MacDowell Colony Names Mashuq Deen the Arch and Bruce Brown Fellow for 2016

The foundation extends congratulations to playwright/performer Mashuq Deen, of Brooklyn, N.Y., who has been selected by the MacDowell Colony as the 2016 recipient of the Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship. While in residence at MacDowell, Deen completed a draft of a book, Draw the Circle and Other Writings, which details an Indian-American family’s struggle to come to terms with their transgender son. The book includes Deen’s full-length play Draw the Circle as well as two short plays and other short pieces. For more about Deen and his theatrical work, visit his website,

The Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship, funded by a grant from the foundation and administered by MacDowell, provides support to a MacDowell resident creating LGBT-themed, history-based, performing-arts or related works. In 2015, the fellowship was awarded to filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo, whose documentary Memories of a Penitent Heart was screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and will be broadcast nationally on the PBS series POV in 2017; that film’s trailer can be viewed at