NQT's Artistic Collective reads and evaluates new play submissions, shares input on artistic programming, and supports NQT's year-round New Play Development and Mainstage programming.
Al Parker (they/she) is a creative producer, dramaturg, and stage manager based in New York City. As Artistic Associate of The Parsnip Ship, they produce audio theatre works, dramaturg new plays in development and facilitate the in-house Radio Roots Writers’ Group. They were a member of the 2020-21 Ars Nova Emerging Leaders Group as the Fundraising & Event Producing Fellow. Recently, they have worked with Playwrights Horizons, MCC, the Civilians, Signature Theatre Company, Colt Coeur, and ArKtype Productions. Originally from South Dakota, they completed their studies in Dramatic Literature and Creative Writing at New York University. When they’re not buzzing around a theater, Al enjoys working as a freelance editor and reading everything from gothic fiction to queer theory to fandom discourse.
Amy (they/them) is a Brooklyn based Arts Educator, Performer and Body Advocate. They are a company member of Honest Accomplice Theatre where they have developed and performed in numerous productions including ReconFIGURED, The Trans Literacy Project, Engineers Not Found, A Chip on her Shoulder and Unmuted. They are also a member of the Monday's collective— a pop up cabaret performing on stages around NYC (Club Cumming, Joe's Pub, Tavern on the Green, House of YES). Their Solo cabaret, Big Kitty in the Big City which explores navigating the theatre industry as a person of size premiered at the Tank as part of their Tankaret series. As a disabled dancer they create movement pieces with The Olimpas Collective (Judson Church, The Tenement Museum, Suffolk Street Garden). As an educator they teach creative expression, theatre and run workshop on reclaiming our bodies with the Girl Scouts of America. B.A. Sociology and Performance Studies.
Patricia Achiro Olwoch
Patricia (she/her) is a writer who hails from Gulu, Northern Uganda. She was born in and grew up in exile as a result of the Idi Amin murderous era that displaced her parents. She has written four books so far and is presently in the process of completing her late father’s manuscripts that he left behind after his death in 1994. Several of short stories have been published in a couple of anthologies around the world. One of her short stories got a special mention by the Common Wealth short story prize. Achiro has also worked as a radio script writer and film and television script writer. She has worked as staff writer and sub-editor for the Ugandan lifestyle magazine ‘African Woman’ magazine. She was also the editorial director for a lifestyle magazine that she started in Malawi in 2012 called ‘The African Dzuwa’ meaning The African Sun. She has mentored emerging writers on writing in the performing arts during annual residential workshops by the Kampala International Theatre Festival for the past two years. More about Achiro and her works can be found on her website: www.achiropolwoch.com
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.