Playwrights: H-J

Heather Dunmore A recent graduate of both the Royal Court and Oxford Playmaker Playwriting Programmes, Heather Dunmore was a journalist before turning to playwriting.  In the past year her play Faceless has won both the Woking and Welwyn Drama Festivals. Stage plays include Blue, published by Samuel French and Casualties of War, a winner of the Sandpit Arts Bulbul Competition 2013 which received a professional performance in Brighton. She was a finalist in the Oxford Canal Heritage Radio Playwriting Competition with Revisiting the Trap Grounds available as a broadcast on their website, http://www.oxfordcanalheritage.org/radio-plays.

Heather Forgie is the artistic director of R-G Productions, in Winnipeg, MB. She is an actor, writer, director, teacher and mom of 2 boys.

Heather L. Lee is currently working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Rochester NY.  Her plays include: “The Last Struggle for Mrs. Stokes”, “Crush”, “Complexities of Love”, “One Man’s Garbage”, “Catapult”, and “A Small Flame”. Her work has been produced by Flour City Theatre Company and at the State University of New York at Brockport.  She also enjoys writing short stories and novels.

Heather Meyer is a writer and performer in Minneapolis, MN. Heather’s plays have been produced in NYC, LA, Chicago, Washington DC, Minneapolis and exotic Madison, Wisconsin. Heather produces and directs her sketch comedy show Women’s History Month: The Historical Comedybration (with fabulous prizes) every March in Minneapolis. Also a screenwriter, her film, Zombie Sweater, was selected as top ten in the Women Stand-up and Shoot Film Competition. In August 2014, Heather’s play WAITRIX: Dominatrix Waitress premiered at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. Heather has studied comedy writing with the Second City and Dudley Riggs’ Brave New Workshop. Heather is an MFA Candidate in playwriting and screenwriting in Spalding University Low-Res Creative Writing Program. Follow Heather on Twitter @HeatherMeyer2.

Hemavathy Guha is a writer and visual artist.She writes on art,architecture and travelogues.Her writings have been published in several magazines in India.Her paintings have been exhibted at the National and international level.

Holli Harms is a Dramatists Guild Fellow recipient, Terrence G Hall Fellowship recipient and EST/Sloan Foundation recipient for her play about the first death in space.  She is a member of Dramatist Guild, Ensemble Studio Theatre and a contributing writer for Verbal Supply Company.

Hope McIntyre – Hope has a BFA in acting, an MFA in directing and completed a performance apprenticeship in England. She is founding Artistic Director of Sarasvàti Productions. She is a published playwright and free-lance director. Hope was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction Award (2006) and the Bra D’Or Award (2008) for her support of female artists. She has taught at Mount Allison, Brandon University and the University of Manitoba. She currently teaches at the University of Winnipeg. She is a former President of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and on the Board of the North End Women’s Centre.

Ian Low is a playwright from Carnoustie in Scotland. He started writing in his final year at art college while studying animation at the University of Dundee. Since then he has had various plays performed throughout the UK most notably, One Gun at Oran Mor’s famous A Play A Pie & A Pint lunchtime theatre strand in Glasgow and JOOT Theatre Company’s stage adaptation of Derek Jarman’s unfilmed script Bob-Up-A-Down at King’s College Greenwood Theatre, London.

Ilana Turner’s award-winning O RÉJANE, premiered in 2014, winning the Stage Raw Los Angeles Theater Award for Female Leading Performance, and earning two additional nominations, including one for Ilana as playwright. Her monologue SUGAR COAT IT is in LGBT COMEDIC MONOLOGUES THAT ARE ACTUALLY FUNNY (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, 2016). Award nominated Exec Producers and Directors just hired her to write and appear in their respective, yet-to-be-announced features. On screen credits also include work for HBO, SyFy Channel, Spike TV. Ilana holds a BA in theater and dance from Hampshire College.

Inge Martín San Juan  I’m a spanish actress, producer and cultural staff writer. I studied in RESAD in Madrid and London and have been working on the stages for the last 15 years. Now I’m developing a play about María Blanchard and thought it could fit in your project.

Inmaculada Alvear Nace en Madrid. Se doctora en Historia Antigua por la Universidad Complutense de Madrid sobre la Tragedia Griega. En 2002 entra en el colectivo en el teatro del Astillero. En 2004 gana el Premio Calderón de la Barca por su obra El sonido de tu boca, y el Accésit al Premio Maria Teresa León por Mi vida gira alrededor de 500 metros. ha estrenado en España, Italia, Costa Rica, Francia y ha sido traducida a varios idiomas.

Irene Zabytko‘s first book, THE SKY UNWASHED (Algonquin Books), is a novel about Chernobyl. It was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Book, and A Book Sense ’76 Pick Selection. The e-book version was rated Number One on Amazon.com and appeared on “The New York Times Bestseller E-Books List.” She is currently producing, writing and co-directing a documentary about the real life Chernobyl survivors: LIFE IN THE DEAD ZONE (www.lifeinthedeadzone.com) Her second book, the short story collection WHEN LUBA LEAVES HOME (Algonquin Books) is based on the Chicago Ukrainian community. Also, is writing plays and the next novel.

Ivan Faute, graduate of the Program for Writers at the University of Illinois at Chicago writes prose and plays and occasionally takes photographs, but only with film. His short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, the Calvino Prize, and the Rannu Fund. His dramatic work has been seen at NY Fringe, Planet Connectivity, the Last Frontier Theater Congference, and City Lit Theatre (Chicago). www.ivanfaute.org

J.S. Puller is an award-winning playwright.  She is an ensemble member of the Piccolo Theatre Company.  In addition, she’s a proud member of the American Alliance for Theatre in Education.  She’s a two-time winner of their Unpublished Play Reading Contest, for WOMEN WHO WEAVE (now published by Playscripts, Inc.) and THE CREATOR.  Other awards include the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Marilyn Hall Play Competition for Youth Theatre, the Growing Stage New Works Festival, the Helen-Jean Play contest, and the Las Vegas Little Theatre New Works Competition.  Her debut middle grade novel, CAPTAIN SUPERLATIVE, will be published by Disney*Hyperion. Website: https://pullerwrites.wordpress.com/

J.Lois Diamond is a playwright, poet and performer. Her full length, one-act, and ten-minute plays have been performed at various off-off Broadway venues, including Theater for the New City, The West Bank Cafe and The Hudson Guild.  Her work has been produced regionally and as part of The InspiraTO Festival in Toronto. She has been a featured poet at The Cornelia St. Cafe. She is a member of Polaris North and The Dramatists Guild.

JACK GILHOOLEY – double NEA awardee (Individual Artist and International to Centaur Theatre, Montreal), NY Foundation For The Arts grant, O’Neill Conference Guest Playwright, double Fulbright Guest Artist (Spain and Ireland), four-time Florida State Arts Council grants, double Puffin Fdt awards, first winner John Ringling Artists Fellowship Award, Pilgrim Project award, etc. Artist Colony residencies – Yaddo. MacDowell, Millay, Djerassi, Edward Albee, Dorset, Hawthornden Castle (SCOT), Tyrone Guthrie Institute (IRE). Playwright residencies – Sundance, Aspen, Fest of Southern Theatre, Carnegie Mellon New Play Series, Jan McArt New Play Series, Mount Sequoyah Retreat, etc.

Jaclyn Perlmutter is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Most recently, Jaclyn’s full-length play JULY, about a girls’ cabin at a sleepaway camp, was selected as a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s 2016 National Playwrights Conference. In 2015, JULY received a reading at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California with PlayGround @ The Old Globe. Jaclyn led creative writing workshops for three years at Bayview Correctional Facility, a medium-security women’s prison in NYC. B.A.: Pomona College, Religious Studies. M.F.A.: NYU-Tisch, Dramatic Writing.

James E Burnside In September, 2000, I began writing full-time, thanks to my wife and her hard work. I have written a dozen full-length screenplays, two novel, various and sundry articles, short stories, poetry, and four full-length plays including “The Canard of Vaucanson” which saw a professional production at the Overtime Theatre in San Antonio this year (2014.) Hobbies: Chess, golf. I am a sports fan with a special love for Formula 1 Racing. I watch lots of television and old movies. My wife and I are foster parents to two teenage girls.

James Colgan is an author and award-winning playwright currently residing in Kentucky. His sexy farce, The Story of Oh (Revised and Abridged), won the Critic’s Award for Best Play in the Fringe of Marin in 2010 and was a finalist in the Samuel French 2011 OOB Festival. His drama, Making It Home, was a finalist in both the 2013 AACT New Play Fest and the 2016 New Play Festival by What If? Theatre. Hitler’s Whore (under the title The Fuhrer’s Mistress) won Best Play in the Jewel Box Theatre 2016 new play contest. His short story, “Shelter,” was published by the Sewanee Review in its Spring 2016 edition.

Jamie Greenblatt comes to playwriting with a background in set and costume
design. She has a BA in Theatre Arts from Oberlin College. Her full-length
movement piece, CONTRADANCE, with puppetry, trapeze and music was
performed at the Eighth Street Studio in Berkeley, California. MY
RECOLLECT TIME had its world premiere at Inferno Theatre in Berkeley.
Jamie is a member of Theatre Bay Area, Play Cafe and The Dramatists Guild
of America.

Jane Denitz Smith lives in Williamstown, Massachusetts. She is a Playwright in Residence for Barrington Stage Company’s Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP).  In 2017-18, The Backyard Farmer’s Guide to Care and Feeding will be part of  Workhouse Theatre’s (Minneapolis) Greenhouse Project. April 2017, The Marrow is part of Women’s Shorts. Last April, Jane participated in the Capital Region/Berkshires 24-HourTheatre Project. Also: Boston Theatre Marathon, Philadelphia Primary Stages, Curio Theatre/Philadelphia Dramatists Center collaboration, Hubbard Hall Winter Carnival, Made in the Berkshires. In addition: Space on Ryder Farm Spring 2015 residency, Member of Dramatists Guild, Playwrights’ Center (Minneapolis), and Philadelphia Dramatists Center. www.janesdenitzsmith.com

Jayne B. Stearns is a re-emerging playwright, poet, and writer, living and writing on Cape Cod where a majority of her plays have been produced. Her 10-minute play, ‘Not Sayin’ was chosen for inclusion in the Women’s International Theatre Festival and was also workshopped and produced by Cape Cod Community College’s drama students as part of their Play With Your Food Series. Her travel writing has been published internationally. Jayne is a member of the Dramatists Guild. www.JayneBStearns.com

Jean Hartley Sidden I have a PhD in Theatre Arts from the University of Oregon. My play, The Difficult People, retitled Verdant Lawns, is a winner of Festival 51 Women’s Playwriting Festival 2016. The Difficult People is also a finalist for The Road Less Travelled 2016 National Playwriting Residency. Other plays include A Civilized CustomNew Year’s Eve at the Club ParadiseThe Physician of Serendib, Passing By, Casting the Beverlys and The Excessed. I teach at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida and am a founder of World and Eye Theater Workshop in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Jean Mornard received her bachelor’s degree in theater from the University of Minnesota, with a concentration in stage management and technical theater. She has also been a singer all of her life, from bar bands to singing the lead role in TOSCA and soloing in Verdi’s Requiem at Boston’s Symphony Hall. After two years of exciting work together as co-librettists on MARY, Jean officially turned over the writing reins to Gayla in 2011, so that Jean could pursue her calling to the Episcopal priesthood. She is currently serving as rector of Grace Episcopal in Huron, SD.

Dr. Jennifer L. Hayes was born and raised in Nashville Tennessee and earned her Master’s from TSU. As a graduate student at TSU, the staff, faculty, and alumni all instilled in her the value of service. Now as a professor, she takes pleasure in continuing that legacy by encouraging students to use their education to contribute to the lives of others. Dr. Hayes teaches African American Literature and Composition. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century African American Literature, Black Feminist Criticism, and Contemporary Drama. Her agenda as a professor of literature and composition courses is to equip students with skills to critically engage diversity within and outside the classroom. Her current research focuses on contemporary playwright Kia Corthron’s political use of disability. Dr. Hayes interprets Corthron’s thematic usage of disability as a continuation of the “blind seer” motif in Greek drama, where individuals with disabilities are often privileged with a capacity to “see” beyond the reality of their experience.

Jennifer O’Grady  plays have recently been produced or presented by The Irish Repertory Theatre, Rover Dramawerks, Manhattan Theatre Works, Monster Box Theatre, 13th Street Repertory Theatre, Twilight Theater Productions and other theaters. Her plays have been recent Finalists or Semifinalists for the O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference, BETC’s Generations Award, the NEWvember Festival, and Little Fish Theater’s Pick of the Vine. Publications include Smith and Kraus’s The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2016, The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2017, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2017, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues 2014, and Best Contemporary Monologues for Women 18-35 (Applause Books). She is also an award-winning poet and lives near New York City.

Jenny Lyn Bader Plays include None of the Above (New Georges), available from Dramatists Play Service; Mona Lisa Speaks (Core Ensemble); In Flight (NAAA Festival Winner, London); and Manhattan Casanova (Hudson Stage), Edith Oliver Award winner (O’Neill Center). Ten of her one-acts are published in Smith & Kraus’ Best 10-Minute Play book series. Jenny Lyn co-founded Theatre 167, where she authored all three plays in The Jackson Heights Trilogy, as well as I Like to Be Here. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a board member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Twitter: @jennylynbader

Jenny Seidelman is an award-winning playwright whose works have been produced at 20% Theatre Company Chicago, Victory Gardens Theater, Cold Basement Dramatics, American Theater Company, Point of Contention, n.u.f.a.n. ensemble, TANTA Productions, WNEP Theater and Children’s Theatre of Western Springs and received readings at Polarity Ensemble Theatre, Ground UP Productions, Horse Trade Theater Group, Women’s Theatre Alliance of Chicago, Stockyards Theatre Project, Chicago Dramatists, and her alma mater, Knox College, among others. She is a recipient of grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the City of Chicago. Jenny is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

Jennie Webb is an independent playwright LA playwright currently in residence at Rogue Machine (“Yard Sale Signs”) and Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum where she runs the new play program, Botanicum Seedlings. Her works have been produced nationwide and internationally and supported by programs including The Playwrights Center’s PlayLabs, Great Plains Theatre Conference and Virginia Avenue Project. In LA, she is a member of Playwrights Union, Fell Swoop, EST/LA Playwrights Unit and PlayGround-LA Writers Pool; co-founder, LA Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI). Twitter: @jenniewebsite

Jess Eisenberg is a playwright, composer, and teacher.  She co-founded Prologue Theatre Company in Chicago and founded 365 Women a Year: a Playwriting Project. Her plays and musicals have been produced around the country. She is an alumni of the University of Central Florida and Harrison Arts Center.  She currently resides in Sterrett, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and cats.

Jessie Salsbury is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She is a Kansas City Playwright and has participated in numerous local play readings and new work development. Her play “Fangirls An Improbable Cosplay” was part of KC Fringe 2016 and her play “HeLA” was part of Knox College’s New Play Festival II in Spring of 2016. She is a playwright for 365 Women a Year: A Playwriting Project and her work can be found the New Play Network Exchange. Her goal as a playwright it to bring diverse voices to the stage that have not previously had their chance to be heard.

Jo Hull-Brisbane I recognized the power of illusion and words back in second grade, when I was simultaneously appearing in a local college musical, writing sketch comedy with my best friend, and creating my messy magic show.  As an actor, I have always felt honored to speak the words of great playwrights.  I majored in theatre and minored in journalism.  My work has generally involved writing:  newspaper features, regional arts documentaries, public relations and publicity.  I enjoy the collaborative nature of theatre and I may never be able to stop writing plays and fiction, or appearing on whatever stages will have me.

Joan Kane (Director) is the founding Artistic Director of Ego Actus and recently directed Safe and what do you mean at 59e59 theaters and in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe getting four star reviews. Joan was named one of the People of the Year in indie theatre by nytheatre.com. She has directed plays and readings at the Lark Play Development Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Theater for the New City, Urban Stages, the Bleecker St Theater, the Workshop Theater, the Samuel French Short Play Festival, Planet Connections Festivity, the Midtown International Festival, the Dramatists Guild, NY Madness, Neighborhood Playhouse, the Players Club, the Lambs Club and the Actors Studio. She has been nominated for an Outstanding Direction Award in the MITF three times and Planet Connections twice. Joan has an MFA in Directing from The New School, an MS in Museum Education from Bank Street College and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the League of Professional Theatre Women and the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers.

Joanna Alexandra Norland is a UK-based lawyer-by-day/playwright-by-night who has had work produced off Broadway, New York, throughout the United Kingdom, and in Australia. “Lydia Bennet Returns” was a finalist in the 2004 Actors Theatre of Louisville National Ten Minute Play Competition, and Inspired her first full length script, “Lizzy, Darcy and Jane,” published by Samuel French Ltd. Joanna’s play are posted on the Proplay website of professionally produced plays at http://proplay.ws. She also runs a website, www.mumswrite.com to encourage parents to write for, about and with the children in their lives.

John Barrow (playwright) lives in New York City.  A Georgia native, he was educated at Emory University and Hunter College. His plays have been produced in Atlanta and New York.  Staged readings include those at Cap21 (New York), Stonewall Rep (New York), The Morningside Players (New York),  NeST—New Southern Theater (Nashville), and Key West Theater Festival.  He received a CAPS award in New York, and a playwriting grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board.  Residencies include Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, NY, and the William Flanagan Center (Albee Foundation) in Montauk, NY.

Joslyn Housley McLaughlin began writing after many years as a performer on stage and in front of the camera. Her recent play, The Silver Thread, was developed with Liberation Theatre’s Black Playwright’s Group.  In 2012, The Silver Thread won the Hudson Valley Writer’s Center’s contest: Setting the Stage. The Silver Thread was also chosen as a playlab entry at the Great Plains Theatre Conference where Ms. Housley McLaughlin was awarded the StageWrite Emerging Playwright Scholarship.  Originally from Chicago, Ms. Housley McLaughlin lived and worked in New York City.  She currently resides in northwestern France with her husband and two daughters.

Joy Tomasko is a writer, director, interactive performance artist/creator, and educator. Her work has been developed and produced in New York City, Minneapolis, Miami, Havana, Berlin and Los Angeles. An MFA graduate of CalArts, she’s been a Jerome Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow, AROHO Creative Artist Retreat Scholar, Gateway School Artist-in-residence, Women’s Project Lab/NYSCA Playwright-in-Residence and LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Lab Playwright. She’s been published in TheatreForum and IndieTheatre Now. Joy currently lives in Queens and mails out stories on postcards when she’s home and when she travels.

JUANA ESCABIAS nació en Madrid. Es dramaturga, directora de escena, profesora de Arte Dramático, investigadora teatral, fundadora de la compañía Teatro Sonámbulo (2003) y Presidenta del Comité de Teatro de UNESCO CM, entidad desde la que organiza varias actividades internacionales relacionadas con el teatro. Ha impulsado proyectos de exhibición teatral, de edición y promoción del teatro español de autores vivos a escala universal (a través de UNESCO el Instituto Cervantes y la Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional-Cooperación Cultural.) y diversos galardones para teatro con repercusión social y fines pedagógicos. Es Licenciada en Ciencias de la Información-Comunicación-Periodismo (Universidad Complutense) y Doctora en Filología (UNED). Posee formación en dirección de escena e interpretación, trabaja como profesora de Arte Dramático en Madrid y directora escénica, ha impartido clases sobre estas disciplinas en diversas universidades españolas y extranjeras y pertenece a varios grupos internacionales de investigación teatral y literaria. Es autora de 19 obras teatrales largas y de numerosos textos teatrales breves, así como de varias novelas y colecciones de relatos. También es autora de adaptaciones de teatro del Siglo de Oro.

Judith Pratt has worked as an actor, director, theatre professor, and reviewer. Her plays have been produced in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City MO, Austin TX, and Cape Town South Africa. They have received readings at Edward Albee’s Great Plains Theatre Conference and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Her full length-play The Wright Place has been published by JAC Publishing Co, and received a reading at Vokes Theatre in Wayland MA. Her full-length play Spiralling was workshopped by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre in Kansas City. Judith is member of Wolf’s Mouth Theatre Collective, the Dramatists Guild and the International Center for Women Playwrights. She also works as a free-lance writer for business and higher education.

Judy Meiksin is a playwright from Pittsburgh, PA. Her plays have been produced by Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company (PPTCO), WOMENSCENE, and Queer Theater, and workshopped with The LAB Project. Her honors include grants from The Lambda Foundation and PPTCO’s Legacy Award. She co-founded and co-produced Acting Out! Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival, a theater festival of PPTCO, from 2004-2007 and 2013-2014. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild and Theatre Communications Group. She received her BA degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and MFA from the University of Pittsburgh.

Julie Lyn Barber is a Canadian playwright, living and working in the United States. She has written a number of children’s plays and musicals, which have been produced in Oregon, Indiana, and Quebec. Her 10-minute play, Tamlane, and her cabaret parody, Madwomen’s Late Nite Cabaret have been featured in the juried festival, DivaFest in Indianapolis, and she has won grants from the Indiana Arts Commission to write and produce a new musical, The Indiana Squirrel Stampede. A previous grant saw the production of her new pantos, The Elves and the Shoemaker, and The Frog Prince.

Julie English-Dixon  Where Have All The Flowers Gone?- in development, Small’s Tongue of Totem to Eyes-2015, God Bless the Child of Strange Fruit-2015,  365WomenProject2015, Ella’s Madrigal –2015, Indie Boots Theatre Festival 2015- Semi-Finalist, Camelot Redefined – 2014, Short listed- New Groundswell Festival 2014- Nightwood Theatre,  Fixin’s– 2014,  Truth and Consequences -2014, Making Tracks – 2014, weTopia – 2013

Julie Riggs Born – Dallas, TX 1957. Lived in Texas, Florida, Spain. Graduate of SMU 1986 – MA in English, UT Arlington 1983, BA in English. Two sons, Russ Sands 34- Colorado, Spencer Riggs 21- ArkansasCurrently- Middle school English teacher, sponsor of drama club at Lakehill Preparatory, Dallas, TX. Live with older brother, David. Enjoy sci-fi, nature, swimming, poetry, children, happiness.

June Rachelson-Ospa is an award-winning writer of musicals, and a producer. She owns Bozomoon Productions with Daniel Neiden, creating and producing such shows as Welcome to Tourettaville (winner of Kennedy Center’s Very Special Arts Playwright Discovery Award), True Colors of Weedle, S.W.A.K!, and Rapunzarella White (www.rapunzarellawhite.com)CD Baby and Amazon.com. Upcoming: Bollywood and Vine, Stupid Wig, Imaginary Boy. Premiering March 2015 with the Hurrah Players in Norfolk Virginia. June invested in A Christmas Story the Musical (Lunt Fontaine and Madison Square Garden). She’s the former Academy Director of RLMTA. Producer Godspell at Circle in the Square. Recently June produced Grey Street the RockOperical at 13th Street Rep NYC. Also the Artistic Director of Identity Theater.

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