Concord Theatricals presents the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival (OOB) is the nation’s leading short play festival. Beyond playwrights, the Festival has given voice to many emerging directors, performers, and production companies. As part of our unique model that requires playwrights to partner with sponsoring producers, we’ve hosted prestigious theatre companies on our Festival stage such as The Royal Court, Circle-in-the-Square, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The Yale School of Drama. It is an honor to provide a home for so many exceptional artists, and we’re humbled when thinking back to the many great performances that have happened on our stage.
Concord Theatricals presents the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival offers a prize of publication and licensing for six short plays in the notable OFF OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL PLAYS series. The application period for the Festival begins in in late fall and lasts for four weeks. Playwrights may submit one unpublished play or musical that may be up to 15 pages in length and a max run time of 15 minutes (ideal run times are between 8-13 minutes). All submissions are read by the Festival’s staff, and 30 semi-finalists are chosen to present their play during Festival week. Festival week starts with four nights of staged reading sessions that are presented in front of a judging panel comprised of professionals representing various parts of the theatre industry. At the end of each session, the judges deliberate and one to three plays are selected to move on to the Festival Finals. During the Finals, the Festival staff will watch the final 10 to 12 plays and select six authors to be a published in the Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival series, which is published and licensed by Concord Theatricals. The author is responsible for securing a producing company (or self-producing) their work in the event that the work is selected as a Festival participant. The responsibilities of the Author and/or Producer include, but are not limited to, the casting of non-equity actors; the appointment of the director (if applicable); rehearsals; transportation; costumes (if needed); and for all fees and expenses attendant thereunto. Concord Theatricals will provide a theater space will include a basic lighting plot with limited pre-set general light cues and basic sound equipment. Music stands and chairs will be available at the theatre. Concord Theatricals will further provide all front-and back-of-house personnel and a board operator if needed.
The Festival has served as a doorway to future success for many aspiring playwrights, and has helped launch the work of such notables as Theresa Rebeck, Shirley Lauro, Sheila Callaghan, Bekah Brunstetter, Steve Yockey, Saviana Stanescu, David Johnston, and Daniel Pearle. In many cases, Festival participation has sparked agent contracts for Festival finalists. Many past Festival playwrights have gone on to win major playwriting awards and honors, as well as to have major theatrical productions of their works staged. Read more about our “classes” of past OOB winners below:
Bekah Brunstetter, F*cking Art Bekah’s plays include Cutie and Bear (Upcoming, The Roundabout), A Long and Happy Life (Upcoming, Naked Angels), Be a Good Little Widow (ARS NOVA, Spring 2011; Collaboraction – Chicago), House of Home (Williamstown Theater Festival), OOHRAH! (Atlantic Theater, 2009; Steppenwolf Garage – 2012), and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Finborough Theater 2010, Lark Playwrights Week 2009). She is a a New York New Voices Fellow through the Lark Play Development Center, member of The Primary Stages Writer’s Group, the Naked Radio writing team. She is an alumni of the Women’s Project Writer’s Lab, the Ars Nova Play Group, and the Playwright’s Realm. She was the Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theater, London, 2010-2011. She is a 2 time Samuel French Short play festival winner, and 2 time winner of the New York Innovative Theater Award for Best New Play. Check out Bekah’s website here. Sheila Callaghan, Ayravan Flies, or A Pretty Dish Sheila’s plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, Woolly Mammoth, and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. She is published with Playscripts.com and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the Obie winning playwright’s organization 13P. Sheila is also a resident of New Dramatists. Check out Sheila’s website here. Thomas Higgins, The Dying Breed Thomas Higgins is the author of many short plays, including The Blasphemy Tree (Naked Angels Lab), The Family Dungeon (Columbia Arts Initiative), The Home Front (Columbia University Arts Initiative), The Wild Life (Source Theatre) and The Dying Breed (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival Winner 2008). His full-length plays, This Modern House, The Elephant Party, and The Home Maker have been nominated for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award at Williamstown and the Cherry Lane Mentor project. He graduated cum laude from Northwestern University and just received his MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University on the Dean’s Fellowship. Current projects include: The Fun House (a short film); Chaos Theory (a new musical featured in ARS NOVA’s ANT FEST 2009); and Wild Animals You Should Know (a new play, which will be work shopped this summer at the Ojai Playwrights Conference). Janine Nabers, Juniper, Jubilee Janine’s plays include: Welcome to Jesus, Series.Black.Face., Annie Bosh is Missing, A Swell in the Ground, West of the Willow Tree, Juniper, Jubilee and book to the musical A Beautiful Something(composer/lyricist Sharon Kenny). Janine is a currently a member of MCC Playwrights Coalition and the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages. She was the Page 73 2011 Playwriting Fellow and is an alumna of Ars Nova Play Group, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, The Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship and the 2010 & 2011 Sundance Theater Program. Presently Janine is working on commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Keen Company and Theatre Works (Palo Alto) and is a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at Juilliard. This summer Janine will be writing the book for the Boris Sagal Fellowship musical at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her short play Black Girl Gone recently completed a run with Headlong Theatre in London as part of their DECADE production. Gabe McKinley, The Grave Gabe’s most recent play, CQ/CX, had its world premiere this past January with the Atlantic Theater Company. His plays have been produced and developed by companies such as Naked Angels,Premiere Stages, The Old Vic and Red Dog Squadron. His plays include The Kitchen Sink Play, Welcome Home Rock Rogers, Funny, Floodplains and the critically acclaimed Extinction (Off Broadway). Gabe is a member of the Old Vic New Voices program hosted by London’s Old Vic Theater and is the recipient of the 2011 Samuel French/New School for Drama Award for Excellence in Playwriting. He holds a BFA from NYU and an MFA from The New School. Thomas C. Dunn, The Thread Men Thomas C. Dunn was born in Nesconset, New York, and graduated from UCLA with a BA in creative writing. He has since focused on poetry, plays, and screenplays. He’s also directed several socially relevant documentaries. In 2007, he made his narrative, feature film directorial debut with the psychological thriller, The Ungodly, starring Wes Bentley and Mark Borkowski. He has worked on multiple film projects internationally, collaborating with production teams in Spain, the UK, Greece, Georgia and Azerbaijan.
J. Michael DeAngelis, Drop J. Michael DeAngelis has written or co-written the plays Antony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives, X/Y, Signs from God, Deep Fried Everything and the anthology Accidents Happen, which features his shorts Reunion Special and Accidents Happen. He starred in and co-wrote the short film Tails Between Their Legs, which was a winner of the National Film Challenge. He shared the 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play for Accidents Happen, now in print from Samuel French. He is the Managing Director of the Porch Room, where he has written and performed inX/Y, Signs from God, An Evening on the Porch, Accidents Happen and the short film Early Morning in the Tenement. A proud graduate of Muhlenberg College, he is an active performer-director with The Underground Shakespeare Company in Philadelphia. Mr. DeAngelis is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Pete Barry, Drop Pete’s short plays have been published in numerous collections, including Accidents Happen and Eric Lane’s anthology Shorter, Faster, Funnier. Accidents Happen is published by Samuel French and won the 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play. His screenplay 10 Crimes in 2 Hours was a finalist in the 13th Annual Writers Network Screenplay and Fiction Competition. Mr. Barry is a cofounder of the Porch Room, a film and theater production company. With the Porch Room he has produced and directed several collections of short plays, including Five Cornered Thinking at the New York Comedy Club and Burt Reynold’s Amazing Napalm Powered Oven and Other Paid Programming in the 2001 New York Fringe Festival. Jen Silverman, The Education of Macoloco Jen’s work has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (Crane Story), at Cleveland Public Theatre (Akarui), by the Gallatin School (Bones at the Gate) and by Clubbed Thumb(Phoebe in Winter). She is a two-time MacDowell Fellow and has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, InterAct Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, NY Stage & Film/ Powerhouse, Seven Devils, and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. In 2011 she was a US Delegate for a China/America Writers Exchange in Beijing. Her play STILL won the Jane Chambers Award and the Yale Drama Series Award. She is also a poet and a prose writer: her “Bath Poems” series won the Ploughshares Emerging Writer Award, and was published in Ploughshares, and her creative non-fiction piece “Six Bright Horses” won the Orlando Prize and was published in the LA Review. Check out Jen’s website here. Kitt Lavoie, realer than that Kitt is author of twenty-one produced plays and musical books, including Twice Rather Perish, The Median Line (both winners of the Herbert J. Robinson Award for Dramatic Writing), realer than that (winner, Samuel French OOB Festival), [pwnd] (NYIT Award Nominee, Best Original Short Script), and the widely-produced Good Enough and Party Girl. He has directed more than eighty productions in New York City, including the original productions of more than thirty plays. He recently made his film writing/directing debut with Rainbow Rabbit Reliant. Also an acting coach and teacher, his students currently appear on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, and in major films. Kitt holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and is Artistic Director of The CRY HAVOC Company, which focuses on developing new plays. Check out Kitt’s website here. Matt Hoverman, The Student Matt’s plays include Who You See Here (Broadway – Spring 2013: Nelle Nugent, producer; Christopher Ashley, director), The Glint (also optioned for Broadway by Nelle Nugent); In Transit (FringeNYC Best Playwriting Award), The Student (winner, 34th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival), The Audience (co-book writer, Drama Desk Best New Musical Award Nominee), Christmas Shorts: 5 Merry Little Comedies (published by Samuel French – and quickly becoming a new holiday staple at theatres like Naked Angels, SoHo Playhouse, Bricks Theatre, Maples Rep, Guild Hall, Modjeska Playhouse, Las Vegas Little Theatre, Indiana’s Phoenix Theatre, and more), Searching for God in Suburbia (readings at: Huntington Theatre’s Breaking Ground Festival, Axial Theatre, The Acting Company) and The Coach (Penguin Rep’s Play With Your Food Reading Series). Residencies include Ojai Playwrights Conference, Edward Albee Foundation, and Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Mr. Hoverman writes for the multi-Emmy Award winning PBS animated children’s show Arthur and is currently under commission to write a screenplay for Garage Films. Check out Matt’s website here. Scott Elmegreen, Thucydides Scott is a playwright, composer, and lyricist whose work has premiered on Broadway, television, and in film, as well as off-Broadway, nationally, and internationally. His shows include College The Musical, Vote For Me: A Musical Debate, Thucydides (winner of the 34th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival), Straight, and the children’s shows Magic School Bus, Live! The Climate Challenge, Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut, and Ivy and Bean. Scott’s music has been featured in numerous plays and in film, including the Emmy Award-nominated Colin Quinn Long Story Short, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, and Piled Higher and Deeper The Movie. His orchestrations and sound design are featured in ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical, and many other shows. Scott is also a published novelist and a graduate of Princeton University. Check out Scott’s website here. Drew Fornarola, Thucydides Drew’s most recent musical, originally commissioned by the New Musical Development Foundation, is being developed for stage by DreamWorks Theatricals and for screen by DreamWorks Animation. Other works include COLLEGE The Musical, Thucydides, and the children’s musicals Uncle Pirate (published by Samuel French) and Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut. His new play Straight is under option by Tony Award-winning producer Andy Sandberg (Hair). Mr. Fornarola’s awards include the NYMF Award for Excellence in Lyrics, the John Wallowitch Award for songwriting, 2 MAC Award nominations, and a Richard Rodgers Award Nomination. As a sound designer/composer his credits include Devil Boys from Beyond (New World Stages 2010, published by Samuel French) among others. Check out Drew’s website here. Christina Gorman, Just Knots Christina’s play American Myth was developed at The Public Theater, where she is a member of The Public’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group and where it was recently presented as part ofThe Public Theater’s Spotlight Series. The play was also named finalist for the Princess Grace Award and presented as part of the 2010 HotINK Festival. Split Wide Open has been produced at the Summer Play Festival in New York City and was developed with a fellowship from Ensemble Studio Theatre through its New Voices Program. The play was also named runner-up for thePrincess Grace Award. DNA has been produced at Prospect Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Samuel French Short Play Festival, and in New York International Fringe Festival, where it received the award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting. Keep the Change, co-written with Joy Tomasko, has been produced by the Women’s Project for the World Financial Center’s Word of Mouth Festival.
Mary Lynn Dobson, Skin Deep In Summer 2009, Mary’s play, Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van, was performed in the NYC Fringe Festival garnering the Summer Theatre Citation for Outstanding New Play as well as being awarded Best Ensemble Cast. The play was also honored at the University of Northern Kentucky as a winner of the Y.E.S. New Play Festival and went on to receive its professional premiere at the Henlopen Theatre Project. Mary Lynn’s other work, Dracula, the Untold Story was staged at the NKU Summer Theatre where it received its professional debut in a sold out run. She has also penned the family comedy, The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, which is published by Dramatic Publishing. Robin Hood has had productions mounted all throughout the US, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Austria. Gabriel Jason Dean, Pigskin Gabriel received the Kennedy Center’s ACTF 2012 Paula Vogel Prizeand was Runner-Up for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg National Playwriting Award. In 2011, Gabriel received the Kennedy Center’s ACTF Ken Ludwig Prize for a body of work from an emerging writer and was Runner-Up for the New Dramatist’s Princess Grace Award. His script for children, The Transition of Doodle Pequeño, received the 2013 American Alliance for Theatre & Education Distinguished Play Award, the 2011 New England Theatre Conference Aurand Harris Award and was selected for the 2012Kennedy Center New Visions / New Voices Conference. Gabriel is the recipient of the 2010 Essential Theatre New Play Prize for Qualities of Starlight. Check out Gabriel’s website here. Saviana Stanescu, White Embers Saviana’s work has been widely presented internationally and in the US. Recent productions include For a Barbarian Woman (a co-production Fordham/EST directed by Niegel Smith), Aliens With Extraordinary Skills at Women’s Project (published by Samuel French), Bechnya at Hudson Theatre in LA, and Waxing West (2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Script) at La MaMa Theatre. In Stockholm, Sweden, Saviana’s play White Embers, produced by Dramalabbet, made it in the TOP 3 of Best Plays in 2008. Ms. Stanescu has published books of poetry and drama including The New York Plays, Aliens With Extraordinary Skills, Waxing West, Google me!, Black Milk and The Inflatable Apocalypse (Best Play of the Year UNITER Award in 2000). She co-edited the anthology of plays Global Foreigners (with NYU professor Carol Martin) and roMANIA after 2000 (with CUNY professor Daniel Gerould). Check out Saviana’s websitehere. EJC Calvert, The Bear (A Tragedy) EJC’s has been an O’Neill Conference semifinalist, a Leota Diesel Ashton Prize in Playwriting recipient, an International Women’s Playwriting Festival finalist, and a Chatterton Short Play Festival Audience Award winner. Recent productions include Fast in Fire (Theatre HAN, Theatre for the New City), Sarazad and the Monster-King (The TRUF, Canal Park Playhouse), Calamity Jane Battles the Horrible Hoopsnakes (Looking Glass Theatre), Testify! (Roy Arias Studios), The Bear (A Tragedy) (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Fesival), Cadaver Synod (The Brecht Forum). She is also half of comedy duo Lizanda, whose show #1 Besties with Boy Trouble (U.S.) premiered at the 2012 Chicago Fringe Festival, also playing in St. Louis and New York City. She is currently developing the play Cat Suicides with Theatre Merdre. E. J. C. holds an MFA in Playwriting from the New School for Drama. Check out EJC’s website here. Josh Koenigsberg, Dance Lessons This past February, Josh’s play, Mnemonist of Dutchess County, ran at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row with the Attic Theatre Company. Josh is a founding ensemble member of At Play, the resident company for the 24-Hour Plays Off-Broadway, as well as a member of the Old Vic New Voices Network and The Dramatists Guild. His most recent play, Al’s Business Cards had an extended run at Theatre Row, was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick”, and named one of the 10 Best Off-Off Broadway Plays of 2009 by nytheatre.com. He is currently one of the writers-in-residence in The Living Newspaper, as well as one of the staff writers for “Naked Radio” a new radio show produced by Naked Angels Theater Company. Josh holds a M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University. Dennis A. Allen II, The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi After receiving his BA in Communications, Dennis tried his hand at acting, thinking it would be a hobby, and auditioned for a local repertory company. He landed the role of Moon in a production of Tom Stoppard’s, The Real Inspector Hound and since that first taste of the stage has played key roles in many plays after, including the lead role in Beast : A Parable a one act play by J. Julian Christopher. His love for writing has him pursuing a career as a playwright and Dennis returned to school to get another degree in Theatre Arts. It would be safe to say that he has realized and is fulfilling his obligation. Dennis is a founding member of Three Monos Ensemble.
Rachel Bonds, Anniversary Originally from Sewanee, TN, Rachel is a playwright currently living in Brooklyn. Her plays have been developed or produced by New Georges, Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, American Theater Company, The McCarter, Roundabout Underground, Manhattan Theatre Club, Two River Theater, The Arden, New York Stage & Film and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She is an affiliated artist of New Georges’, an Alum of EST’s Youngblood and Ars Nova’s Play Group, and a recent winner of the 2012 Sam French Short Play Festival. She was recently the 2013 Writer’s Room Resident at The Arden in Philadelphia and was granted a commission from the Studio Theatre in DC as part of their inaugural series of commissioned works. Bonds is a graduate of Brown University. Dean Imperial, Naked Eyes Dean Imperial’s plays include: The Sit (Soho Playhouse), The Woman from 43 (Berkshire Playwrights Lab with Kristen Johnston and Chris Stack), The Heart Attack (Soho Shorts), The Needle Through the Arm Trick (Lesser America @ Theater for the New City). Other plays include The Heartbreak Doctor & Mr. Breyerson & The Hypnotist. Mr. Imperial is a graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. He is the recipient of the 2010 Playwriting Award at The Southampton Writer’s Conference. He has proudly workshopped all of his plays at Naked Angels Tuesdays @ 9. Greg Kalleres, Forgetting to Remember Greg Kalleres received his BFA from Tisch’s Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. Since then, his plays have been produced all over the country. He received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kennedy Center, is a two-time finalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a two-time finalist for Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project. He won Best Play two consecutive years at the Turnip 15-Minute Play Festival, the Jury Prize and Audience Favorite Award at Fusion Theatre Company’s one act play festival, and was fortunate enough to be selected for the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival last year for his play, Hiding From Adults. In addition to playwriting, Greg has written and produced commercials for ESPN, Nike, Brand Jordan, Budweiser, as well as, Twitter’s first ever ad campaign. Greg was the lead writer on the award winning “This is SportsCenter” campaign and created ESPN’s Monday Night Football campaign: “Is it Monday Yet?” Greg’s screenplay Last Day Man was optioned by Evamere Entertainment. Catya McMullen, Missed Connection Catya McMullen is a Brooklyn based playwright. Over her last year in New York, Catya has written and received sold out readings of multiple plays by a number of companies including Rubber Ducks and Sunsets, The Collective with Ground UP Productions, and When Predator Dies with The Shelter. She is a 2011 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where Missed Connection was produced as a part of their Department of Dramatic Art’s first annual 24 Hour Play Festival, and her play The Collective received its first production. She is a company member with Ground UP Productionsand a student at ESPA at Primary Stages. Special thanks to her family, the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC Chapel Hill, Craig, his list, and her flannel toting, professionally cat socializing friends, without whom her writing would be considerably less inspired. Kevin Mead and Darren Miller, Edison/Tesla: Brian/Dave Darren Miller and Kevin Mead are co-founders of Melge, a film and entertainment production company, and are members of the comedy group “Mike Duffy.” They write, act, direct, and produce for film and stage. They love beverages of all kinds. Claire Kiechel, Wolf Play Claire Kiechel’s plays include: Umma Lappa Soon (Naked Angels reading; upcoming Colt Coeur workshop); Some Dark Places of the Earth (semi-finalist at the O’Neill National Playwriting Conference); St. Vitus’ Dance (finalist at the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop); Wolf Play (winner of the 2012 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival); Norway (developed at the 2012 Orchard Project); Be Careful of Words (devised with Helikon Rep); Whale Song Or: Learning to Live with Mobyphobia (FringeNYC 2011); Luxembourg (Lunar Energy Productions &AntiMatter Collective); and her adaptation of the Odyssey, Lethe (New School for Drama). Readings and productions of her plays have been held at the Brick Theater, Theaterlab, La MaMa, theKraine and the Beckett Theater. She has worked in various capacities with Ars Nova, New York Stage and Film, The Exchange, Clubbed Thumb and Yarn Films. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA in playwriting from the New School for Drama.
Mark Swaner, Reality Play Mark Swaner began his career in South Florida performing at GableStage, Actors’ Playhouse and the Florida Playwright Theater. It was at FPT that Mark, just 18 years old at the time, directed the critically acclaimed production of Julian Barry’s Lenny, starring Todd Allen Durkin. From there, Mark moved to Chicago to train at the world-famous Second City comedy theater. There he was hired into the Second City National Touring Company, starred in Romeo & Juliet: The Musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and performed on the Second City Mainstage in the Jeff award-winning review Between Barak and a Hard Place. Mark now resides in Hollywood where he works as a writer, actor and comedian. He created the long running improv show 3 Scene Circus at iO West and starred in his own one-man-show I Miss Racism at Second City Los Angeles. Local audiences may have seen Swaner’s writing in the Naked Stage’s 24-Hour Theatre Project or 2/3rds of his musical play Bienvenidos Miami, the opener of last year’s Summer Shorts. Mark also works as a writer for NBC Universal and is currently shopping his comedy pilot “Crews” about life on a cruise ship. Lisa Kenner, Tattoo You Lisa Kenner Grissom’s play Tattoo You (National 10-Minute Play Award winner, The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival) has been seen by audiences in Washington D.C., Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Other short plays include: the girls (Boston Theatre Marathon),Orangutan & Lulu (Estrogenius Festival), Drinks Before Flight (Jewish Women’s Theatre). Full-length plays include: MOTHERLAND (semi-finalist: Jewish Plays Project), Chambers (finalist: O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Lark, WordBRIDGE). Lisa attended the O’Neill Playwrights Conference as a Kennedy Center Playwright Observer and was a finalist for the Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice Program. Her work has been presented and/or developed at The Kennedy Center, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Clurman Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, The Blank Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, and others. B.A. Wesleyan University; MFA Lesley University. Lisa is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild and The Playwrights Union. Ross Howard, Frisky & the Panda Man British playwright Ross Howard’s plays have received full productions notably in London (Theatre 503, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Riverside Studios, Old Red Lion), Las Vegas (Las Vegas Little Theatre, Onyx Theatre), Minneapolis (Pillsbury House Theatre), San Francisco (The Phoenix Theatre), and New York City (Cherry Lane Theatre, The Clurman Theatre). Hailing from Lancashire, in 2008 he was awarded a Playwright Fellowship from the Edward Albee Foundation. ‘Arthur and Esther’ was awarded “Best of Fringe” at Las Vegas Fringe Festival 2010. ‘No One Loves Us Here’ was a finalist for the New York Stage and Film Founders Award 2012, while ‘Frisky & The Panda Man’ was a winning finalist in the 38th Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in 2013. Ross holds an M.F.A in playwriting from UNLV and has taught theatre and playwriting as an adjunct faculty member of the CSU Fresno theatre department. He is the current resident playwright of New Light Theater Project and now lives in London. Mira Gibson, Old Flame Mira Gibson is a playwright, screenwriter, and director, Mira is a recent alum of Youngblood, the writers group at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Mira’s plays have been produced at Rattlestick’s Theaterjam (Old Flame, 2013), Williamstown Theater Festival (Nico, 2009), Ensemble Studio Theater (Master of None and The Red White and Blue Process, 2009), Eclectic Company Theater of Los Angeles (Master of None, 2009), The 52nd Street Project (Midnight in the Alley of One Dream), and the Midtown International Theater Festival (Childhood Montana, 2008); further plays have received developmental readings at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Southampton Playwriting Conference, Long Beach Playhouse, and the Youngblood Bloodworks Reading Series. Her one-act play The Red White and Blue Process received a commission from The Sloan Foundation. In 2012 Mira’s first screenplay, Warfield was produced by Summer Smoke Productions, starred her twin sister, and screened at modest film festivals around NYC. Thomas M. Atkinson, Dancing Turtle Thomas M. Atkinson is a playwright and author. He is currently the Ohio Arts Council/Fine Arts Work Center Creative Writing Resident in Provincetown, MA. His full-length plays include, Clear Liquor & Coal Black Nights, Copperheads, D’s Tire Towne, and the one-woman show,Cuttings. His short plays include, The Circle of Mystery, Battling the Ghost of Max Schmeling, and Dancing Turtle. “Grimace in the Burnt Black Hills,” the closing story in his unpublished Standing Deadwood collection, appeared in The Sun magazine, has received two Pushcart Prize nominations, won an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2012/2013, and is being taught in English 11 & 12 AP classes in San Diego. His story “Red, White & Blue” was a finalist for this year’s Danahy Fiction Prize. His fiction has appeared in The Sun, North American Review, Indiana Review, The Moon, Electron Magazine, Clifton and CityBeat. He has won numerous honors and awards for both fiction and drama, including four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards. His first novel,Strobe Life, is currently available for Kindle on Amazon, and he has just completed his second novel, TIKI MAN. He lives in southwest Ohio with his wife and two sons. Arlitia Jones, Tornado Arlitia Jones is a poet, playwright, and director, as well as co-founder of TossPot Productions in Anchorage, Alaska. TossPot Productions is an art-house resident theatre company at Out North Art House in Anchorage committed to contemporary works of American theatre that offer equitable and challenging roles for men and women. With TossPot and Out North, Jones just directed Arthur Jolly’s critically acclaimed A Gulag Mouse, in March 2013. She is directing My Name is Rachel Corrie in September 2013 at Out North. In addition to her directing, Jones is also working on her new full length, Come to me, Leopards, which is scheduled for a workshop production in October 2013 at Cyrano’s Theatre in Anchorage. Her latest full length play Rush at Everlasting received a reading with the Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in spring 2012 and is scheduled for a world premiere production at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, AK for January 2014. Past works include The Emperical Eskimo which was selected as a finalist in the 2011 36th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Summer Play Festival in New York City. Her first full length play Sway Me Moon was produced by Three Wise Moose at Out North Theatre in February of 2008 in Anchorage and again at the 2008 Last Frontier Theatre Conference. In May 2013, Jones was selected to receive an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Rasmuson Foundation. Along with Cyrano’s Theatre Company, Jones has also been the recipient of a grant from the Alaska State Humanities Forum to write Make Good the Fires in celebration of 50 years of Alaska Statehood. Make Good the Fires was produced by CTC in March 2009 at Cyrano’s Theatre in Anchorage. Jones traveled to New York City in July 2013 to participate as an emerging playwright in the 2013 Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center. Past works include her 10 minute play Grand Central and 42nd was chosen for finals at the 2007 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Summer Play Festival in New York City and her ten minute play Shoe Storywas produced in Great Britain as part of the Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance British Tour. Her short plays have been staged in Anchorage’s Overnighter Theatre, as well as staged and read at the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. In addition to her theatre work, Jones is also a published poet and author of one volume, The Bandsaw Riots which won the 2001Dorothy Brunsman Prize from Bear Star Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and publications and were featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America.
Martyna Majok, John, who’s here from Cambridge Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays include Mouse in a Jar (Red Tape Theatre, The LIDA Project), the friendship of her thighs (developed at the claque, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, and The John F. Kennedy Center), Petty Harbour (Vassar/NYSAF’s Powerhouse Festival), reWilding (Yale Cabaret, Satori Group), Woman at the Well(Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, NYC), and Ironbound (developed at Marin Theatre Company). Ironbound can be seen this summer at Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory of New Work. Awards include The 2050 New York Theatre Workshop Fellowship, The Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, The Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, The Merage Fellowship for the American Dream, The Olga and Paul Menn Award in Playwriting, a Ragdale residency, and publication by Smith & Kraus. Member of Youngblood and 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence at New Jersey Repertory Company. BA: University of Chicago. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Will Arbery, The Logic Will Arbery is a writer, filmmaker, and theater artist who is working towards an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen at Northwestern University. His plays include: You’re Sadder Than You Realize (Dixon Place), Yield, Bitch! (Communal Spaces), The Dust Veil of 536 A.D. (#serials@theflea), Bleak (Tiny Rhino’s Greatest Hits), How Kim Sa-Rang Got Her Name (Hearth Gods), and Six Windows Presents A Hero of Our Time with Calliope Theatre Company. His play We Were Nothing! was produced by Poison Apple Initiative in Austin, and site-specifically in New York (TDF Stages feature, Flavorpill Editor’s Pick). His writing has been published by Better: Culture and Lit, Word Riot, decomP, The Awl, The New Professional, and D Magazine. He’s also a collaborator with boomerang dance, and at Kenyon College he won the James E. Michael Playwriting Award, John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize, and Muriel C. Bradbrook Prize for Fiction. He grew up in Dallas, TX, the only boy with seven sisters. Leah Nanako Winkler, Taisetsu Na Hito Leah Nanako Winkler‘s plays include Death For Sydney Black (terraNova RX directed by Kip Fagan), Happy Dance Dance Princess Show!!! (The Brick), The Internet. (Incubator Arts Project), Diversity Awareness Picnic (Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb Superlab), Cope (NYTW Mondays @ 3) and Kentucky. With Teddy Nicholas she co-wrote Everywhere Theatre Group’s Flying Snakes in 3-D!!! (Ars Nova Ant Fest, The Brick, Ice Factory 2013 @ The New Ohio) and Dead People (Icefactory 2012 @ 3LD). Her work has also been seen at Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, Prelude 2012, Acorn Theater through New Group’s Urban Arts Initiative, The National Japanese American Museum and venues in Philly, Indianapolis, Florida and China. Her work has been developed at the Flea, New York Theater Workshop, New Georges, Bushwick Starr, Ontological Hysteric (2008-2009 short form resident) and more. She is a member of Youngblood at the Ensemble Studio Theater, an alumnus of terraNova Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwright Group and an affiliated artist with New Georges. Her book Nagoriyuki and Other Short Plays is available on amazon. Follow her @leahnanako for the latest news. Skylar Fox, A Wake for David’s Fucked-Up Face Skylar Fox is a playwright, director, and actor based in Boston, MA. His plays The Frito-Lay Project and The Retardedly Boring Misadventures of Apathy Boy, co-written with Simon Henriques, will receive productions this summer at Ars Nova and The Brick in Williamsburg respectively. Other recent writing credits include A Brief Informational Session on What Used to Be Central Park (Everyday Inferno, NYC), and The Last of the Living Jeffersons (Runner-up for 2014 Gaffney Prize administered by UCSD and La Jolla Playhouse). He is the founding artistic director of The Circuit Theatre Company in Boston, where he has directed eight productions over the course of the last four seasons, including the Boston premieres of the seven-hour superhero epic The Valentine Trilogy and Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, for which he was nominated for an IRNE Award. Skylar is a current student at Brown University, studying playwriting with Marcus Gardley and Erik Ehn. Jennifer Jasper, et•y•mol•o•gy Jennifer Jasper is a hilarious storyteller, performer, writer, and director who’s been a part of Seattle theater for more than two decades. She’s known for her consummate storytelling, her pristine timing, and her intuitive director’s eye. As a performer Jennifer possesses an uncanny capacity for creating memorable characters that are colorful, often outlandish, and always emotionally authentic. In 2013, Jennifer was awarded one of eight Artist Support grants from Jack Straw Productions to record her one woman show I Can Hear You…But I’m Not Listening and other stories. Jennifer received her BA in directing from the University of New Mexico. She co-founded the improvisational company Kings’ Elephant Theatre. After a decade of critical and commercial success with Kings’ Elephant, Jennifer went on to co-found Vixen Productions (1995-2005). This all-woman company toured and performed nationally. She is a member of Printer’s Devil Theater and a regular participant in the 14/48 Projects. Kelly Younger, Mandate Kelly Younger is an award-winning playwright with work staged off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally. New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre commissioned Younger to write the stage adaptation of the novel Banished Children of Eveby Peter Quinn, the production of which ran off-Broadway Fall 2010. He is also the author of This World We Know (Winner, Firehouse Theatre Festival of New American Plays; Finalist, National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays; Naked Angels/Furious Theatre) which will premiere Spring 2015, In the Fold (Finalist for the Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award), and the full-length drama Tender (nominated for Best New Play IRNE, Finalist for the Laurents/Hatcher Award, and selected of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2011 “7@7” reading series directed by Lynne Meadow). He is currently working with Michelle Kohlos Brooks on a full-length play called Kalamazoo that won the Riva Shriver Comedy Award and will premiere at Bloomington Playwrights Theatre and Pacific Resident Theatre in the Fall of 2014.Select works for the stage include: Mandate (Snapshots at the Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood; Last Frontier Theatre Conference; forthcoming publication in Smith and Kraus Best of 2013 anthology, and forthcoming Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival);Once a Marine (PlayFest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Blank Theatre); I Think You Think I Love You (Playscripts; Smith and Kraus anthology Best Plays of 2005); Forgive me, Father (JAC publishing); Lady Gregory’s Ingredients (JAC publishing), winner of the Ireland National Lady Gregory Playwriting Award; Off Compass (Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA) winner of the John Gassner New Play Award; Epiphany Cake (Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, Moving Arts); and Why Wyoming (Three Graces), Critics’ Choice Samuel French off-Broadway Festival. Several monologues from Younger’s plays appear in various anthologies, and an excerpt of Younger’s translation of Trojan Women appears in Beth Henley’s play Revelers (Dramatists Play Service). He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and associate member of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA.Younger is also working in the television and feature worlds, developing with DreamWorks Animation Studios, Mandeville Films, Sierra/Affinity, as well as individual projects with Robert Lawrence (Clueless) and Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning (Oscar Nominated Kon-Tiki). Younger placed in the top 10% in the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and in the top 5% in the 2012 Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop.Born and raised in Los Angeles, Younger earned an MA in Classics at Loyola University Chicago and PhD in Drama Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. He is currently a Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University where he leads workshops in Playwriting and teaches courses in Dramatic Literature. He is managed byWashington Square Arts and Film in New York, and represented by The Gersh Agency in Los Angeles and New York.
Gloria Calderon Kellett, Blind Gloria Calderon Kellett is a television writer and producer known for her work on the CW series “iZombie”, Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” CBS’s “Rules of Engagement and CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” during which she won an ALMA Award for Outstanding Script. She has sold pilots to Fox, ABC, CBS & TVLand. Her plays have been staged at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre, The Elephant Theatre, The National Comedy Theatre, Pico Playhouse and the Stella Adler Theatre. She was a finalist for the London Writers Award and won Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s ISPC Award. Her series of monologues “Accessories” is published by Small Fish Press & Cassini Press in Italy. Kellett lives in Los Angeles with her husband, cartoonist Dave Kellett, and their two children. She is repped by Marc Provissiero at Odenkirk + Provissiero and United Talent Agency. Visit her online at www.everythinggloria.com. Greg Edwards & Andy Roninson, Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime Greg Edwards (Book & Lyrics) has written the script for Application Pending (Off-Broadway, Drama Desk nomination) and Craving for Travel (Off-Broadway); book and lyrics for Taking the Plunge (Samuel French OOB Festival, NYMF); and lyrics for Neurosis (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, SALT Award for Best New Musical) as well as for various songs with Marvin Hamlisch (White House Governors’ Dinner, Mr. Hamlisch’s holiday tour). His essays have been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books (“We’ll Always Have Disneyland Paris”) and McSweeney’s (“An Honest Letter from Your I.T. Department”), and his computer games in PC Gamer UK (“Jessica Plunkenstein and the Dusseldorf Conspiracy”). Honors and approximations thereof include the BMI Harrington Award, a Puffin Grant, the Fred Ebb Award (two-time finalist), and a Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship (top-12 finalist). Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, belongs to the BMI workshop and Dramatists Guild, and can be stalked most effectively at www.greged.com. Andy Roninson (Music) is the founder and host of TAKE A TEN, a monthly audio podcast of all-original ten-minute musicals. The podcast has featured Broadway actors like Laura Osnes, Rob McClure, Remy Zaken, and many more. Two episodes, “Finding the Words” and “The Answering Machine,” were produced as part of the SoundBites Festival in NYC, winning several awards including Best Musical. Andy is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop where he was awarded the Jerry Harrington Award for Creative Excellence and the Robert B. Sherman Scholarship. He wrote music and lyrics for two full-length musical comedies, Exorcism on Aisle Five and For The Birds both produced at Purchase College.www.andyroninson.com. Audrey Cefaly, The Gulf Audrey Cefaly, a writer-in-residence at Quotidian Theatre Company, is a playwright, actor, and director in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. An Alabama native, Cefaly’s writings are often drawn from the Gulf Coast region, where she spent her summers as a child. Her play THE GULF was recently selected as a finalist for Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon of One-Act Plays. She is most known for her play FIN & EUBA which won the Strawberry One-Act Festival and is published in Best American Short Plays (Applause Books). Its short screenplay adaptation was a finalist in, or the winner of, seven screenplay competitions, and its feature-length adaptation received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. The commissioned prequel to FIN & EUBA, MILL TOWN GIRLS, received its world premiere at Quotidian in 2007. Cefaly’s short works have been produced throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is a 3-time winner of both the “Maryland One-Act Festival,” and the “Eastern States One-Act Festival,” and the inaugural winner of UMBC’s IN10. Her newest play MAYTAG VIRGIN will have its world premiere as part of the Womens Voices Theater Festival in the fall of 2015. Visit her online at www.audreycefaly.org. Simon Henriques, Narrators Simon Henriques is a writer, actor, and comedian from Madison, Wisconsin. His other plays include The Tomato and the Onion (The Source Festival), Last Sunday and This Sunday and Next Sunday and Every Sunday (Production Workshop), and Shining Armor(Production Workshop). Along with his friend Skylar Fox, he created the theatre company Foxy Henriques, whose co-written plays include The Retardedly Boring Misadventures of Apathy Boy (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center 2015 National Playwrights Conference Finalist, The Brick), The Frito-Lay Project (Ars Nova),Thank You Sorry(Production Workshop), and This Is Everything (Production Workshop). He studied playwriting with Marcus Gardley and Erik Ehn at Brown University, where he was awarded the Thomas Carpenter Elocution Prize for being “an exceptional and multitalented writer with a singular voice.” Visit him online at www.simonhenriques.com. James Gordon King, Seabird is in a Happy Place James Gordon King is a Vancouver based writer. As well as being a regular contributor to BrokenPencil (Toronto) and Plank Magazine (Vancouver), James recently had his first set of poems published in Sterling Magazine (Toronto). James holds a B.F.A from Ryerson University in Theatre Performance Studies. His first full length play, The Living Situation, is making its world premiere in January 2016. Amy Staats, Throws of Love Amy Staats is an actor, writer, and filmmaker. As a writer she is a BVEW Screenplay Fellow for her feature script Mr. Rawls, and won best short script at LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival for her comedy Mary and Louise, which is currently screening in the festival circuit. Her plays include Hands (Naked Angels 1st Mondays), Move (New Voices Fellowship), The Changing of the Guard (EST Marathon, pub. Best American Short Play Anthology), Throws of Love (Core Artist Ensemble Twisted Shorts), andCat.her.in.e (prod. MITF NYC best solo show nominee). Her short memoir prose has been published with Verbal Supply Company’s Collection Volume 1, and has been read at Naked Angels Tuesdays@9, EST, Access Theater, and Verbal Supply Company at Halyard’s. Amy is a 2015 artist in residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm for her new play Eddie and Dave: A Fictionalized Tale of Van Halen.
clarity Korde Arrington Tuttle Korde Arrington Tuttle is a multi-disciplinary artist from Charlotte, NC. Recent work includes: the downside of being a fish, which was presented at The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference and The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in collaboration with THE TENTH ZINE; graveyard shift (The New School); clarity (Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival); who is burning black churches? (The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals 2015); and is developing a new play at this year’s 48Hours in… Harlem (Harlem9). Korde is currently pursuing a MFA in Playwriting at The New School. clarity has received development support from The Fire This Time Festival. See what he’s up on on tumblr, instagram, and twitter via @heykorde. The Cleaners Lindsay Joy Lindsay grew up in the middle of nowhere New Hampshire. She’s a proud member of the Amoralists ‘Wright Club, and the all-lady ass-kicking Beehive Collective. She recently served as Co-Artistic Director to the Award Winning LabRats Theater Company. The Rats production my full length play, “The Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen”, garnered two NYIT awards Including “Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play” and “Outstanding Director”. Last year, The Farm Theater commissioned me to write and collaborate with three colleges over the course of 2014/2015, the resulting play, “In the Event of my Death” was produced at Ashland University, Centre College, and Clark University. “In the Event…” is slated for its New York premiere in August of 2016, produced by Stable Cable Theater Company. Vertigo Theater Company’s “Bareknuckle” (a sight specific evening set in Dumbo’s famed Gleason’s Boxing Gym) featured her script “Clinch”. She loves the Red Sox and coffee. Grandpa and the Gay Rabbi Jonathan Josephson 26 of Jonathan’s plays have been produced at site-specific locations, schools and theatres around the world including Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), Milwaukee Rep (RepLab), San Jose Rep (SJREAL), and Chance Theater. Jonathan is the Executive Director of Unbound Productions which has produced ten of his adaptations as a part of Wicked Lit and History Lit including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Las Lloronas, The Grove of Rashomon and Anansi and the Demons. Jonathan has received an Individual Artist Award from the Pasadena Arts Council to create the Sherlock Holmes mash-up Holmes, Sherlock, and The Consulting Detective, is a four-time Finalist for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award and a Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. B.A.Theatre: Playwriting from UCSD. Proud member of the Dramatist Guild, Lifetime Member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. Monsoon Season Lizzie Vieh Lizzie Vieh is a playwright and actor. Her full-length plays include The Loneliest Number, Backwater Rising, Barrier Islands, and Wisconsin Death Trip. Her work has been performed at the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, The Wild Project, Daryl Roth Theater, MTC Studios, The Kraine, and The Brown/Trinity Graduate Program. MFA Brown/Trinity, BA Brown University. Risen from the Dough France-Luce Benson France-Luce Benson is an honored Dramatists Guild Fellow 2015-2016, and a Lifetime Member at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Awards include: Winner of the National Play Network Award for Short Playwriting, (Risen from the Dough); The Kilroys List- Honorable Mention (Boat People); Alfred P. Sloan New Play Commission (The Devil’s Salt); Alfred P. Sloan ScreenplayAward (Healing Roots); KCATF Lorraine Hansberry Award-Honorable Mention (Fati’s Last Dance); NYTW’s 2050 Fellowship (Finalist), and a PONY Nominee. Her plays have been produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Fire This Time Festival, the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center/City Theatre of Miami, Crossroads Theatre, The Billy Holiday Theatre, and Duke University, among others. Her plays have also been featured by Classic Theatre of Harlem’s New Classics series and Victory Gardens Theatre’s Ignition Festival. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, and is an Associate Professor at St. Johns University. Wedding Bash Lindsey Kraft and Andrew Leeds Lindsey Kraft is a writer/actor from Long Island, NY. She recently finished a 3-season run on the HBO series GETTING ON. She has also appeared on VEEP, GRACE & FRANKIE, TWO BROKE GIRLS, NCIS, CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, BONES, WAYWARD PINES, SUITS, THE NEWSROOM and many others. She will next be seen in the film A FUTILE AND STUPID GESTURE. Her work as a playwright has been produced in Los Angeles where she resides. Andrew Leeds has appeared on stage in FALSETTOS (Broadway) and LES MISERABLES (National Tour.) On television, he was a regular on the ABC sitcom CRISTELA, and he did a 3-season arc as the villain on BONES. Other television includes: VEEP, MODERN FAMILY, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, GREY’S ANATOMY, and WORKAHOLICS. He will next be seen in the Dreamworks movie, OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY. He has written and produced television pilots for ABC, NBC, FOX, USA, and Showtime. Andrew is also a member of the GROUNDLINGS Main Company.
Breakfast Scene Eric Marlin Eric Marlin is a NYC-based playwright. His work has been presented by Exquisite Corpse Company, Dixon Place, Play Date at Pete’s, Wildclaw Theatre, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Metro Arts Initiative, PTP/NYC, the Public Theatre (Bennington College Alumni 24 Hr. Plays), Rhapsody Collective, Buffalo United Artists, Between Us Productions and Left Coast Theatre. His play BAD THINGS HAPPEN HERE was a finalist for the 2017 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He is a co-founder of the Healthy Oyster Collective, and wrote their debut production, IF THE SAINTS ARRIVE IN GERMANY. His piece PASTORAL PLAY is currently in development with the Healthy Oysters. He was an inaugural member of the Exquisite Corpse Company’s Writer Lab and a 2013-2014 Core Member of Rhapsody Collective. He is currently pursuing an MFA at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. B.A.: Bennington College. Jack + Jill Sarah K Hammond & Emily Goldman EMILY GOLDMAN is a New York-based pianist, composer, and writer. She holds an MFA from NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, and in 2015 she was a MacDowell Fellow in Literature and a Johnny Mercer Songwriting Fellow. Her music has been heard at the Aspen Festival, Barrington Stage, 54 Below, Joe’s Pub, and many other venues. Her stories and poems can be found in december magazine and the Bridport Anthology. She is currently working on a series of books for young readers. SARAH HAMMOND is a playwright and musical theatre writer originally from South Carolina, now based in Brooklyn. Her plays include Green Girl (SPF ’08 at The Public); House on Stilts (South Coast Rep Commission); Kudzu (Trustus); and others. Sarah’s musicals are String (Rodgers Award, Village Theatre World-Premiere in March 2018), Barefoot Persephone, and Pete the Cat (Theatreworks USA). She has been honored to receive a seven-year New Dramatists residency, the Lippmann Family “New Frontier” Award, Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award, commissions from Broadway Across America and EST Sloan, and a residency at The Royal National Theatre in London. M.F.A.s: U. Iowa Playwriting and NYU Musical Theatre Writing. Sir. Jahna Ferron-Smith Jahna Ferron-Smith is a graduate of Boston University College of Fine Arts. She is a part of the Obie-winning playwriting collective, Youngblood, and her plays have been performed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the The Flea and UglyRhino Presents: TinyRhino. They include, “Hello, My Name Is”, Tuesday”, and “Salt: A Rom Com. ” Square Footage Jessica Moss Jessica Moss is an actor, playwright, and producer from Toronto. She is the creator/performer of solo shows Modern Love (Next Stage Festival, Toronto), and Polly Polly (Toronto/Edmonton Fringe; Patron’s Pick, Best of Fringe, Ed Mirvish Award for Entrepreneurship). Her full-length plays include Next to Him (RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights Contest Shortlist, Second Prize in Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, Finalist for Tangent Theatre Tivoli’s NEWvember), I Will Miss You When You’re Gone, Cam Baby (Toronto Fringe New Play Contest Winner, 2016, Weissberger finalist, Leah Ryans FEWW finalist, Premiere stages finalist, O’Neill semi-finalist, 2017), Stand Up, We’ll Make it Together, Escape Room, and Anna Starring Anna. As an actor, Jessica has appeared with the National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, Necessary Angel/LuminaTO Festival, SummerWorks, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Young People’s Theatre, and many times at the Toronto Fringe. Jessica currently lives in New York, and is a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting fellow at Juilliard and a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. This Movie Amanda Keating Amanda Keating lives in Brooklyn and is a playwright. Her plays include RETREAT (Ensemble Studio Theatre and Two Headed Rep), TARTUFFE (Two Headed Rep), GO THAT WAY (Williams College Summer Theatre Lab), ROAST (The Plowmen), of solitude, and The Cleanup Crew. She is a member of EST/Youngblood and the Literary Manager of Two Headed Rep. Her short plays have been produced by EST, Serials @The Flea, Tiny Rhino, and Rule of 7×7. An alumna of The MacDuffie School, Williams College, and the National Theater Institute, Amanda grew up in Western Massachusetts and her best friend is a cat named Wilbur. What Happened at the Dolphin Show Miranda Rose Hall Miranda Rose Hall is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. Her plays have been produced at Yale School of Drama, Yale Cabaret, Yale Summer Cabaret, DC Fringe Festival and Longacre Lea for the DC Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Miranda was the 2013-2014 Hot Desk Playwright in Residence at Baltimore’s Center Stage, where she developed several new plays and helped launch the program Wright Right Now. She is currently Resident Playwright and ensemble member with LUBDUB. Theatre Company, a New York-based physical theater company. She graduated from Georgetown University and is an MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama.
Baked Goods by Charlie Cohen, Christyn Budzyna, and Helen Park – Christyn Budzyna and Helen Park wrote Baked Goods while participants in The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Christyn is also the lyricist of The Prince & The Wooglefoof and The Fox Sisters, both forthcoming productions. Helen is a Lortel Award, Drama Desk Nominee, and NY Times Critics pick for KPOP. She is currently working on an animated musical film feature for Dreamworks. Charlie works for Warby Parker, and has directed and produced in the NY Musical Theatre Festival and NY Fringe Festival. Collin Martin is a composer for the theatre. His works include Someone Else’s Story, Honor and Family, and Godwin’s Law. Charlie, Christyn, and Helen are all the recipients of City Theatre of Miami’s National Award for Short Playwriting for Baked Goods. Rabiosa by Nelson Diaz-Marcano – Nelson Diaz-Marcano is a Puerto Rican playwright based in NYC. Mentored by Jonathan Levy when he attended Stony Brook university, his work has won awards at the Downtown Urban Arts Festival and the Fresh Fruit Festival among others. His most recent play Revolt was chosen as a semi-finalist at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and had its World Premiere produced by Vision Latino Theatre Company in Chicago. Other recent credits include: The Diplomats (Winner Outstanding Play – Fresh Fruit Festival 2017, DUAF 2018,) World Classic (Classical Theatre Of Harlem Staged Reading) Mami’s House (Step1 Theatre Project,) Promised Lands (Stable Cable Lab Co’s Livewire), Radical (Winner Best Play – DUAF 2016) and Prison Song (MITF 2012.) Nelson’s mission is to create work where different cultures are represented, and to raise awareness of their history. The Ferberizing of Coral by Patrick Flynn – Patrick Flynn is a playwright, filmmaker, and webseries creator based in Washington, D.C. His play ‘Giant Box of Porn’ was hailed by The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and was named “Best of Fringe” by DC Metro Theatre Arts. His play ‘Tinker Bell’, a retelling of ‘Peter Pan’, is currently running at Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo, MD and will be at First Stage in Milwaukee April 2019. His latest play, ‘Sheila and Moby’, opens at Flying V Theatre in Bethesda this November. Patrick’s webseries have won awards from L.A. Webfest and TIVA-DC. He is a veteran of the 48 Hour Film Project, receiving several awards including Best Film. His book ‘Visual Literacy: A Practical Text on the Analysis, History, and Creation of Visual Media’ is available from Kendall-Hunt. Patrick hosts a podcast about original cast albums and the people who love them called ‘The Original Cast’. The Forgotten Place by Jeff Locker – Jeff Locker is a writer, actor, and host based in Los Angeles. After majoring in East Asian Studies at Yale, he went on to become an award-winning entertainer in Taiwan and China, as well as the author of eight best-selling Mandarin how-to books with largely embarrassing, goofy covers. Host credits include the red carpet of the 75th Golden Globe Awards (STX/Tencent), China’s Huading Awards and Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, Fear Challenge (the Chinese Fear Factor) and Love Radio (EastRadio Shanghai). Stateside, he’s appeared on Marvel’s Agent Carter and Jimmy Kimmel Live, starred as Mandarin-speaking Peter Timms in David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish (Portland Center Stage, East West Players) and wrote/produced/starred in short films A Good Man and To Be Saved. A proud graduate of Second City and iO West, Jeff is deeply grateful for his community theater, The Players Guild of Canton, Ohio for providing a safe haven as a kid. Better by Vince Gatton – Vince Gatton is a New York based actor and writer. His short plays have appeared regularly in motolla theatre project’s CHERRY PICKING at the Wild Project, and been produced at the Fine Arts Association in Ohio and the New American Theater in Los Angeles. IN THE WHOLE HISTORY OF HI-Q was a finalist for the Short Playwriting Award at City Theatre in Miami; another short, JAM, won Best Play in the Secret Theatre’s LIC Short Play Festival. His full-length WAKE was a finalist at Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest 2017; ALEXANDRIA recently won Sanguine Theatre Company’s Project Playwright Festival 2018, and will have just finished its run at the IRT in the West Village when the OOB Festival begins. Ballgirl by Gracie Gardner – GRACIE GARDNER is a Brooklyn-based writer. She is a proud member of the Obie-winning group EST / Youngblood and the recipient of the American Playwriting Foundation’s 2017 Relentless Award. Her work includes Athena (NYT Critic’s Pick), Panopticon (Clubbed Thumb Biennial Finalist), Pussy Sludge (HERE Arts Center), and Very Dumb Kids (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music Commission). She is a Manhattan Theatre Club / Sloan Commission Recipient, and a SPACE on Ryder Farm resident.
Cluck Deluxe by Bonnie Antosh – Bonnie Antosh is a performer, writer, and musician raised in South Carolina. Her work as an actress includes seasons with Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare on the Sound, Adirondack Shakespeare Festival, Nebraska Shakespeare, and Two Headed Rep. She studied theater at Yale, where her one-act RARE was developed and performed at the Yale Playwrights Festival. Bonnie is the Literary Manager of Playing on Air, a podcast and public radio show devoted to contemporary short plays. I Love You St. Petersburg! by Bixby Elliot – Bixby Elliot is a New York City based writer. Plays include: Aquamarine (finalist: SFOOB 2018, White Bear, London and Emerge Long List), If on a winter’s night (The Tank, New York City and semi-finalist: O’Neill), Sommerfugl (InViolet, New York City), Abraham Lincoln was a F*gg*t (About Face, Chicago and finalist: O’Neill), Girl You Know It’s True (Pavement Group, Chicago and Theater Off Jackson, Seattle), PS1923.45 LS01 volume 2: The Book Play (Fringe Festival, NYC) and I Am Not Peter Pan (Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Best of Fest Winner). Bixby’s writing also includes television projects (previously in development with Jennifer Lopez Entertainment) and his screenplay Happy Now was a finalist for the Sundance Writers Lab. Bixby is a graduate of the MFA playwriting program at Columbia University, the co-curator of The Brooklyn Generator (a new play generation project) and co-founder of TheaterHusband/TheaterWife Project with Erin Mallon. A Small Breach in Protocol at Big Rick’s Rockin’ Skydive Academy By Daniel Hirsch -Daniel Hirsch is a playwright, screenwriter, and journalist based in Los Angeles who has also called Massachusetts, the Bay Area, and Pittsburgh home. His theatrical work has appeared at City Theatre, Custom Made Theatre, the Asylum Theater of Las Vegas, has been selected for Best of Playground LA, as a semi-finalist in the San Francisco Playwright’s Foundation Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and was shortlisted for the Neukom Institute Playwriting Prize. He is a two-time recipient of a screenwriting prize from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. His libretto for the opera ID, Please, composed by Soosan Lolavar, was performed at Tête à Tête Opera Festival in London. His journalism has appeared in Slate, San Francisco Magazine, SFGate, and The Bold Italic. He has an MFA in dramatic writing from Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and a BA from Stanford University. Stay for Dinner by Becky McLaughlin – Becky McLaughlin is an actor and writer based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She studied theatre at both Virginia Commonwealth University and The University of North Carolina Greensboro. She is a regular contributor to local community theater in all roles of the stage. She was the featured playwright for a series of short plays for Spirit Gum Theatre’s annual fundraiser in 2018. Her most recent play, ‘Sunshine Boy’, was a finalist in the 2019 Winston-Salem 10 Minute Play Festival. Bunkmates by Jeff Ronan – Jeff Ronan is a New York-based playwright and actor whose plays have been performed and work shopped with The Flea, The Tank, The Secret Theatre, The PIT, Premiere Stages, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre. Recent works include The Countdown, New American Plays, and Cat Call. Tidwell, or the Plantation Play by Rodney Witherspoon II – Rodney Witherspoon II is a New England based actor and writer. A Los Angeles native, he is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and is pursuing an MFA at the Brown University/ Trinity Repertory Company Graduate Program in Acting. He is a teaching artist at Trinity Rep’s Young Actors Summer Institute (YASI) and has worked with many companies throughout the country, including Atlanta Actors Equity, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Wilbury Theatre Group, Mixed Magic Theater, ART Station, and Vanguard Repertory Company.
Voir Dire by Carissa Atallah – Carissa Atallah is a writer and scholar from sunny Southern California. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts with an emphasis in Playwriting from the University of California Riverside. Her plays have been performed in venues including The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, the Historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, and the Complex Theater in Hollywood. Learn more at carissaatallah.com . Masking Our Blackness by Vincent Terrell Durham – Vincent Terrell Durham is a playwright who first honed his storytelling skills as a stand-up comic in comedy clubs across the country. He is a 2019 National New Play Network finalist and Eugene O’Neill semifinalist for his powerful new play Polar Bears, Black Boys & Prairie Fringed Orchids. Vincent confronts what it means to be Black in America with clarity, irony and humor. His voice as a proud gay man of color is fresh, compelling and his marksmanship for piercing the soul of a theater audience is unerring. He goes unflinchingly to the heart of the matter and pulls no punches. Vincent writes to pay honor to the Johnson family. The best storytellers a little Black boy could ever have. i didn’t think you’d be so unhappy by Shara Feit – Shara Feit is a playwright-performer-dramaturg from New York who makes sad/funny plays about messy, virtuosic, queer women+. Her work has been developed by Pipeline Theatre Company, Geva Theatre Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival’s Professional Training Program, G45 Productions, Rule of 7×7 at The Tank, Barn Arts, The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival, The Sewanee Writers’ Conference (2019 Romulus Linney Scholar), and The 24 Hour Plays, among others. Shara’s play little lives was a finalist for the 2019 National Playwrights Conference and she was selected for a 2020 Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO Award, recognizing outstanding Bronx-based artists. BA: Northwestern University, Agnes Nixon Award for Playwriting. The Falling Man by Gethsemane Herron-Coward – Gethsemane Herron‐Coward is a playwright from Washington, D.C. She has developed work with JAG Productions, The Flea, The Hearth, Magic Time @ Judson, The Ice Factory Festival at the New Ohio Theatre, Playwright’s Playground at Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Fire This Time Festival and Ars Nova, where she is a Resident Artist with Ars Nova’s Play Group. Additional residencies from The Liberation Theater Company, Virginia Center of the Creative Arts, VONA, and the Millay Colony, where she was the recipient of the Yasmin Scholarship. Semi-Finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Finalist for Space on Ryder Farm’s Creative Residency, the Dennis and Victoria Roth Playwright’s Program, and the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. MFA: Columbia University. Proud member of the Dramatist’s Guild. She’s enamored with Sailor Moon, witches, and other magical girl warriors. She writes for survivors. CRUSH by Krista Knight – Krista is a Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program Fellow (2016-2018), Page 73 Playwriting Fellow (2007), MacDowell Fellow (2008), Shank Playwriting Fellow at the Vineyard Theatre (2011-2012), Vanderbilt Writer-in-Residence (2020), the Chance Theater Resident Playwright (2020), and winner of the Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville (2016). Plays include LIPSTICK LOBOTOMY (2019 Kilroys List, Trap Door Theatre), DON’T STOP ME (musical with Dave Malloy), KIRK AT THE SF AIRPORT HYATT (NYTW’s Summer Residency, Vineyard reading), PRIMAL PLAY (New Georges), SELKIE (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dutch Kills) and 17 plays and musicals for young audiences. Commissions include the script for a ride at Tokyo Disney, The Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, The Assembly, Live Girls!, the Steinmetz Lab, and an EST/Sloan Commission (2020). BA: Brown University. MA: Performance Studies from NYU. MFA Playwriting: UCSD. www.KristaKnight.com Slow Jam by Caity-Shea Violette – Caity-Shea Violette is a national award-winning and internationally produced playwright. Her plays include TARGET BEHAVIOR (Kennedy Center’s National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award Winner, The Lark’s Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship Semifinalist), REAP THE GROVE (O’Neill Theatre Conference Semifinalist), CREDIBLE (Blue Ink Playwriting Award Semifinalist), SLOW JAM (Kennedy Center’s Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award Winner), THE STAND (Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival National Award Winner), and others. She is a member of Dramatists Guild of America and was named part of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership’s 2017 Fellows Class, a program for emerging leaders with disabilities who are committed to creating change. Caity-Shea is a Midwestern native who earned her BFA in Acting at University of Minnesota, Duluth and is a graduate of the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She currently resides in Boston where she is completing her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. More at www.caitysheaviolette.com
By Grace, Pt. 2 by Agyeiwaa Asante – Agyeiwaa Asante is an Ghanaian- American theatre artist based in Maryland. Her plays include, SWIRL (Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival 2017, Watermelon One- Act Festival- Best Production 2019), HELP WANTED (Silver Spring One Act Festival, Elemental Women Productions) and DAINTY (BOLD NYC’s 2020 Festival). Her short play, WILDEST DREAMS, will premiere at the 13th Annual Fire This Time Festival. Most recently she was commissioned for UMD’s NextNow Festival and Single Carrot Theatre and is the 2020 recipient of The Bret Adams and Paul Reisch Foundation’s Ollie Award for emerging playwrights. Agyeiwaa is the current Casting Director at Round House Theatre and a member of D.C. Dramatists. B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland. All Things Considered, It Was Probably the Most Productive Meeting The Escondido Unified School District PTA Ever Had by A.J. Ditty – A.J. Ditty is an actor/playwright/slash-mark enthusiast currently living in Brooklyn. His plays include B.B.’s Inferno (The PIT, dir. Tom Costello and Felicia Lobo), Eloise Parker Goes to the Moon (Crashbox Theater’s Read. Play. Write. series, dir. Kristin McCarthy Parker), Heart of Duckness (Pipeline Theater Company’s Bonfire series, dir. Kevin Hourigan), and “Rubiella: A Ghost Story” (Pipeline’s Matchstick series, dir. Felicia Lobo). He is a proud alumnus of Pipeline Theater Company’s PlayLab and is currently a member of Decent Company, which is a collective dedicated to the advancement of the theatrical writer/performer. DOGS OF SOCIETY by Julia Grogan – Julia Grogan is a writer-actor from London, England. Julia trained as an actor at Rose Bruford College, graduating in 2018. Shortly after graduating, she was invited to join the Royal Court Intro Writers’ Group. As a result, she wrote Playfight, her first play. The play won the ETPEP Award 2020 and was shortlisted for the Theatre Uncut Award, Papatango Award and longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting. Julia co-wrote dark historical comedy Belly Up which premiered at the Vault Festival 2020 and will be performed at the Turbine Theatre later this year. She is currently working on a new pitch-black comedy Dark Side of June. Acting work includes: At Sea (BBC Radio 4), Belly Up (VAULT), Island Town (Catalyst Festival). Julia is represented by Alec Drysdale at Independent Talent. Grieved by Jahquale Mazyck – JAY MAZYCK (he/they) is a Black queer creative from Brooklyn, NY. They starred in the Off- JAY MAZYCK (he/they) is a Black queer creative from Brooklyn, NY. They starred in the Off-Broadway production of Chisa Hutchinson’s Surely Goodness and Mercy (Keen Company) as well as Michelle Tyrene Johnson’s radio play Buried Roots. A reading of their first full length play, MAD, was included in the 2019 season of Corkscrew Theater Festival and they were one of the seven playwrights award commission in the 11th season of the Obie Award-winning Fire This Time Festival. Their short play, If Men Were Flowers premiered on the streaming platform All-Star in 2020. Their short play Dude premiered at the 2020 Frigid Queerly Festival and The Reparations Show produced by Kevin R. free. Mazyck is an alum of the prestigious Royal Court Theaters Writers Group in London and is currently a BTU Rise Fellow in partnership with Black Theatre United and Williamstown Theater Festival as well as a 2021-2022 SoulCenter Fellow. pearl apple penguin by Aisling Towl – Aisling is a poet, playwright and facilitator from South London. She has performed at venues across London and the U.K. including Richmix, Freeword Centre and Brainchild Festival, and for organisations including Sofar Sounds and Merky Books. Her play Godfrey was long-listed for the Royal Court’s Lynne Gagliano Award in 2019 and had a sold-out run at VAULT Festival 2020. Aisling is an alumnus of the Royal Court Playwrighting Group and the Apples and Snakes Writing Room. Kitchen Design by Suzanne Willett – Suzanne is a Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference Finalist, Bridge Award, Women’s Works Short Play Lab and Fresh Ground Pepper Play Ground Play Group Finalist. NY Productions: Life (Players Theatre, 2019), Chaos/Absolute Zero (Players Theatre, 2018), Rock, Paper, Scissors (Arctic Fridge Fest, 2017), Wonder Company (Dixon Place, 2017) Fall Pieces, a collection of experimental shorts (Dixon Place 2015); Tompkins ’88, a play about the Tompkins Square Part Riot in 1988 (Metropolitan Playhouse 2015); Robert McIntyre, a man’s struggle with his paralyzed hand (Manhattan Rep 2014). MFA in Playwriting, Hollins University. Member: Dramatist Guild, 29th St. Playwrights Collective.
Too Much Lesbian Drama: One Star by Jessie Field – Jessie Field (she/her) is an award-winning queer NYC playwright and director. She has written book and/or lyrics for numerous projects including Charlotte Lucas is 27 and Not Dead (Winner: Musicals Now Competition, O’Neill NMTC Semi-Finalist, SDSU Semi-Finalist), Madam President (workshopped at the New Musicals Lab at Ferguson Center), Ren Faire (being developed with Theatre Now), La Maupin (Winner: 2018 International MUT Competition, Winner: Audience Favorite – 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival) and Rachel (2018 JDT Lab Selection, Winner: Outstanding Musical – 2015 Fresh Fruit Festival, 2013 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Prize for Best Original Play). Jessie has also written the TYA straight play To The West, which was a finalist in the Growing Stage’s New Play Reading Festival and the school play at Randolph High. Jessie is a co-creator (with James Salem) of the musical webseries “Is This Art Now?” and she earned her MFA at NYU Tisch’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Chemistry by Ben Holbrook – Ben Holbrook is a Brooklyn-based (originally from NC) playwright and filmmaker whose works have been produced, developed, or commissioned by: Fundamental Theater Project, Ruddy Productions, The New York International Fringe Festival, The Memphis Fringe Festival, The Motor Company, Voices of the South (TN), Ugly Rhino (LA), Seoul Players (SK), Holiday House, Find the Light (LA), The Irish Arts Council, 45th Street Block Association, and Paper Lantern Theatre Company (NC). He’s been awarded the Edward Albee Foundation fellowship, the Drama League Rough Draft Residency (partnering with Sam Underwood), The Williamstown Theatre Festival residency, Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup Residency, the Wildwind Performance Lab residency, The New Concepts Theatre Lab at UNC-Greensboro, Magic Time at Judson Church, and is the inaugural recipient of the Peter Shaffer Award for Excellence in Playwriting. More info at baholbrook.com Georgia Rose by Onyekachi Iwu – Onyekachi Iwu is a Nigerian-American playwright, director, and filmmaker from Nashville, TN. She is a member of the American Theatre Group Playlab, 2020-2022 and Eden Theater Company Playlab, 2020. Her plays have also been developed and performed with the Classical Theatre of Harlem (Where is Nina Mae?), Two Strikes Theatre Collective (Georgia Rose), Conchshell Productions (Ants and Garlic), and Columbia University (Cotton Harris). Her full-length play, The Magical South, was a finalist for the Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers in 2020 and the Crossroads Diverse Voices Playwriting Initiative in 2021.She was also a finalist for UCROSS+The Blank Theatre’s 2022 Future of Playwriting Prize. Iwu’s work explores themes of Black love, Black womanhood, communal healing, and radical escapism. Bugs by Alex Moon – Alex Moon (Pronouns: they/he) is a genderqueer theatre artist and translator who’s worked with organizations such as The American Repertory Theatre; Ensemble Studio Theatre; Speakeasy Stage Co; Boston University; Emerson College; Theatre Collaborative, and more. Recently, their play, G-Town, was a finalist for the 2021 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Ari + Dee was produced by Broke People Play Festival and The Chain Theatre, and their short play HANOI JANE PISS TARGET was selected as part of the 46th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival. Their recent translations of The Homeric Hymns to Dionysus will be featured in the forthcoming spring issue of Persephone: The Harvard Undergraduate Classics Journal. They are a member of New York University’s class of 2022, double majoring in Dramatic Writing Classics, as well as training with the Yale School of Drama, Frantic Assembly, and One Year Lease’s Apprentice Program in Papingo, Greece. Shark Week by Erika Phoebus – Erika Phoebus is a NYC based playwright/performer who often writes magical, messy plays about body stuff and autonomy. Her work has been developed and/or produced at New Ohio Theatre, Fresh Ground Pepper BRB Retreat, The Flamboyán Theater, So-Fi Festival co-produced with Torn Page, Theatre 4the People, Actors Theatre of NY, and with Tessa Faye Talent, and her play RUSALKA won 5 Planet Connections Awards at the 2018 Planet Connections Theatre Festival, including Best Production and Best Script. B.F.A. Creative Writing, Brooklyn College. William Esper Meisner Conservatory alumni. Dramatist Guild Member. For more info, or to just say hi, check out www.erikaphoebus.com; IG: @ephoebs.if all You take from this is courage, then I’ve no regrets by Nicholas Pilapil – Nicholas Pilapil is a Filipino American playwright. His work has been developed with Artists at Play, IAMA Theatre Company, Playwrights Foundation, Theatre Rhinoceros, The Fountain Theatre, The Vagrancy and Victory Gardens, among others. His play “The Bottoming Process” has been read at Victory Gardens’ Ignite Chicago Festival of New Plays, IAMA Theatre Company’s Under 30 Lab Series, and was a finalist with honorable mention at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Nicholas is a member of The Writers’ Room at the Geffen Playhouse, and is an alum of the IAMA Theatre Under 30 Playwrights Lab, The Vagrancy Playwrights Group, Playground-LA, and artEquity.
18 by Darius M. Buckley – Darius M. Buckley is a dramatist, published author, performing artist, and native Detroiter. He studied Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University and is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting at Columbia University. A few of his playwriting credits include: The Fly & Incredibly Dope Adventures of Tyrone Jenkins: A Detroit Hip Hop Musical (CMU and the Detroit Fringe Festival), Thin Places (115 Short Play Festival), and The Bridge (Columbia University). Darius has also written and directed films such as: The DEFY Film, 5: A Visual Poem, American Thriller, Wonder Boy and Making Tyrone: A 1VK1 Mini Documentary. His literary publications include Wonder Boy: A Science Fiction Short, Only The Golden Sky Knows, and his first novella, HAZE: Book One. His calling is to write soulful black stories that inform, inspire, and heal. Stories that embody the pain, joy, and magic of young black voices. Nub City, USA! by Nicholas Hulstine – Nicholas Hulstine is a Louisville, Kentucky based theatre artist. On stage he’s appeared in Tuesday Night Poker (Theatre Row), Foreign Gothic (FringeNYC), The Dazzle (John Cullum Theater), The Flick (The Alley Theater) and Nobody Bunny and the Golden Age of Animation (Theatre 502). Film credits include My Friend Dahmer, Above Suspicion, The Art of Self Defense, Chopin, Runner and Great Light. His plays include Happyouth (Gene Frankel Theatre), The Track N’ Hole (Prologue Theatre, Chicago), Blue Scatters Most, (The Secret Theatre) and The Geography of Nowhere (The Chain Theatre). He’s the co-founder of the Louisville Fringe Festival. Education: The American Musical and Dramatic Academy, BA The New School, MFA in Playwriting Spalding University. The Velociraptor’s Very Good Day by Sarah ‘Sair’ Kaufman and Shane Dittmar – Sair and Shane (They & Them) are a disabled, nonbinary writing team with ambition to broaden the accessibility of musical theatre to be more inclusive of the disabled community. They & Them were finalists in the 2022 Write Out Loud songwriting competition, and recipients of the 2022 Danny Award for Original Song. The 10-Minute Musical they wrote for the Prospect Musical Theatre Lab – The Velociraptor’s Very Good Day, a piece about dinosaurs and autistic joy – was also selected for the 2023 SoundBites X Festival by Theatre Now New York. They are both a part of the BMI Musical Theatre Writer’s Workshop. Their flagship project is a D&D-inspired fantasy musical podcast called The Reality Shaper (therealityshaper.com) that they are currently developing. A song from the project called “The Non-Binary Song” went viral, and the pilot episode of the podcast is available on your podcast app of choice! Dugout Daisies by Julissa Mishay Norment – Julissa Mishay Norment 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. DRAWBRIDGE by Mallory Jane Weiss – Mallory Jane Weiss grew up in New Jersey, where she went down the shore and ate taylor ham. She continues to do those things & writes plays, in Brooklyn. Select plays include BIG BLACK SUNHATS (Great Plains Theatre Commons New Play Conference 2023; The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2022; Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission finalist 2020), LIGHTS OUT AND AWAY WE GO (The O’Neill NPC finalist 2023; Clubbed Thumb reading 2022), THE PAGE TURNERS (Clauder Competition Gold Prize 2023; Princess Grace Award semi-finalist 2022; The O’Neill NPC finalist 2021), PONY UP (Princess Grace Award Finalist, 2019), and DAVE AND JULIA ARE STUCK IN A TREE (Playing on Air’s James Stevenson Prize 2020). Mallory is an alumna of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers’ Group (2021-2022), The COOP’s Clusterf**k (2021), Gingold Theatrical Group’s Speakers Corner (2018-2019), and Fresh Ground Pepper’s BRB Retreat (2019). B.A.: Harvard University, M.F.A.: The New School. Freestyle Hand Entry by Elise Wien – Elise Wien is a writer who likes to make her plays like cakes – with a frosting of slapstick comedy, a moist inner layer of complex emotional landscape, and a molten core of ethical dilemma (OPEN WIDE). Her plays include Osher & The Infinite Curtain (Residency, VoxLab), OTP (Production, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre), [cowboy face] (Winner, Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting; Finalist, Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers), Craters, or the making of the making of the moon landing (Production, Smith College; Reading, Corkscrew Theater Festival). She is a recent graduate of Boston University’s Playwriting MFA program.