Vishesh Abeyratne is an emerging theatre artist currently based in Ottawa, Ontario. He graduated from Concordia University with a B.F.A in Playwriting. During his time as a student in his hometown of Montreal he directed some of his own short works in professional venues, including Fourth Wall Syndrome (Best Writing, 1st Annual Gala for Student Drama) and The Presentation. Vishesh occasionally likes to perform in his own plays, his favorite being the satirical comedy Racial Roulette (nominated for the Chapters Best English Text Award at the Montreal Fringe Festival). Exposure is his first published work. Vishesh hopes to continue to write for the stage, and to one day establish his own theatre company.
Deanna Alisa Ableser is a theatre teacher at Dana Middle School in Hawthorne, California. Deanna was the recipient of the 2006 VSA Playwright Discovery Teacher Award and was honored at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre and a Masters in Education from the University of Southern California. She has been teaching and directing award-winning youth theatre for the past twelve years. Deanna believes that theatre allows children to play, create, explore, and discover the amazing spirit and passion that resides within them.
Nicole B. Adkins has taught classes and workshops to students of various ages at theatres, K-12 schools, and universities. Her plays have been performed at Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Hollins University, Mill Mountain Theatre, Studio Roanoke, Creative Drama Children’s Theatre in Winston-Salem, NC, SkyPilot Theatre in Los Angeles, the American International School in Guanghzou China, and other theatres, schools, and museums nationally and abroad. She has six plays published through YouthPLAYS, where she also serves as Artistic Associate. She collaborated with Matt Omasta of Utah State University on a book entitled Playwriting and Young Audiences: Collected Wisdom and Practical Advice from the Field (Intellect Press, 2017). National playwriting awards include the Waldo M. and Grace C. Bonderman Award and recognition in the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Marilyn Hall competition. A Hollins Children’s Literature MFA graduate and Playwright's Lab Core Faculty member, Nicole is also a member of Dramatists Guild and TYA/USA. Website: www.nicolebadkins.com.
Brian Armstrong is a writer, a teacher, and a proud father. He received his MA in Script Writing from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and has had several plays produced for the stage in the US and England. Brian has also published a book of poetry. He is a member of the Old Pueblo Playwrights in Tucson, Arizona. You can find more about him and his work at www.brianarmstrongwriter.com
Celeste Barnaby was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and currently attends college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she is pursuing degrees in Film Studies and Computer Science. Her plays have received accolades from Writopia Lab, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and the Northern Nevada Regional Theatre Conference. In addition to plays, she also writes short stories, screenplays, and maybe the occasional poem. She is a staff writer for The Prospect, an online college admissions magazine, and one of her articles has been syndicated on the Huffington Post. Her dream job is to write for television, though really she would be happy with almost any job where she can pay the rent by writing.
Evan Baughfman is a middle school English teacher who has had numerous written works published or performed. Many of his plays have been produced across the U.S., from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Connecticut and New York. His children's play, R.O.M.3.O. and Julia (Romeo and Juliet with robots) has been published in PLAYS magazine. In addition, Evan is the author of middle grade novels Bad for Your Teeth (about two boys' efforts to thwart the plans of an "evil" dentist) and Victor, Victorious (about a teenage bully turned superhero). He has also penned a collection of 13 short scary stories titled Twisted Tales from Edgar Allan Poe Middle School and spooky novella, Disappearance of the 6th Grade.
Andrew Beattie has directed a number of plays at Eltham College in London, where he has worked since 1992. These include John Mortimer's A Voyage Round My Father, Alan Ayckbourn's Ernie's Incredible Illucinations and Tom Stoppard's Doggs Hamlet, Cahoots Macbeth. His published plays include an adaptation of Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper and original works such as Dramatic Licence and Ordinary Jack which have been performed by schools and youth theatre groups in the UK and Australia. His play Brief Lives won the Scottish Community Drama Association's award for new writing for youth theatre; the play was subsequently performed at the E15 Acting School in East London in a production directed by the actress Alison Steadman.
Kaci Beeler is a visual artist, improviser, writer, and stage and film actor based out of Austin, TX. She has been performing improvisational theatre since 2002 and is a company member with several award-winning ensembles including Parallelogramophonograph and Available Cupholders. In addition to her acting work, Kaci has created, directed, and produced dozens of improvised and devised shows in Austin and has won several Austin Critics Table and Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin” Awards. She has presented original productions at Austin's internationally renowned Fusebox Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has toured to over 40 cities and seven countries to perform and teach others how to improvise full-length plays on the spot. Her work has been published in several anthologies and periodicals including the Austin Chronicle, Saveur Magazine, and Time Out New York.
Dan Berkowitz is Co-Chair of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and is the former Los Angeles Regional Rep of The Dramatists Guild of America, the professional association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists. His writing for the stage has been produced off-Broadway, in major regional theatres, in college and amateur theatres throughout the United States, and in Canada. He is the author of four optioned screenplays, and was principal scriptwriter for The Movie Channel’s hosted format with Robert Osborne. A former Senior Story Analyst for RHI Entertainment, a division of Hallmark, Dan is a consultant for stage, film, and television scripts. In addition to writing, Dan has produced and/or directed, scores of plays, musicals, and cabaret revues, as well as several seasons of syndicated television programming, and a raft of commercials and industrial and educational videos. His website is http://danberkowitz.com.
Will Boersma, an award-winning Chicago based playwright, has a BFA in Playwriting and Creative Writing from DePaul University. He is a two-time runner-up in the YouthPLAYS New Voices One-Act Play Competition for young playwrights. His scripts Animals and The Boys, The Bed, and The Balsa have been published with YouthPLAYS, The Art of Parenting with the literary journal Crook and Folly at DePaul University, and A Golfing Anniversary with the online literary magazine Outrageous Fortune at Mary Baldwin College. His plays have been produced in New Jersey, West Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, California, The Second City in Chicago, and Canada. Staged readings of his works Oedipus: All Messed Up! and Remainders have been produced in DePaul University’s annual playwriting festival "Wrights of Spring." As always, Will thanks his family and friends for all their unwavering support.
Tim Bohn is an Associate Professor in the Arkansas State University’s Department of Theatre teaching courses in Directing, Playwriting, Acting, and Script Analysis and whatever else needs doing. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside.
Tim is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. In addition to writing plays, teaching, and puttering in the garden, Tim is an enormous nerd and really likes to play online games and board games. He lives with his wife (Lisa) and two children (Eli and Wyatt) in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
You can learn more about Tim on his website: http://www.timbohn.com
John Bolen is a novelist/playwright/actor living in Southern California. He has been published by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (Hal Leonard Publishing), Independentplay(w)rights, Indigo Rising, Scars Publications, The Write Place at the Write Time, OC180news, Eunoia Review and YouthPLAYS. John is the Producing Artistic Director of the New Voices Playwrights Theatre & Workshop. His plays have been produced in theatres throughout the U.S. including New Jersey Repertory; Stages Theatre (CA); Chance Theater (CA); Cabrillo Playhouse (CA); Theatre@First (MA); NewGate Theatre (RI); Newport Theatre Arts Center (CA); Thalian Hall Studio Center (NC); Costa Mesa Playhouse (CA); Secret Rose Theatre (CA); The Asylum Theatre (CA); Lincoln Square Theatre (Chicago, IL); Malibu Stage Company (CA); Vanguard Theatre (CA); Garden Grove Playhouse (CA); Red Room Theatre (NYC; Gallery Theatre (CA); and the Empire Theatre (CA).
Andy Boyd is a playwright, actor, and songwriter based in Providence, Rhode Island. He loves books, especially books about history. Some of his other plays include Acres of Diamonds, Seven Minutes in Eternity, and Affordable Rates and Color TV. He is currently working on a play about women’s lives in Puritan New England.
A professional writer for four decades, Nancy Brewka-Clark began her career after graduating from Wheaton College by covering Boston theater for many newspapers and magazines, interviewing luminaries such as legendary queen of the Yiddish theater Molly Picon, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Jane Powell, Leonard Nimoy, Sandy Dennis, Robert Brustein and Israel Horovitz. It wasn’t until 1997 that she wrote her first ten-minute comedy for a Boston competition to be judged by Craig Lucas. Although an April ice storm prevented both her and him from actually seeing the performance, her determination was fixed: she would think big and write small. Since then her plays have been produced in venues as varied as Brooklyn, New York and Harrogate, England, and many of her comic monologues have been published by Smith and Kraus.
Kenyon Brown is an award-winning playwright whose productions include Pillow Fight; Notification; All A-Twitter; In View of; Goodbye, Room; and The Roof Needs Replacing. He has been produced in SF, NYC, and LA as well as internationally. Several of his plays for young actors and audiences are available from YouthPLAYS: All-A-Twitter; Goodbye, Room; Hi, We Thought You Were Dead; My Big Adele Moment; The Zombie Effect; and Annatude. Hi, We Thought You Were Dead and My Big Adele Moment also appear in Middle Schoolin’ It: Fifteen Short Plays for Middle School Actors, which is also available at YouthPLAYS. His professional theatre experience includes working at Circle Repertory Company in NYC. He was awarded the Hopwood Award for Drama from the University of Michigan. He is a member of The Playwrights' Center, The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., Theatre Communications Group, and The Writer's Center of Indiana.
Rachel Bublitz is an award winning and internationally produced playwright. She founded the 31 Plays in 31 Days Project, the Loud & Unladylike reading festival, is a Youth Ambassador for the Dramatists Guild of America, and a member of the PlayGround Writers’ Pool. Her full length plays have been produced by the Custm Made Theatre Co. and All Terrain Theater. Her short plays have been produced by Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco Theater Pub, PianoFight, Subversive Theatre Collective, San Jose Rep's Emerging Artist Lab, Wily West Productions, and Unity Stage Company. Rachel has been commissioned by both Custom Made Theatre Co. and the San Francisco Olympians Festival. Her play, My Body, was published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2014 anthology from Smith & Kraus. Her other plays include Of Serpents & Sea Spray, The Fantasy Club, Under The Gods’ Golden Cleats, The Red House Monster, Mom’s Ham, and Reading Babar in 2070. She has an MA in English from San Francisco State Univeristy. Bublitz, also a mom, chases after her two children when she isn’t writing. Please visit www.rachelbublitz.com for more information.
Matt Buchanan is a New England-based professional playwright, composer and director specializing in theatre with and for young people. His more than two dozen published plays and musicals have been performed across the United States and on every continent but Antarctica. He has directed more than one hundred productions with young casts and is the author of Directing Kids: A Comprehensive How-To Manual for Directors of Plays and Musicals with Casts of Young People from a Veteran Drama Teacher and Director, published by YouthPLAYS. He is also an accomplished musician and multi-instrumentalist. Matt has a BA in Music from Harvard College and an MFA in Child Drama from the University of Texas at Austin. His website is www.childdrama.com.
Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA. Plays include Fabulous Monsters, a Festival51 winner, about women in punk rock, Picture Me Rollin’ (featured at the 35th annual William Inge Festival.), Silueta, (about the cuban artist Ana Mendieta), with Tom and Chris Shelton, and the TYA Shakespeare mash-up, Caliban’s Island. Libertadoras, Vamping and Linda were written for the 365 Women a Year project and have been performed around the world. Her short play Rounds Per Second is featured in Smith and Kraus’s 5-minute play anthology. She manages Sleep Till Noon Productions and the Gourmet Detective. Diana is one of the original members of the writers circle for Latino Theatre Association/ Los Angeles. She is also a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.
B.J. Burton is the author of several full-length plays including Lobelia Lodge, For The Record, Hunting Season, Room For Love, and The Dangers of Lightning. Her plays have been produced and/or developed at InterAct Theatre Company, Hedgerow Theatre, Widener University, Players Club of Swarthmore, Manhattan Theatre Source, Pittsburgh New Works Festival at City Theatre, Six Women Playwriting Festival, the Brick Playhouse, and others. Honors include two fellowships from PA Council on the Arts and winner of the PA Playwriting Award. She was a finalist for the Heideman Award, a semifinalist in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and a finalist twice for the Set in Philadelphia Screenwriting Competition. She received her BA in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and continued with post-graduate work at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, American Conservatory Theatre, and Villanova University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at Rosemont College, where she teaches playwriting, screenwriting, acting, and directing. Memberships include AEA, SAG-AFTRA and The Dramatists Guild.
Roger Butterley has worked with artists ranging from Michael McDonald and Phoebe Snow, to Gavin DeGraw and Jill Sobule, and has appeared on more than 20 albums. He has a longstanding relationship with Sh-K-Boom Records, having music directed many of the Sh-K-Boom Room concert series, as well as music directing and co-producing the CD of Paul Scott Goodman’s Bright Lights, Big City. As a composer, he has written three full length musicals: Fallen Angel and Eagle Song (both with Justin Murphy), and Turandot: The Rumble For The Ring with Randy Weiner and Diane Paulus. Roger has also composed music for commercials and industrials for clients including Avis, Symbol Technologies, and Chase Manhattan. He recently completed music for a new ride at Hershey Park, The Reese’s Extreme Cup Challenge.
E. J. C. Calvert is from St. Louis, Missouri, currently living in Chicago. Other plays for young audiences include Sarazad and the Monster-King, which premiered at the Canal Park Playhouse in NYC, produced by The TRUF, and The Infinity Carrot, a shadow puppet show which premieres at Piccolo Theatre in Evanston, IL. Her short play The Bear (A Tragedy) was a winner of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival and is published in their 35th anthology. Other productions include Commit (Art House Productions, NYC), We Are All of Us Haunted (American Theater Company, Chicago), Fast in Fire (Theatre HAN, NYC), The 500 Rabbits (The Flea Theatre, NYC), Testify! (Roy Arias Studios, NYC; Audience Favorite Award winner), Cadaver Synod (The Brecht Forum, NYC). ejccalvert.com
Maura Campbell is a playwright, director and screenwriter and has written more than thirty plays and has been produced in Vermont, New York, Florida, Virginia, California and Texas. In addition to YouthPLAYS, her work is published by Independentplay(w)rights.com and Smith & Kraus. Campbell has a BA in History from Norwich University and an MFA in Playwriting from Hollins University. She lives in New York City. Website: http://mauracampbellplays.com/.
Ruth Cantrell is an award-winning playwright. Her scripts have been produced by the Dallas Theatre Center, the Nashville Academy Theatre, the Creede Repertory Theatre and various universities around the country. Her play Back Home won “Outstanding Play” from the Rio Grande Theatre Festival, and The Stonecutter received "Best Children’s Play" from the Southwest Theatre Association in 1998. Ruth received her BA and MFA from Trinity University. She was recipient of the state of New Mexico’s highest arts award, the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. She was awarded the American Alliance for Theatre and Education’s (AATE) Special Recognition Award. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association. Ruth is Emerita Professor of Theatre Arts at New Mexico State University, and the founding director of the Children’s Theatre Workshop. She currently works and teaches at the Dallas Children's Theatre and Teco Theatrical Productions, Inc.
Maryann Carolan is a playwright, screenwriter, designer and teacher. She is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Fourteen out of Ten Productions, whose mission is to combine the vitality of students with the experience of professionals in a collaborative theatrical environment. Her work for the stage includes: Love (Awkwardly) (Winner - Audience Favorite Award at Manhattan Theatre Source & Nominated for 6 MSU Theatre Night Awards), Storage, Something About Friendship, Teacher of the Year, and The Boarding House. Maryann received a Writing & Philosophy Fellowship from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and was a finalist in the Hanger Theatre’s Playwriting Lab Residency. She also serves as Director of the Union Catholic Performing Arts Company in Scotch Plains, NJ. Her website is www.14outof10.org.
Catherine Castellani’s plays include The Red Flags, 2Y20M, The Bigsley Project, In Search of Lost Time, The Mongoose and the Cobra, and Possession (finalist for the Marion International Fellowship). Her short plays Work, Gestation, and Organization Man were Heideman Award finalists. Short works for young spellers include There Is No E in Ski and The Silent Ones, both produced by 8-Minute Madness Festival. Catherine has twice been a resident at the MacDowell Colony and is a one-time resident at the Ucross Foundation. She studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Experimental Theater Wing (New York and Paris programs) and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.
Emily Cicchini writes material for stage, film and interactive media, most notably Becoming Brontë and Mays & Terese. Her work has been honored with the Austin Critics’ Table Award for Best Original New Script, the B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Original Script, and by the Children’s Foundation of America. As resident playwright since the company's inception, the Pollyanna Theatre Company has premiered many of her original plays for young audiences, including Edward, The Owl, and The Calico Cat, A Christmas Rose, Community Helpers on Wheels, A Dragon’s Happy Day, Duckie Sees The World, Just Bee, and the Pattern Nation series. She edited the 4 volume Mother/Daughter Monologues series for the International Centre for Women Playwrights. Cicchini holds an MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a James A. Michener Fellow, and a BFA in acting from DePaul/Goodman School of Drama. See more at www.emilycicchini.com.
Will Coleman is a playwright and director living in Chicago. His play Helvetica won the 2015 Charles M. Getchell new play award from The Southeastern Theatre Conference, and was produced at Mill Mountain Theatre in January, 2015. His ten-minute play, Spooky Action at a Distance premiered at Tesseract Theatre in St. Louis in November, 2014, and his musical Zombie Boyfriend! (co-written with Chandler Davis) premiered in 2011, and will be produced by Wheelhouse in 2016. He is currently an MFA candidate at the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University.
Hal Corley has developed his plays with major US regional theaters, and two, An Ounce of Prevention and Finding Donis Anne, have been widely performed (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, the Walnut Street Theatre, and in NYC, Atlanta, LA, Boston and Charlotte). Three full-length scripts, Mama and Jack Carew, ODD, and Easter Monday, are published by Samuel French. His work has been excerpted and anthologized in French’s Exceptional Monologues 2, S&K's Best Stage Scenes of 2008 and Best Men’s/Women’s Stage Scenes and Monologues of 2011. His Treed is published by Playscripts in Great Short Plays Volume 10, his Dolor will be published in Applause's Best American Short Plays, 2014-2015, and over 30 of his other one-acts have been produced in 18 states and Canada. He recently won HRC Showcase and Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards for his play, Married North, and has three times been a semifinalist in the O'Neill Competition. Hal is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
A Chicago native, Inda Craig-Galván studied comedy writing and improv at The Second City Training Center there, and in Los Angeles at The Groundlings School. Inda is an MFA Dramatic Writing candidate at USC’s School of Dramatic Arts. She was head writer of Blaxploitation: The Remix and Blaxploitation 2: You Know How We Deux (MPAACT Theatre Company, Chicago, IL). Both sketch comedy revues earned her Black Theater Alliance Nominations in the Best Writing category. Other plays include One Hour Earlier, Out of the Fig Trees, Why Lizards Can’t Sit, Tethered, Rules of the Debate (selected for the Robey Theatre’s 10-minute Play Festival in Los Angeles, CA), and I Go Somewhere Else (semifinalist for Trustus Theatre Playwrights’ Festival, Columbia, SC). www.indacraig-galvan.com
Sara Crawford is a playwright from Atlanta, Georgia. She has a BA in English from Kennesaw State University and an MFA in Playwriting from the University of New Orleans. Her play, The Spins, was a finalist in The Essential Theatre Playwriting Contest, and she has two published books of poems—Coiled and Swallowed and Driving Downtown to the Show. Her poetry has appeared in publications such as Ceremony and Share: Art and Literary Magazine. In addition, she is an established singer/songwriter, having been voted Best Local Songwriter in Atlanta by the readers of Creative Loafing. For more information, visit http://saracrawford.net.
Stacy Davidowitz is a NYC-based writer. She is the author of two middle grade novel series for Abrams Books: Camp Rolling Hills and Hanazuki (Hasbro). As a playwright, Stacy has had work developed and produced in NYC, Chicago, Boston, Portland, LA, Tucson, and London. Her plays include The Rubber Room (The Old Vic, London; Naked Angels Theater Company), Pink! (7 New York Innovative Theatre Nominations; Lark Finalist), Sacred Water (Rag and Bone Theater Company; Fundamental Theater Project), and Miracle Village (Shakespeare’s Sister Semifinalist; Leah Ryan FEWW Finalist). Her co-written musicals include Hank & Gretchen (produced in schools regionally), Camp Rolling Hills (NYMF), and One Day (Big Block Entertainment). As a teaching artist, Stacy has taught in over 30 public schools, private schools, and camps. She is a graduate of British American Drama Academy; BS, Tufts University; MFA in Acting, Columbia University. www.StacyDavidowitz.com
Steph DeFerie grew up on Cape Cod and lives there still. The many terrific hours she spends performing and studying at the Harwich Junior Theatre make up the majority of her theatrical training. Although she also writes for adults, for 12 years she worked with the Chatham Middle School Drama Club because she loves introducing kids to the fun of performing. Her favorite part of writing for young audiences is incorporating audience participation into her work. She has published 19 scripts which have received countless productions in this country and abroad and won several awards. Two of her plays comprised the inaugural season of the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre's W.H.A.T. For Kids series. Her most popular works include Once Upon A Wolf, Mother Goose Is Eaten By Werewolves, I Hate Shakespeare! and Nick Tickle, Fairy Tale Detective. Visit her website www.freewebs.com/stephsplays for more info.
Kemuel DeMoville is an award-winning playwright whose work has been produced somewhere in the world every year since 2005. Recently his work was performed at The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, and various plays he has written were the recipients of the Residents Prize, and Hawaii Prize from Kumu Kahua Theatre. He is an Aurand Harris Fellow by designation of the CTFA. He has an MFA in playwriting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and his MA in syncretic theatre is from Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. His work has been published by YouthPLAYS, Heuer Publishing, and is included in 222 MORE Comedy Monologues an anthology from Smith and Kraus Publishers. Kemuel currently functions as manager of The Leeward Theatre and teaches Beginning Playwriting and other introductory Theatre courses at Leeward Community College on Oahu. He is married with two young sons.
Hillary DePiano is a playwright, fiction and non-fiction author best known for her popular adaptations of Carlo Gozzi's The Love of Three Oranges and The Green Bird which have been performed in both full-length and one-act form in theatres around the world. She is also the bestselling non-fiction and e-commerce author known as The Whine Seller. Since 2010, Hillary has volunteered with NaNoWriMo and its sister event, Script Frenzy, as a Municipal Liaison for New Jersey to help writers of all ages get excited about literacy and the written word. For a full list of books and plays by Hillary or to connect with her via social media, visit HillaryDePiano.com.
Noelle Donfeld, lyricist, bookwriter and composer, has had twelve musicals, including three commissions, produced in the last ten years in Chicago, Ft. Worth, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, London, Dayton (OH), and Birmingham (AL). Recent productions include: Carjacked at the 10 by 10 at the Triangle of the Arts Center (Carrboro, NC); The Spark, Hannah Senesh at Theatre Building Chicago; The Revolution of Betsy Loring at Casa Manana (Ft. Worth, TX) and Encore Theater (Dayton, OH); Squeak! at the La Canada Theatre; Ghost-s, at the Lyric Theatre (Los Angeles) and at Stages 2012 (Lonny Champman Theatre), Powder Puff Pilots for University of Irvine, Stages 2012 and HiTech High (North Hollywood, CA), Miss Vulcan 1939, produced three separate years at Red Mountain Theatre (Birmingham) and at Actors Co-op in Hollywood and PURITANICAL! Coffins of the Mayflower, at DOMA Theatre in Hollywood. Upcoming productions include: Miss Vulcan 1939 at White Sage Theatre in Winnemucca, NV, and PURITANICAL! at Malibu Playhouse and NoHo Arts Center. Additionally, Mita the Magnificent! was selected by the Walnut Street Theatre for its touring 2014-2015 season. A member of the Dramatists Guild, the Academy for New Musical Theatre, ASCAP and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP), she is a triple semi-finalist of the Eugene O’Neill Musical Theatre Project, and a finalist at Stages in Chicago.
Paul E. Doniger teaches drama and English (and runs the theatre program) at Pomperaug High School (Southbury, CT), and also held a similar position at The Gilbert School in winsted, CT. Mr. Doniger was a founding member of the prestigious CSC Repertory Theatre (Classic Stage Company) in New York City, where he was trained as a classical actor. At CSC, Mr. Doniger served as a leading actor and Board of Directors member. After leaving CSC, Mr. Doniger worked in numerous theatres and in film and television in and around New York City. He moved to Connecticut with his wife Nancy in 1979. Mr. Doniger also served as an adjunct English professor at Western Connecticut State University, from where he holds a Master of Arts in English. He has been published several times, including in Syntax in the Schools (a.k.a ATEG Journal) and English Journal, and is a contributing author for Grammar Alive: A Guide for Teachers. In recent years he could be seen on stage as Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night at Shakespeare Ventures (at Fairfield University's Pepsico Theatre) and as Prospero in The Tempest at The Town Players (Newtown, CT). He also served as treasurer and archivist of the Connecticut Drama Association. He has performed several roles for the series, “Turn Up The Volume!” at Seven Angels Theatre and is a member of the Working Actors Collective of Connecticut.
Jonathan Dorf is a Los Angeles-based playwright, screenwriter, teacher and script consultant, whose plays have been produced in every US state, as well as in Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He is Co-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, Resident Playwriting Expert for The Writers Store and a longtime playwriting advisor to Final Draft, Inc. He directed the theatre program at The Haverford School and spent three years at Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Arts Conservatory as playwright-in-residence. A frequent guest artist at Thespian conferences and schools, he has served as Visiting Professor of Theatre in the MFA Playwriting and Children's Literature programs at Hollins University, and as United States cultural envoy to Barbados. He holds a BA in Dramatic Writing and Literature from Harvard College and an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA. He is a member of The Dramatists Guild and the Philadelphia Dramatists Center (of which he is the former managing director), and his website is http://jonathandorf.com.
Jo-el Doty has written several adult plays that have been produced around the country. Her play Action and Reaction is a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award. Furry Tales is her first play for children, inspired by working as a volunteer in children’s community theatre productions. Her goal is to write plays for children to perform which are fun for them and full of comedy and nuance for the audiences (usually their parents!) Her “day job” is counseling at a community college, but writing has always been a big part of her daily enjoyment.
Elizabeth Doyle wears several hats: composer, lyricist, singer, pianist, arranger and music director. Her single songs have been featured in New York ASCAP new music programs, Minneapolis' Cafe Latte Da, in the Chicago Humanities Festival, Death: The Musical in Houston (TX) and at various Chicago venues such as Park West, Maxim's, Victory Gardens and Preston Bradley in the Culturual Center. Her chamber music was performed at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. Some of her other musicals include Fat Tuesday, Alice In Analysis, The Virginian, The White City and Duo, performed at the famed Steppenwolf Theatre. A featured singer/pianist on Marian McPartland's NPR program Piano Jazz, Doyle was a magnet for many years at Chicago's famed Pump Room and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. She has two CDs available, Elizabeth Doyle and Time Flies. Her website is: www.elizabethdoylemusic.com.
Kitty Dubin is a widely produced playwright whose productions include Mirrors, The Last Resort, Ties That Bind, Change Of Life, The Day We Met, Dance Like No One’s Watching, Coming Of Age, and The Blank Page. Her work has appeared in theaters throughout Michigan as well as New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and Austin (TX). One acts including Tough As Nails, Mimi And Me, Blockbuster, The Prom Dress, Mystical Body, Bye Bye Love, Skin Deep, Strictly Personal, The Joy Of Sex, The Other Side, and Boob Job have been performed in numerous festivals and competitions. Kitty was awarded two individual artist grants in playwriting from the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affair and has been teaching classes in playwriting at Oakland University (Rochester, MI) for the past fourteen years. She is also Playwright in Residence at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, where six of her plays have been produced.
Sierra DuCharme-Hansen is a junior at Westminster College pursuing a BFA in Theatre Performance and a minor in Creative Writing. Past writing credits include Stuck, performed at the Wasatch Page to Stage Festival, The Rental, which won Best Student Production at the 2016 Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival, Alone with Char performed at the 2017 Westminster One Act Festival, Most Likely to Kill and Al Dente, both of which were performed at the Sun Prairie Performing Arts Center. Al Dente won YouthPLAYS's 2014 New Voices Playwriting Competition and is published through YouthPLAYS.
Kelly DuMar is an award-winning playwright, creative arts workshop facilitator and author of a non-fiction book for parents, Before You Forget – The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Kelly’s plays have been produced around the US and in Canada, and her award winning one-act plays and monologues have been published by a variety of publishers. Kelly is past president of Playwrights’ Platform, Boston, and she founded and produces the annual Our Voices Festival of Boston area women playwrights held at Wellesley College, now in its 9th year. Her first poetry chapbook, All These Cures, won the Lit House Press Poetry Award and was published in 2014. Kelly received her Master’s Degree in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and her BA in English with Honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Kelly is a member of the Dramatists Guild, a certified psychodramatist and Fellow in the American Society for Group Psychotherapy. She's on the Advisory Circle of the International Women's Writing Guild where she's a faculty member of their annual conference. Kelly has presented professional workshops at the New England Theatre Conference, The Boston Book Festival, Mass. Poetry, Playback North America, Te International Women's Writing Guild, The National Association for Poetry Therapy & The Transformative Language Arts Conference. She lives in the woods on the Charles River with her husband and children.
Wysteria Edwards is a native of Washington State. She holds her degrees in Education and Theater from Whitworth College (B.A.) and from Washington State University (Ed.M.), a Masters in Reading and Literacy. After participating in the theater for over 25 years, she began the journey of crafting her first script, Broken Thread. This script marked her debut as a playwright in Chicago, where she serves as a Resident Playwright/Literary Manager for the Urban Theater Company. Recently she has adapted several works for the stage including The Disappeared, Belle Prater’s Boy, Dovey Coe, and the catalogue of Don Freeman picture books. Her play Mrs. Murphy's Porch was a Play Lab Selection for the Last Frontier Theater Conference 2010 (Valdez, AK) and The Disappeared received an “Honorable Mention” from the She Writes Festival. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Chicago Dramatists and International Centre for Female Playwrights and the Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance. Wysteria has studied privately under the mentorship of Stuart Spencer (NYC) and has participated in workshops with playwrights such as Steven Dietz.
Julia Edwards is an LA-based playwright, children’s author and illustrator, and teacher. Her plays—some of which include Family Planning, The Rats Are Getting Bigger, The Ravaging, and Lockdown--have been seen at The Public Theatre (NYC), the LAByrinth Theatre (NYC), The Flea (NYC), South Coast Repertory Theatre (Costa Mesa), Chalk Repertory Company (LA), Circle X (LA), and Salvage Vanguard Theatre (Austin) among others. Family Planning, produced in LA-area residential homes, won the LA Ovation Award for Best Production. She is a member of the Playwrights Union of LA.
Mark T Evans is a composer and musical director from Long Island and Philadelphia. Other than Hank & Gretchen, Mark has written music for I Am Jim Thompson and Big Star California (EAT/Notes on a Page), Buddy Holly at the Armory (Prospect Theater Co.), King of Ghosts (Missing Bolts Prod./Philly Fringe) and Summit Ave (Figment Festival/Governor's Island), all with Zac Kline and Eric Kubo. Notable projects as a musical director include The Judy Holliday Story (NY Fringe; NJ Rep) and The 10th Floor (NYMF/ATA Chernuchin). Mark also works as the director of the Marsh & McLennan Corporate Chorale. He has won the ASCAP Frederick Loewe Award for Emerging Musical Theatre Composer, and was a Barrymore Award co-Nominee for his contributions to the original score of Grease and Desist (BRAT Productions). Mark received his BA in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and his MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
David C. Field is a former ad man who wrote plays when the boss wasn’t looking. In the early ‘90s, an idea born on a restaurant napkin turned into A Legendary Christmas. The play was invited to the Sundance Children’s Play Lab, where it was workshopped into its present form. The world premiere was later staged at Actors Alley Repertory Theatre (North Hollywood, CA). Symmetry, a psychological power struggle set in academia, premiered at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theatre and earned a Joseph Jefferson Award nomination for best new play. Other successes include comedies, one-acts and his own homemade granola.
Steve Flowers is a middle school general music teacher from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. His two published musicals and two short plays have received performances in Illinois, California, Wisconsin, Texas and North Carolina. Steve also wrote a jazz band chart titled Trick Shot, which is published by Barnhouse Publishers and was performed at the Illinois Music Education Association Jazz Festival. When not teaching, writing, or composing, Steve enjoys playing playing keyboards in a rock band with friends. Steve received the Who's Who Among America's Teachers Award, The Village of Mount Prospect Shining Star Champion For Youth Award and he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Illinois and a Master's Degree from Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL).
Judy Freed has seen her plays and musicals performed in London, Seoul, New York, Chicago, California, Washington, Massachusetts, and throughout the Midwest. Her writing has been recognized by such organizations as the National Music Theater Conference and the American Alliance for Theatre & Education. Musicals include Sleepy Hollow (developed at the ASCAP/Disney Musical Theater Workshop), Emma & Company (named a BackStage "theatrical highlight of the year"), Through the Door (world premiere: Seoul, South Korea), Mom! The Musical (winner of the Chameleon Theatre Circle New Plays Competition), and Somebody Else's Troubles (featuring the songs of Grammy-winner Steve Goodman). Four of her plays for young readers have been published by Pearson Scott Foresman. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America.
Anne G'Fellers-Mason holds an undergraduate degree in theatre and history from Mars Hill University, a Masters in history from East Tennessee State University, and is pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts in playwriting from Hollins University. Her one-act, The War to End All Wars, received a staged reading at Mars Hill University. Another one-act, While Sitting in the Park Today, made it into the semi-finals of the National One-Act Play competition. Anne works for the Heritage Alliance of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia in Jonesborough, Tennessee, where she creates original, historical pieces about the history all around her. She travels with her one-woman show, A Sojourn in Jonesborough, and her cemetery play, A Spot on the Hill, entertains audience members in the Old Jonesborough Cemetery during the cooler months. When she’s not writing plays, Anne’s busy working on one of her many novels in progress.
Jeremy Gable is a playwright in Philadelphia. He was a finalist for both the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Terrence McNally New Play Award, a semi-finalist for PlayPenn, and a nominee for the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize for Political Theater. He was a Core Playwright with InterAct Theatre Company, and a proud alumni of The Foundry: An Emerging Philadelphia Playwrights Lab. In town, his plays have been seen at Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct, and Theatre Exile. Elsewhere, his work has been presented in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Beirut, and Twitter. More information can be found at JeremyGable.com.
Patrick Gabridge writes plays, novels, screenplays, and radio plays. His stage plays include Lab Rats, Distant Neighbors, Blood on the Snow, and Reading the Mind of God, and dozens of short plays which have been staged in theatres around the world. His novels are Steering to Freedom, Moving (a life in boxes) and Tornado Siren. He co-founded Boston's Rhombus playwright’s group, the publication Market InSight... for Playwrights, and the on-line Playwrights' Submission Binge. In addition to YouthPLAYS, his plays are published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Smith & Kraus and Original Works Publishers. He’s been a fellow with New Rep and with the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston and is the co-founder and coordinator of the New England New Play Alliance. In his spare time, he likes to farm and fix up old houses.
Fengar Gael's plays include Drink Me, The Spell Caster, Touch of Rapture, The Usher’s Ball, The Gallerist, Devil Dog Six, and Opaline. She has had workshops and productions at the Sundance Institute, The New York Stage and Film Company, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the InterAct Theatre of Philadelphia, New Jersey Repertory, the Salt Lake Acting Company, the Moxie Theatre of San Diego, The Kitchen Dog Theatre of Dallas, the Rorschach Theatre of Washington, D. C., The Seanachai Theatre of Chicago, MultiStages, and the Abingdon Theatres of New York. She is a recipient of the Craig Noel Award, the Playwrights First Award, as well as commissions from South Coast Repertory, New Jersey Repertory, the National New Play Network, and a playwriting fellowship from the California Arts Council. She is a current artist in residence with the composer Dennis McCarthy at the Collaborative Arts Studio 21 working on a new musical, Soul in Vinyl.
Andrew Geha is a New York based playwright, theater teacher and director. His plays and musicals for young performers include We Didn’t Have Time to Be Scared, which received a five-star review at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He teaches middle and high school theater at Friends Academy, a Quaker school in Locust Valley, NY. Before coming to Friends Academy in 2001, he was the artist-in-residence at the Delaware Theatre Company, where he coordinated the Delaware Young Playwrights Festival. He holds a BFA in acting and an MA in Educational Theater from New York University. His website is andrewgeha.com.
Amy Gentry is a writer living in Austin, Texas. As a sketch comedian, she has performed in Austin Sketchfest, the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and the Encyclopedia Show. Her freelance writing can be found in the Chicago Tribune, Austin Chronicle, LA Review of Books, xoJane, The Hairpin, and others. She holds a PhD in English.
Robert George is an actor and writer, living in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from UCLA's School of Theater, Film, and Television in 2008, and has worked with Los Angeles based theatre companies such as The Open Fist Theatre Company, Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles Theater Initiative, and The Groundlings. A graduate of the Groundlings School of Improv, he currently teaches acting technique and comedy improv at The Young Actors Studio.
Sara Glancy is an actor/playwright currently pursuing a BFA in drama at TISCH School for the Arts. As a playwright, Sara has been recognized both locally and nationally. In 2008, her play The Cheshire Smile received a staged reading at Baltimore’s CENTERSTAGE as part of their Young Playwright’s Festival. This play then went on to become a finalist in the Young Playwrights, Inc. national playwriting competition and received an off-Broadway staged reading at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre in 2010. She thanks her family and friends for their constant support of all her crazy artistic endeavors.
Daniel Glenn is an educator and theatre artist who received his MFA in Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College, where he won the Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting. He received his bachelor's in Dramatic Literature summa cum laude from NYU. Daniel has taught high school English and Drama, winning awards both for his teaching and his stage productions. He is the author and illustrator of John and Gladys and The Year the World Began, available on Amazon. He was an associate artist in residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts with Heather Woodbury, and performed his full-length solo play, My Date With Troy Davis, at the New York International Fringe Festival, earning glowing reviews from Backstage and NYTheatre.com. His play swingset/moon was featured at the Telluride Playwrights Festival. Other one acts and full-lengths have been produced across the country.
Megan Gogerty is a playwright and solo performer. Her play Bad Panda (Theatre Without Borders, Beijing; Iron Crow Theatre Co.; WordBRIDGE Boomerang Playwright honoree; Syzygy Theatre/LA Writers Center series) was published by Original Works Publishing. Megan's musical drama Love Jerry was produced in the New York Musical Theatre Festival where it won multiple awards including three Talkin' Broadway Citations and four NYMF Excellence Awards including Excellence in Writing (Book). Her ten-minute play Rumple Schmumple (Dramatic Pub.) was a Kennedy Center/National ACTF honoree. Other plays include Housebroken, My Beautiful Deadbeat Dad, and Feet First In The Water With A Baby In My Teeth. Her musical tribute album to the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer is widely available online. Megan was a Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow, a WordBRIDGE alum, and she earned her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin. She currently teaches playwriting at the University of Iowa.
Adam J. Goldberg is a comic, performance poet, playwright, and reporter. When he's not writing, performing, or comicking, he loves watching 50s movies about dangerous teenagers. His website is http://AdamUltraberg.com.
Kit Goldstein Grant is a New York City based musical theatre composer, lyricist, librettist, and teaching artist. She is a graduate of Union College, has studied at Juilliard and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a founding member of NYC’s Composers Collective. Her musicals for young audiences include King Midas; The Mermaid of Edam;and It's Raining Tamales!, a prize winner in the Jackie White Memorial National Children's Play Writing Contest and finalist in the Mountain Playhouse International Playwriting Contest. Her musicals for adults include an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ The Black Tulip and black comedy The Wrong Box, finalist for London’s Burbage Productions New Writing Prize. Studio cast recordings of It’s Raining Tamales! and The Wrong Box are available on iTunes and Amazon. For more information, visit www.kitgoldstein.com.
Jeff Goode is an actor, director, screenwriter and author of over 50 plays and musicals, including THE EIGHT: Reindeer Monologues, Rumpelstiltskin, The Ubu Plays and Princess Gray and the Black & White Knights. Jeff is the creator of Disney's American Dragon: Jake Long, an animated series which first aired on the Disney Channel. He is the founder of SkyPilot Theatre Company's Playwrights Wing and currently a visiting professor of playwriting for Hollins University's innovative Playwrights Lab. You can follow his misadventures on the internet at: www.jeffgoode.com.
A stage veteran of over 40 years, Don Goodrum was born in Tennessee and raised in Mississippi, where he got his first taste of the spotlight as The King of the Calendar in his second grade play. Don moved onto the church play circuit and managed to turn a Best Actor win in a One Act Play Festival into a theatre scholarship to Mississippi College. At MC, Don began writing in earnest and saw several of his plays produced. After college, Don wound up married and on the radio, a career choice that kept sharpening his comedic and writing skills for the next 32 years. Don retired from radio in 2006 and began teaching high school theatre and writing once again. He has seen productions of many of his plays and hopes to see many more. He lives in Florida where he dotes over three grown daughters, three granddaughters and a cat.
Neeley Gossett holds an MFA from The Playwright's Lab at Hollins University, and her works have previously received productions and readings at The Alliance Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Onstage Atlanta, The Coastal Empire New Play Festival, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Mill Mountain Theater, Riverside Theatre, Studio Roanoke, The Ethel Woolson Lab, One Minute Play Festival Atlanta, and Big Dawg Theater. Her play, Carolina Dive, is published by YouthPLAYS and was produced in Australia. She is currently a teaching artist at The Alliance Theatre and is the resident dramaturg for The Ethel Woolson Lab. She was named a finalist in the Kendeda National Graduate Playwright Competition and received The Reiser Artist Lab award from The Alliance Theatre. Neeley co-founded Found Stages Theatre, where her immersive play, Beulah Creek, premiered.
Diane Grant is an award winning playwright and screenwriter, whose film Too Much Oregano, won the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize. Ms. Grant was co-founder of the first professional women’s theater in Canada. Her plays, produced and published in the US, Canada, Italy, the British Virgin Islands, and Hong Kong, include Sunday Dinner, Nellie! How The Women Won The Vote, Sex and Violence, Has Anybody Here Seen Roy? Rondo a la Condo, A Dog’s Life; The Last Of The Daytons, and The Piaggi Suite. Will To Win, a documentary on the Southern California Shakespeare Festival for high school students, written by Ms. Grant, and produced by Kerry Feltham, previewed at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and is recommended by the Royal Shakespeare Company of London.
Joanne Greene is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with a degree in Voice Performance. She taught drama for 23 years in Columbia County Schools in Evans, Georgia. During that time, she produced and directed hundreds of plays and musicals. After she retired from full time teaching, she begin working at Warren Road Elementary in Richmond County, Georgia in the Arts Infusion program teaching drama. During the summers she teaches music and drama for The Art Factory in Augusta, Georgia. Her short play Wait! was featured in Augusta's Le Chat Noir Theatre's Quickies. She is also active in the community as a soloist and actress.
D.W. Gregory is a resident playwright with New Jersey Rep and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She writes frequently about the American working class experience and is best known for Radium Girls, an historical drama about dialpainters poisoned on the job in the 1920s. A popular title in high school and college theatre, it has received more than 130 productions worldwide, including in London, Chicago, Boston, and Toronto. The other feather in her cap is The Good Daughter, about a Missouri farm family struggling with rapid social change after World War I, which was her first project with New Jersey Rep and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize when it premiered there in 2003. Gregory's work in youth theatre was launched with a residency at Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD), where she wrote and premiered Miracle in Mudville and four other plays for young audiences. Two of those works, Penny Candy and The Secret Lives of Toads, are available through Dramatic Publishing. In addition to writing plays, Gregory has worked as a theatre critic, writing for The Washington Post, and as a teaching artist. She is a founding member of The Playwrights Gymnasium, a process-oriented playwrights' workshop based in Washington, D.C. More information about her plays is available on her website, http://www.dwgregory.com.
Leanne Griffin has a Master's Degree in Drama, and has taught both university and high school drama. She has directed for Greystone Theatre, and acted with professional theatre companies at 25th Street Theatre and Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan. Leanne has written, directed and produced three plays for Fringe Theatre Festivals. She has also written and directed thirteen plays for high school students, winning Best Overall Production thirteen times at Regional Festivals, and winning Best Overall Production three times at Provincials with her productions of The History of Dating, Dust, and The Hotel. Leanne’s plays One Giant Leap, Summer Camp, The Circus of Grimm, Dust, Dancing With Myself and The History of Dating have been produced by high school drama clubs across Canada and the United States. Leanne's script Dancing With Myself can be purchased at YouthPLAYS. A monologue from the play can also be found in YouthPLAYS's anthology Go Solo: Contemporary Monologues for Young Actors.
James Grob is an established writer, author and playwright who is currently trying to pay the bills as a scribe in his home state of Iowa. He is a national award-winning playwright and columnist. James is also known as "IowaScribe," and his website is www.iowascribe.com. James has recently been a creative professional with local radio, while moonlighting as a newspaper columnist and working in theatre as a writer, actor and director in his spare time. James currently has two plays published by YouthPLAYS, and has written over 50 plays, with over 100 productions of his work on four continents. James has written for newspapers—with over 25 years' worth of newsroom experience—as well as television, radio and advertising. He wrote dialogue for a daily comic strip, which appeared in newspapers throughout the Midwest. A father of two daughters, James majored in English and Communication at the University of Iowa and minored in Theatre Arts. He is active in community theatre and has taken the stage many times, both as an actor and director. He is recently married to his loving wife, Michelle. James is also a cancer fighter and, so far, a survivor.
Evan Guilford-Blake’s plays for children and adults have been produced internationally. They’ve won 42 playwriting competitions, including Ireland’s Eamon Keane and the Tennessee Williams one-act contest, twice (he is the only playwright to do so). Telling William Tell (YouthPLAYS) was honored as the winner of the 2006 Aurand Harris/New England Theatre Conference and the Jackie White Memorial competitions. Thirty of his scripts have been published by Playscripts, Eldridge, Pioneer, Next Stage Press and others. He is a former professional storyteller; two volumes of his tandem storytelling scripts are published by Eldridge. Evan's novel Noir(ish) is published by Penguin, and he's won 17 awards for his short fiction. He is a Distinguished Resident Playwright Emeritus at Chicago Dramatists and a Dramatists Guild member. He and his wife (and inspiration), writer and jewelry designer Roxanna Guilford-Blake, live in the Atlanta area. More information is available at www.guilford-blake.com.
Daniel Guyton has won numerous writing awards for his stage plays and screenplays, including the Best Horror Screenplay Award from the Los Angeles Film & Script Festival, two playwriting awards from the Kennedy Center/ACTF Festival, and many others. His stage plays have been produced over 400 times around the world, and he has been published over 40 times. He is a theatre professor at Georgia State University, and a member of both the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America East. For more information, please visit: www.danguyton.com.
Cheryl Hadley is a wife and mother of two. Cheryl loves writing, and has written plays, skits, books of poetry, children’s books, various curriculum for children’s ministries, and many other types of material. She has worked as a substitute teacher, residential child care worker, and preschool teacher, while raising children and supporting her husband Keith’s job teaching choir and drama at a local public school. She continues to assist him in directing school dramatic productions while teaching three and four-year-olds at a local preschool.
Adam Hahn has been a resident playwright at SkyPilot Theatre in Los Angeles since 2010. SkyPilot has produced his plays Earthbound: An Electronica Musical (written with composer Jonathan Price and lyricist Chana Wise) and KONG: A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla. His other plays include Frogger, Dear Abe (both first produced by Studio Roanoke in Roanoke, VA), and Feedback Loop (premiered at the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival). Adam holds an MFA from the Hollins University Playwright's Lab. As an actor, Adam has appeared in productions of the University of Iowa, in the Iowa Fringe Festival, and in the Piccolo Spoleto fringe theatre festival. He starred in his play Dear Abe at Studio Roanoke. He also performs long-form improv and is a graduate of the training program at iO West.
David Hansen has participated in Cleveland’s theatre renaissance as the founder and artistic director of Guerrilla Theater Company and Dobama’s Night Kitchen, as well as an actor and director at Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Dobama Theatre, Beck Center and Karamu House. His produced plays include Red Onion/White Garlic, Rosalynde & The Falcon, Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick), On the Dark Side of Twilight, and adaptations of Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Secret Adversary. Solo performances include And Then You Die (How I Ran a Marathon in 26.2 Years) and his award-winning work on stillbirth, I Hate This (a play without the baby). David is Education Outreach Associate for Great Lakes Theater and a member of the Cleveland Play House Playwrights’ Unit and the Dramatists Guild of America. He lives in Cleveland Heights, the City of Great Writers.http://davidhansen.org
Bradley Hayward grew up in a small Canadian town, where the overall lack of things to do left him plenty of time to write his first play. Since that time, he has written many published plays that have been produced in over 20 countries around the world (India, Germany, Spain, Australia, and Japan, to name a few). Two of his short plays, The Yogurt Connection and The Sexual Conspiracy, were produced Off-Broadway. His one-acts geared toward high school students have been presented at Thespian festivals across the United States and Canada. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.
Maria Hernandez recently graduated from Middleburg Academy High School and is in pursuit of an art and design career. Since elementary school, she loved writing poetry and short stories. Playwriting was first introduced to her when she decided to participate in a playwriting club formed by her world religions teacher. With the influence of her drama classmates and experienced playwriting teacher, she became one of three authors of Cupid and Psyche: An Internet Love Story. She hopes to find an audience that will appreciate her artwork as well as her writing in the near future. If anyone is to go through her school notebooks, they would find that they’re full of drawings and rhyming words used in poems. Her favorite conversation topics are dreams, colors, and paranormal tales. Her waterproof camera is her beloved companion.
Internationally produced playwright Velina Hasu Houston is the recipient of 21 commissions from institutions such as The Pasadena Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles Opera, Silk Road/Goodman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights’ Arena, and others; some of her producers include these theatres along with Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Old Globe Theatre, Playwrights’ Arena, and TheatreWorks. Publishers include Dramatists Play Service, Smith and Kraus, Vintage Books/Random House, Los Angeles Times, American Theatre, The Dramatist, and others. She has written for Columbia Pictures, PBS, and several indies; and co-produced Desert Dreamers (Peter Fonda, narrator). Honors include the Kennedy Center, Rockefeller Foundation, Japan Foundation, Lila Wallace-Readers’ Digest Foundation, American Film Institute,Pinter Review Prize for Drama, and others. At the USC School of Dramatic Arts, she is creator/director of the Master of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing. She served on the Department of State’s Japan-US Friendship Commission and conducted her Fulbright Scholar project at Aoyama Gakuin Daigaku, Tokyo. www.velinahasuhouston.com
Cassandra Hsiao is an award-winning playwright, poet, and journalist. Her poetry has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as a finalist in multiple playwriting competitions held by YouthPLAYS, California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International, The Los Angeles Times and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a reporter and film critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. She teaches online writing classes for students ranging from elementary schoolers to high schoolers.