Take Ten 2021
Every year, Theater Masters hosts a national 10-minute playwriting competition among the students at the top MFA programs in the country.
Congratulations to this year's Take Ten playwrights.
Announcing Our 2021 Visionary PlaywrightS!
LAUREN YEE was the second most produced playwright in America for the 2019/20 theatrical season (as per American Theatre Magazine). Her plays include Cambodian Rock Band (South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep) and The Great Leap (Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, Steppenwolf). Honors: Doris Duke Artists Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters literature award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, Hodder Fellowship, #1 and #2 plays on 2017 Kilroys List. New Dramatists, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, Playwrights Realm alum. TV: Pachinko (Apple), Soundtrack (Netflix). BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD. www.laurenyee.com
SP O'BRIEN: Hailing from the smallest state in the country, SP has also lived in Vermont, New York, Arizona, California, and France. He was a 2016 Core Apprentice at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, a 2016 Best of Fringe Winner in the FringeNYC, and a 2017 Honorable Mention for the Relentless Award. He was a 2019 recipient of Theater Masters’ Take Ten Play Lab where his short play SUCKERS was workshopped and subsequently produced. It was published by Samuel French in 2020. SP holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. He’s so excited to have another opportunity to work with Theater Masters.
MAY TREUHAFT-ALI is a playwright and new-play dramaturg. After graduating from Wesleyan University, she completed an M.Phil in Theatre and Performance Studies at Trinity College Dublin on a George J. Mitchell Scholarship. She is a Writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm, an alumna of Clubbed Thumb’s Early-Career Writers’ Group, and a recipient of two commissions from Adventure Theatre MTC. She has worked as a dramaturg at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Ars Nova ANT Fest, and Haven Theatre Chicago. Her dramaturgical essays have been published in Playwrights Horizons’ Almanac and Table Work Press’ Two Plays. May is currently the Literary Fellow at Playwrights Horizons.
THADDEUS McCANTS (He/Him) is a Brooklyn-based Playwright, Television Writer, and Performer originally from Madison, Wisconsin. As a TV Writer, he is currently developing series for both BET & Audible. As a playwright, he is a Theater Masters Visionary Playwright, an O’Neill Semi-Finalist, and a Finalist for the Goldberg Play Prize. As a performer, he has appeared in National TV commercials, Originated Disney Musicals, and worked on-screen with HBO, MTV and more. He holds an MFA from NYU Tisch and a BFA from Ithaca College.
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