Kirsten Greenidge at Company One Theatre

Playwright

Kirsten Greenidge’s plays are best described as works that place hyper realism on stage as they examine the nexus of race, class, gender, and the black experience.  Recently recognized as playwright laureate of Boston by Roxbury Community College,  she is the author of Feeding Beatrice (The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), Our Daughters, Like Pillars (The Huntington) Greater Good ( co-produced by Company One Theatre and The American Repertory Theatre),   Baltimore, a commission from the Big Ten Consortium at the University of Iowa, Bud Not Buddy, an adaptation of the children’s novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, with music by Terence Blanchard, The Luck of the Irish and Milk Like Sugar, which was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and received an Independent Reviewers of New England Award, a San Diego Critics Award, and a Village Voice Obie Award, among others.  Other plays include Little Row Boat: Or, Conjecture, Bossa Nova (Yale Rep) and Sansculottes in the Promised Land (Human Festival/Actor’s Theatre of Louisville).  She’s enjoyed development experiences at the Family Residency at the Space at Ryder Farm, the Huntington’s Summer Play Festival, Cleveland Playhouse as the 2016 Roe Green New Play Award recipient, The Goodman, Denver Center, Sundance, Bay Area Playwright’s Festival, Sundance at Ucross, and the O’Neill. Kirsten is currently working on commissions from the Huntington (Common Ground with Melia Bensussen), La Jolla Playhouse (To the Quick), and Oregon Shakespeare American Revolutions Project (Roll, Belinda, Roll).  A recent PEN/Laura Pels Playwrighting Award recipient and current Andrew W. Mellon/Howlround Fellow, she is an alum of New Dramatists, and has proudly graced the Kilroys list of New Plays by women and women identified playwrights several years running. She attended the Playwright’s Workshop at the University of Iowa and Wesleyan University and oversees the BFA playwrighting track at Boston University’s School of Theatre.

Theatre

The mission of Company One Theatre is to change the face of Boston theatre by uniting the city’s diverse communities through innovative, socially provocative performance and developing civically engaged artists.

Residency Activity

In my first three years as the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence, I have worked on staff at Company One as resident playwright, writing and developing Greater Good, which has been a departure and a challenge in terms of structure.  In addition to that, each year during my residency, I have worked with new and emerging playwrights as part of Company One’s Playlab, and this has included regular masterclass style meetings, workshops, as well as community Open-Writes, where writers who are not enrolled in Playlab are welcome to come write with me, and dramaturgy staff while they enjoy snacks and coffee.  We’ve had the ability to partner with the Boston Public Library, and several Boston area eating establishments, and we hope to continue with these events in the future on a scale that is sustainable for staff (and for me, too).

I have also worked on C1’s programming committee, and worked to curate and launch Bootcamp, a series of seminars and masterclasses designed primary for playwrights and dramaturgs but open to all via Company One in the early fall.  Additionally, I attend weekly department, staff, and artistic meetings, company retreats, and produce (essentially work “front of house” duties and aid in the execution of dramaturgical preshow and post show initiatives) each show during C1’s season, including my own.

The residency has included use of the micro fund, and during the last three years I have begun a research project called Femtour with my sisters, novelist and columnist Kailyn Greenidge (We Love you Charlie Freeman) and historian Kerri Greenidge (Black Radical: The Life and Times of William Monroe Trotter), through which we seek to highlight women’s histories that have previously been unsung, myself in order to eventually write more plays, Kerri due to her interest in public history, and Kaitlyn to be able to write more fiction.

How has this residency changed the theatre, and how has this residency changed the playwright? — March 2018

More from the Residency

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Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America
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Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America

presented by Cambridge Friends School in Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Wednesday 16 October 2019
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cambridge Friends School presented the panel Our Deepest Concerns: A Conversation on Anti-Racism in America livestreaming on the global, commons-based peer-produced HowlRound TV network on Wednesday 16 October 2019 at 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC-7) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC-5) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC-4).

NEW PLAYS. NEW PROCESS.
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NEW PLAYS. NEW PROCESS.

Company One in Boston, MA

Tuesday 14 August 2018
Boston, MA, United States

Company One in Boston presented NEW PLAYS. NEW PROCESS., A Re-Examination of New Play Development in Boston and Beyond livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Tuesday 14 August at 4 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 6 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 7 p.m. PDT (Boston).

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Bringing the Playwright's Perspective to the Table
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Bringing the Playwright's Perspective to the Table

3 September 2019

Playwrights Kirsten Greenidge and Peter Nachtrieb talk about what it means to be an artist in residence, how theatres constantly work on their mission, connecting with the community, and more.   

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On Seeing and Being Seen
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On Seeing and Being Seen

30 April 2019

Playwright Kirsten Greenidge talks about what it means to see and be seen in theatre.

FemTour
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FemTour

A Road Trip Through the Lens of Equity and Inclusion

29 September 2017

Playwright Kirsten Greenidge and her family travel to feminist historical landmarks around New England.

Steely Lies The Heart
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Steely Lies The Heart

Musings on Playwriting in the Age of Trump

1 April 2017

Kirsten Greenidge reflects on the playwright's relationship to this unruly moment of cultural shift and what happens to one’s work when the world around us is changing so rapidly?  

Playwright Residency
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Playwright Residency

Why Kirsten Greenidge? Why Company One Theatre?

30 July 2016

Shawn LaCount, Artistic Director of Company One Theatre in Boston and playwright-in-residence Kirsten Greenidge discuss their participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program.