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M.M. Kagan

M.M. Kagan is a writer/producer for theatre, TV, web, and radio.

M.M. Kagan is a writer/producer for theatre, TV, web, and radio. Kagan has had over two dozen productions of her stageplays and sketch comedy in NYC, LA, and beyond. Favorites include "Play Chunks!" in Ars Nova’s ANT Fest and "Puppet Love" at the American Globe (Festival Finalist & Honorable Mention for Best Show), plus New Dramatists, Ammunition Theatre, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, Dixon Place, UCB, The PIT, and more. In TV, Kagan was a writer for the 2018 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, and was one of five writers selected for a professional development program by Whoopi Goldberg and Mana Contemporary to write a sitcom pilot. As a freelancer, Kagan has been hired to write everything from webisodes to online dating profiles (really). NYU-Tisch, BFA in Dramatic Writing and Africana Studies. mmkagan.com

Submitting Like A Man
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Submitting Like A Man

Women's Futures Month

24 February 2017

Mya Kagan discusses the successes and challenges of self-producing a nationwide festival.

Submitting Like A Man
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Submitting Like A Man

Submitting Like the Future Is Female

7 December 2016

Mya Kagan announces a new project: the Future Is Female Festival.

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Submitting Like A Man

The Plot Thickens

18 October 2016

Two more of “Max’s” plays receive different responses than Mya’s did, leading her to affirm her belief that bias is at work in the submission process.

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Submitting Like A Man

I Ain’t Afraid of No Female Protagonists

17 September 2016

Mya Kagan writes about two experiences that drove home for her the importance of narratives with female protagonists.

Submitting Like A Man
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Submitting Like A Man

Happy Manniversary to Me

30 July 2016

Mya Kagan examines how taking on the persona of Max has impacted the way she communicates. 

Submitting Like A Man
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Submitting Like A Man

Submitting Like A Woman

13 June 2016

Mya Kagan wonders if perhaps women’s submission habits differ from men’s, and whether this affects production statistics.

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Submitting Like A Man

We Have A Winner

10 May 2016

Mya Kagan muses on the implications of a script “Max” submitted being named a finalist for a competition.

Submitting Like A Man
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Submitting Like A Man

Exposing My Male Self

22 April 2016

Mya addresses what she’ll do if one of Max’s submissions is accepted.

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Submitting Like A Man

You Couldn’t Even Send Me An Email? (And Other Problems With Submissions)

27 March 2016

Mya Kagan ponders the standards of submissions: the frequent lack of responses, the ethics of charging fees, and the pros and cons of submitting blindly.

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Submitting Like A Man

What's In A Name, Anyway?

29 February 2016

Mya Kagan explores the tradition of female writers using male or ambiguous pen names, and questions whether or not doing so is an empowering choice.

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Submitting Like A Man

Max Gets Mail (The First Response Is In)

9 February 2016

Mya Kagan reveals the first response to a script submitted under the name Max.

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Submitting Like A Man

Am I Man Enough?

25 January 2016

Mya Kagan continues her Submitting Like a Man series with this discussion of the logistics and emotional implications of creating a differently-gendered alter-ego.

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Submitting Like a Man

My Year Resubmitting Scripts as a Dude

10 January 2016

Playwright Mya Kagan introduces her new blog series about her project Submitting Like a Man, in which she submits her plays to calls under a male pseudonym.

Submitting Like a Man
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Submitting Like a Man

The project examines what happens when a woman resubmits scripts to previously rejected opportunities, this time using a man’s name.