Seven Artists Selected for 2013 Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross Foundation

Justin Levine

Writing: Bonfire Night (Book, Music & Lyrics), Tell Me Tomorrow (Music & Lyrics), Jump Jim Crow (Music & Lyrics), Naked Radio (Music), Pepper and Sam: Death by Vaudeville (Co-created with Salty Brine). Musical Direction/Orchestration: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Broadway/Public), Here Lies Love (Public/Mass MoCA), Murder Ballad (MTC/NYSF), Robber Bridegroom (Roundabout), Love’s Labors Lost (Public/WTF), Mo(or)town (Choreographer: Doug Elkins), Like Water for Chocolate (Sundance Institute Theatre Lab).

Matthew Paul Olmos

Originally from Los Angeles, Matthew is the 2012 Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting and was named as the inaugural recipient of the La Mama E.T.C.'s 2012-13 Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award. He is a 2012-13 New York Theatre Workshop Fellow, 2012-13 Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group playwright, 2011-12 terraNOVA Groundbreaker Playwright, and 2011-12 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Resident Artist. He was previously a Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellow for his play i put the fear of méxico in’em, and a two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite and BBC International Playwriting Top Prize of the Americas awardee for his play the nature of captivity. Also a Ensemble Studio Theatre lifetime member, No Passport member, National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development reader, New York Innovative Awards judge, and a core staff member at the Lark Play Development Center. M.F.A. Playwriting, The Actor’s Studio Drama School (now New School for Drama). i put the fear of méxico in’em world-premieres at Teatro Vista in Chicago in November 2012, and is being published by Samuel French and NoPassport Press; and part one of his 3-play cycle so go the ghosts of méxico world premieres at La Mama E.T.C. in April 2013.

Stephen Wadsworth

Stephen’s translations of three plays by Marivaux brought that playwright to a wide American public in the 1990s. He also translated Goldoni’s Mirandolina and made a landmark translation of Molière’s Don Juan, working from new sources, for which the French government named him a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters. He is currently at work on a new translation of the three Figaro plays of Beaumarchais. He has translated operas by Monteverdi, Handel, Mozart and Udo Zimmermann, written the story for Daron Hagen’s opera Amelia, and co-authored the opera A Quiet Place with Leonard Bernstein. As a director he has addressed the classics—Shakespeare, Goldoni, Shaw, Wilde and Coward, as well as his Molière and Marivaux translations—and contemporary works by Guare, Henley, Anna Deavere Smith and McNally (Master Class recently on Broadway and in the West End). He is one of the world’s leading opera directors, including a famous staging of Wagner’s massive Ring cycle, which plays again in summer 2013. He is a sought-after dramaturg, a script-reader for The Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, a Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence at the Aspen Institute. He is The James S. Marcus Faculty Fellow at The Juilliard School—his post-graduate advanced-training institute for singers there is the only intensive acting program for singers in the world—and Head of Drama for the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program.

The Sundance Institute Theatre Program is made possible by generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Time Warner Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, Theatre Communications Group, Cindy Harrell Horn and Alan Horn, and the LUMA Foundation.

Sundance Institute Theatre Program

The Theatre Program has been a core component of Sundance Institute since Robert Redford founded the Institute in 1984. The Theatre Program identifies and assists emerging theatre artists, contributes to the creative growth of established artists, and encourages and supports the development of new work for the stage. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director Philip Himberg, the Theatre Program is the leading play development program in the United States. Titles such as Spring Awakening, An Iliad, I Am My Own Wife, The Good Negro, Circle Mirror Transformation, Passing Strange, Grey Gardens, Crowns and Marie Antoinette have gone from Theatre Program Labs to production from coast to coast and internationally, garnering multiple Pulitzers, Tonys, Obies and other recognition. The Theatre Program’s East Africa initiative is the only professional program of its type on the continent, offering Labs, cross-cultural exchange, mentorship and exposure to artists in six African countries.

Sundance Institute

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Ucross Foundation

Founded in 1981, Ucross Foundation is an internationally known retreat for visual artists, writers, composers and choreographers working in all creative disciplines. It provides living accommodations, studio space, uninterrupted time and the experience of the extraordinary High Plains landscape to competitively selected individuals. Ucross supports individuals whose work reflects innovative thinking, a depth of creative exploration, and the potential for significant future accomplishments. A number of residents have won recognition such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Tony Award, the National Book Award, the MacArthur Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship and many other honors. Through its Residency Program, art gallery, and associated activities, Ucross actively seeks to support an appreciation for vibrant human creativity and aims to cast a reflection into the future from the cultural mirror of our lives and times.