Lark Names A. Rey Pamatmat PONY Fellow

by Jacob Coakley

 

A. Rey Pamatmat, the new Lark Playwright of New York
A. Rey Pamatmat, the new Lark Playwright of New York

The Tonys were last night, but A. Rey Pamatmat must feel like he won the lottery today. Pamatmat has just been named the Lark Play Development Center Playwright of New York. The fellowship comes with an aparment in midtown Manhattan, a $27,000 living stipend, and artistic support from the Lark, including advisement from well-established playwrights. Congrats also to the PONY finalists Peter Gil-Sheridan, Michael Lew, Mona Mansour, and Jackie Sibblies Drury.

 

LARK ANNOUNCES THE 2011-2012 PONY FELLOW

New York, NY – After four successful years of the Playwrights of New York “PONY” Fellowship, the Lark Play Development Center is proud to announce that playwright A. Rey Pamatmat will be the 2011-12 PONY Fellow. In October 2011, he will succeed Tommy Smith (THE WIFE), as well past PONY fellows Katori Hall (THE MOUNTAINTOP), Samuel D. Hunter (A BRIGHT NEW BOISE), and Carson Kreitzer (BEHIND THE EYE).

As the 2011-12 PONY Fellow, Pamatmat will receive housing in the PONY apartment in the heart of the theater district in midtown Manhattan for one year, a $27,000 living stipend and artistic support from the Lark including participation in the prestigious Playwrights' Workshop led byArthur Kopit and advised by such playwrights as Tina Howe, David Henry Hwang,Theresa Rebeck, and Doug Wright.

With the PONY, the Lark Play Development Center has created one of the largest fellowships available to playwrights in the U.S.. Founded in 2007, the fellowship is underwritten, in part, by Lark playwright and board member Sandi Goff Farkas, who conceived PONY, as a bridge between the academic and professional worlds of playwriting. Because so many playwrights leave the profession due to the challenging economics of being a writer in New York City, Farkas sought to create a way to help with this transition.

About the Lark’s new PONY fellow, Mr. Eisner remarks,“Rey is at that critical point in his career where he knows who he is as a writer and is ready to focus deeply on the themes that interest him most. The PONY comes at just the right time for him to invest in himself and rebalance his equation for living as an artist in New York.”

Pamatmat is the 2010 Princess Grace Fellow for Playwriting. His play EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM began its rolling world premiere at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2011 Humana Festival. On being awarded this fellowship, he says,“It’s a miracle. I don't know how else to describe the effect it will have on my life as both a writer and a human. The honor of being chosen as the 2011 PONY Fellow will give me room to actually learn what it means to be a playwright.”

Finalists for the fellowship were Peter Gil-Sheridan, Michael Lew, Mona Mansour, and Jackie Sibblies Drury.

For more information about the Lark Play Development Center, please visit: www.larktheatre.org.

A. Rey Pamatmat is the 2010 Princess Grace Fellow for Playwriting. His play EDITH CAN SHOOT THINGS AND HIT THEM began its rolling world premiere at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2011 Humana Festival before productions at New Theater, Actors’ Express, Mu Performing Arts, and B Street. His full-length plays have been produced by Second Generation (THUNDER ABOVE, DEEPS BELOW) and the Vortex Theatre (DEVIANT), and his shorts have been produced by Actors Theatre (THIS IS HOW IT ENDS, AIN'T MEAT, and 1,260-MINUTE LIFE), Vampire Cowboys (RED ROVER), and HERE (HIGH/LIMBO/HIGH). His work has been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, The Public, Victory Gardens, Playwrights’ Horizons, The Magic, Ars Nova, Ma- Yi, Rattlestick, E.S.T., The Lark, New Dramatists, NNPN, and the National Asian American Theater Conference. He has been commissioned by South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre, E.S.T./Sloan, Mabou Mines, and Vampire Cowboys. Rey is a member of the Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab, and has been a NYFA Playwriting Fellow, an artist-delegate to the first U.S. Social Forum, and a Truman Capote Literary Fellow. Other plays include: BEAUTIFUL DAY, NEW, PICTURE 24, and PURE. B.F.A.: NYU, Drama. M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama, Playwriting.