Cut Edge actors prepare to read a new play

Cut Edge playwrights prepare to hear a new play

Past NYC Playwrights have included:

Tom Block, Founder, 2020-present

Kevin Kautzman, Co-Founder, 2020, 2021

Zizi Azah 2020, 2021

James Bosley, 2022

Lauren D’Errico, 2023

Sarah Feingold, 2023

Brynn Hambley 2021, 2022

David Hanson, 2023, 2024

Libby Heily 2021, 2022

Sophia Heinecke 2020, 2021

Paul Hufker, 2023

William Hugel 2020

Nathaniel Johnson, 2023

Nick Jonczak 2021, 2022

Ben Jones, 2023

Lisa Kimball, 2023

Al Lefcowitz, 2023

Matthew Macca 2020

Grayson May 2021

Monte Monteleagre 2020 – 2024

Gregg Nanni 2022

Serena Norr 2021, 2022

Judah Skoff 2020 – 2022

Elise Wein, 2023

Brett Wolfe 2022

John Zoitos 2021

Who We Are and What We Do

Founded by playwrights Tom Block and Kevin Kautzman in New York City in 2020, Cut Edge opens a space for non-traditional theater — theater which departs from and challenges historical conventions and contemporary aesthetics in some manner.

We are a yearly collective of experimental theatre writers in New York City, chosen from a growing number of interested writers looking for a home to work on and present their non-traditional work. Our writers create work that pushes at the boundaries of normative theater in some way.

We meet twice monthly: once in person to workshop freshly-minted plays, and once via Zoom for a salon on subjects pertaining to experimental writing for performance. Subject matter for salons has included the fungibility of time; what is “cutting edge” in an era which seems to offer no creative boundaries; mysticism in the theater; novel gender roles onstage; non-linear narrative structure; building theater without any narrative at all and many other issues of concern to the non-traditional playwright.


Welcome to our 2024 Playwriting Cohort

Alex Beige

Zee Bendici

Meny Beriro

Tom Block

Chelyn Cousar

David Hanson

Larah Helayne

Leif Larson

Patrick McEvoy

Monte Monteleagre

Dakota Silvey

Donna Sisco

From Our Writers

Quick question – is this the best group ever? 🙂 Thanks, again, for yesterday’s reading. Actors, you are all fantastic and brought so much life and humor to my words. And everyone, you gave me so many notes and ideas to consider. My producer friend [producer of Sweeney Todd on Broadway] wrote me the nicest email. She’s going to make some introductions. Eee :)”

– Sarah Feingold

“Being a part of a group interested in stretching the fabric of theater to the near breaking point has helped me grow as an artist as well as introduce me to new theories and approaches to playwriting.”

– Libby Heily

“Our cohort of writers leaves me continually inspired to think critically about the many containers available to tell stories. The work we do at Cut/Edge brings together artists with wildly different goals and lived experiences, but always brings me back to the joys and practicalities of experimental performance work.”

– Sophia Valera Heinecke

“I thank you for your hard work. I woke this morning thinking that’s one of the best cold readings I have ever had for any of my plays. A key reason for my satisfaction was that, after you settled into the language, I forgot that it was my play and I just traveled with it.”

– Al Lefcowitz