The Parsnip Ship re-imagines the concept of the radio play by specifically focusing on stories that differ in form, content and plot by emerging playwrights. The series featured new plays and new music performed live and released as a free podcast. This live event and podcast series highlights diverse voices in both theater and music and brings awareness to inspiring artists. No other theatrical event provides a free live event with our format, curation of live independent musicians and a personal interview with the playwright. Hosted by Iyvon Edebiri, and recorded live every month in Brooklyn, The Parsnip Ship is available on iTunes, Spotify and Stitcher.
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Season Four is recorded live every first Wednesday of the month.
*This date is not the first Wednesday of the month
**In collaboration with Bushwick Book Club, Long Island City Artists, and Theatre C
IYVON EDEBIRI (Artistic Director and Host) is a storyteller, producer and arts administrator. Born in Nigeria, Iyvon grew up in Brooklyn and went on to attend LaGuardia High School for the Arts, where she studied classical vocal music. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2013, where she earned a degree in International & Global Studies and Italian Studies with minors in Anthropology and Theatre Arts. Shortly after receiving her B.A., Iyvon was awarded a Fulbright Graduate Scholarship to conduct research in Italy, where she conducted ethnographic research with Italian natives and African immigrants to Italy and later assistant directed and dramaturged two American musicals in the city of Bologna, including the Italian National Premiere of Ragtime and Sweeney Todd: Il Barbiere di Fleet Street. Iyvon has worked at Primary Stages, Sundance Institute Theatre Program and The Public Theater and was recently awarded a Future of Audio Fellowship from The DO School in Berlin, Germany. When Iyvon is not busy producing, line-producing and company managing theater projects in the field of new play development and off-Broadway productions, you can find her consuming a ridiculous amount of television and wine. Don't worry though - Iyvon made sure that she got her MA in Arts Administration from Baruch College of the City of New York (CUNY) too.
TODD KIRKLAND (Managing Director) is a technologist and digital ads consultant. Born and raised in the Boston area, he went on to graduate from Brandeis University in 2013, earning a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business. After graduating, he moved to Ann Arbor to start his career as an IT Resident at Google. A couple years later, Todd moved to New York, continuing his career at Google: first, as an Ads Campaign Specialist, then an Ads Automation Consultant, and lastly as an Ads Business Operations Manager. Now, he is in Boston, working as a Customer Success Manager at JetPatch, a patch management software company. During his free time, Todd is building his DJ skills. He also hosts his own podcast, The Todd Talks.
KATY DONNELLY (Producing Director) is a producer for Business Lunch Productions and Dumpling House Media. Raised in upstate New York & the Hudson Valley, she graduated from SUNY New Paltz and has worked as News Director for WFNP and Program Director at WGXC before moving to Brooklyn to work on narrative, documentary, and corporate projects.
RY SZELONG (Artistic Associate) is a playwright/performer/director+ originally from the Bay Area, CA. He’s a 2018 Fellow with LAMBDA Writer’s Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices, University Settlement's Performance Project, and is a SPACE on Ryder Farm Greenhouse Residency Finalist. His own work has been presented at Nuyoricans Poets Cafe, INTAR's Steep Salons, Triskelion Arts, Ars Nova ANT Fest, The Tank, DCTV, Cloud City, Dixon Place HOT Festival, and on Governor’s Island as a 2017 Public Works Department Resident Artist. He’s worked with (and wrangled a chicken between boroughs for) such companies as Sister Sylvester at The Public Theater Under the Radar Festival, Little Lord at Abrons Arts Center, Rady & Bloom at HERE Arts Center & JACK, Pan Pan Theatre at Skirball Center, Classic Stage Company, and The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. BFA from NYU Tisch: Playwrights Horizons Theater School where he is a TA and mentor. When he’s not doing this stuff, he's enjoying linguistics and non sequiturs, trying new bubble tea flavors, dancing in heels, or falling down wikipedia holes as he supports those who dismantle conventions of spectatorship, beauty, theatricality, and white heteropatriarchy.
AL PARKER (Artistic Associate) is a producer, dramaturg and poet. Hailing from South Dakota, she completed her studies in Dramatic Literature and Creative Writing at New York University. Following school, she worked as a Production Coordinator at the Billie Holiday Theatre in the heart of Bed Stuy, Brooklyn, where she supported the work of emerging and internationally known Black artists through productions and workshops, including DanceAfrica’s Community Day, the Frank Silver Writer’s Workshop, and the Nova Frontier Film Festival. She has facilitated events with the Stella Adler Studio of Acting Summer Program, the 2018 Red Bull Music Festival, Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence Dance Company, the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium, and Maimouna Keita School of African Dance. She now works in Audience Services at Signature Theatre Company. When she’s not buzzing around a theater, Al enjoys working as a freelance editor and reading everything from gothic fiction to queer theory to fandom discourse.
Jesse Manning (Consulting Producer) is a renaissance man, pursuing his passions with abandon and leading the charge along the way. Whether he’s skiing down a mountain or calling the shots behind the scenes, he’s always the first one out of the gate. His career began by building and running a team of 250 volunteers to make waves in the 2014 elections before he began fostering one of sports’ most innovative developments to hit screens in decades, MLBAM’s Statcast technology.
Manning has always had a knack for seeking out talent. After facilitating the launch of five other small businesses in the non-profit and creative space, Manning took the reigns and began to build an empire of his own. In 2013, alongside his lifelong business partner Matt Hunter, he co-founded Business Lunch Productions. At BLP, Manning is the producer of all things, bringing his impeccable problem solving skills and straightforward honesty to every aspect of development. He is responsible for building teams of expert creatives, and oversees the execution of each project from start to finish. He’s everyone’s go-to guy, soon to be yours.
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The Parsnip Ship is a fiscally sponsored organization of the Brooklyn Arts Council. Originally started as a small, dedicated passion project The Parsnip Ship has grown in popularity amongst our subscribers, collaborators and audience members showing the need for our platform to continue to support and highlight emerging storytellers and independent musicians. Unlike other organizations, we are committed to keeping our radio play series free to attend, but in order to continue providing our dynamic programming we need YOUR help.
We are grateful for any monetary support you can give us! And yes, all funds go to continuing our mission of new plays and new music.