playwright in residence
"Diasporic Dreams From A Boy Who Wished He Could"

Ray Jordan Achan (he/him/his) is an Indo-Caribbean, Brooklyn based actor, director, writer and producer. Ray is the Founding Artistic Director of EXILED TONGUES, a performance collective that provides financial, artistic and collaborative support to QTBIPOC artists (artists of the global majority) who center diasporic consciousness. Ray is currently one of sixteen artists chosen to participate in “Tending the Edge: Caring for the NYC coastline and its communities now and in the future”, an artistic project focused on bringing the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan (CWP) into the public discourse, challenging mayoral candidates to engage issues of Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning, and inviting the public to take on the identity of waterfront citizens, by artistically engaging with these issues. Ray is also developing his original play, “Diasporic Dreams From a Boy Who Wished He Could,” at the Rogue Theater Festival in Summer 2021. He is an Associated Artist at Culture Push, a Playwright-in-Residence at Rogue Theater, an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation and a past Artist-in-Resident at the Asian American Arts Alliance. Previous Works: “CON DOUGH: STORIES OF 1 in 5 Gentrified” (The Tank, Center at West Park) “CUT WOMAN” (Prelude NYC Festival 2020) “Sharum” (The Player’s Theater) Upcoming Works: “(Re)Imagining Greenpoint’s Green Waters”, “Our Bang for Their Buck: No Permit for LNG”, “Free Fallin”, “La Violecion of My PapiYon”. |

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playwright in residence
"Tight (haha nice)"

Rebecca Kane is an Astoria, Queens-based playwright, stage manager, indie theatre producer, and oat milk enthusiast. Her writing has appeared in the Rising Sun Performance Company 2019 Laboratorium Residency on Governor’s Island, the Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 readings, One Egg No Batter Productions, and the The Broadway Book Club, among others. In summer of 2019, her parody Almost Maimed performed in both LadyFest at The Tank and in the inaugural season of Rogue Theatre Festival. She’s had three new works appear in CyberTank, The Tank’s virtual platform.  As of 2020, she is an ensemble member of the Rising Sun Performance Company.

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playwright in residence
"The Return of The Christmas Stars"

Jonathan G Galvez is a NY based playwright and co-founder of Theatrical Gems, a non-profit theater company.  His credits include short plays with the Shortened Attention Span Theater Festival, Sundog Theatre's Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry, the Strawberry one-Acts, the Dover Little Theater, and the Red Eye 10s International Play festival.  His full lengths works have been featured at the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (A Hand Across the Bridge), the Manhattan Repertory Theatre (Crossing Lights, The Last Rites of Kyle Wardach), and the New York International Fringe Festival (Thirty Minutes or Less, The Girl with Her Hands in the Sand, The Call of the Siren, A Life TBD, Skylar).  His play Facing It was recently nominated for a NEPTA award, and his play The Alice of Ward 13 won the NJ Playwrights Contest at William Paterson University.  He received his B.A. from Wagner College, and earned his M.F.A. from Hollins University where he was a member of the playwright's lab.

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playwright in residence
"First Sight"

Dena Igusti is a queer non binary Indonesian Muslim writer and multimedia artist born and raised in Queens, New York. They are the author of CUT WOMAN (Game Over Books, 2020) and I NEED THIS TO NOT SWALLOW ME ALIVE (Gingerbug Press, 2021). They have received two play commissions at Players Theatre (SHARUM, 2019) and Center At West Park (CON DOUGH: Stories of 1-in-5 Gentrified, 2021). Their choreopoem, CUT WOMAN was featured at Prelude Festival 2020. They are a 2021 LMCC Governor’s Island Resident, 2021 Broadway For Racial Justice Inaugural Casting Directive Fellow, 2020 Seventh Wave Editorial Resident, 2020 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Fellow, 2020 Spotify Sound Up cohort member, 2019 Player’s Theatre Resident Playwright,  2018 NYC Youth Poet Laureate Ambassador, and 2017 Urban Word Federal Hall Fellow. They are a Converse All Stars Artist and UN #TOGETHERBAND Global Ambassador. Their work has been featured in BOAAT Press, Peregrine Journal, and several other publications. They have performed at The Brooklyn Museum, The Apollo Theater, the 2018 Teen Vogue Summit, and several venues internationally.

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