In addition to Seattle Rep’s 20x30 playwright commissions, the organization recently received a grant through the Elizabeth George Foundation that will fully fund three commissions from emerging writers.
Beginning their work in 2022 are playwrights Vickie Ramirez, Vivian J.O. Barnes, and Nick Malakhow.
Meet the Playwrights
Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora) is a founding member of Chukalokoli Theater. Her work has been developed and/or produced at Native Voices at the Autry, Alter Theater, The Public Theater, The Roundabout Theatre Company, and Labyrinth Theater Company. Honors include Resident New Dramatists through 2027, Winner of the 2020 Smith Prize for Political Theater (NNPN), Honorary Mentions on the Kilroys List in 2019 for Pure Native and in 2014 for Standoff At Hwy#37, Semi-finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2019, Semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference 2018, and Alumna-Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group 2009. Productions: Pure Native — Alter Theater and Native Voices at the Autry, Standoff at Hwy#37 — Native Voices at the Autry and the University of South Dakota, Glenburn 12 WP — Summer Shorts at 59E59, and Smoke — Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group at Pershing Square Signature Center. Published: Monologues for Actors of Color: Women, Monologues for Actors of Color: Men, and Contemporary Plays by Women of Color Edition 2. Member: Dramatists Guild and PEN America. Consultant: “Outer Range” for Amazon TV.
Vivian J.O. Barnes
Vivian J.O. Barnes
Vivian is a Los Angeles-based playwright. She is a Playwrights Center Venturous Fellow (formerly at The Lark) and a member of the Geffen Playhouse’s 21-22 Writers’ Room. Her work has been produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville's 44th Humana Festival and in Steppenwolf Theatre's digital NOW series. She has developed plays with Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage Theater, Clubbed Thumb, Montana Repertory Theatre, and Ojai Playwrights Conference. Over in the TV world, she's been staffed on shows at Amazon and UCP/Peacock.
Nick Malakhow (he/him/his) is a multi-racial, Dominican and Ukrainian writer and theater educator. His full-length work includes AFFINITY LUNCH MINUTES (2021 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference), A PICTURE OF TWO BOYS (upcoming World Premiere at New Conservatory Theater Center and 2022 BAPF finalist), SEEING EYE (Victory Gardens Ignition Festival, Fresh Ink Ink Spot Festival, and finalist for the 2019 O'Neill NPC and the 2018 LTC/HowlRound Carnaval), and GRIT (developed with Playhouse on Park and 2021 Princess Grace Award Finalist). His other work has been developed or produced by the Ithaca College Theatre Department, the Open Theatre Project, the Q Collective, the Boston Theater Marathon, and more. Nick was a Company One Playlab Unit member for C1's 2019 season.
About the Elizabeth George Foundation
The Elizabeth George Foundation provides grants to short story writers, poets, unpublished novelists, emerging playwrights and unpublished creative non-fiction writers. The foundation also provides grants to organizations that have been previously funded to benefit disadvantaged youth, particularly in the area of the arts.