Resident Artists

The Resident Artist program provides space and funding for leading American artists to create new work, explore new artistic ideas, and share their knowledge and expertise with the Arena Stage community. Arena Stage's Resident Artists have included playwrights, mixed reality specialists, and this season, our residencies will focus on short-term, project-related residences that bring artistic collaborations together to create and develop new work or share artistic expertise.

2018/19 Resident Artists

Thoughts of a Colored Man

Arena Stage and producer Brian A. Moreland have partnered on a two-week intensive workshop of playwright Keenan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man. Directed by Taye Diggs, with choreographer Jennifer Parsinen, associate director Shannon Stoeke, and music and vocals by Madison McFerrin, the piece takes a raw and honest look at the limitations, stereotypes and obstacles that the world attempts to place on men of color through their discussions of love, race, education, family, and history. 

Past Resident Artists

Ayad Akhtar

Lisa Kron

Lydia R. Diamond

Amy Freed

Katori Hall

Samuel D. Hunter

Charles Randolph-Wright

Patty Rangel

John Strand

Karen Zacarías