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JCTC’S TALK SERIES “BLACK SPACE” WITH ASHLEY NICOLE BAPTISTE CONTINUES SEASON TWO WITH THE PLAYWRIGHT, MUSICAL THEATER WRITER, LIBRETTIST AND CRITIC: MARCUS SCOTT ON SUNDAY JANUARY THROUGH FB LIVE, ZOOM WEBINAR, and YOUTUBE.
Baptiste, an actor and a veteran youth theatre educator with the JCTC Youth Theatre and the Stories of Greenville initiative, “I want to create an intentional safe space where Black artists from around the world can come together and have a human-to-human exchange about art, race and life,” she says. “This series is about expansion, and pushing past preconceived notions of blackness.” Baptiste's next guest is Marcus Scott.
MARCUS SCOTT is a playwright, musical theater writer, librettist, journalist, critic and teaching artist. Full-length works include "Fidelio" (Libretto; Heartbeat Opera at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 2018; called "poignant" by NY Times, "vital" by The New Yorker and "Highbrow and brilliant” by New York Magazine's Approval Matrix), "Tumbleweed" (Finalist for the 2017 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2017/2018 Humanitas Play LA Workshop and the 2017 Festival of New American Plays at Austin Playhouse; semi-finalist for the 2017 New Dramatists Princess Grace Fellowship Award), "Sibling Rivalries" (Finalist for the 2021 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and the 2021 ATHE-KCACTF Judith Royer Excellence In Playwriting Award; semi finalist for 2021 Blue Ink Playwriting Award and the 2021 New Dramatists Princess Grace Fellowship Award; long-listed for the 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award), and "Cherry Bomb" (recipient of the 2017 Drama League First Stage Artist-In-Residence; 2017 Finalist for the Yale Institute for Music Theatre). His work has been developed, presented and/or produced by Joe's Pub, Feinstein's/54 Below, Abingdon Theatre Company, Astoria Performing Arts Center, Weathervane Theatre (Out of the Box Theatrics), Dixon Place, National Black Theatre (KSA series), Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem, Space on Ryder Farm, Cherry Lane Theater (DUAF), Theater 80 St. Marks (DUAF), Across A Crowded Room - Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library (NYPL), Prospect Theater Company, Musical Theater Factory's 4x15 Series, New York Theatre Barn New Works Series, CoLAB Arts, Symphony Space, NYC LGBT Center, Secret Theatre, New Circle Theatre Company, MicroTheater Miami, Columbia College Chicago, among others. Residencies and retreats: Prospect Musical Theater Lab (2021), María Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop (2021), JACK Governor's Island Artist Residency (2021), Catwalk Artist Residency (2021), The Center at West Park Virtual Performance Residency (2020-2021), Gingold Theatre Group Speaker's Corner Writer (2020- 2021), Liberation Theatre Company's Playwriting Residency Fellowship (2018), Athena Theatre Company's Athena Writes Playwriting Fellowship (2018-2019), the inaugural LIT Council at the Tank (2018-2019), Fresh Ground Pepper Artist-In-Residence BRB Retreat (2017), One Co.
Writers' Residency at Little Farm (2017) and Goodspeed Opera House Retreat (2013). He was also the 2016-17 Musical Theatre Fellow at Playwrights Horizons and the 2017-2018 co moderator of Musical Theatre Factory's POC Roundtable. Scott is a 2021 NYSAF Founders’ Award finalist, a 2021 Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award semi-finalist, a 2019 finalist for the Bushwick Starr's Starr Reading Series, a two-time National Black Theatre I AM SOUL Playwrights Residency finalist and a four-time top finalist for the R&D Group at The Civilians. His articles appeared in Architectural Digest, Time Out New York, American Theatre Magazine, Playbill, Elle, Out, Essence, The Brooklyn Rail, among others. BFA: State University College at Buffalo, MFA: NYU Tisch.