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Lark Play Development Center and PoNY Welcome New Fellow Kimber Lee

About LARK PLAY DEVELOPMENT CENTER: The Lark Play Development Center, now in its 19th year, is a laboratory for new voices and new ideas, providing playwrights with resources to develop their work, nurturing artists at all stages in their careers, and inviting them to express themselves freely in a supportive and rigorous environment. The Lark reaches across international and cultural boundaries to seek out and embrace unheard voices and diverse perspectives, celebrating differences in language and worldviews. By placing authors at the center of the creative process and giving them the tools they need to succeed financially and professionally, Lark's goal is to empower them to tell their stories and reflect the world back to us in unique and important ways. Lark's focus is on maintaining a laboratory where talent is rewarded, diversity abounds and everyone's idea is worthy of consideration.

The PoNY Fellowship is one of Lark's four major playwriting fellowships that provide economic flexibility to writers at different stages of their careers. Last year, Lark served 945 artists, including 186 playwrights; partnered with over two dozen theaters and universities; and supported numerous projects serving a diversity of communities, such as a touring residency program for Roma youth in Eastern Europe, an annual U.S.-Mexico Playwright Exchange and, in partnership with Signature Theatre, a Contemporary Chinese Playwriting Series. Recent plays substantially developed at the Lark include David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, Katori Hall's The Mountaintop, Rajiv Joseph's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo and Theresa Rebeck's Seminar. The Lark is led by its co-founder and Artistic Director John Clinton Eisner and Managing Director Michael Robertson. For more information about the Lark Play Development Center, visit www.larktheatre.org.

About PLAYWRIGHTS OF NEW YORK: Playwrights of New York (PoNY) is committed to ensuring the creation of vibrant and diverse new American plays in the center of the theater world. The first of its kind, the PoNY fellowship addresses the many challenges of living as a playwright in New York City, providing practical support (housing, living expenses and health insurance) as well as more profound considerations such as artistic development and connection to a supportive community. In addition to providing support during the fellowship year, deeper and ongoing professional support is given to all PoNY fellows through partnerships with American Repertory Theater at Harvard University and LAByrinth Theater Company. Past PoNY Fellows are Carson Kreitzer, Samuel D. Hunter, Katori Hall, Tommy Smith, A. Rey Pamatmat, Dominique Morisseau and, this year's Fellow, Kimber Lee. For more information about Playwrights of New York, visit: www.playwrightsofnewyork.org.

Pictured: Arthur Kopit, John Clinton Eisner, Kimber Lee and Sandi Goff Farkas. Photo by Andres Otero.

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