BRINK New Play Festival

At the Br!NK New Play Festival we celebrate & develop the work
of Midwestern women playwrights.

When women are the storytellers, the human story changes.

Elizabeth Lesser, co-founder of the Omega Institute

Announcing our 2021 BRINK New Play Festival Playwrights!

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Jayne Deely

30 Seconds

Jayne Deely is a Puerto Rican queer storyteller, and a proud native of Queens, NY. They hold a BA in Playwriting and English from Fordham University, graduating summa cum laude from the Honors College. Following graduation Jayne relocated to the SF Bay Area, becoming a proud member of Actors’ Equity while working with companies such as Theatreworks Palo Alto, Berkeley Rep, the Aurora Theatre, and Cal Shakes, among others, before returning to their hometown of Queens (once a Queens kid, always a Queens kid). After returning to Queens, Jayne began working in film and TV, as an office PA on CBS’ Elementary and the New York unit of The Dark Tower. Jayne has just completed their second year as an MFA Playwriting candidate at Indiana University in Bloomington, studying with advisors Liz Duffy Adams, Peter Gil Sheridan, and Diana Grisanti.

Their newest play, 30 Seconds, was presented as a staged reading as part of the IU 2020 At First Sight new play festival, and was a semi-finalist for both the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Jayne has previously been a semi-finalist for the Detroit New Works Festival (Stay, 2018) and the UCF Pegasus Playlab (Passing, 2019). Their one-act Outraged is currently a National Finalist for the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival. Jayne recently released a spy comedy audio play, Waycross, as part of the IU Bloomington 2021 At First Sight Festival of New Plays, for which they have been nominated for the KCACTF Certificate of Merit for Playwriting.

Tuesday, September 7th at 7:00 PM – Festival Reading of 30 Seconds by Jayne Deely
at 255 S Water Street, Milwaukee

Aline Lathrop

Queen of Ithaca

Aline Lathrop’s plays have been produced or developed in Chicago and across the country. The Hero’s Wife, was produced by Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta as part of a co-premiere with16th Street Theater, where the playwright is an Associate Artist. The Hero’s Wife was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work in Chicago. Also at 16th Street Theater, her play, Merchild, received its Jeff-recommended world premiere in 2015. Bordello (a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominee), received its world premiere at Chicago Dramatists, as did Feast (one of the "Top 5 Best New Plays," New City Magazine; First Prize, New Plays Festival, Centre Stage – South Carolina). “Christmas at the Staples Center” was commissioned by Step Up Productions and produced as part of their Holidaze show. ...And Eat It Too was performed as part of Stage Left Theatre Company’s Leapfest, and previously in the Dionysus Cup with Polarity Ensemble Theatre. “Toyota Tercel” and “Purity Ball” received workshop productions with Artistic Home’s Cut to the Chase Series. A Piece of Bone received its Jeff-recommended world premiere at Circle Theatre of Forest Park. The playwright is currently developing The Benefit Committee, which she workshopped this season at Concordia University.

Ms. Lathrop has also developed plays at Abingdon Theatre Company, American Theatre Company, Boarshead Theatre, the Chicago Cultural Center, Columbia College, Famous Door Theatre Company, Northwestern University, and Theatre Seven. Her work has been published by Smith & Krauss. She is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council fellowship and a Dr. Donahue Tremaine grant. The playwright is a graduate of the Northwestern University Theatre Department, a member of the Dramatists Guild, a 16th Street Theater Artistic Associate, and a Chicago Dramatists Resident Playwright Alumna.


Wednesday, September 8th at 7:00 PM – Festival Reading of Queen of Ithaca by Aline Lathrop
at 255 S Water Street, Milwaukee

What is BRINK?

Each year, Renaissance Theaterworks puts a call out to Midwestern women playwrights to submit their work.

  • Two playwrights are selected to receive the BRINK Residency Award — the opportunity to develop and advance their scripts during a week-long workshop with a director, cast and dramaturg.
  • This dedicated team partners with the BRINK Resident Playwrights, researching and pondering the script from every angle.
  • Following the workshop week, the plays are presented as staged-readings for the public at the week-long BRINK New Play Festival in September!

The BRINK New Play Festival is unlike a traditional theatrical evening. These staged-readings are focused on the playwright’s work and audience members are encouraged to provide feedback during guided talk-back sessions. Playwrights have the opportunity to meet the actors and directors, and mingle with a community passionate about creating and enjoying theatrical works.

The BRINK New Play Festival weekend includes performances of BRINK Briefs — a collection of fully-staged ten-minute plays and Playwriting Labs for aspiring or experienced playwrights. 2020 BRINK Briefs will be presented in the 2022 BRINK festival. As a result, we will not be accepting submissions this year.

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BRINK 2021 is Supported by

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