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The Armory

JAW Community Artist Lab: Writer/Director Collaboration with Brittany K. Allen & Chip Miller

Event Details
Sunday, July 25, 2021
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. PDT
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Vigeland Rehearsal Hall
Free: Admission by Lottery

Through conversation and practical exercises, this lab will explore the unique collaboration between playwrights of new work and directors assisting in the development of that work. Brittany K. Allen and Chip Miller have been close friends and collaborators. In this lab, the two of them will model how creative dialogues can be strengthened in collaborations. Please bring a 1-2 page, 2-person script, and prepare to be the writer, director, and actor in a mere two hours! 

  • Masks are required for labs, and attendance is limited to fewer than 20 participants. 
  • To enter the lottery to attend, email education@pcs.org
  • PCS will draw names and alert all entrants with their lottery results on Wednesday, July 21.
  • Suitable for theater artists of all skill levels.
Brittany K. Allen
Brittany K. Allen
(She/Her/Hers)

Brittany is a Brooklyn-based writer and actor. She's a proud member of the Obie Award-winning EST/Youngblood, an alumna of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, and was a 2017 Van Lier New Voices fellow at The Lark. Her play Redwood (The Kilroys’ List, 2017 and 2020) received its world premiere at Portland Center Stage in the fall of 2019 and will appear in upcoming seasons at the Jungle Theater and Ensemble Studio Theatre. She's developed work with Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, Woolly Mammoth/Telephonic Literary Union, Harlem9, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and currently holds commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Studio Theatre. Her writing has been supported by residencies at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Brittany’s recent acting credits include the world premiere of Redwood, Gloria: A Life (DR2), Minor Character (New Saloon; New York Innovative Theatre Award for Best Ensemble), and workshops with Clubbed Thumb, Atlantic Theater Company, New Georges, the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, and New York Stage and Film. Her prose appears, or is forthcoming, in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, CatapultKenyon Review Online, and Longreads, among other places, and her short fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. B.F.A., NYU-Tisch. brittanykathrynallen.com

Brittany K. Allen is a PCS Remix: Commissioned Playwright.

Chip Miller
Chip Miller
(They/Them/Theirs)

Before joining Portland Center Stage, Chip held the role of artistic associate/resident director at Kansas City Repertory Theatre for seven years, where their directing credits included School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, Welcome to Fear CitySex with Strangers, and A Raisin in the Sun. Beyond KCRep stages, directing credits include Becoming Martin by Kevin Willmott (world premiere, The Coterie Theatre), dwb: driving while black (Lawrence Arts Center), and 4:48 Psychosis (The Buffalo Room). Chip has developed work with playwrights including Kevin Willmott, Kara Lee Corthron, Brittany K. Allen, Catherine Trieschmann, Darren Canady, Andrew Rosendorf, Michelle T. Johnson, and Michael Finke. They have developed work at The William Inge Theater Festival, NYU Steinhardt’s New Plays for Young Audiences, Orlando Shakes’ Playfest, Midwest Dramatists Center, Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s OriginKC: New Works Festival, and Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival. Chip has a B.F.A. from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

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