural recipient of the La MaMa ETC's 2012-13 Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award. He is also a current terraNOVA Groundbreaker, Brooklyn Arts Exchange Resident Artist, and Rising Circle INKtank playwright. He has been a Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellow, a two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite, BBC International Playwriting Top Prize of the Americas awardee; and is an Ensemble Studio Theatre lifetime member. He is co-founder and former Artistic Director of woken’glacier theatre company (two time New York Innovative Theater Award nominee), an NEA New Play Development reader, a New York Innovative Awards judge, a member of Caridad Svich's No Passport, and a core staff member at the Lark Play Development Center. He holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from The Actor’s Studio Drama School, a B.A. in Playwriting from UC Santa Barbara, and was given UCLA’s GOP Award for Graduate Playwriting.
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 the ongoing international collaborative site specific event HOTEL PROJECT. She has directed at HERE, The Actors Theatre of Louisville, PS122, DR 2, The Culture Project, Urban Stages, Dance Theatre Workshop, The Kitchen Theatre, Manhattan Class Company and for festivals around the US and internationally. She serves as an adjunct professor teaching solo performance at City College's Center for Worker Education.

ZHU YI is a bilingual playwright and filmmaker, originally from Shanghai, China. She received her MFA in Playwright at Columbia University and BA in Theatre Arts at Nanjing University (China) and Oslo University College (Norway). Previous credits: I am a Moon (Mu Ma Theater, China; Xian'Lin Blackbox Theater, China; 3LD Art and Technology Center, NYC), Evolutionism or Dammit, We Took the Shortcut! (Manhattan Rep & Schapiro Theatre, NYC), Lifetime Fairytale (Riverside Theatre, NYC), Wedding (Schapiro Theatre, NYC), Promising (Down-Stream Garage, China), documentary film “Scrape” (Alcances Film Festival, Spain & Beijing Independent Film Festival, China).

About the Emerging Artists Fellowship Program

Since 1995, NYTW has awarded more than 60 Fellowships to Artists of Color to allow emerging artists from a diversity of backgrounds the opportunity to develop their crafts and utilize the resources of an established nonprofit producing company. By participating in residencies, readings and the daily operations of the Workshop as well as meeting with the Fellowship Coordinator and setting goals throughout the program, Fellows benefit from the insight of NYTW artistic staff, mentorship from other artists, conversations with one another to discuss their progress and being a part of a network of artists affiliated with the Workshop. During their Fellowship, they have access to NYTW office supplies and rehearsal space to further projects they are developing and are required to present their work twice during the year to NYTW Artistic leadership during a Suspects’ Studio. Each June, the Artistic staff and incoming and outgoing Fellows gather for a weekend retreat away from the city for orientation, mentorship and discussions about their careers and trends in American theatre.

Published May 16, 2012

by New York Theatre Workshop

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