This week SPACE hosts five members of the ARS NOVA 2012 Play Group.  The 2011 Play Group was part of SPACE’s inaugural season and we are excited to have some friends from ARS NOVA back on Ryder Farm!

On the mission of the ARS NOVA Play Group:

“This vibrant and eclectic group of emerging playwrights gathers twice a month at Ars Nova to share new work and get peer feedback. The group offers members the chance to develop their plays with peer support, form collaborative relationships and build a strong sense of community within Ars Nova. In addition, members receive dramaturgical support and artistic matchmaking advice from the Ars Nova artistic staff, consideration for Ars Nova’s public reading series (Out Loud); in-house development opportunities and industry exposure through a culminating group production at Ars Nova. [Ars Nova] will present the show created by members of this year’s Group in January of 2013.”

* Past members of the Ars Nova Playgroup have been Annie Baker, Amy Herzog, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and recent SPACE resident Mat Smart!

Playwrights on the farm this week:

Joshua Allen
is a graduate of the University of Southern California and The Juilliard
School. His plays have been developed at Primary Stages, the Lark’s Playwrights’
Week and the Kennedy Center.  He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists and
the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers’ Group at Primary Stages.

Rachel Bonds
plays have been developed at New Georges, Ars Nova, EST, LaMaMa,
The Flea, Playwrights Horizons, The Greenpoint Division, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference and The Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is an Affiliated Artist of New Georges’, member of EST’s Youngblood, proud member of Ars Nova’s Play Group, and the Fr. William Ralston Fellow at the 2011 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. BA from Brown University.

Nick Gandiello
is a playwright from Long Island, NY.  His recent writing credits include Screen (Samuel French OOB Festival), Travis Winters (American Globe Theatre; winner Best Play, Audience Favorite), Still Jackie (UglyRhino Productions) and Off the Realness at The New School for Drama.  MFA, Playwriting: The New School for Drama.

Dipika Guha
’s plays include The Betrothed (Wellfleet Harbour Actor’s Theatre), Passing (Yale School of Drama) and The Rules (Old Vic New Voices). Short plays include In the Red White and Blue (finalist, Heideman Award) and An American Dream (T.S Eliot Award).  She studied under Paula Vogel and has an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama.

Josh Koenigsberg
is the author of Al’s Business Cards, Dance Lessons, Herman Kline’s Midlife Crisis, The Mnemonist of Dutchess County and other plays. He also writes for “Naked Radio,” a monthly podcast produced by Naked Angels.  His burrito recipe, “Josh’s Famous Burritos,” has been published in The New York Times.