Playwrights: D-G

D.L. Siegel is a born and raised New Yorker, currently residing in Brooklyn. BA in English and Theater from Princeton University and MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama. Credits include: HERE Arts Center, Silver Spring Stage, Millibo Art Theatre, Independent Actors Theatre, The Gallery Players, Modern-Day Griot Theatre, Pink Banana Theatre, Ticket 2 Eternity to Productions, Hip Obscurity, and the New York International Fringe Festival among others. This fall, Atalanta K.O. will be performed as a staged reading through Artemisia in Chicago, and D.L. will present a world premiere full-length in Wyoming in Summer 2015.

D Lee Miller is the author of THE MOON FROM MARS, THE DOVER TEST, THE QUICKENING, THE TRANSLATION, and THE RECIPE among other plays. Honors include Critics’ Choice at the Double Image/Samuel French Short Play Festival and finalist at ATL and EST. Some theatres where her work has been seen include EST, CAP 21, Alice’s Fourth Floor, La MaMa ETC, the Vital Theatre, KC Women’s Playwrights Festival, Shenandoah Valley International Playwrights Retreat and the West Bank Cafe. Her play, ORIGAMI TEARS, is in the anthology FACING FORWARD, published by Broadway Play Publishing. Lee’s best production is her daughter, Emma.

Daniel Kinch is a playwright, actor, and historian. His play A CLOWN, A HAMMER, A BOMB, AND GOD premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival and has toured the United States and Europe. Mr. Kinch’s 30+ other plays include PETRA KELLY SPEAKS TO POWER (a biography of the founder of the German Green Party, developed by Artists In Search Of…) and A GOOD DAY 2 PIE (about protest against Monsanto). His play HOW TO STOP THE EMPIRE WHILE KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB has received over 12,000 views on YouTube.

Danielle Winston  is a writer/director fascinated by what remains unseen in the shadows. Whether writing psychological thrillers or romantic comedy-dramas, her stories are interwoven with a dark sneaky sense of humor. Winston’s one act stage plays have been produced numerous times at local Manhattan theaters, a few have won audience choice awards. Winston’s screenplays are driven by complicated female protagonists, reoccurring elements include artists and supernatural happenings. Living in New York City provides Winston with an unstoppable source of cinematic inspiration. Usually Manhattan’s backdrop springs to life as a vivid character in her works. Hands of Fate, the short thriller film-turned-web-series, also inspired a television series and feature screenplay about three women who form a dangerous secret pact. Other current projects include, Love In Reverse, a feature screenplay, told backwards that reveals itself like a mystery of human nature. For children, her fantastical picture book series, Betsy Green Bean, is about a witch who has a magical adventure.

Danielle Wirsansky graduated from Florida State University (FSU) with a BA in Theatre and a BA in Creative Writing with a minor in History. She has now begun graduate studies in the History Department at FSU where she majors in Modern European History with a minor in Public History. Danielle also serves as the Communications Officer for the History Graduate Student Association and the President of White Mouse Productions, a student theatre company devoted to social justice.

Darian Lindle is a playwright, director and novelist living in Seattle, WA. She recently directed a one-man show currently touring the US: Tesla Ex Machina. Her other plays include: The Westing Game (Dramatic Publishing), The City of Crooked Teeth, Jackson, and The Secret and Impossible League of the NooSphere which will be produced by LG! Theater in 2017, as well as numerous short plays. She wrote a paranormal romance novel with her sister and is currently working on a middle-grade mystery. Darian graduated from Indiana University. When not writing, she enjoys reading, hiking and singing with her twin daughters named for Greek gods.

David Marrs  I was a member of Birmingham Youth Theatre in the 1980’s. I have since had plays performed at Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury Playhouse and in venues locally and in Bath. I was a founding member of Salisbury Fringe Festival in 2013. Which continues to support new writing. In 2014 I was part of Theatre Fest West and had work performed at Salisbury Playhouse. In 2015, while living in Barcelona, I begun to do a lot of improv’ as a way of developing ideas. This resulted in my involvement in a short film and having a short play produced on stage.

Deb Caperton Ballard is a playwright from Texas with one full length play to her credit and several short plays, two of which have been produced on stage in Chicago. She resides in the Dallas area with her husband, Kevin, but spends weeks at a time living and writing in her “beloved Manhattan.”

Deborah Magid Playwright, composer, lyricist, director, actor, singer, tech writer-editor, journalist, and all-round energetic type, Deborah Magid is a member of the Cleveland Play House Playwrights’ Unit and is attached to four other Cleveland theaters, has served on the ICWP Board of Directors, founded SWAN Day-CLE, and is a Dramatists’ Guild member. Works comprise long, short, drama, comedy, SciFi, musical, rock opera, chamber opera, and RICHARD WAGNER’S ENTIRE RING CYCLE IN 10 MINUTES WITH SOCK PUPPETS.

Deborah Savadge Playwright, dramaturg, director. Member of the DG, AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Literary Manager: Playwrights Gallery.

Deneen Reynolds-Knott is a playwright living in Brooklyn, New York. She developed her one-act, OPPOSING OPHELIA with the Frank Silvera Workshop’s 2016 3in3 Playwright Residency. Her full-length play, BATON, was a finalist for the 2016 Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers.  Her ten minute play, DANGLING, was a finalist in the 2016 Little Black Dress INK project. Deneen is the co-creator and executive producer of BULK, a web series about friendships and romances within the gay bear community in New York City.

Denise Despeyroux es autora, directora de escena y licenciada en Filosofía. Cuenta con diez obras estrenadas en salas de Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires y Montevideo, entre ellas Cuarta Pared, Teatro Fernán Gómez, Sala Beckett, El Extranjero y Teatro Solís.
Ha obtenido diversos premios y reconocimientos, como: Premio Federico García Lorca 2005; Premio al Mejor Espectáculo en la 15ª Mostra de Teatre de Barcelona 2010; finalista al Premio Max Revelación 2013 y la candidatura a Mejor Autoría en los Premios Max 2014.

Denise B. Flemming began her artistic career in Chicago, Illinois at Hull House Theatre.  After completing her B.A. degree at Spelman College in Stage Lighting, she attended The University of Iowa where she continued her study in Stage Lighting for a special study. Her passion was acting, but she wanted to be aware of the technical aspects around her. After, completing her study she applied and was accepted to The University of Southern California for a MFA in acting, as a member of the Acting Company. For her M.F.A she wrote and performed her first play WINTERKILL. This play has been performed at the Soho Playhouse, Museum of the City of New York, Dwyer Cultural Center, Exit Theater(San Francisco), Arden Shore(Chicago), Minnesota Fringe(Minneapolis), The Center for GLBT.
 Denise writes and performs about those issues that “BOTHER” her. She admits she is, “A mirror. As a performing artist/writer I believe I reflect humanity. I give the audience
a reflection of where we are in society. I give you a chance to look at “ourselves” so that you as the audience can get a good look at where we are in humanity, so that the audience can arrive at their own truth.”
Diana Burbano, is a Colombian immigrant, an actor, and a playwright. Works: Fabulous Monsters, a Festival51 winner, about women in Punk Rock. It was a selection of Oc-Centric Theatre festival in Orange, CA and Barefoot Theatre in NYC. Picture Me Rollin’ was featured at the 35th William Inge Festival. Silueta, (about Cuban artist Ana Mendieta), with Tom and Chris Shelton opened in Spanish at Teatro Tercera Llamada in 2016. Libertadoras, Policarpa and Linda were written for the 365 Women a Year project and have been performed around the world. Caliban’s Island is published by YouthPLAYS.
Diana is one of the original writers circle for Latino Theatre Association/ Los Angeles. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

Diana Cristóbal Herrero es Licenciada en Dirección y Dramaturgia por la RESAD de Madrid. Como Autora, destacan las obras: “Situaciones ridículas en un mundo ridículo” estrenada en el festival de “La Alternativa” en la Sala Triángulo (2004). “¡A tomar por culo!” estrenada en el teatro Buero Vallejo. (2005). La Dramaturgia de encargo del infantil “El viaje de Rita” Editorial: Librosaurio. (2007) Estreno: Casa de Vacas del Retiro. Adaptación dramatúrgica y Ayudante de Dirección de la obra: “Los últimos días de Enmanuell Kant” de Alfonso Sastre. Estreno: R.E.S.A.D. (2009) Publicación es la pieza corta: La Casa púrpura. Ediciones Fundamentos. (2009/2010) Es finalista en la modalidad de relato hipercorto en los premios INJUVE (2010). Ha trabajado como ayudante de Dirección en la Cía Ballet Madrid en la obra “La Puta Crisis” de María Graciani y ayudante de producción en los Ballet “El Cascanueces” (Estreno Teatro Apolo, 2011). Ha trabajado en la Cía Producciones Off Madrid como Ayudante de Dirección con la obra “Antílopes” de Henning Mankell dirigida por Luis Maluenda. (2012). Es premio José Martín Recuerda por su obra Princesas de hueso. Acaba de ser editada su obra infantil en co-escritura para teatro de la infancia la juventud: “En el mundo del revés” por la revista Acotaciones. Editorial Fundamentos. Estrena para el II Certamen de Barroco Infantil de Almagro “Segismundo, el príncipe prisionero” adaptación infantil de La vida es sueño de Calderón de la Barca.(Candidata a los premios Max)

Donna Hoke  Western New York regional representative for the Dramatists Guild, award-winning playwright Donna Hoke’s work has been seen in 34 states and on five continents. Her full-length plays include THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR (currently playing in its third year in rep in Romania), SEEDS (Artie award winner), FLOWERS IN THE DESERT (AACT top 20 finalist), SAFE (winner of the 2014 Todd McNerney National Playwriting and Naatak National Playwriting Contests, and the 2015 Great Gay Play and Musical Contest), andBRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (winner Firehouse Festival of New American Plays and top ten finisher Woodward/Newman Drama Contest).  Donna is also a New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; author of Neko and the Twiggets, a children’s book; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. For three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice, the only woman to ever receive the designation.

Donna Lathams plays have been produced coast to coast and across the pond. Her published plays are available through Heuer, Brooklyn, and YouthPLAYS. Selected credits: And We Will Share the Sky is a Kennedy Center Finalist for the David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award and is the recipient of the National Theatre for Young Audiences Playwriting Award from the University of Central Missouri. Grievances and Whirligigs received development with Accidental Theatre in Belfast and had readings at No Shame Athens in Georgia and the EstroGenius Festival at Manhattan Theatre Source. Coyote’s Moon went up at the La MaMa Theatre 50 Block Party in NYC. Donna’s a member of the Dramatist Guild.

Dorothy Velasco  has written over 30 plays produced around the United States and in Canada, Mexico and London. Her outdoor drama, Oregon Fever, played for 11 summers at Oregon City. She co-authored the feature film, Raising Flagg, starring Alan Arkin, and wrote and co-produced several award-winning video documentaries, including The Roads Less Taken, about cutoffs from the Oregon Trail. Velasco has received an Oregon Institute of Literary Arts Playwriting Fellowship, an Oregon Individual Artist Fellowship, and the Eugene Arts Foundation Arts & Letters Award.

Earl T. Roske Playwright and writer of fiction. Earl lives in Hayward, California with his wife, daughter, two cats, and ten fish. Earl’s short plays have been produced around the world from Long Island, NY to Chennai, India. As always, he is hard at work on a full length play.

Elise Geither‘s plays have been produced in New York, California, Ohio, Minnesota, and her monologues appear in the chapbooks “Horse Latitudes: Monologues for Women” and “Monologues for Poets.” Her short “The Stone” was a Pushcart Prize nominee. Geither has a PhD in Education and works with international students at the university level. Her book, “Helping Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Express their Thoughts and Knowledge in Writing” was published in 2014.

Elizabeth Orndorff worked in advertising, public relations and publications production before turning to fiction and playwriting. She has degrees from Grove City College (PA), University of Georgia, and University of Kentucky, where she taught journalism. Her play Death by Darkness won the International Mystery Writers Festival in 2007 and the Southern Playwrights Competition in 2008. In 2009, her play Aidan’s Gift won the Kentucky Theatre Association’s playwriting award. She won a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellowship to live and write plays in Taos, New Mexico, during 2010. In 2012 she won a month-long artists exchange in Northern Ireland. She lives in Danville, Kentucky.

Ellen Struve is an Omaha-based playwright. Her play Prince Max’s Trewly Awful Trip to the Desolat Interior was selected for the 2015 PlayPenn Playwrights’ Conference, presented at Great Plains Theatre Conference PlayFest and will premiere in 2017 at Red Theatre in Chicago, IL.  Recommended Reading for Girls was an O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist.  She is a Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellow, WhyArts resident artist and Bemis Center for the Arts community artist. In 2017 she will be Creighton University’s first ever playwright-in-residence, developing The Dairy Maid-Right and co-teaching Theatre for Social Justice. 

Ellen Davis Sullivan’s plays have been on stage in theaters across the United States including in The Boston Theatre Marathon, at The Provincetown Theatre Company, and most recently in Core Artist Ensemble’s Podcast Plays in New York City.  Her one-act play Recessed! Or When the Mortgage Goes Upside Down was a winner of the Vermont Repertory Theater 2013 Nor-Eastern Playwrights’ Competition.  She is an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction whose work has appeared in journals including Clarion, Stonecoast Review and Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.  Ellen is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild.

Elliot Huxtable is a director/playwright living in Canterbury, Kent. His first play, an adaptation of Cervantes’ Don Quixote was performed at the University of Kent in 2013. A semi-professional theatre director, Elliot has worked with the Canterbury Shakespeare Festival since its inauguration in 2015, directing A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015), The Merchant of Venice (2016) and Julius Caesar (2017). Professional work in London includes Politic Man in December 2016, with a tour in early 2017. He also works with Kent Coast Theatre in Whitstable, recently as an assistant director on Animal Farm (2016), and as director on Ellen (2017).

Elsa Rael, in addition to writing nine plays produced Off-Broadway and in regional theatres, has written special material for Walter Cronkite, Kaye Ballard, Gilbert Price, Marsha Mason, Beatrice Straight, and Christine Andreas. She was awarded First Prize in the Atlanta Theatre Guild Playwriting Competition and a NY State CAPS Grant. Her books for young readers have received major awards including the Children’s Book Council Choice of Books and the Sydney Taylor Book Award. As an arts advocate, she co-produced with Joseph Papp at the Public Theatre, the Professional Older Women’s Theatre Festival, including readings and performances of 33 plays written by women. For this, she was presented with a Special Citation by Governor Mario Cuomo.

Emily Ball Cicchini  Emily is a published and prolific playwright with an interest in historical, literary, and imaginative subjects.  Her plays Like A Metaphor, Mays & Terese and Becoming Brontë have been produced across the country and published by Dramatic and YouthPlays. She edited the Mother/Daughter Monologues for the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) Press, and one of her pieces appears in Scenes from a Diverse World. The Pollyanna Theatre Company, where she is playwright in residence, has commissioned and produced over a dozen plays for youth audiences, including A Christmas Rose, A Dragon’s Happy Day, Pattern Nation, and Just Bee.  She has taught creative writing, acting, directing, voice, movement, and arts integration from pre-school to post-graduate levels in both formal and community based settings across the country.  She has also been a radio commentator on PRI, Public Radio International’s “Primary Sources.”  She holds a MFA from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a Michener Fellow, and a BFA in Acting from Goodman School of Drama in Chicago.

Emily Brauer Roger’s credits include two full-length plays that were produced at Hunger Artists Theatre Company. Her screenplay, “Romeo, Juliet and Rosaline” was recently optioned by Amazon Studios. She has been published in a Smith and Kraus anthology, “161 Monologues from Literature.” Emily has had short plays read and produced in Australia, Missouri, Los Angeles, San Diego, North Dakota, New York, Orange County and Indiana. She lives in Los Angeles and teaches analytical writing at UC Irvine.

Erin Marshall will graduate from the University of Iowa in May of 2015 with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing. Erin’s passion for theatre grew after she took a playwriting course during her freshman year of college. Since then, her plays have been in a festival and a reading at the University of Iowa. In 2014, she was selected to be a part of Horizon Theatre Company’s New South Young Playwrights Festival. In her free time, Erin enjoys eating peanut butter, running, and playing the piano.

Erin Moughon  is a NYC-based playwright and teacher with an MFA from Columbia. Plays: Survived By (New Plays Now, 3LD), Slip Her a Mickey (Schapiro Theatre),  Pretend That You Owe Me… (Schapiro Theatre) Short plays: Many. See erinmoughon.com for complete list.Semi-finalist for both the Princess Grace award (‘10) and the National Playwrights Conference (‘12 and ‘14) She completed 31 Plays in 31 Days every year and participated in 365 Women a Year every year so far. She is published in The Best Ten Minute Plays of 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017.

Estela Garcia is a multi-disciplinary artists that specializes in physical performance and developing original work. She received her MFA from Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She is a Rogue Artists Ensemble member and has collaborated on many of its award winning shows. She has worked with SCR, CTG, RAE, The Pasadena Playhouse,The Dell’Arte Company, ARTEL, 24th Street Theatre, Watts Village Theater, The Grand Guignolers, and Laboratorio de las Mascaras (MX). She has performed at the Bootleg, LACMA, The Getty Villa, The Getty Center and El Portal. She is currently working on her one-woman play on surrealist painter Remedios Varo.

Eugenie Carabatsos is currently pursuing her MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University. Her full length plays have been produced by Trustus Theatre, South Park Theatre, iDiOM Theatre, and 3 Brothers Theatre, as well as in a number of festivals. Her comedy pilot, Fanny Slept Here is a finalist for the Humanitas Student Comedy Writing Fellowship, and her mini-series pilot, Colossus was awarded a $5000 grant for Carnegie Mellon’s Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenplay Competition. Her short screenplay, The Yard won the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition and New York Screenplay Contest. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2010.

Eva Hibernia Biografhy: Dramaturga, directora de escena y escritora. Autora de 19 textos teatrales, ha sido galardonada con varios premios. Destacan EL ARPONERO HERIDO POR EL TIEMPO,Áccesit al Premio Nacional de Teatro Marqués de Bradomín 1997, FUSO NEGRO, Áccesit al Premio SGAE de Teatro 2005. LA SAL, Mención Especial del Jurado Premio Nacional Escena Contemporánea 2006. Autora residente del Programa de Dramaturgia Contemporánea T6, del TNC. Escribe y dirige UNA MUJER EN TRANSPARENCIA, estrenada en el TNC y LA AMÉRICA DE EDWARD HOPPER, estrenada en el Teatre Ponent, con amplias temporadas en la Sala Beckett, Teatro Español de Madrid y gira. Este montaje gana el Premio de la Crítica a la mejor Iluminación y el Premio Max Revelación por Catalunya. Entre su producción más reciente, LOS VIEJOS MAESTROS fue Finalista del Premi Born de Teatro 2012. Más información: www. evahibernia.blogspot.com

Eva Montealegre is Anne Bonny! From the Crow’s Nest in her original play based on the historical figure, Lady Pirate, Anne Bonny. I was fortunate to have the experience of working in collaboration with Pulitzer-Prize Winning playwright, Charles Gordone, in his production of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, set in New Orleans. I garnered critical acclaim for that and for Jump At The Sun, directed by New York’s Glenda Dickerson. I researched, wrote and produced 80 mini documentaries on American History focusing on little known contributions of women and minorities. Anne Bonny is my favorite historical personality thus far.

Eva C. Schegulla publishes under half a dozen names in fiction & nonfiction.  She is an internationally-produced playwright and radio writer, with work done in New York, Los Angeles, Virginia, London, Edinburgh, and Australia.  She spent over 20 years working backstage on Broadway and in film and television production.  She has dozens of short stories and hundreds of articles in print. Visit her blog on the writing life, Ink in My Coffee:  http://devonellington.wordpress.com to keep up on her novels, plays, digital shorts, and other projects.

Evelyn Jean Pine writes plays about that moment when you feel life is brand new — whether it is or not. Three of her plays are PlayGround Commissions: FIRST, about Bill Gates at 20, THE SECRETS OF THE WORLD about the Indians Columbus took to Queen Isabella, and ASTONISHMENT, about the birth of the movies. The SF Olympians Festival commissioned three of her plays, including WALKING A STARRY PATH, a country and western musical. She is a PlayGround Distinguished Playwright Award Winner, a June Ann Baker Prize Winner, and an alumni Resident Writer at the Djerassi Foundation.

Francesca Peppiatt is an Emmy nominated writer whose TV work includes stints with Dick Clark, Love Connection, and Hee Haw.  She appeared on The Paula Poundstone Show with Paula and Lily Tomlin, and tap-danced in a film choreographed by Twyla Tharp.  Francesca is a playwright and actor with four published books to her name plus she is the Producing Artistic Director of Stockyards Theatre Project whose mission statement is – Giving Volume to the Voices of Women. Currently, Francesca writes a Chicago Theater column at Examiner.com and just completed a musical adaptation of Treasure Island, with composer Elizabeth Doyle.

Gabriella Oldham has written five books on film (First Cut: Conversations with Film Editors; First Cut 2: More Conversations with Film EditorsKeaton’s Silent Shorts: Beyond the LaughterJohn Cassavetes: InterviewsHarry Langdon: King of Silent Comedy, A Biography). She has also written the book, lyrics, and music for several family theater productions: Melville and the Yellow UmbrellaAccording to Aesop . . . As Flowers Grow (based on children’s war diaries), and A Comedy of Weeds. Gabriella is also a licensed New York City tour guide, a certified floral designer, and an academic writing coach and educator.

Gabrielle Sinclair is a playwright currently based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her plays have been developed or presented through the Actors Studio Playwright-Directors Workshop, The Annoyance Theater, the chashama Performance Series, the Sweat Shop at The Paradise Factory, Horse & Cart’s PlayOffs, The Metropolitan Playhouse Living Literature Festival, as a fellow with America-In-Play, and as resident playwright of Lonesome George Productions. Gabrielle is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild. She begins as a playwright-in-residence with Nashville Rep’s 2014-2015 Ingram New Works project this fall. MFA Playwriting – Actors Studio Drama School, NYC

Gabrielle Strasun After a mixed career as Actress and Pharmaceutical Copywriter, I started writing plays. THE COUNTESS AND THE MAID is one of ten plays I have written in the last twenty years only one of which has been produced.

Gayla Morgan began writing for musical theater by compiling 15 original pop songs into a one-woman show about optimism in the face of failed love (REFLECTIONS ON BEING SINGLE). She wrote MARY – A MUSICAL with co-librettist and friend Jean Mornard; MARY was a finalist in the 2010 O’Neill summer workshop considerations, and was presented in a NYC staged reading in 2011. Recent shows as a composer/lyricist are A DOG STORY (Eric Weinberger, book) and CONCH REPUBLIC (Monnie King, book); A DOG STORY is scheduled to open Off-Broadway in late 2016. Now back in NYC, Gayla happily shares life with her adorable Yorkiepoo, Kaya. www.GaylaMorgan.com

G. L. Horton has done theatre since age 5 — appearing in church pageants, Shakespeare, political satire, musicals and opera.  Horton wrote classroom plays while in grade school, and kept writing them although warned it was impossible for anyone without “connections” to become successful.  Boston’s Playwrights Platform gave most of the author’s plays a first reading, and many have appeared in the PP Festivals.  In 1990 the play set in a Boston abortion clinic, “Under Siege” (aka “Choices”) was picked for Robert Redford’s Sundance Lab.  Tina Chan commissioned “Unbinding Our Lives”, Horton’s monodrama about Chinese-American immigrants, and toured it from 1991 to 2005.  Plays on Horton’s www.Stagepage.info web site have been produced by theatres in England, Ireland, France, Italy, Greece, Germany, New Zealand, India, and South Africa.

Germaine Shames, recipient of Arizona’s Fellowship in Fiction, is author of the award-winning novels, Between Two Deserts and You, Fascinating You. Writing under the pen name Casper Silk (Hotel Noir, Echo Year), she has been compared to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene and P.D. James “on steroids”. A returning playwright, Shames majored in Theatre as an undergraduate. Following a successful career as a novelist and journalist, she wrote her first suite of short plays, Wars of the Flesh, which was voted into Tucson’s 2014 New Play Festival. Her first musical, the epic historical drama You, Fascinating You, was a finalist in the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival and has been optioned by an NYC producer. Katherine Monberg, Literary Associate of Arizona Theatre Company (LORT-B), has written of Shames, “Germaine is a playwright of both depth and innovation, able to craft layered and complex characters amidst dramatic structures that both celebrate and defy traditional literary approaches. One of the most compelling things about Germaine and her writing is her ability to give voice to the important conversations of our contemporary world in a unique yet accessible context, embracing and exploring the intangible, compelling spark that makes stories and characters come alive.”

Gina Scanlon (cofounder of 365 Women a Year) is native Floridian, scriptwriter and a freelance writer/producer for BBC America and CBS Interactive. Her first play was performed in high school, and included 2 chefs with silly French accents, and singing. She has had various plays produced in both London and New York since. Gina enjoys stories that are challenging and female-friendly. Let’s give more strong women equal representation on stage and screen, kids! She currently lives in the City of Angels. Follow Gina on Twitter @JeanGina3D.

Gina Russell Tracy is an Award Winning actress ,Director ,Producer. She has performed with Julie Harris ,Beau Bridges, Ted Neeley ,Howard McGillian, Goldie Hawn, Pierce Brosnan, Anthony Edwards ,Phil Hartman and others. She currently is working on a Trilogy that deals with Climate Change .She is a graduate of Califonia State University at Northridge and part of the Santa Barbara High School Legacy under Jack Nakano. Website under construction. She is a member of AEA,SAG,AFTRA,SSDC and Dramatist Guild .She is available to be a Teaching Artist and Consultant.

Glenda Frank, a late blooming playwright,  is working  on her eighth full -length play about Margaret Sanger.  She was a National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist in 2014,  won two new (short) play contests sponsored by the League of Professional Theatre Women (2009, 2011),  and in 2010 had a production of “The Fourth Estate,”  a thematic grouping of short scenes about endangered journalists, in the New York International Fringe Festival. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the Graduate Center, CUNY;  teaches at FIT, SUNY; writes  the New York theatre column  for Plays International,  a British-based periodical, and review for nytheatre-wire.com.  She is a proud member of the League of Professional Theatre Women,  Dramatists Guild,  Drama Desk,  Outer Critics Circle,  Playwrights Gallery and the American Renaissance Theatre Company.

Grace Ellis has been writing plays since 1976, and she has enjoyed seeing twenty-five of her plays performed—in the Sandhills of North Carolina, at evenings of short plays sponsored by the Greensboro Playwrights Forum, at Guilford Technical Community College, and at several churches. Her most recent full-length play, Rhonda’s Rites of Passage, was selected for a staged reading at the Carrboro Arts Center in April, 2014.Grace Ellis completed a Master’s degree in Theater at Hunter College in New York City, where she studied playwriting with Tina Howe. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. http://www.gracewinnellis.com.

Gyda Arber is a writer/director best known for the transmedia theatrical experiences Suspicious Package (The Brick, 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe, Future Tenant: Pittsburgh), Suspicious Package: Rx (published in Plays and Playwrights 2010), the award-winning post-apocalyptic dating show FutureMate (Lincoln Center, The Brick), and the ARG-inspired Red Cloud Rising (called “brilliant” by the NY Times). Also an actress, Arber has appeared at Lincoln Center, The Public, 59E59, and most frequently at The Brick, where she also serves as the executive producer of the Game Play festival, a celebration of video game performance art.

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