Pear Studios

Pear Studios was founded by Madelyn Kent, a playwright, director, and teacher.  She has taught playwriting, screenwriting, and theater at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received her MFA.  For the last fifteen years, she has also implemented her techniques in her theater work with the Obie award-winning Soho Rep and her collaborations with “non-actors,” forming the innovative Shufu Theater.  Together with a range of techniques gathered from around the world to enhance her own writing and teaching, she now offers workshops to writers and performers to help them find and articulate their creative voices.

Artistic Statement

My background in dance always intruded on my work as a playwright and director. As a young writer, I wanted to know how the actors felt my words, and this curiosity led to an ongoing investigation as a professional theater artist into the connection between the body and creativity.

I am grateful to my theater collaborators, students, and the many enriching teachers I‘ve had over the years as I studied Fleming Elastics, Japanese Butoh, Qigong, Body-Mind Centering and was certified as a Feldenkrais ATM practitioner.  I also had the opportunity to spend countless hours with the legendary writing teacher Irene Fornes at the genesis of Michelle Memran's documentary “The Rest I Make Up.”  Irene’s teachings in the embodied aspects of writing have inspired a generation of writers and teachers, and my time with her and her insistence on presentness made each afternoon-- really each moment-- completely unexpected.


In the last several years, my work has focused on creating theater with “non-artists,” including Japanese housewives relocated to New York and Sudanese refugees in Tel Aviv.  These long-term collaborations, where people’s expectations of their own creative capacities are continually expanded, have been a major influence on my work as an artist.