The Atlantic Theater Company has announced the screenwriters for its inaugural program Judith Champion Launch Commissioning, Matthew Capodicasa, Gloria Majule and Alex Riad. The Judith Champion Launch program provides early-career playwrights with support in writing a new play and facilitates relationships in the theater industry. Judith Champion’s generous gift expands Atlantic’s Launch Committee, whose recipients include Sanaz Toossi, Abby Rosebrock, Amy Staats, Paola Lázaro and, most recently, Nikki Massoud and Max Yu. Lázaro, Staats and Rosebrock have all have received productions at Atlantic since their commissions and Toossi is represented this season with her play, English.
“Support what’s most important to you,” says Launch Commissioning Program Underwriter Judith Champion, “and one thing that’s important to me is nurturing dramaturgical talent so that theater thrives for future generations. “
Matthew Capodicasa’s pieces include Noise in the Line, Next/Life, All the People You’ve Been, The City in the City in the City, The Scenarios, You Remind Me of You, Frelmetsch the Maneater, The City Of and Chaos and Caesar Salad. His work has been presented or developed at the Kennedy Center, National New Play Network, Primary Stages, Flea Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Great Plains Theater Conference, Bluebarn Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights Project, Theater Masters, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and the Capitol Fringe, among others. He is a recipient of the Woodward/Newman Drama Award and his plays have been finalists for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Heideman Award. His work has been published by Samuel French and his fiction has appeared in West 10th. Film/TV: projects in development with Anonymous Content, Annapurna Pictures, Protozoa Pictures, 3311, Video House, Endless Media and XYZ Films. You can also hear him on various Glass Cannon Network podcasts. BFA, NYU/Tisch. MFA, Fordham/Primary Stages. Recent graduate: Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School. He currently teaches at NYU.
GLORIA MAJULE is a playwright from Dodoma, Tanzania, currently residing in Seattle, WA. She seeks to tell stories that bring together multiple black voices from around the world and are accessible to black audiences everywhere. She writes primarily for and about the black diaspora. Her awards and accolades include: Second Place Winner – A is For Playwriting Contest (2021); Finalist – Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition (2021), Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2021, 2020); and semi-finalist – Blue Ink Playwriting Award (2022), Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series (2020). His plays have been developed at the University of Stockton, Westport Country Playhouse, Yale Cabaret, Aye Defy, Yale School of Drama, and the Schwartz Center for Performing and Media Arts. Gloria graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a BA in Performing and Media Arts and Spanish, and holds an MA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.
ALEX RIAD is an Egyptian-American writer based in New York. He is part of The Lark’s Middle Eastern Writers’ Lab, The Farm Theater’s Literary Fellow, a member of the Actor’s Studio Playwright Unit, and a 2019-2022 Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Fellow at the Juilliard School. NY Theater credits: The Wild Parrots of Campbell (Cherry Lane Theatre), The Floor is Lava (LaMama Experimental Theatre, Planet Connections Festival Best Play 2017), If You Ever Come by Here (The Tank) and When You Go (The tanks).
ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, General Manager). At Atlantic, our goal is singular: to enable simple and honest storytelling that promotes a better understanding of our common world. We are a family of performers dedicated to exploring essential truths on stage, whether it’s a show at the Atlantic Theater Company or a class at the Atlantic Acting School. As a theater producer, presenter and educator, we are driven by the belief that theater can challenge and transform our ways of thinking and inspire us to reflect on our role in society. From our Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning productions to our community education programs, we are committed to discovering and celebrating the stories of our varied human existence. Founded as a collection of passionate artists in 1985, the Atlantic Theater Company has grown into a powerhouse off-Broadway. We challenge, inspire and awaken audiences with true stories presented in our two venues, the Linda Gross Theater and the intimate Stage 2 black box. As producers of compelling new work, we are committed to championing the stories of new and established artists, amplifying the voices of emerging playwrights through our deeply collaborative programs and initiatives. We have produced over 200 plays and musicals, including the Tony Award-winning productions of The Band’s Visit (David Yazbek, Itamar Moses); Spring Awakening (Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik); and Leenane’s Beauty Queen (Martin McDonagh); Pulitzer Prize winner Between Riverside and Crazy (Stephen Adly Guirgis); New York Drama Critics’ Circle winners for Best New Play The Night Alive (Conor McPherson) and Best Foreign Play Hangmen (Martin McDonagh); Obie Award winners for America’s Best New Game Guards at the Taj and Describe the Night (Rajiv Joseph); and Obie Award Special Citation recipient Skeleton Crew (Dominique Morisseau).