Audible Announces Second Round of Theater Commissions from $5 Million Emerging Playwrights Fund

10 Playwrights Selected to Create Original Theatrical Works Designed
with Audible Listeners in Mind

Chisa Hutchinson’s Proof of Love to Debut at the Minetta Lane
Theatre in Spring 2019

NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Audible Inc., the world’s largest producer and provider of downloadable
audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment, today announced the
second group of theater playwrights selected to receive support from its
fund dedicated to developing innovative English-language works from
around the globe. The $5 million fund enables the creation of original
plays driven by language and voice, keeping with Audible’s core
commitment to elevating listening experiences through powerful
performances and extraordinary vocal storytelling.

“Audible’s newest class of playwrights is comprised of incredibly gifted
creatives that are harnessing the power of voice to create theater that
can be enjoyed anywhere, anytime,” commented Kate Navin, Artistic
Producer, Audible Theater. “Audible is committed to supporting the
theater community, cultivating great talent and helping to grow
audiences. We can’t wait to introduce these extraordinary new works to
millions of people worldwide.”

In addition to financial support, Audible will provide the selected
playwrights creative and logistical resources that suit the needs of
each artist and project. With access to both Audible’s workspace and an
artistic staff who provide dramaturgical expertise, playwrights will
enjoy a nurturing environment that inspires and encourages artistic
expression. The fund is also intended to support the audio production of
each commission and, in some instances, a live stage component. In its
entirety, the initiative provides opportunity and access for both
theater artists and audiences.

The second round of commissions will go to:

  • NICK CARR, the recipient of the Gary Garrison prize for
    playwrighting at the American College Theater Festival in Washington
    D.C., a selected writer for Theater Masters’ Palm Beach Developmental
    Workshop Series, and a Kennedy Center Fellow at the O’Neill
    Playwrights Conference.
  • CHRISTOPHER CHEN, an Obie Award-winning playwright whose work
    has been extensively produced across the United States and abroad. In
    addition to Audible, he is currently under commission at The Aurora,
    LCT3, Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights
    Horizons and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • ELINOR COOK, the London-based winner of the George Devine Award
    for Most Promising Playwright 2013, and a finalist for the Susan Smith
    Blackburn Award 2018.
  • BERRI GEORGE, a London-based playwright and performer, whose
    work has been staged in a range of leading new writing venues. Her
    one-woman show LARP, which she also performed, received five star
    reviews and toured a selection of local and regional venues.
  • CARLA GRAULS, an award-winning playwright whose works have been
    performed in London, Italy, and South Africa. She is the winner of the
    Nick Darke Award for her play Made for Him, and her critically
    acclaimed play Occupied at Theatre503 was nominated for two Off
    West End Theatre Awards in 2014.
  • ERIC MICHA HOLMES, a playwright and radio dramatist whose
    work has been heard on the BBC and seen at The National Black Theatre,
    The New Black Fest, MCC Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, and The
    Lark Play Development Center, among others.
  • LINDSAY JOELLE, a Chicago-born, New York-based playwright and
    lyricist holding a B.A. in English from Columbia University and an
    M.F.A. in Playwriting from CUNY/Hunter. She is a member of Nashville
    Repertory Theatre’s Ingram New Works Lab, a National New Play Network
    writer-in-residence at Curious Theatre, and an alumna of the BMI
    Musical Thetre Workshop.
  • CHARLOTTE JOSEPHINE, the winner of the Soho Theatre Young
    Writers Award 2012, the Clonmel Junction Best Theatre Award 2013, the
    Holden Street Theatre’s Award 2013, the Adelaide Fringe Award 2014,
    the Stage Edinburgh Award 2017, the Octagon National Monologue Prize
    2017, and the inaugural BBC Screenplay First Award in 2017.
  • MIKE LEW, a Brooklyn-based playwright, Tony voter and Dramatist
    Guild Council member whose honors include the PEN Emerging Playwright,
    Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman, and Kendeda awards as well as
    a Lark Ventrous fellowship.
  • MARISELA TREVIÑA ORTA, a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights
    Workshop and a Core Writer at The Playwrights’ Center. She has been
    awarded the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama, the 2009 Pen
    Center USA Literary Award in Drama, the 2013 National Latino
    Playwriting Award, and is a 2019 Kendeda Finalist.

In 2017, Audible announced its first class of fifteen playwrights
including Aaron Mark, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Antoinette Nwandu, Bridgette
A. Wimberly, Chisa Hutchinson, David Rossmer, Gary McNair, James Anthony
Tyler, James Fritz, Lauren Gunderson, Leah Nakano Winkler, Madhuri
Shekar, Nassim Soleimanpour, Paola Lazaro, and Regina Taylor. Currently,
three Audible commissioned plays will be produced in 2019 including Proof
of Love
by Chisa Hutchinson (slated for live production at Minetta
Lane in NYC in spring 2019), Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar (Audible
release May 2019) and Life Ever After by Carla Grauls (Audible
release June 2019). Additional productions from commissioned playwrights
will be announced in the coming months.

For more information about submitting to the Fund, please contact

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Esther Bochner

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