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Huntington Theatre names playwriting fellows

John J King, whose English language adaptation of “Der Vampyr” was staged by OperaHub, has been named one of the four Huntington Theatre Playwriting fellows for 2014 to 2016. Marie Stein La Roque

Nina Louise Morrison of Newburyport tells us that being a Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow means getting to be connected to all the right people — specifically Lisa Timmel, Huntington’s director of new work, and Charles Haugland, who works with artistic programs and dramaturgy at the company. “The access to their expertise . . . it’s unparalleled,” she said on Thursday. Morrison, who teaches playwriting at the University of New Hampshire; John J King, of OperaHub’s recent production of “Der Vampyr’’; Sam Marks, who teaches playwriting at Harvard; and “You for Me for You” writer Mia Chung have been named Huntington Playwriting Fellows for 2014 to 2016. The group will participate in workshops, see productions, and have access to Huntington resources. Morrison added, excitedly, that sometimes the Huntington stages productions by former fellows. “The alumni from the program are some of my heroes and idols,” she said, adding that the last play she saw was “Smart People” by Lydia R. Diamond, who was a Huntington fellow from 2005 to 2007.

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