Meet The CoLab 3.0 playwrights. All plays were written with the theme "Opening Up" in mind.

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Sahar Babi


Fuck Covid  Roommates

Sahar Babi is excited that her two short plays were chosen to be in Hunter College’s Fall production. Ms. Babi is a Theatre major in her senior year. Although she’s written several other plays, this will be the first time her plays are premiering onstage.

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Padraig Bond



Padraig Bond is a playwright, director, actor and producer from upstate New York. He is a junior and a Muse Scholar at Hunter College, where he majors in Theatre and Political Science, and plays for the fencing team. He is a founding member of Velvet Glove Theater, and currently works as an intern at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He will be directing for the Hunter Theatre Company in the Spring.

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Luis Feliciano


Three (but it could be more...)

 Luis Feliciano (he/him) is a Teaching Artist that pedagogically focuses on Math Education, and artistically focuses on Acting, Writing, and Directing -- in no particular order! Luis is currently on a soul search to discover the power of his voice to make change in the world. His most recent undertaking on this journey is directing The Sex Myth: A Devised Play, an ensemble piece dedicated to deconstructing the ways we think about sex. Luis would like to give a special thanks to the Hunter Theatre Department for allowing him to express himself in all of these different forms! Previous credits include: This Sinking Island (Ensemble/Edy), What Happened to Peter's Peter? (Peter), and Eurydice (Director).

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Phillip Christian Smith


No More Drama

Phillip Christian Smith is a 2021 O’Neill (NPC) Finalist for his drag ball adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest titled: A Handbag is Not a Proper Mutha, 2020-21 Playwrights Realm Fellow, Lambda Literary Fellow, Winter Playwrights Retreat, Blue Ink Playwriting Award Semi-Finalist, Finalist for The Dramatists Guild Fellowship and New Dramatists, Finalist and Semi-finalist PlayPenn, Two time Semi-finalist for The O’Neill (NPC), and runner- up in The Theatre of Risk Modern Tragedy writing competition for his play The Chechens, which also won Theatre Conspiracy’s playwriting award, and recently had its third production at Alliance for the Arts. He has been a semi-finalist for Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries (ASC), finalist for Trustus, former Playwright in Residence Exquisite Corpse and founding member of The Playwriting Collective. 2021 Playwright in Residence: Quicksilver Theatre’s Playwrights of Color Summit. Co-Literary Director of Exquisite Corpse Company. His work has been supported by The Fire This Time Festival, Bennington College, Tulane University, Primary Stages (Cherry Lane) ESPA, Fresh Ground Pepper, the 53rd Street New York Public Library, and Forge. He writes about black people, gay people, black gay people, and the issues which persistently follow them. MFA Yale School of Drama, BFA University of New Mexico. MFA Hunter ’23.

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Diana Ly



Diana Ly is a Vietnamese-American screenwriter and playwright based in New York. She grew up as an expat in the Philippines before studying Computer Science at Stanford and subsequently working at Google and the YouTube Space LA. She's currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Hunter College. Diana writes stories about dysfunctional families, immigrants, nerds, and women who defy stereotypes. She’s excited to be working with this fantastic female cast and director to explore the legacies of these titan male figures, and looking forward to the first in-person live performance of her work. Thanks to everyone on the CoLab 3.0 team for making this happen!

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Monika Orzelowski


Maybe in A Dream

Monika Orzelowski is a creative artist and theatre maker, interested in recognizing art in the everyday and exploring how the world embraces aesthetic responses. Monika hopes to create theatre that makes people think. Extraordinary gratitude to all who have been there along the way.

Zoe Wilson


Two Truths and A Lie

Zoe Wilson (Two Truths and A Lie) is an actress, singer, songwriter, filmmaker, and playwright. Select Off Broadway Credits include: Three Days to See @ NYTW (Transport Group), Play Like A Winner @ Peter J Sharp (2017 winner NYMF Outstanding Individual Performance Award), The Pill @LaMaMa, The Opera is Always on the Table @The New Ohio Theatre, Peter Pan in Concert @ The Signature Theater (Transport Group), EcoVillage @ Theatre At St Clements, and Tina Satter’s Away Uniform @ NYTW (Artistic Instigator Residency Project). Select TV and Film Credits include: White Effie in Orange is the New Black, My Dinner With Schwartzey (2019 Indie Film Award and 2019 East Hampton Film Festival award for Best Actress), The Shallow End, Little Boy, Moshulu Parkway, and the upcoming feature film EcoVillage. She is represented by Lauren Singer Talent, PH Entertainment Group & Innovative Artists.

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Georgina Woo



Georgina is a first-year student at Hunter College, pursuing her BA in Theatre and Computer Science. She has worked professionally as a stage manager, lighting designer, and production technician. POD is her first play and SAM is her first puppet child. Georgina is a trained pianist and harpist and dances Argentine tango occasionally. She also plays a lot of Fallout.

Special thanks to Jennifer Leno and Stephen Foglia for their unwavering support, patience, and for being wonderful human beings!

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Chad Kaydo


Staff Meal

Chad Kaydo was born in Ashtabula, Ohio, and lives in New York City. His plays in development include Retreat, or “A Curious Token” (2021 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semifinalist); Untitled Dead Friend Comedy; and A Boy, a Bubble (a parable). He has developed work at HB Studio, the New Group Playwriting Workshop, and the Primary Stages Einhorn School of Performing Arts. In his work as a journalist and content creator, he has edited the articles in the Bergdorf Goodman catalog, written about culture for the LGBTQ magazine FourTwoNine, and was the founding editor in chief of the event industry magazine BizBash. He earned a B.A. in English and a B.S. in Journalism at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and is now a playwriting M.F.A. candidate at Hunter College.

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