Claire Koenig, Playwright of DYKER BYKES
Molly Houlahan, Director of DYKER BYKES
James Milord*, Creator/Performer in The Fatherhood Project
Brandon G. Green*, Creator/Director of The Fatherhood Project
JāQuan Malik Jones, Creator/Performer in The Fatherhood Project
Regine Vital, Creator/Dramaturg in The Fatherhood Project
The Pipeline Project exists to directly invest in local performing artists and provide solid pathways to production at the professional level. The Pipeline Project does not confine itself to any traditional methods of commission or residency, though it is an artist residency program. The nature and structure of each residency will be different, catering to the needs of the artists involved.
New Rep is excited to introduce our first-ever Pipeline Project Residents. We are delighted to have Claire Koenig developing her full-length play, DYKER BYKES, directed by Molly Houlahan, and to have a commission for James Milord*, Brandon G. Green*, JāQuan Malik Jones and Regine Vital, currently titled, The Fatherhood Project (title tbd). James, Brandon, and JāQuan are exploring the intersection of what it means to be a Black man and a father in our past, present, and future.
DYKER BYKES by Claire Koenig, Directed by Molly Houlahan
A new kid gets swept up in the annual road trip of a disreputable lesbian biker crew. DYKER BYKES is a queer fantasy about freedom, inheritance, and butch-ass dyke culture. [Age advisory 16+]
The Fatherhood Project by James Milord*, Brandon G. Green*, JāQuan Malik Jones and Regine Vital, Directed by Brandon G. Green*
Inspired by autobiographical solo works created by James and JāQuan, New Rep is commissioning these artists to be in conversation with one another, exploring the intersection of being Black men in America and what it means to be a father.
Claire (she/her) is an actor, writer, and teaching artist based in Providence RI. She is entering the final year of her MFA at Brown / Trinity Rep. DYKER BYKES is her first full length play.
JāQuan Malik Jones, born and raised in the city of Chesapeake in South Norfolk, Virginia, is an artist who is deeply committed to the black urban diaspora rooted from his coastal southeastern culture. Whether on stage, in front of the camera, or behind the camera, JāQuan is all about sharing stories that are profoundly rooted from his personal lived experiences. He is sincerely committed to passing it forward and assisting people through his artistry, no matter how small or large his contribution may be. JāQuan is an actor, writer, and creator in Brown University Trinity Repertory M.F.A. Programs in Acting and Directing who is presently pursuing his M.F.A. in Acting. JāQuan is also the writer, producer, and co-creator of BILLIARDS, his hallmark body of work. JāQuan is ecstatic to begin this journey with the New Rep and tell another story from the soul.
REGINE VITAL (she/her/hers) is a theatre artist, administrator, educator, scholar, and storyteller from Somerville, MA. As an actor, director, dramaturg, and coach, she has worked with several Boston area theatre companies, including The Huntington, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, ArtsEmerson, Company One, Central Square Theatre, Boston University School of Theatre, Moonbox Productions, HUB Theatre Company, Fresh Ink Theatre, and Flat Earth Theatre. She teaches performance studies, composition, literature, and public speaking at the college level; text and performance to high schoolers; and has taught continuing adult education classes in literature. She is a board member of Playable Theatre and TC2 Theatre Company; she is also a frequent collaborator with Green Door Labs on the interactive theatre-game production, Club Drosselmeyer. Currently, she is the Manager of Curriculum and Instruction in The Huntington’s Education department and a part-time instructor at Boston area universities. Regine holds degrees from Boston University, UMass Boston, and studied Shakespeare at King’s College, London and Shakespeare’s Globe. When she isn’t telling stories on stage or talking too much about Shakespeare, Regine loves a good book, a good show, a good dance, and a great chat with great friends. Merde, folks! 😉
Grace Keefe (she/her) is a freelance stage manager, writer, and teacher from Lowell, MA. She recently graduated with a BA in English and American Studies from Brown University. Regional credits include: Brown/Trinity Rep MFA Writing is Live Festival (2020-2022), Seacoast Repertory Theatre (2020).
Kelly Chick (she/her) is a Boston based actor and a graduate of the BFA Acting program at Emerson College. Regional credits include Tiny Beautiful Things (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production, Gloucester Stage Company), Bright Half Life (Actors’ Shakespeare Project), The Edge of Peace (Central Square Theatre), and the world premieres of Three (Boston Public Works), Dark Room (Bridge Rep Theatre), and Parlor Tricks (Fresh Fruit Festival). Kelly is also currently understudying for Common Ground Revisited at The Huntington. @kellythechick
Margaret is delighted to return to New Rep, having previously played Hermia in “Midsummer” for their Classic Rep Company. Her acting credits include Beatrice in “Much Ado” and Rosalind in “As You Like It” (Brown Box Theatre Project), Milady (GBSC/Front Porch), and “Romeo and Juliet” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” (Huntington Theatre). Margaret has also designed violence and intimacy throughout the Greater Boston area. Select credits include “Black Super Hero Magic Mama” (Company One/ART), “Dry Land,” and “Spring Awakening” (Tufts), “Rocky Horror Show” (Boston College) “Julius Caesar” (Commonwealth Shakespeare), “Our Dear Dead Drug Lord” (Off the Grid, World Premiere) and “Shakespeare in Love,” (Cape Rep).
Sarah Oakes Muirhead* (she/her) is a Boston-based theatre artist whose diverse passions and collaborative spirit have earned her hats as an Actor, Singer, Director and Coach. Past credits include We Will Not Be Silent, Fiddler on the Roof (New Rep), Sunday in the Park With George, A Little Night Music, Tartuffe (Huntington Theatre Company), The Women Who Mapped the Stars, Arcadia (Central Square Theatre), Show Boat (Reagle Music Theatre). Sarah has a particular love for the development of new work, and is incredibly grateful to be included in this new piece centering a Queer narrative. Sarah is also an Educational Consultant and Audition Coach for My College Audition (@mycollegeaudition) where it is her great privilege to help the next generation of theatre artists pursue their dreams. She holds a BFA in Acting from Boston University and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity and Ring of Keys.
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º member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829