Challenging and supporting
the best new voices in New Orleans.
What Is 4D?
4D is the next phase of Southern Rep’s new play development programs for local artists. 4D—standing for Dramatists & Directors & Dramaturgs & Development—seeks to challenge and support the best new voices and new plays in New Orleans.
Building on the success of the 6×6 Play Slam and 3×3 One Act series, 4D will group Dramatists, Directors, and Dramaturgs into collaborative teams. Each team will meet twice a month to support the development of each dramatist’s new full-length play over the course of a year. The program is a think-tank, a writer’s group, and a theatrical lab whose goal is to nurture artists and support new work.
With a focus on process and training in new play writing and development, 4D will featured an invited works-in-progress reading in the summer of 2018 and will feature two nights of staged readings in the spring of 2019. Southern Rep will also work with teams to support additional reading and production opportunities for the developed plays.
Meet The New 4D Cohorts.
has won awards from Playhouse on the Square (Memphis, TN) for WE LIVE HERE (2013) and UpStage Theatre (Baton Rouge, LA) for FISHERS OF MEN (2013), been named one of two finalists for the Stanley Drama Award three times for TOUR DETOUR (2013), UNCLE BOBBY ’63 (2015), and MADAME THAMES’ SPIRIT BAR (2016), named a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2013 (TOUR DETOUR), 2014 (WE LIVE HERE), and 2015 (UNCLE BOBBY ’63), and he traveled to Durban, South Africa for the South African premiere of WE LIVE HERE (2017). American Blues Theater recently named Harold a featured finalist for the 2018 Blue Ink Playwriting Award for his Vietnam War drama, RUN NO MORE, and will produce a staged reading of the play during its 2018 Blue Ink Playwriting Festival in Chicago, IL.
a native of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, has called New Orleans home for the past two years. He is a graduate of The University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduating with the distinction of being The Outstanding Graduate of the Department of Performing Arts. Brian has been honored by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI for Excellence in Original Playwriting for his play THE BIRTHDAY DINNER, and was an official selection of The DC Black Theatre Festival and Atlanta Black Theatre Festival for his play, She Still Dreams. In New Orleans he serves as a Drama Teacher with the Drama Kids company and Producer of TheMisBelief Radio Show on WBOK 1230 AM. He is extremely honored and excited to begin work with Southern Rep and the 4D program as well contributing to New Orleans art scene that has greatly inspired him.
is an artist and educator committed to affirming and uplifting youth and black women through the arts. She will receive her Master of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans in December 2018 and is the current Education Director at the Music Box Village. India believes in writing and producing artistic work that reveals the beauty and pain of black women and youth, with hopes to inspire action and enact change.
has been involved with theatre for most of his life, but is quite new to playwriting. His plays are typically dark comedies that expose the real unwanted truths of humanity with levity and often absurdism. He has spent most of his career acting, being seen most recently in Southern Rep’s AND TELL SAD STORIES OF THE DEATH OF QUEENS. Some of his most influential playwrights are Keith Reddin, Harrison David Rivers, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Quiara Alegria Hudes, and Jennifer Haley. He is a graduate of The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program.
Ryan P. Bruce
is an actor, director, and educator recently returned to his hometown of New Orleans. He specializes in physical theatre and new play development and has directed and performed on regional and international stages. He’s spent the last few years in Chicago where he directed THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (Madkap Productions), THE INSTITUTE (2nd Act Players), THE BEST FOOD ON EARTH (Dandelion Theatre), BLACK SANTA (Three Brothers Theatre), and PUNK (arc theatre). He has worked as an assistant director at the Eugene O’Neill Center (THE SOLID SAND BELOW), the Kennedy Center (THE CHRISTIANS), and co-created FAULT/LINE, the first American production at the Meet Factory in Prague, CRZ. He received his MFA from Texas Tech University and BA from the University of New Orleans and honored as a National Kennedy Center Directing Fellow.
is a theater artist with an appetite for developing new work. KT is a recent transplant to New Orleans and thrilled to be working with Southern Rep this coming season. KT’s plays and collaborations have been presented in NYC at Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, Chinatown Soup, DCTV, La MaMa Club Theater, 54 Below/Feinstein’s, HERE Arts Center, Theater for the New City, and Stella Adler Studio among others. Alum: Pipeline’s 2017-2018 Playlab, The Civilians 2016-2017 Field Research Team. BFA / NYU Tisch.
is eager and honored to be a part of this Cohort 2 of Southern Rep’s play development series. He has been working at Le Petit as technical staff and a house manager, but is eager to re-embrace directing. Previously, he directed in a black box theatre in California and enjoyed the collaborative efforts of a variety of artists, who, as a team, produced a complex show. A technical background allows him to incorporate many aspects of design into a core vision. Looking forward, he is interested in new and local works with strong community connections. Nathan’s excited about this opportunity to collaborate with artists in the area, and especially to challenge himself to develop new skills and tools in a fresh, creative environment.
recent directing credits include productions of David Adjmi’s MARIE ANTOINETTE, an all-female adaptation of Ibsen’s HEDDA GABLER, and workshops of Michael Yates Crowley’s THE RAPE OF THE SABINE WOMEN by Grace B. Matthias and Kim Euell’s THE DANCE. In New York, she served as Assistant Director of the Tony Award-winning musical A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER, as well as Horton Foote’s 9-play epic THE ORPHANS’ HOME cycle and the Broadway production of DIVIDING THE ESTATE. Her work in new play development work includes PlayLab at the University of Massachusetts and the Brand:NEW Festival at Hartford Stage, where she also served as Artistic Assistant. She has worked with companies including The Old Globe, Primary Stages, Signature Theater, Lincoln Center Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre, D.C., and recently completed her MFA in Directing at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
has been a dramaturg for the last four years, and is currently breaking into a more professional scene. Past performances include classics such as A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, along with more contemporary credits like THE NORTH PLAN by Jason Wells. He is thrilled to be given this opportunity to work with Southern Rep after taking a brief hiatus to take care of his new son Oliver with his wife Rachael. Jonah is a member of LMDA and will be returning to school in the fall to UNO. Upon finishing an undergraduate degree in theatre, he plans on attending the University of Houston to work on his masters in Theatre Theory and wants to eventually become a resident dramaturg for a company focusing on new play development; helping new playwrights see their work brought to life.
is a dramaturg, director, and actress who, after about a decade of wandering, is putting down roots in New Orleans. Her theatrical projects have including dramaturging HIT THE WALL, a piece about the Stonewall Riots, and devising projects including NEXT EXIT, a collaboration with those raised in the foster care system and the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. As a human being, she is interested in social change and social justice As an artist, she has always been drawn to sensorially engaging theatre. Most of all, she is interested in effective and affective potential of small group theatrical collaborations across lines of identity and power difference. She believes that fostering collaborative relationships is at the heart of making excellent art. “As a dramaturg, I seek to facilitate the process of creation, enabling the meeting of perspectives to make something new.”
graduated from Hendrix College with a BA in Theater Arts and recently completed his Masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Torey also studied physical acting at Accademic dell’Arte in Arrezzo, Italy. Favorite acting credits include Radical Buffoon(s)/Rockfire Theater MR. BURNs: A POST ELECTRIC PLAY (Sam); Hendrix Players THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG (Geoffery), VIOLET (Flick), THE TRIAL (Block). Recent production credits include scenic design for NOMA/NOLA Project’s ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND (Besthoff Sculpture Garden), TWELFTH NIGHT (Great Hall) and A VERY MERRY SCIENTOLOGY PAGEANT (Mid City Theater). Torey is currently an educator at KIPP Renaissance High School, having earned recognition nationally and locally (Jefferson Parish High School Teacher of the Year, 2016).
graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a BFA in performance and a study in Dramaturgy. While at USM, she worked as the dramaturg for THE MAN THAT CORRUPTED HADLEYBURG, a Mark Twain adaptation by Cory Bradberry. She also worked as the dramaturg on THE SEAGULL by Antov Chekhov. After graduating from USM, she taught theatre to young boys with autism at Camp Sequoia in Pennsylvania. Whitney is thrilled to now be a part of 4D with Southern Repertory Theatre!
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