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Playwright/Designer Collaboration Happy Hour, Week Two: Cat Miller and Zoë Hurwitz

6/22/2020 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM ET

At PlayPenn, we prioritize playwrights as the fundamental authority in the creation of new work. But what about the work that happens to take these projects from page to stage? In each of our three happy-hour sessions, we'll speak with a pair of playwright-designer collaborators who have worked together to tell innovative new stories onstage. They'll join us for a free online Q+A session moderated by PlayPenn Education Director Julia Bumke. Drop in for a single session, or sign up for all three! Set and costume designers were recommended by Clint Ramos (TONY Award, Best Costume Design of a Play).

When:  June 22, 5-7pm E.S.T.

Where: Online via Zoom

Preparation Required: None

Tuition: Free!

Zoë Hurwitz
is a Set Designer for stage and film based in London and New York. Originally from the UK, she has a training in Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art (University of the Arts London) and has since worked in Theatre, Film and TV. Selected design credits include Marie Antoinette at Brown/Trinity, A Peregrine Falls at The Wild Project, The Hope Hypothesis for Voyage Theater Company at the Sheen Center, Assisted Living (web series), Sing, Goddess at Here Arts, Of The Sea at Access Theatre, Tomorrow Will Take Care Of Itself at NYU/Tisch, The Xander Xyst Experience at Ars Nova/ Antfest, We Anchor in Hope at the Bunker (London), The 5 Plays Project at the Young Vic (London), Lovesong of the Electric Bear at the Hope Theatre (London) and Peckham The Soap Opera at the Royal Court (London). Zoë is a winner of The Linbury Prize for Stage Design UK 2019. MFA-NYU.

Cat Miller is a playwright and director. Her play The Hope Hypothesis was a 2019 semifinalist for Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Premiere Play Festival (Premiere Stages, Kean University), and PlayPenn, and received its premiere under her direction with Voyage Theater Company in Fall 2019 to critical acclaim. Other full-length plays include: Standard of Care, You Will Never Read This (with Caroline Prugh), and her adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (Northwestern University mainstage). She has directed and developed work at the Public Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, Steppenwolf, Ma-Yi Theater, HERE, The Lark, Keen Company, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. As assistant director to Anna D. Shapiro, her credits on and off Broadway include Fish in the Dark, Of Mice and Men, The Motherf**ker With the Hat, Domesticated, The Pain and the Itch. She is the recipient of a Drama League fall fellowship and first stage residency and a finalist for the Edes Foundation Prize for emerging artists. Directing resident at Playwright Horizons and member Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. MFA, Northwestern University. Associate Member of SDC; Member, Dramatists Guild.

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A Note From Our Education Department:

Sharing your play with the world is an incredible rush—but it’s also unarguably terrifying. After an often isolating writing process, your work is exposed for everyone to see. We know just how vulnerable writers are in these moments, and we’re passionate about helping to navigate them.
Here at PlayPenn, we offer our students supportive opportunities to test out new work and hone their craft, providing them with a sense of camaraderie at all stages of their writing careers. Our PlayPenn classes encourage writers to bounce ideas off of one another, commiserate about industry challenges, and be inspired by the world-class writers and industry experts leading each course. We apply this same ethos to The Foundry, our intensive writers group for emerging Philadelphia playwrights; and to our public readings of our students’ works in progress throughout the year.
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