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Composer/lyricist and librettist Miriam Raiken-Kolb is a native of Buffalo and a graduate of Oberlin College. While pursuing an acting career in NYC she began to write music-- including the first songs for a full-length musical, Sara Crewe, which was premiered by the Needham Community Theatre in 2007 and is published by Dramatic Publishing Inc. Other works for the musical theatre include a full-length adaptation of another famous Burnett work, The Secret Garden, published by YouthPLAYS, and a one-act musical, two-character play about Emily Dickinson, I Dwell in Possibility. She has also composed an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Raiken-Kolb is currently working on a new musical, Precious Bane, based on the celebrated novel by Mary Webb. She and her collaborator Geralyn Horton have been developing this work under the auspices of the Advanced Writers’ Lab, a writers’ workshop that meets at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. She lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with husband Roger Kolb and daughter Gwen.
Daniel Rashid is an actor, writer, director and producer. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he studied theatre and film. He currently lives in Los Angeles pursuing a career in storytelling, both on stage and on screen. You can stay up to date with his creative endeavors at www.danielrashid.com
Michael Reilly is a composer, arranger and music director specializing in youth theatre. The Wind in the Willows is his most recent collaboration which premiered in 2010 at Theatre Palisades. Michael is finishing his Masters of Music in Conducting at Cal State LA and received his BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.
Spencer Robelen, a native of Fort Lauderdale Florida, was involved in the performing arts all through high school. He participated in the annual Florida State Thespian Competitions, winning several superior ratings for Solo Music and two Critic’s Choice Awards for Playwriting. He has also won a total of four Cappie Awards for Theater Excellence in Broward County, including Creativity in Music Composition and Best Comic Actor in a Play. Spencer is an alumnus of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School and the Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts; he currently attends the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Greg Romero is a playwright/theatre artist, originally from Louisiana. His plays, site-specific projects, experimental live events, and sound-art collaborations have been presented in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Dallas, Austin, Denver, Baltimore, Washington DC, Louisville, New Orleans, as well as internationally in Canada, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Switzerland, and other awesome places. Romero has twice been a finalist for the Heideman Award, a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award, nominated for the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theater Artist, and was selected as the first-ever Resident Writer of the ArtsEdge Residency, created by The Kelly Writers House and The University of Pennsylvania. He inaugurated the Philadelphia Dramatists Center/Plays & Players Playwriting Residency and is an alum of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory and The Last Frontier Theatre Conference. His ongoing collaboration with electronic music composer Mike Vernusky has been supported by an award from MetLife Creative Connections. Romero received an MFA in Playwriting from The University of Texas-Austin, where he held the James A. Michener Fellowship. His works are published by YouthPLAYS, Heinemann Press, and Playscripts, Inc.
Emma Rosecan is currently a student at the University of Virginia. She is undecided on her major, but plans to continue doing creative writing projects for fun. This is the first play that Emma has written. She has participated in multiple drama productions since third grade, as actor, student producer, stage manager or combination of the above. Her favorite experience before writing Cupid and Psyche: An Internet Love Story was stage managing Beauty and the Beast while also playing the part of Chip the teacup. Emma enjoys reading (her favorite author is John Green), watching horror movies, and goofing off with her friends, family and dog.
Amelia Denyven Ross is a Children’s Librarian for the Roanoke County Public Library System in Virginia, and the leader of the library’s Teen Creative Writing Club. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Children’s Literature from Hollins University, possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing from Brevard College, and has earned a Certificate in Irish Studies from University College Cork, Ireland. Amelia is a member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Visit her blog at www.thescribblerross.wordpress.com.
Danny Rothschild’s life began in Italy, but took a sudden turn when his family decided it would be a nice idea to live in Africa. This incident would eventually change his life forever by giving him a magnitude of experiences that would enhance his thinking, his writing, and his views on life. He moved to the US for the first time to attend Interlochen Arts Academy as a creative writing major. He currently resides in Bath, one of the most beautiful cities in the United Kingdom, where he studies Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and works at a soap factory, volunteering for the Theatre Royale every now and then. His one-act was published by YouthPLAYS, received an off-Broadway staged reading by Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights Inc., and he was a finalist for VSA’s Playwrights Discovery, a finalist for NFAA’s YoungARTS program, received honorable mentions from the Blank Theatre Company’s Playwrights Festival, was the recipient of numerous Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and winner of many unofficial—but equally prestigious—fort building contests. He hopes to become an accomplished writer, while running a bakery on the side.
Mike Rothschild is a playwright and screenwriter living in Los Angeles. He is a playwright in residence at SkyPilot Theatre, where he has written numerous works, short and long. He has also freelanced for many websites and media companies, and written several television pilots. His favorite cupcake flavor is red velvet, but wouldn’t turn down something with chocolate, either. Follow him online at rothschildmd.com, or on Twitter at @rothschildmd.
Sharyn Rothstein’s plays have been produced and workshopped in New York and around the country by companies such as The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges, 3Graces Theater Co., Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, The Vital Theatre and Soho Think Tank. She holds an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was the recipient of the Television Department’s Award for Excellence, and is the recipient of a 2008 Ensemble Studio Theater/Sloan commission. Her play March was a finalist for the Yale Drama Series Competition, and her newest full-length play, The Invested, which will be produced in New York in 2011, was a finalist in the SheWRITES New Play Competition at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta. Sharyn is also a member of Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s collective for emerging playwrights under the age of thirty, as well as the Ars Nova Playgroup.
John Rotondo is a playwright, screenwriter, director and producer. He is the Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Fourteen Out of Ten Productions, a production company dedicated to creating a collaborative theatrical environment between students and professionals. His work for the stage includes: Love (Awkwardly), which won the audience favorite award at Manhattan Theatre Source (New York, NY), Storage, Something About Friendship, The House She Built, Write for Me and The Boarding House. John graduated from the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He was a finalist for the Hanger Theatre’s Playwriting Lab Residency and serves as the director of fall productions for the Union Catholic Performing Arts Company.
Alex Rubin is a New York-based writer for stage, TV, and film. Alex's plays and songs have been produced in readings and concerts at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Dramatists Guild, The Snapple Theater, Theater for the New City, Primary Stages, The Steinhardt School at NYU, Temple University, Hofstra University, Feinstein’s/54 Below, The Davenport Theater, The Rep Group, Little Black Dress INK, Samuel French OOB Festival, Lama Theater Co.’s Fest of the Best, and more. She is the recipient of the Francis Ford Coppola Award, a SPACE on Ryder Resident (Sweethearts of Swing), a SoYoCo featured writer, a Davenport Songwriting Competition finalist (“Strut”), a O’Neill Summer Conference semi-finalist (The Brothers Landry), a Red Women’s Theatre Award semi-finalist (Taxed), the 2013/14 Big Vision Empty Wallet Playwriting Fellow (First Love), and the winner of The 85th Annual Writers Digest Award in Playwriting (The Apocalypse Plays). www.AlexRubinWrites.com
Isabella Russell-Ides grew up under the Hollywood sign. Her father ran searchlights for the openings of premieres back in the glory days of Grauman’s Chinese and so she was leaning towards the stage lights from the get go. Her critically acclaimed plays have seen productions all across the USA. The Early Education of Conrad Eppler, won Echo Theatre’s national Big Shout Out competition. CoCo & Gigi (a Beckett-inspired parlay) and Lydie Marland in the Afterlife premiered to showers of critical praise. Leonard’s Car won Nora’s Playhouse Outstanding New Play award in NYC. Her plays have garnered Leon Rabin Awards, The Column Awards, Critics Forum Awards, BEST Of FEST accolades. Russell-Ides play-crafting has been characterized as “genius” by Taitte, “brilliant” by Bonafield; her dialogue tagged as “crisp, clever and ballsy” by The Dallas Observer, “gorgeous” by Playwrights Playground. Russell-Ides is also a published poet: Getting Dangerously Close to Myself, Slough Press.
Dylan Schifrin is a playwright, musician, composer, and sophomore at Yale University. Dylan’s plays The Exceptional Childhood Center and Gwendolyn were finalists in the Blank Theater’s Young Playwrights Festival in Hollywood. In addition, The Exceptional Childhood Center was a finalist in the San Diego Playwrights Project. Dylan’s play Gwendolyn is based on a comedic short story he wrote that won second place in BJ Novak’s High School Humor Challenge, a nationwide competition through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Nationally recognized for his writing ability, Dylan was selected as a YoungArts finalist in creative writing and attended YoungArts Week in Miami. His work has also been featured in SHOWSEARCH 2017 by the Foundation for New American Musicals. No matter what he goes on to do in this crazy world of ours, Dylan will always treasure music and creative writing as invaluable passions of his.
Keegon Schuett is a playwright, filmmaker and performance artist. He is an alum of the Curious New Voices program of Curious Theatre in Denver where his plays Oedipus Vexed and Anniversary both premiered. He graduated in 2013 with his BFA in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Memphis, where he acted, wrote original plays, stage managed, designed costumes, and directed. He received his MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen from Northwestern University in 2015. During his time at NU, he wrote Pilgrimage, a short play about trans issues. He filmed an autobiographical documentary entitled Selfie, which has screened at film festivals across the America. He was the recipient of a grant to film an original sitcom pilot entitled Out of Sync, a coming of age story about a drag queen in a lipsyncing competition. His plays have been performed internationally and one has even been translated into Afrikaans. He currently lives and works in Memphis, TN.
Hannah Estelle Sears grew up in San Francisco and has been writing creatively since she was seven years old. She began writing one-acts in eighth grade and was a finalist in PlayGround’s New Voices One-Act Writing Contest as a sophomore in high school. She has been active in theatre her whole life, performing predominantly in musicals such as Aida, Footloose, The Music Man and Oklahoma, as well as participating in a student-written and performed peer education theatre project and student-written one acts at her high school, The Urban School. She is a writer and director in The Urban School’s 2012 spring one-acts festival and plans to attend Yale University in the fall. She is extremely excited to be part of YouthPLAYS and thanks her mother, father, sisters and mentors.
Nathan Selinger is a student at Niles North High School in Skokie, Illinois. A staged reading of his play Poster Children was presented during his high school’s New Playwright’s Showcase as a part of their 2011–2012 production season. In addition to playwriting, he has appeared onstage in roles such as Freddy in Noises Off, Don Lolo in The Jar, and Archbishop of Canterbury in Henry V. He also has a strong affinity for stagecraft, and has worked backstage for many productions both as a part of his high school theatre department and at his local community theatre. Nathan is extremely grateful for the opportunities that he has gotten to work in the theatre, and he looks forward to continuing his work in the theatre in high school and beyond.
Madelyn Sergel’s Totally Okay, Right Now was one of four featured plays in New Jersey’s Equity children’s theatre Growing Stage Theatre New Play-Reading Series. Recent productions include Special Needs and The Party in the Kitchen at Clockwise Theatre and Another Piece of Cake at Citadel Theatre. Awards and festival selections include finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award; semi-finalist in the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Competition, selection for Her Rah New Plays Festival, and finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival (play division). Also the founding Artistic Director of Clockwise Theatre, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild, a network playwright with Chicago Dramatists, and a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in theatre. Her website may be found at www.madelynsergel.com
Ed Shockley, MFA is author of more than fifty plays. His works have set five box office records and been honored with numerous awards, including the Stephen Sondheim Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Musical Theatre, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and PA State Arts Council Playwrights Fellowship. He has received commissions for youth theatre plays from Seattle Children's Theatre, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Dallas Children's Theatre, Black Spectrum Theatre and the Harlem Renaissance Theatre. His historical short film, Stone Mansion, aired on Showtime television. Web: http://edshockleymfa.com.
Three times nominated for the prime-time Emmy Awards, Grammy-winning songwriter Michael Silversher has spent more than 40 years working in music, theatre, films and television, beginning with a staff-writing position with the Fifth Dimension in 1969, followed by ten years as founding composer/musical director of Theatreworks (Palo Alto, CA). Since 1986, Michael has written, composed and created sound design for Tony Award-winning theatre companies, The Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles, CA) and South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA), and has toured the world in support of theatre, working regularly with the Kennedy Center (Washington, DC) and serving as resident composer for the Sundance Playwrights' Lab for five years. He composed the score for 75 episodes of the hit television series Dinosaur Train, all of the songs for Pajanimals, and has worked on numerous other television and film projects.
Tom Smith's published plays include The Wild and Wacky Rhyming Stories of Miss Henrietta Humpledowning, ESL, What Comes Around, A Christmas Carol (full length and one-act versions) and Johnny and Sally Ann... (YouthPLAYS), Marguerita's Secret Diary (Baker's Plays); Gray (Original Works Online); and Dangerous, The Odyssey and Drinking Habits and Drinking Habits 2: Caught in the Act published by Playscripts. His other plays have received productions both nationally and internationally. Tom is the recipient of the Robert J. Pickering Award for Excellence in Playwriting, the ATHE Playworks Award, the Orlin R. Corey Outstanding Regional Playwright Award, the Richard Odlin Award, a Seattle Footlights Award, and has been a selected participant in numerous playwriting festivals across the country. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. Feel free to check out his website at www.tomsmithplaywright.com.
Donna Spector’s play Golden Ladder (Women Playwrights: Best Plays of 2002 , Smith & Kraus) was produced Off Broadway, as was her first play, Another Paradise. Her plays have also appeared Off Off Broadway, regionally and in Canada, Ireland and Greece. A member of the Dramatists Guild, Poets & Writers and the International Centre for Women Playwrights, she received N.E.H. grants to study in Greece and production grants from the Dodge Foundation and the New York Council for the Arts. Winner of the Sunwall Comedy Prize and the Eileen Heckart Senior Drama Award, she was a finalist in the Beverly Hills/Julie Harris, Mill Mountain Theatre, and Theatre Unbound contests. Her play Short-Term Affairs (35 IN 10: Thirty-Five Ten-Minute Plays, Dramatic Publishing) won the Palm Springs National Short Play Fest and was produced at Playwrights Circle (Palm Springs, CA), Gallery Players (Brooklyn, NY) and Actors on the Verge (New York, NY). Her poems, stories, scenes and monologues have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies.
Steven Stack is the lead playwright and acting instructor at Forte Studios in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, where he has the pleasure of working with amazingly talented actors ages 7 to adult. He has been involved with theater for over 20 years as playwright, actor, director, and instructor. Steven has written and directed several full-length plays, countless one-acts and many scenes for various theaters, performing arts schools and professional organizations. He spends part of every summer at the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth, where he guides gifted and talented students in writing and performing their own original theatrical works.
Susan M. Steadman, a longtime Dramatists Guild member, has written for and about the stage during several decades as a professional theatre practitioner. Her plays include works for young audiences, such as The Cinderella Chronicles (YouthPLAYS); competition-winning dark comedies with a feminist slant, such as Filling Spaces; and audience-participation murder mysteries. Her theatre publications range from the critically lauded reference work, Dramatic Re-Visions, to magazine and journal articles and contributions to such books as Notable Women in the American Theatre. With a Ph.D. in Theatre from Louisiana State University, an M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University, and a B.A. in English summa cum laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, she has taught at universities, public and private schools, recreation departments, camps and conferences. Along the way, she has staged nearly 70 productions, guided two improvisation troupes, toured company-developed plays, and served as artistic director of a professional theatre company on Atlanta's Southside for 16 years.
Alexis Stickovitch is currently a student at James Madison University. She is pursuing a Forensic Chemistry degree and is hoping to work for the FBI one day. She is also a Spanish minor. This is Alexis’ first play that she has written but not the first play that she has seen. She has avidly participated in drama clubs since sixth grade with roles including a singer in Schoolhouse Rock and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. In her free time, Alexis enjoys reading, playing guitar, doing taekwondo, cooking, and hanging out with her family and dogs. Her favorite author is Chuck Palahniuk and subsequently, her favorite movie is Fight Club.
Owen Stone is the author of several one-acts, originally created for use in his high school’s one act festival. His work has been performed by professionals as well. In addition to writing plays he also has acted in such roles as Claudio (Much Ado About Nothing), Mr. Lowther (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), and Mr. Feldzieg (The Drowsy Chaperone). His talents have also been lent to directing, as he has assistant directed for the CETA award winning high school production of The Odd Couple and Shrek the Musical, along with directing one acts for his high school. He plans to dedicate the rest of his life to creating stimulating pieces of theatre.
Callan Stout is a New York based playwright, who grew up in Los Angeles. Her plays have been seen in New York, London, Los Angeles, Cameroon, and other US cities. Her plays include LEG (Princess Grace Semifinalist, Cherry Lane Theatre 2014 Mentor Project Semifinalist, Hope on Stage finalist, everything but 3 New Plays, Truffle Theatre Company, 12 Peers Theatre), Girl Becomes Bone (Pipeline Theatre Company), Breathing in the Rain (Columbia University), A Song for a Surfer (Savage Players, The Vagrancy and the LA Female Playwrights Initiative, Truffle Theatre Company), American in Camera (Fresh Ground Pepper), The Pastry Queen (Writer’s Guild of Great Britain), More than Breakfast (NYU, eyeBLINK). Her children’s plays Brownies, Bicycles & Bigfoot and an adaption of The Jungle Book, are both published by YouthPLAYS. The Jungle Book has been performed across the US and in Cameroon. She is a founding member of Cockpit Writers Group, an alum of Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Play Group, an alum of Pipeline Theatre Company's PlayLab and a member of The Dramatist Guild. www.callanstout.com.
Trevor Suthers has had over 60 pieces of theatre both staged and broadcast and screened in almost 100 productions. These range from monologues and sketches, to musicals and a pantomime. He has had both one-act and full-length plays produced in the US, Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Brighton, Salisbury and all around the North West of the UK in every imaginable venue from mainstage to theatre foyer to numerous bars. He has been story editor for popular TV soap Coronation Street and has written episodes of Eastenders. He has also produced over 30 stage shows and 14 performances of topical-satire show, Headline Cabaret, since its inception in 1993. He has written for and produced 11 bi-yearly editions of the critically-acclaimed JB Shorts, six short plays by top TV writers, to sell-out audiences in Manchester.
A confessed theatre nerd, Stacy D. Tanner has an unnatural knack for self-deprecation, and prefers to write her bio in the third person. Fluent in screenplays, stage plays, and novels, her full-length stage productions include The Great Houdini, an elaborate two-act play based on the master magician's life, and Off The Charts, a rock musical/hybrid dramedy inspired by the formative years of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. A great love for one-acts developed during her stint at college, and culminated in several fully produced works—based on her short stories—including How I Saw It, High Maintenance, and Stak. Stacy is now helming WRCP Radio Theatre, an independent broadcasting network that adapts original screen and stage plays into classic, audio-only format, complete with effects and music. Good times, for a world of pure imagination.
Abigail Taylor-Sansom is a playwright, screenwriter, and actor. Her work has been presented in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and is published by YouthPLAYS, Smith & Kraus, and Heuer. In addition to writing and performing, she was on the faculty of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City for nine years and has guest lectured at The New School's Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and Monroe College. Abigail is a former Amtrak Writer in Residence and a proud alumna of UNC School of the Arts, UNC Chapel Hill, and UCLA. www.abigailtaylorsansom.com or follow @tay_sans on Twitter and Instagram.
When Dave Ulrich is not writing plays for SkyPilot Theatre, he enjoys writing challenging works for children. Along with The Raven And The Swan, he has also penned The Adventures Of Max And Cheez children’s book series, shorts for the Disney Channel, and has two additional children’s books planned. As a playwright in residence at SkyPilot Theatre, Dave has created Death And Popcorn, Ten Lords A-Leaping, and The Infernal Airport. Before SkyPilot, he created over 40 short plays, two one-acts, and two full-length plays, The Passionates and The Harvey Project. He is now at work on his first musical, The Golden Parachute. His plays have been performed on both coasts, in the heartland, and even Europe and North Africa. He has also penned countless radio and television commercials, digital ads, and print ads for the advertising industry. You can find him online at daveulrich.net.
Lucy Wang writes, teaches, and occasionally performs. Her plays have been performed all over the world. Wang has also written two short films (one of which she directed), and sold a pilot to Disney. Her awards include the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, Best New Political Social Play from the Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation, Berrilla Kerr Foundation, James Thurber Fellowship, CAPE's New Writers TV Award, NATPE Diversity Fellow, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Honorary Fellow, Annenberg Community Beach House Writer in Residence. Wang has taught at many fine institutions including Firestone High, Marshall High, University of Southern California, Ohio State University, American Conservatory Theater. Her manuscripts are archived at the Huntington Library in San Marino. She is a member of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, and on the faculty of E-script.
Elana Weiner-Kaplow is currently studying acting at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. Last year she lived in Tel-Aviv, volunteering at an after-school shelter for Arab and Jewish children where she taught English, guitar, as well as a theatre games and storytelling class. She has also worked at the Na Laga’at Center in Tel-Aviv, a theatre for deaf-blind actors. She is a graduate of Niles North High School ('10) in Skokie, Illinois. In addition to Pitched, she has also written a one-woman show about the life of Yiddish Theatre actress Molly Picon.
Jeri Weiss is a Northern California playwright whose work has been published and produced throughout the United States and Canada. She received an Ivey Award following the Minneapolis premiere of Before You Speak, a play about bullying and school violence. Her controversial gun play, Run Jane Run, was a regional finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and her dark satire The Procedure, set in a misogynistic society, was selected by The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in its search for plays with social impact. Jeri's work has been published by YouthPLAYS, Freshwater Press, and Applause Theatre & Cinema Books. She is an MFA playwright at Hollins University and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Lois June Wickstrom has been writing children's stories and fantasy professionally for over 30 years. She also develops children's science activities and currently performs as Imagenie 'If something looks like magic, design an experiment. See if you can make it happen again." on YouTube and MindTV. She is the author of Starting With Safety, sold by American Chemical Society, and the It's Chemical series. Her science articles appear in Highlights magazine. For income, she fixes computers. She is married, has two grown daughters, one silly dog, three grand daughters, one grandson, and loves to garden. When she refers to the "back forty" she means the back forty square feet of her small inner city back yard. Her children's books include Orange Forest Rabbit, Nessie and the Living Stone, The Lying Day, Wendell the Bully, and other titles.
Karin Diann Williams is an Artistic Associate at NYC's Looking Glass Theatre where audiences have seen her plays Head, Time Troll, and The World among others. Her work has also been produced by San Diego's Fritz Theater—where she served as playwright-in-residence from 1992-2001—the Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre Digital Performance Institute, Art House Productions, Lamia Ink!, the Midtown International Theatre Festival, Collaboraction Theater, Boston Theaterworks, Space 55, Flush Ink Productions and many more. As a partner in the motion media company CulpepperWilliams, she wrote and produced The Captive (Webby People's Choice Award & NYTVF "Best Web Series" Award) and the independent feature film Jordan. Her plays are available through YouthPLAYS and Original Works Publishing.
Allison Williams is the author of Hamlette, Mmmbeth, and Drop Dead Juliet (an EdTA top ten most produced play), as well as a musical of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Her radio plays have been heard on NPR, and she toured Canada with her award-winning solo show, True Story. Allison also travels the world as a trapeze artist and fire-eater with the Aerial Angels, and coaches for Starfish Circus, a school residency program. More on her exploits at www.angelsintheair.com.
Cynthia Chi-Wing Wong obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Writing at New York University. Her clarinet solo piece "A Daisy Chrysanthemum" received its world premiere at Carnegie Hall in New York. Her full-length musical Jennifer the Unspecial: Time Travel, Love Potion & 8th Grade (book and lyrics by Matthew Mezzacappa) was nominated for the Weston's New Musical Award and was produced at NYU's Summer Workshop and Two River Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey. Jennifer the Unspecial won the Outstanding Musical Award at the 2011 Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival at Caryl Crane Children's Theatre in Ohio. Cynthia was one of the few Asian composers admitted to the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in New York; she was commissioned to transcribe piano scores for the internationally renowned pianist Lang Lang more than once; Cynthia is also a TCSOL certified Chinese teacher from Columbia University. www.cynthiawongmusic.com
Alison Wood's work has encompassed both music and theater; the musical 4 A.M. is her first venture combining these as a writer. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in Dramatic Literature, she worked in professional theater as director, teacher, actor, and stage manager. From there Alison shifted her focus to music, writing and recording two albums (At Arm’s Length and Fairytale Endings Aside) and playing shows with her band. Recently, Alison has taken a break from writing to earn her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (focusing on sustainability, water, and sanitation). She currently works as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Engineering and looks forward to getting back to writing.
Randy Wyatt is a director, playwright and improv coach. His plays include Said and Meant, Synonymy, Sonata Blue, 9x9x9, Tiny Catastrophes and Rising Sun, Rising Moon. In addition to his plays with YouthPLAYS, his work has been published by Heinemann, Applause Publishing, Smith & Kraus, and Playscripts, Inc. and has been produced throughout the United States and around the world. He earned his MFA in Directing from Minnesota State University in Mankato. He is a member of The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. He currently is the Theatre Program Chair and Associate Professor of Theatre at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Asher Wyndham resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His work has been produced around the country, as well as Canada, England, and Australia. His awards include the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play for Cassius Sargent's Chicken Bones at the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy Center (KCACTF), and the Holland New Voices Award for the same play from the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha. His produced works include Happi in Iowa (Fancy Pants Theatre, MI) and Fatima & Maama. https://newplayexchange.org/users/3039/asher-wyndham
Ricky Young-Howze is a playwright, director, and blogger from New Jersey. He is a transplant from Tennessee where he attended Austin Peay State University where he earned a B.S. in Theatre Performance with a minor in Design. There he was awarded the honor of “Most Outstanding Exiting Senior of Theatre and Dance.” He is an MFA Playwright from Hollins University.
The playwrights of YouthPLAYS are a diverse bunch. Some are full-time professional playwrights. Others are full-time drama teachers, or teach other subjects in middle schools, high schools or universities. Some are actors as well as playwrights and many write screenplays, poetry, fiction or nonfiction as well as plays. Some are performing musicians. There’s a stand-up comic and a forest ranger. Some write exclusively for young actors and/or young audiences, while others also write plays for adults. Some have been in "the life" for many decades, while others are just beginning their careers. What they all have in common is a passion for theatre and young people and a strong belief in the importance of quality, age-appropriate plays for young people to see and perform. YouthPLAYS is proud to be able to bring you the work of this talented group of dedicated artists.
Nelson Yu is a Toronto-based playwright, screenwriter, middle-grade novelist, and video game developer. His plays and musicals have been produced in Canada. He studied under acclaimed MG/YA author Richard Scrimger at the Humber School for Writers and acting & writing at George Brown College and Second City Toronto. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BSc) and Humber College's Creative Writing program.
Don Zolidis is a playwright, screenwriter, and former middle and high school teacher. His more than 80 published plays have been produced more than 8,000 times and appeared in 52 countries. Professionally, his work has appeared at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Phoenix Theatre, The Bloomington Playwrights Project, Dallas HUB Theatre, the Purple Rose Theatre, The Victory Theatre Center, Mirror Stage Ensemble, Expanded Arts NYC, Tinfish Theatre, Studio 360, and many other places. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife and two sons.