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Huntington Theatre Company Names New Playwriting Cohort

The four playwrights will complete a two-year residency in Boston.

BOSTON: Huntington Theatre Company has announced its 2019-21 cohort of playwriting fellows. The fellows will partake in a two-year residency, during which they receive an honorarium, participate in writers’ meetings, and have access to Huntington’s artistic staff and resources. Alumni then have access to Huntington’s developmental opportunities.

“Each of these writers have strong voices and unique points of view. We’re thrilled they will join us as part of the ever-expanding cohort of New England-area writers that we have developed relationships with,” said Charles Haughland, Huntington’s director of new work, in a statement. “Over the next two years, we are excited to get to know their work inside and out, and for the opportunity to have meaningful, ongoing artistic conversations.”

The fellows include Kate Cortesi, Catherine Epstein, Fedna Jacquet, and Andrew Siañez-De La O.


Cortesi’s work has been developed or produced with Playwrights Horizons, Cherry Lane Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and WP Theater, among others. Her play Love was named to this year’s Kilroys List.


Epstein runs the theatre program at Meridian Academy in Jamaica Plain, Mass., and has worked with the Bard Institute for Writing and Thinking, the Writers’ Workshop at Exeter, and GrubStreet.


Jacquet is a writer and actor who appeared in the Off-Broadway productions of Ain’t No Mo by Jordan E. Cooper and Gloria: A Life by Emily Mann. She is a playwriting and screenwriting fellow with New York Foundation for the Arts and was a 2018 finalist for the Playwrights Realm fellowship.

Siañez-De La O.

Siañez-De La O is a Scratchpad playwright with Playwrights Realm and the 2019 Gish Jen fellow with the Writers’ Room of Boston. He has been a PlayLab writer with Pipeline Theatre Company and a fellow with Company One Theatre, and was part of the first cohort of the National Young Playwrights in Residence program with Echo Theater Company.




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