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.

Anna Moench

I am originally from Baltimore, Maryland, I am mixed-race Asian American, and I have ridden my bicycle across the country. Because this is a bio, I will now tell you about my professional life in the third person.
Anna Moench’s plays include MAN OF GOD (Geffen Playhouse, InterAct, East West Players), MOTHERS (Playwrights’ Realm), BIRDS OF NORTH AMERICA (Thrown Stone, Theatre With A View, BETC), and IN QUIETNESS (Dutch Kills, Indiana U of PA). Other plays of Anna’s have been produced at the Old Vic, 59E59, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Flea, Cohesion Theatre Company, NYU Tisch, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, The Kraine, The Looking Glass Theatre, and FringeNYC. Commissions include the Gerbode Special Award in the Arts for a new play with the Magic Theater, a collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum and East West Players on RESIDENCE ELSEWHERE, a new play exploring the legacy of Japanese American internment, two EST/Sloan Commissions, and others from NYU Tisch, 2G, Keen Teens, and Red Fern. Anna has been a writer in residence at Yaddo, BRIC Arts, Baltimore Center Stage, the Tofte Lake Center, and the Vineyard Arts Project. Her plays have been published by Playscripts, Vintage Books and Samuel French.
Anna is the current Page One Playwright in Residence at the Playwrights’ Realm, and is an alumna of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Jam at New Georges. She was named one of Hollywood’s top 100 new writers on the 2016 Young and Hungry List and received her MFA from UCSD’s Playwriting program in 2018. Her screenwriting and television writing work includes projects with Universal, Apple TV, HBO, and eOne.
Anna lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

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.

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.