Sheen Center Fellows

The Sheen Center’s Inaugural Theater Artist Fellowship Program, launched in January 2019, supports five emerging playwrights whose work embodies our mission.  With the support of The Sheen Center, the following playwrights/plays have had the time and space to develop a piece that reflects the true, the good, and the beautiful.  The playwrights/plays are: Matthew Barbot(Infallability), Christopher Domig (Man’s Search for Meaning), Laura Pittenger (The Honor of Your Presence), Angela Polite (Mary Speaks), and Germono Toussaint (Sonny’s Song).

Germono Toussaint is a multi-award winning composer, arranger, playwright and producer. He is the former Artistic Director of A Mile In My Shoes Inc., and one of the founding playwrights of the Obie award-winning The Fire This Time Festival. His plays include My Brother’s Keeper, The Cross and the Karma, Divine Intervention, Sonny’s Song, The Anointed and his original musical Caged. Sonny’s Song is a modern day drama in one act about redemption, addiction, and dreams deferred.

Angela Polite is an actress, playwright and a proud arts educator who hails from Charleston, SC. As an actress, Angela has worked successfully Off-Broadway. Her credits include: Theater for the New City (Flambeaux), The Connelly Theater (The Seven), Classical Theatre of Harlem (Trojan Women, Emancipation), Fire This Time Festival (Exodus, Outcry), and Juneteenth Theater Festival (Darasa: a musical). In her play, Mary Speaks, the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, is used to explore parallels in the history of black mothers and their sons from slavery to present day.

Christopher Domig  is an actor, writer and Artistic Director of Sea Dog Theater, an award-winning off-off-broadway theater company in New York City. As an Austrian-American who grew up in Salzburg, who has now almost spent half his life in the US, Domig has always been eager to deepen his relationship to both cultures that form his identity. Domig’s adaptation of Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning will use interviews, Viktor Frankl’s books, his thoughts on Logo therapy, and interviews with Frankl’s wife, daughter and son-in-law to create a play that explores a fundamental premise of Frankl’s life and and work: Life is inherently meaningful, regardless of how bad the given circumstances.

Laura Pittenger is an NYC-based playwright and director. Laura’s work has been performed and developed with the Sheen Center; 3V Theater, GI60 (Brooklyn College); FringeNYC; Gallery Players; The Last Frontier Theater Conference (Alaska), The Playwrights’ Center and KCACTF.  In NYC, she has directed at The Tank, Project Y, Turn to Flesh, and Athena Theater. Ball State University alum. Member: Dramatists Guild, NPX. Her play The Honor of Your Presence is a dark comedy of loss, jealousy, and unforgettable memory.

Matt Barbot is a writer from Brooklyn, NY. His play El coquí espectácular and The Bottle of Doom received its world premiere at Two River Theater in January of 2018. His play Infallibility, about the life of St. Genesius, was produced as part of the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival, where it was named one of Indie Theater Now’s Best of FringeNYC 2013. During his time at the Latinx focused digital media company Remezcla, Matt created the webseries “Bodega Chat” for Brisk Iced Tea, and the Pepsi short film, The Perfect Play, shot in East Harlem with the New York Giants’ Victor Cruz. Additionally, Matt has worked with comic book creator Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez as an editor and co-writer for Darryl Makes Comics’ DMC, as well as Somos Arte’s La borinqueña.

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