This year's winning plays are 18 by Darius M. Buckley, Nub City, USA! by Nicholas Hulstine, The Velociraptor’s Very Good Day by Sarah “Sair” Kaufman and Shane Dittmar, Dugout Daisies by Julissa Mishay Norment, DRAWBRIDGE by Mallory Jane Weiss, and Freestyle Hand Entry by Elise Wien.

Sarah "Sair" Kaufman (a white, purple-haired person wearing black pants and an EPIC Players shirt) and Shane Dittmar (a white, blonde person wearing a rainbow headband and a dark shirt) are rehearsing at a piano. Shane is playing the piano, and Sair is singing something and smiling.

If success is measured in creative fulfillment, it has arrived for Mx. Kaufman, who, along with Shane Dittmar... started a nonbinary writing team called They & Them, as well as a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired fantasy musical podcast, “The Reality Shaper.”

White writing on a grey background that reads "The Johnny Mercer Foundation Songwriters Project"

The 18th annual project welcomes an international cohort of rising stars in songwriting.

A picture of Sair Kaufman - a pink-haired, light-skinned person with dark eyes - singing into a microphone. They are wearing a purple shirt under a black blazer and looking at something to the left with intensity.

EPIC Players' mainstage production of Into the Woods, is a show filled with fairy tales, enchantments, imagination, fanciful beings and valuable moral lessons. It's also EPIC's most inclusive production to date, featuring artists from the Neurodiverse, Deaf, Disabled, Blind and Trans/LGBTQ+ community on- and off-stage.

The promo image for Sound Bites X, with the date of the festival - Monday, May 8th - in the top banner, and "Celebrating 10 years of 10-minute musicals" in the bottom banner with "Sound Bites X" in colorful pink, orange, yellow, and purple in the center.

The festival will take place on May 8th at 7pm at Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

A collage of headshots of writers who are participating in the Prospect Theatre Lab.

Prospect Theater Company has announced the writers selected for the 2022 edition of its annual Musical Theater Lab: Caption This.

A collage of headshots for the 2022 Write Out Loud finalists, with a blue decorative background and "Congratulations to the 2022 Write Out Loud Contest Finalists!" written at the bottom.

The Write Out Loud Team - Taylor Louderman (Tony Nominee, Mean Girls), Benjamin Rauhala (Disney Princess - The Concert), Hannah Kloepfer (Pitch In), Sarah Glugatch, Josh Collopy- has announce the finalists of the FOURTH ANNUAL Write Out Loud Contest.

A picture of Sair - a light-skinned, dark-eyed, red-haired person - wearing a white button-down over a black tank top and dusted with rainbow powder. They are smiling at the camera.

It was the first day of rehearsal for EPIC Player’s New York City production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and we were about to stage the opening number. Aubrie Therrien, our director, was trying to figure out who would hand a prop to Carly Hayes, our Rona-Lisa Peretti. 

The stage is set for a talented cast of artists who are proving that diversity goes beyond what you can see, especially when it comes to developmental disabilities. Jean Song reports on how EPIC Players in Brooklyn, New York, is empowering neurodiverse communities.

A picture of Shane, a light-skinned, blonde-haired, hazel-eyed person, in a grey shirt and tie, holding a conductor's baton and listening intently to something out of frame.

Shane Dittmar, who is legally blind, clearly sees the meaning of life. The music educator, composer and singer paused during a recent rehearsal of Reprise Choir’s upcoming concert series to sum it all up, and connect it with [their] many pursuits, from classroom to concert stage.