2019 Playwrights Lab


Carla Ching

An LA native, Carla stumbled upon pan-Asian performance collective Peeling at the Asian American Writers Workshop and wrote and performed with them for three years, which she still considers her first theater training. Her plays include Nomad Motel (NNPN Rolling World Premiere at City Theatre Company, Horizon Theatre Company and Unicorn Theatre Company; forthcoming NY premiere at The Atlantic Theater Company), Fast Company (South Coast Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lyric Stage and Pork Filled Productions; winner of the Edgerton New American Play Award), The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists at Play, Mu Performing Arts, Aurora Theatre Company and Midnight Rice), TBA (2g) and The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi Theater Company). Her work has been developed at Berkeley Rep, Huntington Theatre Company, The O’Neill, The Women’s Project Lab, the Lark Play Development Center’s Writers Workshop and Meeting of the Minds, the CTG Writers’ Workshop and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Former Artistic Director of Asian American Theater Company, 2g. Her new play Revenge Porn is a Toulmin Commission from The Atlantic Theater Company. BA, Vassar College. MFA, New School for Drama. Proud founding member of The Kilroys and member of New Dramatists. On television, Carla has written on Graceland, Fear the Walking DeadI Love DickThe FirstPreacher and The Untitle Hilde Lysiak Project for Apple

Bernardo Cubría

was recently nominated for best playwright for the Los Angeles Theatre Awards, The Ovation Awards and The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for his play The Giant Void In My Soul. He was the co-writer of the short Spanish Class that won Best Comedy at The NBC Universal Shorts Awards in 2018. His play, Neighbors: A Fair Trade Agreement was a Semi-Finalist for the O’Neil in 2017. It received a world premiere at INTAR in NYC in the fall of 2017.  In 2016, The Judgment of Fools received three critically acclaimed productions in NYC, LA, and Houston, TX. The Redhead is Coming was featured at F*ckfest at The Brick in NYC in 2015. As an actor, he has performed at theatres including The Public, Rattlestick, and INTAR. He also voiced a couple characters in the Oscar winning Pixar movie Coco.

Joy Gregory 

is a founding member of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company, now in its 31st season. Among the plays she has written with Lookingglass are her original musical, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World, with composer Gunnar Madsen, and an adaptation, with co-ensemble member David Schwimmer, of Studs Terkel’s Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession. The Shaggs was produced at Playwrights Horizons off-Broadway and is soon to be a feature film directed by Ken Kwapis. Joy is also a writer-producer for series television, most recently the CBS drama Madam Secretary. Other highlights include Joan of Arcadia, Jericho, Switched At Birth and Felicity. She is proud to have taught at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools where, for four happy years, she taught America’s future how to read.

Stacy Osei-Kuffour

born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, is a BFA graduate from NYU (major: Drama) and an MFA graduate from Hunter College (major: Playwriting). Previous plays include: The Painter, *Samuel French Festival finalist. Breathless, workshop productions at the Dream Up Festival & Downtown Urban Theater Festival (both at Theater for the New City). Dirty Blood, reading at Rattlestick Theater. Animals, *Irv Zarkower Award winner through Hunter College, readings: Lark Development Center, NYTW, Blank Theatre, and IAMA Theatre. The Pearl and The Black Sea, *Honorable Mention in The Kilroy’s 2015 The List. Hang Man, Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist, Boston Court New Play finalist, MultiStages New Works Contest finalist, The Kilroy’s 2017 The List, production at The Gift Theatre in Chicago, reading at The New Group through Thomas Bradshaw’s New Play Readings for playwrights of color, upcoming reading at The Echo Lab directed by Patricia McGregor. Besides this, Stacy also took part in EST in LA, Youngblood, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, New Georges the Jam, Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Ingram Play Lab alongside Christopher Durang, Humantias PLAY LA Workshop, and MADLAB. In addition, Stacy is also a TV writer. Previous TV work includes Happy!  on the SYFY network, PEN15 on Hulu, WATCHMEN on HBO, The Hunt on Amazon, and The Power based on the book by Naomi Alderman which will air next year also on Amazon. Stacy’s goal as an artist is to bring untold stories to the stage and screen, stories that challenge our political, societal, and stereotypical views of the Black experience.

Charlotte Miller

Plays include “Thieves” (Rattlestick/Weathervane/Rising Phoenix Rep) “Barn” (Rising Phoenix Rep) “Worst Year Ever” (NY fringe), “Ugly Little Sister” (NYU Odets Commission), “Raising Jo” (Theater Row), and “Sherry and Vince” (Echo) among others. Her plays have been workshopped by IAMA, PlayPenn, Hudson Stages, Peoples Light, Inkwell, Labyrinth, and Rattlestick.

Janine Nabers

A native of Houston, Texas, Janine Nabers is a 2013 graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship at Juilliard and winner of the 2014 Yale Drama Series Prize for her play “Serial Black Face.” She currently writes for Lifetime’s “Unreal” and Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” under Marti Noxon. Her play “Annie Bosh is Missing” premiered in August 2013 at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Janine won the 2013 NYFA Playwriting fellowship and was the 2013-2014 AETNA Playwriting Fellow at Hartford Stage, a 2012-2013 New York Theatre Workshop Playwriting Fellow, and Page 73’s 2011 Playwriting Fellow. Janine is working on commissions from Primary Stages, the Alley Theatre, and Hartford Stage. Her new musical “Mrs. Hughes” was developed as the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival fellowship musical and was part of the 2013 Yale Institute for Musical Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club’s 7@7 series, and the Theatreworks New Works Now Festival.

A. Zell Williams

writes compelling stories about race, class, violence, crime, and politics that blur the lines between comedy and drama. For more than 15 years, he has written award-winning stage plays for theaters such as the Public, InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia, and developed works internationally with the Royal Court in London. Based in Los Angeles, Zell now works in television writing for established series and developing original pilots.

Megan A. McGuane – Playwrights LAB Director

Megan is a founding ensemble member for Sideshow Theatre Company in Chicago, IL, where she also served as the company’s executive director from 2007 – 2016. With Sideshow Theatre, she directed world or Chicago premieres (ChalkTyrantThe Burden of Not Having a TailTheories of the SunEkphrasis: Cave Walls to Soup Cans). In Los Angeles, Megan has directed with Theater of Note (Welcome to the White Room), Chalk Rep (Art Works/Art Words, Flash Festival 2016), and Echo Theater (Endlings staged reading, Things That Are Round staged reading).