New Works Studio

Scripps Ranch Theatre Engages Southern Californian Playwrights

Second Annual New Works Studio kicked off in February of 2017, and will culminate
in public readings in September and October of 2017 at SRT

For Immediate Release:

June 5, 2017 – San Diego: Scripps Ranch Theatre announces the second year of their New Works Studio as well as the 2017 participating playwrights.

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio (NWS) is a nine month long program in which playwrights work on a script with the intent to create a production-ready draft. Over the nine months, the playwrights will receive twice-monthly workshops, with opportunities for feedback from other studio members and special guests. The group consists of playwrights Morgan Kinnally, Sam Lahne, Michael Neumann, and Raegan Payne, and will be moderated by SRT Dramaturg in Residence and NWS co-founder Jessica Ordon. The program is co-founded by Robert May, SRT’s director of New Play Development, and Jennifer Lane, SRT’s Playwright in Residence.

NWS functions as an artistic home for emerging and established playwrights and a constructive, supportive environment for the development of new work. NWS playwrights will write and share new plays, refine their skill set, and receive peer and institutional support, providing a springboard for fantastic new work for the American theatre created by Southern California artists.

Pictured L to R:  Michael Neumann, Sam Lahne, Raegan Payne, and Morgan Kinnally
Photo credit:  Jonathan Truesdail

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio Playwright Bios

MORGAN KINNALLY (San Diego) Morgan Trant Kinnally’s ten-minute plays (“Cheaper Than Bullets,” “Birds,” Stories of a Nuer Refugee or Raven Hansen’s Totally Epic Senior Project,” “This Dress,” “That Ain’t Sellin’ Papers,” “Oorah,” “Get My Culture,” “Reggie, I’m Not Hiring Any More Refugees,” and “America’s IDPs”) were produced as part of Ion Theatre’s production of Refuse, or The Golden Door at La Jolla Playhouse’s W.O.W. Festival (October 2015). “Stories of Nuer Refugee…” was one of five finalist selected for For a Better Understanding of Mankind’s A Strong Woman: 1 Night/ 5 Plays production (December 2016, D.C.) Her full-length plays include Morning People (developed with New Works Studio at Scripps Ranch Theatre, staged reading), Fang (staged reading with Theatre for the New City’s New City, New Blood series, NYC), and Wrestling Buffalo (staged reading with Ion Theatre’s Naked Play Reading Series). Prior to writing, she has acted professionally with a variety of San Diego theatres, she is a company member with Ion Theatre, and a Dramatists Guild member.  She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre/Acting from State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master’s of Education, and currently teaches English at Bayfront Charter High School.

SAM LAHNE (Santa Barbara/L.A.) Sam Lahne is a playwright currently based in Santa Barbara, CA. His plays have been developed by the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Kennedy Center/National New Play Network, Barter Theatre Company, OPEN: The Festival of New Jewish Theatre, Forum Theater Company, and Endstation Theatre Company. He is currently a Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. He was a Playwright-in-Residence at Endstation Theatre Company, and his short play The Giant Man was a winner of the 2012 Red Bull Theatre Short Play Competition. He received a BA from Vassar College and an MFA from the University of Iowa.

MICHAEL NEUMANN (San Diego) is a playwright, local musician, and teacher who has performed with several rock bands over the last 2 decades.  His interest in theater developed out of this passion for music, as well as his love for science fiction.  Influenced by video game soundtracks and the 80’s, his musical style blends pop and rock, with dystopian sci-fi storytelling.

RAEGAN PAYNE (Orange County/L.A.) Raegan is an award-winning, published playwright, whose work is sold and regularly produced in the US & UK.  This year, the Theatre Republic in Lagos, Nigeria will perform a series of her plays, titled “A Season of Payne.” She has studied Shakespeare at Oxford University, playwriting with The Royal Court Theatre in London, and Improv at the Groundlings School in LA. She’s also a proud member of the DGA, SAG/AFTRA and Equity. Her plays include: Thing Unsaid, The Reaper, Sweet Nothings, Timeless, Inappropriate, Ill Informed and In a Hole.

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