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Drew Capstone Project

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The Drew Capstone Project is a partnership with the Drew University Theatre Department. The project commissions a professional playwright to work with theatre students to create a play that will be performed as part of the Senior Capstone Project. The writer schedules a number of workshops with the students to determine the subject matter of the plays, and workshops subsequent drafts of the play with the students until it is put into production two months prior to the final performance. WTNJ retains an option to further develop the play as part of its professional new play development program.

This year’s playwright is 2015 Lanford Wilson Award winner, Chisa Hutchinson. Chisa earned a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Her plays, which include DIRT RICH, SHE LIKE GIRLS,THIS IS NOT THE PLAY, SEX ON SUNDAY, TUNDE’S TRUMPET, THE SUBJECT, MAMA’S GONNA BUY YOU, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, ALONDRA WAS HERE and DEAD & BREATHING have been presented by such venues as the Lark Play Development Center, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Company, Working Man’s Clothes Productions, the BE Company, Partial Comfort Productions, Mad Dog Theater Company and the Wild Project. After being a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a Resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a New York NeoFuturist and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group, she is thrilled to be one of the newest members of New Dramatists. Chisa has won a Helen Merril Award (2013), The Paul Green Award (2013), GLAAD Award, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award and a New York Innovative Theatre Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship.

A recent foray into screenwriting won her Best Narrative Short at the Sonoma International Film Festival, so she’s really looking forward to seeing how her first feature film, an adaptation of her play, THE SUBJECT, turns out. By day, Chisa writes copy for a retail company.

To learn more about Chisa, visit www.chisahutchinson.com .

The students will be directed by WTNJ’s Rodney Gilbert

The stage manager is Lauren Kardos.

The actors are:

Michelle Kim, Christopher Reyes, Shakur Tolliver, Savannah Miller, Devon Villacampa, Joseph Sullivan, Erin Vermeal, Gabriella Bisconti, Najah Johnson, Amy Pastrana, Cinthya Pizarro, Ronald Kitts, Caroline Cromwell, Brittany Pope


You can follow the process on the Capstone Project blog which will launch here on the WTNJ website soon.