Emerging Artists Virtual Salon

with the presentation of the
2020-2021 Paula Vogel
Playwriting Award
to John J. Caswell, Jr.
Hosted online via Zoom

Featuring appearances by:

  • Paula Vogel
  • Vineyard Theatre Student Ensemble member Jorge Alcantara
  • 2011 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award Recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkin
  • 2019 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award Recipient Charly Evon Simpson, who will lead a Q&A with Mr. Caswell

Space is extremely limited for this intimate online event. Your $500 ticket purchase includes a special gift package and admission for your full household (as many people as you can fit on the screen!). Click here to purchase tickets.

Sponsorships are available starting at $5,000, and include:

  • Admission for ten
  • Recognition at the event and on all promotional materials
  • VIP party kits
  • An exclusive play-reading book club experience with Vineyard Theatre’s Artistic Directors.

Click here to become a sponsor.

Click here to view the event program.

The Emerging Artists Virtual Salon is a celebration of Vineyard Theatre’s ongoing artistic development and education programs, which give artists support and resources to develop new plays and musicals, and offer free arts learning opportunities to local public high school students.

For more information, call Director of Development, Trent Anderson at (646) 931-4727 or email tanderson@vineyardtheatre.org.

John J. Caswell, Jr. is a queer, Mexican-American playwright originally from Phoenix and a current fellow in Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program. He is the winner of the 2020 Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, a 2019 Relentless Award Finalist, a 2018 MacDowell Fellow, a 2018 SPACE on Ryder Farm Creative Resident, a current member of Play Group at Ars Nova, and the 2017 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow.
His work is cited frequently as an example of queer-themed theatre, most recently referenced in articles appearing in Theatre Topics, The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, and the European Journal of Comparative American Studies. Included as a consummate demonstration of auto-ethnographic theatre, his play SHOTS: A Love Story was published as part of Johnny Saldaña’s book Ethnotheatre: Research From Page to Stage published by Left Coast Press. He earned his MFA from Hunter College. www.johnjcaswelljr.com

The Emerging Artists Virtual Salon is a project of the Vineyard Council, an active group of Vineyard friends and advocates: George Alexander, Sergia Cruz, Robert Lazo, Craig Manzino, Kate Mulgrew, Erin Reilly, Kate Robards, David Thompson, and Sophie von Haselberg.

All proceeds will benefit The Vineyard’s artistic and education programming in the 2020-2021 Season. The Paula Vogel Playwriting Award is generously underwritten by the Tournesol Project.