NEW YORK: Page 73 has named Majkin Holmquist their 2023 Playwriting Fellow and a member of the 2023 Interstate 73 Writers Group. Other playwrights in the 2023 Writers Group include Lucas Baisch, Mary Lyon Kamitaki, Shayan Lotfi, Naomi Lorrain, Charlie Oh, Audley Puglisi, and Nia Akilah Robinson.
“Majkin writes plays that are at once expansive and intimate, propelled by a deep compassion for character and an indelible sense of place,” Page 73 artistic director Michael Walkup said in a statement. “We’re excited to support Majkin and name her our 20th Playwriting Fellow, and also to work with her as a member of Interstate 73.”
Holmquist will receive an unrestricted award of $10,000, as well as a development budget of up to $10,000 to be managed throughout the year. The additional budget can be used for research, workshops and readings, and fees for collaborating artists. Holmquist will work with Page 73 on at least one public presentation of her new play with artistic collaborators. The fellowship is awarded annually to a playwright who has yet to have a professional premiere in New York.
Holmquist will also join Interstate 73, which meets twice a month at the Page 73 office to share their newest pages and discuss their work with their peers, as well as with Walkup and Page 73’s associate producer. Interstate 73 writers frequently participate in other Page 73 programs, including residencies, retreats, readings, and workshops. Every Interstate 73 also receives a stipend.
Holmquist is a playwright from the Smoky Valley region of Kansas, where she was the co-founder of the Next Stage Theatre Company. Her play Tent Revival will be produced this month by Paula Vogel’s Bard at the Gate series, in partnership with the McCarter Theatre Center. Her work has been developed at New York Stage and Film, Woodshed Collective, Bay Street Theatre, the Ucross Foundation, and Roundabout Theatre Company. She has been a finalist for honors from Colt Coeur, the Pacific Playwrights Festival, and PlayPenn. A member of the Midnight Oil Collective, Holmquist is a lecturer in playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, from which she received her MFA.
Page 73 nurtures early-career playwrights to expand the theatrical canon. They consistently seek to open new pathways to recognition for fresh, urgent, and daring voices, in part by mounting works solely by writers who have not yet had a New York premiere. In 2020, Page 73 was honored with an Obie Award for providing extraordinary support to early-career playwrights.
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