Mission to (dit)Mars, a theatre arts collective serving Queens artists, announces a new writers group serving emerging playwrights from the borough.
With the creation of the Launch Pad play reading series and its mission of propelling plays forward, the company has created a second key component to their mission, which is The Propulsion Lab, a monthly writers group made up of Queens based playwrights.
The writers group will be curated and facilitated by Mission to (dit)Mars co-founders Kari Bentley-Quinn and Don Nguyen.
"When we asked the vibrant theatre arts community in Queens what we could do to best serve their needs, the most popular response was a writers group. Because Kari and I are both playwrights and have been or belong to many writers groups, it made sense to launch one."
Regarding the inaugural members of the Propulsion Lab, Kari Bentley-Quinn adds "In my experience as a theater artist, I find that amazing work is generated when you get talented, smart and generous people in a room together. I do not think we could have put together a much better group of talented, smart and generous writers. I am excited beyond measure to see what will come out of this lab and what it will bring to the larger Queens artistic community."
The inaugural members of the Propulsion Lab are: Kari Bentley-Quinn (Astoria/Woodside), Jenny Lane (Astoria), Courtney Lauria (Astoria), Mariah MacCarthy (Astoria), Jane Miller (Sunnyside), Don Nguyen (Long Island City), and August Schulenburg (Astoria).
For more information and bios of each of the Propulsion Lab members, visit http://missiontoditmars.wordpress.com/the-propulsion-lab/
Pictured, clockwise: Courtney Lauria, Jenny Lane, Mariah MacCarthy, August Schulenburg, Kari Bentely-Quinn, Don Nguyen, and Jane Miller.