Participants of the 2017 24 Hour Plays: Nationals program. (Photo by Howard Sherman)

The 24 Hour Plays Announces 2018 Nationals Company Members

The company will include actors, directors, playwrights, and producers all 25 and under.

NEW YORK CITY: The 24 Hour Plays, in partnership with the New School for Drama, has announced the company for the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals. The selected company of theatre makers 25 and under will join together to write, direct, and perform five original plays and one musical within the span of 24 hours. The one-night-only performance will take place at the Acorn at Theatre Row on Aug. 13.

The 24 Hour Plays are the best way to bring any community of artists together for a transformative experience,” said Mark Armstrong, executive director for the 24 Hour Plays, in a statement. “But they provide an especially meaningful experience for the young artists who’ve used this experience to launch important careers. Alumni of the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals are everywhere in the arts and entertainment industry. We’re looking forward to welcoming this incredible group of the artists of the future this summer and putting their work on an Off-Broadway stage.”

Under the leadership of artistic producer Patti Anne Miller and managing producer Hope Chavez, the 2018 company will include actors Alexandra Slater, Amandine Thomas, Andrea Ferro, Auberth Bercy, Benjamin Salus, Brandon Fox, Calum Bedborough, Connor Bryant, Isabella Dawis, Jackie Abbot, Karoline Xu, Kelsey Pressnall, Kristen Krak, Marielle Young, Maya Naomi Carter, McLean Peterson, Missy Hamblet, Olivia (Olive) McGowen, Simon Schaitkin, Wesley Zurick, William Mandell Valles, Jordan Bellow,  Edison Ventura Mata, and Julius Powell. The company’s directors will include Aaron Simon Gross, Jasmine B. Gunter, Victoria Gruenberg, Ali Jamali, Emily Messana and Conor Bagley. The playwrights will be Eliana Pipes, Fiona Gorry-Hines, Hannah Manikowski, Maxine Dillon, Megan Pope, and Stefani Kuo. The producers will include Natalie Hustek, Alexandra Cadena, Catherine Giddings, Jordyn Boscia, and Coleman Ray Clark. Angela Sclafani will be the composer.

In addition to the Off-Broadway performance, the company will engage in intensive workshops and panel discussions.