2023 OOB Festival – Thursday / Session Two

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The Velociraptor’s Very Good Day by Sarah “Sair” Kaufman & Shane Dittmar


SARAH “SAIR” KAUFMAN (Writer/Stage Manager). They. Autistic writer and performer based in Brooklyn. Likes dinos, more of a trains Autistic. Check out The Reality Shaper: A Musical Podcast! @sarahtkaufman


SHANE DITTMAR (Writer/Music Director). Them. Blind composer, musician, writer and advocate. Shane lives in Brooklyn with their guide dog, Chevelle. shanedittmar.com


AUBREY CLYBURN (Velociraptor/Riley). A neurodivergent actor/writer/amateur mathematician. Originally from NC, BFA from Texas State University, and two years in NYC. Coming soon to LA! aubreyclyburn.com


EMY RAMOS (Tyrannosaurus/Mother). They/Them. Emy Ramos is a neurodiverse performer from Westchester, New York. @heyitsemy10


CAMERON WALKER (Triceratops/Brother) is beyond excited to collaborate with Sair and Shane again. Cameron is an Astoria-based singer, actor, dancer, writer and budding drag performer. @camkablam


Black Like Who? by Craig Ester


CRAIG ESTER (Playwright/Director/Stage Directions) is an actor/playwright/director from Detroit, Michigan. He is extremely honored to take part in this year’s Festival! Recent credits: The R and J Project (writer/director) with Break the Chain Theatre Company, The Comedy of Errors (director) with Hoosier Shakespeare Festival, Monsters of the American Cinema (director) with Penny Seats Theatre.


JAVERE GREEN (Al). A shy, introverted kid who grew up to be the crowd’s favorite with his infectious laugh. Alex (12/20/12/First Kiss Theatre), Creon (Medea/Hypnos Theatre), Sweeny Todd (Into The Depp/Norwalk Conservatory (The SoNo Collection)), Van Helsing (Dracula/Shenandoah Conservatory).


ALEX “ACE” McCARTHY (Twain). A native-born Texan, NYC-based actor with an extensive background in the performing arts (opera/musical theatre/film). NYU Steinhardt: Master’s in Music with an emphasis in Musical Theatre Performance (spring 2020). theacemccarthy.com/@theacetalib


The Tipping Point by Lia Romeo


LIA ROMEO (Playwright) is a playwriting fellow at Juilliard. Her plays have been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, the Lark, LAByrinth Theatre Company and elsewhere. She has been produced off-Broadway at 59E59 and ART/NY as well as regionally around the country. Four of her plays have been recognized by the Kilroys List. Her plays are published by TRW, Broadway Licensing and others. She is a previous winner of the National Short Playwriting Award. She teaches playwriting at Primary Stages/ESPA and in the MA program in creative writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is also the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About, which has sold over 35,000 copies worldwide.


VICTORIA GRUENBERG (Director) is a stage and audio director. She is drawn to work with strong rhythm, a sense of spectacle and momentum towards a more just future. victoriagruenberg.com


LESLIE WILLIAMS ELLIS (Lainie). Favorite roles include Masha (Vanya and…Spike), Betty (The Norwegians), Luli (5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche), Celia (Calendar Girls) and Dr. Emma Brookner (The Normal Heart). Leslie is a realtor in NJ and also a chef on PBS’s Drive By History Eats.


ERIN LAYTON (Jan). Magdalen (Edinburgh Festival Fringe). Other acting: I LOVE YOU ST. PETERSBURG! and Better (The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival winners, 2018/2019), among others.


PADRAIC LILLIS (Mark) is the Founding Artistic Director of The Farm Theater, Company Member of LAByrinth Theater Company, and a lifelong Yankee fan.


LOGAN ROZOS (Chad) is a (proudly!) Bronx-based actor and filmmaker. His credits include the Peabody-nominated David Makes Man, and he is currently co-directing his first documentary.


Billionaire Mindset by Patrick Vermillion


PATRICK VERMILLION (Playwright) is a playwright with two cats. His plays include The Good Boy Game (2020 O’Neill Finalist, 2023 Venturous Nominee), Bezos N’ Me (2021 O’Neill Semi-Finalist), The Teddies (2022 Steep Commission) and Losing It (Pegasus Playlab Finalist, Detroit New Works Semi-Finalist). His plays have been seen at Ensemble Studio Theatre, MirrorBox, Alchemical Lab, Soho Playhouse and IRT. His plays have been developed at Butler University, Louisiana State University and Sarah Lawrence College. MFA: Northwestern University.


CARSEN JOENK (Director) (she/her) (she/her) is a multi-disciplinary artist, Roundabout Directors Group member, and co-founder of Rat Queen Theatre Co. Her designs have been heard across theatre, film and podcasts. carsen-joenk.com


ETHAN GRAHAM-HOROWITZ (Garret) (he/him). Credits: Jason (Death of a Salesman: A New Play/Frigid Fringe Fest), Sebastian (Twelfth Night/Classic Theatre of Maryland), Macbeth (Macbeth/Ink Blot Theatre).


ZIA LAWRENCE (Dispatch) (they/she). Credits: Pipeline, Cloud 9, All’s Well, Julius Caesar. They recently premiered their solo-ish show Sorry Mom Ur Not Invited at The Freeplay Festival. MFA: NYU Grad Acting.


EDUNN LEVY (Stage Directions) (he/him) resides in Brooklyn where he sometimes hosts his podcast Your Best Friend Edunn and acts in his friends productions and HBO’s Succession.


ANNA NEMETZ (Starlee) (she/her). Credits: My Girl at Dixon Place, The Annotated History of the American Muskrat at the New Ohio, Jessica at Sanguine Theater and Apathy Boy at Ars Nova (ANT Fest). Many thanks to Patrick for the opportunity![/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#ffffff”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_separator type=”normal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_separator type=”normal” color=”#ffffff”][vc_column_text]

2023 OOB Festival Credits


Festival Sponsor
Concord Theatricals


2023 Festival Judges
Jason Aguirre
Christina Anderson
Hilary Bettis
Eleanor Burgess
Steph Del Rosso
Jason Eagan
Skylar Fox
Gracie Gardner
Margaret Ledford
Jill Rafson
Jonathan Silverstein
Emmanuel Wilson


Honorary Playwright
James Ijames


Festival Artistic Director
Casey McLain


Literary Director/Opening Night Party Moderator
Garrett Anderson


Festival Host/Client Manager
Abbie Van Nostrand


House Manager
Tyler Mullen


Box Office Manager
Rosemary Bucher


Marketing Team
Meredith Foster
Jeremiah Hernandez
Courtney Kochuba
Imogen Lloyd Webber


Festival Production Coordinators
Cambria Martin
Clare Rankine
Alexandra Varitek


Festival Support Staff
Ella Andrew, Victoria Bond, Meredith Foster, Shaina Gilks, Jeremiah Hernandez, Ben Keiper, Rachel Levens, David McMaines, Gabriela Morales, Nate Netzley, Kristen Rea, Rachel Smith, Faith Williams


2023 Submissions Readers
Ella Andrew, Caroline Barnard, Caroline Bohnenberger, Jim Colleran, Charlie Coulthard, Sequoyah Douglas, Meredith Foster, Marquis Hardin, Rachel Levens, Amy Rose Marsh, Debbie McLean, David McMaines, Elizabeth Minski, Gabriela Morales, Tyler Mullen, Alexander Perez, Kristen Rea, Rachel Smith, Abbie Van Nostrand, Sarah Weber, Faith Williams


Special Thanks
Sean Flahaven, Bill Gaden, Concord, City Theatre Miami


About Concord Theatricals
Concord Theatricals is the world’s most significant theatrical company, comprising the catalogs of R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark and The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, plus dozens of new signings each year. Our unparalleled roster includes the work of Irving Berlin, Agatha Christie, George & Ira Gershwin, Marvin Hamlisch, Lorraine Hansberry, Jeremy O. Harris, Kander & Ebb, Tom Kitt, Ken Ludwig, Marlow & Moss, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anaïs Mitchell, Dominique Morisseau, Cole Porter, Theresa Rebeck, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Thornton Wilder and August Wilson. We are the only firm providing truly comprehensive services to the creators and producers of plays and musicals, including theatrical licensing, music publishing, script publishing, cast recording and first-class production.

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