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NEWS: Playwrights’ Center Announces New Core Writers

The Playwrights’ Center announced the latest additions to its Core Writers program this week. This program, which gives playwrights a three-year affiliation and assistance with developing new works for the dramatic stage, will welcome seven new writers for 2021-2024: Mathilde Dratwa, L M Feldman, Franky D. Gonzalez, Yilong Liu, TyLie Shider, Deborah Yarchun, and Nathan Yungerberg.

“I am so excited for Playwrights’ Center to have the opportunity to support these incoming writers,” said PlaywrightsCenter producing artistic director Jeremy B. Cohen, “all of whose work I have deeply admired for quite some time. They are all incredible artists and I have no doubt, as the theater field focuses on building equitable practices as it returns from this shutdown, their work, their voices, and their visions will propel us forward into a dauntless new future for theater.”

The Playwrights’ Center itself is busy remaking itself for the future, relocating from Minneapolis’s Seward neighborhood to a new and much larger space in St. Paul and expanding its fellowship offerings. These new additions to the Core Writer roster align with the organization’s vision of expanding the boundaries of theatre and the stories being told through it.

“These seven playwrights lead with bold theatrical visions,” said Hayley Finn, the PWC’s associate artistic director. “They are writing complex and nuanced stories that both reflect and interrogate our world today. Artists are the ones who help move us forward as a society. Now more than ever, playwrights need to know that they can consistently receive support to develop their work. And we are excited to be supporting these writers over the next three years.”

Twin Cities Arts Reader