People Who Make Theater: The Lark – A Play Development Center

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A Conversation with Andrea Hiebler of The Lark

Moderated by Ed Napier

Monday, May 2 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
$10 suggested donation | $5 HB students/staff

The Lark is an international theater laboratory, based in New York City, dedicated to empowering playwrights by providing transformative support within a global community.  Founded in 1994, The Lark provides writers with funding, space, collaborators, audiences, professional connections, and the freedom to design their own processes of exploration. The guiding principal of The Lark’s work is the belief that playwrights are society’s truth tellers, and their work strengthens our collective capacity to understand our world and imagine its future.

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Andrea Hiebler is currently the Director of Scouting and Submissions at the Lark. Andrea first joined the Lark as an intern back in the summer of 2006. A New York native, she graduated from The College of Wooster in Ohio with a B.A. in Theatre and English. Her internships at St. Ann’s Warehouse and The Araca Group led directly to the Lark, where she served as Literary Associate for Playwrights’ Week before becoming a full-time member of the artistic team in 2009. Andrea now manages multiple submission and fellowship selection processes, program goal setting and assessments as well as writer scouting and tracking. She also serves as a facilitator for a variety of Lark programs and writers’ groups. Andrea has participated as a script reader for Sundance and The Ruby Prize and hosted a series of affinity sessions on Dramaturgy/New Play Development at the national TCG conference. Away from the theatre, you can find her listening to classic rock or rooting for her favorite New York sports teams at a local bar.

Ed Napier (Moderator): Originally from Kenova, West Virginia. Ed’s first play, JUNIOR PROM, was directed by the late Herbert Berghof, at the HB Playwrights’ Foundation in New York. Other productions include, THE ENGLISH TEACHERS, directed by Robert Lupone at MCC and ‘TIL THE RAPTURE COMES, directed by Pamela Berlin, at the WPA. He’s had his work performed at other NY theatres like EST, Theatre Nada, the Westbank Cafe’, the Blue Heron, The Amateur Comedy Club, Trocadero, and the Workhouse Theatre where he was playwright-in-residence as well as others. He was on the writing staff of “Criminal Minds” for two seasons and sold a pilot to NBC. In LA, his work has been performed at Antaeus, Rogue Machine, and Skylight. His artistic affiliations have included, the Playwrights’ Coalition at MCC, the Playwrights’ Unit at HB Studio, a Core Artist at the Lark Theatre, a member of the Playwrights and Directors Unit at the Actors’ Studio, and a member of the Half Moon Theatre Company in Dutchess County, NY, where he founded the literary department and served as its literary manager; he’s also an Artistic Affiliate at the Antaeus Theatre Company in LA where he started the Playwrights Lab and served as its moderator. His work has been published by Dramatist Play Service, Smith and Kraus, and Applause Theatre Books. He received a Berrilla Kerr Award for Playwriting, was a Columbia Senior Writing Fellow, a Juilliard Playwright Fellow, and a Playwriting Fellow at the Lark. He was an artist teacher in the New York City Public Schools, taught in the Columbia University High School Program, H.B. Studio, and was an adjunct professor of creative writing at NYU. Ed is also a tenor and studied at Juilliard with Vincent La Selva, Corradina Capporello, and Donna Gill – and also privately with Russell Christopher(Met), Jane Olian(MSM), and Lynn Owen(CU). He has sung in choirs since childhood and presently sings with the choir at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills. Professionally, he has performed at Steinway Hall in NY in an ArtsAhimsa Concert, and has appeared several times at the Bohemian National Hall through the Dvorak National Heritage Association – also in NY. As a young man, he studied acting for a number of years with Herbert Berghof, Sandy Dennis, Carol Rosenfeld, and Yevgeny Lanskoy. Ed lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife, Alexandra, and amazing daughter, Delilah. He is a graduate of Columbia University (GS, ’95) and was the recipient of the Writing Program Award (the Literature/ Writing departmental prize) for his graduating class. He is represented by Peregrine Whittelsey.




  • Time:
    May 2, 2016
    7:30 pm – 9:00 pm ET