Artists in Residence

Project Write Now invites artists of all disciplines to apply for an Artist-in-Residence position. Our program is designed to give artists opportunities to explore their expertise and craft with the diverse populations we work with. Positions are a minimum of six months and include teaching classes in our studio and/or through our community outreach programs. This is a paid position. To learn more, please email Lisa Hartsgrove at

Our 2017 Artists-in-Residence…

Jim DeVivo

Jim DeVivo is a theater artist, educator, and researcher specializing in the creation of new plays by and for young people. Jim teaches playwriting from a character-driven perspective with an emphasis on theater as a collaborative event between the writer, actor, and audience. He has published and presented his work on young playwrights in academic journals and conferences and is the creator and facilitator of The Young Playwrights Map. Additionally, Jim is Director of Education for Writers Theater of N.J. where he manages the N.J. Young Playwrights Festival, N.J. Youth Poet Laureate, and Jersey Shorts writing competitions. He is also an adjunct professor for the Program in Educational Theater at NYU where he will complete a Ph.D. this fall. Jim is thrilled to be a part of Project Write Now and looks forward to the writers’ work. Jim lives in Brick with his wife (the drama teacher at Oak Hill Academy in Lincroft) and three children.

MK Harby

MK Harby is a public speaking coach who helps with presentation, interviewing, and performance skills. She is the Head Speaker Coach for TEDxasburypark. MK started her public speaking company after being a professional actress and musician for over twenty five years. She has a Theater Degree from Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN. Her background in Theater and Music includes work at The American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, The Public Theater in Boston, MA and The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York, NY. She believes that ideas are shared most effectively when conveyed with creativity, warmth, and good storytelling. Her objective is to help her speakers communicate their value.

Amanda Heidel

Amanda Heidel is an artist and teacher who believes that everything around us exists on the verge of creativity. Her current body of work, “Addiction Series,” has been inspired by addiction and homelessness. She is particularly interested in the different stages or characteristics that a person might go through when they are dependent on a substance. As well as being a visual artist, Heidel is an art, yoga, and meditation teacher. She has exhibited her artwork throughout New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia.

Laura McCullough

Laura McCullough is poet, essayist, memoirist, teacher, and scholar. A two-time New Jersey State Arts Council fellowship in writing recipient, her most recent book is The Wild Night Dress, selected by Billy Collins in the Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series, published by University of Arkansas Press, 2017. Her other books of poetry include Jersey Mercy, Rigger Death & Hoist Another, Panic (winner of the Kinereth Genseler Award, Alice James Books), Speech Acts, What Men Want, and The Dancing Bear. Laura curated two anthologies of essays on poetry, A Sense of Regard: Essays on Poetry and Race, and The Room and the World: Essays on the Poet Stephen Dunn. Stephen Dunn was her teacher and mentor for many years, and she is a scholar of his work. Laura also writes memoir and essays, and her prose and poetry have appeared widely in places such as Michigan Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The American Poetry Review, Guernica, Pank, Gulf Coast, The Writer’s Chronicle, Best American Poetry, and others. She has had fellowships or scholarships from Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Sewanee Writers Conference, the Nebraska Summer Writers Conference, the Virginia Center for the Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, and Marble House, among others. She teaches full time at Brookdale Community College, where she founded the Creative Writing Program and the Visiting Writers Series, and she is now on the faculty of the Sierra Nevada low-res MFA. She has also taught for Ramapo College and Stockton University. Laura lives locally and is part of the vital and growing literary scene on the Jersey Shore.

Mychal Mills

Mychal Mills is co-founder of Konscious Youth Development & Service (KYDS), a youth development program that focuses on holistic intervention of the body, mind, and soul. He believes youth development is more sustainable through internal development, building tools of love and compassion from within that are transferable in any life situation. Mychal loves poetry as creative expression. His words are a reflection of his soul.

Gilda Rogers

Gilda Rogers is an award-winning journalist, author, and executive producer of Frank Talk, the half-hour talk-show forum that airs on Brookdale Television. Gilda is one of the playwrights of “SUPERNATURAL: THE PLAY” that recently closed a long-run in Los Angeles. She is a social critic, community relations liaison for Two River Theater, and founder of the T. Thomas Fortune Project.

Michael Sarin

Over the last twenty-five years, drummer Michael Sarin has been at the center of New York City’s genre-bending jazz and improvisation community. His versatility and musical wit helped forge long associations with forward-looking artists. Sarin performs all over the world–-in major and minor festivals; concert halls famous and infamous, big and small. He can be heard on recent recordings of Frank Carlberg, Mark Dresser, Joe Fiedler, Erik Friedlander, David Krakauer, and Leslie Pintchik. He can also be seen and heard in the newly released documentary, Thomas Chapin, Night Bird Song.

Project Write Now reserves the right to cancel, postpone, or reschedule any class, camp, or event because of low enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. In the unfortunate case an event is canceled, Project Write Now will issue a full refund of the fees paid.