Project Residency

Gentlemen Bosses Project Residency

GENTLEMEN BOSSES: The Gentlemen Bosses is a writing collective formed in 2012 and consisting of writers Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz, Anis Mojgani and Derrick Brown, a trio of award-winning, internationally touring poets who are joined in their commitment to creating engaging, freshly modern work that is powerful on the stage as well as on the page. 

AIR Serenbe is pleased to support the Gentlemen Bosses for a 2016 Project Residency: two weeks of time and space to collaborate, experiment, and share new work with new audiences.

CRISTIN O'KEEFE APTOWICZ is a New York Times Best Selling nonfiction writer and author of six books of poetry, including her latest collection, The Year of No Mistakes, which was named the Texas Book of the Year for Poetry in 2014. Her latest nonfiction book, Dr Mutter's Marvels, spent three months on the New York Times Best Seller List. Her most recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, an Amy Clampitt House residency and the ArtsEdge writer-in-residency position at the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Austin, TX. For more information, please visit: 

ANIS MOJGANI is a two time National Poetry Slam Champion, winner for the International World Cup Poetry Slam and multiple-time TEDx Speaker. He has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-in-the-Schools program. Anis has performed in venues around the globe, and his work has appeared on HBO, NPR and numerous literary journals. He is the author of four collections of poetry, including his most recent: the fully illustrated poetry-memoir, The Pocketknife Bible. He lives in Portland, OR. For more information, please visit:

DERRICK BROWN is a comedian, poet and storyteller. He is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of the Year for Poetry. He is a former Paratrooper for the 82nd Airborne and is the president and founder of Write Bloody Publishing, what Forbes and Filter Magazine call "one of the best independent poetry presses in the country. The New York Times calls his work, "...a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words." He is the author of five books of poetry, and is publishing a sixth collection, Uh-Oh, this Fall. He lives in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, please visit:



Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriter's Retreat

This short residency pairs the winners of ATLFF’s Screenplay Competition with screenwriting mentors for two days at Serenbe. 

More Information to follow.

2016 Screenwriters' Retreat Mentors:

  • Michael Lucker is an acclaimed writer/director with twenty years experience creating film, television and animation. He began his career writing and directing television commercials in college in Boston. Soon after he landed in Los Angeles working in production on series for ABC, NBC, CBS and HBO before taking a job as assistant to Steven Spielberg at Amblin Entertainment on feature films Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, Back To The Future ll & lll and Jurassic Park. He went on to work in creative affairs at Hollywood Pictures, helping develop the movies Crimson Tide, Terminal Velocity, Taking Care of Business and Straight Talk. He then went onto write movies for DreamWorks, Paramount, Disney, Fox, Universal and more, including “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron,” which was nominated for the Academy Award for best-animated movie. Michael hosts a quarterly Screenwriter School and hosted 2014's ATLFF Screenplay Reading.
  • Robin Henry is a writer and comedian who loves to make people laugh. She's written for "The Queen Latifah Show," "East Los High," "The Rickey Smiley Show," and "House of Payne." Robin writes, directs and produces sketches for Sketchworks, the premier sketch comedy theater in metro Atlanta, and teaches introductory and advanced sketch writing. A co-founder of Joke Pony and “The Black Nerd Show,” Robin can be found performing stand-up comedy in Atlanta and Los Angeles.
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Oxblood Project Residency

AIR Serenbe & New Noise Partnership

Innovative New Orleans theater ensemble NEW NOISE presents Oxblood, a panoramic new outdoor performance about land, labor, and home in the contemporary South. Estranged sisters Rose and Laurel reunite in rural Georgia after their centuries­ old family home burns to the ground. While Rose's husband Jacob loses himself in the scarred farmland, the two sisters grapple over its uncertain future. Oxblood unfolds in a fearless blend of dialogue, dance, and sweeping choral music. With rich, keening harmonies composed by Brendan Connelly, and deeply intimate, unflinching choreography by Angelle Hebert, Oxblood unearths the tangled histories buried deep in the land and asks what happens to us as we struggle to leave that land behind.

Oxblood is the second work in NEW NOISE's New Southern Hymnal trilogy, following 2013's nationally­ touring Runnin' Down the Mountain.

New Territories Project Residency

AIR serenbe & Serenbe Playhouse Partnership

Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe are proud to announce a new play development program unlike any other: the 1st Annual New Territories Playwriting Residency, a Writers-in-Residence Program for Outdoor, Site-Specific Plays.

New Territories will bring three playwrights to Serenbe to develop new outdoor, site-specific theater. While the primary goal of the New Territories Playwriting Residency is to provide a nurturing and supportive space for playwrights to develop new environmental work, Serenbe Playhouse also commits to further developing one or more of these plays in subsequent seasons. By supporting playwrights who share mission and vision, the Playhouse will continue to cement its reputation for exciting, innovative performances of groundbreaking American plays – all in concert with AIR Serenbe’s commitment to artists and their creative process.

Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe are excited to announce the playwrights for the inaugural year: Liz Duffy Adams, Edith Feiny, and David Hilder. "Serenbe Playhouse selects material and performance locations hand in hand. We have a strong mission to expand our support of new works and New Territories will do just that,” said Clowdus. “The playwrights are coming with a blank page. They’ll explore Serenbe and choose a location that inspires them. That inspiration will spark their pen to paper creating a work that goes hand in hand with the environment they have chosen with the long term possibility of developing into a fully realized production as part of our mainstage season." In addition, Serenbe’s resident apprentice acting company will be available for cold reads and table work of the plays being developed. Finally, Serenbe Playhouse and AIR Serenbe will host a Speaking of Making artist talk with the three playwrights and an informal reading of the works in progress with the Serenbe and the Atlanta communities.

“We are continually floored by the caliber of artists working with Serenbe Playhouse,” said Brandon Hinman. “In 2015 we partnered with the Playhouse to host a residency for Broadway set designer Adam Koch. It was exciting to see Adam have the space and time to dig deeper into the land here in Georgia, cultivate his own practice, and elevate the caliber of the Playhouse’s future productions. An ongoing commitment of our program is to provide residencies for artists—some who have never done a residency—at pivotal spots in their careers. It is this deep investment in the creative process that grounds our vision. We like to say the work of AIR Serenbe is to nurture critical moments of imagination—New Territories will do just that.”