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Sept. 29, 2020
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Six emerging L.A. playwrights selected for IAMA’s
second annual ‘Under 30 Playwrights Lab’
LOS ANGELES (Sept. 29, 2020) — Emerging Los Angeles-based playwrights Alicia Carroll,
Noa Gardner, Jaime Jaget, Rosie Narasaki, Gabriela Ortega and Ebony Priddie have been selected to participate in IAMA Theatre Company’s second annual Under 30 Playwrights Lab.
The Under 30 Lab provides an artistic home for the next generation of L.A. playwrights and is an integral building block of IAMA’s mission to foster young, hip and modern storytelling. Over the course of this one-year residency, the writers will meet on a monthly basis (via Zoom as long as the pandemic continues) to share and develop their work in a peer-guided format led by Under 30 alum and program director, Max Friedlich. Members of the Lab will also be given dramaturgical support from the artistic and literary staff at IAMA, as well as a ticket to each of IAMA’s mainstage and virtual productions. The Lab will culminate in a public presentation of the members’ work.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome this new group of writers to the IAMA family,” says IAMA co-artistic director Stefanie Black. “Cultivating a safe space for emerging young writers is so important right now, and we are so grateful to be able to continue to provide that space.”
IAMA accepts submissions on an annual rolling basis; applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 29 and must be Los Angeles-based. For more information about the IAMA Under 30 Playwrights Lab, go to http://www.iamatheatre.com/under30.
ABOUT THE 2020-21 UNDER 30 PLAYWRIGHTS:
Alicia Carroll, a native of Philadelphia, got her start in theater before moving over to screenwriting. She is currently staffed on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist for NBC, and has previously written for Crooked Media’s comedic live show and podcast, Lovett or Leave It, as well as the Facebook Watch series Text Stories, produced by New Form. Alicia is an advocate for consent-aware entertainment, which she discussed in her 2016 talk at TEDxBeaconstreet in Boston. She was also a 2019 Film Independent: Project Involve Fellow and a Women In Film: Insight Fellow. Alicia’s Project Involve short, SWIM, recently played the NAACP virtual convention’s Arts, Culture and Entertainment Festival. When theaters reopen, Alicia will rejoin the team behind See What Sticks LA, a staged workshop reading series based in Los Angeles. Alicia is a graduate of Emerson College.
Noa Gardner is a native Hawaiian poet and playwright born and raised in Kaimuki on the island of O’ahu. He recently graduated from an MFA Dramatic Writing program at the University of Southern California (2020). Through his writing, Noa investigates different aspects of Hawaiian culture, people and his own family. Much of his work centers on family dramas, specifically Hawaiian families in Hawaiian homes. He was a national finalist for the Gary Garrison Ten Minute Play award (2016) and has had his one-act and full-length plays read in collaboration with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Son of Semele Ensemble, Los Angeles Theatre Company, and Pasadena Playhouse.
Jaime Jaget is a Los Angeles-based playwright. Growing up in a small Long Island town with blue-collar roots, she is interested in the weight of generations. Full length credits: Soup Chickens (Great Plains Theater Conference 2021), Mrs. Swenson (Warren Miller Performing Arts Center, dir. Eddie Prunoske), SonnyBoy (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Shift (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, dir. Jenna Worsham), The Villagers (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, dir. Jenna Worsham). Shorts credits: Fire In Our Eyes (The Sherry Theater), ’94 Letters to Your Father (Theater Jam V, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, dir. Jenna Worsham). She is the former managing director of the Middle Voice at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and current resident with Echo Theater’s Young Playwrights.
Rosie Narasaki is a Los Angeles-based playwright and actor. As an actor, recent highlights include Little Women with Playwright’s Arena, and Two Mile Hollow with Artists at Play, as well as appearances on Shameless, Wisdom of the Crowd and For the People. As a writer, her play Unrivaled has been workshopped with EST/LA, Artists at Play and the Road Theatre Company, and will have its world premiere with Playwright’s Arena. Her other works have been developed and produced by MeetCute LA, Becky & Baldwin, hereandnow theatre company and more. She is a member of the EST/LA’s New West Playwrights and holds a BA in Creative Writing from Scripps College. In her spare time, she is the managing editor for TotalBeauty.com.
Gabriela Ortega is a writer, filmmaker and actor from the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is currently based in L.A. She is an alumnus of the Sundance Institute Playwrights Intensive and Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today class of 2019/2020. As a writer, she is currently a semifinalist for the NBC Nosotros Monologue Slam and is part of the 2019-2020 Echo Young Playwrights. As a solo performer, Gabriela has toured her one-woman show, Las Garcia, across sold-out venues in L.A., including the LATC, GoogleLA, Bootleg Theatre, and Hollywood Fringe. Her work in film seeks to explore pressing social issues through personal stories and alternative forms of documentation. Her first feature film, Morenita, won the 2020 FEST pitching forum in Portugal and is currently in post-production. The film is supported by Women Make Movies in NYC and deals with themes of displacement and modern-day immigration. She is also developing her second narrative feature, Piratas, under the 2020 Cinema Femme mentorship.
Ebony Priddie is an L.A.-based playwright who seeks to change the world through her writing. As a recent graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, Ebony saw a need for experimental theater that is also intersectional. With a focus on Afrofuturism, mental health and surrealism, Ebony is ready to create trauma-informed theater for the masses. Inspired by Theater of Cruelty and Theater of the Oppressed, Ebony’s goal is not to make it to Broadway, but to lift marginalized voices and show this content to communities inspiring these pieces. Ebony Priddie is also the co-founder of Half House Collective, an emerging L.A.-based arts collective seeking to elevate the communities we have neglected as a society.