Speakers’ Corner / New Works

The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and about all time.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2018-2019 Speakers’ Corner writers group!

Speakers’ Corner meets monthly from September through June.  Member writers read and discuss a specific play by George Bernard Shaw before responding to Shaw’s work through targeted writing prompts.  Writers then spend the remainder of the year developing this work into full-length new plays inspired by Shaw’s work.  At their monthly meetings, writers share their work and receive constructive feed-back from one another and from members of GTG’s artistic staff.

Works developed through Speakers’ Corner will then be nurtured through a multi-year developmental process aimed at bringing Speakers’ Corner plays to full production.

Named after the corner of London’s Hyde Park where Shaw and other political speakers have delivered speeches since 1855, GTG’s Speakers’ Corner brings together six to ten writers who spend the year exploring a specific Shaw play and writing new work in response to that text.

If you are a writer and would like to be considered for Speakers’ Corner, please email a cover letter and sample of your work to speakers@gingoldgroup.org.

Applications will be accepted through June 15 and considered on a rolling basis.  Select applicants will be asked to meet with GTG’s artistic staff, and writers accepted into the Speakers’ Corner group will be notified by mid-August, 2018.

The Speakers’ Corner admission process is conducted in consultation with the Speakers’ Corner advisory committee, which includes Alison Fraser, Ralph Peña, Daphne Rubin-Vega, and Sharon Washington.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

2017-18 Speakers’ Corner Writers

Julissa Contreras is a current member of Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater’s apprentice company Middle Voice and the Lather, Rinse, Repeat playwright collective. Julissa is also a former member of the MCC Youth Company where she worked as a playwrighting assistant to Lucy Thurber. Julissa the creator, director, and writer of the YouTube hit Shit Spanish Girls Say.

Emily Daly‘s plays have been produced in NY with the Middle Voice/Rattlestick and Stable Cable, and regionally with Capital Fringe and Rhinofest. Development credits include ESPA Drills, Primary Stages, and GPTC. Screenwriting credits include the award-winning pilot Sox News (Martian Media), and series Sparkle Ultraviolet (Instaminseries). Member of Actors’ Equity, Beehive Collective, Stable Cable, and the Middle Voice. www.emilyjdaly.com

Xavier Galva is a Dominican- American writer/performer born in Washington Heights and raised in the Bronx. He trained as an actor at the Atlantic Acting School. He is a founding member of The Rattlestick’s apprentice company, The Middle Voice. He’s an Alumni of the 2014-2015 Clubbed Thumb Early Career Writers Group, the MCC Theater youth company, and the 2016 PlayLabs series. His plays have been developed by MCC Theater, Clubbed Thumb, and The Middle Voice.

Nick Gandiello’s plays include The Blameless (The Old Globe), Oceanside (Merrimack Repertory Theatre), and The Wedge Horse (Fault Line Theatre). He was the 2015 Page 73 Productions Playwriting Fellow, received the 2016 Marin Theatre Company David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, and was a member of the Ars Nova Play Group. MFA, The New School for Drama.

Hank H. Kim is a Brooklyn-based playwright, actor and filmmaker. His short play Iago Is Dying was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Network Short Play Festival in New York City. Kim is a 2010 graduate of the William Esper Studio for acting as well as a graduate of the Labyrinth Theater Co. master class.

James Presson wrote Fuck Marry Kill (developed: Lincoln Center, production: New Ohio), Marry in the Club (Judson), and Long Division (Portland Center Stage).  Other plays have been produced at Goodspeed, Ars Nova, Walkerspace, Wild Project, Orlando Rep, and the Vineyard. Awards include: the Dramatists Guild Fellowship, ASCAP Workshop, FringeNYC, UnitedSolo, Indie Theater Now Person of the Year. TV: VinylGet ShortyCivil.

Ren Dara Santiago is a Fila-Rican playwright from Harlem. The Siblings Play has had development at The Cherry Lane Theatre (Mentor Project), Labyrinth Theater, MCC Theater, Ojai Playwrights Conference, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. She has a Playwriting Mentorship Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm and is a teaching artist for the advanced playwrights at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. Ren is a founding member of Middle Voice at Rattlestick and is an eternal member of The Baldwin Project by Lucy Thurber.

David Zheng is an Actor, Playwright, & Photographer. He is a founding member of The Middle Voice Theater Company. His plays have been workshopped and presented by The Labyrinth Theater Company (KINGSBRIDGE) and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Ghetto Baptism). He is a member of the Ma-Yi’s writers lab.

Press Cuttings

Prior to 2017, GTG developed new work through its program, Press Cuttings.
Shaw began his career in the theatre as a critic before moving on to write more than 60 plays. In recognition of this, GTG’s Press Cuttings program commissioned and supported the development of new plays written by theatre journalists. This project was named after one of Shaw’s one-act plays: Press Cuttings, which takes aim at the power of the press in society.

Press Cuttings commissioned new plays by Jeremy McCarter, Robert Simonson, and David Cote. In 2008, GTG workshopped Robert Simonson’s play with Michele Pawk and Jonathan Groff. In 2012, GTG workshopped Jeremy McCarter’s new play with Adam Green and Jennifer Morris. David Cote’s Otherland has received multiple workshops and readings through GTG, the most recent of which was in June, 2017 with Jennifer Dorr White, Daphne Gaines, Victoria Janicki, Joseph Ngo, Peter O’Connor, Maulik Pancholy, Claudia Givings, and Derek Smith under the direction of May Adrales.