Project Development Grant

Michael Leibenluft – Untitled Yi Project

Michael Leibenluft is a Brooklyn-based, Obie Award winning director of new plays. Michael's directing credits include I’ll Never Love Again (a chamber piece) by Clare Barron at the Bushwick Starr (Obie Award for Direction, 2016; NYT and Time Out Critics’ Picks), Salesman之死 and the One More Way Files at the 14th Street Y, How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel with Drum Tower West Theater in Beijing, Lost Tribe by Alex Borinsky as part of Target Margin’s Yiddish Theater Lab, The Subtle Body by Megan Campisi at 59E59 Theaters and the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, and other projects with LMCC, The Flea, the Lark Play Development Center, The Civilians, EST, and NYU/Tisch. Michael has assistant directed at Signature Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Atlantic Theatre, P73, and American Theater Company. He is an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, as well as a former Fulbright Fellow, SDCF Kurt Weill Fellow, and Drama League Fall Directing Fellow. Michael graduated from Yale as a double major in Theater Studies and East Asian Studies and completed his Masters in Performance Studies at the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Michael is the founder of Gung Ho Projects, an performance and educational exchange platform dedicated to increasing understanding between the U.S. and China. See www.leibenluft.com and www.gunghoprojects.com for more.


Molly Beach Murphy – Galveston

Molly Beach Murphy is a playwright and director from Galveston, Texas. Plays include: Cowboy Bob (2018 Polyphone Festival; 2017 Yale Institute of Music Theater; Ars Nova Project Residency) Molly Murphy & Neil deGrasse Tyson On Our Last Day On Earth (Ars Nova's ANTFest, NYMF, Incubator Arts Project,), Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and GALVESTON (2017 Drama League First Stage Residency),  Directing credits include: What It's Like When Two Geeks Love Each Other (by Jaclyn Backhaus, Williamstown), Big Bend in the Red Dirt Desert (Williamtown). Molly often collaborates with director Annie Tippe and composer Jeanna Phillips. They are currently working on their next piece together Untitled Credit Project. Page 73 Interstate 73 Writer’s Group member, Civilians’ R&D Group member, New York Theatre Workshop Adelphi Resident, New Georges Affiliated Artist. Semi-finalist for the 2017 Page 73 Playwrighting Fellowship. Published works in The Hairpin & Santa Ana River Review.


GALVESTON is an investigation of natural disasters, the entertainment value of tragedy, FEMA, and the indomitable will of communities to survive. Spanning a hundred years on a sinking sandbar in the gulf coast of Texas, this surreal piece looks at both the apathetic wrath of hurricane destruction and the quotidian puzzles of how to begin again after your life is torn apart in a day. On a falling island- what is worth saving and who is responsible to save it?


Annie Tippe – Untitled Credit Show

Annie Tippe is a director and creator of new work. Directing includes Dave Malloy's Ghost Quartet (The Bushwick Starr, etc); Anne Washburn's When the Tanks Break (Drama League); Washeteria (Soho Rep); Aaron/Marie (w. Rachel Chavkin, Incoming! @ Under the Radar); Far Away (Harvard University); Cowboy Bob (Yale Institute for Music Theatre Summer Lab; Ars Nova); I Heard Sex Noises (Ars Nova) and Blue Plate Special (ANT Fest). Creator/Director of web series BASIC WITCH. Performance includes Folk Wandering (also as co-composer) and I’m Miserable but Change Scares Me (New Saloon). Ars Nova's 2016 Director-in-Residence, Drama League Fall Directing Fellow, WTF Directing Corps, New Georges Audrey Resident. www.annietippe.com.

UNTITLED CREDIT SHOW is a music-theatre investigation of the intersection of Americana, credit cards and pay-to-play religiosity. It’s the money boom of Reagan's America, and credit card debt looms at the end of a decent cul-de-sac. A group of women meet weekly to support each other's purchases from a new home shopping TV network. Everyone has a credit card. Some have three. In six part harmony, the women pay tribute to cubic zirconia tennis bracelets; live music bursts forth from the QVC show set. This new music-theater fantasia examines America's volatile relationship to money and our addictive love affair with live television.

Principal collaborators: Jeanna Phillips and Molly Beach Murphy