01/15/20 - 02/23/20


Nya is a single mom and dedicated teacher at a high-poverty city school, determined to give her teenaged son Omari opportunities that her students will never have. When an altercation with a teacher at his private school threatens Omari’s future, Nya has to fight a system that’s against him in any environment. A searing, eloquent, and deeply compassionate look at a broken education system, the moments we are pushed to our limits, and the ferocity of one parent’s love

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Runtime: This performance will run approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes with no intermission.
Environmental Warnings: This production will feature herbal cigarette smoke and strobe lighting effects.

Pipeline is generously underwritten by
Joan and David Maxwell.


The Artists

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Production Team


Arnulfo Maldonado

Arnulfo Maldonado makes his Studio Theatre debut. Off-Broadway credits include Power Strip and The Rolling Stone at Lincoln Center Theater, Sugar in Our Wounds (Lucille Lortel Award) at Manhattan Theater Club, School Girls… and Charm at MCC, A Strange Loop and Dance Nation at Playwrights Horizons, Usual Girls at Roundabout Underground, The Underlying Chris at Second Stage, and Fires In The Mirror at Signature Theatre. Regional design credits include The Alley Theatre, Berkeley Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, Guthrie Theater, Humana Festival, Long Wharf Theatre, The Old Globe, Two River Theater, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Tour credits include The Magnetic Fields50 Song Memoir (BAM Next Wave, International). Arnulfo is a Clubbed Thumb Affiliated Artist, a recipient of a Princess Grace Fabergé Theater Award, and a multiple Henry Hewes Design nominee. He holds an MFA in Set/Costume Design from NYU Tisch.  

(As of December 2019)


Sarita Fellows

Sarita Fellows makes her Studio Theatre debut with Pipeline. Her selected credits include A Bright Room Called Day with the Public Theater; Native Son with The Acting Company; Original Sound with Cherry Lane Theater; Hatef**k with The Women’s Project; Macbeth, The Winter’s Tale, and Measure for Measure with the Classical Theatre; A Chronicle of the Death of Two Worlds with New York Theater Workshop; Fur, MUD, Prospect, and Fabuloso! with The Boundless Theater Company; and Paradise BlueForbidden City, Golden Boy, and Hoodoo Love at The Juilliard School. Her regional credits include Top Girls and Her Portmaneau at A.C.T; The Royale at the Arizona Theater Company; Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Signature Theatre; School Girls… with the Pittsburgh Public Theater; Haunted Life at Merrimack Repertory Theatre; Two Trains Running at the Weston Playhouse; Berta Berta and A Late Morning with Reagan at Contemporary American Theatre Festival; Having Our Say with the Philadelphia Theater Company. Her film and television credits include “Sight Pictures”, “Everybody Dies”, “Afronauts”, (by Frances Bodomo, premiere SWSX 2016); “Dirt” (by Darius Clark Monroe, premiere Sundance 2016). Sarita is a Lecturer at Princeton University and an Associate Professor at NYU @ Playwrights Horizons. She holds an MFA from NYU.  

(As of December 2019)


Jesse Belsky

Jesse Belsky previously designed P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, The RemainsThe EffectThree SistersNo Sisters, and Animal at Studio Theatre. Regional credits include The Magic Play at Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, and Actors Theatre of Louisville; Lydia and Rough Crossing at Yale Repertory Theatre; and The Year of Magical Thinking at PlayMakers Repertory Company. DC designs include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at Ford’s Theatre; J.Q.A. and The Year of Magical Thinking at Arena Stage; Oslo, Handbagged and Book of Will at Round House Theatre; The Mystery of Love & Sex at Signature Theatre; Henry IV P1, Winter’s TaleSense & Sensibility, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Folger Theatre; Labour of LoveThe Invisible Hand and The Magic Play at Olney Theatre Center. Jesse holds a BA from Duke University and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and he has taught lighting design at Connecticut College and UNC Greensboro.

(As of December 2019)


Fan Zhang

Fan Zhang makes her Studio Theatre debut with Pipeline. Off-Broadway designs include Paris at Atlantic Theater Company, Our Dear Dead Drug Lord with Second Stage & WP Theatre, Pumpgirl at Irish Rep, Suicide Forest at Ma-YiMolly Sweeney at Theatre Row, Round Table at 59E59, Behind the Sheet at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Trail of the Catonsville Nine at Transport Group, Scissoring at INTAR, Beautiful Day Without You at West End Theatre,  Three Girls Never Learnt the Way Home at Cherry Lane, Tania In the Gateway Van at New Georges, The Mecca's Tale at The Sheen Center, and Interstate at NYMF. Regional work includes Yasmina’s Necklace at Premiere Stages, Seven Guitars at Yale Rep, Redeem at Cincinnati Ballet, The Revolutionists at City Theatre (Pittsburgh), and Red Maple at Capital Rep. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. 

(As of December 2019)


Kelly Colburn

Kelly Colburn is a DC-based freelance interdisciplinary artist working as a director and projections & multimedia designer. Select design credits include P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, The Hard Problem, and If I Forget with Studio Theatre; Small Mouth Sounds with Round House Theatre; The Invisible Boy with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte; The 2019 Shakespeare Theatre Gala with Shakespeare Theatre Company; The Fantasticks with Infinity Theatre Company; Kiss with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Blood at the Root with Theater Alliance; Of Equal Place with Dance Exchange; and The Royale at Olney Theatre Center. Kelly was a 2017-2018 NextLOOK Resident Artist and a recipient of the 2018 Jim Henson Puppetry Grant. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2011) and an MFA from the University of Maryland (2018). Kelly Colburn is a DC-based freelance interdisciplinary artist working as a director and projections/multimedia designer. Select design credits include The Hard Problem and If I Forget with Studio Theatre, Small Mouth Sounds with Round House Theatre, Matilda with Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, The 2018 Shakespeare Theatre Gala with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Kiss with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Blood at the Root with Theater Alliance, and The Diary of Anne Frank at Olney Theatre Center. Kelly was a 2017-2018 NextLOOK Resident Artist and a recipient of the 2018 Jim Henson Puppetry Grant. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (2011) and an MFA from the University of Maryland (2018).

(As of December 2019)


Lauren Halvorsen

Lauren Halvorsen is in her ninth season as Studio’s Associate Literary Director. Her dramaturgy credits here include PipelineDoubtP.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian BelleAdmissionsKingsIf I ForgetVietgoneThe WolvesSkeleton CrewThe FatherThree SistersThe Hard ProblemHand to GodMomentBetween Riverside and CrazyChimericaThe Wolfe TwinsBellevilleWater by the SpoonfulTribesThe Real ThingThe Motherfucker with the HatThe AliensBacheloretteThe Big Meal, and Time Stands Still. Previously, Lauren spent three seasons as Literary Manager of The Alley Theatre. She was the Artistic Associate of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory for six years and has worked in various artistic capacities for The Kennedy Center, City Theatre Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, First Person Arts Festival, and The Wilma Theater. Lauren is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College. 

(As of February 2020)


Patti Kalil

Patti Kalil makes her Studio Theatre debut with Pipeline. Her selected credits include Love Factually and Twist Your Dickens with The Second City at The Kennedy Center; Dante''s Inferno, Peter Pan, and Titus Andronicus with Synetic Theatre; Still Life with Rocket and Going to a Place at Theatre Alliance; Where Words Once Were and How to Catch a Star at The Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences; Don Cristobal and Minnie the Moocher with Pointless Theatre; Tour 71 with The National Players at Olney Theatre; and Que Las Hay at Gala Hispanic Theatre. Patti is the Co-Founder/Artistic Director of DC-based Pointless Theatre and a graduate of the Juilliard School Professional Internship program. She earned her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore and BA from The University of Maryland, College Park.


Potent… illuminating… Pipeline reaffirms this playwright’s compelling vision.
The Washington Post
A must-see play
Brilliant, riveting, important
A vivid drama that acutely breaks down the school-to-prison pipeline

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