This year, Youngblood—Ensemble Studio Theatre’s (EST) Obie Award-winning under 30-playwright collective—enters its 20th season. Or 19th depending on whom you ask. “The first year,” 1994, according to RJ Tolan, co-artistic director at Youngblood, “it was actors, directors and playwrights. Truthfully it’s been 19 years as a playwriting group,” he says.
The program began as a lab designed to engage younger non-EST members in company life. Two decades later, now an official part of EST, Youngblood participants are pumping new blood into the theater scene and receiving recognition for their work.
In April, Youngblood scribe Eric Dufault earned himself a John Gassner Award in addition to a PONY fellowship for his play “Year of the Rooster.” YB’s alumni front brought an Off-Broadway run of Rob Askins’ dark comedy “Hand to God,” as well as a Pulitzer Prize win for Annie Baker and her play “The Flick.” But EST’s success is far from new. First wave YB playwrights including Christopher Shinn, Lucy Thurber, and Ann Marie Healy, gave the group early credibility.
For Graeme Gillis, an alumnus himself, who began running the group with
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