2020 Echo Playwrights Lab

Agnes Borinsky

Agnes (née Alex) Borinsky is a writer and performer, originally from Baltimore, currently living in Los Angeles. She makes work about how and why people gather. Her plays have been developed with theaters and community centers in New York, Los Angeles, and Beirut. Her first young adult novel, Sasha Masha, is a queer coming-of- age story and comes out this fall (FSG). She works at Skylight Books.

Brian Otaño

Brian Otaño is a New York native and LA-based playwright and TV writer. Full-length plays include The Dust, Dolores Slayborne, Tara, Zero Feet Away and The Dooley Street Trilogy. He also co-wrote You Across From Me, the 42nd Annual Humana Festival PTC show. Brian is currently a staff writer on Last Summer, airing on Freeform and Hulu in 2020. Brian is an alumna of Center Theatre Group LA Writers Workshop, Geffen Playhouse Writers Room, Ars Nova Playgroup and Page 73’s Interstate 73 Writers Group. He is the recipient of the New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship and the New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellowship. His plays have been developed and workshopped by Roundabout Theatre Company (Roundabout Underground), Atlantic Theater Company (Latino Mixfest), INTAR (American Nightcap), The Parsnip Ship, UCSB Launchpad, LAByrinth, IAMA Theatre Company, Celebration Theatre and SPACE on Ryder Farm. His first short film Call Me Daddy (directed by Amanda DeSouza) is a two-time award winner (Best Narrative Short, The Women’s Film Festival and Best Comedy at The Official Latino Film Festival). He is currently under commission with IAMA Theater Company and Atlantic Theater Company. Representation: William Morris Endeavor and Grandview Management. Education: BFA, Dramatic Writing (SUNY Purchase).

Christopher Sullivan

Christopher Sullivan is a playwright, screenwriter, and director. His work has been seen Off Broadway at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea Theatre, The Tank, Theatre Row, NYU, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA from USC’s John Wells Writing for Screen and Television Division, is a former member of the Obie- Award winning playwrights group Youngblood, and is a Hudson Memorial Award Recipient. His episodic series GUESS I’M A GHOST has been seen at festivals around the country and won Best Web Series at the Los Angeles Film Awards.

Dylan Dawson

Dylan Dawson is a screenwriter, playwright and performer. He is currently writing an original feature for Dreamworks Animation and co-witing the adult animated series WILD LIFE for SyFy, featuring Reggie Watts, John Reynolds and Claudia O’Doherty. He recently wrote on the upcoming FXX animated series, BLACK DEATH and has worked on TV and Feature projects with Lord & Miller, Broadway Video and Jersey Films. He is a proud alumnus of the Ars Nova Playgroup and Ensemble Studio Theater’s Obie Award- winning Youngblood Playwriting Group, and his plays have been produced at Ars Nova, Naked Angels, The Woodshed Collective, and the Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. His comedy shorts have been featured on The Huffington Post, High Times, Funny or Die, and Buzzfeed.

LaShea Delaney

LaShea Delaney’s plays have been produced in New York at Dixon Place, Classic Stage Company, The Bowery Poetry Club, The New Ohio Theater and Barbez, in Los Angeles at The Women’s Center For Creative Work and in London at the Institute of Contemporary Art. LaShea has written about food and wine for Los Angeles Magazine, Wine and Spirit, and The Hairpin. Her arts and culture writing has been in Los Angeles Magazine, LA Weekly, and Indiewire. LaShea is a Himan Brown Award Winner, New Georges Fellow, former MacDowell, and former YADDO Resident, LMCC Workspace Grant recipient and a Clubbed Thumb Writing Fellow. She is an alumna of both New York University’s Tisch School of the Art and Mac Wellman’s Brooklyn College MFA program. The upcoming production of her new play Moniece Clark will be produced by Barker Room Rep in 2021.

Lucas Kavner

Lucas Kavner is a writer, performer and comedian from Plano, Texas. He recently created and starred in Water Bear, the very first animated VR series, and was nominated for a WGA Award for his work as a writer on The Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Central. He’s the author of the plays Fish Eye (Time Out Critic’s Pick, included in New York Magazine’s Best Theatre of the Year), Carnival Kids (NY Times Critics Pick), Clickshare (ACT), The Gum Play (Sloan Foundation grant, Ensemble Studio Theatre), and Barnes & Noble: Frisco, Texas (Ars Nova). Other writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Slate, McSweeney’s, The Believer and The New Yorker, among others, and he spent three years as a reporter at The Huffington Post. He is currently developing television projects with Warner Brothers and FX.

Roger Q. Mason

Roger Q. Mason is a Black, Filipinx, plus-sized, gender non-conforming, queer artist of color. He is the recipient of the 2020 Chuck Rowland Pioneer Award for achievement in playwriting, following in the footsteps of lauded LGBTQIA+ theatre writers like Billy Porter, Robert Patrick, and Tom Jacobson. Mason honed his writing skills while earning degrees from Princeton University, Middlebury College, and Northwestern University. His work challenges and inspires audiences to re-consider what they’ve been taught and re-think how they feel about those who are different and “other.”Mason’s plays have been seen on Broadway at Circle in the Square (Circle Reading Series); Off/Off-Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, New Group, American Theatre of Actors, Flea Theatre, and Access Theater; and regionally at McCarter Theatre, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Steep Theatre, Serenbe Playhouse, EST/LA, Son of Semele, and Skylight Theatre. His play The White Dress, now in development as a feature film, has been called “a genderqueer coming-of-age drama for the they/them generation.” During its successful Off-Broadway debut in the summer of 2019, it was described by critics as “powerful…offering us a dark but hopeful vision.” The script was a finalist for the Lark Playwrights Week and the Screencraft Play Award, judged by David Lindsay- Abaire. Mason’s queer Civil War short play Softer spawned a short film which premiered at Outshine Film Festival and the Pan African Film Festival. It is now being adapted for television. His historical fantasia Lavender Men, envisioning Abe Lincoln’s
romance with his legal assistant Elmer Ellsworth, will world premiere at Skylight Theatre in the 2020-2021 season.