Extended Play is an online platform for creative and critical discourse devised by the Civilians, a company that makes new theater from investigations into the most vital questions of the present. Through a number of artistic programs, the Civilians advances theater as an engine of artistic innovation and strengthens the connections between theater and society.

An artist-led company, the Civilians pursues our artistic mission through programs serving artists and the public. The company’s work is grounded in investigative theater, an artistic practice rooted in the process of creative inquiry that brings artists into dynamic engagement with the subject of their work. Artists look outward in pursuit of a question, often engaging with individuals and communities in order to listen, make discoveries, and challenge habitual ways of knowing.

Extended Play is a new online hub for artists and audiences to explore the many forms of investigative storytelling. We feature documentation, interviews, essays, audio and video about artists — both American and international — who work at the dynamic intersection of art and life, exploring creative process, community, politics and new innovations in storytelling.



James Carter

Editorial Associate

James is a writer and experience designer. He was a founding member of terraNOVA Collective and its associate artistic director for eight years. Recent transmedia plays include “FEEDER: A Love Story” (terraNOVA/HERE, NYC) and “NY_Hearts” (One Muse Presents & The Brick Game Play Festival). James also works as a social impact strategy and research consultant for Lina Srivastava, LLC. He has written for the Creators Project, Culturadar.com, ArtsFwd and Theatre Communications Group. editorial@thecivilians.org

Tommy O’Malley

Artistic Associate

Tommy is a Brooklyn-based writer, blogger and storyteller. His work has appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Queerty, Swagger New York and more. He hosts “Big City Stories,” a monthly storytelling show in Brooklyn, and appears regularly on live shows, podcasts and radio shows. He has a segment on the Sirius/XM show “Race Wars.” projectmanager@thecivilians.org

Jacey Erwin, Ph.D.

Literary Associate

Jacey received her Ph.D. in Theater from UCLA with a dissertation entitled “Play It On the G-String: The Sexuality and Subculture of Neo-Burlesque.” She recently relocated from Los Angeles, where she taught at Pepperdine University, Woodbury University and UCLA. In addition to teaching, she has worked at Pasadena Playhouse, Alliance Repertory Company, Theatre 68 and Naked Angels. literary@thecivilians.org


Steve Cosson

Steve is the founding Artistic Director of the Civilians. He is a writer and freelance director, directing new plays, musicals and classics. Recent credits include “The Belle of Amherst” starring Joely Richardson, the Civilians’ “The Great Immensity” at the Public Theater, and Anne Washburn’s “Mr. Burns” at Playwrights Horizons. Steve won an Obie in 2004 for the work of the Civilians. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, a MacDowell Fellow, Resident Director at New Dramatists, and he has twice participated in the Sundance Theatre Lab. His plays have been published by Oberon Books in the UK, Dramatists Play Service, and Playscripts Inc. in an anthology. He holds an MFA in directing from UC San Diego and a BA from Dartmouth College.