Featured playwrights include:
How to Talk to the Dead by: Anastasiia Kosodii is from Zaporizhia and Kyiv. She is a Ukrainian playwright and director, and a co-founder of the Theater of Playwrights in Kyiv. She was a co-founder of the New Drama Theater in Zaporizhzhya. Before the full-scale Russian invasion of 2022, Anastasiia often worked with NGOs in Eastern Ukraine in towns on the front line of the ongoing war (2014-2022) between Ukraine and Russia. Her international work has most often been connected with the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, and the Münchner Kammerspiele Theater.
Call Them by Their Names by: Tetiana Kytsenko – playwright, screenwriter. Specializes in social and psychological drama. A winner of the “Week Of Contemporary Plays” (Kyiv, 2011, 2012, 2013). Llaureate of the festival Drama.UA (Lviv, 2012). Winner of the contest “Coronation Of The Word” (Kyiv, 2015). Participant of the festival SPECIFIC (Brno, 2014) and the “Wilder Osten. Ereignis Ukraine” project (Magdeburg, 2016). Winner of the Grand Prix of the Free Theater competition (London-Minsk, 2016). Curator of the “To The Document!” “Drama Of Freedom” (2013), “At Gunpoint. Modern Drama” (2014), and “Vitally Important” (2019) projects.
Personnel Carrier* by: Oksana Grytsenko is a Ukrainian playwright and screenwriter. She wrote her first play, “Saniok,” in 2019 as a result of drama courses by Maksym Kurochkin and Anastasiia Kosodii at Kyiv’s Post Play Theater. This play was shortlisted at the Topical Play Week in 2019 and had a staged reading at Lesia Ukrainka Drama Theater in Lviv. Her second play, “Don Juan from Zhashkiv,” was shortlisted at Topical Play Week in 2020. Based on this play, Grytsenko created a screenplay for a feature movie with the same name. The film was produced by Kristi Films and received funding from Ukraine’s State Film Agency. The release of the film was scheduled for December 2022. Grytsenko is a co-founder of Kyiv’s Theater of Playwrights. Before starting her artistic career, Grytsenko had worked as a journalist for about 20 years, covering the Russian invasion of Georgia, Ukraine’s EuroMaidan Revolution, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and Russia’s war against Ukraine. She has worked for Ukrainian and foreign publications, including the Kyiv Post, AFP, the Guardian, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Marie Claire, Ukraine Verstehen, Huck Magazine, Nikkei and the Wall Street Journal.
Temporarily Displaced Persons by: Kateryna Penkova was born in Donetsk. She graduated as a Conversational Actor from the Kyiv State Academy of Popular and Circus Arts. Her plays have been shortlisted at DramaUa, Contemporary Play Week, and the Lyubimovka festival in Moscow. She was awarded First Prize at the Coronation of the Word competition. She was one of the winners of the drama competition of the Ukrainian Institute in the framework of Transmission.UA: Drama on the Move. Germany (2020). Productions of her works include: I Don’t Remember the Name, Chernihiv Youth Theater; and A Family History, co-authored with Lena Lyagushonkova, at the Afanasyev State Academic Puppet Theater in Kharkiv.
Robinson* by: Vitaly Chensky* – Playwright, screenwriter, novelist. Born in Mariupol in 1975. Educated at Azov Technical University. He worked at the Azovstal metallurgical plant for 7 years. In 2005 he completed Personal Growth Training and started the path to success. He moved to Kyiv, worked as a journalist, and began to write incorruptible works. His prose and plays were published in the journals “Union of Writers,” “Modern Drama,” Sociologie et sociétés, and others. He participated in the international projects Ukrainian Festival 2016 (Theater Magdeburg), and Eine Brücke aus Papier 2018 (“Paper Bridge”). Performances based on his plays “Vitalik” and “Aeneid XXI” were winners of the All-Ukrainian Theater Festival-Award “GRA / GRA”. One of the co-founders of the Theater of Playwrights in Kyiv.