Meet the staff behind Company One’s Field Work Convenings
Ilana M. Brownstein (she/her)
Director of New Work
Ilana is the Director of New Work at C1, and a parent-artist specializing in new plays, social justice, and public advocacy. She is the Founding Dramaturg at Playwrights’ Commons. Previously, she created the Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Festival at The Huntington; led the dramatic literature and dramaturgy curriculum at Boston University for 10 years; and has served as a freelance dramaturg for new play festivals, including The O’Neill, New Harmony, and the Kennedy Center among others. Dramaturgy with C1 includes works by Kirsten Greenidge, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Young Jean Lee, Aditi Kapil, Natsu Onoda Power, Lauren Yee, Mia Chung, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Josh Wilder, Kristoffer Diaz, A. Rey Pamatmat, Qui Nguyen, and Idris Goodwin. She is the senior dramaturg for the C1 PlayLab program, which has provided script and professional development to 40+ playwrights over 8 seasons. She is a member of the 2019 NAS Creative Community Fellows Cohort, artEquity’s 2017 anti-racism facilitator cohort, and holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from Yale. Ilana has been a Kilroys nominator, served on the National Advisory Board for HowlRound, and is a two-time winner of the LMDA Elliott Hayes Award for excellence in dramaturgy.
Jessie Baxter (she/her)
Business Manager and Creative Producer
Jessie is a Boston-based dramaturg specializing in new work and nerdery of all kinds. Her Company One production credits include HYPE MAN; REVOLT, SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN.; DRY LAND; THE CHRONICLES OF KALKI; BRAHMAN/I; THE FLICK; and THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY. She is also the Literary Director and Co-Founder of Fresh Ink Theatre, a small company specializing in developing new work by New England-based playwrights. Jessie has had fellowships at The Playwrights Center and The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and earned a BA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College. She is the Northeast regional VP of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America.
Kirsten Greenidge (she/her)
Mellon Fellow/Howlround Playwright in Residence
Kirsten Greenidge’s work presents African American experiences on stage by examining the nexus of race, class, and gender. Kirsten (she/her/hers) is currently a Mellon Fellow/Howlround Artist in Residence at Company One Theatre in Boston Massachusetts, where she helps run Company One’s playwriting program, PlayLab. She is the author of BALTIMORE, a commission from the Big Ten Consortium at the University of Iowa, which toured to the National Black Theatre Conference; BUD NOT BUDDY, an adaptation of the children’s novel by Christopher Paul Curtis, with music by Terence Blanchard, which will be produced this winter at Metro Stage Company in St. Louis; THE LUCK OF THE IRISH (Huntington Theatre Company; LTC3); and MILK LIKE SUGAR (La Jolla Playhouse; Women’s Theatre Project; Playwright’s Horizons), which was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award and received an Independent Reviewers of New England Award, and San Diego Critics Award, and an OBIE Award. She is a 2016 winner of the Roe Green Award for new plays from Cleveland Playhouse for LITTLE ROW BOAT; OR, CONJECTURE, a play about Sally Hemings, James Hemings, and Thomas Jefferson, commissioned by Yale Rep. Her play AS FAR AS A CENTURY’S REACH toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August, after being part of the Royal Exchange’s B!RTH Project. She is a proud author of AUDACITY, part of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s EVERY 28 HOUR PLAYS, and she’s enjoyed development experiences at Family Residency at the Space at Ryder Farm, the Huntington’s Summer Play Festival, Cleveland Playhouse (as the 2016 Roe Green New Play Award recipient), The Goodman, Denver Center Theatre’s New Play Summit, Sundance, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Sundance at Ucross, and the O’Neill. Kirsten is currently working on commissions from Company One, La Jolla Playhouse, OSF’s American Revolutions Project, The Goodman, and Playwrights Horizons. She is an alum of New Dramatists, and has proudly graced the Kilroys list of New Plays by women and women identified Playwrights several years running. Her play FAMILIAR, a winner of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival New Play Award, was presented by Harvard’s A.R.T. Institute this winter. She is an alum of Wesleyan University, and the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa. She oversees the Playwriting Program at the School of Theatre at Boston University.
Jessica Scout Malone (she/her)
Jess is a dramaturg at Company One and a Boston-based fight choreographer. Whether working with playwrights, actors, or creative teams, her focus is always on building confidence and fostering joy. Her work can be seen with companies like Anthem Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Brown/Trinity Rep, Sparkhaven Theatre, and New Repertory Theatre. She is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD) and currently training with Intimacy Directors and Coordinators (IDC). Jess holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University.
Elena Morris (she/her)
Elena is a Boston-based dramaturg, actor, and director passionate about all things new work. She currently serves as the Patron Services Manager for ArtsBoston and previously as the Artistic Associate at New Repertory Theatre. Elena holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University, focusing her studies on dramatic literature and movement. As a theatre educator, she has worked with students at Central Square Theatre, the Boston University Summer Theatre Institute, and The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.
Alison Yueming Qu (she/they)
Originally from China, Alison is a Creative Producer, Director, and a Dramaturg. Graduated from Emerson College with a BFA in Theatre (Directing and Dramaturgy), Alison currently serves as the Associate Producer of Pao Chinatown Project at Company One. She was the inaugural Cutler Creative Producing & Engagement Fellow at ArtsEmerson, and the Co-Founder of CHUANG Stage—a Boston-based theater collective dedicated to cultivating AAPI narratives. Her current and recent projects include Ghostlight Theater Festival, an online theater festival uniting Mandarin theater troupes from 18 college/universities across the US; PRC-USA Artists Connectivity Series (Ping Pong Arts/KMP Artists), immersive audio performance Imaginarium (US Producer, Out of the Blue Theatre), Earthquake by Tatyana Emery (Director, Reground Theater Collective), and Waiting for Kim Lee by Vivian Liu-Somers (Director, Asian American Theatre Artists of Boston). Their dramaturgy work for 10 Out of 12 by Anne Washburn (Emerson Stage) received the 2020 LMDA/KCACTF Region 1 Student Dramaturgy Award. She is a proud teaching artist and alumna of the National Theater Institute, and an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Jadira Figueroa (she/her)
Jadira is the Education Associate at Company One. She has worked as a freelance actor and stage manager in the Boston area for the last eight years, in both Spanish- and English-speaking productions. Her unique experiences gained from creating art in both cultures is what fuels Jadira’s curiosity to continue pursuing her passion for the arts. Her most recent stage management credits include Marriage, Mentiras and Mantras (Escena Latina Teatro), The Dreamers (Yo Soy LOLA), and Vietgone (Company One Theatre, ASM).