playwrights in residence.

ECC’s developmental Playwrights-in-Residence Program offers selected playwrights a three-year residency. Year one of the residency writers selected will make up the core team to develop the Mainstage script. This collaborative creation, using visual and historical prompts lead by the AD will be the central focus of that year.


Year two, writers will meet weekly for a month-long intensive lead by ECC’s Literary Director. Following ECC’s unique creative structure, the lab inspires participants to create work that strays from their usual wheelhouse. Working from a group-elected theme and weekly prompts provided by each participant, all writers generate an original one-act play by the end of the second year.


The third year of the residency, the playwrights receive a small stipend to produce the work they created in the first year. This play series takes place throughout the year, with a Spring and Fall month-long performance series of the writers new work.

Meet our current and past writers in residence below...



2018-2020 Resident

Leah Barker's plays have been developed by Hartford Stage, Dixon Place, and Exquisite Corpse Company. At ECC, she wrote for Secession 2015, participated in two Writers' Labs, and had two Corpse Revival productions of her work. Her selected acting credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan (Centenary Stage Company, BroadwayWorld Regional Award nomination), A Presentation by the People of Lake Victory for Our Leader (the Gym at Judson), As You Like It (Theater 2020), and Sugar!, a feature starring Alice Ripley and Robert Clohessy (Atlantic City Cinefest Award for Best Supporting Actress). She has also worked as an assistant director for Lincoln Center Education (Macbeth) and Amore Opera (Don Giovanni). Leah is an honors graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.



2018-2020 Resident

Emily Krause is a Brooklyn-based playwright, actor, and occasional songwriter originally from Portland, Oregon. She is thrilled to be back in business with Exquisite Corpse Company after being a member of their Fall 2016 Writers Lab and Drinks & Drama Series, and working on the writing team for A Ribbon About A Bomb in 2017. Other plays include: SOMETHING FOR THE FISH; Provenance, a tree play; We Were Always Our Own Thing; t h r o u g h o u t i v e n e s s; and POSITIVE. She has had readings with the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Exquisite Corpse Company, The Playwriting Collective, and The Bechdel Group.

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2018-2020 Resident

Elinor T Vanderburg is a writer, performance artist, composer, ex-flight attendant and former wand salesman from Washington, DC.  She has collaborated with Exit Art, Non-Grata, Panoply Performance Lab, Built For Collapse, Title: Point, Wise Fish, and Fresh Ground Pepper, and recently performed at The Grace Exhibition Space, Scope Art Fair, and The Tropicana.  Her feminist science fiction musical, The Human Incubator (co-created with Drew Vanderburg) debuted with SheNYC Arts in Summer 2017.  You can hear her as Aisha the Water Fairy in Season 2 of the Netflix series, World of Winx, and she is a founding member of underlords, a real fake theater company (or is she?).  Elinor earned her BFA from NYU/Tisch like a hundred years ago, and has lived in Brooklyn for almost as long.



2017-2018 Resident

Alisa Zhulina is an artist-scholar, playwright, and Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies in the Department of Drama at NYU Tisch. Her plays have been produced by Exquisite Corpse Company, New Perspectives Theatre, Dixon Place, the Theatre Project, Downtown Urban Arts Festival, Festival de Teatro Alternativo in Bogotá Colombia, and elsewhere.  



2017-2018 Resident

Phillip Christian Smith is a semi-finalist for The American Shakespeare Center’s Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries for his play Comedy, Errors, Vanity, and Stupidity, a sequel to The Comedy of Errors, and a finalist for Trustus Playwrights’ Festival for his play Minding Miss Mae Mae. He is a founding member of The Playwriting Collective, and playwright in Residence of Brooklyn’s Exquisite Corpse Company; he co-wrote their production of A Ribbon About A Bomb on Governor’s Island, and his first full production: The Chechens (directed by Tess Howsam), about the 2017 rounding up of homosexuals in Chechnya was produced at The Parlour in August. He’s directed readings at The 53rd Street New York Public Library and Jimmy’s #43 among others. His work has also been supported by Fresh Ground Pepper, The Cherry LaneESPA, Forge, and NY Madness. In October he directed Stephen Adly Guirgus’ The Motherf**ker with the Hat at Matthew Corzine Studio Theatre. He has a BFA in acting from The University of New Mexico and an MFA in acting from Yale School of Drama.

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2017-2018 Resident

Alexis Roblan is a playwright and WGA Award-nominated screenwriter. Her plays have been produced and developed by and at Clubbed Thumb, Ars Nova, Dixon Place, Project Y, FringeNYC, Exquisite Corpse Company, New Perspectives Theatre Company, The Tank, The Dennis & Victoria Ross Foundation, The Blank Theatre (Los Angeles), Theatre 503 (London), Edinburgh Fringe, Festival de Teatro Alternativo (Bogotá), World Interplay (Australia), and more. Originally from Coos Bay, Oregon, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s MFA in Dramatic Writing program. Alexis’ plays include SAMUEL (Finalist, Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission), DAUGHTERS OF LOT (Edinburgh Fringe), AND IT SPINS TWICE (Finalist, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), YOU FEEL SO FAR AWAY RIGHT NOW (Finalist, The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference), LILIYA (Exquisite Corpse Company), THE ANDREW PLAY (Thomas Barbour Playwrights Award), and RED EMMA & THE MAD MONK (NY Times Critic’s Pick). Her work as a screenwriter can be seen on the Hulu series "Guidance" and "Love Daily."



2013-2016 Resident

Matt Minnicino is a Virginia-born, Manhattan-based playwright, actor, teacher, and theatre-maker. He is a current member of the Writers Room at The Flea, the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, and Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup. He is an alumnus of the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Pipeline’s PlayLab, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Joust Writers’ Round Table, Everyday Inferno Writer/Director Lab; and been playwright in residence for (among others), Artilliers, Letter of Marque, Wandering Bark, Traumaturgy Productions, and more. He is an O’Neill New Play Conference Semi-Finalist, a Jeffrey Melnick New Playwright Award Nominee, and winner of the Arts & Letters Prize and Clay Delauney Playwriting Prize. He has professionally adapted Chekhov, Ibsen, Strindberg, Gorky, Moliere, Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles, Homer, Rilke, and the Book of Genesis. His work has been performed in schools and universities across the country (and in Ireland) and in the New York Fringe, Shenandoah, and FauxReal Festivals, and the inaugural Polar Group’s Fridge Festival and Barn Arts Chekhov Festival in Maine. His essays on theatre have been published by HowlRound, Gathering of the Tribes, and The Dramatist; he served as Literary Assistant for the Dramatists Guild in New York; and is a perennial teaching artist at the American Shakespeare Center. MFA. Columbia.

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2013-2016 Resident

Laura is a Pittsburgh born, Brooklyn-based playwright. Her plays have been developed or produced in New York at 59E59 Theaters, the Signature Theatre, Gene Frankel Theatre, HERE Arts Center, the Flea Theater, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Regionally, her work has been produced in New Orleans, Colorado Springs, and Bloomington, IN, and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Laura is a member of the Orchard Project’s 2019 NYC Greenhouse and Project Y’s 2018 Playwrights Group and was a resident playwright with the Exquisite Corpse Company. She has won the Woodward/Newman Drama Award (Happily After Ever) and the Chameleon Theater Circle's New Play Contest (The Light in the Refrigerator) and was a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, and the MFA Playwrights' Workshop at the Kennedy Center. Her production of Happily After Ever received Honorable Mention in The Advocate magazine's "Top 10 New York Theater of 2016." The list counted down the year's best LGBT-inclusive shows on and off-Broadway. Laura Wrote for the web series Tuesday Nights starring Tony nominees Daphne Rubin-Vega and Michelle Wilson.

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