Birds of North America wins BETC's Generations Contest

In Spring 2017, BETC will welcome parent playwright Anna Moench to Boulder, to work in residency on her new script Birds of North America.  In this delicately balanced play, a father and daughter grapple with loss over the span of a decade as they go birding in their backyard, at times leaning on one another to survive, at other times wounding one another even more. Their intimate relationship serves as a microcosm for larger changes in our ecosystem.

Birds of North America was selected as the winning work from 86 Generations competition submissions. BETC makes an ongoing commitment to new theatrical work, from world premieres to playwright residencies. Our new play development program, Generations, features the work of parent playwrights with children under 18. The name comes from BETC's goals for the program: to welcome all generations into the theater to see new plays, and to empower playwrights to generate new work.
For more info, click here.

Anna is Young and Hungry

Anna is one of Hollywood's top 100 new writers!

Every year, a new Young & Hungry List is compiled from across the industry, proudly showcasing those writers most eager to stake their claim. Voted on by Hollywood’s most influential players, each list distinguishes a fresh slate of up-and-coming creatives preparing to take the next step in their careers. Whether it be a newcomer making their first big splash, a sophomore writer coming into their prime, or an established veteran returning to their roots, they all share one thing: the unrelenting drive to make their mark.

Click here to see the 2016 Young and Hungry List.

Cohesion Theatre Company Playwrights Fellowship

Anna was named one of three inaugural Playwriting Fellows at Baltimore's Cohesion Theatre Company, a collaboration that began with their production of THE PILLOW BOOK in 2015.

Read more about Cohesion here.

Read the Baltimore Sun's review of THE PILLOW BOOK here.

Three Kingdoms

THREE KINGDOMS was awarded 3rd place in East West Players' 2042: See Change Competition!

Read more about the contest and the winning plays here.

Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award

HUNGER was named the winner of the 2016 Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award at the Kennedy Center!

HUNGER at BRIC Arts Media House

Anna has been in residence at BRIC Arts Media House working with director Josh Hecht and puppetry director Stefano Brancato to explore the puppetry element in her play Hunger. There will be work in progress showings of the puppetry as well as readings of the play on Friday 3/21 and Saturday 3/22. On Friday, the post-show artist/audience dialogue will be led by Tony and Obie award winning playwright, screenwriter and librettist David Henry Hwang (M. Butterfly, Chinglish, Kung Fu).  On Saturday, the post-show artist/audience dialogue will be led by Rachel Cooper, Director of Global Performing Arts and Special Cultural Initiatives at the Asia Society.

For more info and tickets:
Showing on Friday, 3/21, 7:30
Showing on Saturday, 3/22, 7:30

647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Contact Information
Tel: 718.683.5600

2/3/4/5 to Nevins St | B/Q/R to DeKalb St | G to Fulton St

About the play:

Hunger is set in a rural village and a regional capital in modern China and deals with a family's struggle to make sense of their son's suicide, which he committed after a shocking crime. The couple is split over the question of whether to perform a minghun, a traditional ceremony in which two corpses are buried in a combined wedding/funeral ceremony to send the soul into the afterlife with a partner. It is about the collision of modern secular China with "superstition," and more broadly about empathy and forgiveness in the most trying of circumstances.

About the residency:
Newly relaunched, BRIClab is a commissioning and residency development program for both emerging and established local artists to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater and multi-disciplinary performance. Artists receive stipends and an exclusive 7 to 10-day intensive residency in the multi-purpose Artist Studio with development time, artistic mentoring, and work-in-progress showings followed by an artist/audience conversation series moderated by leaders from the cultural community.

Photo: Anna Moench

Keen Teens presents A Polar Bear in New Jersey

Keen Company presents the 2013 Keen Teens Festival of New Work!  New plays commissioned from Jonathan Caren, Madeline George, and Anna Moench will be performed by NYC area high school students at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row, May 3-5.

May 3 @ 8pm
May 4 @ 4pm & 8pm
May 5 @ 2pm & 5pm

at the Lion Theatre on Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street (btw 9th and 10th)

More info here!

Got a minute?

Baltimore's One Minute Play Festival

Feb 9–10 at 8PM
EMP, 307 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD


Freedom House

by Anna Moench | Directed by David Chapman | Set Design by Mar Urrestarazu | Costume Design by Glenna Ryer | Lighting Design by Cecilia Durbin | Stage Manager Lisa McGinn

Tickets will be available on November 15th here!

All performances at Atlas Theatre

Thurs 29th Nov | 8pm
Fri 30th Nov | 8pm
Sat 1 Dec | 2pm
Sat 1 Dec | 8pm
Sun 2 Dec | 7pm
Mon 3rd Dec | 8pm

HUNGER reading at the Lark's Playwrights' Week

Hunger will be presented as a staged reading at the Lark Play Development Center as a part of Playwrights' Week 2012!

Directed by Robert Ross Parker
Puppetry by Stefano Brancato
Cast TBA

September 28, 7pm
Tickets are free, reservations are here.


In Quietness will be produced at Indiana University of Pennsylvania in the Lively Arts season, directed by Rick Kemp.

More info and tickets are here.

November 1, 2, and 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
November 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
November 7, 8, 9, and 10, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.

Waller Hall Mainstage, IUP Performing Arts Center

Tickets: $14 Regular / $12 Discount / $8 I-Card

Biking across the country

It's not exactly playwriting-related news, but in case you're wondering where I've been all summer, you can follow my cross-country bike journey here:

Anna awarded the Jerome Fellowship!

I'll be spending the upcoming year in Minneapolis, writing and loving life thanks to the Jerome Foundation and the Playwrights' Center!  By the time I'm finished, I'll have perfected a Minnesotan accent.  For more info on the Fellowship and the other awesome Jerome Fellows, click here.

Works By Women interview

Works By Women interviewed Anna about her work and opportunities for women artists in American theater.  Check it out here.

Van Lier Fellowship

Anna was recently awarded the Van Lier Fellowship at the Lark Play Development Center.  For the press release, click here.

Backwards At The Speed Of Light

Anna's play for young actors, Backwards At The Speed Of Light, originally commissioned and produced by Haggard Middle School in Plano, TX, is being published by Playscripts.

New website!

Big thanks to David Moench for his great work!