Take a tour through the art, and craft, of playwriting. Featuring performances of scenes by Shelter actors, followed by discussions with the writers of those scenes, Writer’s Night provides insight into the alchemy that goes into building a play from the experts who make it look easy.

Stephen Adly Guirgis is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company and The Actor’s Studio. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. His most recent play, Between Riverside and Crazy (dir: Austin Pendleton), premiered at Atlantic Theater Company, moved to Second Stage Theatre, and garnered numerous awards including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His Broadway debut, The Motherfucker with the Hat(dir: Anna D Shapiro), received 6 Tony Award nominations including Best Play. Other plays include five directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and World Premiered by LAByrinth Theater company: In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (CSNY), Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (CSNY, CSC, Edinburgh, Riker’s Island, Donmar Warehouse and The Arts Theater in London’s West End), Our Lady of 121 Street (CSNY & Union Square Theater), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot(Public Theater), The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theater, Starring Ellen Burstyn and Michael Shannon), as well as Den Of Thieves (HERE Arts Center, dir: Max Daniels) and Dominica: The Fat Ugly Ho (Ensemble Studio Theater, dir: Adam Rapp). For television, he recently co-created, wrote and executive produced Netflix’s “The Get Down” with Baz Luhrmann. As an actor, he has appeared in theater, film and television, including roles in Alejandro Inarritu’s Oscar winning “Birdman,” Kenneth Lonergan’s “Margaret,” Todd Solondz’s “Palindromes,” Brett C. Leonard’s “Jailbait” opposite Michael Pitt, and Adam McKay’s upcoming Driver’s Seat. He recently returned to the stage as an actor starring opposite Treat Williams & Oliver Palmer in David Mamet’s American Buffalo (Dorset Theater Festival, Dir: John Gould Rubin). Other awards include: the Yale Wyndham-Campbell Prize, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Award, PEN/Laura Pels Award, Whiting Award, TCG fellowship, Fringe First Award, NY Drama Critics Circle, L.A. Drama Critics Prize, and a Lucy Lortel Award. A former violence prevention specialist and H.I.V. educator, he lives in New York City.

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Deborah Zoe Laufer’s plays have been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Stage, and The Humana Festival. Informed Consent, an Alfred P. Sloan/EST commission appeared at The Duke Theatre in NYC in 2015, a co-production of Primary Stages and EST. It was a NYTimes Critic’s Pick. Her play End Days received an NNPN rolling world premiere, won The ATCA Steinberg citation, and has received over 70 productions around the country, and in Germany, Russia and Australia. Other plays include Leveling Up, Out of Sterno, The Last Schwartz, Sirens, Meta, The Gulf of Westchester, Miniatures, Fortune, and, most recently, Be Here Now, commissioned and produced by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Window Treatment, a collaboration with composer Daniel Green, produced in NYC by Premieres, Inner Voices, both in 2018.

Deb is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the Lilly Award, and grants and commissions from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Edgerton Foundation, The National New Play Network, the NEA, and the LeCompte du Nouy grant from the Lincoln Center Foundation.  Her plays are published by Samuel French, Smith and Kraus, and Playscripts, and have been developed at The Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Missoula Colony, The Cherry Lane Alternative, The Dramatists Guild Fellowship Program, New Georges, The Lark Play Development Center, Asolo Repertory Theatre, PlayLab, and the Baltic Playwrights Conference.  She is a graduate of Juilliard, an alumna of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and a member of The Dramatists Guild.


Morgan is an actress, playwright, and human hailing from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. She now calls the Borough of Kings home. Ms. McGuire earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Marymount Manhattan College theatre department where she graduated with honors. In early 2017 she received The Farm Theater’s College Collaboration Commission where she developed her most recent full length play, In the Cotton, with three colleges in Maryland. She was recently awarded The Kennedy Center’s David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award for the same play. In 2016 her debut play The Red Room premiered with The Shelter at the TBG theatre and was a New Yorker critics pick. Her short plays have been performed on various New York stages.

Lindsay Joy was born and raised rural New Hampshire and has since become a New York City transplant. She’s a proud member of the Beehive Collective, and a member of the inaugural year of the Amoralists Wright Club. Her new crime filled family drama “Dad Might’ve Killed That Girl” was a part of Cherry Lane’s Tongue’s Reading Series. She also shared a workshop version of her MacB play “Dagger in His Smile” with the Sanguine Theater Company. Her play “The Cleaners” (the short version of what you’re seeing tonight) won the Sam French OOB fest and was subsequently published. In the past, she served as Co-Artistic Director to the award-winning LabRats Theater Company. The Rats’ production of her full-length play, “The Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen”, garnered two NYIT Awards, including Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play. She was also commissioned to helm the first College Collaboration project for the Farm Theater. The resulting play, “In the Event of My Death”, was produced at Ashland University, Centre College and Clark University and made it’s New York premiere at IRT produced by the Stable Cable Lab Company. Her short play, Clinch, was a part of Vertigo Theater Company’s Bareknuckle at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn alongside pieces by Pia Zankel and Lucy Thurber. Her short pieces have been seen all over the country—from the Bowery Poetry Club to the Kennedy Center. She is obsessed with all things true crime and is a life long fan of the Boston Red Sox.

Jacob Marx Rice is a playwright/screenwriter based in Queens, New York. He was the winner of the 2017 Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 2018 Faculty Award from the NYU/Tisch Department of Dramatic Writing, the 2018 Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Grant and the 2014 Excellence in Playwriting Award from the NY Fringe Festival. His plays have been produced and developed at The Flea Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, The New Ohio, Atlantic Theatre Stage 2, and others. Jacob was the 2017 Playwright Observer at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and is a member of The Shelter.

Tricia Alexandro

Cait Cortleyou

Meghan E.  Jones

Jamahl Garrison Lowe

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