Scott Icenhower is a member of the Dramatists Guild and an award-winning playwright with productions in the Southeast and West Coast. He has a children’s holiday play published with Contemporary Drama, and two adult comedies, The Twelve Months of Christmas and No Kidding, published with Eldridge. His “jukebox musicals” The Service at Rocky Bluff and One Mo’ Chance were performed at the Barn Dinner Theatre (Greensboro, NC), with The Service at Rocky Bluff returning in unprecedented back to back seasons due to popular demand and both runs having record-breaking pre-sales. Scott writes, acts and sends out a lot of query letters with his actress, director/choreographer wife, Katie Jo, in North Carolina.
Lynn-Steven Johanson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and works at Western Illinois University. He is a past president of the Mid-America Theatre Conference, a Network Playwright with Chicago Dramatists, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. His plays have won the Snowdance Comedy Festival, the Nantucket Short Play Festival, Pend Oreille Playhouse’s Annual One-Act Play Festival, the Old Opera House’s New Voice Play Festival, the East Valley Children’s Theatre Playwriting Contest and he is a recipient of an AriZoni Theatre Award of Excellence for Best Original Play. His plays have been produced by the Turnip Theatre, American Globe Theatre, Makor Theatre, and Love Creek Productions in New York, the City Playhouse, First Stage, and The Attic Theatre in Los Angeles, and numerous other theatres throughout the United States as well as India, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K. To learn more about Lynn, visit his website at https://www.LSJohanson.com.
Arthur M. Jolly was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, and is the playwright of more than sixty produced plays, including A Gulag Mouse (Finalist Woodward/Newman Drama Award, Winner Off-Broadway Playwrights Competition, Joining Sword and Pen Competition), Past Curfew (AOPW Fellowship winner, Joining Sword and Pen Competition), Trash (Semi-Finalist Eugene O’Neill Conference), A Very Modern Marriage (Semi-Finalist Eugene O’Neill Conference) and two collections of short plays Guilty Moments and Thin Lines. His plays published by YouthPLAYS include Long Joan Silver, What the Well Dressed Girl is Wearing, Snakes in a Lunchbox, Bully Issues, How Blue is My Crocodile, Moby (No Last Name Given), Bath Time is Fun Time and The Christmas Princess. Jolly travels extensively, and is always happy to talk to classes and drama clubs about writing. He is repped by Brant Rose Agency. Upcoming productions at www.arthurjolly.com.
Thirty-two of Jonathan Josephson's plays have been produced at theatres, site-specific locations and schools around the world including 27 Ways I Didn't Say "Hi" to Laurence Fishburne at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival) and Milwaukee Rep (RepLab), The Giant and the Pixie and The Legend(s) of Sleepy Hollow at Chance Theater, and Grandpa and the Gay Rabbi (Winner - Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival). Jonathan is the Executive Director of Unbound Productions, an immersive, theatre company based in Los Angeles who has produced many of his theatrical adaptations including A Ghost Story, The Chimes: A Goblin Story, Count Magnus, The New Catacomb, Las Lloronas, The Grove of Rashomon, Anansi and the Demons, The Garden Party, The Girl Who Owned a Bear, and a Sherlock Holmes mash-up entitled Holmes, Sherlock, and The Consulting Detective. Jonathan has received an Individual Artist Award from the Pasadena Arts Council, is a five-time Finalist for Actors Theatre of Louisville's Heideman Award and a Finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. B.A. in Theatre: Playwriting from UCSD. DG, ALAP.
Marianne Kallen has been a member of the Musical Writers’ Workshop at Theatre Building Chicago since 1992. Her musical What’s in the Picture? was produced at Roosevelt University in 2001. Her musical The Prairie was commissioned for Stages Festival 2000 (Chicago) and had a studio production at Theatre Building Chicago in March, 2004. Her children’s musical Tantrum on the Tracks was produced at Chernin Center for the Arts (Chicago) in 2004 and 2005, and at Theatre Building Chicago in 2007 and 2009. Her children’s musical The Adventures of Anansi the Spider was produced at Chernin Center for the Arts (Chicago) in November, 2005 and at Theatre Building Chicago in 2007. Her new children’s musical, The Magic Paintbrush, was produced at Theatre Building Chicago in October, 2007. She has released two CD’s of original songs: Lullababies and Little Bits of Rainbow. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Snow City Arts, Department of Pediatrics, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.
Owen Kalt is a Chicago-based lyricist. In addition to Sleepy Hollow, he wrote the lyrics for Belle Barth: If I Embarrass You, Tell Your Friends, which has been produced in Chicago. He also wrote the lyrics for American Klezmer, which has been produced in Los Angeles.
Zachary Israel Nobile Kampler is an active composer, arranger, conductor, and performer. Mr. Kampler is the founder, Artistic Director, and Conductor of the Eastern Festival Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of the Juilliard Pre-College program, he has performed in Alice Tully Hall and Julliard Hall. Equally at home on stage and in the pit, Mr. Kampler has conducted for Nickel City Opera, Crystal Opera, and TAB Productions, in addition to holding the position of Assistant Conductor with the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic and Tri-Cities Opera. Previous musical direction engagements include City of Angels, The Sound of Music, Urinetown, The Pirates of Penzance, and West Side Story. Mr. Kampler holds a B.A. in music from New York University and an M.M in Orchestral Conducting, with a concentration in Opera, from SUNY Binghamton.
Linda Kampley has written 5 full-length plays, several one-acts, short-plays and a collection of monologues. Her one-act play, The Color of the Evening Sky was produced in New York City at St. Clement’s, and also at St Jean’s Playhouse, and in Los Angeles by the West Coast Ensemble. Her one-act Small Talk also received a production at St Clement’s. In Los Angeles, DramaLogue called The Color of the Evening Sky "a true gem” and “remarkably intelligent and humane. Its images of human cruelty and compassion have poetry, humor and are shudderingly authentic.” In New York, Kevin Grubb wrote that her dialogue was “reminiscent of Sam Shepard” and “as a character study alone, The Color of the Evening Sky lingers like a surgical scar.” Linda has also had poetry published in many small presses and has worked as an actress in New York and regional theatres.
Marisa Kanai currently attends Reed College in Portland, Oregon where she studies theater. She is a graduate of the American School in Japan, where she wrote and directed three one-act plays, including The Totally Life Changing Letter That Doesn't Really Matter, and discovered the magic of theatre. Along with writing, she is a theater designer.
Donna Kaz has had her plays and musicals produced across the US and UK and in NYC at The Director's Company, HERE, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Expanded Arts, New York Musical Theatre Festival and The Century Center. She recently created and directed Performing Tribute, the stories of 9/11 for the Tribute Center at the WTC. She wrote and directed JOAN for Endurance Theatre, which received a Jason Miller Award. Donna studied with Sanford Meisner and recently apprenticed with Nagoya Musume Kabuki, the only all female kabuki troupe in Japan. She is the recipient of residency fellowships from Yaddo, Djerassi, The Blue Mountain Center, The Ucross Foundation and The New Lyric Institute for New Musicals. She is an alum of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. @donnakaz
Nambi E. Kelley has penned plays for Steppenwolf, Goodman Theatre, and Court Theatre in Chicago; American Blues Theatre, Health Works Theatre (Chicago), Lincoln Center in New York and internationally with LATT Children’s Theatre/Unibooks Publishing Company (South Korea), Teatri Sbagliati (Italy), and The Finger Players (Singapore). Her adaptation of Native Son was presented to critical acclaim at Court Theatre with American Blues Theatre (co-production) and was the highest grossing production in Court Theatre's 60-year history. Professional writing affiliations include: Goodman Theatre Playwrights Unit, Steppenwolf Theatre Company New Plays Lab Playwright-In-Residence, Goodman Theatre/Ellen Stone Belic Institute/Fellowship Recipient, Goodman Theatre Lila Wallace Fellowship, National Black Theatre Playwright in Residence (New York), La MaMa Playwrights Symposium Playwright-In-Residence, Spoleto, Italy under the tutelage of Pulitzer prize winner Lynn Nottage, Ragdale Foundation Residency Selection Committee, Ragdale Foundation Artist in Residence, HealthWorks Theatre Colonel Stanley McNeil Playwright-In-Residence, Chicago Dramatists Playwright-In-Residence, Danny Glover’s Robey Theatre Co. Playwriting Lab (formerly The Blacksmyths At The Mark Taper Forum), and MPAACT Playwright-In-Residence, Chicago. She is also a professional actress, and has been on television and stages internationally and across the country. Kelley has a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University, and an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College. www.nambikelley.com
Skip Kennon wrote the music for Herringbone (Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown, La Jolla, McCarter, Prince), Don Juan DeMarco (Seattle Rep), and the one-act Afternoon Tea (59E59; INTAR with Ed Harris & Amy Madigan). Music & lyrics: Blanco (Goodspeed, NAMT), Time & Again (Manhattan Theatre Club, Old Globe, O'Neill), The Last Starfighter (Storm Theatre, NYMF at Theatre at St. Clements, public workshop Seattle's Village Theatre), Feathertop (WPA, PA Stage), and the one-act Plaisir d'Amour (book by Terrence McNally, 59E59). Film/video: songs in Friends & Family (Regent Entertainment) and Disney's DVD Premiere award-winning sequel Hunchback of Notre Dame Part II. Skip moderated first year of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop for 20 years (overseeing program for ten years). He also taught at Neighborhood Playhouse for ten years. Herringbone was named in Top 10 cast albums of 2014 by Sound Advice at Talkin Broadway; The Last Starfighter was named in Talkin Broadway's Top 10 cast albums list in 2005.
Christian Kiley is a teacher and playwright who lives in Southern California. He earned a BA in Theatre from Gonzaga University and an MFA in Theatre from California State University, Fullerton where he directed the A.C.T.F. Regional Finalist Easter by August Strindberg. Christian has written the award-winning plays POUND, Odd Duck, The Art of Rejection, and Strings Attached. To find out more information about Christian's work as a playwright, please visit http://home.earthlink.net/~cmkiley/.
Henry W. Kimmel is an Atlanta-based playwright, who is a founding member of Working Title Playwrights, a theatre company dedicated to the development of playwrights and new plays. He has been a regular guest artist at Woodward Academy (GA) and the Hotchkiss School (CT), where he has helped high school students develop original work. His goal is to have his work produced in 50 states, and he is more than halfway toward his goal. Hank is a graduate of Brown University, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Emory University School of Law.
Laura King is an award-winning playwright and instructor of theatre at Gordon State College in Georgia. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Hollins University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, and Working Title Playwrights. Along with her YouthPLAYS plays, her work is available at Stage Rights, Polychoron Press, and the New Play Exchange. For more information, please visit laurakingplaywright.wordpress.com.
Kris Knutsen is an actor/playwright currently based in Calgary, Alberta. Originally hailing from Seattle, Kris holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from the Playwrights' Lab at Hollins University and a B.A. in Theatre from Trinity Western University. Her full-length plays have been performed at Pacific Theatre and Trinity Western University. A co-founder and freelance writer with Marushy Design, Kris also teaches and directs "playmakings": original theatrical works created within specific structures and timeframes.
Steven Korbar’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and throughout the United States. His drama, Table for Four, opened at The Source Festival (Washington, DC) last June and will be published in Smith and Kraus’ Best Short Plays of 2010, as will his comedy Mrs. Jansen Isn’t Here Now. Other productions include I Understand Your Frustration at the Turtleshell Theatre (New York, NY), Let Go at Future Ten (Pittsburgh, PA) and Our Little Angel at the 78th Street Theatre (New York, NY), as well as in Los Angeles and San Diego. His new full-length comedy Third Bull Run recently had its first reading at Elephant Stageworks (Los Angeles, CA).
Nathaniel Kressen is a Brooklyn-based playwright, screenwriter, and novelist. His plays have been published by YouthPLAYS, The Good Ear Review, and One Act Play Depot. Productions and workshops include PS 122, Soho Rep Walkerspace, The American Globe Theatre, Alive Theatre (CA), The Source Festival (DC), Longwood University (VA), Venture Theatre (MT), Hovey Players (MA), Old Armory Theatre (ND), Connecticut Heritage Productions, Prophecy Productions, FACT NYC, Spare Change Theater, The Lee Strasberg Institute, and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His screenplay Adopting Skins won first place in The Relevance Group’s American Details Competition, and wrapped shooting in 2011. The same year, his debut novel Concrete Fever was released in a hand-bound, illustrated limited edition by Second Skin Books that went on to sell in stores throughout Brooklyn. At the time of publication, he is at work on new projects for the stage, screen, and shelf.
Kris Kukul is a New York City based composer/arranger/music director. He is the Resident MD for the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and is Elizabeth Swados' Arranger/MD. He has composed music for Wing It! and Camp Monster (WTF), Beauty Queen (3 Graces), Dash Dexter (MTC), Midsummer Night's Dream (National Theatre of Greece), Oliver Twist (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey). Recent arrangement/music direction work includes The Last Goodbye (WTF/Joe's Pub), From The Fire (Edinburgh), The LaMama Cantata (LaMama), In The Footprint (Civilians), The Daughters (CAP 21), It's Judy's Show (DR2/WTF/Theatre J), Revolting Rhymes (Lortel), Kaspar Hauser, JABU (The Flea), Dispatches (Naked Angels), Gutenberg! The Musical! (The Actor's Playhouse),God's Ear (The Vineyard), Stinky Cheese Man (The AtlanticInternational work); Heracles (dir. Andre Serban), Bokan (Festival Iberoamericano Bogota), The Bacchae (Warsaw) and The Frogs (Epidauros Festival), LaMama Cantata (Spoleto, Belgrade, Zagreb). Adjunct faculty, NYU/Tisch.
Steve Lambert has written more than 20 plays. His work has been performed at UK venues in Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Salisbury, and in London at Camden People’s Theatre, Theatre503 and Upstairs at the Gatehouse. Work includes Last Train, Showing the Monster, Aftercare, Still, Little Deaths and Touch. A Good Send-Off was among the winners in 2009’s Pint-sized Plays competition in Wales. A common theme of his work is how people’s lives are affected by their sexuality. Steve is a member of the Heads & Tales story-telling group, whose series of Bristol audio stories can be downloaded for free (www.headsandtales.org.uk). For more details and reviews of Steve’s plays, please visit www.writewords.org.uk/steve_lambert.
Patricia Lamkin discovered her love of playwriting in the '90s working as an actor for the Philadelphia Zoo Treehouse Troupe. She has since had 12 plays produced in Philadelphia, Delaware, Los Angeles and the UK. Philladelphia productions include The Trestle, Teasing, Tarzan and Jane Share Their Erotic Jungle Fantasies, and Last Wishes, which won the Brick Playhouse Best of IT award. The Trestle has since been produced at City Theatre Company in Delaware, and most recently at Hurstpieperpoint College in West Sussex, United Kingdom. Patricia's latest play, Fishtales From the Milky Way, made its debut in the New Orleans Faux/Real Festival as the first play of the Dramatist Guild Footlight Series in the Gulf Coast Region, where she now resides. She is a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights (ALAP) and the Dramatist Guild, and the Gulf Coast Playwrights, a writing group that meets monthly in New Orleans. She holds an M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Fred Landau's writing got a Finalist slot (top 6 of over 100 writers) in the Ebb Award competition for theatre writers; and two Midtown Int'l Theatre Festival nominations for production and book/lyrics for I Never Miss a Larry Kramer Musical (NYC's Roy Arias Theater). Noah Remnick in the NY Times called him "lyrically gifted" (New York Today column), and his online humor and parody writing was called "a local treasure" by Broadway's Lin-Manuel Miranda (on Twitter, Nov. 2015). Other productions: book for The Last Starfighter (Storm Theatre, NYMF at Theatre at St Clements, public workshop Seattle's Village Theater); book/score for The Happiest of Times (NYC's Triangle Theater, workshops BMI, ASCAP, Circle Rep). Video and Books: His work was excerpted on CNN (AC360, Situation Room). His book 21st Century Oldies hit Amazon's Top 100 in "Humor-Parody" twice, with follow-up volumes on lighter sides of global warming & 2016 politics. Fred graduated from Harvard Law, and received Masters degrees from NYU Law School and Brooklyn College.
Stacey Lane’s plays have been performed at over eight hundred theatres on six continents. Her scripts are published with YouthPLAYS, Dramatic Publishing, Playscripts Inc., Pioneer Drama Service, Eldridge, Smith and Kraus, Heuer, Brooklyn Publishers, Applause, Meriwether, Next Stage Press, Manhattan Theatre Source, Infinity Stage, Sound, and Film, JAC Publishing, the Play Bureau Ltd, Seraphemera Books, San Luis Obispo Little Theatre, Sterling, Freshwater, Poydras Review, The Quotable, Euphony Journal, Germ Magazine, Mock Turtle Zine, Indian Ink, The Other Otter, Furious Gazelle, Monologue Database, Actor Point, Canyon Voices, Whoopee Magazine, Steel Bananas, and Scene4. She is the recipient of the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Residency Grant and the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District’s Literary Artist Fellowship. Lane is the winner of the Unpublished Play Reading Project Award at the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and East Valley Children’s Theatre’s Aspiring Playwright’s Award. Lane graduated magna cum laude with a full scholarship from Rollins College. www.StaceyLaneInk.com
Meron Langsner was one of three writers in the country to be chosen for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright Residencies in 2007. His work has been performed around the country and overseas, and developed at the Lark Play Development Center in NYC, New Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Commons Freedom Arts Retreat, Region I Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (where he later returned as a featured artist). Other publishers of his plays include Smith & Kraus, Applause, Bloomsbury, Indie Theater Now, NorthNorthWest, and Lamia Ink. His scholarly work has been published by McFarland, Oxford University Press, Puppetry International, and EJMAS and he has also written for Backstage, HowlRound, and The Sondheim Review. Meron is also active as a professional fight director and director. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis, and a PhD in Drama from Tufts University, where he received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He believes himself to be the first doctoral candidate in Drama to have literally defended his dissertation with a katana. More at www.MeronLangsner.com.
Carol S. Lashof is co-founder of Those Women Productions in Berkeley, California, which has performed the world premieres of her full-length stage plays Just Deserts and Disclosure. Carol’s dramatic work has also been broadcast on BET and NPR and staged on five continents—from the Magic Theatre in San Francisco to Peking University in Beijing. Her work has been performed in numerous festivals of short plays and has been widely anthologized in collections published by Applause Books, Smith & Kraus, and Theatre Communications Group, among others. Carol holds a PhD from Stanford University and is Professor Emerita at Saint Mary’s College of California. At Saint Mary’s, she taught in the Department of English and helped to establish the Creative Writing MFA Program. She is a member of the International Centre of Women Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild of America.
Donna Latham is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced coast to coast in the US and in Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, and Indonesia. And We Will Share the Sky was a Kennedy Center Regional Finalist for the David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award and recipient of the National Theatre for Young Audiences Playwriting Award. Donna’s plays are licensed with YouthPLAYS, Brooklyn Publishers, and Heuer and are included in Best American Short Plays 2017-2018, Best American Short Plays 2014-2015, and 2016’s Best Ten-Minute Plays anthologies. Donna’s a resident playwright at Rising Sun Performance Company, NYC. She is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild.
Hayley Lawson-Smith started writing as a child, when she created fanfiction of the Star Wars movies in her scrapbook while on holiday. Since then, she has gone on to write poetry and short stories, which have appeared in The Australian Writer Magazine, and has all three novels of her trilogy The Julius Romeros Extravaganza published. Her first ten-minute play, Mail Order Muse, was awarded a place at the Little Gems Festival and published in an anthology of short plays, and her first one-act play, Immersed, was very well received by Melbourne audiences after its debut. Hayley's short plays have received awards and high audience praise at various Short and Sweet festivals, while her one-act plays have entertained audiences throughout Victoria. Pretence, a one act play about two women auditioning for the same character, has won awards at various festivals, including for Runner-Up Best Production, Best Production, Best New Australian Play, Best Original Script, Excellence in Directing and Best Actress in a lead role. It's On Me, a short play about the way people judge each other at first glance, was awarded Best Short Play at the Kyneton One Act Plays Festival by prominent film academic and theorist, John Flaus. She is currently studying her Masters of Writing for Performance at the Victorian College of the Arts, with Melbourne University.
David LeMaster has published over 40 plays and scenes and recently produced a novel. He has taught drama, English, and speech on the college level for the last twenty years. In addition to writing, LeMaster is a photographer, stage director and a (rather poor) actor. He’s working on a second novel and plans to start a podcast this fall chronicling his work as a writer and his 8-year fight with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease.
Paul Lewis is a Seattle-based composer, lyricist and playwright whose staged work includes the musicals The Hours of Life (finalist in the Fulton Theatre New Play Discovery competition), The Recollection of Flight, Hail and Reign, Alley Dog (finalist for a Before Broadway production at Western Kentucky University); The World Below, a children’s opera; Last Poem on Earth: A Jazz Requiem, an evening-length choral and orchestral piece; and the short plays Guess What? and April on the Bed, in Summer. Paul’s lyrics to a ballad by jazz legend Bill Evans have been recorded by vocalists around the world. His work has received awards from Artist Trust, American Music Center, and the Bainbridge Arts and Humanities Fund. Paul is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, BMI, Artist Trust, Association for Jewish Theatre, and Theatre Puget Sound.
Laura Lewis-Barr has been writing, directing, performing and teaching theatre for over 20 years. Recent productions of Laura’s work include Chernobyl’s Fire and Cloistered Honey (Inspirare Theatre: "Earnest, funny, introspective”—The Daily Herald); Addicted to Mars (Pittsburgh New Works Festival: "Intriguing and carefully drawn… Lewis-Barr’s writing drives the production.”—Pittsburgh Post Gazette); Golden Chalices (LoveCreek Productions and The Riant Theatre, New York, NY); Dove Killers (the side project in Chicago: “Riveting”—Windy City Times). Laura has also adapted her romantic-comedy, Cloistered Honey, for the screen and is seeking a producer. Laura’s Master's Degree in Drama is from San Francisco State University. Before her move to the country (to work as Artistic Director/Theatre Professor at Sauk Valley College), Laura was a member of the Playwrights Collective and Chicago Dramatists.
A Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, Susan Lieberman received a Jeff Award for Arrangements for Two Violas, Jeff Award nomination for Prairie Lights (licensed by Dramatic Publishing) and two Regional Emmy nominations. Her plays have been produced at Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left, Visions & Voices Theatre Co., Theatre Building Chicago, Clockwise Theatre, 20% Theatre Co., Bloomington Playwrights Project, Pandora Productions, Jerusalem English Speaking Theatre and elsewhere. Workshops include Netta at Ninety at Raven Theatre, Whirlybirds with Downstage Left and Stages; Cars and Quinceaneras with American Theatre Company, Northwestern’s Purple Crayon Players and Clockwise Theatre where it received its world premiere; White Gloves for Northlight Theatre’s “New Voices” series; and projects with AdventureStage, ShPIel Performing Identity, Three Cat Productions and Women’s Theatre Alliance. Her docudrama Steamship Quanza, featured in Staging Holocaust Resistance and the upcoming documentary Voyage of Hope, is included in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Collections.
Jean Lorrah has published over twenty books, several of which have won awards. Among her works are three children's books about the Loch Ness Monster, written with Lois Wickstrom. Jean has recently been studying screenwriting with an eye toward feature films. She often teaches writing workshops, and is a frequent international traveler. She lives in Kentucky with her dog Kadi, and two cats, Dudley and Splotch, who are therapy pets for the local humane society. See Jean's daily TipsOnWriting on Twitter, or get all her latest news at www.jeanlorrah.com.
Samantha Macher is an MFA Playwright from Hollins University (Roanoke, VA), and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in Religious Studies and Philosophy. During her graduate career, she has had several readings and productions, and is also a Reva Shiner Comedy Award Finalist. She is a Playwright-in-Residence at SkyPilot Theatre in Los Angeles, and a founding member of the Hell-Tro Theatre Collective (Brooklyn, NY). She has been a high school Latin teacher, an EMT, polo player, and guinea pig enthusiast, but is now a full-time writer. Her favorite color is pink.
Greg Machlin received his MFA from the Iowa Playwrights' Workshop and is a Playwright-in-Residence at SkyPilot Theatre, which recently staged a workshop production of Keith Haring: Pieces of a Life, a full-length play authorized by the Haring estate; six out of eight performances sold out. He was a Heideman finalist for his ten-minute Family Portrait and won the TUNY award for Best 24-hour play from Theatre Unleashed for Smart Phone. His work has been produced in several states, broadcast on NPR, and published by Smith & Kraus. His comedic vampire love story Bloody Lies was a Best New Script finalist at the Midtown International Theatre Festival; he was a Samuel French Finalist. Most recently, he was a writer/producer on LA Beer, the world's first multi-cam web series. With David Butler, he created the comedy web series WRNG in Studio City about reporters forced to make up fake news. He lives in LA.
Nina Mansfield is a playwright and fiction writer whose plays have been produced professionally and by academic and community theatres throughout the United States and in Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Australia and Peru. Her produced plays include: Alone in the Goldfish Bowl; Bite Me; Bona Fide; Clean; Crash Bound; Erasing the Brain; Gymnos: A Geek's Tragedy; Losing Our Heads: The Guillotine Play; Missed Exit; No Epilogue; Pedestrian Casualty: Bronx, USA; Sculpting Perfection; Smile; Text Misdirected; The Ping and the Pong of It; The Tea Exercise and The Unbearable Lightness of Greening. She is the author of the young adult mystery novel, Swimming Alone. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators, Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.
As screenwriters, Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus spent 5 years at Disney where they wrote Lion King II: Simba's Pride, as well as Beauty and the Beast II, and the sequels to Pocohantas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Lady and the Tramp. Kobler and Marcus also wrote for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as well as live action feature films. Kobler and Marcus have over 30 plays published with Samuel French, Dramatic, Pioneer Drama, Contemporary Drama and Playscripts. Additionally, Marcus's books Playdate - A Parent and Teachers Guide to Putting on a Play and The Ultimate Young Actors Guide are now available through Meriwether Publishing. Together, Kobler and Marcus run a national teen theater program called Showdown, with summer camps all across the country. Please visit www.showdownstageco.com for more information.
Ellen Margolis is a founding member of Playwrights West in Portland, Oregon. Her plays, which have been produced at theatres and festivals throughout the United States, include Calumnies, American Soil, Splasher, What We Thought, and A Little Chatter, which appears in a collection of baseball plays from Playscripts, Inc. She has received commissions from Portland Shakespeare Project, Mile Square Theatre, Shaking-the-Tree Studio, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Excerpts from her plays can be seen in the Audition Arsenal series, published by Smith & Kraus. She is also the editor of Singular Voices, a book of monologues from the International Centre for Women Playwrights. Her work has been recognized by the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, the New York International Fringe Festival, the Trustus Foundation, the Jane Chambers Competition, and the National 10-Minute Play Contest. She teaches at Pacific University in Oregon, and also works as a director and dialect coach.
Wendy-Marie Martin earned her MFA in Playwriting from the Hollins Playwright's Lab at Hollins University and holds a BFA in Acting as well. She’s written, directed & produced intimate theater projects in the U.S. and Europe. Her short plays have been produced in Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, and the U.S. She is also creator and Executive Producer of The Red Eye 10s Play Festival, a nationwide festival of original shorts. Wendy-Marie is a member of the Dramatists Guild, TCG, Playwrights' Center and is also the 2015-16 Resident Playwright at Tesseract Theatre Company in St. Louis.
Brenna McBride is the author of the one-act plays If and Scripted, both of which premiered at Old Academy Players in Phildelphia, PA. Her full-length play for young audiences, The Beggar Prince, won first place in the 2014 Jackie White Memorial Playwriting Contest sponsored by Columbia Entertainment Company in Columbia, MO; and received a workshop performance from Philadelphia’s Brick Door Productions. Brenna has studied playwriting at PlayPenn and Villanova University, and has also acted and stage managed at various theaters throughout the Philadelphia area. Brenna holds a bachelor's degree in Writing/English from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD; and currently lives in Bryn Mawr, PA. By day, she is the Associate Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Drexel University.
John P. McEneny is a full-time drama teacher at the William Alexander Middle School 51 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. He is the Artistic Director of Piper Theatre Productions, Inc. His plays include Mayla the Monkey Girl (Playscripts Inc.), The Grippe of October (YouthPLAYS), Cold April (Best Plays Strawberry Fest), Aposiopesis (Smith & Krause's 2013 Best Ten Minute Plays; 2013 Best Men's Monologues). Pollywog performed at NYU Steinhardt's New Plays for Young Audiences Festival at the Provincetown Playhouse, and The Island of Doctor Moreau performed at 59E59 East of Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won the Bobby's Sixth Star Award for Best Play. Other plays include Midnight Circus, Hydra (co-author Rachel Rear), Boy in the Iron Mask, Frankenstein, Puppet Children and Mr. Splitfoot (co-author Vasile Flutur).
Jessica McGettrick teaches theatre arts in Newton, Massachusetts to middle school students. She has her undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts from Brandeis University and her MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. She has appeared in several dozen productions in the Boston area and has proudly directed premieres of original works at several area festivals.
Kate McGrath’s numerous plays have been performed in Philadelphia, Boston, New York and beyond. Seafood, with music by Charles Pettee, was selected as Best Play of North Carolina and produced by the Perihelion Theatre Company, and was a finalist at Boston’s Theatre In Process National Playwriting Competition. November Women was a finalist at the Lovecreek Festival, and both November Women and Getting Sasha have received several international productions. Philadelphia area credits: Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Walking Fish Theatre, Women’s Place Theatre and the Women’s Theatre Festival. Kate is a member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center, and holds an MA in Theatre from Villanova University.
Rex McGregor is a New Zealand writer specializing in comedy theatre and satirical humor. His short plays have been produced on four continents from New York and London to Sydney and Kuala Lumpur. 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. Website: rexmcgregor.com
Tara Meddaugh's work has been presented by theatres including The Directors Company, Le Petit Theatre de Terrebonne, Theatre One, Fusion Theatre, One Armed Man, Oracle Theatre, Inc, the Bobik Theatre Ensemble, The Acme Theatre Company, The Harlequin Players, Woman Seeking…, and various schools and universities. Her plays have showcased at festivals such as the Artists of Tomorrow Festival, NYC, the Pittsburgh New Works Series and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska. Her monologues have been performed by actors worldwide, and by an internationally recognized receptionist-robot, and have received a variety of publications. She has taught playwriting at Carnegie Mellon, the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and The Westport Country Playhouse, and she has led Creative Dramatics Workshops for children. She's a recipient of the Shubert Fellowship in Dramatic Writing, the Sloan Screenwriting Fellowship and the New Works for Young Women Award, is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and holds her MFA in Playwriting. www.tarameddaugh.com
Matthew Mezzacappa has loved musical theatre ever since his mother brought back the audiotape of Les Miserables and played it for him at age 5. He performed sections of Les Mis in 2nd grade on top of a desk (with teacher's approval). He originated the role of Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol at MSG and has performed at the Kennedy Center. He holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing (NYU), where he wrote Jennifer the Unspecial (Ronald Ruble New Play Festival winner, Weston Playhouse New Musical nomination). His one-act, Singing in the Shower, was performed at the Old Academy Players alongside pieces by Tennessee Williams and Neil Simon. His play Take Part in History played at the Constitution Center on Pearl Harbor Day. He co-wrote and directed Kidnapped By the Books, an unprecedented collaboration among over one hundred parents, students, teachers and administrators at PSIS 266 in Queens.
Hollie Michaels works as a playwright, director, writer and teacher in the in CT and NYC. Her play Scraps, had a reading at Urban Stages (Off B'way) and a workshop at City University of London. Spoiled Cherries had a production at the Manhattan Repertory Theater and Narrows Community Theater. 10 Going On 30 had a production at Adaptive Arts. Dirty Laundry On The Crazy Girl's Line is published in Best of The Strawberry One Act Festival Vol. 4. Bedpan Palace had a production at The Brooklyn Heights Players. Hollie is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, The Old Vic New Voices New York Network, AATE and SCBWI. She has a M.A. in Creative Writing (Plays) from City University of London, M.S. ED in Educational Theatre from City College of New York and a B.A. in Film Production (Screenwriting) from Columbia College Chicago. www.holliemichaels.com
Liz Shannon Miller is a writer for stage, screen and the web, currently working as a staff writer on G4's Attack Of The Show. She has a BFA in screenwriting from USC, and since graduating has written dialogue for the U.S. Army, covered the online video world for the tech site GigaOM, and been published by the New York Times, Variety, The Wrap, Nerve and Thought Catalog. Produced theatre works include the critically acclaimed Lights Off, Eyes Closed (SkyPilot Theatre), as well as the one-acts Something Biblical (Sight Unseen Theatre), Ideation (3 of a Kind Theatre), Negotiations (Black Box Theatre), and Judgement (SkyPilot Theatre). Based in Los Angeles, she has been a playwright-in-residence with SkyPilot since 2010. For more information, visit http://lizshannonmiller.com
Dominic Mishler has worked as a board operator, stage manager, and wardrobe manager for academic, community, and small theatres for the last eight years. He received his BA in Theatre and MFA in Creative Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California, Riverside. While at UCR he worked with the Theatre Facility Unit to provide technical support to international performers and national tours as well as student productions. From 2008 to 2010 he was the stage manager and board operator on several plays for the Long Beach Playhouse including Sabrina Fairand The Violet Hour. He started with SkyPilot in March of 2011 as the dramaturge on The Emancipation of Alabaster McGill and was most recently the stage manager on their world premiere of Lights Off, Eyes Closed.
Rebecca Moretti was born in Los Angeles on July 4th to a Jewish Israeli mother and a Catholic Italian father. She was raised in Rome, where she attended Marymount International School, until age eight, when her family moved to the United States. In Los Angeles, Rebecca attended a Jewish elementary school and high school at Harvard-Westlake School, where she developed her love of writing, theatre, and film. Her plays have been selected for production at the Harvard-Westlake Playwrights Festival, and she directed the annual statewide Harvard-Westlake Film Festival, in which her film House of Time was screened. Her play Platform Nine was produced by the Blank Theatre for its nationwide Young Playwrights Festival at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood and starred Ariel Winter, from ABC's Modern Family. Rebecca is fluent in English, Italian, French, and Hebrew. She won first prize in the national French contest Le Grand Concours, and is passionate about traveling and languages.
Cate Mullen holds both an MSW and MFA and has been writing professionally for the past ten years. Her works have been published in both print and online literary magazines. Some of her poetry has been chosen for spoken word performances in Cleveland and in South Africa. She worked as an urban medical and psychiatric social worker for twenty years prior to returning to school for her Masters in Creative Writing. She is the mother of two sets of twins one set identical and one set fraternal. Pure luck! Cate was given a great love of Native American stories and culture by her father, who was a fan of Jim Thorpe, the Native American athlete. She has had a great love of theatre from childhood and was involved with writing, producing, and directing neighborhood plays. Cate acted in several high school productions and had the lead in Agatha Christie’s Mousetrap in college, managing to do all this with severe learning disabilities.
Scott Mullen is a longtime Hollywood screenplay analyst and screenwriter, whose supernatural thriller The Summoning aired on TV One. He also won Amazon Studio’s Best Screenplay of the month prize twice, with Touching Blue and In the Silences. Scott’s ten-minute plays have been produced across the United States and around the world. He is currently working with the Neo Ensemble Theatre in Los Angeles, and also runs the screenwriting workshop Scriptwrights.
David Muncaster is a playwright from the United Kingdom who has won awards at festivals on both sides of the Atlantic. He specialises in comedies and has written more than a dozen full length and one act plays as well as several hundred sketches. His writing has been praised for characters that are authentic and dialogue that has pace, humour and momentum. In addition to writing for the theatre, David also writes about the theatre with regular articles in several newspapers in the northwest of England, and he is the new script reviewer for the Amateur Stage Magazine. He also enjoys acting and directing and is an active member of his nearest community theatre.
Forrest Musselman lives in the beautiful southeastern corner of Minnesota with his wife and two children. Along with YouthPLAYS, he has plays available through Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Big Dog Plays, and Contemporary Drama Service. You can follow his latest antics on Facebook and at his website: www.forrestmusselman.com.
Katy Muzikar's publications include co-authorship of "1H and 13C NMR Assignments for the Cyanine Dyes SYBR Safe and Thiazole Orange" (The Journal of Organic Chemistry) and "Repression of DNA-binding Dependent Glucocorticoid Receptor-mediated Gene Expression (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Dr. Muzikar spends most of her time teaching, thinking about, and writing about chemistry and science education at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. In the spirit of embracing liberal arts education and maintaining a well-balanced life perspective, she has recently been collaborating with her husband, playwright Jonathan Josephson on short, silly plays. BS in Biochemistry/Chemistry, UCSD. PhD in Organic Chemistry, Caltech.
Rocco Natale (Book and Lyrics) is Newington-Cropsey Fellowship recipient for dramatic writing and research. His adaptation of Great Expectations is published by YouthPLAYS. His play Smoke Signals holds the distinction of receiving the Siff Grant for educational performance and was developed to tour with Hospital Audiences, Inc. Mr. Natale's work Room At the End of The Hall has been a semi-finalist in the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and Premiere Stages, and he has had the pleasure of working with Signature Theatre Company, Hospital Audiences, Mirror Repertory Company, The University of Connecticut and Shakespeare on the Sound. Mr. Natale is currently a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. MA, New York University; BA, New York University, CAS: The University of Bridgeport.
Dr. John Newman is an associate professor of theatre at Utah Valley University and director of UVU's Theatre for Youth and Education Center. He taught and directed theatre at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah for 18 years, where he developed and premiered a dozen new plays by playwrights including Sandra Fenichel Asher, Moses Goldberg, Doug Cooney and others. Dr. Newman has adapted scripts by Newbery medalists Paul Fleischman, Richard Peck, and Avi. He is co-author of Tell Your Story: The Plays and Playwriting of Sandra Fenichel Asher and, in addition to YouthPLAYS, has published plays with Dramatic Publishing, Eldridge Plays, and Leicester Bay Theatricals. Dr. Newman facilitates the Playwrights In Our Schools Project for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. He received The John C. Barner Award from AATE and was the first recipient of the Children Theatre Foundation of America's Reba R. Robertson Award.
Marshall Opie, Artistic Director and Founder of ROLL ON! Productions, LLC (ROLL ON!), obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with a minor in civil engineering from Howard University. Since his undergraduate experience, Marshall has gained over 10 years of corporate management experience and well over 25 years of experience teaching, serving and supporting urban schools, churches, and inner-city families throughout the Washington, DC, Metropolitan area, and has written, directed, and produced numerous plays. Marshall was a recipient of National Theatre's New Playwright Grant Award for his first play, entitled Roll On!—a drama with music—the brainchild of ROLL ON!, the production company. Through ROLL ON!, Marshall has produced several theatrical plays with acclaimed national and international performing artists including Tony Award Winner Melba Moore, Stellar Nominee Shirley Murdock, and Grammy Award Winners Michael and Regina Winans. Marshall is completing his M.F.A. in Playwriting at Hollins University.
Brandi Owensby teaches theatre at White Knoll High School in Lexington, SC. She graduated from Winthrop University with a B.A. in Theatre Education and received her MEd in Educational Administration from USC Columbia. Know Your Role is her first foray into playwriting and she is thrilled to return to creative writing. She adores her students and the role she gets to play in nurturing their development as artists, citizens, and creative leaders. She lives in Irmo, SC with her husband and daughter.
Laura Pittenger is an NYC-based playwright, director, and dramaturg. Her work has been seen at FringeNYC, The Playwrights' Center, 3V Theater, GI60 at Brooklyn College, The Sheen Center, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and Ball State University (BSU). Her play The Gospel of Huxley is published in the Smith & Kraus anthology 100 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance, while The HVAC Plays (Or, Adventures in Living Without Basic Necessities, Like Heat and Air Conditioning) (FringeNYC) is available on Indie Theatre Now. In NYC, Laura has directed at Athena Theatre, Turn to Flesh Productions, The Tank and Project Y, as well as at BSU. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the New Play Exchange. Laura is a proud graduate of BSU and a Midwestern native. www.laurapittenger.com.
Robin Pond has been writing sporadically for almost 40 years, but his first foray into short play writing occurred in 1997, when he was asked by his employer to write a comedy sketch about pension fund investing as part of a promotional exercise. Over the past few years, his plays have received numerous productions in schools and community theatres throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Robin lives with his wife and three grown sons in Toronto, Canada. Many years ago, when his sons were little, Robin wrote a children’s story for each of them. DragonSlay is the play version of the story that he wrote for his oldest son, Prince Simon.
Dennis Poore hails from Texas but his music spans the globe. At the beginning of his career he traveled to England, where he co-wrote and produced the European dance hits Strange Desire and Young Men, for PolyDor Records in London. Dennis then met comedienne Julie Brown. Together they penned the cult favorites Cause I'm a Blond and Brand New Girl for the film Earth Girls are Easy. Earth Girls has continued to keep Dennis in the limelight. He also co-wrote the song Two Of Them for Disney's Suite Life of Zach and Cody and scored the films Maximum Breakout, Lyla Wolf, and All Hallows Eve among others. In theatre, Dennis has composed the music for the Off-Broadway production of An American Cantata along with the show Incoming which made its premiere at the prestigious Berkshire Theatre Festival. He currently has over 10 musicals published worldwide.
Jonathan Price is the Senior Playwright-in-Residence at SkyPilot Theatre Company in Los Angeles. He holds a BA in Theatre Arts (with an emphasis in playwriting) and a BM in Composition from the University of Iowa, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television from USC. He directed the west coast premiere of Brett Neveu's Detective Partner Hero Villain and the world premiere of Samantha Macher's Reset. He is the composer and co-librettist (with Jeff Goode and Jan Michael Alejandro) of the award-winning opera Æsopera, the composer and co-lyricist (with Jeff Goode) of the family musical Rumpelstiltskin, and the composer of the scores to the films Girl Meets Boy, Rustin, and Cyber Wars. www.jonathanprice.com.
Bob Pritchard is new to playwriting but not theatre. He has directed/produced/written or acted in over 100 productions. He is the co-founder of the Jacksonville Stage Company and past President of Players by the Sea. He has a BA from Towson University in his hometown of Baltimore, MD where he minored in Theatre. Along with playwriting, Bob has had an extensive acting career from National Broadway Tours of Fiddler on the Roof and Wizard of OZ and regional productions of ART, Dinner with Friends, I Love You, You're Perfect...Now Change and SideMen. His other plays include The Entrepreneur, Rock is My Life and A Star.