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Right: Nick Moore and Renee Rogoff in Cow Pie Bingo by 2017-18 AlterLab Alum Larissa FastHorse (Sicangu Lakota). Photo by David Allen.


Dillon Chitto (he/him) is an Indigenous playwright of Mississippi Choctaw, and Isleta and Laguna Pueblo descent. Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico he grew up learning the importance of art, culture, and traditions. In his playwriting, he explores these ideas through the lens of comedy. He is presently based in Chicago  and is a company member of BoHo Theatre where he serves as literary manager. Learn More.

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linda maria girón (they/them, elle) is a queer Guatemalan-american playwright, actor, musician & visual artist based in Bay Area / Ohlone Land. Learn More.

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lily gonzales (they/them) is a writer from San Antonio, based in New York City. Their work has been supported by The John F. Kennedy Center, Colt Coeur, Echo Theater Company (LA), AlterTheater Ensemble, Latinx Playwrights Circle, San Diego REP, Stages, Repertorio Español, and Teatro Vivo. Learn More.


Tere Martínez is a Puerto Rican playwright and educator who lives in New York City. For the past twenty years, Tere has been an adjunct professor at Hostos Community College (CUNY) in the South Bronx. Her experience teaching a variety of writing and remedial courses led her to develop innovative drama-in-education techniques. Learn More.

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Beth Piatote  is a scholar of Native American/Indigenous literature and law; a creative writer of fiction, poetry, plays, and essays; and an Indigenous language revitalization activist/healer, specializing in Nez Perce language and literature. Learn More

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Josie Seid is an all-around storyteller who is active in several aspects of theater making; working as an actor/singer, director, playwright and teacher/coach of character development for acting and playwriting. She is a proud member of the LineStorm Playwrights collective as well as the ART Playwrights group, Squabble and Throb. Learn more.


Like our artists, our plays include works by the best playwrights of today--including Pulitzer Prize winners Arthur Miller, Lynn Nottage, Nilo Cruz--and the best emerging playwrights.

AlterLab supports playwrights at every stage of the development process. Each cohort of writers is diverse—from early career writers to award-winning established writers; from ages 23 to 93; writers from all backgrounds—and each cohort of writers chooses how to work together, supporting each other in creating adventurous, honest work. 

In each AlterLab cohort, AlterTheater commissions one playwright to write a new play  for and with our community. Commissioned playwrights work closely with our ensemble to create a story that tackles issues in our community, and that can shine in our unique storefront performance spaces.

An AlterTheater dream since our inception has been playwrights creating new work for our ensemble of artists. It took us four years: in 2008 we commissioned our first playwright, award-winning San Francisco poet/playwright Brian Thorstenson.

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