Playwrights: M-O

MAGGIE OLLERENSHAW is a well known television and stage actress. She is a regular character, MAVIS in the television situation comedy STILL OPEN ALL HOURS, and the third series will go out at the end of the year. As a writer her credits include SINCERELY YOURS, a musical play about Vera Lynn which toured the UK and abroad, THE GHOST CHILD and CUCKOO IN JUNE, both adaptations for BBC radio, LOST LADS, part of the ten tiny plays about football project for Monkeywood Theatre at the Lowry and CLOSURE for the Sixty by Sixty event at the Stephen Joseph theatre in Scarborough.

Mahasin D. Shamsid-Deen is an author, poet and published playwright with plays staged, and/or read in the US, Europe and the Middle East. Her play “One God” was translated into Arabic, Spanish and Malay; filmed for a local PBS station and presented in private audience to the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.  Her plays have been presented at the Richmond Acts of Faith Festival for a number of years.  Her 10 minute play won the 2017 Rockford New play Festival.  She has sponsored an international poetry contest for more than ten years and is Artistic Director of Woven Orbits her own theatrical cultural organization.   She is a member of the International Centre of Women Playwrights and African Women Playwrights.  She has been published in academic journals, newspapers, magazines and a number of books.

Maia Henkin is a New York-based actress and playwright. Her works have been produced at the Hudson Guild Theatre (Theatre Thespis), the PIT, the Lynn Redgrave Theatre (Off-Broadway, Fresh Ground Pepper), the Gene Frankel Theatre (Nylon Fusion), Littlefield (UglyRhino), the Kraine Theater (Amios), the NY LGBT Community Center (Village Playwrights), amongst others. Maia graduated with honors in gender studies from Rhodes College with a BA in English Lit/Creative Writing and Theatre with a minor in Film. While at Rhodes, Maia was awarded the Clifton Scholarship to study abroad at St. John’s, Oxford University, where she studied Shakespeare, Women in Medieval Literature, and Medieval Drama.

Maia Villa I’m a senior at Bennington College studying Drama and Public History, with a focus on plays concerning Otherness. I’m an actress, director, and emerging playwright. I’m involved with the Drama club (Drama Collective), Queer* club (Gender and Sexuality Minority Alliance), and Racial Diversity club (Kalopsia: Check All That Apply) on my campus. My performance credits include Vinegar Tom by Caryl Churchill (as Susan) and Machinal by Sophie Treadwell (as Helen). I’ve interned at numerous non-profit theaters, including CASA 0101 in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, CA.

Mandy Carpenter I have arrived at ‘professional’ writing late in my life but I have been on the path towards it since I could read and write. After being told several times by different people (overcoming the doubt!) that I was able to write, I took the plunge. I have written short films and a TV series pilot, The C.U. Crew. And I am writing my first novel, The Ghost Righter.  Lest They Forget is my first play and currently in pre-production. I am also an avid blogger with And am in the process of starting, an observational blog.

Margarita Reiz, Licencia en Dirección de Escena y Dramaturgia, realiza Doctorado en Humanidades. Trabaja como redactora jefe de Primer Acto y como profesora de la ESAD de Torrelodones y de la de Valladolid. Sus textos y trabajos teóricos han sido editados, traducidos o premiados. Fundadora de la Compañía Marías Guerreras estrena textos en, Tras las tocas, Dímelo hilando o Piezas de bolsillo; dirige y escribe, Todo irá bien, El día de la culpa, y la obra de Teatro Familiar, Aprendiendo a vivir. Para La Mala Compañía dirige la obra de Laila Ripol, Atra bilis, y para Teatro de Maleta Escribió y dirigió, Naturalmente malos.

María Lourdes Vega Alonso Nací en la comarca del Bierzo leonés en el año 1963. Mis padres me trasladaron a Madrid cuando apenas tenía un año de edad. En esta ciudad he vivido siempre. Estudié Filología Hispánica en la Universidad Complutense. Fue en su paraninfo donde me aficioné a ver teatro. Esta afición es la que me ha llevado a interesarme por la escritura teatral. Por ello realicé el Máster en Escritura Teatral de la Universidad de Alcalá de Henares en 2016. Desde entonces, intento que mis obras se representen en los teatros. Este proyecto, 365 women, despertó mi interés y es el segundo año que colaboro en él.

MARIA PIA PAGANI actually is Adjunct Professor of Theatrical Literature, Art of Directing and Theatre Discipline at University of Pavia, Italy. Degree cum laude in Foreign Languages and Literature, PhD in Modern Philology. She is author of many scientific essays – in Italian, English, Russian – about Eastern Europe Theatre, Russian émigré theatre, the fortunes of Italian theatre in Russia, the art of Eleonora Duse, Italian and Slavic echo in Marilyn Monroe’s art. She is the Italian translator of the doctor-writer and playwright Mikhail Berman-Tsikinovsky. Member of the Italian Pen Club, she received several prizes for her scientific research and translations.

Marilyn Clarke, b. 1942, is a native Oklahoman who graduated from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, on 1964. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1968. She had a 47 year career in social services, first in Child Welfare, then in Medical and Psychiatric Hospital work. Since retiring in 2013, she has pursued her interests in theater, gardening, Jungian dream groups, and community organizing around issues of racial justice.She has a long standing interest in all things Shakespearean and firmly believes that Edward de Vere is the actual author of the Canon.

Marina Castiñeira Ezquerra a playwright from Madrid, PhD in Philosophy, having worked in cultural centres and published many articles and books. Member of Marías Guerreras, a Spanish Performing Arts Women’s Association.

Marj O’Neill-Butler, a member of the Dramatists Guild and the International Center for Women Playwrights, is a produced playwright of TRUE BLUE, eight Theatre for Children scripts, short plays FLIGHT FRIGHT, SPARTAN WOMAN, AT THE BUS STOP, LIFE IMITATES ART, LEAVING HOME, WHAT IF?, SCAVENGER HUNT, MISSED CONNECTIONS, ELF YOURSELF, CHAIRS, ONE LESS and a reader’s theatre script THE WOMEN OF THE BEAT GENERATION. Marj was commissioned this year to write a new full-length play: DESPERATION. Her short play MISSED CONNECTIONS was published in 2013 The Best Ten-Minute Plays by Smith and Kraus. She has studied playwriting with Leslie Ayvazian, Carlos Murillo and Christian Parker and attended the Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensive in DC in 2010 and 2011. She is proud member of Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

Mark Rosati is the author of 22 plays and a member of the Dramatists Guild and The Company Theatre Group in NJ. His most recent productions were “Duet” at Theatre East’s 5×5 Drama Series and Between Us Productions’ Take Ten Festival (New York, April 2017), “Duet” in the Midtown International Theatre Festival’s Short Play Lab (May 2016), “Restoration” in Between Us Productions’ Take Ten Festival in NY (April 2015), and “Extinct/Extant” at Manhattan Repertory Theatre’s February Event (2015). His one-act “Our Daily Bread” received a public reading in Boston in the “Pinning Our Hopes” pre-inauguration resistance event (January 2017).

Marlin Thomas teaches information systems at Yeshiva University (New York, NY).  His full-length play FreudMahler has been published in English and translated into Italian.  It received a staged reading at the Dramatists Guild in September 2017.  His full-length play The Middleman will be performed at the NYWinterFest 2020.  He is also the author of Burqa&Rifle, Germaine&Diane, and I Never Heard such silence. He lives and writes in Brooklyn, NY.

Marlo Kern is a dynamic new voice in theatre. A long time author and poet, Kern began writing play scripts while working with a local theatre group. Within one year, her work garnished praise and attention both in the Netherlands and abroad. Kern’s thriller Transmission trilogy (Blue Whale, UVB-76, Pioneer 10), called ‘chillingly Lovecraftian’, will premiere worldwide in 2018. With Taman, Kern unleashes her powerful style in a historical setting, addressing women’s issues in a manner both accurate to detail and poignant in its current noteworthiness. Marlo Kern is a US expat residing in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Martha Patterson has had her plays produced in nineteen states and eight countries.  Her work has been published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, Pioneer Drama Service, the Sheepshead Review, the Afro-Hispanic Review, Silver Birch Press, and others.  She has two degrees in Theatre, from Mt. Holyoke College and Emerson College.  She lives in Boston, Mass.

Mary Fridley has worked as a director or assistant director on dozens of productions at the Castillo Theater in NYC over the last 25 years. She began writing plays in 2016, two of which have received readings at theaters in the city. Bridge Over Troubled Waters is her fourth play. Ms. Fridley also produced Nothing Really Happens (Memories of Aging Strippers), an award-winning feature film written and directed by Fred Newman.

Mary Sue Price  Journalist turned playwright turned daytime television writer turned playwright.

Matthew Weaver is a Spokane, Washington playwright. His plays have been performed in 24 states, Canada, Ireland and Japan. Full-length plays include BED RIDE, GLUTTONY AND LUST ARE FRIENDS, ACES ARE FEVERISH and TIMMY’S BIG KISS. Short plays include A NEW PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER, ANOTHER PLAY BY MATTHEW WEAVER and HELP! I’M TRAPPED IN A MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY MATTHEW WEAVER! Website:  

Melissa Nussbaum Freeman  is a performing artist/playwright with a high tolerance for risk and zero tolerance for injustice which lately gets her out on the street more often than at her desk. This is her third year submitting work to 365.

Melissa Ritz  I’m a New York City-based actress, and have always felt as though I’ve been called by the theater. Growing up as an “Army brat” in Oklahoma, Washington, Alabama, Virginia, New York, and Germany, I was drawn to entertaining others when I began staging puppet shows for neighborhood children. I continued my interest in theater at the Frankfurt Playhouse in Germany, where I attended high school. In an odd twist, I enlisted in the United States Air Force after graduation. I worked in a hospital laboratory, (analyzing body fluids!) and toured as a vocalist with Air Force Entertainment’s elite performance show, Tops in Blue. After I received an honorable discharge, I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where I earned a BA in Dance and an MFA in Theatre Performance, both at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

 I recently premiered my one-woman show, Journey of a Bombshell: The Ina Ray Hutton Story, at the United Solo Theater Festival in NYC, where I sold out all 4 of my performances, and was recognized as the “Best Emerging Actress For 2014”. When I’m not busy with Ina, you can find me sweating it out in Bikram yoga, where I teach and practice.

Melody Cooper‘s play, SWEET MERCY, won the SheWrites Festival and was developed by LaMama Theater and NY Stage & Film (MSU’s 2012 Global Culture Play Award; Ford Foundation travel grant to Rwanda to develop the play). Commissioned by Vital Theatre to write book of the musical SHOW WAY, which ran for three months in NYC (2013 Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination). TRUTH BE TOLD, produced by E.S.T.’s Going to the River Festival, with work by Ruby Dee and Lynn Nottage. Melody is a 2014 Semifinalist for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship. Melody’s screenplay, MONSTROUS, is a top 3 Finalist for 2014 Slamdance Competition. Other film/TV awards include: Winner – Woodshole Film Festival, top 10% Nicholl Competition, Austin Film Festival 2nd Rounder, Finalist – Creative World Award. Represented by Abrams Artists (Ron Gwiazda/Amy Wagner)

Meredith L. King is a playwright, director and performing artist whose credits include work with Cleveland Public Theatre’s Entry Point & Station Hope Programs, Talespinner Children’s Theatre, Round House Theatre’s Heyday Players, dog & pony dc, The Hegira, African Continuum Theatre Company and eXtreme eXchange. Meredith served a three-year term as a judge for Washington, DC’s regional theatre awards, The Helen Hayes Awards, and has also served six years as a reader/judge for the Source Theatre Festival. Meredith is passionate about theatre that brings the personal into the public and serves as a catalyst for connection and community building.

Merridawn Duckler is a poet and playwright from Portland, Oregon. “The Maker” on Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat, Blackfish Gallery. “Take Five” IPOP Festival, Olympia, Washington. “Fresh Hell” Playwrights Forum Festival Spokane, Washington. “Tongue In Groove” staged reading Seattle Repertory; “The Relatives” Manhattan Shakespeare Project; “Origin Story” Shout House, Portland, Oregon; “Fire Bird” SWAN festival, OCT, Eugene, Oregon. “Sleeping with the Ambassador” Los Angeles, adaptation of Kafka’s “A Hunger Artist,” Perino’s; “C’Opera” LAPD (previewed New York Times) “My Beowulf” NOW Festival, “Guide to An Exhibitionist” LACMA, Phoenix Art Museum. Fellowships: Yaddo, Last Frontier, Southampton (Annie Baker) Norman Mailer Center (Paul Carter Harrison).

Michael Aman’s POZ opened the 2014 season for Island City Stage in Fort Lauderdale.  It was nominated for Best New Work for the 2015 Carbonell Awards and was originally commissioned by [Your Name Here] A Queer Theatre Company.  The Unbleached American won best play for the African American Playwrights’ Exchange (AAPEX) in 2012 and had its premiere at The Stoneham Theatre in Massachusetts in April, 2014. The play was presented at The Kennedy Center as part of the Page to Stage Festival in 2014.  He co-wrote the book for The Piper (with Grammy winning songwriter Marcus Hummon), which premiered at the Actor’s Bridge Ensemble in Nashville, 2010.  He co-wrote the book and lyrics for The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde (2005 NYMF).  He also co-wrote the book for Let Me Sing! A Musical Evolution (George Street Playhouse; Charlotte Repertory Theatre).  Feeding the Bear will open in June 2016 at Island City Stage.  He is currently working on Frida, a musical about Frida Kahlo (with Olivier Award nominee composer Dana P. Rowe), which was developed through Amas Musicals in New York City. Michael has a Ph.D. in Theatre History and Masters degree in Dramaturgy and is married to director Michael Bush.  He is represented by Barbara Hogenson of the Barbara Hogenson Agency.

Michael Angel Johnson  Ms. Michael angel Johnson’s plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other places across the U. S. The Price of Solitude was a finalist in the National Ten-Minute Play Contest at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Wild Fires was a finalist at the Hollywood Black Film Festival. Her stories and essays: “The African American Woman Who Shaped the Future of Art” (On The Issues Magazine), “The Echo” (Persimmon Tree), “ and A Basket of Biscuits” (On The Issues Magazine). She is a member of The League of Professional Theatre Woman and of New York Women in Film & Television. She is an Associate Professor at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology.  She is a graduate of The Yale School of Drama in Playwrighting. At this time Michael angel is splitting her time between New York and her home in a medieval village in Italy.

Michael Radi is a composer, lyricist, librettist, performer, vocal coach, and musical director currently residing in NYC. He was a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop in Manhattan as a Lyricist. Michael has written three full-length musical theatre pieces, including his original musical “The King’s Legacy.” This show was presented in an industry reading in mid-town Manhattan in November 2016, at the Emerging Artists Theater Festival in 2014, and in a workshop through the Random Access Theatre in 2013. Michael continues to collaborate on other projects, including a musical adaptation of “The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow.”

Michael Tooher  Full length works include The Tree of the MethodistsHangmanIcelandThe Waiting RoomPudding,The Undertow and the award winning The Perfect Sameness of Our Days. His 10 minute plays have been performed all over the country. Future productions include his comedy The King Comes Here Tonight which will be produced as part of King of Crows IV in 2016. Michael is a founding member of Crowbait Club and its notorious Theatre Death Match. He lives in Portland, Maine with one wife, one son and three outrageously spoiled cats.

Michele Aldin Kushner Most recently Michele’s play, RADIO GALAXY, took part in TRU Voice’s New Play Reading Series and has been optioned for a future production. Her play, ABDUCTED, was read at The Barrow Group, NYC, and the WorkShop Theater Company, NYC.  UNFIT received a workshop at Rider University. THE TEXT OF SEX, premiered in FringeNYC 2014 and was a finalist for the Susan Glaspell Award in Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series 2012 and was read at Passage Theatre.  Michele’s play, THE BABY GAME, is the recipient of the Fulton Theatre’s 2012 Discovery Project New Play Contest.  Other plays have been at FringeNYC and around the country. Web site:

Michelle A. Patrick graduated from Barnard College in New York, Endured 3 of a possible 5 years at Harvard University as the only doctoral student in the class of 1976, Department of American Studies (aka History of American Civilization). Wrote for “Sounds of The City,” a black-themed radio soap sponsored by Quaker Oats (1974-75). Spent 19 years writing daytime soaps for ABC (“All My Children,” “General Hospital). Winner of 4 Daytime Emmy Awards and two Writers Guild Awards. Contributor to “Unheard Voices,” the theatrical component of The American Slavery Project. Author of the soon-to-be published novella, “DRESSING FOR SUCCESS, 1968.”

Micki Shelton/née S. Michele McFadden studied playwriting at South Coast Repertory’s Professional Conservatory. Her first play, Circles, was part of Ashland, Oregon’s 2ndAnnual New Plays Festival. She’s had over two dozen plays produced, including Medea’s Ghost by Theatre Artists Studio (2010); Fred and Mary: An Unconventional Romance (2012), part of Arizona’s Centennial Celebration; Evolution Fast Track by Little Black Dress INK and Theatre Artists Studio (Summer, 2017), and Amici Recast by Herberger Theater’s Lunch Time (2018). Other credits include productions by City Lights Theatre Company, Arizona Classical Theatre, El Camino Real Playhouse, and Prescott Film Festival. Info:

MJ KAMI is the winner of The 2017 Arts and Letters Competition for his drama, THE LANTERN BEARERS which received a full production at the University of Georgia in March, 2018. In addition, MJ has written and produced several full length dramas, including:  THE POET, a compilation of eight literary masterpieces that premiered to critical acclaim at the Dublin Theatre Festival.  (Players Theatre, Dublin Ireland).   DESERT FATHERS (Duffin Theatre, Lenox, MA), based on the writings of Thomas Merton which tells the story of a Monk falsely accused of rape, and an original adaptation for the stage of the great masterpiece, GILGAMESH (Duffin Theatre, Lenox, MA). In 2014, MJ co-produced, BROADWAY AMBASSADORS, in association with The Cuban Ministry of Culture and Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment.  This was the first Broadway show to arrive in Havana Cuba in 50 years. A graduate of Northwestern University in Chicago and Leslie University in Cambridge, MA, MJ has a Bachelors in The Interpretation of Literature and a Masters in Psychology, respectively.   MJ has studied Theatre and Voice with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and studied Dance with various distinguished teachers including, Ballet with Maggie Black, NYC, Jazz with Gus Giordano, Chicago, and Modern with Lar Lubovitch, NYC.  For over twenty years MJ performed as a professional Actor and Dancer working on stage, film, and television primarily in Europe and New York City.  As a freelance writer over the last ten years, MJ’s essays, fiction and non-fiction, have appeared in regional newspapers and national magazines.

Monica Bauer is currently a Writing Fellow at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She was the 2005 Teaching Fellow in the Graduate Playwriting Program at Boston University, where she received an MA in playwriting. Awards include 2012 Emerging Playwright Award from Urban Stages, as well as awards for outstanding script from the Midtown International Theater Festival, and Theater Arts Guild. Heideman Award finalist for “Answering” (published by Heuer). Full length plays produced Off Broadway, Off-Off Broadway, regionally in Denver, Boston, Providence, Omaha, Detroit, and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Brighton (England) Fringe Festival. Her full length play about race, “My Occasion of Sin,” was part of the 2014 season of the Detroit Rep.

Monique Hebert  is a playwright who is originally from Ohio but now resides in Seattle, Washington. She graduated with an English degree from Cleveland State University in 2014 and just started a graduate program in Creative Writing. She loves writing the three P’s; poems, personal essays, and plays. She’s passionate about theatre and advocating for mental health. When she’s not writing you can find her reading or spending time with her family.

Monique N. Simpson moved to northern Ecuador to teach English at the country’s new technology university, Yachay. She is helping young Ecuadorian writers hone their writing and critical thinking skills. When she is not working, Ms. Simpson is exploring local cafes while writing her autobiography, My Five-Year-Break-From-Life: Traveling, Teaching and Typing my way through a Quarter Life Crisis.

Mora V. Harris  is a playwright and screenwriter based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her full-length comedy, Space Girl, was a 2016/17  finalist in the Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition and was produced by the Weird Sisters Theatre Project in Atlanta, GA. Her one act plays, Boxed In and Ondine’s Curse, were National Finalists for the Kennedy Center’s John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play in 2016 and 2017 respectively. She was awarded 2nd place in the Alfred P. Sloan Script Competition for her screenplay, Egghead Genius, in 2016. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theater from Oberlin College and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

N. G. McClernan’s work has been performed in NY, NJ, PA, CO and Japan. Her play JULIA & BUDDY won “Outstanding Production of a Full-length Play” in the 2014 Midtown International Theater Festival. Her BLESSINGS OF THE SUN GOD was directed by Obie-winning director Oliver Butler and she has directed her own plays as well. She founded and runs NYCPlaywrights and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Nancy Brewka-Clark began her writing career as features editor for a daily newspaper chain on Boston’s North Shore, where she did reviews and interviews with theater greats such as Molly Picon, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., and Leonard Nimoy. Her flash comedies have appeared in the Gi60 International One-Minute Play Festival at Brooklyn College’s New Workshop Theater since 2005 and can be viewed on YouTube. Many of her plays and monologues have been published by Smith and Kraus, YouthPLAYS of Los Angeles, and Routledge U.K.

Nancy Gall-Clayton is a member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights, Southeastern Theatre Conference, and the Dramatists Guild. Looking for Lilith Theatre Company in Louisville, Kentucky, commissioned her to write “I’m Wearing My Own Clothes!” (inspired by Mary Edwards Walker, MD (1832-1919), which it produced in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2017. Award-winning full-lengths include “General Orders No. 11” and “Bernice Sizemore’s 70th Birthday.” Three of Nancy’s shorts have been Finalists for Actors Theatre of Louisville Ten-Minute Play Competition. Her work has been on stages in Canada, Denmark, Australia, and half the U.S. states. For more information, visit

Nancy Cooper Frank’s  plays include “Anna and the Blackbird” (Blank Theatre’s Living Room Series, 2015) and “Daniil Kharms: A Life in One Act and Several Dozen Eggs” (Virago Theatre Co.’s New Play Series; 2014 Great Plain Theatre Conference).  Two of her plays have made the final line-up in Female Playwrights ONStage Project (2015 “The Announcement”: 2016 “In the Loop”.) Her work has been performed in various places from the Arundel Theatre Fest in the UK to the Philadelphia Fringe to the San Francisco Fringe. Literary advisor for 3Girls Theatre Company, a Dramatists Guild member, and former professor of Russian literature.

Nancy Hopp   Nancy’s had a fruitful 2017, having had four plays produced, some multiple times/formats: “La Lucha Sin Fin, “her 2016 submission to 365, was part of SWAN Day (Eugene, OR); “Mind Your Own Abyssness” had a staged reading in Majestic Eight Festival (Corvallis, OR);  “Now, I Am Your Neighbor” played to sold out houses in its initial run and both encore performances (Eugene); and her award-winning “End of the Rope” played in the NW10 Festival (Eugene), and Short & Sweet festivals in Hollywood, CA, and Manila, Philippines, (where it won “Best Playwright.”)  “Rope” will be produced in Sh&Sw Sydney, March 2018.

Nancy Hopps With her initial submission, “La Lucha Sin Fin”, Nancy’s delighted to be an official part of the 365 Project’s inspiring and herstorical undertaking. In 2016, her 10-minute play, “Mind Your Own Abyssness” was produced at LCC’s Winter Shorts Festival. She also directed a staged reading of an Oregon 365 playwright’s piece for SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now.) In March/April 2017, her play “End of the Rope” will be produced at Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s NW10 Festival.  Also a healing/performing artist, Nancy celebrates Love as the greatest healing force, and the arts as powerful purveyors of entertainment, education, and enlightenment.

Nancy Kelly is a playwright, performer, dramaturg, and educator. Most recently, her play Backyard/Desert was selected for the Irvington Town Hall Theater Play Reading Festival in November 2017 and Transcendence Theatre Collective Play Reading Festival in February 2018. A member of the Dramatists Guild, she holds an MFA in theater from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA in Dramatic Art/Dance from U.C. Berkeley. She has taught acting, storytelling and public speaking at New York area colleges and public schools since 2005. Originally from Northern California, she currently lives in New York City.

NANCY WEST is an actor and playwright based in Eugene, Oregon, whose plays have appeared at the world’s largest short play festival, Short + Sweet Sydney in Australia (The Dissolution Mask, 2015), the Northwest Ten Festival of Ten-minute Plays (The Dissolution Mask, 2013, Bible Jeopardy, 2014, Dancing out of Reach, 2017), and Winter Shorts at Lane Community College (Some Assembly Required, 2015). Nancy directed a reading of Mother/Tongue by Connie Bennett from 365 Women a Year for 2015 SWAN Day. Nancy has a theatre degree from the University of Oregon, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Naomi Elster has a PhD in breast cancer. She has trained medical and science students in biology and scientific techniques at universities, taught creative writing at a psychiatric facility, and taught English as a foreign language. She writes fiction, nonfiction, and scripts, and has been widely published, including by The Establishment, The Guardian and Lazy Bee Scripts.

Natalie Osborne  is a writer, theatre-maker and activist. She is an alumna of Bennington College, where she studied drama and anthropology. She’s also a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. Theatre@First produced her ten-minute play “My Monster and Me,” this summer as part of their Fractured Fairytales Festival. She has had play readings at Casa de Beverley, Upstart Theatre, and The Classic Theatre of Harlem. Two of her non-fiction articles have been published in HowlRound. She’s very excited to be a part of 365 Women a Year for a second year!

Nicole Heneveld is a playwright based in New York, with a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Adelphi University, as well as a degree in classical theatre from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She won two Dramatic Writing Awards during her time at Adelphi, in addition to the Robert Muroff Scholarship in Creative Writing and the Donald Axinn Award in Poetry. Recently, she attended a playwriting residency with One Company NYC at DoLittle Farm, run by Tony-Winning Producers Francine Bizar and Nick Demos.

Nikki Harmon’s plays include comedies, satires, dramas and theatre for young audiences that have been produced in England, Australia, India, Thailand, Botswana, So. Africa, and throughout the U.S. & Canada.  She was a Finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and studied at the Sorbonne and Institut Britannique, is an alumna of Carnegie Mellon, University of Miami, and Pasadena Playhouse College, and has been a Stage Manager, Lighting Designer,  Casting Director, and worked on wildlife conservancies and archaeological digs in Thailand, Peru, Italy, Namibia, Kenya and the U.S.  Nikki’s a long time member of AEA and the Dramatists Guild.

Nina Howes is a nurse, an activist, and a writer who was born and raised in New York City. Her stories have been published by University of Iowa Press, and Kaplan Publishing.
Her documentary “Lower East Side Oral Histories”  is published by History Press.
Her animal fables are available on and She loves theatre; and her plays have been produced off-off Broadway. She enjoys leading a workshop – “Writing to Heal, Writing to Grow” for people with disabilities and their caregivers.
Nomfanelo Moloi is a playwright from Ottawa, Canada. After taking Writer’s Craft and drama classes in Gloucester High School, Nomfanelo attended Algonquin College, where she graduated the General Arts and Science: Media and Communication Studies program. Afterwards, she went University of Ottawa, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with a Minor in Film Studies in the Spring of 2015. Nomfanelo currently attends the Scriptwriting graduate program at Algonquin College.

Olga Humphrey Plays include “Nasty Bits,” a period political satire workshopped by New Georges and Lynx Ensemble Theater; “Death to the Book Club” (premiere at Alfred University); “Veronika Vavoom, Volcanologist,” produced by Boston Theater Works; and “F-Stop,” produced by New Directions Theater in NY and at Sacramento’s B-Street Theater. The WGA, East presented an excerpt from her screenplay “Mama’s Boy” at the JCC, and she has also written for children’s television. Her new play “Magnificent Hubba Hubba” is about the rivalry between two old-time women wrestlers as their biggest fan, a 16-year-old boy, seeks to reunite the mortal enemies for a rematch.

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