Abby Rosebrock Abby Rosebrock is a New York-based writer and performer from South Carolina. She graduated from Columbia University, where she taught writing on a literature fellowship and earned a doctorate in medieval English. Abby has written for Little Star Journal (poetry, playwriting), OPERA NEWS, Publishers Weekly, and Backstage; excerpts from her play Different Animals (Cherry Lane, 2013) appear in best-of anthologies by Smith & Kraus and Applause. Her plays have been produced or read at Cherry Lane, Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre (winner, 2014 EST/Sloan Foundation commission), IRT, Littlefield, The Flea, the C.O.W. Theatre, INTAR, and more. Her webseries My Ex Is Trending, co-created with Layla Khoshnoudi and Jennifer Wilson, is produced by Control Top TV. Abby is a member of the TV- and new media-writers’ collective at The Tank NYC and the Obie Award-winning Youngblood Playwriting Group at Ensemble Studio Theatre.
A’Lelia Bundles is at work on her fourth book, The Joy Goddess of Harlem: A’Lelia Walker and the Harlem Renaissance, a biography of her great-grandmother, whose parties and arts patronage helped define that era. On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C.J. Walker—about her great-great-grandmother—was a New York Times Notable Book. A former network television executive and producer at NBC News and ABC News, she is the National Archives Foundation board chair and a Columbia University trustee. Her writing has appeared in the NYT Book Review, O, Essence, several encyclopedias and on her website.
Allie Costa is an actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director whose works have been produced internationally. Her original plays include Femme Noir (GLO 2014), Breaking Cover (Rover Dramawerks semi-finalist), Prodigal Daughter, and Can You Keep a Secret? Little Swan, a Pas de Deux, inspired by prima ballerina Anna Pavlova, was named Best of PlayGround-LA 2014 and subsequently published. Who She Could Have Been (LBDI Semi-Finalist) was produced by Black Rabbit Theatre in Toronto. Allie’s acting credits include Spring Awakening, Anything Goes, Hamlet, 90210, and You Me & Her. She is a proud member of the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, PlayGround-LA, and SAG-AFTRA.
Alyson Mead studied at Yale, the Slade School of Art in London, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and with iO West, UCB and Tectonic Theatre Project. Her award-winning plays have been staged at Off-Off Broadway and regional theaters around the country and in London, including La MaMa, St. Mark’s Church, Judson Church, 8BC, Pasadena Playhouse, Venus Theatre, Women Playwrights Conference, Limelight, the Other Space Theater, the Hudson, Atwater Village Theater, Sacred Fools and the Lillian, among others. She was awarded residencies and fellowships through Ragdale, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Can Serrat and the Women’s International Study Center, won the University of Houston’s 10-Minute Play Festival and has been a finalist for the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Dramatic Writing, the Bridge Initiative Writing Award, the Collective: 10 Play Festival, the Cimientos/IATI Theater Play Development Program, NEWvember New Plays Festival and the Teatro Moz Playwriting Competition, and a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Manhattan Theatre Works’ Newborn Festival and the Wordsmyth Theater reading series. She’s published by Original Works Publishing, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Ammunition Theatre’s Writing Workshop, the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Playwriting Unit and the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative.
Amaranta Osorio I work as a writer, actress and cultural manager…At the moment, writing is what makes me happy. I´m half Mexican and half Colombian and have Spanish nationality. I`m currently living in Saint-Ouen L’Aumône, France (close to Paris).As an actress I have participated in 3 movies, 10 tv series, 20 theater productions and 9 shortfilms. As a playwriter 5 long and 5 short plays have been released and I have published 5 plays. In Spain, I was awarded with the “Premio de Textos Teatrales Jesús Domínguez” and “Premio Teatro Exprés de Caja Madrid”. The short film “Inseparables”received various prizes.As a cultural manager I have directed different international scene arts festival in Spain, Costa Rica and Mexico. My company Jeito Productions was awarded the “Young Entrepreneurs Prize” in Spain. I am member of Magalena Project. And of Clásicas y Modernas I’m also a mother.
Amina McIntyre is an Atlanta based playwright. Her production/reading credits include TipMyCup Productions at the Roy Arias Theater in New York, Wabash College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Indiana Theater Association ITWorks 2008, Fort Wayne Fringe Festival and the Atlanta One Minute Play Festivals. She is the Managing Director of Karibu Performing Arts Theatre Company and recipient of a 2013-2014 City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs Individual Grant and the 2014-2015 Emerging Theatre Artist in Residence. She is currently a Playwright Apprentice in the Horizon Theatre 2014-2015 Apprenticeship Company and the 2014-2015 Atlanta Region Young Ambassador for the Dramatist’s Guild.
Amy Gijsbers van Wijk is a first-generation American playwright who lives in Pittsburgh, PA and Brooklyn, NY. Amy holds a BA from Brooklyn College, where she studied with Erin Courtney and Sibyl Kempson. She is completing her MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University with Rob Handel.
Amy Merrill is a playwright, producer, and author of many plays. ARDENT GIRLS is a tribute to a group of remarkable women, led by Florence Kelley and Jane Addams, who founded Hull-House in 1890s Chicago and fought for better working and living conditions for women and children in Chicago and nation-wide. ARENT GIRLS is also about the challenges the women faced, choosing meaningful work over husbands and children. What they needed to do to keep going. Amy is also working on a series of plays about people in the US and in Iraq whose lives have been touched by the Iraq war. Amy lives in the Boston (MA) area and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. For more info go to: amymerrillplays.com
Amy Oestreicher is a PTSD peer-to-peer specialist, mixed-media artist, author, speaker for RAINN, writer for The Huffington Post, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright, sharing the gifts of trauma through her writing, performance, art and speaking. Gutless & Grateful, her one-woman autobiographical musical, has toured theatres, conferences and campuses nationwide, earning accolades since it’s BroadwayWorld Award-nominated NYC debut. Amy’s “beautiful detour” inspired her to create the #LoveMyDetour movement, a campaign inspiring people to flourish because of, rather than in spite of challenges. She has contributed to over 70 notable online and print publications, and her inspirational story has appeared on the TODAY Show, CBS, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen Magazine, among others. Amy’s passion for the arts as a means of healing and expression led her to devise storytelling and creativity workshops across the country, as well as a program combining mental health advocacy, sexual assault awareness and theatre. Learn more at amyoes.com
Ana Diaz Barriga is a Mexican theatre practitioner who currently resides in London. She has worked in puppet theatre companies in Mexico City and has improvised in Mexico, the UK and Italy. Ana recently completed an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and is pursuing further studies researching kinesthetic empathy in puppet theatre. Ana’s current practice focuses on ways of integrating improvisational structures into devised work and directed processes as a way to encourage group creativity and emergence. This is her first written play.
Andrea Lepcio’s Looking for the Pony was a finalist for the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and for the NEA Outstanding New American Play Award. It was presented in a “Rolling World Premiere” Off-Broadway at Vital Theatre Company in New York City and Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta in 2009 and other regional and international productions. Plays and musicals under development include Me You Us Them, Strait of Gibraltar, Central Avenue Breakdown, Lf&Tms and Ballad of Rom and Julz. Andrea is the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director. M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University. B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic.
Andrea Scott is a professional actor, playwright & producer who saw her play Eating Pomegranates Naked accepted into the SummerWorks Performance Festival where it won the RBC Arts Professional award, named Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Production. Better Angels: A Parable won the SummerWorks award for Production in August 2015 and was recognized as Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Direction (Nigel Shawn Williams) and Outstanding Production by NOW Magazine. Better Angels: A Parable had its US debut at the Athena Festival in Chicago in December 2015 and was then produced by Rumble Theatre in their Tremors Festival in August 2016. Her play about Mata Hari, Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife, won the Cayle Chernin Award for theatre on May 5, 2016 followed by a successful run in SummerWorks (Outstanding Performance – NOW Magazine). Andrea is a CAEA, ACTRA, PGC, DGA member who recently graduated from the inaugural Artist Producer Training Program run by Generator/Theatre Ontario. She completed three weeks in the Stratford Playwright Retreat in September followed by a reading of her newest play, All Most Be Longing in the Tarragon Workspace Program directed by Dora Award winning director, Nina Lee Aquino.
Angela J. Davis authored the The Spanish Prayer Book (O’Neill semi-finalist, PlayPENN top-12 finalist, Julie Harris Award top-5 finalist, HRC Showcase finalist, SETC new-play award first alternate winner, among other honors). Recent work has been presented at The Road Theatre Company, the Dayton Playhouse, The Blank Theatre, and the Pittsburgh Original Works Series. Her writing also appears in a University of Iowa Press anthology. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Angela studied comparative literature at Stanford, and is a practicing attorney, adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School, and creator of an award-winning multi-media program on bias elimination.
Angelé Sionna has been a professional writer for two decades, working as a TV news writer and producer, web journalist, print reporter and columnist, mom and travel blogger, and now is also a professor. She has a MFA in creative writing, as well as a masters and bachelors in journalism. You can find her daily musings on Twitter @AngeleOutWest.
Anne Flanagan is a writer/actor/public school teacher. She has also worked as a private investigator, which is not nearly as exciting as one might think. Anne has won many playwriting awards and has been produced throughout the United States and Canada. Publications include her full length comedy, Artifice, (Dramatic Publishing); Best Women’s Monologues 2013 (Smith and Kraus), Best Contemporary Monologues 2014 (Applause) and Monologues from the Heart; Vol II (JAC.) Residencies include the Kennedy Center Playwright’s Intensive, StonyBrook/South Hampton Writer’s Conference, and the Kenyon College Playwright’s Institute.
Annette Lee began her artistic life as an actor in New York before returning to her native Los Angeles as a playwright. Her plays have been performed in Los Angeles, New York, Portland, and Chicago. She has written for radio, mono-drama and site-specific projects. She has served as a dramaturge for both USC’s School of Theater and Master of Professional Writing Program, is a recipient of the Mickey Dude Fellowship for the Depiction of Ethnic Life in America and the Edna & Yushan Han Scholarship. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA, has taught writing at UCLA and East West Players and currently serves as the Literary Manager for Playwrights’ Arena in Los Angeles and is curator of its New Pages Lab program.
Annie Wood Hollywood native, Annie Wood is the writer/creator of the hit web series, Karma’s a B*tch. Season one was Best of the Web on Virgin America inflight entertainment and garnered more than 1.7 million views. Season two is now in post. One of Annie’s original pilots recently won the LOL (Ladies of Laughter) competition at WGA, one of her comedic scenes was in the NBC/UNIVERSAL DIVERSITY showcase and she recently co-wrote another comedy pilot with Emmy award winning producer, Aaron Shure (The Office, Everybody Loves Raymond). As an author and playwright, her latest book, Just a Theory: a quantum love adventure is a current Chanticleer Book Review Awards Finalist and her short play, You Again; a reunion of sorts, was just produced at the Miles Playhouse in Santa Monica. Annie is a WGAW and Dramatist Guild Member and runs the twitter account for the Women of WGAW (@WoWGAW) which positively promotes diversity in the entertainment industry. Annie is a pathos enthusiast, can juggle oranges for about four seconds and spider monkeys creep her out.
Ariel Aliza Sanders and Matt Sanders live and write in Brooklyn, NY. Several of their short plays have had New York City productions.
Arlene Hutton is best known for LAST TRAIN TO NIBROC (New York Drama League Best Play nomination), which the Chicago Tribune named as one of the top ten productions in Chicago in 2015. Regional credits include B Street, Chester, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Echo, Florida Studio Theatre, Kitchen, and Rubicon. Her plays have been presented at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Fringe NYC, Off- and Off-Off-Broadway and at theatres across the US, in London and throughout the world. An alumna of New Dramatists, Hutton is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and Dramatists Guild, eight-time Actors Theatre of Louisville 10-Minute Play Contest finalist, three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize and recipient of the Macy’s New Play Prize and the Lippman and Calloway Awards. Residencies include the Australian National Playwrights Conference, New Harmony Project, Blue Mountain Center, MacDowell Colony, William Inge Center and Yaddo. Hutton received a commission for MARIA SIBYLLA MERIAN from EST/Sloan Foundation and was named the 2015 Playwriting Fellow by the South Carolina Arts Commission. She teaches playwriting at The Barrow Group in NYC and has been on the faculty of College of Charleston, University of the South, Fordham and the Sewanee Writers Conference. Her scripts are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing and Playscripts and appear in numerous anthologies.
Ash Sanborn is an Iowa playwright whose show, “The Feast of Jovi Bono” went up on 42nd Street in New York in December, 2013 for a festival run and is now launching as an activist piece in Boston, Chicago and Pittsburgh. She lives her shows on the streets and invites cast, crew and audience to do the same with “Clarity,” a show about economic inequality; “Brigid Kildare’s Steelworks,” about restorative justice, and “Elvira the Druggist,” about medical cannabis.
Ashley Lara is a writer and improviser in New York City. Her works have been performed in the US and UK. She earned her Masters of Research in Playwriting Studies at the University of Birmingham, the flagship playwriting program in England. She currently co-produces She Makes Me Laugh, a monthly comedy showcase featuring the best female comics, storytellers, improvisers, and character performers in New York.
Asia Nichols is nomadic playwright from Vallejo, California. Her stories often involve retold fairytales, folktales, and speculative fiction. She contributes a series of short plays about the unsung lives of historical black women to 365 Women A Year, an international playwriting project. More of her works include travel essays, short fiction, and screenplays. Her story about “forest-hair” won best short screenplay at the 2014 BlackStar Film Festival.
Aspen Mock, Dramatists Guild member, is an English teacher and writer. Her play, Ultramarine Girl: A Cup Full of Courage, will be performed July 2015. Awards for her play A Semblance of Hope, which raised funds for cancer research, include: House of Representatives Citation, BPW YC, and YWCA Tribute to Women. Her education includes: BAs Theatre, English Literature and French (University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown), MA English/Education (Indiana University of PA), and Shakespearean coursework in Oxford; she’s currently a doctoral student (Point Park University). Additional work includes dance, theatre, film, television and modeling.
B A R B A R A B L U M E N T H A L – E H R L I C H Full lengths have been produced at Northern Light, Overtime, Forward Flux, Trustus Trinity Rep, the New York International Fringe Festival, the off-Broadway Summer Play Festival, and more. A contributing writer to the upcoming 2017 national tour, THE GRIEF DIALOGUES. Plays have been developed in NYC at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, EST, ARACAworks, Stella Adler, and Rattlestick, and regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva, Victory Gardens, among others. She won the 2016 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Julie Harris Award and was a runner up in contests that include the Sundance Playwriting Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Heideman Award and Princess Grace Fellowship. Her play SISTER SISTER was nominated for Best Original Play in Edmonton’s Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award, and STILL LIFE was was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and named to the Kilroy List (honorable mention). barbarablumenthalehrlich.com @1BarbaraBE
Barbara Kahn’s plays have been produced in the U.S. and Europe. She has directed in NYC, Paris, and London’s National Theatre. Theater for the New City has been her primary NYC producer since 1994. Among her many awards: TORCH OF HOPE, previously given to Terrence McNally, John Guare, August Wilson, Horton Foote and A.R. Gurney; the joint Robert Chesley Playwriting Award/Wurlitzer Foundation Residency in Taos, NM. With Jackie Freeman, she co-authored the lyrics to “Actions are the Music of the Free,” music by Jennifer Giering, performed at the United Nations Tribute to Dame Nita Barrow. Member: The Dramatists Guild.
Barbara Corrado Pope is an historian who founded the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Oregon. She has published three historical novels set in late 19th-century France. Her ten-minute play “ID Number 22374” was produced at the Northwest 10 Annual Play Festival.
Beatriz Cabur is a Spanish theatre maker. She has written and/or directed over 35 plays which have been produced in 6 countries: Spain, Mexico, Italy, Austria, the UK and the USA. Graduated in Playwriting and Theatre Directing from the RESAD. Master of Advanced Studies in AV-Comms from the UCM. She’s currently enrolled in the final year of her PhD in “Telepresence in Text Theatre” at the UC3M. Beatriz Cabur is the Coordinator of the Hispanic Committee of EURODRAM and member of the international network for working playwrights, The Fence and of The League of Professional Theatre Women. Beatriz is the co-founder and executive director of New International Theatre Experience (NITEcorp), a global service organization that empowers theatre makers by revolutionizing the way they create, connect and cooperate in the twenty-first century. Founded in 2012 in New York, NITE transforms the theatrical landscape by providing both physical and virtual platforms for investigation, innovation and interaction.
Begoña Ugalde Es licenciada en literatura Hispánica en la Universidad de Chile y
Ha publicado los poemarios : “El cielo de los animales” “Thriller”, “La virgen de las Antenas”. Fue ganadora del concurso “Santiago en 100 palabras” con el cuento Nadan.
Es autora de las siguientes obras teatrales; “ABC1”, “La causa del Siniestro”, “Fuegos Artificiales”, “Temporada Baja”, “Campamento”, y “Llamadas de Larga distancia”, “Toma” y “Yo nunca nunca” El año 2012 fue seleccionada para cursar los talleres de dramaturgia que realizó el Royal Court Theater de Londres.
Begonya Plaza is an actor, writer and filmmaker. She has been directed by top Hollywood film directors in feature and starring roles. On stage Philip Seymour Hoffman directed Begonya in Labyrinth’s original production of “In Arabia We’d All be Kings”, amongst other stage work with distinguished local and international collaborators. In 1987, Plaza wrote, directed, edited and produced, Gernika Lives, a documentary about the bombing of Gernika, and the Spanish Civil War, both events experienced by her father as a young boy. Teresa’s Ecstasy was produced Off-Broadway at Cherry Lane Theatre; Souvenir Views, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival, subsequently traveling the world and airing on The Independent Film Channel.
BELLA POYNTON is a playwright and theater artist from Buffalo, NY. Her plays have been developed and produced at the Great Plains Theater Conference, The Barrow Group, The Science Fiction Theater Company, Lookingglass Theater in NYC, The Pittsburgh New Play Festival, Otherworld Theatre, and Road Less Traveled Productions. In 2010, her play Pope Joan was a national National Finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, and produced as part of the InCite Arts Festival at New World Stages. Recently, Bella’s play Medusa Undone won the 8th Annual New Works Festival at Panndora Productions, and will soon be further developed by Swiftly Tilting Theatre Project. This year, her play Speed of Light was a Semi-Finalist at the O’Neill Theater Conference, and given an Honorable Mention on the 2015 Kilroys List for Notable Plays by Female Playwrights. Speed of Light was also given a World Premiere Production at Road Less Traveled, and has upcoming workshops at Quantum Dragon Theatre in San Francisco, and Wheelhouse Theater in Chicago. Other recent honors include finalist status for the 2015 Woodward/Newton Drama Award, and the 40th Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. Upcoming projects include her short play Cheatat Ampersand Artists, and the The Aurora Project at the Dramatist Guild’s Roving Reading Series.
Brenda K. White I am a playwright and poet. I have written several monologues and ten-minute plays. A monologue, “Southern Beauty” was published in 2013 in Scenes from the Common Wealth: Short Plays & Monologues by Kentucky Women. I am currently working on a full-length play. She is a part of the Kentucky Women Playwrights Seminar.
C.J. Ehrlich’s award-winning works have enjoyed dozens of productions around the US and on five continents. Full-length comedies: THE CUPCAKE CONSPIRACY (Rover Dramawerks, TX, w/Philip J. Kaplan), ZANE TO GATE 69 (Overtime Theatre, TX), THE MALTESE BABKA (WCT, NY). Some favorite collaborators: Samuel French OOB Fest, NYC; Boston Theatre Marathon (MA); Little Fish, LA; Grin Theatre, Liverpool; Little Black Dress INK (venues around the US) and many more. Published: in five Smith & Kraus’ Best Ten-Minute Plays anthologies; Applause/Hal Leonard’s Best American Short Plays of 2014-15, and by Heuer. A proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, C.J. lists among her greatest achievements teaching her sons the fine art of the spit take. Web: CJ-Ehrlich.com.
Camila Le-Bert holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Chile and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. She was awarded with the Presidente de la República scholarship from 2008-2011. Participant of the Royal Court Theatre in Chile workshop, her final play, Chan!, was performed in London, at the Royal Court for the New Plays from Chile readings. She received a grant from the Goethe Institut of Argentina in 2014 to attend the Panorama Sur playwriting intensive in Buenos Aires. Actor and playwright, she is the artistic director of Teatro del Carmen. The company has premiered le-bert’s plays Mis Tres Hermanas (Playwriting Award, Festival 8 para Nuevos Directores), Latino (directed by Los Contadores Auditores) and La Guagua. Teatro del Carmen also produced her translation of Caryl Churchill’s play Far Away. Other plays include Chicos Tóxicos (Fitam 2005), Platos Voladores, polis and Trío (Teatro del Puente). As an actor, she has participated in the Contadores Auditores’ play Safari para Divorciadas and in the feature films You think you’re the prettiest… (but you’re the sluttiest) and Caleidoscopio. She currently works at Canal 13 and teaches at DuocUC. She is also director of the Lápiz de Mina women’s playwriting festival.
Cari A. Hopson is a writer and amateur filmmaker, residing in Greensboro, North Carolina. As a member of the Greensboro Playwright’s Forum, she’s had two short plays selected for the Forum’s Evening of Short Plays, held yearly in the Spring and Fall. She has served as Assistant Director for several theater productions with the City of Greensboro’s Drama Department and is currently transitioning to the Director role. She writes, produces, and directs short films under her one-woman production company, See Jane Shoot Films. She is currently working on a novelette and a full-length screenplay to be submitted to national screenwriting competitions. This is her first play written for the 365 Women a Year Playwriting Project; she is honored to tell the story of Celia and provide her with an outlet for her voice that she was not allowed in life.
Carol Polcovar’s career in performance and theater spans thirty years. A “late bloomer”, Ms. Polcovar was a teacher of inner city children and mother of three before she became active in the arts. Her plays have been performed in NYC and Europe.My Mother Told Me I was Different, her docudrama about the Stonewall Rebellion received a Talkin’ Broadway award for best year’s docudrama. She is the founder and former Artistic Director of the Fresh Fruit Festival held in NYC. Ms. Polcovar now lives and works in Hawaii.
Carol M. Rice is a playwright, director, actor, and producer. She has an MA in Drama (Playwriting Emphasis) from Texas Woman’s University. Her full-length plays Murder at the Orient Burlesque (Column Award Nomination) and Around the World in 80 Days were produced by Rover Dramawerks and The Belle of West Texas was presented by McKinney Repertory Theatre and Mesquite Community Theatre; it is published by Brooklyn Publishers. She has several plays published through Next Stage Press. Carol is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and is the founder and Artistic Director of Rover Dramawerks, which produces the DFW 365 Women a Year Festival.
Caroline Turner Cole is a Dallas-based theatre artist. She strives to tell interesting and thought-provoking stories and to instill confidence and self-assurance in others to do the same. In pursuit of that goal, Caroline has worked as an actor, writer, and director in Houston, Dallas and Ukraine.
Caroline N. Simpson is an English teacher at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, WA. She taught English Literature for five years in international high schools in Turkey and Spain. She studied playwriting at Emerson College (Boston) and the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (NYC), and poetry at the Ezra Pound Center for Literature (Italy) and The Hugo House (Seattle). Her poetry has been published abroad and in many literary magazines in the U.S. In 2013, a collection of her poetry won Honorable Mention in Hot Street’s Emerging Writers Contest. In 2014, she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Third Wednesday.
Carolyn Gage is a lesbian feminist playwright, performer, director, and activist. The author of nine books on lesbian theatre and sixty-five plays, musicals, and one-woman shows, she specializes in non-traditional roles for women, especially those reclaiming famous lesbians whose stories have been distorted or erased from history. In 2014, she was one of the six featured playwrights at the 53rd Annual World Theatre Day, sponsored by UNESCO, and held in Rome. In 2015, the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College acquired her papers. Her catalog is online at www.carolyngage.com.
Carolyn Kras was Playwright in Residence at Selladoor Worldwide through a Fulbright Award. Her play The Subject had two United Nations Orange Day Readings in London and 20 readings total. Carolyn received the Visionary Playwright Award, William Randolph Hearst Creative Artist Fellowship, Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar selection, and Disquiet International Short Play Award. Her plays have been produced or developed at Antaeus Theatre Company, The Blank Theatre, The Road Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left Theatre, Centenary Stage Company, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, 20% Theatre Company Chicago, Theater Masters, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and more. www.carolynkras.com
Carolyn Núr Wistrand’s plays include Rising (Castillo Theatre, New York City); 9 Steps from St. Ann Street (New Perspectives Theatre, New York City); Second Coming (Open Eye: New Staging, New York City); Even the Dirt Bleeds (Harold Clurman, New York City, When Marie Took The Power (Savannah Black Heritage Festival); Magdalena’s Crossing (Wordsmyth Theatre, Houston, Echo Theatre, Dallas, Bridge Initiatives, Phoenix). Her plays are published with One Act Play Depot, Canada, Africa World Press, and Carmel Publishers, India. Carolyn Núr is an Assistant Professor in the English Program, School of Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences, Dillard University, New Orleans.
Catherine Frid’s produced plays include Our Voices: Senior Selfies, Over The Edge, The Bold Canadian: Laura Secord and Her Legacy, Homegrown, GuineaPigging, Dead Cat Bounce, and a number of short works. Catherine is currently Artist in Residence at Osgoode Hall Law School. She has received grants from the Canada, Ontario and Toronto arts councils, and her publications include Us and Them published in Thirtysomethings: Mother-Daughter Monologues, and Community with Strangers published in Scenes from a Diverse World. Upcoming: Burying Toni at Alumnae Theatre, November 2014, directed by Ginette Mohr; Playwright in Residence at Mixed Company Theatre, 2015.
Catherine Weingarten is a recent Bennington College graduate in Vermont and an incoming playwriting MFA candidate at Ohio University. Her short works have been done at such theaters as Ugly Rhino Productions, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Nylon Fusion Collective. Her full length plays include: Are you ready to get PAMPERED!?, Recycling Sexy, A Roller Rink Temptation and Pineapple Upside Down Cake: a virgin play. She is the Playwright in Residence for “Realize your Beauty inc” which promotes positive body image for kids by way of theater arts. She was previously a member of Abingdon Theater’s playwrights group and New Perspective “women’s work” short play lab 2014.
Cesi Davidson is a speech language pathologist working with children struggling with communication difficulties/learning differences and their families. Writing plays naturally emerged after years of dialogue as a mother, sister, friend, therapist, and companion and periods of spiritual seclusion. Her first play was Bus Talk, presented at the New Federal Theatre’s playwright workshop in May 2009. Since that time, her work has accumulated with several one act and full length plays including: Chakalaka, Adagio, Garden Party, Juicy, Soap Cream & Incense, Embraceable You, Duck Sauce, Scat, End Pieces, Fashionable Shoes, Con Cuidado, The Crest of Watercress, Damselfly, Faceless, Richard the Baker the Magic Cake Maker, Below the Waist, Sojourner’s Truth, Voice Lessons, Joe & Mary’s Place, Style by Design, The Pebble Keeper, Eric & Terisa Deconstructed, How Do I Love Thee, and others. Chakalaka won Honorable Mention at the 2010 Downtown Urban Theatre Festival. Sojourner’s Truth, a one-woman show about the life of the historic Sojourner Truth, was commissioned by Urban Stages and completed two years of touring. Silent Re-acquaintance, Bringing Tiny Home, Duck Sauce and Entonces Vivamos were produced in four seasons of Artistic New Directions. Cesi is the founder and curator of “Short Plays to Nourish the Mind”, a monthly series of free dramatic readings featured at Harlem branches of the New York Public Library. This program was awarded, “STAR Participant 2015” by WNYC/WQXR. Entonces Vivamos is scheduled for publication in “Plays for Three”, a Vintage Book original, on December 1, 2015. Return to Love, an anthology of contemporary short plays inspired by Harlem is in press, as is Veronica Bunny Read Her Text Messages. Cesi is pleased to live her life boldly with limited permission. She hopes she can inspire and delight others with her stories.
Charlene A. Donaghy’s plays have been produced and awarded from New York City to Los Angeles, in Great Britain and Canada. Hansen Publishing Group publishes Charlene’s play collection, Bones of Home and Other Plays. Other publications include: Best American Short Plays, 25*10-Minute Plays for Teens, Estrogenius A Celebration of Female Voices. Charlene is Festival Director/Warner International Playwrights Festival, Producing Director/Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, teaches playwriting/theatre University of Nebraska Omaha, founding member Boston’s Proscenium Playwrights, and member New York City’s 9th Floor Playwrights, The Playwrights Center, and The Dramatists Guild of America where she is Connecticut Regional Representative. www.charleneadonaghy.com
Charissa Menefee is a poet, playwright, director, and performer. She is on the faculty of the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment at Iowa State University. In 2016, her chapbook, When I Stopped Counting, was published by Finishing Line Press, and her work was featured in The Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine Anthology. A recent finalist for the Julie Harris Playwright Award, she has had plays honored by the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s New American Playwrights Project, Pandora Festival of New Plays, American College Theatre Festival, Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project, and City of Charleston Literary Arts Awards.
Chelsea Sutton is a playwright, fiction writer and director. She is a member of Skylight Theatre’s PlayLab, LAFPI, Eclectic Voices, and Rogue Artists Ensemble. Recently, she was a finalist for the O’Neill Conference and the Woodward/Newman Drama Award. She is currently an Emerging Voices Fellow with Pen USA. WithCoffeeSpoons.com
Christina Hamlett Former actor/director Christina Hamlett is an award-winning author whose credits to date include 37 books, 164 plays, 5 optioned screenplays, and squillions of articles/interviews that appear online and in trade publications worldwide. She is also a script consultant for stage and screen (which means she stops a lot of really bad plots from coming to theatres near you) as well as a professional ghostwriter (which does not mean she talks to dead people). Further, she has worked in all aspects of media and holds a degree in Communications. Christina and her gourmet chef husband, Mark Webb, reside in Southern California.
Christine Hodak is a Chicago writer. Tomato Queen, her two act fable with music (book and lyrics; music by Scott Lamps) received its world premiere in February 2015 at Quest Theatre Ensemble where it played for six weeks. Chris’ Midwestern flood play, The Iroquois, was a semi-finalist at the 2013 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and received a workshop production at Raven Theatre in June 2014. She wrote for, and co-produced The Hopper Project: Cape Cod Morning which ran in May 2014 at Arts on Elston. The City of Chicago Cultural Arts Program supported two of her projects: Thismia americana, presented at the Pullman State Historic Site in 2009, and The Adventures of Gudrid and Jorunn, seen in the 2007 Estrogen Fest; both shows were directed by Andrew Park. The Field Museum and the City of Chicago Department of the Environment were partners in the Thismia production. Chris was awarded writing residencies at Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico. She is an Artistic Associate of Quest Theatre Ensemble, a Network Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and a Member of the Dramatist Guild.
Christine Toy Johnson is an award-winning writer, actor, filmmaker and advocate for inclusion based in NYC. Her work has been developed with the Roundabout Theatre Company, Crossroads Theatre, Leviathan Lab, Diverse City Theatre Company, Barrow Group, Weston Playhouse, Gorilla Rep, CAP21 etc. and is included in the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection. Member: Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project (founder), BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop (alum). Recipient of 2013 Rosetta LeNoire Award from Actors’ Equity Association for “outstanding artistic contributions to the universality of the human experience in the American theatre”.
Cindy Cooper plays have been performed in New York at Primary Stages, The Women’s Project (How She Played the Game), Wings (Slow Burn; Strange Light), Starfish (Lincoln Center Clark Studio) (Beyond Stone), Theatreworks (The World at Your Fingertips), Museum of Tolerance, Anne Frank Center USA (Silence Not, A Love Story), EST New Works, and in Chicago, Minneapolis, DC, Philadelphia, LA, Budapest, Jerusalem, Helsinki, more. Her plays are in 16 publications; she’s won awards from Pen & Brush, Samuel French Play Festival, Malibu Int’l, Nantucket Theatre, others. Cooper is a two-time Jerome Fellow. She lives in New York City.
Claire McCracken is a playwright and actor based in Scotland. In 2016 she founded Rebel Tree Theatre whose aim is to produce topical, issue-based, thought-provoking theatre with a particular emphasis on creating a fuller range of roles for female actors. Recent work includes Retrograde in Mercury (Mixtape; Tron Theatre); The Ballad of Senga Rainie Rainie (Platform Glasgow); Drive Time (Edinburgh Fringe); Flight Mode (Dawn Grenade Theatre); The Little Girl from 1945 (Luminate Festival), The End of Things (Wee Theatres Glasgow) and Wee, Sleekit, Cow’rin, Tim’rous Beastie (One Day Creative Education).
Claire Willett Portland native Claire Willett is a proud company member of the Oregon writers’ collective Playwrights West. She was the 2011 Oregon Literary Fellow for Drama, a past Writer-in-Residence at I-Park Artists’ Colony (East Haddam, CT) and has received artistic project grants from the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Oregon Arts Commission. She is a founding artist of Portland’s annual Fertile Ground Festival of New Work and has produced six staged readings in the festival. Her play Dear Galileo will receive a full production in summer 2015, produced by Playwrights West in partnership with CoHo Productions. It was previously workshopped in 2012 at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland and in 2013 at the Hothouse New Play Development Series at Pasadena Playhouse, starring Lawrence Pressman and Robert Picardo. Her other works include Upon Waking; How the Light Gets In; That Was the River, This Is the Sea; The Witch of the Iron Wood, a chamber opera based on Norse mythology co-written with local composer Evan Lewis; Carter Hall, a contemporary adaptation of the fairy tale “Tam Lin” featuring traditional Scottish folk songs arranged by Grammy-nominated Nashville folk songwriter Sarah Hart; and a world premiere adaptation of W.H. Auden’s 1942 poetic oratorio For the Time Being. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Whitman College in Washington, ten years of experience as an arts administration professional in Portland, and is a graduate of the Paul A. Kaplan Theatre Management Program at Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City. Her first novel, The Rewind Files, a science fiction comedy about time travel and Watergate, is coming in 2015 from Retrofit Publishing in Los Angeles.
Claire Wittman is a student of the Hollins Playwright’s Lab, and is also overjoyed to be uniting her love of history, literature, and theatre as she earns her M.Litt and MFA through Mary Baldwin University’s Shakespeare and Performance Program. Though her work has been frequently described as “sad” and “British”, contrary to popular belief, Claire herself is neither of those things. Her literary influences include Tom Stoppard, Sarah Ruhl, Lauren Gunderson, and, of course, Jane Austen. In her spare time, she devotes herself to improvement of her mind through extensive reading, watching Downton Abbey, and drinking copious amounts of tea.
Claudia Barnett grew up in the Bronx and lives in the woods of Tennessee. She has served as resident playwright at Stage Left Theatre and Nashville Repertory Theatre and has developed four scripts with Venus Theatre, where Witches Vanish premiered as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. She teaches playwriting at Middle Tennessee State University and is the author of I Love You Terribly: Six Plays (2012) and No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister: A Play in Two Acts (2015), both published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.
Claudia I. Haas has a large body of work for teen performers, inter-generational audiences and young audiences. Her plays have had over 1,000 productions in all fifty states as well as on five continents. Honors/awards include: The Old Miner’s Children’s PlaywritingContest, The University of Central Missouri Children’s Playwriting Contest, The Unpublished Play Reading Project, The Aurand Harris Children’s Playwriting Award, East Valley Children’s Theatre Playwriting Contest, The Anna Zornio Memorial PlaywritingCompetition, Prince George County Children’s Theatre Contest (winner, twice), The Jackie White Memorial Playwriting Competition (winner twice) and others. Her plays have been developed through the Playwrights in our Schools Grant, the Bonderman Symposium, William Inge Festival of New Plays 2016, Purple Crayon Players Playground at Northwestern University and The Old Miner Children’s Playwriting Contest at Utah University. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America, Playwright’s Center of Minneapolis and the American Alliance for Theatre Education.
Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger AssocDirector/Playwright-in-Residence of The Spiral Theatre Studio, Coni Ciongoli Koepfinger believes that creative energy is never lost. Koepfinger returns to the NYC theatre scene after years teaching college. Key notes include Candledancing with Robert Hugill followed by Garrett praised in Opera News. “The Guardian” and “Mother Agnes” and “Get the Message” all in international anthologies. Accolades include Schwalb Excellence in Arts, Heinz Multi-Cultural Initiative, Pittsburgh Foundation and currently the HVCCA/Livia Strauss Award. Coni is a board member of ICWP, Dramatists Guild, and LPWT. New works include SINGULARITY; EVE OF BELTANE; and SCHOOLHOUSE. Koepfinger’s Sideshow will open at Manhattan Rep, November 2014.
Connie Bennett lives, works, and writes in Eugene, Oregon. Her works have been performed Oregon, Washington, California, Michigan, New York, and Canada. Connie’s Gray Reflections was a finalist in the Actors Theatre of Louisville 2010 National Ten-Minute Play Contest and her full-length play, Hungry Hearts (based on the novel by Francine Prose), was a finalist in the Rosen Memorial Play Contest at the National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene. Connie participated in the 2016 William Inge Festival PlayLab and writes annually for the 365 Women a Year Playwriting Project. Since 2009, she’s co-produced the annual “Northwest Ten! Festival” at Oregon Contemporary Theatre.
Cynthia Chapman is a playwright, screenwriter, actor and director. Her full-length plays include SkyChef (Playwrights’ Center 2014 Core Apprentice Program Finalist) and House Rules. Cynthia’s plays have been produced by The Warner International Playwrights Festival (Golden Years) and New Urban Theatre Lab (Fair Game). She was an invited playwright at the Kennedy Center’s Playwrighting Intensive 2016 and the Leading Edge Playwrights Festival in 2015. She is a scriptwriting teacher at Emerson’s Pre-College Creative Writing Program. Cynthia holds her MFA in Creative Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University. She is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild, Playwrights’ Center, New Play Exchange and Proscenium Playwrights.