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

640 433 Play Penn

Join us for a free online Q+A session moderated by PlayPenn Education Director Julia Bumke.

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. 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).

June 15, 5-7pm E.S.T.

Online (via Zoom)

Charly Evon Simpson’s plays include Behind the Sheet, Jump, form of a girl unknown, it’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.



Register Here

Click the link below to visit our Reservation Page, where you can view all classes and register for this course. For questions or to inquire about payment plans, please email

When you register for a PlayPenn class before June 25, 2020, you will be entered into a lottery to receive a session with one of PlayPenn’s hand-picked dramaturgs through Rent-a-Dramaturg (Package A). If you register for a class by the deadline, additional details will be emailed to you.

Each class I’ve taken at PlayPenn has proven valuable in my development as a playwright.

-Peter C., Fall 2019 Participant

I walked away with an arsenal of guidelines for what makes a high-concept play, but also with half a notebook full of fantastic off-the-cuff breakthroughs and exercises.

-Danielle B., 2019 Participant