Paddy Gillard-Bentley is the founder and Artistic Director of Flush Ink Productions. She is a playwright, director, producer, photographer – whatever needs to be done. Her full-length play, Shaking the Dew from the Lilies, has been produced in Kitchener, Denver, North Dakota and North Hollywood. Bingo Wings and Quantum Entanglement were produced multiple times in Canada and USA. Including her shorter plays, over seventy have been produced in have seen over seventy productions in Canada, the US, and UK. Paddy is also the Chair of The Coalition of Performing Artists, and a former President of ICWP (International Centre for Women Playwrights).
Pat Cheshire Jennings, retired social worker, writes of rural life in Kentucky with humor and sensitivity. Her characters resonate with vibrant descriptions of her experiences while growing up. Pat, painter and fiber artist, lives in Berea, Kentucky with her two dogs. She is a part of the Kentucky Women Playwright’s Seminar.
Patricia Davis was a 2015-2016 alumna of Arena Stage’s Playwrights’ Arena. Her play Digna received a reading at Arena Stage and was produced in February 2017 by a new professional theater company, Digna Theater, in Tucson, Arizona, directed by Barclay Goldsmith. Her other plays have been presented at La MaMa, the Kennedy Center, Urban Stages, and Catholic University and Theater J. She’s author of a collection of poetry and co-author, with Dianna Ortiz, of a nonfiction book, The Blindfold’s Eyes.
Patricia Middleton is a Wichita-based actor, writer, and director who loves good clean fun on stage! She recently wrote and directed the melodrama A Sure Bet of Marryin’ a Librarian. She has also directed Christmas Crisis at Mistletoe Mesa, A Cowhand’s Christmas Carol or Twas Plum Tired of Pudding, and Someone Save My Baby, Ruth. She has assisted at Backstory Theatre in Colorado, Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre in Missouri, and at Music Theatre Wichita in Kansas. Patricia has appeared on stage at Kechi Playhouse, Wichita Community Theatre, and Old Cowtown Museum. REGION: Kansas, USA
Patricia Wakely Wolf is an award-winning playwright for her first full-length play, Closed Casket. Patricia’s 10-minute plays, Not Yet Dead and Celebrity Patch were produced by Group Repertory Theatre; Not Yet Dead was featured at the Playwrights’ Slam at The Kennedy Center’s 10th Annual Page-to-Stage festival and Pinky Swear Productions’ SWEAR IT! Smörgåsbord. Short plays: Color TV and Pot produced at the 3rd Annual South Florida One-Minute Play Festival in Miami; The Hill featured at Flash Fest 2015, Manhattan Theatre Club; Buttons featured at Theatre J, Washington, DC. Patricia’s full-length play, Stung & Wounded, was selected for South Florida Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest 2015 and a staged reading was performed at Main Street Playhouse in Miami Lakes. A series of her 10-minute plays, including Table Manners, Crockpot Marriage, Funeral Makeup, Red Rover, Celebrity Patch, Lionel & Blondie, and Not Yet Dead, have had readings in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. Patricia is also working on her first novel and her blog posts, Dorothy Does It All By Herself and Tales From the Tee: Sadie Hawkins Day, have appeared on Red Room and Women on Course websites, respectively. Patricia participated in several spoken word evenings that included her original works, Leap of Faith and Parenting, at Spark Off Rose in Los Angeles. Patricia is an actor/model in South Florida and has worked in commercials, theatre and independent film in Los Angeles and New York. Member: The Dramatists Guild of America, South Florida Theatre League, Playwrights Jam/Miami, Stage 32, The Playwright’s Forum/DC, DC Area Playwrights, The Writer’s Center/DC, Women in Film & Video/DC & Orlando; and The Writer’s Group/LA. Board Member: South Florida Theatre League.
Patti Cassidy began writing plays on a dare in a small Mexican border town. Her first play played to packed houses there for a weekend. From then on she was hooked and her pieces have been produced from LA to Scotland. She now lives and works in greater Boston where she writes regularly and produces new play readings in the library system.
Paula Cizmar is a playwright whose work often combines poetry and politics. Her plays have been produced at Portland Stage, San Diego Rep, Playwrights Arena @LATC, and many others. Plays include January, The Chisera, Still Life with Parrot & Monkey, Street Stories, and Goat Springs Eternal, an adaptation of a 17th-century Lope de Vega play. Her many honors include an NEA fellowship and a TCG/Mellon Foundation On the Road grant. She is one of the writers of the documentary play Seven, which has been translated into 20+ languages and has been produced all over the world.
Paula J. Sanders-Nelson has been writing for stage and screen for over a decade. After graduating from the University of Texas @ Arlington, she entered the Art Institute of Dallas where she studied video/film production. By simple chance, she took a step into the world of theater, penning her first short play for the Teco New Playwright Competition, finally winning the New Playwright Competition in 2009. Paula is a seasoned educator and received her Master’s in Education in 2010. She has also epublished her first romance novel The Supper Models and Schniction, a hybrid collections of creative non-fiction, works as a freelance writer for various online publications, co-written several online TV series and is a contributing founder of Blaque Artists Collective theatrical group. In 2014, her short play “Conversations with God” was produced by the Sur-Ryl Entertainment in An Evening of Shorts-Theater Festival at the Underground Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Most recently, her one-act play “A Shift in Relativity” was also featured in Blaque-To-Blaque: A collection of short plays, in the WaterTower Theater Out of the Loop Festival in Dallas, Texas.
Penny Jackson I am an award winning playwright and novelist who lives in New York City. Plays include SAFE, (Best New Play at The Planet Connections Theater Festival) I KNOW WHAT BOYS LIKE, (Best Indie Theater Play of 2013) and BITTEN, (only American Finalist for The Kenneth Branagh award) and BEFORE, (winner of The GunPlay Competition, University of Illinois.) My plays have been produced in Edinburgh, Dublin, Chicago, Seattle and Minneapolis, and are published by New Stage Press and Indietheaternow.com. My novel, Becoming The Butlers and my short story collection, L.A. Child, are available on Amazon.com.
Peppy Barlow is a founder member of the WOVEN theatre company which was set up to promote new writing by women in East Anglia. Her plays include Mothering Sunday, runner up for The Verity Bargate Award; Missing toured by Woven 2006 ; Broken, Pulse Festival 2005. Also In the shadow of the doorway BBC Radio 4; The Sutton Hoo Mob Eastern Angles touring 1994 and 2006 and Trojan Whores, co-written with Sally Wilden and Dawn Rose. She is currently working on a site specific play for Landguard Fort in Felixstowe which is in receipt of Arts Council funding.
Pilar G. Almansa Stage director, producer, playwright and teacher, she is the founding member of two theatre companies, CriaCuervos and La Pitbull. She has been the leader or participated in the creative team of more than 20 pieces: the political satyre Pacto de estado, that humorously predicted the Indignados Movement; Lucientes (¿Sois almas en pena o sois hijos de puta?), cowritten with Rakel Camacho, performance about ‘Spanishness’ inspired by Caprichos, Francisco de Goya; or Banqueros vs. zombis, the first show in Spain in which the audience chooses the narrative via mobile app. She currently teaches The Scientific Method applied to the Performative Experience in Nave 73 (Madrid), whilst finishing her PhD in Theatre Studies at UCM.
R. Johns is a published Australian playwright, with a First Class Honours degree (Drama) from Manchester University, an MFA from U.C.R, with one year at Tulane University on scholarship. She has been invited to curated conferences to present her work (Cape Town 2015, Stockholm 2012 , Mumbai 2009 and Athens 2000) for Women Playwrights International. She has recently been nominated for an AWGIE (Australian Writers Guild Award) for her World War One play, As Told By the Boys Who Fed Me Apples (Big West Festival 2015). Her play Black Box 149 will have its European premiere at Staatstheater Nürnberg 2017.
Rachel Baird Rudisill is a Cleveland, Ohio playwright. Her writing credits include “The Story of Susan and the Coin,” “All I Want For,” and “The Conference,” ten-minute plays performed as part of the Manhattan Project Cleveland Lab; “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” performed at Convergence-Continuum as part of the 2013 NEOMFA play festival; and “A Glimpse of Trees,” performed at Cleveland Public Theatre as part of Leap/Conceive 2012. She currently works in eLearning as a content writer and editor, and writes grants for the non-profit organization A Call Fur Help.
Raquel Provencio Gilarranz is a Madrid-based playwright born in 1977. She has a MD in Classical Studies and her interest for the Ancient Greek tragedies developed in a deeper interest in writing theatre plays. Following this passion, she has been enrolled in courses and workshops with the most successful playwrights in Spain, such as Jose Sanchis-Sinisterra, Alberto Conejero and Maria Velasco. Raquel‘s works are mainly short plays aimed at micro theatre. She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women group, currently working towards the official creation of the League in Spain.
Rebecca Burroughs has had plays in Houston, Denver, Westcliffe, Co., and in San Antonio at: 2009-2012 The Playhouse Play Fests, SA Luminaria and the Renaissance Guild. Was a finalist in the 2012 Tennessee Williams’ play contest, won a 2013 San Antonio grant to perform her Alzheimer’s play. In 2014 her short Van Gogh play performed at the McNay Museum and NW Vista College. Had short plays and poems published in the Aquila and Mayo literary reviews. Poem published in San Antonio’s HOT! climate change chapbook. She’s a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
Renee Rankin received her MFA in Creative Writing in 2011 from Goddard College in Plainfield, VT. She wrote the INSPIRATION column for JLTNews, the e-newsletter for Juneteenth Legacy Theatre. She’s had ten-minute plays produced by The Queens Players Act 5 New Play Festival in Queens, NY and the InGenius Fesitval and Testogenius Festival at Manhattan Theatre Source. In September 2011, her one-act play, Zap Belly, enjoyed a successful public reading at Manhattan Theatre Source as part of the Writers’ Forum New Play Reading Series. She’s a 2014 National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist.
Renee Lucas Wayne A Philadelphia native, Renee Lucas Wayne is a founding member of Black Magic Woman Productions. Her teaching artist work includes stints as a playwright-in-residence for Pennsylvania Arts in Education (PAEP), and the Prince Music Theatre’s Rainbow Company. Renee’s plays include “While The Gettin’s Good,” a romantic comedy which wowed audiences this past summer, “The Best of Everything” (winner, 20th annual Henrico Theatre Company One-Act Playwriting Competition), and “It’s A Man Thing” (winner, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre Company New Play contest). Her screenplays include “Another Man’s Treasure” (Top 5, Set In Philadelphia competition), and “Sweet Jonz” (Top 10, BWE Network contest).
Rex McGregor is a New Zealand writer specializing in comedy theatre and satirical humor. His short plays have been performed on four continents – from New York and London to Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. His most popular plays THREATENED PANDA FIGHTS BACK and GROW UP, JULIET have had numerous productions. Several of his scripts, including GIRLS ON THE BRINK, have been published by YouthPLAYS. He has a Master of Arts (Hons) in Languages and Literature from the University of Auckland and is currently a senior collections librarian at Auckland Libraries.
Rita Anderson has a MFA Creative Writing and a MA Playwriting. A published and award-winning writer, Rita went on scholarship to The O’Neill. Her play, Frantic is the Carousel, was the National Partners American Theatre nominee in 2013, when she won the Kennedy Center’s Ken Ludwig Playwriting Award for “best body of work.” She’s had numerous productions to include NYC, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Detroit, Cincinnati, in West Virginia, at Texas State University and Missouri State University—and in London, England, and Paris, France. Early Liberty, internationally published at www.offthewallplays.comwww.indietheaternow.com
Rita Kniess Barkey’s recent plays include Squeeze Box Air (Zoola Playwrights, 2014), The Humming (developed at 2013 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference); Techno Tango (2012 finalist, Seven Devils); Very F.B., (2012 finalist, Double (XX) Festival); Firewall (2011 Pandora Festival); as well as a dozen others that have been produced around the country. She has had staged readings at Chicago Dramatists, Indiana Theater Works, and Missoula Colony. Her accolades include a Djerassi Artist residency, the Basile Emerging Playwright award, an Indiana Arts Commission fellowship, and a Community Outreach Award from the Mary Anderson Center. She serves on the board of the International Centre for Women Playwrights and is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild. She received her MFA from Ohio State.
Robert F. Bradford has won two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards for Best Play in the Fringe of Marin Festival, and has also been produced by Construct Theatre Company on W. 14th St. in New York, the Black Box Festival at College of Marin in Kentfield, CA, the Ross Valley Players, the Petaluma Arts Council and Café Amsterdam in Fairfax, CA. His stories have been published in Bohème Magazine, SoMa Literary Review, Slow Trains Literary Journal, Coastline Journal, and Long Story Short. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English and Humanities at Dominican University of California.
Robin Rice Author of over 50 one-act and 20 full-length plays including THE POWER OF BIRDS, ALICE IN BLACK AND WHITE, EVERYDAY EDNA MAE, LOLA AND THE PLANET OF GLORIOUS DIVERSITY, LUST & LIES, WOMEN w/o WALLS. Produced Off-Broadway and from Mongolia to South Africa, South Korea to London. Producers include: Looking for Lilith, Ego Actus, Finborough, Bailiwick. Publishers include French, Smith + Kraus, Indie Theatre Now. Honors include: Smith, O’Neill (finalist), Goshen, Shiner, Lark, Chambers. She is a member of The Articulate Theatre Company. Proud member of the Dramatists Guild since 1989.
Rosanna Yamagiwa Alfaro My plays include Before I Leave You (Huntington Theatre in Boston), Behind Enemy Lines (Pan Asian Repertory in N.Y.), Mishima (East West Players in L.A.), Martha Mitchell (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Six Figures Theater Co. in N.Y.), Barrancas (Magic Theater in San Francisco), Pablo and Cleopatra (New Theatre in Boston), Mexico City and Sailing Down the Amazon (the Boston Women on Top Festival), and It Doesn’t Take a Tornado and Amsterdam (La MaMa in N.Y.). I am co-producer, writer, and narrator of Japanese American Women: A Sense of Place, a documentary directed by Leita Hagemann, which aired on PBS in Seattle and was part of a traveling exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution. I was a 2010 Huntington Playwriting Fellow and received a 2011 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Playwriting. Several of my plays have been produced nationally and abroad and anthologized by Baker’s Plays, Heinemann, Meriwether Publishing, PlaySource, Smith and Kraus, and Charta Books, Ltd. I graduated from Harvard eons ago, received an M.A. from Berkeley and live in Cambridge, MA.
Rosemary Zibart is a former journalist who now writes plays and books for young people. She’s written an award-winning play for children about the first woman physician, Elizabeth Blackwell, and her adopted daughter Kitty called My Dear Doctor and another play Never Ever Landabout two children abandoned on the edge of the desert who find one of the silver slippers Dorothy dropped on her return from Oz. The Jewel in the Manuscript about famed author Fyodor Dostoevsky, winner of the Icicle Creek Theater Festival, was a finalist in festivals across the country and was produced at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque and at Warehouse 21 Theater in Santa Fe. Another play based on historical figures, All Too Human was produced at Warehouse 21 Theater in Santa Fe. A comic play Babe, Ince was produced in New York City and is published in the Strawberry Play Festival Best plays anthology.
Sally Lambert began her professional career with the Lake George Opera Company, singing the role of Count Orlovsky in Die Fledermaus. The following season, she appeared with the Santa Fe Opera, covering the titular role of Carmen, and performing the role of Nancy in Albert Herring. Ms Lambert joined the New York City Opera and was a compramario singer for five years. She has taught voice in Florida and in Arkansas. She created her own stage company in northern Manhattan, The Laughing Dog Theatre, appeared in Man to Man, by the German playwright Manfred Karge, and as Hamm in Beckett’s Endgame.. She also staged her own works, which include Mitzvah in Little Rock, Exposure, and Grapefruit. Ms Lambert has directed stage plays, (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Rupert’s Birthday), and several operas—including Cosi fan tutte, Carmen, and L’enfant et les Sortileges.
Samantha Hill is an Australian primary teacher, writer and actor, and has recently branched out into producing. A graduate of the University of Melbourne/ VCA and RMIT, she has also trained with NIDA, Drama with a Difference and The Actors Space, and has a Masters of Teaching. As a playwright, she has had scripts produced by St. Martins Theatre of Youth, ATYP (Sydney), Short & Sweet (Melbourne and Sydney), Snatches Theatre Festival, Rumble Theatre and the Waterdale Originals. Samantha performs regularly with Melbourne-based independent company, SNAFU Theatre, and they have most recently produced her acclaimed one-woman show, ‘Merry Christmas, Bitches!’
Samantha Vakiener graduated from the College at Brockport, SUNY, in 2012 where she majored in Creative Writing and minored in Theatre and Film Studies. She will graduate in November 2015 from Spalding University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing with a concentration in Playwriting. Some of her favorite theatre credits include: Orestes 2.0 (director), bobrauschenbergamerica (assistant director), Turtle Play (The Play About the Turtle) (writer), Reefer Madness: the Musical (director), Mr. Marmalade (Costume Designer- KCACTF award winner), “Fluffy Mountain” (writer and director), “Starting Out Strong” (writer and director), and Why Don’t Ya Let the Whole Town In? (writer and director). Two of her short dramatic pieces were published in the Brockport’s literary magazine, Jigsaw. She now lives in Boulder, CO, exploring where her theatre career will take her.
Sandra de Helen‘s dramas and comedies have been performed all over the United States as well as Internationally. Audiences in NYC, Chicago, Ireland, and the Philippines have been entertained and challenged by Sandra’s provocative writing. Sandra studied with Maria Irene Fornes, and with Matt Zrebski. With Kate Kasten, she co-founded Actors’ Sorority in Kansas City, Missouri. Later Sandra founded the Portland Women’s Theatre Company as well as Penplay — a group of playwrights and screenwriters dedicated to developing the new work of multicultural voices. Sandra is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Sara Israel’s plays have been seen throughout the country, garnering her the American Theatre Co-op Playwriting Prize and the Playwrights Circle Award, as well as being named a Princess Grace Award semi-finalist and a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award. Sara also works extensively as a theater director throughout Southern California. As a television writer, Sara’s first two produced scripts aired simultaneously. Additionally, her script “Triumvirate” was named “Best Un-produced Pilot” by Written By, the magazine of the WGA. “The Happiest Person in America,” a short film she wrote and directed, is currently on the festival circuit.
Sara K Larson I’m a writer and filmmaker based in Memphis, TN.
Sara Moros I am a spanish actress since I was 16 years old, when I discovered my vocation. I felt the call of the theatre the first time I went on stage. Since then I have done many plays, I have worked as a teacher of theatre classes of students and I have directed several pieces. Now I’m also writing my own pieces and playing it.
Sarah Bewley I was born young, grew old very quickly, then entered into my second childhood which I found far more satisfying than my first. Also safer. No longer having parents who threaten to move away and leave no forwarding address, or wave guns and rant drunkenly, was a remarkable improvement. I’ve ended up having a rather interesting life. I share my life with a very strange man who likes things that burn, explode, knives that are too sharp, and who makes art that literally made the State of Florida threaten to close a gallery. It’s never dull in my world.
Sara Lyons is a young theatre artist and dramatist with a passion for history and storytelling. Sara graduated from SUNY New Paltz with degrees in Theatre Arts and History. She uses her skills in acting, directing, dramaturgy, playwriting, and producing to bring our past to life. Other plays include Rootless, an exploration of home and heritage for a second generation Irish-American; and The Nat Geo Series, a collection of plays inspired by issues of National Geographic. “Friend,” her five-minute play about friendship across species and biomes, was recently published in 105 Five-Minute Plays For Study and Performance.
Sarah Tuft‘s plays have been developed and/or produced at EST, Naked Angels’ Tuesdays@9, 24 Hour Plays at BAM and Monster Box Theatre in Detroit. Sarah’s docu-play, 110 Stories was developed in benefit readings at Geffen Playhouse, The Public Theater and The Vineyard Theatre with actors including Billy Crudup, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Neil Patrick Harris, Samuel L. Jackson, Melissa Leo, Susan Sarandon and Kathleen Turner. 110 Stories is published by Playscripts and has been produced by U.S. regional, academic and community theaters as well as internationally. Sarah received a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.
Shan R. Ayers is a professor of theatre at Berea College in Kentucky. In addition to being a playwright, he also designs scenery and lighting and, on occasion, acts and directs. He is the editor of “Scenes From the Common Wealth: Short Plays and Monologues by Kentucky Women.” He is currently editing “The Nibroc Trilogy” by Arlene Hutton, into a three play text for use in academic programs.
Sheila Rinear is a playwright who has been the recipient of 6 Grants from the city of San Antonio for performance art pieces produced in the city’s Luminaria Festivals. This past summer her comedy Urned Praise won productions in both Austin’s Out of Ink Festival this June and NYC’s Unboxed Voices Festival. In 2013 she was commissioned by Access to Art (NJ) to write full-length Bound by Truth, and by The Playhouse San Antonio to write full-length Merry Gentlemen. Her current website is in the process of being updated.
Sheilah Rae Librettist and Lyricist for I Married Wyatt Earp (59E59 Theatre, 2011). Over 50 prdtns Funny, You Don’t Look Like A Grandmother pub. Sam French. 5 time Heideman Award Finalist for Lovelines, What Goes Around, The Waiter, On the Page, Single and Active. For Prospect Theatre Co, Portraits, Snapshots, Who Knew?, Destination Everywhere. Former Bway performer (Fiddler, Applause and more). Many jingles/recordings as writer/producer. Past President, League of Professional Theatre Women. Past Council, Songwriters Guild of America. Chair, National Membership, LPTW. President Board, NYTheatre Barn. BMus/University of Michigan, RAM and Guildhall School, London. Member Dramatist Guild, SGA, LPTW, AEA, SGA, AFTRA, Local 802.
Shellen Lubin and her songs have been featured in cabaret (most recently the Metropolitan Room in NYC and Stage 773 in Chicago), on radio (Woody’s Children on WQXR-FM and a one-hour special on WBAI-FM), cable television, and in Milos Forman’s 1st American film, TAKING OFF. Her plays and musicals have been performed in productions and staged readings at the Public Theatre, Henry St. Settlement, MCC, 13th St. Rep, AJT, and many other venues. She recently finished writing THE QUALITY OF RESPECT, her take on Shakespeare’s MERCHANT OF VENICE, and is currently working on a new play about Sarah Bernhardt, and a musical based on Elsa Rael’s award-winning children’s books, WHAT ZEESIE SAW ON DELANCEY STREET and WHEN ZAYDEH DANCED ON ELDRIDGE STREET with Elsa Rael (book) and Matthew Gandolfo (music). Shellen has directed numerous plays, musicals, and cabaret acts in productions, workshops, and readings, most recently DOOR OPENS WALK THRU, three one-act plays by Susan Merson; the 28th, 29th, and 30th Annual Bistro Awards for Sherry Eaker; BETWEEN PRETTY PLACES at the Pacific Resident Theatre and Here Arts Center, Lainie Kazan in a concert reading of BELLE BARTH: IF I EMBARRASS YOU, TELL YOUR FRIENDS by Koch/Levinson/Kalt at the Falcon Theatre in Burbank, CA. She also writes a weekly think piece called the “Monday Morning Quote” (www.mondaymorningquote.com). As an advocate for women in the arts, she is the Co-President of the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition and VP of Programming of the League of Professional Theatre Women, and a member of the National Theatre Conference.
Sheree Bradford-Lea (SABL) is a freelance cartoonist and mixed media artist, living in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Her cartoons have been published in books, magazines, calendars, e-zines, newspapers, etc.; her mixed media art has been exhibited in galleries and other locations in and around Ottawa. In 2013, Sheree’s stand-alone monologue ‘I Am Supergirl’ was produced by Sarasvàti Productions, and her play ‘The Devil Is In The Details’ was produced by Flush Ink Productions. She also teaches classes and workshops. Sheree lives with her wonderful husband Jim, her two equally wonderful children, Zoë and Monica, and a parka.
Sophia Romma Playwright Dr. Sophia Romma received her MFA at NYU; PH.D. from Gorky Literary Institute. She has had three plays produced at La MaMa E.T.C. Her play, “The Mire” (Cherry Lane Theatre) received rave reviews from the New York Times. Her play, “Cabaret Émigré” (Lion Theatre) was heralded by the Villager. Most recently, her play, “The Past Is Still Ahead” competed as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival. She is the winner of the Grand Prix Garnet Bracelet for her cult film classic, Poor Liza at the St. Petersburg Film Festival. She serves as Co-Chair of the League of Professional Theatre Women’s International Committee, as Vice-President of the International Center for Women Playwrights, and is part of the Leadership of the Dramatists’ Guild Women’s Initiative, and serves on the Board of NYU’s Alumni Association. She is the President of NYU’s Alumni Club of Long Island.
Stephanie Swirsky writes about illness, death, grieving, and cultural identity with humor, levity, and a sense of romantic adventure.
Susan Apker began writing plays after many years backstage and onstage. She is currently President of Heller Theatre Company in Tulsa, OK, and creator/producer of the popular Heller Shorts, short play festival. Her works for the stage have been performed across the country.
Susan Long Haga teaches creative writing at Austin Community College. She earned an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a MA in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California. Her plays have been performed in NYC, LA, and Austin.
Susan Shafer is a native New Yorker, former teacher and children’s book editor, now working full-time as a playwright. Dr, Shafer’s short plays, including A Clean Sweep, Pass the Horseradish, and Sadie and Ida, have been performed in theaters across the country, from Nantucket to Boca Raton. Among her published works are five plays for kids, five nonfiction works for children, and two best selling books for teachers.
Suzanne Wingrove Winner of Reva Shiner Award from Bloomington Playwright’s Project for “Maleficia” (drama). Winner of Stage 3 Festival of New Plays twice; for “A Show of Her Own” (feminist farce) and “Flights of Fancy” (comedy). Connecticut State Winner of Portland Stage Company’s Clauder Competiton for “Maleficia.” Recipient of two competitive writer’s residencies; Hedgebrook Writer’s Residency on Whidbey Island, WA and The Epsy Foundation in Oysterville, WA. Author of seven produced plays at venues that include the Women on Top Theatre Festival in Boston, Local Playwright’s Festival at Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, and numerous college and community theatres throughout the country.