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Drama Alum Named the 2011 Page 73 Playwright Fellow

Page 73 recently named Drama Alum Janine Nabers ’08 as the recipient of the 2011 P73 Playwriting Fellowship. This award provides an early-career playwright with a $5,000 grant and a year of project development support. Nabers was chosen from more than 250 applicants from around the United States.

During her fellowship year, Nabers will work on two new plays, A Swell In the Ground, which examines the deterioration of a couple’s relationship, and Serial.Black.Face, which depicts a single black woman raising her sexually curious daughter in the midst of the 1979 Atlanta child murders. Page 73 executive directors, Liz Jones and Asher Richelli, say, “We’re thrilled to be working with Janine. This was by far our most competitive year yet. We had an unprecedented number of candidates and narrowed them down to seven remarkable playwrights. Janine’s writing stood out with her moving and confident [play], Annie Bosh is Missing, a portrayal of a woman who returns home to Houston after a stint in rehab. Janine is simply extraordinary. We can’t wait to start working with her.”

Nabers is currently a member of The MCC Playwrights Coalition, Ars Nova Play Group, and the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group. She is an alumna of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship program. In 2010, Janine was awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony and Sundance @ UCross. Her plays include: Annie Bosh is Missing (developed with Playwrights Horizons and Clubbed Thumb at SuperLab), Welcome to Jesus (developed at Soho Rep), When the Levee Broke (developed at Workshop Theater Company), Juniper; Jubilee (Samuel French Festival Winner ’08), West of the Willow Tree (winner of the 2009 New Professional Theater Award and 2008 Princess Grace Finalist), and Generation Graffiti (Samuel French Festival finalist ’09). Recently her plays have been read at or developed with Naked Angels, the Ithaca College Theater Department, Red Fern Theatre Company, and the 52nd Street Project. Nabers received her MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama where she was awarded the 2010 New School for Drama/Samuel French Emerging Writer Award.

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