New Works Initiative
Department of Theatre and Dance
The New Works Initiative at Montclair State University in collaboration with Bisno Productions
THE NEW WORKS INITIATIVE (NWI) is an Artist-in-Residence program and development platform in Montclair State University’s College of the Arts. NWI is designed as a near-New York City incubator for new plays and musicals and re-explored theatrical works.
NWI’s mission is to bring together established and emerging playwrights, composers, choreographers, theatre-makers, and directors with MSU theatre students to explore adventurous theatrical works.
A professional creative team, creator and selected work are chosen annually as the official “NWI Artist, or Artists, in Residence” project. The piece is given a 2-semester residency. Collaboration with faculty and a design team support the project through a workshop phase, a 4-week rehearsal process, tech, and a fully produced production on one of Montclair’s theatrical stages during the Spring semester.
Through NWI, students have the stimulating opportunity to collaborate with theatre professionals. Professional artists have the freedom to take new risks in developing and launching work. Montclair State is committed to expanding its network of artistic relationships in the professional arena, further establishing the College of the Arts as a vibrant theatrical training destination, exposing students to bold new voices, courageous material, and esteemed talent.
2015-2016 Artists in Residence
Kim Rosenstock (Playwright) has written numerous plays including Tigers be Still which premiered at Roundabout Underground. Commissions include Dallas Theater Center, Roundabout, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Ars Nova, where she was 2011 Playwright-in-Residence. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama. Kim resides in LA where she writes for the television show, New Girl.
Jesse Jou (Director) directed the first workshop of 99 Ways by Kim Rosenstock at the Yale School of Drama. His work has been seen at HERE; Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, Ars Nova, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Lark Play Development Center; NY International Fringe Festival; The Kitchen; and Yale Cabaret. Alumnus of the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, Drama League’s Directors Project, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Civilians R&D Group. MFA, Yale School of Drama.
The 2015-2016 Artists in Residence Project:
99 Ways to F*%k a Swan
a play by Kim Rosenstock
directed by Jesse Jou
Featuring MSU students:
Dino Curia, Rebecca DeMarco, Chris Dubrow, Niall Ng, Joey Palazzo, Kira Player, Angelica Santiago, Michael Sultana and Emma Wagner
Imani Champion: Stage Manager
April Gormley - Scenic Designer
Eden Tayar - Costume Designer
Michael Arroyo - Lighting Designer
Scott O'Brien - Sound Designer
Assistant Director: Matthew Lopes
Workshop Reading at The Loft at Ars Nova in New York City in November for Industry Professionals
March 17, 2016 - 7:30pm
March 18, 2016 - 7:30pm
March 19, 2016 - 2 & 8pm
March 20, 2016 - 2pm
About the Play: A long, long time ago, Leda makes love to a swan. 3,000 years later, Michelangelo paints a picture. 350 years later, Rudolph impulsively buys it. 128 years later, Dave and Fiona stand in a museum, gazing at what is left. Set in a world of bizarre romantic obsessions, “99 Ways” explores the dark corners of desire, and the eternal mysteries of love.
The NWI residency includes:
- Two-four week Fall Development Workshop (inclusive of readings on Montclair State's campus and in NYC)
- Artist Fee (determined by scope of project)
- Full Spring Production at one of Montclair State's 3 venues:
- The Alexander Kasser Theatre - a 500-seat state-of-the-art auditorium
- Memorial Auditorium - a 988-seat proscenium theatre
- L. Howard Fox Theatre - a flexible blackbox space
- Production Budget (determined by scope of project and how project aligns with Montclair State's season)
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather Benton at email@example.com at MSU for more information on the NWI Program.
The New Works Initiative is made possible through the generous support of Bob and Holly Gregory.