NEW YORK CITY: The New York Theater Workshop selected 6 playwrights and directors for the 2050 Arts Fellowship Program. The 2022-23 season cohort includes Miranda Cornell, Thaddeus McCants, Aileen Wen McGroddy, Attilio Rigotti, Andrew Rodriguez and Minghao Tu. Fellows receive both a stipend and an additional arts development fund that supports projects, theater tickets, research, or travel.
The scholarship is named in honor of the US Census Bureau’s projection that by 2050 there will be no racial or ethnic majority in the United States. The 2050 Artistic Fellows are early-career artists who can engage with the community and offer unique perspectives on the transformations occurring in the American landscape.
“We are deeply honored to welcome these six artists as 2050 Artistic Fellows for the 2022-23 season,” literary director and playwright Aaron Malkin said in a statement. “Miranda, Thaddeus, Aileen, Attilio, Andrew and Minghao were selected from hundreds of applicants for their boundless curiosity and distinctive visions, and we look forward to supporting their growth as artists and building a community throughout. throughout the year.”
The program consists of monthly fellowship meetings where fellows meet and members of the New York Theater Workshop community to discuss craft, aesthetics, and artistic development. Fellows attend a three-day weekend retreat at the start and end of the fellowship. They also have access to rehearsal space, opportunities to share work in progress with NYTW artistic staff, mentorship from NYTW staff and contemporary theater artists, and opportunities to participate in the artistic life of the theater by attending staff meetings, developmental readings, dress rehearsals, and other NYTW special events.
NYTW Usual suspect and former 2050 Director Miranda Haymon will serve as an advisor to 2022-23 Fellows, working directly with each Fellow to design their individual Fellowship experience as well as with NYTW’s cohort and artistic staff to build community.
Miranda Cornell is a mixed race, Japanese-American theater director and generative artist. She has staged and staged works with Roundabout Underground Reading Series, Ma-Yi Theater Company, 24 hour games, New Ohio / Ice Plant, Yale Summer Cabaret, mercury store, Shakespeare Academy in Stratford, Moxie Arts NYthe Asian American Arts Alliance, NYMFand the Hunter MFA Playwrights Festival. As an associate and assistant, she has worked with directors such as Robert Icke, Danya Taymor, Chay Yew, Rachel Chavkin and Michael Greif at theaters such as NYTW, Park Avenue Armory, The teamand Dear Evan Hansen (Broadway and North American tour). Miranda was the 2020 Van Lier Fellow in Theater at A4 and is a proud member of the 2nd cohort of the Roundabout Directors Group.
Thaddeus McCants is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer from Madison, Wisconsin. As a playwright, he is a Visionary playwright, KCACTF National Finalist, Goldberg New Play Award Finalist and Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Conference of Playwrights & American Blues Theater Blue Ink Award. As a television writer, he is currently a writer for the second season of HBOMax’s Julia, is developing his own series with BET+ and co-writing Audible Originals with VICE Media and author James Patterson. As a performer, Thaddeus has worked Off-Broadway, on the high seas, on the main stage at UCBNY, and in the original cast of Disney’s Freaky Friday the Musical.
Aileen Wen McGroddy is a Chinese and Irish-American theater director, educator and live event producer. She has roots in New York, Chicago and Providence. His upcoming work includes grease pot and Sense and sensitivity (North Floor), A Christmas Carol (Representative of the Trinity), Murder for two (Winnipesaukee Playhouse) and Indecent (Brown University). His previous work includes The Chinese Lady (Kithen Theater and Geva Theater Centre), The late marriage, The mute waiter, On the Y axis, summer and smoke, Akira Kurosawa explains his films and Yogurtand Storm (Brown Trinity). She attended The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Trinity Representative, Court Theater, The actors’ gymnasium, Hypocritesand The House.
Attilio Rigotti is a Chilean director, video game designer and teacher. He has performed, trained, taught and developed productions all over the world including countries such as Poland, China, Egypt, Lebanon, India, Indonesia, Japan, Italy, Cuba, the United Arab Emirates. Together with Orsolya Szánthó he founded the company PROBLEM, creating work that seamlessly combines digital, interactive and physical media with new forms of storytelling. The company’s video and technology design has been featured in collaborations with Kaki King, Mason Gross School of the Arts, MIT Music and Theater Arts, The Juilliard Schoolas well as in the most recent production of macbeth on Broadway. Their graphic and video work has been part of promotional campaigns for several Broadway shows such as Company and North Country Girl. Attilio’s work as a director has been featured at City Lyric Opera, Phoenix Theater Ensemble, NYU Tisch, Toronto peripheryand Gamiotic Studios.
Andrew Rodriguez is a New York-based actor and director from Mirando City, Texas. Rodriguez remains dedicated to opening the theatrical canon by directing and developing new works not originally intended for the stage, including adapting novels, films, poems and anthologies. Rodriguez graduated from The University of Texas at Austin (BFA, 2019), former apprentice actor at Louisville Actors Theater, and alumnus of the Juilliard School Professional Learning Program. He is currently working with the Atlantic Theater Company Conservatory actor training programs.
Minghao Tu is an immigrant playwright from Wuhan, China. He is a Van Lier Scholar at Rattle Theater and a Jerome Fellow 2022-23 at Playwrights Center. He was a resident of Pipeline Theater Company 2020-21 PlayLaband a 2021 Travis Bogard Artist-in-Residence at Eugene O’Neill Foundation. His works have been presented/produced at Tofte Lake Center, Travel Theater Company, New York Public Library, Yangtze Repertory Theater of America, Ground floor theaterand New UT Theateras well as featured on Steppenwolf Theater from The To mix together. He was a finalist for the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center and the 2021 Woodward/Newman Award at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, and a semi-finalist for PlayPenn, Ground floor at Berkeley Repand Shakespeare’s new contemporaries at the American Shakespeare Center. He was a James A. Michener Scholar at UT Austin (MFA: 2020).
The New York Theater Workshop is an off-Broadway theater company that produces plays and musicals in full productions and workshops. In 2020, NYTW had a budget of approximately $7.9 million.
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