Meet the Playwright

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, in conjunction with the Jamaica Performing Arts Center is producing ‘Meet the Playwright’, which is returning for a second season, featuring playwrights’ new works in live stage and virtual performances. Each month, a playwright will have the opportunity to present their works within a limited time format. Meet the Playwright is a curated script-development series showcasing local Queens theatre artists. As the landscape for the performing arts industry has changed, Meet the Playwright is an innovative way to workshop live theatre to the community of Southeast Queens and beyond. Conceived by JCAL Interim Artistic Director Courtney Ffrench, Meet the Playwright explores new plays by both emerging and established writers. 

Meet the Playwright will also serve as a pilot project for a possible season of in-person staged readings at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center during JCAL’s 50th anniversary in 2022. Meet the Playwright's Curator is Brenda Jones, editor-in-chief at Three-Legged Elephant Publishing, an independent book publisher. Jones also works with theater and television actors on the intricacies of script studies and character development.