Jonathan Payne

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Jonathan Payne recently received a 2015 Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. His previous play, The Briar Patch, received the 2014 Holland New Voices Award from the Great Plains Theatre Conference. His work has been produced and developed at the Tristan Bates Theatre (UK), Ars Nova, Fringe Festival NYC, Horse Trade Theater Group, Fire This Time Festival, The Bushwick Starr, and Theatrikos Theatre Company. He is a proud member of the Ars Nova Play Group and a devised theatre group Impossible Bottle. He is a recipient of the Rosa Parks Award for Borne to the Ocean (2011) and the John Cauble Short Play Award for Slavery (2002) from the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. He received a BA from the GSA Conservatoire (UK) and an MFA in Playwriting from Tisch School of the Arts.

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The Playwrights Realm Reveals Third Annual Round of Script Share, Offering Free Professional Guidance to Aspiring Playwrights

The Playwrights Realm announces the third annual Script Share, a free service that provides aspiring playwrights with an opportunity to receive professional guidance from industry professionals. This initiative aims to support writers without industry access or a formal theater education.

The Playwrights Realm Extends World Premiere of Emma Horwitz's MARY GETS HERS

The Playwrights Realm will present a one-week extension of the world premiere production of 2021/22 Realm Writing Fellow Emma Horwitz’s Mary Gets Hers.

The Playwrights Realm Unveils 2023-24 Cohort of Writing Fellows and Scratchpad Playwrights

The Playwrights Realm has revealed its 2023-2024 cohort: a dynamic group of storytellers participating in its Writing Fellows program.

The Playwrights Realm to Present 2023 INK'D Festival of New Plays This Month

The Playwrights Realm will present the 2023 INK’D Festival of New Plays (April 24–27), the annual culmination of their Writing Fellows program.

Cast Announced for World Premiere of ELYRIA at Atlantic Theater Company

Atlantic Theater Company has announced casting for the world premiere production of Elyria, written by Deepa Purohit (Off-Broadway playwriting debut), and directed by Awoye Timpo (The Homecoming Queen).

Rattlestick Theater to Host Community Conversation With Cast of THE GETT

Rattlestick Theater will present a community conversation following the 7:00pm performance of The Gett on Friday, December 2nd, 2022. 

World Premiere of Liba Vaynberg's THE GETT to be Presented by Rattlestick Theater in November

Rattlestick Theater will present the world premiere of THE GETT, written by emerging playwright Liba Vaynberg, starting November 9th, 2022. THE GETT is a deeply personal story that raises key questions about love, loss, and personal regeneration post-crisis.

Jesse Eisenberg to Host Rattlestick Theater Season Jam Featuring Dael Orlandersmith, Edward Astor Chin & More

Rattlestick Theater will celebrate the launch of their 28th season via their ‘Season Jam’ hosted by Rattlestick alumni playwright/actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, The Revisionist).

Rattlestick Theater Announces 2022-2023 Season Featuring Two World Premieres & More

Rattlestick Theater has announced their upcoming 2022-2023 season. Rattlestick’s major programming includes the world premiere production of The Gett by Liba Vaynberg, a co-commission with Rattlestick and Congregation Beth Elohim; AMANI by a.k payne, produced in partnership with the renowned National Black Theatre, and more.

Artistic Director Daniella Topol Of Rattlestick Theater Announces Her Transition

Rattlestick Theater's Artistic Director, Daniella Topol, will transition out of her role at the iconic West Village mainstay after seven successful years to pursue a career in nursing and health care.

World Premiere Musical CORNELIA STREET & Five World Premiere Plays Announced for Atlantic Theater Company 2022-2023 Season

Atlantic Theater Company has announced productions for its 2022-2023 season. Atlantic’s 2022-2023 season will include the world premiere musical Cornelia Street, with a book by Tony Award winner Simon Stephens, music and lyrics by Mark Eitzel, directed by Tony Award nominee Neil Pepe and more.

John Clarence Stewart, Alyssa May Gold & More to Join THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: VIRAL MONOLOGUES Returning Tonight

The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues return tonight for Season 3, Round 3. An exciting group of actors and writers have been paired to create pieces written, rehearsed and recorded in 24 hours. Performers include Ben Ahlers, Molly Collier, Niall Cunningham, Carolina Đỗ, Vas Eli, Alyssa May Gold, Ryan Spahn, John Clarence Stewart and more.

Rattlestick Theater Announces May Treuhaft-Ali and Minghao Tu as Van Lier Fellows

May Treuhaft-Ali and Minghao Tu will join Rattlestick as Van Lier New Voices Fellows, a program that has been recently rehomed from the Lark Play Development Center.

Rattlestick Theater Announces 2022 GLOBAL FORMS THEATER FESTIVAL

Rattlestick Theater has announced the return of its annual Global Forms Theater Festival - a twelve-day celebration filled with in-person productions, readings, online panel discussions, and more which showcases and supports the works of immigrant theater artists living in the U.S.

The Playwrights Realm Announces 2022 INK'D Festival of New Plays

The Playwrights Realm will present the 2022 INK’D Festival of New Plays, bringing the festival of readings culminating the organization’s Writing Fellowship program back live in person after holding it online last year.

THE FIRE THIS TIME FESTIVAL to Release Anthology in March With Methuen Drama

On March 10, 2022 New York City’s Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival will release an anthology entitled 25 Plays from The Fire This Time Festival: A Decade of Recognition, Resistance, Resilience, Rebirth and Black Theatre.

BWW Review: ADDRESSLESS from Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is Interactive and Illuminating

Imaginative, interactive and illuminating, ADDRESSLESS humanizes the plight of three homeless and nomadic New Yorkers who are forced to keep couch surfing, shelter hopping, street roaming and panhandling to survive winter and beyond. While the trio of actor-avatars encounter systemic barriers at the socio-political intersection of age, race, gender, ability, employment, income and health, the at-home audience is invited to help them choose their next move...which could directly impact their immediate or long-term well-being.

The Fire This Time Festival To Release Anthology With Methuen Drama

 On February 10, 2022 New York City’s Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival will release an anthology entitled 25 Plays from The Fire This Time Festival: A Decade of Recognition, Resistance, Resilience, Rebirth and Black Theatre.

Whitney White, Charlie Thurston, Phoenix Best and More to Star in MACBETH IN STRIDE World Premiere at A.R.T.

American Repertory Theater at Harvard University announced today the creative team and cast for Macbeth In Stride. Created by Obie Award winner Whitney White and directed by Tyler Dobrowsky and Taibi Magar, Macbeth In Stride begins performances at the Loeb Drama Center on Saturday, October 23 and officially opens on Thursday, October 29, 2021. 

Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre Announces 2021-22 Lineup

Learn more about the upcoming productions, which include Ni Mi Madre by Arturo Luís Soria, In the Southern Breeze by Mansa Ra, and Addressless by Martin Boross. 


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