Background + Training
Gina Stevensen grew up in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and moved to New York City in 2007 to study at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she received her BFA in Drama with a minor in Applied Theater. She completed her primary training at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and went on to study at the Experimental Theater Wing where she focused on acting and creating original work. She studied abroad at the International Theater Workshop: Amsterdam as well as in Bangalore, India with Theater Mitu's South India Artist Intensive. She is currently an MFA candidate in Playwriting at Columbia University under the guidance of Lynn Nottage, David Henry Hwang, and Chuck Mee.
As a writer and performer, Gina's work has been presented at such NYC venues as Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Alchemical Theatre Lab, Columbia University, NYU, The Point in the Bronx, Looking Glass Theatre, Dixon Place, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, the 45th Street Theatre, HERE Arts Center, Urban Stages, and Arlene's Grocery.
Book of Esther received a workshop production in Binghamton, NY in August 2016, was a semi-finalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Award, won third place in the international Jewish Playwriting Contest, and received a workshop production at the Alchemical Theatre Lab in December of 2017 with Joust Theatre Company in NYC. Within the confines of an Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, a new generation of women is pushing the boundaries. Esther grew up in a loving and religious family, but she is seventeen now and can feel a larger world outside her own. Will her questioning take her too far to come home?
Cruel Sister received a workshop production at Columbia University. Dawn and Shelby are twins struggling with popularity and body image. They long to connect with their lonely father, but lately he is only interested in communicating through his food. When a mysterious new teacher comes into their lives, introducing them to a folktale about jealous sisters ending in bloody violence, reality and myth start to blur. Cruel Sister has advanced as a semifinalist for the 2018 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
The Time Crawlers Save the World was the grand prize winner at Manhattan Repertory Theatre's LONG One Act Competition, and received a space grant for performance at Looking Glass Theatre.
Countdown was originally workshopped at Tribeca Performing Arts Center through the Writers in Performance Workshop, and then produced at Open Hydrant Theater Company in March, 2014.
Gina participated in the 36-Hour Play Festival Celebrating Women Artists at Urban Stages in March of 2015, where she wrote the short play, Troll Doll's Big Day.
She is a core member of The Hess Collective, a former member of Open Hydrant Theater Company and a former literary committee member at the off-Broadway house Urban Stages. She was a finalist to be an MFA Mentor for Horizon Theatre's 2017 Young Playwrights Festival.
Plays + Performance
*Instructor in screenwriting, playwriting, and solo performance for adults at The Writers Rock (Spring 2017-present)
*Writing coordinator for Tribeca Performing Arts Center's Writers in Performance Workshop(2015-present)
*Teaching Assistant in undergraduate drama classes at NYU Tisch (Fall 2017), Teaching Assistant in undergraduate acting at Barnard College (Spring 2017)
*Creative writing instructor at Writopia Lab, an afterschool creative writing program for elementary, middle, and high-school students (Fall 2016-present)
*Teaching artist in partnership with Carnegie Hall's Somewhere Project, a citywide exploration of West Side Story for community arts organizations (Winter 2015)
*Creator of the Indian Arts Workshop, an educational outreach program presented through the off-Broadway theater Urban Stages, which she performs at libraries throughout New York City (2015-present)
*Artistic director of Cirque d'Ete at Park Slope Day Camp - a summer circus and performing arts camp for elementary school students (2011-2017)