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NQT's Collective reads and evaluates new play submissions, shares input on artistic programming, and supports NQT's year-round New Play Development and Mainstage programming.

Begum Inal

Begüm "Begsy" Inal (they/she) is a gender non-conforming theater artist born and raised in Turkey. Begsy graduated from Columbia University’s Dramaturgy MFA and has been bringing their multi-disciplinary, multi-media work and Turkish delight into many sides of performance such as stage, props, styling, writing and dramaturging. Begsy is an Artistic Associate at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, and is working on mediums centered around marginalized voices and stories. They have been the dramaturg for National Queer Theater’s 4th & 5th Annual Criminal Queerness Festival at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and is currently working as the dramaturg for the 6th Annual CQF as well. Begsy is developing a secret "Magic Coffee Shop".

Cooper Howell

Cooper Howell (they/them/theirs) Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Cooper has been a professional actor, director, and playwright for the past 15 years. They served as artistic director and co-founder of three Utah theater companies: Utah Rep Theater, Radical Hospitality Theater, and the M!X - each designed to give the intermountain west a new approach at art, a deeper understanding of other cultures, and provide alternative forms of entertainment to a very homogenous area of the country. Cooper’s New York acting credits include 6 off-broadway productions including portraying Lin-Manuel Miranda playing Hamilton in Forbidden Broadways “Spamilton: An American Parody,” Sunny aka the Smiling Face with Sunglasses in “Emojiland the Musical”, and Antinous in “Penelope: A new musical” at York Theater company. They currently serve as the Associate Director of the ballroom reimagining revival of CATS: The Jellicle Ball at the Perelman Center for the arts. @thecooperhowell

Dan Daly

Dan Daly (any pronouns) is a scenic designer, visual artist, and educator specializing in site-specific and immersive work. Dan creates installation works that invite the viewer to face the design failures of classic theatrical forms and how they can be considered socially and environmentally unjust. Dan works on new and creative ways to approach these environmental injustices moving beyond “reduce, reuse, recycle” and towards progressive new forms of theater. By using unassuming materials and narrative layouts Dan creates spaces and productions which blur the lines between performance, sculpture, shelter, and memory. Dan’s scenic design work has been seen previously with National Queer Theater at the 2021 and 2023 Criminal Queerness Festivals. It has also been seen Off-Broadway with the immersive play “Tammany Hall” at SoHo Playhouse, at the Under the Radar Festival at The Public, at Brookfield Place with Third Rail Project’s site-specific work “Oasis,” and at South by Southwest with “Yours To Lose,” Third Rail Project's and Freedom Forum's exploration of first amendment rights. Additional design credits include the booth for Monét X Change at RuPaul’s DragCon, an inflatable theater for performance events at the Barn Arts Collective in Southwest Harbor, Maine, and “Arborlogues: A Botanical Recital Performed for One Tree”, a play created for one specific tree in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Dmitri Barcomi

Socials: mxbarcomi.com | @dmxbarcomi | @museumofdrag

Dmitri Barcomi (he/him) is a theater creator & director from New York City. His artistic interests include working with unusual source materials, integrating technology and live performance, and honoring queer icons. Dmitri’s work has been seen throughout New York at Target Margin, Ars Nova, HERE Arts, La MaMa, BRIC, and other hubs of experimental new work, as well as internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe and the Teatr Słowackiego in Kraków. Dmitri is co-founder of award winning international artist collective §175, proud drag child in the Haus of Nogood, and artistic director of the newly opened Museum of Drag! BA: The New School, MFA Directing Candidate: Columbia University.






Fatima A. Maan

Fatima A. Maan (playwright, educator, producer, dramaturg) was born and raised in Lahore, Pakistan and currently lives in Brooklyn. She received her MFA at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre and undergraduate degree in Theater and Economics at NYU Abu Dhabi. She is currently a Development Associate at the New York Theater Workshop and Adjunct Instructor at the Queensborough Community College. Fatima is deeply drawn to character-driven narratives that explore the paradoxical nature of human existence and connection. She is most determined to depict relationships that are at once frustrating, empowering, and above all real. Inspired by the power of theater to unravel what we know most intimately, Fatima’s plays center the complex sociopolitical nuances that characterize lived experience in South Asia. Her plays have been performed in Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Faisalabad, and Multan in Pakistan as well as Abu Dhabi, London, Boston, New York City, and more.

Rula A. Muñoz

Rula A. Muñoz (they/she) is a multi-hyphenate theater artist who works as a director, dramaturg, producer, and writer. They believe there is no single way to be a storyteller. Rula holds a BFA in Contemporary Theatre from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She is also an Advanced Directing alumna from the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and a PEN America DREAMing Out Loud Playwriting alum. Additionally, she was a 2021-2022 SpeakEasy Stage Artistic Fellow and recently served as the Literary Manager / Resident Dramaturg of the Latiné Musical Theatre Lab.

Selected national and international theater credits include UNPACKING (Director / MCC Youth Company), MASK4MASK (Director / TOSOS), PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS (Dramaturg / SpeakEasy), BLKS (Dramaturg / SpeakEasy), CONSTELLATIONS (Associate Producer / La Teatreria). She currently is directing Repertorio's Music Theatre Developing Series for Repertorio Español, and she is the Line Producer for the world premiere of Michelle J. "Micha" Rodríguez's PRESENCIA, presented by The Bushwick Starr in partnership with ¡Oye! Group, the Sol Project, and support from Musical Theatre Factory at the Connelly Theater. Follow her journey at @rulaamunoz or rulaamunoz.com

Sarah Shin

Sarah (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based Korean American director/performer/producer. Recent directing credits include Final Contact (Central Square Theater), girl power sex positive joy ride (SheNYC Summer Theatre Festival), A Very Herrera Holiday (New Repertory Theater), The First Pineapple and Other Folktales (Central Square Theater), The Miseducation of Drea and Lon (Company One Theatre), ZAPI Artists' This is the Hour: Under Our Own Pen, Nothing Rhymes with Juneteenth (Free Soil Arts Collective), and Amputees (Boston University). Assistant Credits include Diana Oh's My H8 Letter 2 the Gr8 American Theatre (Assistant Director, Public Theater, Ma-Yi Theatre/AYE DEFY), Endlings (Assistant Director, NYTW), Moby Dick (Choreography Assistant, ART), and an outdoor production of Twelfth Night (Assoc. Director, Catskill Mountain Shakespeare). She is the Co-Founding Artistic Producer of Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston (AATAB). Sarah is also a proud Board Member of StageSource, Advisory Board Member of Boston Playwrights' Theatre, 2020-2021 Asian American Arts Alliance Virtual Residency Cohort Member, and a Steering Committee Member of API Arts Network.

Tyler Isaiah Bey

Tyler Bey is an actor and writer from the Fordham Theatre class of 2024. Originally from Atlanta, he is a Black and queer actor, poet and producer-in-training working to break boundaries and expand imaginations. He is a recent graduate of the LINK program, the Shakespeare & Co. Intensive, and the Hangar Theatre Acting Fellowship.

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