The festival, part of the EST/Sloan Project to develop plays exploring science and technology, continues through June 23.
The unique partnership also announced grants for new works at 2 New England theatres.
After a year-long search process, Fadul joins Gillis, who has been serving as interim artistic director since William Carden stepped down last year.
The staff, board, and artists at New York’s Ensemble Studio Theatre share the good, bad, and ugly of what it is taking to transform their institution.
The path-breaking Assiniboine playwright showed us how we could channel our suffering into transcendent theatre.
The annual festival will feature six public readings and three invite-only presentations.
Carden, who joined the company in 1978 and has served as AD since 2007, steps aside to make room for the predominantly white company to make substantive changes.
Theatre folks mourn closed shows and unseen work, and worry over the impact on emerging artists.
The partnership has commissioned 10 new plays about science and technology.
The Off-Off Broadway theatre will produce works by Catya McMullen and Brittany K. Allen.