The Playwrights Collective is a program designed for emerging playwrights to develop original work. In the past, our members have collaborated in full-length shows such as Speak Easy: A Century Play in Six Episodes. This year, the Collective is made up of eight writers with different interests and backgrounds, and will culminate with public workshop readings of full-length plays by each of the playwrights.
Want to be a part of the Playwrights Collective? Membership is decided on a yearly basis. Stay tuned for information on how to apply.
The 2019-2020 Playwrights Collective
Gamal ElSawah is a NYC-based Actor, Playwright, and a co-founder of Showdogs. Gamal has served as Head Writer for the TBD Sketch Comedy Series, and has had plays presented by The Fail Better Reading Series, and The Bechdel Group. His play, Sad Clowns: A Fable, will be produced by Showdogs in Spring of 2020.
Conrado Falco III is a co-founder and co-artistic director at Showdogs. As a playwright, his work includes You Belong with Me: The Life and Death of Taylor Swift, Thursday Movie Trivia, and Almond, Mint & Oven Mitts. Conrado was born and raised in Lima, Peru, and studied media studies and theatre at Hunter College.
Josh(wald) Martínez-Peralta is a New Yorker, poet and theater educator with Dominican, Puerto Rican and Uptown roots. He’s worked as a performer (Everybody, Traveling Thru Trauma, Could Have Been), lighting designer/stage manager (anOTHER, Proof, The Brothers Size), playwright (The Set), director (Iglesia) and in creative administrative work (The Public Theater, Teatro SEA). He’s currently the 2050 Education Fellow at New York Theatre Workshop.
E.J. Meehan is a New York-based playwright. His work includes Beat Bobby Flay (the Tank; Undiscovered Countries)A New Colossus (Reading; Make/Shift Spotlight Series), NSA (The Dixon Place Hot! Fest), The Blood of Zeus (The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory), Renovation (ESPA Detention series at The Cherry Lane Theatre), and The Great Caper (Stadlerfest 2014 at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting). E.J. has a BFA in Acting from NYU and a cat named Buckingham.
Annette Storckman is a New York-based playwright and comedian. Her plays have been seen at/with The Barrow Group, The Brick, Barrington Stage Company, Edinburgh Fringe, Ego Actus, Spicy Witch Productions, the Samuel French OOB Festival, and further internationally. You can find Annette on New Play Exchange, as well as on the corner of Bleecker and Thompson selling matches. Dramatists Guild member, and graduate of SUNY New Paltz.
Sajda Waite is a New York born and raised theatre artist, and a self proclaimed master in thespianage. She is a graduate of Hunter College, where she earned a BA in both Theatre and Media Studies. She made her playwriting debut in the Showdogs debut production, Speak Easy, in which she also worked as actor and director.
Mayelyn Perdomo Santos is a Dominican-American, Bronx-born and raised poet who’s been writing verses since she was 8, a singer, songwriter and theater maker. Performance credits include Public Works Shakespeare in the Park, Hunter Theatre Company, and Something From Abroad. She is thrilled to make her playwriting and directorial debut with Showdogs. Follow her on Instagram @mayelyn.ps.
Rita Posillico is a musician/actress from NY. She has studied at LSTFI, Stella Adler, and UCB. She made her compositional debut at Joe’s Pub this past year and has worked as a music director at The Laurie Beechman Theater, 54 Below, and The Hudson Guild Theatre. Her first original musical, Could Have Been, received awards and recognition at the NYSummerfest. Rita performs with her own blues/rock band called Rita & The Playboys. www.posillicorita.com