SPACE on Ryder Farm is so excited to be underway with this group of talented artists. This week we welcome four individual writers to the farm:

Alejandro Rodriguez -

 Alejandro is an actor, poet and educator. As a teaching-artist he’s worked with youth in classrooms across the country, including with The New Orleans Project, as a Resident Artist for the Boys & Girls Club of Washington D.C., and with The Acting Company. Alejandro has been volunteering, training volunteers and Administrating ASTEP programs since 2006. He has a BFA from The Juilliard School, where he received the Michel St. Denis prize for outstanding achievement. He has since performed on stage, film, and in commercials, including at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, the Shakespeare Center of LA, and at Lincoln Center. He’s originally from Miami, Florida.


Tina Satter -

Tina was recently described as an “emerging experimental star” by The New York Times and named a “2011 Off-Off Broadway Innovator to Watch” by Time Out New York, who noted her “sparky brilliance.”  Her new piece with her company Half Straddle, Seagull (Thinking of you) premieres in January 2013 at part of PS122’s COIL Festival. Her most recent play, Away Uniform, completed a sold-out preview run as part of the Incubator Art Project’s Other Forces Festival (January 2012). Her plays have been curated into seasons in New York City and Brooklyn including at Prelude 11, Incubator Arts Project, The Bushwick Starr, HERE Arts Center and the 2010 Ice Factory Festival. Her play In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL was named a Top 10 Show of 2011 by PAPER Magazine, among other honors, and FAMILY was named a Top 10 show of 2009 by Time Out New York. Additionally she has been invited to show smaller pieces and works-in- progress at Invisible Dog, Envoy Gallery, Dixon Place and Catch Performance Series. She is the artistic director of the performance company Half Straddle; panelist on “Women In Downtown Theater, Brooklyn Museum (March 2012); a co-curator of Little Theatre; Artist-in-Residence at Dixon Place, Fall 2011; and a featured director at Culture Project’s 2011 Women Center Stage Festival. Tina attended Mac Wellman’s graduate playwriting program at Brooklyn College and received a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Reed College. Work-in-development includes Seagull (Thinking of you) which was featured at Prelude 11, and been worked in residences with Abrons Art Center and SPACE at Ryder Farm; and Ghost Rings, a fully-sung through piece for the actresses Kristen Sieh and Erin Markey.


Jon Caren –

Jon’s plays have been featured by The Manhattan Theater Club (Ernst C. Steifel 7@7 Reading Series ’11), The Ensemble Studio Theater (Octoberfest ’10), Ars Nova (Ant Fest ’10) and The Lark Development Center amongst others. His play THE RECOMMENDATION will premiere in 2012 at The Old Globe Theater in San Diego. FRIENDS IN TRANSIENT PLACES (Directed by Evan Cabnet) premiered during The Juillard School’s 2010 Playwrights’ Festival and his drama CATCH THE FISH (Directed by Kristin Hanggi) won most outstanding play in the 2007 New York Fringe Festival. He is a 2011-12 Dramatist Guild Fellow, the 2011 New York Stage and Film Founder’s Award winner, a participant in the 2011 T.S. Eliot UK/US exchange, a winner of the LeCompte Du Nuoy prize from Lincoln Center, a Kennedy Center Finalist and winner of the Theater Publicus Prize for Dramatic Fiction. Jonathan is a member of Partial Comfort Productions and a prime member of E.S.T. He is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwright’s Program at The Juillard School and Vassar College.


Group Theory –

Group Theory is a new New York–based theater company founded by Ben Vershbow and Dorit Avganim. Before coming to 177 Livingston, Bartleby was premiered at IRT Theater, then performed at the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy and Brooklyn Social Therapy. Bartleby was in part inspired by Vershbow’s  work at the Institute for the Future of the Book and the New York Public Library.