Tennessee Playwrights Studio

Developing Fresh Voices for the 21st Century

2019 Fellows and Associates

Christopher R.C. Bosen (Associate)


As an actor, Christopher Bosen has worked at Nashville Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Studio Tenn, Nashville Children's Theatre, SistaStyle Productions, The Theatre Bug, Blackbird Theatre, Street Theatre Company, ACT 1, 4th Story Theatre, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre and Nashville Shakespeare Festival, among others. He directed four professional premieres by local playwrights for Playhouse Nashville, as well as PATHOGENESIS for the Ingram New Works Festival. As a writer, he co-created the award-winning short BEAUX & D'ARIA. Currently an Associate Artist with Nashville Storygarden's Greenhouse, Chris is a graduate of The Groundlings L.A. Writing Lab and studied sketch writing with The Second City L.A. He is thankful for the opportunity to learn as a TPS Associate. 

Briana Cox (Fellow)


Briana Cox was born and raised in Tullahoma, TN — a town inexplicably found on state maps.  She is the oldest of seven children, a first-generation academic, and a recent graduate from Swarthmore College, where she studied cognitive science and Japanese. As a twenty-something emerging author, she doesn’t have many published pieces under her belt, but a few smatterings of prose and short fiction can be found in the Decades Review, the Swarthmore Review, and the YoungArts Writers’ Anthology. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time brushing up on Japanese to maybe one day be more literate than a Japanese middleschooler.

Preston Crowder (Associate)


Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Preston Crowder has dedicated his life to the theater arts. Starting as a young actor, he discovered a love for playwriting in high school. He pursued this passion at Oberlin College, where he graduated in 2016 with a degree in Theater with a concentration in Playwriting. Devoted to social justice and activism, Preston aims to create plays that create conversation and address issues facing people of all backgrounds. His work has been presented by University School of Nashville (FLAMES, 2016) and The Juilliard School (BREAK YOUR CHAINS, 2017). 

Lori Fischer (Fellow)


Lori Fischer received the 2008 New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting recipient and was a 2008-09 Dramatists Guild Fellow. She received her MFA from the NYU Dramatic Writing Department in 2008. Her drama PETIE has been called a "modern day classic" and was recently produced by Theatre East in NYC. Lori co-wrote and starred in her musical, THE SPARKLEY CLEAN FUNERAL SINGERS (published by Samuel French), at Capital Repertory Theatre and Cumberland County Playhouse. Lori also wrote and starred in her Off-Broadway musical, BARBARA’S BLUE KITCHEN, also published by Samuel French. In 2017, she performed in her comedy, GREENER PASTURES, at Cumberland County Playhouse. Lori is an adjunct writing professor at both New York University and Lipscomb University. Most recently, she was selected for the Dramatists Guild Foundation’s new playwriting initiative. Find out more about Lori at www.lorifischer.net.

Alicia Haymer (Fellow)


 Alicia Haymer, a Nashville native and Fisk University alum, is honored to work with Tennessee Playwrights Studio as she develops her second full-length play.  In the 20+ years that Alicia has been on stage in Nashville, she has worked with Nashville Children's Theater, Amun Ra Theater, SistaStyle Productions, Tennessee Women’s Theater Project, Destiny Theater Experience and Nashville Repertory Theater, among other wonderful organizations. She has also had the pleasure of directing with Actor's Bridge Ensemble and Street Theatre. She is thankful for yet another opportunity to express herself through the written word. 

Arabelle Pollick (Fellow)


Arabelle Pollick is a choreographer, actress and devoted theatre lover who hails from Pittsburgh, PA. She moved south to Tennessee nearly six years ago after a stint in Madrid, Spain, where she studied migratory movement, women’s studies and art history at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija. She is the current ambassador for the Dramatists Guild of America -- Tennessee Chapter and works directly with playwright and DGTN representative, C. Kay “Andy” Landis. In 2017, she directed the Tennessee production of BANNED TOGETHER: A CENSORSHIP CABARET as part of a National project for the Dramatists Guild Legal Defense Fund. She is an aspiring playwright who questions everything and learns everyday that she knows nothing.

Jessica Lynn Suchon (Fellow)


Jessica Lynn Suchon is the author of SCAVENGER, winner of the 2018 Vinyl 45 Chapbook Contest and forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2019. She received her MFA from Southern Illinois University and has received honors from the Academy of American Poets, as well as an Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Copper Nickel, Willow Springs, Ninth Letter, Yemassee, Muzzle Magazine and RHINO Poetry, among others. Her librettos have appeared or are forthcoming in works by Stephanie Ann Boyd for the Eureka Ensemble, EKMELES vocal ensemble, Æpex Contemporary Performance with the Dark Sky Project.