The Barbara Walton Playwrights' Arena

The Barbara Walton Playwrights’ Arena is a year-long program which supports playwrights and theatre makers to investigate their artistic process and advance their dramaturgical practice. Facilitated by dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke, this year’s cohort features six advanced students and recent alumni playwrights from Georgetown and Howard Universities.

Cohort Eight

Darreonna Davis

Caitlin Frazier

Nick Giotis

Colum Goebelbecker

Nirlash Karki

Trevonae Williams

Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program

Housed in the Davis Performing Arts Center, the Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program features a nationally recognized faculty of leading scholar/artists and professional practitioners, with a dynamic interdisciplinary major that emphasizes the interaction of artistic and analytic inquiry. The Program’s distinctive curriculum integrates the political and international character of Georgetown, a commitment to social justice, and high-quality, cutting-edge production seasons, including world premieres. In 2012, Backstage selected the Program as one of the top five college theater programs outside of New York. The Theater & Performance Studies Program provides unique focus on adapting, devising and developing new work, interdisciplinary research-to-performance projects such as senior theses, cross-cultural performance studies, and innovative approaches to design and multi-media, as well as playwriting, directing, dramaturgy, ensemble, and solo performance. The Program invests in a distinctive array of professional partnerships, and collaborations including the Laboratory of Global Performance and Politics, an initiative with the School of Foreign Service. 

Howard University Program

Howard University, a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research intensive and historically Black private university, provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Moreover, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching, research and service, committed to the development of distinguished, historically aware, and compassionate graduates and to the discovery of solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world. With an abiding interest in both domestic and international affairs, the University is committed to continuing to produce leaders for America and the global community. Excellence, leadership, service, and truth are our core values. Howard’s aim is to forward the development of scholars and professionals who drive change and engage in scholarship that provides solutions to contemporary global problems, particularly ones impacting the African Diaspora.

Barbara Walton Playwrights' Arena Alumni

Arena Stage is thankful to the family of Mrs. Barbara R. Walton (1920-2003), a DC-based playwright who also served on our Board from 1957 to 1965, for their support of our efforts to foster emerging playwrights and new work.