The 2020 O’Neill Summer Season will take place entirely online.


The mission & values of the O’Neill ﹘ as the Launchpad of American theater ﹘ remain vibrant and vital. Each of our programs continue this summer supporting exciting new artists, voices, and work. We also celebrate that our 56th season is available to artists, audiences, and supporters across the nation. Our support for creatives of all stripes continues through artistic and educational opportunities, facilitating meaningful engagement, advocacy, and direct monetary support.


Over 230 artists are already a part of #ONeillSummer ﹘ join us!

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Become a member today to receive exclusive opportunities to engage with the artists whose work you’re making possible, in addition to a host of benefits for the entire 2021 Summer Season.

Artistic Director Sunday Series

Join each of our six Artistic Directors for in-depth conversations and Q&A’s. Learn about all things puppetry, musicals, plays, cabaret, arts journalism, education, and more! Sundays at 7pm.

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“The National Puppetry Conference has always been an evolving and growing forum. As we begin our 30th season, we are happily anticipating a new and exciting format. We are looking forward to seeing new and innovative works of Puppetry take shape with us this summer. Join us online for international master classes and the beloved Pub open-mic nights!”

- Pam Arciero, Artistic Director



In celebration of the 30th Conference, we are thrilled to offer the public a chance to take part in our five-part master class series featuring world-renowned puppetry artists. Single tickets ($40) and 5-Class Passes ($125) are now on-sale. Each conversation will take place on Zoom from 2:00 - 3:00pm EST.

Monday, June 8 - Ronnie Burkett (Canada)

About the class: A master class/coffeeklatch/kiki with Ronnie to discuss and dissect the mysteries and marvels of design for the puppet theatre, which is truly the most wonderful, but oft neglected, design playground in all the arts. About the artist: Ronnie Burkett has been captivated by puppetry since the age of seven, and began touring his shows around Alberta at the age of fourteen. Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes was formed in 1986, continuously playing on Canada’s major stages, and as a guest company on numerous tours abroad. Ronnie received the 2009 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, The Herbert Whittaker Drama Bench Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Theatre, a Village Voice OBIE Award, and four Citations of Excellence from the American Center of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette. Forget Me Not is the fourteenth production from Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, following the international successes Penny Plain, Billy Twinkle, 10 Days on Earth, Provenance and the “Memory Dress Trilogy” of Tinka’s New Dress, Street of Blood, and Happy. The Daisy Theatre, Ronnie’s wildly popular and ever-changing marionette vaudeville show, and the Daisy Christmas show, Little Dickens, continue touring to great acclaim. In 2019, Ronnie Burkett was appointed as an Officer of The Order of Canada.

Tuesday, June 9 - Creativity and Compassion with Yael Rasooly (Israel)

About the class: In an open conversation, Yael will offer a glimpse into the new creation in her performance trilogy, that speaks out on violence against women and children. An ongoing journey that began 15 years ago, walking the tightrope between the personal and political, fear and conviction, and why the medium of puppetry/object/visual theater/... is the answer. And of course, how we can support ourselves best and with utmost compassion in these times. About the artist: Yael Rasooly - director, puppeteer, actress, and singer — is one of Israel’s leading independent performing artists. Since 2006, her theatrical and musical performances have been featured in over 30 countries in some of the world’s most prestigious theater and puppetry festivals throughout Europe, the United States, South America, and Asia. Yael was primarily trained as a classical singer and went on to study theater design in London. She began developing her unique theatrical language at the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem, where she specialized in directing, puppetry, and design. Yael’s theatrical language is based on a multidisciplinary approach, combining differentforms of theater, puppetry, visual art, and music. Yael’s solo performance, Paper Cut, is currently on an extensive tour around the globe. The show has won numerous internationalawards, including the Award for Best Artistic Conception and Realization at the International Adult Puppet Festival of Pecs (Hungary, 2010), Diploma of Distinction from Unima, the World Puppetry Organization (2010), Grand Prix Award at the International Festival for Solo Puppeteers (Poland, 2011), and the Excellence Award for a Solo Show at the New YorkInternational Fringe Festival (2011). Yael has also created The House by the Lake, a musical cabaret for actresses, dolls, and objects, depicting the story of three sisters in hiding during World War II. The international premiere was held in 2012 at Théâtre de la Cité, Paris, at the Festival Scènes ouvertes àl’insolite. The show continues to receive raving acclaim from audiences and invitations fortouring. Yael’s solo production How Lovely has performed in festivals such as the International Festival for Puppets in Charleville-Mézières, the Avignon Festival, and many more. Yael regularly collaborates with international companies and artists in Europe, primarily in France. In 2015 she was invited to create a new show by the Onze Festival, performing alongside one of France’s most highly esteemed groups, La Machine, which toured in 11l ocations across France. In 2017, Yael created and directed an international co-production with Estonia’s national Nuku Theater based on works of internationally acclaimed author Etgar Keret. The show BON VOYAGE and Other Lies premiered at the 2017 Festival Mondial de la Marionnettes de Charleville-Mézières. This was Yael’s fourth attendance as a performer in this festival,which is considered the leading international festival in the field of puppetry and visual theater. Alongside her theatrical work, Yael has an international singing career. Her varied repertoire ranges from medieval and classical music to jazz, from intimate performances to audiences reaching thousands. Since 2011, Yael has been touring her Gramphone Show, a musical performance of eloquence, talent, and spice, that takes the audience back to the songs ofthe 1920s to 1940s. Yael is also active in several ensembles in Israel and France. In 2016 she created The Yael Rasooly Trio, along with accordionist Iliya Magalnyk, which is currently touring worldwide alongside five of her theater productions.

Thursday, June 11 - The ABC's with Bernd Ogrodnik (Iceland)

About the class: The ABC’s for the Successful Puppeteer is a crash course in cultivating a strong foundation for a challenging but fulfilling life as a puppeteer. Bernd will review his track record of about 8000 life performances, and his puppet/mask creations that have been featured on stages, television, film and in museums around the world. Join him for an hour of intensive and intimate sharing of his personal philosophy in becoming the best you can be. About the artist: With a formal background in classical music and fine woodworking, Bernd Ogrodnik has been a prominent figure in the world of Puppetry since 1986. He is the Artistic Director and Co-founder of Worlds of Puppets and serves as Master Puppeteer for the National Theater of Iceland. He has toured all over Europe, Middle- and North America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia as a performer, director and lecturer at International (Puppet-) Theater Festivals, Universities and Conferences. He has been performing, directing and creating Marionettes, Puppets, and Masks for various Theaters and Operas around the world, for Collectors and Museums, Commercials, TV and Film.

Wednesday, June 10 - Mech Talk with Jim Kroupa (USA)

About the class: When to use them. How to build them. And Jim’s approach to figuring them out! This conversation will examine Jim’s approach to mechanical heaven! Featuring special puppet guests from The Howdy Do Show, Part Duh! About the artist: Puppeteer, Director, and Master Puppet Builder - Jim’s puppeteering skills brought him to the attention of Jim Henson, who engaged him to perform on Sesame Street, Little Muppet Monsters, The Muppet Meeting films, and assorted Muppet specials. Jim has also puppeteered extensively on Between the Lions, Bear and the Big Blue House, Book of Pooh, Johnny and the Sprites for the Disney channel, No Strings International, and the new AppleTV series, The Helpsters. His talents as a performer/puppet coordinator have brought to life an impressive list of commercials, such as the Wise Potato Chip Owl, Ken-L-Ration Smorgasburger dog food, Post Crispy Critters cereal, Christmas spots for Bloomingdales, Hess Oil, Pepsi, and now once again animates the bear for Snuggle Fabric Softener. As a partner in 3/Design Studio, Jim designs and builds puppets and specializes in creating mechanisms and special effects for such commercials as the invisible man for Mirinda, angel wings for Coronet’s Angel Soft Bath Tissue. Jim also creates mechanisms for The Jim Henson Company, effects for features such as Little Monsters, Woody Allen’s Alice, and rebuilt many of the mechanisms and characters for Disney’s Muppets. As 3/Design’s principle performer/puppet director, Jim performs many of the characters, and was Batly on Eureeka's Castle.

Friday, June 12 - Fabrizio Montecchi (Italy)

About the class: Fabrizio Montecchi of the Teatro Gioco Vita, tells us about his personal journey in search of the profound meaning of his shadow theatre, a journey that leads him to discover the link between his idea of contemporary shadow theatre and the great traditions of the past. About the artist: Fabrizio Montecchi is director and set-designer. In 1977 he started his so far uninterrupted professional career with Teatro Gioco Vita and with this company he has worked on the development of a very important experience for Contemporary Shadow Theatre. Since 1985 he has directed more than 50 shows. Since 1993 he has also been involved in teaching with the aim of sharing and spreading knowledge about Contemporary Shadow Theatre. Always to this end, he has written books and articles about Shadow Theatre. During these 35 years there have also been collaborations with renowned European theatres: La Scala di Milano, La Fenice di Venezia, L’Arena di Verona, the Teatro Regio di Torino, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Opera House of Dijon (Dijon, France), always regarding Shadow Theatre. In 2002 he started working as a set designer with the Italian choreographer Mauro Bigonzetti on major dance productions, Aterballetto (2002, Italy) and the Stuttgard Ballet (2006, Germany). His productions have won several awards and featured in the main festivals for puppet theatre and theatre for children and youngsters all over the world. Fabrizio was awarded the Prix IIM 2013 de la Transmission (Training and Education) by the Institut International de la Marionnette de Charleville Mézières.

Puppets in the Pub, presented by Blue Gene's Pub

Hosted by Tyler Bunch and Jonathan Little

Join us for a virtual take on the beloved Puppetry Open Mics. Free, RSVP required, donations will be accepted to support the O'Neill.


Tuesday, June 9 & Thursday, June 11, from 9-10 EST.

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National Music Theater Conference

Selected from 360 submissions, the following new musicals will receive direct monetary and developmental support, mentorship, and - along with four additional writing teams also in the 2020 finalist round - maintain finalist eligibility to be considered for further development in the 2021 season. There will be no public presentations.

“The two musicals we’ve chosen from 360 submissions serve as a beautiful reminder of how innovative and necessary the art form of music theater can be. I am thrilled that the O’Neill will be supporting these pieces on their journey and cannot wait to welcome these five visionary writers into the NMTC family. I hope you’ll join us this summer for NMTC Happy Hours as we connect with writing teams past and present.”

- Alexander Gemignani, Artistic Director

Azul Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] Book by Melis Aker & Tatiana Pandiani, Music by Jacinta Clusellas, Lyrics by Jacinta Cluesllas & Rubén Darío

In an epic world of magical realism, Bluebird, a hungry and idealist poet, seeks a better life in a new land. In a mundane post 9/11 and present-day Jackson Heights, Rita, a composer, struggles to forgive her father, understand her roots, and reconnect to a land she has never known. Azul Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] is a bilingual musical that weaves together these distinct realms to question the place of art in a capitalist society and explore how memory and imagination reshape immigrant identity. The score is a constellation of songs rooted in Latin American folkloric traditions, along with jazz and chamber music. Inspired by Rubén Darío's poetry and short stories, Azul Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] is a spectacle in the legacy of the American book musical, as well as a psychological deep-dive into the immigrant father-daughter relationship.

En un mundo épico de realismo mágico El Pájaro Azul, un poeta ambicioso e idealista, sale en busca de una vida mejor en una tierra desconocida. En un mundo realista y llevando una vida mundana en Jackson Heights luego del 9/11 y en el presente, una compositora, Rita, intenta perdonar a su padre, comprender sus raíces, y reconectar con una tierra a la que nunca perteneció. Azul Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] es un musical bilingüe que entrelaza estos universos paralelos, cuestionando el lugar del arte en una sociedad capitalista, y explorando cómo la memoria y la imaginación transforman la identidad inmigrante. La música es una constelación de canciones arraigadas en tradiciones folclóricas Latinoamericanas, fusionadas con jazz y música de cámara. Inspirado en la poesía y cuentos cortos de Rubén Darío, Azul Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] es un espectáculo dentro del linaje del teatro musical americano, y a la vez, una profunda examinación de la relación padre-hija inmigrante.

MELIS AKER (Co-Book Writer) is a bilingual writer, actor, and musician from Turkey. Her plays have been commissioned by and developed at Atlantic Theatre, Ars Nova (Play Group member), NYTW (2050 fellow), New Group, Dramatists Guild (DGF fellow), Roundabout Space Jam, LaMaMa, The Lark, The Flea, Noor, Golden Thread Productions, Corkscrew Festival and BRIC in the U.S., as well as the Finborough and Park theatres in London. Melis’ plays include: Field, Awakening (2019 Kilroy’s List, Columbia@Roundabout finalist, Sundance final-round, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor final-round, Playwrights Realm finalist); Dragonflies (2019 Sundance final-round); When My Mama was a Hittite (Columbia@Roundabout finalist), Azul Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited]; Manar (Columbia@Roundabout finalist, Theatre503 Playwriting Award semifinalist); 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter (Jerome NY Fellowship final-round), Scraps and Things (Playing on Air, starring Carol Kane), and Gilded Isle. Her screenplay “ARI” (“Bee”) was at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival as part of Maison des Scenaristes, and her pilot of "MANAR” was accepted to Orchard Project’s Episodic Lab, Trans Atlantic Partners, and IFP week. Selected acting credits include: "The Blacklist: Redemption" (NBC), “Seneca” (HBO’s NYLFF), Love in Afghanistan (Arena Stage & Roundabout), We Live in Cairo (NAMT, New World Stages), Proof (Edinburgh Fringe). Her song “The Unknowing” made it to the final reel of the 2017 NPR Tiny Desk contest. Melis has worked as Ayad Akhtar’s assistant, and given a StoryCorps and TEDx talk. She is a proud member of The Lark’s Middle East America writers room. Upcoming: Melis is developing a screenplay with Revelations Entertainment headed by Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary, and her play Field, Awakening will receive its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre directed by Rory McGregor. Training: Columbia (MFA), Tufts (BA), RADA (Acting). Representation: CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.

TATIANA PANDIANI (Director-Choreographer / Co-Book Writer) is a NYC based director-choreographer and writer who works in English and Spanish. Her work combines live performance, dance, and music to challenge and entertain; it is inspired by the legacy of Fornes, Kahlo, Bausch, Fosse, and Brecht. She serves as the Associate Director for the First National Broadway tour of What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck. Recent: When My Mama was a Hittite By Melis Aker (Park Theatre, London), Christina by Alexis Sheer (Cleveland Playhouse, workshop), Dike by Hannah Benitez (Urbanite), Friends with Guns by Stephanie Alison Walker (NYTW, workshop), Nanas by Leonardo Gonzales (IATI, La Micro). Tatiana directed the international tour of La Negrophilie by Zakiya Markland (Frank Collymore Hall, Bridgetown, Barbados; Ubumuntu Festival, Kigali, Rwanda; Kampala International Festival, Kampala, Uganda). As a choreographer, Tatiana works on concerts & music videos with Latin Indie music artists. She has developed Azul, Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] at Musical Theater Factory, Tofte Lake, NYTW, BRIC, The Drama League. She is also developing new plays with exceptional writers such as Alexis Scheer, Melis Aker, Monet Hurst-Mendoza, Hannah Benitez, Daria Mikeyo Marinelli, and Whitney White with the support of institutions such as Long Wharf Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, Urbanite Theater, NYTW, Miami New Drama, The Park Theater (UK). These collaborations are her favorite part of the work. Upcoming: Torera by Monet-Hurst Mendoza (Long Wharf Theater), LEMPICKA (Associate Director to Rachel Chavkin, La Jolla Playhouse), Whitewashed by Hannah Benitez (Island City Stage) and many stops of the Constitution tour. Tatiana is an adjunct professor at Hofstra University, a Teaching Artist at the Atlantic Theater Company, and an Associate Artist at Miami New Drama. NYTW 2050 Fellowship Alumna, and recipient of the National Directors Fellowship. MFA: Columbia. Member of SDC. Representation: Paradigm.

JACINTA CLUSELLAS (Composer / Lyricist) is a composer, singer-songwriter and guitarist based in New York City. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jacinta brings together South American folklore, jazz and chamber music, in the context of songs influenced by poems, literature and nature from South America. In New York City, Jacinta has performed at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, Americas Society/Council of the Americas, La MaMa Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, Rockwood Music Hall, Musical Theatre Factory, and Women of Color on Broadway. She has served as music director-composer-arranger for the ongoing development of the bilingual musical Azul, Otra Vez [Blue, Revisited] at New York Theatre Workshop, BRIC, The Drama League, Tofte Lake Center, and the Prelude Festival. Jacinta’s debut album El Pájaro Azul was released in NYC, and published in Japan under the record label Inpartmaint Inc. Her second album A Dónde Llega el Silencio is being produced by West One Music (London, UK) and will be recorded in NYC in the fall of 2020. Jacinta has toured the US as a composer, songwriter, and performer. Selected: South by Southwest [SXSW] (Austin, TX), Lanesboro Arts (Jerome Foundation, MN), Audacious Raw Theatre (MN), Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (WY). Internationally, she has toured her music throughout Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Canada, Greece and Italy. Jacinta has also worked as an arranger for Grammy award-winning artists Alejandro Sanz (Berklee Performance Center) and A.R. Rahman (Boston Symphony Hall). Jacinta is a Teaching Artist at the New York Philharmonic, where she develops programs and teaches for the Very Young Composers Program, and has served as a mentor at Lincoln Center’s Music Across Borders program. She is a proud member of the Carnegie Hall Music Educators Workshop. Jacinta holds a B.A. in Contemporary Writing and Production from Berklee College of Music.

Two Nights and Three Days

Two Nights and Three Days is a musical comedy set in the South Korean military. It tells the story of Jowon, a young, female officer who believes that her dreams of becoming a four-star general are dashed when she is placed in command of the “fire battalion,” a group of the laziest, most ragtag soldiers at camp. When the camp announces its first-ever talent show, Jowon and her soldiers finally unite in an effort to win the contest…by writing a musical. However, as they confront a growing conflict with North Korea that threatens their safety as well as the existence of the talent show, Jowon and her soldiers must fight not only to protect their country, but to find joy in the most dire of circumstances.

KIM JINHYOUNG is a storyteller who has co-written book, music, and lyrics for TWO NIGHTS AND THREE DAYS, REFRESH (Without Walls Festival, 2019), which was produced as part of HALL PASS by Blindspot Collective in collaboration with La Jolla Playhouse, and THE EGYPTIAN BABOON (NYU Developmental Reading, 2018); written music for the musicals WHERE IS JESUS’ DICK? (Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture residency) and SHEMAN (Seoul Youth Art Institute residency), each of which premiered in Seoul, South Korea in 2017; and written music for the play WONDERHUMAN, which also premiered in Seoul in 2017. Kim is also currently writing music and lyrics for a song cycle entitled WAIT…ING. Kim’s work has been performed in such venues as Feinstein’s/54 Below, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Two River Theater, and Lincoln Center, among others. Kim is a graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

MARCUS PERKINS is a storyteller who has co-written book, music, and lyrics for TWO NIGHTS AND THREE DAYS and REFRESH (Without Walls Festival, 2019), which was produced as part of HALL PASS by Blindspot Collective in collaboration with La Jolla Playhouse; co-written book and written lyrics for COMING HOME (NYU Developmental Reading, 2018); and contributed lyrics to the annual STANFORD LAW SCHOOL MUSICAL in both 2011 and 2012, which was produced in Stanford, California. Marcus’s work has been performed in such venues as Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Two River Theater, and Lincoln Center, among others. A graduate of the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he also has degrees from Princeton University and Stanford Law School.

NMTC Alumni Happy Hour


Hosted by Alexander Gemignani

Thursday, June 18 at 6pm - NMTC 2018 Reunion

Anna K. Jacobs & Michael R. Jackson (Teeth), Kate Kilbane & Dan Moses (Eddie the Marvelous, Who Will Save the World).

Thursday, June 25 at 6pm - NMTC 2019 Reunion

Benjamin Velez & Aryanna Garber (Borderline), Ari Afsar & Lauren Gunderson (Jeannette), Hansol Jung & Brian Quijada (Undesirables)

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National Playwrights Conference

Selected from 1,546 submissions, the following playwrights will receive direct monetary and developmental support, mentorship, and - along with 59 additional writers also in the 2020 finalist round - maintain finalist eligibility to be considered for further development in the 2021 season. There will be no public presentations.

"There’s never been a more important moment to support artists and storytellers. Our four plays were chosen from 1,546 received through the O’Neill’s open submissions process. I am excited to work with these playwrights and our team of collaborators and designers in a virtual development conference. I hope you’ll join us for Happy Hours as we reconnect with prominent O'Neill artists.”

- Wendy C. Goldberg, Artistic Director

"Beacon" by Kirsten Greenidge

All should be going swimmingly for restauranteur Virginia Halloway: three eateries and a new house in the country to show for it should be the answer to all her dreams. But Virginia’s past, and her neighbors' demands in her present threaten to tear all that she’s worked for apart.

KIRSTEN GREENIDGE is an Obie Award winning and Lucille Lortel nominated playwright whose plays place hyper realism on stage as they examine the nexus of race, class, gender, and the black experience. Recently recognized as playwright laureate of Boston she is the author of Our Daughters, Like Pillars; Little Row Boat, or, Conjecture; Feeding Beatrice; For the Greater Good; Baltimore; Bud, Not Buddy (an adaptation of the children’s book by Christopher Paul Curtis); The Luck of the Irish; and Milk Like Sugar. Her plays have been produced at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New Repertory Theatre, The Huntington Theatre Company, Playwright’s Horizons, La Jolla Playhouse, and Company One Theatre. This summer will mark Kirsten’s third season developing work at the O’Neill. Since that first summer, she has enjoyed development experiences at the Family Residency at the Space at Ryder Farm, the Huntington’s Summer Play Festival, Cleveland Playhouse as the 2016 Roe Green New Play Award recipient, The Goodman, Denver Center, Sundance, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, Sundance at Ucross, the Pacific Playwright’s Festival among others. Kirsten is currently working on commissions from the Huntington (Common Ground with Melia Bensussen), La Jolla Playhouse (To the Quick), and Oregon Shakespeare American Revolutions Project (Roll, Belinda, Roll). A recent PEN/Laura Pels Playwrighting Award recipient and current Andrew W. Mellon/Howlround Fellow, she is an alum of New Dramatists, and has proudly graced the Kilroys list of New Plays by women and women identified playwrights several years running. She attended the Playwright’s Workshop at the University of Iowa and Wesleyan University and oversees the BFA playwrighting track at Boston University’s School of Theatre.

"...but you could've held my hand" by JuCoby Johnson

Four ten-year-olds meet at a wedding. Little do they know, they will become the center of each other's lives for decades to come. Jumping through time, the play uses dance, music, and poetry to explore sexuality, gender, race, and love. You know, the big stuff. Life stuff.

JUCOBY JOHNSON grew up in Jacksonville, FL, moved to the Twin Cities in 2011, and has been creating there ever since. He has been seen onstage at The Guthrie Theater, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Jungle Theater, Theater Latté Da, Theater Mu, Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company and many more. His debut play, How It's Gon Be, had its world premiere in May 2019 with the Underdog Theater. He is a 2020-2021 Many Voices Mentee at the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis.

"visiting hours" by Arika Larson

two families--one black and one white-- each travel to visit a loved one in a medium security prison in rural Kansas. second in a cycle of three plays, visiting hours focuses on what it's like to love someone who is incarcerated. families are separated, messy relationships become messier, and it's all packed into weekend hours between 10am and 3pm.

Arika Larson

ARIKA LARSON is a Brooklyn-based playwright from Kansas. Her plays include the shes (Weasel Festival, Public Theater), within tolerance (developed by HMBG playwright retreat, Brooklyn College, The Tank), and birthday boy (Great Plains Theatre Conference, semifinalist NPC). She regularly works with AMiOS Theatre, Reign or Shine Productions, and her long-standing writer’s group: Pooddha. Her work has also been presented or developed by Barrington Collective, Clutch Productions, Colt Coeur, The Davenport Theatre, and Three Act Theatre. She was a finalist for the 2020 SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm. She studied playwriting at Brooklyn College with Mac Wellman & Erin Courtney where she won the Rona Jaffe, Creative Writing, and Himan Brown awards.

"Kidnapping Jane Doe" by David Zheng

Two friends from The Bronx kidnap their congresswoman and show her the best time of her life.

David Zheng

DAVID ZHENG is a first-generation Chinese American playwright and visual artist from the Bronx. He is the recipient of The Lark’s 2018 Van Lier New Voices Playwriting Fellowship, The 2017 Playwriting Observer Fellowship at Labyrinth Theater Company, and the 2017 inaugural Greenhouse Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Plays include Ching Chong Maka Hiya, Kidnapping Jane Doe, KINGSBRIDGE (O'Neill Semifinalist), Boogie Down Bastards, Ghetto Baptism, and What's In The Tent? (O'Neill Semifinalist). His work has been developed at The Public Theater, MCC Theater, The Labyrinth Theater Company, Cherry Lane Theater Company, The Lark, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. He is a member of the 2018-2019 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, Ma-Yi Writers Lab and the Gingold Theatrical Group’s Speakers’ Corner. Zheng is also a founding member of the Middle Voice at Rattlestick.



Hosted by Wendy C. Goldberg

Tuesday, July 7 at 6pm - Pulitzer Prize-winners

Quiara Alegría Hudes, David Henry Hwang, and Michael R. Jackson


Tuesday, July 14 at 6pm - Design Studio

Rachel Hauck, Arnulfo Maldonado, and Lawrence E. Moten III

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Cabaret & Performance Conference

The Conference continues to provide valuable development and performance training. The reimagined course of study for our Cabaret Fellows program includes top professionals led by Grammy & Emmy Award-winning artistic director John McDaniel. Master teachers include international singing star Barb Jungr, multi-award winning performer Natalie Douglas, with master classes by Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley and MAC president Lennie Watts.

"We are happy to offer a virtual performance course with an all-star faculty for our Cabaret Fellows and Junior Fellows. There will also be some fun, interactive Pub Happy Hours for us all. I hope you will join us!"

- John McDaniel, Artistic Director

Atlantic Broadband is the premier sponsor of the 2020 Cabaret & Performance Conference.



The 2020 Junior Fellows take on the music of Kenny Loggins through the medium of music videos, under the mentorship of Brad Simmons and Michael Holland. 


O'Neill Members receive exclusive access to the 2020 Cabaret Junior Fellows virtual performance.

An Evening with

John McDaniel & Brad Simmons

On Monday, August 3 at 8pm, O'Neill favorites John & Brad team up for a unique Cabaret event which includes some new songs as well as some best-loved tunes. Join us online for the fun which will include a special mystery guest!


CABARET HAPPY HOUR, presented by Blue Gene's Pub

​​​Tuesday, August 4 6pm

Mark Hartman

Wednesday, August 5 6pm

Tracy Stark

Thursday, August 6 6pm

Brian Nash

featuring special guest

Natalie Douglas


America's only boot camp for arts writers, NCI 2020 will offer a 5-day online intensive July 6-10 designed for writers and critics looking to strengthen their skills in an increasingly competitive and fast-paced industry. Including seminars, technique classes, masterclasses, writing workshops, covering the fields of theater, film, television, food, dining, and music. Helmed by Chris Jones, critic and columnist at the Chicago Tribune, NCI has a world-class faculty of journalists, critics, and arts writers. Full-tuition scholarships are provided to each selected fellow. There is no charge for anyone who attends, fellows who complete NCI 2020 online will be offered a position to return for NCI 2021 on-campus, for two weeks, with full financial support.

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From the O’Neill’s flagship educational program the NATIONAL THEATER INSTITUTE, the Theatermakers Summer Intensive trains students in a credit-earning curriculum of  acting, directing, and playwriting. A modified four-week Theatermakers program will utilize NTI’s unique distance-learning approach, with our core mission remaining the same: constant practice, essential training, mentorship, and collaborative opportunities that yield original work. Transitioning online allows for classes to support work in a variety of mediums, providing additional skills and professional development tuned to virtual theater making, filmmaking, podcasts, and devising. 

2020 Faculty includes: David Auburn (Proof), Melia Bensussen (Hartford Stage), Michael Berresse (The Cher Show, {Title of Show}), Susan Blackwell ({Title of Show]), Lileana Blain-Cruz (Fefu & Her Friends), Oliver Butler (What the Constitution Means to Me), Rachel Chavkin (The Great Comet, Hadestown), Jeremy Cohen (Playwrights Center), Donna Di Novelli, Colman Domingo (Selma, If Beale Street Could Talk), Sarah Einspanier (Lunch Bunch), Julie Foh, Alexander Gemignani (Hamilton, West Side Story), Maria Goyanes (Woolly Mammoth), Jennifer Haley (The Nether), Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play, Daddy), Jessi Hill, Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale, A Bright New Boise), Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Forrest McClendon (Scottsboro Boys, Seven Guitars), Lindsay Mendez (All Rise, Carousel), Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud, Pipeline), Matt Newton, Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy, Slave Play), Karen Olivo (Moulin Rouge, In the Heights), Ren Santiago (The Siblings Play), Charly Evon Simpson (Behind The Sheet), Stephen Sondheim (Into the Woods, Company, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George), Josh Wilder, Roy Alexander Weise, Malik Work, The Debate Society (The Light Years, Jacuzzi), and the Artistic Directors of each of the O’Neill’s professional Conferences.

“After talking with all of the incoming students over the past few months, I am really looking forward to working with this particular group of people in July. Already their determination and dedication to the craft of theatermaking is shining through! I’m so excited for them to be in conversation with our stellar faculty and guest artists.”

- Rachel Jett, Artistic Director


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The 2020 Summer Season is made possible by:


The Shubert Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Burry Fredrik Foundation, Connecticut Office for the Arts, Geraldine Stutz Trust, The Jane Henson Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Critical Minded—an initiative to invest in cultural critics of color co-founded by The Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation, The Edward and Mary Lord Foundation, Dramatist Play Service, Foundation of the American Theatre Critics Association, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, Actors' Equity Foundation, The Kitchings Family Foundation, Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Electronic Theatre Controls, Inc. and the support of individual O’Neill donors.