Season 9 Playwrights


Meet the Playwrights

10 Minute Play Festival

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Sandra A. Daley-Sharif

Sandra is pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College. Her plays Les Fréres (Eugene O’Neill semi-finalist) and Straddling the Edge were nominated for The Kilroy’s List 2017. Sandra received a SPACE on Ryder Farm Creative Residency. Her play Man in the Moon was recently developed by The Exquisite Corpse Company. Her play Los Samaritanos is being considered for development at the Arizona Theatre and being reviewed for development at Women in Arizona Theatre. 


Shelley Fort

Shelley is an actor/writer. She is currently writing a feature film with her sister, Claire, based on the marriage of their bi-racial parents, their pursuit of the American dream, and the price you pay for happiness. Select credits NY: Blossom, Burnished By Grief (La MaMa); MiMi, Harry and The Thief (Habitat) Regional: Camae, The Mountaintop (Chester Theatre); Mayme, Intimate Apparel (Trinity Rep); TV: Unicornland BFA Kenyon College, MFA Brown/Trinity Rep



Gethsemane Herron-Coward

Gethsemane Herron-Coward is a poet-playwright from Washington, D.C. She is a 2016 Finalist for the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, a VONA alumna and a 2017 Finalist for SPACE on Ryder Farm.

Her writing has been featured in Jaggery, Near Kin: A Collection of Words and Art Inspired by Octavia Estelle Butler, Atlanta Black Star, and The Washington Post. She is currently completing her MFA in Playwriting at Columbia University.

Gethsemane is a member Dramatists Guild.


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Charley Evon Simpson

Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright and performer. Her plays include Scratching the Surface,Jump, Hottentotted, While We Wait, and others. She is a member of the 2017 Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm. Charly was a Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theatre and is a former member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Youngblood, Pipeline Theatre Company’s PlayLab, and Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGround PlayGroup. BA: Brown. MSt: Oxford. MFA: Hunter


Mona r. Washington

Mona R. Washington is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and Harvard Law School. She is a proud member of Voices of Our Nations Arts (VONA). Her plays have been performed in New York, Philadelphia, Rome, and Paris. She's been awarded fellowships at The Djerassi Foundation, The Dora Maar House (Provence, France), The Ucross Foundation, and The Jack Kerouac House, amongst others. Queries regarding performance rights may be directed to

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William Watkins

I am an actor based in New York City. Some of my recent credits include: TV: Blacklist, Blindspot, Madam Secretary, Forever, Nurse Jackie and Law & Order: SVU; Stage: The Christians, Ruined, One Night in Miami and Jackie & Me. Attempted Burglary, a short film I wrote and directed, was screened at several film festivals in 2014; I hold a BFA in Acting from Webster University.  I am originally from Cincinnati.

New Works Lab

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Tyrell Bennett

Tyrell Bennett is currently a student at Hunter college working on his B.A in English, with a focus in creative writing. He graduated from Westchester Community College 2017 and while he was a student there he was published in two of the College's publications. 

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Maia Matsushita

MAIA MATSUSHITA is so happy to be back with TFTT! She is a proud member of the Inaugural Writers Group with TFTT and wrote for TFTT's Season 8 collaboration with NY Madness. Credits include: “Playwrights Call to Activism” Festival, MITF Short Play Lab, Shades Repertory Theater, The Space Between Theater Company, Midwinter Madness Short Play Festival, Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Playwright Playground. She was a recent recipient of an Emerging Writer Residency at The Wellstone Center in the Redwoods.


Shawn Nabors

Shawn Nabors is an actor, writer and musician from Brooklyn, New York. Next up he will be seen in a self-written short film, "DANCE DANCE DANCE", the premiere project from production company, Color Coded Productions. He is a 2017/2018 Writing Resident with Liberation Theatre Company. Check out his debut mixtape "GATEKEEPERS" under his middle name, Christopher Lovell. Shawn holds an MFA in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow School of the Arts Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

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T.r. riggins

T.R. (Terrence) Riggins is best known for his roles as Spider in “What's Love Got To Do With It?” and Don Navaronein the CBS soap opera “The Bold and The Beautiful.”   He has appeared in episodes of Seinfeld and Law and Order. He began his Equity career in the title role of August Wilson's“King Hedley II” under the direction ofthe late Israel Hicks for the Denver Center Theatre Company where he was an acting company member. He then went on to play Stanley and Thorvald, respectively, in the company's adaptation of “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “A Doll's House.” He has appeared as Harmond Wilks, Caesar Wilks, and Walter Lee Younger also under the direction of Mr. Hicks, whom he credits along with August Wilson with reawakening his passion for the theatre. T.R. is also a produced playwright whose play "Otis and Zora" received several Audelco Award nominations and one Audelco Award. He is eternally grateful for the opportunity to participate in The Fire This Time Festival New Works Lab. Ase'

Season 10 Programming

10 Minute Festival

The flagship of the Fire This Time Festival is 6-7 world premiere 10-minute plays written by emerging playwrights of the African Diaspora. These are the best and the brightest, the most diverse plays from a pool of national and international playwrights.


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Reading Series

Each year, the previous year's 10-minute playwrights present a full-length reading of a new work. In addition, we present Panel Discussions and curated literary and theatrical events.