The 2021 Cold Read Festival promises six exciting virtual events that feature new work hot from the imaginations of some of the freshest voices writing for theatre today.
A full Festival pass is $15 and gives you access to all pre-recorded readings and daily live Zoom discussions with Festival artists.
Playwright-In-Residence (Pictured left, above)
Kate Hamill is an actor/playwright. Wall Street Journal Playwright of the Year, 2017. She’s very pleased to be back at Syracuse Stage, where she recently did Talley’s Folly (Sally Talley), Noises Off (Poppy Norton-Taylor), and Pride & Prejudice (Lydia / Lady Catherine/playwright). Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, PlayMaker’s, Folger, OSF, Trinity Rep, Pittsburgh Public, Dorset Theatre Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Dallas Theater Center, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, A.C.T, and more. Kate is a multiple award winner and has been one of the most produced playwrights nationwide for 3 seasons running (2017-2020).
Solo Artist-In-Residence (Pictured center, above)
Chesney Snow is a Drama Desk winner and three time artist-in-residence at Harvard University. Most recently he wrote and appeared in Soil Beneath: An Empirical Decay for Primary Stages Off Broadway and Two River Theater’s production of Oo Bla Dee written by Regina Taylor and directed by Ruben Santiago Hudson. A pioneering figure in American beatbox culture, he originated the role of Boxman at Primary Stages and on Broadway in In Transit at Circle In The Square. Chesney headlined Carnegie Hall twice with Distinguished Concerts International. He was a 2020 guest artist at Princeton University. He served as a performer and teaching artist for the United States Department of State in 2018 and 2020.
Featured Local Playwright (Pictured right, above)
Evan Starling-Davis is a literary artist, playwright, and curator upholding a conscious responsibility to create content which speaks truth to his experiences as a coming-of-age, Afro-queer, Black poet. Currently, Evan is a doctoral student of literacy education at Syracuse University where he was previously recognized as the inaugural Writing Our Lives Fellow via the Department of Reading and Language Arts, devising and facilitating literary art programming for underrepresented voices within communities of the Rust Belt region. He’s a 2018 INKTANK Fellow via Rising Circle Theater Collective, a 2018 recipient of the CNYArts individual artist commission, a 2018 Light Work honorable mention, a Van Lier New Voices finalist via The Lark Theater, and a 2019 Saint-Paul de Vence James Baldwin Writer-in-Residence recipient.