Bastard Playground



adj (prenominal)

1. Resembling a known kind or species but not truly such: a bastard cedar


1. Informal, often humorous or affectionate a person: lucky bastard

2. A hybrid, especially an accidental one

3. Any creative person who wants to try something new



A monthly gathering of artists in all genres and disciplines with an interest in creating new work.  It’s a place to share ideas, pages, sketches, drafts, music, dances, clips, and thoughts in a warm (and weird) room full of delightful people, where you can receive as much or as little feedback as you’d like. It’s a safe space where you can leave your artistic comfort zone, or stay in it if that’s what you need.



Dramatic scenes, sculptures, one-act plays, dances, a single act from a play, songs, poems, stories, a sex-rodeo, a clown show, a map of a movement piece, a film, photography, visual artwork, a jumping-off point, a prompt, an outline for a project, a fleshed-out concept, a bunch of research, a new idea for what to do in rehearsal tomorrow, a survey, a manifesto, a violin, that thing you wrote on a napkin. It’s not about showing work, it’s about showing up.

Sign up below to share, or just RSVP to attend and listen, read, give feedback, or just hang out in a room full of creative people. The Playground is open.



Artists (and creative people who don’t identify as artists) working in any medium. Writers, directors, actors, dancers, designers, choreographers, painters, sculptors, hyphenates and people who reject labels. The group is an ever-changing and amorphous mix of organizing Bastards, core members, regular attendees, and people who can drop by when they can. 


EllaRose Chary 

EllaRose Chary is a New York based Bastard who writes things (mostly plays and musicals), does dramaturgy and new play development, and performs on occasion. #bastardmade projects include Burn The Past (with Erato A. Kremmyda and John Emmett O’Brien), The Lake and the Mill, Endless Summer. Recent credits: Marrying Me (KLPAC, penangpac – Malaysia), Sidney D. Crosier: An Unfinished Portrait (Commissioned by Hayswood Theater), Left to our own Devices (Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival Finalist), The Daguerreotype (Prospect Theater Company), and Monica's Mixing Bowl (www.monicasmixingbowl.com). She was named a 2013 Fellowship Finalist by the New York Foundation for the Arts, is the R and D Group Coordinator at The Civilians, and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. www.ellarosechary.com 

Maggie-Kate Coleman

Maggie-Kate Coleman is a Brooklyn-based playwright, librettist and lyricist.  Recent work includes Story of an Hour (Lyrics – Irondale); Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret (Lyrics -Superhero Clubhouse/Marfa Dialogues NYC); From a Childhood (Book & Lyrics - Montclair/NYC), all written in collaboration with Erato A. Kremmyda. Her musical POP! (Book & Lyrics – Yale Rep/Studio Theatre/City Theatre Pittsburgh,etc - music by Anna K. Jacobs) garnered 3 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards and 7 Helen Hayes nominations.  She is a member of the 2013/2014 Civilians R&D Group where she is developing Marie in Tomorrowland with fellow Bastards Erato A. Kremmyda and Sam Pinkleton.  She is also writing lots of plays plays plays!


Erato A. Kremmyda

Erato A. Kremmyda is a New York based composer working across genres and countries. Theatre (selected): Wedding (Irondale, NYC), The Dot (Bios, Athens), We Are Theatre (Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC), Let me ascertain you: Holy Matrimony (Joe's Pub, Civilians Cabaret), Wagon Wheel (Loewe Foundation Development Award, NYC), Field Trip: A Climate Cabaret (SCH/ Marfa Dialogues NYC), Kassia (K.E.T., Athens), Vanya (Columbia Stages, NYC), From a Childhood (Montclair, NYC). Film (recent): Terra Tradita (Italy), 500 kilometers to summer (China), Three Candles (NYC, Olympia Dukakis). Erato is a Fulbright fellow and the supervising composer/ sound designer for the "World Wide Lab, A Directors Feast '13". A member of the 2013/14 Civilians’ RandD Group, the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP, she is currently developing new work with Bastards Maggie-Kate Coleman and Sam Pinkleton (Marie in Tomorrowland) and with Bastards Ellarose Chary and John Emmett O'Brien (Burn the PastWWW.ERATOAKREMMYDA.COM.


Chantal Pavageaux

Chantal Pavageaux is a writer, director, and performance artist who creates immersive performance parties and interactive theatrical events. Her work has been seen in theaters and galleries in NYC, Minneapolis, Chicago, Dallas, and abroad. As a collaborator she has worked with Mabou Mines, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Witness Relocation, the TEAM, and Target Margin Theater among others. She studied at NYU and is an alum of the Drama League Directing Fellowship. 






Sam Pinkleton

Sam Pinkleton is a New York City-based choreographer, director, etc. Recent choreography credits include:  Machinal  (Broadway/Roundabout),  Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 (Kazino), Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play (Playwrights Horizons), Marie Antoinette (Soho Rep), Buyer and Cellar (Barrow Street/Rattlestick), Spring Awakening (Olney Theater Center), and The Material World (Dixon Place). Sam is co-director of The Dance Cartel's long-running ONTHEFLOOR at the Ace Hotel and is a member of Witness Relocation and The Civilians R&D Group. He teaches Bustin' Moves at NYU/PHTS. Upcoming projects include the new musical Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons) and the stage adaptation of Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief (Theatreworks USA). www.sampinkleton.com 

Jay Stull

Jay Stull is a Brooklyn-based playwright, director, and dramaturg.  He is the Literary Manager of The Amoralists Theatre Company, curates the AmoraLAB and AmoralFEST, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Literary Wing at the Lark Play Development Center.  His work has been developed or produced by Joe's Pub at The Public Theater with The Civilians, The Culture Project, the Lark, the GYM at Judson, and Ugly Rhino. Recent New York directing credits include Mark Robert’s Rantoul or Die at The Cherry Lane (The Amoralists), Fever! Three Plays by Tennessee Williams (Girl In Red Productions), Michael Rabe's The Future Is Not What It Was (Kindling), and Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth (11B).     



Bastard Playground held their first ever #bastardmade open house event on Sunday March 2nd in the Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comley Studio Lab at the Drama League Theater Center. 

BASTARD CARNIVAL was a theatrical party celebration of BPG's second birthday smashed up with Mardi Gras and other Carnival season celebrations from around the world. At this all-day party on the Playground, artists and audiences came together in a festival of "#bastardmade" scenes, songs, snacks, games and all kinds of accidents. 

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Sign up below to share, or just RSVP to attend and listen, read, give feedback, or just hang out in a room full of creative people. The Playground is open.