High Fives

Join us for an evening of celebratory cocktails and performances, commemorating Leah's 50th birthday, the fifth year of The Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers, and the The Vladimir, a new emergency fund for writers facing medical emergencies.

Sponsor an emerging playwright by forwarding your ticket confirmation to Tessa LaNeve. We will happily arrange for this ticket to be donated to an eager (and grateful) playwright so that they can attend the benefit.

Additionally, The Interval – The Smart Girls’ Guide to Theatricality – is offering a contest for artists under 35 years old to win free tickets to the benefit. To enter the contest, take a picture of yourself holding a sign that says, “I need stories by women on stage because…” and then finish with YOUR reason. Submit your photo on Twitter with the hashtag #LeahRyanFund and tag @TheIntervalNY. Winners will be chosen on Friday, October 3 at 12:00pm. Check out Kelli O’Hara’s submission!
More information: the-interval.com/.

Kelli O'Hara
KELLI O'HARA (The Bridges of Madison County, The King and I)

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Leah Ryan

ADAA Award

We are proud to announce that this past November, Leah was the recipient of the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance "Armenian Star Award".

The Armenian Star Award is given annually by ADAA to an individual who exemplifies two or more of the following:

  • Dedication to practicing and/or furthering the arts at a high level;
  • Professional or artistic achievement in their own field/career;
  • Commitment to and advocacy on behalf of Armenian arts and artists on an international stage; and
  • Dedication to public/civic service, particularly to Armenian culture, art and causes.

The award was presented by playwright and ADAA board member Lisa Kirazian at the ADAA’s annual awards gala at the Writer’s Guild of America in Beverly Hills, CA.

We are so very thrilled Leah was recognized by this important arts organization.

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ADAA's mission is "... To Project The Armenian Voice On The World Stage Through The Dramatic Arts Of Theatre And Film."

Leah Ryan's FEWW
A Prize for Emerging Women Playwrights

We are proud to announce that Jen Silverman is the winner of the 2014 Leah Ryan’s FEWW Prize for her play, “The Moors.” This year’s runners-up are Diana Grisanti for “INC.” and Lauren Yee for “The Tiger Among Us.”

Silverman will be presented with her FEWW Prize at this year’s Lily Awards, which will take place on June 2nd at Playwrights Horizons at 5pm.

In addition, the FEWW will host a reading of her play on Tuesday, June 3rd at Primary Stages, 307 West 38th Street in New York City. This reading is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception for the playwright. We encourage all to come and celebrate her wonderful work.

Jen Silverman (Winner 2014 FEWW Prize) was raised in Asia, Europe, and Scandinavia and the US. Her work has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (CRANE STORY), off-off Broadway by Clubbed Thumb (PHOEBE IN WINTER), regionally at Cleveland Public Theatre (AKARUI), and commissioned and produced by the Gallatin School/NYU (BONES AT THE GATE) and Playwrights Horizons Theatre School / NYU.

She is an inaugural Audrey Resident with New Georges, a Workspace resident with the LMCC, the recipient of a NYFA Playwriting Grant and the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and is an affiliated artist with Ars Nova, The Playwrights Realm, The Lark, and Youngblood/EST. She is a two-time MacDowell Fellow and has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, InterAct Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, NY Stage & Film/ Powerhouse, Williamstown, Playpenn, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, and The New Harmony Project. Her play THE HUNTERS was selected for the 2014 Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor Lynn Nottage). Her play STILL won the Jane Chambers Award and the 2013 Yale Drama Series Award, and received a reading at Lincoln Center. BA: Brown. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She currently holds a Lila Acheson Wallace fellowship at Juilliard.

For more information: www.jensilverman.com.

Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, and dream of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. THE MOORS is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.

Diana Grisanti (Runner-Up) is a writer, educator, and activist from Louisville, Kentucky. She was a Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center, the inaugural recipient of the Marsha Norman Spirit of Achievement Lilly Award, a finalist for the Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, a nominee for the Wasserstein Prize, and a runner-up for the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Award. Through the National New Play Network, her play River City will have a Rolling World Premiere this year at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, the Phoenix Theatre, and New Jersey Rep. Her short play Post Wave Spectacular was produced in the 2010 Humana Festival. She is currently under commission at Theatre [502], working on The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn, a serialized play about magic, co-written with her partner, the playwright Steve Moulds. As a teaching artist, she has collaborated with communities in Kentucky, Iowa, Texas, and Cuernavaca, Mexico. MFA: Michener Center for Writers, University of Texas at Austin.

Lauren Yee (Runner-Up) is the Shank playwright-in-residence at Second Stage Theatre, a Playwrights’ Center Core Writer, Playwrights Realm’s Page One resident playwright, and a member of the Women’s Project and Ma-Yi Writers Labs. She was a MacDowell fellow, a Dramatists Guild fellow, a MAP Fund grantee, a Public Theater Emerging Writers Group member, and an O’Neill Conference playwright; and a finalist for the Jerome, PONY, Princess Grace, Sundance Lab, and Wasserstein Prize. Commissions: Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3, Mixed Blood, and Encore Theatre. BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD.

For more information: www.laurenyee.com.

Photo of Leah by Elizabeth O'Connor.