Aetna New Voices Fellowship

Aetna New Voices Fellowship

Hartford Stage announces playwright Mfoniso Udofia as 2018 Aetna New Voices Fellow

Mfoniso UdofiaA first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, Mfoniso Udofia is the author of The Ufot Cycle, an ambitious nine-play saga examining the history of Nigerian immigration in America through the eyes of one family. Two plays in the cycle, Sojourners and Her Portmanteau, ran in repertory at the New York Theater Workshop last year. The New York Times called them “extraordinary” and “stunningly acted.”

Udofia is the recipient of the 2017 Helen Merrill Playwright Award and the 2017-2018 McKnight National Residency and Commission at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Her Portmanteau received an Edgerton New Play Award in 2016; it will be produced this spring by Pasadena’s Boston Court Performing Arts Center. Three of Udofia’s plays were included on the 2017 Honorable Mentions List by The Kilroys, an annual industry survey of important new works by female and trans authors of color.

Udofia’s plays have been developed, presented and produced by the New York Theater Workshop, The Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, National New Play Network’s New Play Showcase, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, The New Black Fest, American Slavery Project, and Liberation Theatre Company.

About the Aetna New Voices Fellowship

The Aetna New Voices Fellowship provides an artistic home for important playwrights of diversity and color to develop work and become involved in the ongoing life of Greater Hartford. The residency includes the commissioning of a new play with developmental readings and workshops, working with Hartford Stage Education through Write On – an annual young playwright competition, and advancing community engagement.

Marking its 13th year as the sole funder of the New Voices Fellowship, Aetna builds healthier communities by promoting volunteerism, forming partnerships, and funding initiatives to improve the quality of life for its employees, members, customers and neighbors.