Playwrights: T-Z

Talia Pura is a playwright, filmmaker, actress, director, designer and aerial dancer. Her plays have been produced in many countries and included in several anthologies, most recently, A Friend For Life, in Long Story Short, with Canadian Playwrights Press. Twice, her plays were chosen for the Women Playwrights International Conference (WPIC), in Stockholm and Cape Town. She recently moved from Canada to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she is beginning to work as an actor, director and designer, and has had one play, Ten O’clock, produced by the Santa Fe Playhouse. She also conducts devised theatre workshops around the world.

Tara Goldstein is the Artistic Director of Gailey Road Productions, a theatre company that produces research-informed theatre on social and political issues that affect us.  She is also a professor, ethnographer and playwright at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto.  Tara’s playCastor and Sylvie is about Sylvie Le Bon who was a companion and literary executor to the French feminist philosopher and writer Simone de Beauvoir.  The play is part of Tara’s ongoing project of putting queer families on stage.  It was performed at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2015.

Tee Schneider is an actor and writer based in Toronto Canada. Kinsky is her fourth play (Previous work: Smoke and Mirrors, The Shift, The Fishing Play (WT)). She recently wrote her first dramatic series pilot (The Six) and is currently working on a screenplay (North). Tee’s work largely focuses on women’s issues, marginalized groups, environmental responsibility, war and peace. Tee has appeared in film, television, animation and radio and television commercials. Tee is represented by Newton Landry Management and resides in Toronto’s west end with her husband and 5-year-old daughter.

Teresa Stankiewicz, Ph.D. is a playwright and dramaturg. Her plays 5 Eggs Left and Split Branches of the Terebinth were part of FronteraFest Short Fringe 2014, Duty to Warn was performed in the FronteraFest Short Fringe Austin 2009, and her first play The Pink Bathtub Murders was performed by the Vestige Group, Austin in 2008. Her latest artistic endeavors include writing an adaptation of Bread on the Water: the memoirs of Antonia Baquet, directing a devised piece titled Giving Voice, and choreographing Chicago and Pride and Prejudice at the University of Missouri.

Thea Iberall is a playwright, poet, and scientist. Called ‘a shimmering bridge between heart and mind’, Iberall crosses boundaries to explore how patriarchal control is strangling humanity. Her plays include Amacry! The Neuronic Musical and Primed For Love. She writes contextual poetry The Sanctuary of Artemis (Tebot Bach, 2011) which integrates the knowledge of science with the language of poetry. Her first novel The Swallow and the Nightingale (Strong Voices, 2014) is about a scientist who puts her life on the line to help humanity wake up. Iberall has a PhD in computational neuroscience and a Master’s Degree in professional writing.

Thea Rodgers is a theater addict and wannabe astronaut. She talks a big game but when it comes down to it, you can probably beat her in Scrabble.

Thomas Millstead, a longtime member of the Dramatists’ Guild, has written special material for numerous Equity actors in the Chicago theater community.  As a novelist, three of his books have been published by mainstream print publishing houses. Fifteen of his short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies.  He is a former newspaper journalist, corporate public relations manager and CEO speechwriter.  He lives in Chicago.

Tierra Bonser is a deviser and dramaturg from the United States. She trained as a performer, taking a special interest in Action Theatre training, at Emerson College, Boston, MA. She was nationally awarded for her dramaturgical work by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in 2011 while also running a high school theatre program, which went on to receive top festival awards in performance. In that same year she assistant dramaturged with the SITI Company on their collaborative production Cafe Variations.  After working in literary and connectivity departments at numerous theatre companies she couldn’t shake a deep feeling of dissatisfaction with the theatre she was taking part in; it felt dampened, formulaic, and stiff, so she entered the MA in Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, 2014/15 where she devised and created Risen by Leveluvwu (BAC Hourglass Scratch), Here We Come Together, Here We Fall Apart (Sprint Festival, Camden People’s Theatre), Cumulus (Prague Quadrennial Festival), and finally, is currently developing the work and company model her theatre company, BARK, whose business plan earned its two international members entrepreneurial visas to remain to develop devised theatre work. She continues as a play reader for the Sundance Theatre Festival (U.S.) and is interested in clown, exploring failure in/of performance, and how fine art and theatre can conceptually influence one another.

Toby Armour has spent much of her life in theater- as stagehand, dancer, choreographer, dance company director, theater director, and playwright. Her plays have been done in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, Denver, elsewhere in this country, as well as London, Scotland and Ireland. She holds a doctorate in history and is a national award-winning playwright (The Lewis Prize) and Jerome Fellow, many of whose works are based on oral history and stories of community. Currently, Toby is playwright-in-residence at the Fringe Theater in Key West.

Toby Engelberg is an architect and first time playwright living in San Francisco.  She is at work at another musical play about the Byzantine Empire.

Tom Noe My first goal is to tell great stories about interesting people. Perennial themes of human experience (egotism, love, the will to power, sacrifice, friendship, hypocrisy) are more exciting to me than topics ripped from the headlines. I began writing for the stage in 2005. Productions include: Talk about God, Five Cents (four). Marie Curie (lyrics), a song cycle (three). Eros and Psyche (libretto), an opera (one production, two performances). Staged readings of five other plays.  I am a professional editor/writer and I assist with line-coaching and directing four high school plays each year (Shakespeare, Shaw, Chekhov, Williams, Ibsen, etc.).

Toni Press-Coffman has written 20 plays, most recently United, about the lives of the people who died when Flight 93 crashed in Pennsylvania on 9/11; the play premiered in Tucson in 2015. A founding member of Tucson’s Winding Road Theater Ensemble, Toni’s plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Indianapolis, Austin, Portland (OR), Columbus, Baltimore, Fairbanks, and other U.S. cities, and developed at the Humana Festival, the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Festival, and the Playwrights Center. She has taught Playwriting at the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and The University of Ohio.

Treasa Nealon is a actor, playwright, screenwriter and theatre maker. Based in Ireland, she graduated a performing arts course with a degree in acting in 2014. Her short play I Confess was produced by Cork Arts Theatre in 2014. Her play A Dream of Dying was produced by 20:20 Vision Theatre Company and performed in various London theatres.

Trish Ayers, originated and directs the Kentucky Women Playwright Seminar.  Her plays have had readings/productions throughout the United States and Japan.   “Painting the Egress” is in Scenes From the Common Wealth: Short Plays and Monologues by Kentucky Women.  Ayers hosts the monthly online radio show, “In the Crib” featuring new plays and/or playwrights as a part of ONAIRPLAYERS.  Her 2015 365 Women A Year plays, “No Reservation” was featured on ONAIRPLAYERS and “Carry On” was produced at Berea College as part of the Senior Theatre Showcase.  She is a member of Dramatists Guild and 365 Women a Year.

Uma Incrocci co-wrote the book and songs of the rock musical Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood (FringeNYC, Midtown International Theater Festival, and Winner, New Jersey Playwrights Contest), which is currently under option by production company Hemisphere Two. Other co-writing credits include the indie pilot Living in Captivity (official selection, NY Television Festival and LA’s Independent Television Festival) and the short plays Impulsitive (Finalist, NYC 15 Minute Play Festival) and 28 Years Later (Finalist, Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival 2016, and Best Short Play, Midtown International Theater Festival 2007).

Vanesa Sotelo (Galicia, 1981) is stage director, actress and playwright in Galician. Resident artist for Centro Dramático Galego in 2008 and 2009, in 2010 she receives the Premio “Diario Cultural” of radio theatre with “Indoor” and the Prix Josep Robrenyo with “Memoria do incendio”. In 2011 she wins the Prize Abrente Theatrical Texts with “Campo de covardes”. In 2014, her project “Nome:Bonita” is selected in the Development Program III Current Dramaturgies. Her works have been presented at festivals in Spain, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela. She’s assistant director of the Galician Theatre Magazine.

Velina Hasu Houston is an internationally celebrated writer with over 20 commissions in theatre and opera.  In New York, US nationwide, and globally in Asia and Europe, her work has been produced to critical acclaim.  She is the first-ever Playwright-in-Residence at The Pasadena Playhouse, State Theatre of California.  Honored by the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institute, Rockefeller Foundation, Japan Foundation, Wallace Foundation, and others, she founded graduate studies in playwriting at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, where she is Distinguished Professor of Dramatic Writing.  Her archives are with the Library of Congress and Huntington Library.

VERÓNICA MEY Es licenciada en Historia del Arte y diplomada en Artes Escénicas. Socia fundadora de la compañía GOOD PLAYS, debuta como dramaturga y directora con Première estrenada en Nave 73, con la que cosecha gran éxito de crítica y público. En la actualidad colabora activamente con Microteatro por Dinero (Madrid) donde estrena en 2018 cuatro piezas bajo su dirección. Entre ellas: La chica del guante y Première 1.0. Mientras forma parte del taller de Creación Escénica de La Cuarta Pared y prepara dos proyectos relacionados con la investigación escénica y las nuevas tecnologías.

Verónica Musalem Moreno is a playwright, screenwriter, and director. She holds a degree in Dramatic Literature and Theatre from the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, UNAM, and received a scholarship to study playwriting with Jose Sanchis Sinisterra in Barcelona, Spain.

Vickie L. Williams is an emerging playwright from northeast Ohio. Her play Vigil, has had a workshop in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Big Box performance series and some of her stage readings include Expendables, Touchdown!, Even The Blind Can See, and
Angelic Voices In Ritardando which was listed as one of the top twelve in the Sky Blue International Playwright Competition and as a semi-finalist in Manhattan’s Theatre’s Estrogenius Festival. Ms. Williams has earned a B.A., contributed works to several anthologies and was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for a collaborative work of nonfiction.

Victoria Sadler is a writer, as well as an arts and culture blogger, based in London. She has published two books – Banking on Burlesque and Darkness. The Murder of Anna Politkovskaya is her first play. Victoria’s background is from international politics. To complete this required extensive research, which she completed over many years, including interviews with Politkovskaya family members.

Virginia Wolf    I am  an actress in the Hartford, CT area.  I became intrigued with the history of witchcraft in CT when I portrayed Mary Barnes for the Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington.  This led to conceiving “Panic in CT”, and developing my production company, “Herstory Theater, LLC”.  I now perform three different one woman shows around the state, and serve as a production company for other plays about little known women in history.

Wim Coleman is an award-winning playwright, poet, and novelist. His play The Shackles of Liberty was the winner of the 2016 Southern Playwrights Competition. Two collections of his one-act plays, Nine Muses and Stages of History, are currently in print. Novels and books that he has co-authored with his wife Pat Perrin have been translated into several languages for foreign publication. Wim and Pat lived for thirteen years in Mexico, where they adopted their daughter, Monserrat, and created and administered a scholarship program for at-risk students. Wim and Pat now live in Carrboro, North Carolina.

Yani Perez is an Ecuadorian born, Brooklyn raised poet and playwright. Her work can be found in literary journals and websites such as Brooklyn Paramount, By the Overpass, Having A Whiskey Coke With You, Napalm and Novocain, Jellyfish Whispers, Barbie in a Blender Anthology and Storm Cycle 2012: The Best of Kind of a Hurricane Press. Her play, God Don’t Exist for Girls from Brooklyn was produced by New Perspectives Theatre and was also part of The Naked Expedition Project Theatre reading series. She assists with literary workshops and publicity at IATI Theater. She received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from Long Island University/Brooklyn.

Yolanda Dorado Nace en Córdoba en 1969. Estudia Dramaturgia en la RESAD de Madrid. Tiene 16 obras teatrales publicadas (comedias, dramas, monólogos, obras cortas, etc.) Todas sus obras han sido representadas en teatros y salas de distintos puntos de España. Su obra “El secreto de las mujeres” lleva más de 200 representaciones y ha sido premiada y editada en varias ocasiones. Guionista de TV, profesora y dramaturga.

Zoe Mavroudi is a Greek screenwriter, playwright, director and actress, who writes in English. Her play Beauty is Prison-Time was nominated for most promising new playwright and best female performance at the 2011 Off West End Theatre Awards for its London fringe run. Her play The Stenographer was produced by Venus Theatre in the US. Her screenplays have won first prizes and honours at international film festivals and contests. Zoe directed the documentary Ruins: Chronicle of an HIV witch-hunt. The film has screened on Greek public television and in festivals, cinemas and Universities in several countries.

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