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Teens Write Television Comedy "Staged" Zoom Readings

Directed by Miriam Grill

On April 1st from 7-8:30p EST

We had a staged zoom reading of scenes written by the students in Teens Write Television Comedy. Directed by Miriam Grill, featuring professional actors.

After 10 weeks of preparation in Sarah Congress's "Teens Write Television Comedy" course at TKP, these teens are excited to present scenes from their original pilots.


Order of events:


"The Pirate Set Up" by Zoe Larsen

"The Regular" by Ulysses P. Brown, II

"Velmo & Louise" by Arden Wolfe
Q & A to follow


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Arden Wolfe

15, Professional Performing Arts School.

This is my first time writing! I have two guinea pigs named Gumball and Darwin.

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Zoe Larsen

15, Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

Zoe attends the Science and Technology program at their high school, however would prefer never to go into a Science career. They like comedies such as Schitt's Creek, Brooklyn 99, and their favorite show is Miracle Workers.

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Ulysses P. Brown II

14, Cherry Hills Christian School.
Born and raised in Colorado. I play the guitar, basketball, and piano.
I love to dance and I enjoy music, tv shows and movies of various genres.

Coach & Director

Coach: Sarah Congress

writes scripts for theatre and television. Most recently, her full-length play The Angel Manual was selected to be a part of the Summer 2021 HB Playwright's Reading Series (NYC) and her ten-minute play Fresh Kills is a Finalist for the Downtown Urban Arts Festival (NYC). She is currently workshopping her play The Virtual Sleepover with the University of Miami BFA Acting class.

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Director: Miriam Grill

is a director-producer in NYC. She teaches at universities, dramaturgs at Julliard, and produces international social justice collaborations in Asia and Africa. In 2020, she directed Pass Over, winning four Kennedy Center American College Theatre Awards. She has produced at Sundance, consulted for Cirque du Soleil's Dragone Entertainment in Macau, and project managed on set designs for Broadway’s Annie, Motown, and Sonya Vanya Masha Spike. She holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.


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Justin Michael Cooke

is an actor, teaching artist, and arts administrator whose work focuses on building collaborative, ensemble-based performances in today’s theater. Justin holds an MFA in Acting from Columbia University and a BA in Musical Theater Performance and Arts Administration from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. He is a founding member of the ensemble-based production company Squeaky Wheelz Productions and has performed Off Broadway, regionally, internationally and on television.

Cristina (Cha) Ramos

is a performer, fight choreographer, intimacy designer, dramaturg, instructor, and sometimes playwright. Performance-wise, she’s a regular with the Vixens En Garde traveling fight troupe, and on the Queen’s English web series on YouTube. More info about all her work is available at

Isaiah Dodo-Williams

is in his third year in Columbia’s MFA’s acting program. He’s excited to join this project.

Alex Hellquist

is a multi-ethnic mutt who delights in being a chameleon. A self-avowed weirdo, with a seriously nerdy streak, Alexandra loves developing new work, and helping artists find their superpowers. Favorite theatre roles include Pen in bled for the household truth (Rogue Machine), Desdemona/Bianca in Othello (Griot), and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (Greenway Court). Favorite film roles include Sophie in Sole Proprietor (Insurgent Pictures). Find her at and @theahellquist!

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