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Max Vernon, Ellie Heyman and Erin Courtney

Production Photo of Theater Residency

Production Photo of Theater Residency

Production Photo of Theater Residency

Production Photo of Theater Residency

Quote: “Over the past two years, Vernon has emerged as a provocative and exciting talent in contemporary musical theater.” -Curtis M. Wong, Huffington Post

Bio: Max Vernon is a composer/lyricist, playwright, performer, and brooch enthusiast. Described by the New York Times as "perversely addictive," Max is a 2017 Out100 Honoree and recipient of the Lucille Lortel Award of Best Musical, Richard Rogers Award, Jonathan Larson Grant, New York Stage and Film's Founders Award, New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, and the JFund Award from the Jerome Foundation. He has been a Dramatist Guild Theatre Fellow, MacDowell Fellow, and an artist in residence at Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat. His musicals include KPOP (9 Lortel Awards Nominations, 2 Drama League Nominations, and 7 Drama Desk Nominations including Outstanding Music, Outstanding Lyrics, and Outstanding Musical) and The View UpStairs, which will have 10 new productions around the world in 2017-2019 and original cast recording on Broadway Records.   

Erin Courtney's work has been produced and/or developed by Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, The Flea, The Atlantic Theater, New York Stage and Film, Adhesive Theater, Soho Rep, The Vineyard, and The Public. She has collaborated with Elizabeth Swados on two musicals, Kaspar Hauser and The Nomad. She has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, a recipient of a NYSCA grant and two MAP Fund grants from the Rockefeller Foundation. She is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb, a member of 13P, and a member of New Dramatists. She teaches in the MFA playwriting program at Brooklyn College and is a co-founder of Brooklyn Writers Space. Erin competed Mac Wellman’s MFA program at Brooklyn College in 2003 and holds a BA from Brown University.

Ellie Heyman is a New York City-based theatre director. Her work is best known for its athletic physicality and visually imaginative aesthetic. Ellie directed The Traveling Imaginary, a theatrical rock show, which was rated in the "top five shows of the year" by NPR and a Time Out “Critic's Pick" on two continents.  Ellie is the Co-Artistic Director of The Orbiting Human Circus with Julian Koster (Neutral Milk Hotel) and co-directs/develops the podcast The Orbiting Human Circus (of the Air), featuring John Cameron Mitchell, Tim Robbins, Mandy Patinkin and Charlie Day. It's been downloaded over 2 million times, rated #1 in iTunes & featured in The New York Times, Wired & The Guardian (Top Podcasts of 2016).

Residency Public Sharing: 6/30/18