I received the most moving testimonial from my beautiful friend Jen Silverman, read by the inimitable Jiehae Park. A wonderful night — thank you New Dramatists!
Tag: Kevin Artigue
Honored and thrilled to be included with these wonderful colleagues, and welcomed into the New Dramatists family.
Press release HERE.
New Dramatists, an artistic home and developmental laboratory for professional playwrights, is proud to announce the addition of seven writers to its illustrious, dynamic resident playwright company: Will Arbery, Kevin Artigue, Gracie Gardner, Dipika Guha, Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, Madhuri Shekar, and Ariel Stess. They will be in-residence through June, 2026. These adventurous theatre artists were selected by a seven-person committee of New Dramatists current residents, alumni, and outside theatre professionals from 398 applicants after undergoing a highly competitive, nine-month review and consensus-based decision-making process. New Dramatists kicks off their seven-year residencies with an evening of readings and celebration at the annual New Playwright Welcome in the fall.
So excited to begin rehearsals for THE MOST DANGEROUS HGHWAY IN THE WORLD. Directed by my friend Evren Odcikin, and produced by the wonderful people at Golden Thread.
This is the culmination of three years of development, and I could not be in better hands.
The play runs May 6th-May 29th at the Thick House. More info here.
It’s official! I begin a year long writing fellowship with the great peeps at P73 in NYC.
Check out the press release here.
I’ll be heading out to the Playwrights Foundation in S.F. for a week long workshop in late February to develop my play THE MOST DANGEROUS HIGHWAY IN THE WORLD. The workshop is being co-produced by Golden Thread and Stanford University in anticipation of a production of the play running May 6-29th in S.F, directed by Evren Odcikin.
Readings will be Feb. 21st in S.F. and Feb. 22nd at Stanford, location and exact times to be announced.
Upcoming reading of THE FORCINGS directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. More info here.
I just returned from a week long retreat at SPACE on Ryder Farm with some of my colleagues from the Emerging Writers Group. I spent my hours digging my heels into my newest play, THE FORCINGS, which will be presented next spring at the Public Theater. Wonderful trees, food and company.
For three weeks this month I will be traveling to Veracruz, Mexico to research a new play I’m writing with the Emerging Writers Group at the Public. I’ll be talking to academics, farmers and young people about climate change and President Peña Nieto’s overhaul of energy laws which will soon allow US companies to enter the fracking game in Mexico.
From Truthout’s “Five Principles for Independent Media”:
1. Be Intentional.
It means being intentional about what voices we quote and promote; being aware that if we do not make conscious choices, invisible privileges will lead to the continued predominance of white, male, abled, heterosexual, cisgender and well-off voices. It means acknowledging power dynamics and seeking, wherever possible, to confront power and to avoid the cheap and easy satisfaction of criticizing those who do not have it – punching up, not punching down.
2. Be Humble
We must admit that we don’t know everything… Non-corporate media can and should provide a space to puzzle out possibilities for both dismantling current systems and paving new paths, and for this journey, humility is an essential ingredient.
3. Be Bold
…if our approach as writers and editors is tied too closely to chasing a bigger and bigger audience, and our desire to reach this audience is primarily tied to ensuring we stay funded, we are putting the cart before the horse in a way that risks falling into the same traps that hamstring the corporate media. If we commit to covering stories that would otherwise go untold, it should be with the understanding that this is a worthwhile act in and of itself. If we commit to giving a voice to the voiceless, it cannot be conditional on the immediate popularity of what the voiceless have to say.
4. Be Accountable
George Orwell famously defined journalism as “printing what someone else does not want printed,” adding “everything else is public relations” – this now seems to us somewhat incomplete without specifying that journalism is publishing what someone with power does not want to see the light of day… It means acknowledging that by virtue of the platforms we have, most of us enjoy “a tremendous privilege and an even greater responsibility,” and that, to quote Susie Cagle, “At the least, we should seek to minimize harm to those we use – and yes, we do use them – to tell stories and ultimately earn livelihoods for ourselves.”
5. Progress, Not Perfection
Journalists are uniquely positioned to provide an example of what it might mean instead to strive to be “progressive” in a different sense: committed to improving ourselves, our work and our society, but acutely aware of the inevitability of imperfection.
“Resistance” is a short film I directed, co-wrote and produced with my collaborator Joe Egender back in January. Here are some stills pulled from the rough cut: