Sheen Center Fellows

The Sheen Center’s Theater Artist Fellowship Program, was started in January 2019, and supports five emerging playwrights whose work embodies our mission.  With the support of The Sheen Center, the following playwrights will have the time and space to develop a piece that reflects the true, the good, and the beautiful.

Chris Cragin-Day is a playwright, librettist, and lyricist. Selected NYC Credits: Martin Luther on Trial, FPA; The Rare Biosphere, Sea Dog Theater; A Woman (one-act version) 59E59 Summer Shorts. Selected Regional Credits: Foster Mom, Premiere Stages; Martin Luther on Trial, 2017 and 2018 FPA National Tours; Tornado, Luna Stage. Readings/Workshops: The River Nun, The Public Theater and Burning Coal Theater; Son of a Gun, Joe’s Pub and International Arts Movement Conference; A Woman, The Sheen Center, Women’s Theater Festival, Baylor University. Awards/Honors/Commissions: Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, O’Neill Theater Center National Music Theater Conference, Premiere Stage New Play Award, Richard Rodgers Award Finalist; and more. Grants from The Public Theater, The Drama League, and Creative Gifts Foundation. Education: MFA from Baylor University, two BAs from OBU, and is an Associate Professor of Theater and English at The King’s College, NYC.

Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy is an actress, playwright, director, and producer and is terribly grateful to The Sheen Center for this opportunity to grow and be nurtured. Recent directing work: The Catastrophe Club (Sea Dog Theater), Romeo and Juliet (Smith Street). Recent acting credits: Holy Ghosts (Theatre East), Richard III (NYIT Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role nomination, Smith Street Stage). She is recipient of the Theatre Hall of Fame’s 2017 Emerging Theatre Artist Award, one of Gingold Theatrical Group’s 2018/2019 Speakers’ Corner playwrights, and a co-director of The Amoralists’ 2020/21 season of ‘Wright Club. She lives in Brooklyn with her dog Bentley, who is a tiny, majestic beast. AEA, DGA www.shaunbfauntleroy.com

Kelley Nicole Girod, producer and playwright, founded and serves as the Executive Director of the OBIE Award-winning Black theatre festival, The Fire This Time (TFTT). She has produced and curated at The Sheen Center and served as Producing Director at The Billie Holiday Theater. As a playwright heavily influenced by her Louisiana Cajun/Creole upbringing, Kelley’s plays include This Stretch of Montpelier (7 Planet Connections Awards Nominations, 2018), The Faith Healer (2019 Atlantic Theater Company Launch New Play Commission), and King Sucrose and Queen Sugar (upcoming). Her other work includes An Act of Contrition (WIT Festival 2019), A Good Neighbor (Spark+Echo commission 2018), Rote (OBIE-winning Harlem 9 48hr Plays, 2017), and more. She recently served as script consultant on the upcoming film, The Emmett Till Story. A graduate of Columbia’s MFA Playwriting program and a Stein and Liberace Fellow and a John Golden Fellow, Kelley lives in Manhattan with her two daughters and husband.

David Mulei is a playwright, screenwriter, and librettist. He is currently collaborating with Ordinary People author Judith Guest and award-winning director Rudi Schwab on a screen adaptation of Guest’s novel, Errands. Mulei’s libretto for the sacred oratorio Pilate’s Daughter, devised for New England Conservatory composer Felicia Sandler, will premiere during Lent of 2021 in Boston at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, where he is Artist-in-Residence. His large-cast play, The Fall of Theodore Roosevelt, concerns the final six months of Theodore Roosevelt’s life: a psychological and spiritual confrontation with the often-violent traumas this darkly complex man spent a lifetime trying to outrun. Mulei and his long-time stage directing partner Maureen Hahner are developing this play in close collaboration with actor Mitch Tebo (Oklahoma!, Circle in the Square).

Alexi Sargeant is Managing Director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Life at Princeton. He has worked in writing, editing, and theatre. You can find his freelance writing about God, superheroes, Shakespeare, and other topics at the intersection of religion and popular culture at venues like First ThingsThe New AtlantisThe American Interest, and Catholic Arts Today—and collected on his website, alexisargeant.com.
Alexi has been tinkering with game design since childhood, and now has several role-playing games in development with his game design brand Cloven Pine Games. Follow his progress on games like Autumn Triduum, the RPG of nuns vs. evil, on Twitter at @ClovenPineGames and on the Cloven Pine Games itch.io page!
In the realm of theater, Alexi is frequently a director, often an actor, and a playwright when he gets the opportunity. He enjoys telling stories that deal with big philosophical questions set in worlds slightly askew from our own.

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