UNIVERSES (Mildred Ruiz-Sapp and Steven Sapp) at Long Wharf

Playwrights

Mildred Ruiz-Sapp is a Poet/Playwright/Actor/Singer/Songwriter and a Co-Founder/Core Member of UNIVERSES since 1995. Playwriting/Acting credits include: AmericUS (Directed/Developed by Joan Herrington); Unison (Directed/Developed by Robert O’Hara); Party People (Directed/Developed by Liesl Tommy); Amerville (Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); The Denver Project (Director Dee Covington); One Shot in Lotus Position (Director Bonnie Metzger); Blue Suite (Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); Rhytmicity (Directed by Steven Sapp); Slanguage (Directed/Developed by Jo Bonney); The Ride (Directed by Steven Sapp). Acting only credits include: DJ Latinidad (Directed by Mark Valdez); The Comedy of Errors (Directed by Kent Gash); The Unfortunates (Directed by Shana Cooper); Alfred Jarry’s UBU: Enchained (Director Steven Sapp). Awards/Affiliations: 2020 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residency Program recipient; 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (Theatre); Oregon Shakespeare Festival Acting Company Member (2012-2017) and Ensemble in Residence; 2008 US Cultural Ambassador with the US State Dept.; Jazz at Lincoln Center—Rhythm Road Tour; 2008 TCG Peter Zeisler Award; 2006 Career Advancement Fellowship from the Ford foundation through Pregones Theater; 2002-2004 and 1999-2001 TCG National Theater Artist Residency Program Award; BRIO Awards (Bronx Recognizes Its Own—Singing); Co-Founder of The Point CDC; Former Board Member (National Performance Network)and (Network of Ensemble Theaters); New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect; BARD College, BA ‘92 (Literature/Language). Publications: UNIVERSES’ The Revolution will be Live! (2021 release—TCG Books); Slanguage in The Fire This Time (TCG Books); Blue Suite in The Goodman Theatre’s Festival Latino—Six Plays (Northwestern University Press); Party People in The Manifesto Anthology (Rain City Projects—Fall 2014); Featured on the covers of American Theater Magazine 2004 and The Source Magazine 2000. Member: Actors Equity Association (AEA).

Steven Sapp: Poet/Playwright/Actor/Songwriter. Co-Founder/Core Member of UNIVERSES since 1995. Playwriting/Acting credits include: AmericUS (Directed/Developed by Joan Herrington); Unison (Directed/Developed by Robert O'Hara); Party People (Directed/Developed by Liesl Tommy); Ameriville (Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); The Denver Project (Director Dee Covington); One Shot in Lotus Position (Director Bonnie Metzger); Blue Suite (Directed/Developed by Chay Yew); Slanguage (Directed/Developed by Jo Bonney); Rhymicity (Playwright/Actor/Director); The Ride (Playwright/Actor/Director). Acting only credits include: The Comedy of Errors (Directed by Kent Gash). Directing only credits include: Passover by Antoinette Nwandu (Director); Swopera by Carpetbag Theatre (Director); Metamorphoses by Mary Zimmerman (Director); The Architecture of Loss (Assistant Director to Chay Yew); Will Powers’ The Seven (Director-The Univ. of Iowa); Alfred Jarry’s UBU: Enchained (Director-Teatre Polski, Poland). Awards/Affiliations: 2020 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Playwright Residency Program recipient; 2015 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (Theatre); Oregon Shakespeare Festival Acting Company Member (3 Seasons: 2012-2014); 2008 US Cultural Ambassador with the US State Dept.; Jazz at Lincoln Center—Rhythm Road Tour; 2008 TCG Peter Zeisler Award; 2002 TCG National Directors Award; 2002-2004 and 1999-2001 TCG National Theater Artist Residency Program Award; 1998 and 2002 BRIO Awards (Bronx Recognizes Its Own—Performance); Van Lier Fellowship with New Dramatists; Co-Founder of The Point CDC; New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect; Bard College, BA ’89—Theater. Publications: UNIVERSES’ The Revolution will be Live! (2021 release-TCG Books); Slanguage in The Fire This Time (TCG Books); Blue Suite in The Goodman Theatre’s Festival Latino—Six Plays (Northwestern University Press); Party People in The Manifesto Anthology (Rain City Projects—Fall 2014); Featured on the covers of American Theater Magazine 2004 and The Source Magazine 2000. Member: Actors Equity Association (AEA).

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