New School for Drama playwriting alum Bekah Brunstetter, ’07, has been awarded an inaugural New Voices/New York fellowship from the Lark Play Development Center. The 18-month residency, which seeks to support emerging New York writers, provides a stipend of $20,000 and additional funds for production. During the residency, Brunstetter will develop a new work Melancholia, which explores psychological depression during the United States’ period of western expansion.
Widely recognized as one of Off-Off-Broadway’s rising stars, Brunstetter is no stranger to recognition from the theater world. In its review of Be A Good Little Widow, the New York Times wrote of Brunstetter, She writes fresh, unfussy dialogue and characters who earn their laughs and emotional moments by honest means.,
Brunstetter’s prize-winning (and excellently titled) work includes F*****g Art (winner, 2008 Samuel French Short Play Festival), Miss Lilly Gets Boned (nominee, 2010 L. Arnold Weissberger Award), and Arms (finalist, 2007 Heidemann Award). Brunstetter has been Playwright in Residence at London’s Finborough Theater and at New York’s Ars Nova. She is a member of The Primary Stages Writer’s Group, At Play Productions, and the Naked Radio writing team.