Meet the 2010 Life Stories Youth Ensemble Playwrights in Residence

We’re pleased to introduce you to the 2010 Life Stories Youth Ensemble Playwrights In Residence!  Meet our very cool emerging playwrights.  Remember their names, you will soon see them in lights!

Jon Kern has worked with 2g, bluebox productions, Despina & Co., The Magnet Theater, and the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, and his writing has been presented or workshopped at Ensemble Studio Theater, New Georges, The Flea Theater, The Brick Theater, and Het Rozentheater in Amsterdam. He is a member of EST/Youngblood, The Old Vic New Voices Network, and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He was awarded a 2010-2011 Van Lier Fellowship in Playwriting from New Dramatists.

Josh Koenigsberg’s work has been produced/developed at The Public Theater, The Atlantic Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, 2econd Stage, Ars Nova, Naked Angels, The Old Vic, Center Stage, Collective:Unconscious and the 2009 Broadway Pink Campaign at the American Airlines Theater where he wrote the material for host Rachel Dratch. He is a founding ensemble member of At Play, the resident company for the 24-Hour Plays Off-Broadway, as well as a member of the Old Vic New Voices Network and The Dramatist’s Guild. His most recent play, Al’s Business Cards had an extended run at Theatre Row, was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick”, and named one of the 10 Best Off-Off Broadway Plays of 2009 by It’s published in Plays and Playwrights 2010 edited by Martin Denton. He is currently one of the writers-in-residence in The Living Newspaper – an updated version of the classic project that dramatizes real-life news stories – as well as one of the staff writers for “Naked Radio” a new radio show produced by Naked Angels Theater Company. M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University and a B.A. in Philosophy and the Arts from Bard College.

Dominique Morisseau is a playwright, actress, and arts advocate for social justice. Her list of plays includes Black at Michigan (Cherry Lane Studio), Retrospect For Life (Hip Hop Theatre Festival), and Follow Me To Nellie’s (the Standard). She is the recipient of two NAACP Image Awards, a Jane Chambers Award Honor, a Wendy Wasserstein nomination, and a scholarship to the Centrum Writer’s Conference (Port Washington), and the Black Women Playwrights Conference (Chicago).

Natalia Naman was born in New York, raised largely in Georgia, and currently resides in Alphabet City.  Her plays include THE OLD SHIP OF ZION (The Lark, Princeton University), DROUGHT (NYU Tisch), and CROSSING OVER (EST, Manhattan Theatre Source). Her writing has been presented at NYU’s Festival of New Works and the Lark Play Development Center’s Playwrights’ Week. She is a River Crossing Rivers EST Playwright this year. Natalia is a second year MFA candidate in Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Harrison is no stranger to Life Stories and Urban Arts Partnership.  He received is Broadway premier as an emerging writer for the 2009 24 Hour Plays on Broadway.  He was the writing coach for New Design’s 24 Hour Plays in the school program coaching current Life Stories members Maxine Batchler and Sydney White, and Life Stories Alum, Maynor Alas (’09).
Additionally, Harrison is a 2010-11 Van Lier Fellow with New Dramatists and a 2009-10 New York Theatre Workshop Emerging Artist of Color Fellow. His play WHEN LAST WE FLEW was recently selected for development as part of the 2010 Sundance Theater Lab at Governors Island. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of at play, an Exchange affiliated ensemble and the official off-Broadway company of the 24 Hour He is also a member of the Old Vic New Voices Network, the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and The Movement Theater Company.  Harrison holds degrees in American Studies and Dance & Drama from Kenyon College and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.