The Devised Theater Working Group (DTWG)
THE DEVISED THEATER WORKING GROUP (DTWG) is an artist resource group designed for live arts-makers of all disciplines. Formed as a complementary program to the Under the Radar Festival in 2014, DTWG creates an infrastructure to support collaborative collectives and other untraditional originators as they forge new theater. By offering the dramaturgical, technical, artistic and administrative resources of The Public Theater, DTWG operates as part of Under the Radar Festival, where unique modes of creation and independent theater-making are elevated annually.
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Savon Bartley is a black American poet, playwright, and performer from North Chicago, IL. As a poet his work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Slate Magazine, Afropunk, Great Weather For Media, and The Odyssey. As a playwright he is a writer in residence at The Public Theater and a member of the Devised Theater Working Group. His plays have been highlighted in Broadway World, Playbill, and showcased at the Under The Radar festival. From The Apollo Theater to the United States General Assembly, Bartley has been an internationally touring artist for the better part of a decade.
Nile Harris is a director and performer of live works of art. He has done a few things and hopes to do a few more, God willing.
Miranda Haymon is a Princess Grace Award-winning writer, director, and curator currently developing several projects in theatre, opera, podcasts, and film. In the brand sphere, Miranda has directed projects with Gucci, Garage Magazine, Dunkin’ and Spectrum. Currently, Miranda is a Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company and as a writer is under commission by Jeremy O. Harris. Miranda is a graduate of Wesleyan University where they double majored in German Studies and Theater and were awarded the Rachel Henderson Theater Prize in Directing.
Eric Lockley is an OBIE award-winning writer, actor, producer and community builder dedicated to inspiring communities to possibility, healing and joy. Lockley’s recent Afro-futuristic solo show, We The People (Not the Bots) received acclaim and a feature in The New York Times. As an actor, on-screen and stage credits include: The Inheritance, Luke Cage, Choir Boy, Black Odyssey, and more. Lockley is a founder of and produces with, The Movement Theatre Company and Harlem9, creating opportunities for artists of color to be expansive in their play. Eric’s currently developing a sitcom pilot exploring the zany world of hotels and a mythical Afro-futuristic triptych for the stage, Sweet Chariot. Stay connected: @iamericlockley, www.iamericlockley.com
Raelle Myrick-Hodges is a self-taught theater artists with no arts degree, yet is an Adjunct Professor in several national graduate programs. She founded Azuka Theater in Philadelphia with 50 bucks with her friends from the Arden Theater Company. RMH mentored by George C. Wolfe leading her to work on Broadway and internationally. She has never had an agent or manager, but has worked solely as a theater artist her entire career. This season, RMH will be working regionally including Indiana Repertory’s 50 year season, and with Pulitzer Prize winning playwright James Ijames on the first iteration of his adaption of MEDEA.
Mia Rovegno is a Brooklyn-based writer/director of investigative, site-specific, and immersive works for stage and screen. Recent directing: Miami Motel Stories (featured in Vogue Magazine); The Civilians' The Way They Live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (named in The New Yorker’s Favorite Cultural Moments). Recipient: The Public’s Devised Theater Working Group, ONEBRIClab Residency, Drama League Directing Fellowships (Theater & Film/TV), Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, MacDowell Fellowship, Rutgers Playwright in Residence, New Georges Audrey Residency, NYSCA Grant, P73 Yale Residency. Alum of: Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Civilians R & D Group, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Women’s Project Directors Lab, New Georges Jam, St. Ann’s Puppet Lab. Bachelor's in Performance Studies: Northwestern; MFA in Directing: Brown. www.miarovegno.com
Justin Elizabeth Sayre
Justin Elizabeth Sayre is a playwright and performer Michael Musto called, “Oscar Wilde meets Whoopi Goldberg.” Sayre is a fixture of the Downtown Cabaret, with their long-running variety show, The Meeting. As a playwright, Sayre’s 12-part-epic Ravenswood Manor, was, called “a sharply written and well-acted exemplar of the horror-comedy genre,” by the LA Times and is being developed for television. Sayre has written a series of YA Novels, and the book, From Gay to Z: A Compendium of Queer. Sayre has written for television, working on the Hit CBS comedy, 2 Broke Girls and Fox's The Cool Kids.
Mariana Valencia works through performance. Her commissions include, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Whitney Museum, The Shed, Performance Space New York and Abrons Arts Center. Valencia’s work has toured in Germany, Korea, England, Norway, Macedonia and Serbia; Valencia is an LMCC Extended Life grantee, a Whitney Biennial artist, a Bessie Award recipient for Outstanding Breakout Choreographer, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award to Artists grant recipient, and a Jerome Travel and Study Grant fellow. Her residencies include New York Live Arts, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR).