Amtrak Announces 2016-17 Residency Writers

Six playwrights will be sponsored to work on plays while onboard long-distance trains.

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Amtrak has announced its 2016-17 Residency Program writers, which includes six playwrights. The program, now in its second year, sponsors a group of writers to work on their writing while on board long-distance trains. The recipients include:

  • Abigail Taylor-Sansom, an NYC-based actor, playwright, and screenwriter whose play, Fine Art, is published by Heuer.
  • Alexandra Petri, a Washington, D.C.-based writer whose plays, which include Rare Medium Well Done, One Room Over, and Miss Emma’s Matchmaking Agency for Literary Characters, have been performed nationwide.

    Alexandra Petri.
    Alexandra Petri.
  • Lucile Scott, an NYC-based writer whose plays have been produced in NYC and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
  • Natalie Zutter, an NYC-based playwright who is a current member of the EMG Playwriting Workshop.
  • Erlina Ortiz, a Philadelphia-based playwright whose play, She Wore Those Shoes, addresses rape culture in the military. She is a resident playwright with Power Street Theatre Company (PSTC).
  • Jeffrey Sweet, a playwright whose play Kunstler will debut Off Broadway in February, featuring Nambi E. Kelley and Jeff McCarthy.