• District Line

  • A Soldier's Play

  • Daughters Of The Mock

  • Dream on Monkey Mountain

  • The Brownsville Raid

  • Daughters Of The Mock

  • The Brownsville Raid

  • NEC Founders: Hooks, Ward and Krone




Judi Ann Mason (Playwright)

February 2, 1955—July 8, 2009

Trailblazing TV/film writer and playwright Judi Ann Mason began her professional writing career in New York City where she was a member of the NEC (The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc). Daughters of the Mock was originally produced in New York City by NEC at St. Marks Playhouse December 20, 1978-January 7, 1979.

When she joined the Writers Guild of America, West in 1975, Mason continued the legacy begun in 1953 by Helen Thompson, the Guild’s first African-American member. Writers Guild Award-winning writer Tina Andrews notes about Mason, “So many of us are here as writers because she was first willing to assist our journeys. I thank God I had her powerful shoulders to stand upon.” Mason also taught playwriting and screenwriting at a number of colleges and universities for over twenty years.

Denise Yvonne Dowse (Director)

Denise Dowse, originally from Honolulu Hawaii the daughter of a Naval officer, graduated from Norfolk State University with a BA in English/Theatre, is best known to television audiences for her recurring role as Vice-Principal Mrs. Teasley Beverly Hills 90210. Guest appearances include; Insecure, The Imposters, Murder in the First, Secrets & Lies, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Charmed, and The West Wing. Film work includes The Call, Ray, Coach Carter. Theatre Credits: (LA) Three Times a Lady, Sassy Mamas, Darker Face of the Earth, Vagina Monologues, Othello and A Lovely Malfunction in-NEC. Denise began directing in Germany as theatre specialist. Recent directing credits: Beauty and the Beast & Hairspray for Celerity Schools and the sold out run of Recorded in Hollywood at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. For 18 years Denise was the Resident Director at Amazing Grace Conservatory (a weekend performing arts school for youth ages 8-18).


Day Of Absence by Douglas Turner Ward – NEC 50TH Anniversary Season, 12/4-11, 2016
Theatre 80 St. Marks

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Winter 2016 Workshops  (Starting February 21st)



Cutting Edge Playhouse: Emerging Playwrights Competition
A Lovely Malfunction (Sept 18-20, 24-27, Oct 1-3 2015)
Fathers & Sons (May 7 – 24th 2015)
Happy Ending & Home (June 1,2015)