Kill the Beast by D.A. Mindell
D.A. MINDELL (Playwright) is an MFA candidate in playwriting at Columbia University. He’s worked as a teaching artist with the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta for the past three summers, and teaches gender education workshops with the queer, Jewish nonprofit SOJOURN. Through SOJOURN, he has also produced Quest Ed, a sex education Dungeons and Dragons podcast. Past recognition includes the David L. Shelton Award through The Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, the Georgia Theatre Conference’s One-Act Play Competition, the Powerstories Voices of Truth Theatre Festival, and semifinalist status at the Austin Film Festival. He would like to thank Lynn Nottage for the mentorship under which Kill The Beast was first cultivated, as well as Avi Klipfel, Eli Wassertzug, Elliot Hoke and his MFA cohort for their participation in the development process.
AVI KLIPFEL (Director) (they/them) is a dramaturg and director specializing in devised work, Shakespeare and older adaptations. They are passionate about creating healthy theatrical spaces through ensemble-led work.
ELIOT HOKE (Director) is an actor and member of the 46 Minutes Collective who has worked with the One Year Lease Theater Company and Hangar Theatre.
L.D. KELLEY (Stage Directions) (they/he/she).
ELI WASSERTZUG (T) is a New York City-based dragon who lives in a cave and collects expired tubes of mascara. They also sometimes act and sing or whatever. eliwassertzug.com
Dugout Daisies by Julissa Mishay Norment
JULISSA MISHAY NORMENT (Playwright) is a dynamic and inventive award-winning playwright, bookwriter and lyricist that strives to create and diversify theatrical experiences, primarily through a Black, Queer and Feminist lens. Julissa is currently an Abbott Musical Theater Collaboration MFA candidate at Temple University.
CHEYENNE PARKS (Director) (she/her) is an actor and director based in Philadelphia. Special thanks to my parents and friends for humbling me. Always to Uncle George.
SHALINYAH CAMPBELL (FEFE) is an artist based in Philadelphia, PA and currently an acting major at Temple University.
JESSICA MONEY (Stage Directions) is a Philadelphia-based actor and a graduate of Temple University’s musical theatre and acting programs. Favorite credits include: Olive Ostrovsky (Spelling Bee), Nettie (The Color Purple), Sarah (Ragtime), Miranda (The Tempest), Urchin Swing (Little Shop of Horrors). @money226156
SUMIAYA NAFEESAH (TAE) (they/she/he) is an artist based in Philadelphia, PA. Sumiyah began acting at nine and continues to live in their passion.
JAIME JARRETT (General Manager) (they/he) is a Philly/NYC-based theatre artist. They are currently studying at Temple University to receive their MFA in Musical Theatre Collaboration.
Trudy Tries to Say I Love You But Runs Out of Breath by Emma Joy Hill
EMMA JOY HILL (Playwright) is a writer, performer, dramaturg and theatre artist. Her passion for writing plays extends into a deep love for grotesque performance art, devised theatre and human rights. She is a MFA Playwriting candidate at Columbia University and holds a BA in Theatre Studies/Playwriting from the University of Connecticut where she has had multiple workshops and staged readings of her plays. In the past, she has been commissioned by the Natural Resources Conservation Academy to develop work that addresses climate change in communities, and Studio 570 to chronicle the Women’s Suffrage Movement. She has developed theatre throughout Connecticut, New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas and Chicago, working with companies such as The Brick, Women’s Theatre Festival, 59E59 Theatre, Studio 570, Theatre L’Acadie, Echo Theatre, Bated Breath Theatre Company, Connecticut Repertory Theatre and Out of Chaos Theatre in the United Kingdom. She is currently based in Connecticut.
LINDSAY CUMMINGS (Director) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut. She is a dramaturg and theatre theorist.
ZOE EKLUND (Trudy). BA: University of Connecticut, Theatre Studies. Recent roles: Oh No (The Blue Womanman), Food for the Gods (Mother), Everybody (God/Usher).
ALEKSEI SANDALS (The Janitor). BFA in Acting from the University Of Connecticut (Class of 2023). Past roles include: Blood at the Root (Colin), Measure For Measure (Claudio/Pompey).