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Pabst Endowed Fund Atlantic Center for the Arts

In 2007, The Pabst Charitable Foundation for the Arts established an Endowment for Master Writers at Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Writers chosen as "Master Writers" are vetted and selected with specific criteria: a body of work demonstrating excellence and a
willingness to mentor and guide fellow writers.

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2011 Pabst Endowed Chairs for Master Writers

  Annie Baker (Residency # 142 – Playwrights; June 27 – July 17)
Annie Baker is an OBIE-award-winning playwright and teacher. Her full-length plays include CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Playwrights Horizons, OBIE Award for Best New American Play, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), THE ALIENS (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, OBIE Award for Best New American Play), BODY AWARENESS (Atlantic Theater Company, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play/Playwright), THE END OF THE MIDDLE AGES (commission for Soho Rep) and NOCTURAMA. Her work has also been developed and produced at New York Theatre Workshop, MCC, Soho Rep, the Orchard Project, the Ontological-Hysteric, Ars Nova, the Huntington, South Coast Rep, the Magic Theater, the Cape Cod Theatre Project, the Bush Theatre in London, and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab in Utah and Ucross, Wyoming. Annie is a member of New Dramatists, MCC’s Playwrights Coalition and the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Recent honors include a New York Drama Critics Circle Special Citation, a Lilly Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nomination, a Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship, a MacDowell Fellowship and commissions from Center Theatre Group and Playwrights Horizons. Annie’s plays have been published by Samuel French, Dramatists Play Service, and Faber and Faber. A published anthology of her work is forthcoming from TCG in 2011. Annie is also writing an original half-hour comedy pilot for HBO.

Dael Orlandersmith (Residency # 142 – Playwrights; June 27 – July 17)

Dael Orlandersmith won an OBIE Award for BEAUTY’S DAUGHTER, which she wrote and starred in at American Place Theatre. Dael was a Susan Smith Blackburn Award Finalist in 1999 and is the recipient of a NYFA Grant and The Helen Merrill Emerging Playwrights Award. Dael was a finalist for the Pulitzer in 2002 for her play YELLOWMAN.
Film and television credits include Hal Hartley’s AMATEUR, an episode of SPIN CITY and the film GET WELL SOON with Courtney Cox. Dael has toured extensively with the Nuyorican Poets Café throughout the US, Europe and Australia. In November 1996, she premiered MONSTER at NYTW and appeared in ROMEO AND JULIET at Williamstown. Dael has attended Sundance Theatre Festival Lab four summers, developing new plays. THE GIMMICK, commissioned by the McCarter Theatre, premiered on their Second Stage on Stage and went on to great acclaim at the Long Wharf Theatre and NYTW. YELLOWMAN was commissioned by and premiered at the McCarter in a co-production with the Wilma and Long Wharf Theatres; it was produced at ACT in Seattle and the Manhattan Theatre Club in Fall 2002. In 2004 RAWBOYS was commissioned by the Wilma Theatre and was presented in 2005.  From 2007 to 2008 Deal wrote HORSE DREAMS which was read at New York Stage and Film. In 2008 she performed in a solo piece called STOOP STORIES which was performed as part of Under The Radar Series at the Public Theatre curated by Mark Russell. In 2008, for a commission by Mark Taper Theatre, she wrote BONES. For the 2008/9 commission by Atlantic Theatre Company she wrote SUICIDE GIRLZ -  a play based on the music of Lou Reed which is still being worked on and work-shopped at the Orchard Project in 2010. In 2009 Dael Performed STOOP STORIES at Studio Theatre in Washington DC and at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. STOOP STORIES was presented summer of 2010 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre (part of the Mark Taper forum) and BONES was also presented at Kirk Douglas/Mark Taper Forum summer of 2010. In 2009/10 Dael was co-commissioned for Goodman and Berkeley rep for solo play called BLACK N BLUE BOYS / BROKEN MEN to be presented 2010/2012

  Heather Woodbury (Residency # 142 – Playwrights; June 27 – July 17)

Heather Woodbury is an award-winning performer and writer known for her ground-breaking “performance novels”- expansive, multi-character works which combine the immediacy of performance art with a novel’s length and scope.  Her 10-hour, 100-character solo performance, “What Ever: An American Odyssey in Eight Acts” (published by Faber/Farrar, Strauss & Giroux) was hailed as a “Whitmanesque vision of America” [Chicago Sun-Times] and cited by the NY Times as ‘”a masterwork of the solo form.”

The critically acclaimed epic (8-part) performance began as an underground serial in the back of an East Village bar and went on to tour the U.S and Europe - from Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago to London’s Royal Festival Hall. It was later adapted as a radio play hosted by Ira Glass. Woodbury has received multiple awards, grants and fellowships for her subsequent works.

Tale of 2Cities: An American Joyride on Multiple Tracks (published by Semiotexte/MIT Press) was developed in a series of solo performances as playwright-in residence at the Public Theatre with a 2001 Playwriting Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. The premiere production of this 6-act, multi-generational saga, featuring a multi-racial cast, won a 2007 OBIE (Off-Broadway Award for excellence) for ensemble performance. In 2006 she was awarded the Spalding Gray Award honoring writer/performers who are “fearless innovators.”

Her current solo work, The Last Days of Desmond ‘Nani’ Reese: A Stripper’s History of the World, was commissioned for development by The City of Los Angeles, which awarded her a C.O.L.A. – 2007 Performing Artist’s Fellowship.
Heather developed her style of solo performance and writing in New York City’s East Village during the early 80s performance art scene. During this time, she wrote a dozen solo pieces, two plays, and one screenplay, refining a method of generating material via last-minute writing and semi-improvised solo performance. She is currently touring Last Days and starting work on a new “multi-medium” novel - for publication, performance, and web-cast.




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