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Playwright/Designer Collaboration Happy Hour, Week One: Charly Evon Simpson and Rodrigo Muñoz

6/15/2020 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.

When:  June 15, 5-7pm E.S.T.

Where: Online via Zoom

Preparation Required: None

Tuition: Free!

Charly Evon Simpson’s
plays include Behind the SheetJumpform of a girl unknownit’s not a trip it’s a journey, and more. Her work has been seen and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, P73, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and others. She is a recipient of the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Lanford Wilson Award. Commissions she has received include ones from MTC/Sloan, Cleveland Playhouse, EST/Sloan, and one of the 2020 Elizabeth George Commissions through South Coast Repertory. Charly is currently a member of WP Theater’s 2018-2020 Lab and The New Georges Jam. She’s a former member of SPACE on Ryder Farm’s The Working Farm, Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood. BA: Brown University. MSt: University of Oxford. New College. MFA: Hunter College.

Rodrigo Muñoz is a New York-based costume designer from Mexico City. Recent credits in United States include "Jazz Singer"- Abrons Arts Center Directed by Joshua William Gelb, "Jump"- Astoria Performing Arts Directed by Arpita Mukherjee, Harlem 100 ft. Mwenso & the Shakes - IMG Artists & JMG Live, "Tobias" Directed by Arpita Mukherjee as part of the 2020 WP Pipeline Festival. ”Hamlet” (NYU Grad Acting) and “Animal Farm” (NYU Grad Acting). ”Film Credits: “Cracked” Directed by Lin Que Ayoung. “Lucia” Directed by: Victoria Rivera, “A Mutual Understanding” Directed by: Abigail Prade, “A for Alpha”Directed by Kelley Kali.”La Tercera Llamada” Directed by Laila Nuñez. Muñoz graduated from The National School of Theatre and Arts (Mexico) with a BA degree in Theatre Set Design; M.F.A. NYU Tisch School of the Arts Design for Stage and Film.

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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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