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Aditi Brennan Kapil

Playwright, Measure for Measure

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a television and theatre...

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL is a television and theatre writer, actress, and director. She is of Bulgarian and Indian descent, and was raised in Sweden prior to moving to Minneapolis, and more recently Los Angeles. Current projects include Season 2 of American Gods on Starz, a new play titled 1933 commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, two commissions (a translation of Shakespeare’sMeasure for Measure, and an American Revolutions piece tentatively titled Pax Americana) with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and an as yet Untitled commission with Audible. Most recently, in the 2016/2017 season, Kapil premiered SouthCoast Repertory (SCR) commissioned play Orange at Mixed Blood Theatre and at SCR, and Yale Rep commissioned play Imogen Says Nothing at Yale Repertory Theatre. She is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.

Aditi’s first play Love Person, a four-part love story in Sanskrit, ASL and English, was developed during a Many Voices residency at the Playwrights’ Center, work-shopped at the Lark Play Development Center, and selected for the National New Play Network (NNPN) conference 2006. Love Person was produced in a NNPN rolling world premiere at Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), Marin Theater (CA), and Phoenix Theatre (IN), in the 2007/08 season. In 2008/09 it was produced at Live Girls! Theatre in Seattle, Alley Repertory Theatre in Boise, and Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago. Love Person received the Stavis Playwriting Award in 2009.

Her play Agnes Under The Big Top, a tall tale was selected as a 2009 Distinguished New Play Development Project by the NEA New Play Development Program hosted by Arena Stage, and was developed by the Lark Play Development Center (NYC), Mixed Blood Theatre (MN), InterAct Theatre (PA), the Playwrights’ Center (MN), and the Rhodope International Theater Laboratory (Bulgaria). Agnes Under the Big Top premiered at Mixed Blood Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre (CT) in 2011, and Borderlands Theater (AZ) in 2012 in a NNPN rolling world premiere.

Her Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy (Brahman/i, a one-hijra stand-up comedy showThe Chronicles of Kalki; and Shiv), based loosely on the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva, premiered in repertory at Mixed Blood Theatre in October 2013, and have since been produced across the US and in the UK. Brahman/i and The Chronicles of Kalki received an unprecedented double nomination for the James Tait Black Prize, University of Edinburgh, UK.

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Alison Carey

Playwright, Twelfth Night

Alison Carey is director of American Revolutions: the United States History...

Alison Carey is director of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s multi-decade program of commissioning and developing 37 new plays about moments of change in United States history. Carey is co-founder of and former resident playwright of Cornerstone Theater Company, which creates work with and for communities, sometimes through adaptations of Shakespeare and other older works. Her work has been produced at venues nationwide, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage, the Public Theater, the Mark Taper Forum, the shuttered mother plant of Bethlehem Steel, and a dirt-floor cattle sale barn.

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Amelia Roper

Playwright, Two Gentlemen of Verona

Amelia Roper is writing new plays for Yale Repertory Theater, Marin Theatre...

Amelia Roper is writing new plays for Yale Repertory Theater, Marin Theatre Company, Colt Coeur in NYC and The Rose in Omaha. Her plays have been developed at Berkeley Rep. Ground Floor, the Old Vic in London, Soho Rep. Writer/Director Lab, Black Swan Lab at OSF, Kennedy Center in DC, Playwrights Realm in NYC, New Group NYC, Melbourne Theatre Company, RADA in London and The MacDowell Colony.

Her plays have been produced by the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville (2014), Crowded Fire in SF (2014), the Moscow Playwright and Director Center in Moscow in Russian translation (2011), Taffety Punk in DC (2017), Square Product (2017), Prelude Festival NYC (2014) and in Australia by St Martins (2008), Melbourne Arts Centre (2009) and Kings Cross Theatre in Sydney (2017).

Her play Lottie in the Late Afternoon is on the Kilroy’s List and an excerpt is published in the new “The Kilroys’ List: 97 Monologues and Scenes by Female and Trans* Playwrights”. Other published plays include two shorts in the “2014 Humana Festival of New Plays”, Camberwell House about murderous old ladies is published by the Dramatists Play Service, Big Sky Town about the space race and She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchangeabout the Global Financial Crisis will be published late 2017. New plays include Zürich about American national identity and off shore tax evasion, Everything is Nice about ignoring climate change and A Duck on a Bike about art and personal tragedy. New stage adaptations include the modernist novel Two Serious Ladies by Jane Bowles for Yale Rep. and Alice in Wonderland for Marin Theatre Company.

Amelia is a recipient of the American National Theatre Conference’s Paul Green Award, an Australia Council ArtStart grant and JUMP mentorship with mentor Will Eno, two Ian Potter Awards and the Dame Joan Sutherland Grant from the American Australian Association. Amelia has an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel, Doug Wright, Lynn Nottage and Sarah Ruhl. An Australian citizen, she now lives in Los Angeles, USA.

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Amy Freed

Playwright, Taming of the Shrew, Titus Andronicus

Amy Freed is the author of Shrew! ,The Monster Builder,...

Amy Freed is the author of Shrew! ,The Monster Builder, Restoration Comedy, The Beard of Avon, Freedomland, Safe in Hell, The Psychic Life of Savages, You, Nero and other plays. Her work has been produced at South Coast Repertory Theater, Seattle Repertory, American Conservatory Theater, Yale Rep, California Shakespeare Theater, Berkeley Rep, the Goodman, Playwrights’ Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, Woolly Mammoth, Arena Stage and other theaters. Playwriting awards include Charles MacArthur Award, Joseph Kesselring Prize, LA and Bay Area Critics’ Circle Awards, Pulitzer Prize Finalist (Freedomland.)
She currently serves as Artist-in-Residence at Stanford University in the Theater and Performance Studies Department.

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Andrea Thome

Playwright, Cymbeline

Andrea Thome is a Chilean/Costa Rican-American playwright...

Andrea Thome is a Chilean/Costa Rican-American playwright who grew up navigating the multiple landscapes and languages that inhabit her plays. Her play Pinkolandia received a rolling world premiere at INTAR Theater (NYC), Austin’s Salvage Vanguard Theater, Two River Theater (NJ), and 16th Street Theater (Chicago). It was awarded the Lark/Mellon Foundation’s Launching New Plays Fellowship, and was translated into Russian and presented at Moscow’s Meyerhold Center. Other current plays in progress include Purgatorio (developed through SPACE on Ryder Farm and Keen Company), and an untitled play about an 11th-century astronomer from Muslim Spain, commissioned by Ensemble Studio Theatre/The Sloan Foundation.

Andrea’s playwriting often experiments with the nature of theatrical collaboration. She was recently commissioned by En Garde Arts to write Undocumented, created from her interviews and ongoing conversations with undocumented immigrants. Collaborating with composer Sinuhé Padilla-Isunza and director José Zayas, they shared a developmental reading at Joe’s Pub (at the Public Theater) in November 2017, and are in the process of developing a full-length version in conversation with both theaters and community organizations. For the Public Theater, Andrea created Troy in collaboration with director Laurie Woolery and Public Works’ ACTivate Ensemble. This year and a half-long process, in which the community ensemble helped generate and also performed the material, culminated in a full production at the Public in June 2016.  She has also been developing a unique collaborative process with director Lisa Rothe, composer Amir Khosrowpour and a collaborating ensemble of performers and storytellers to create a multidisciplinary, musical piece, The Necklace of the Dove. Weaving together stories about love from a medieval Muslim Spanish book and a modern immigrant community in Queens, the piece has been developed through Mabou Mines’ Resident Artist Program, Fulcrum Theater, The Lark and New Georges’ Audrey Residency.

Andrea’s other plays include Undone (Whitman Award; developed at Queens College, Victory Gardens, Lark), Worm Girl (Cherry Red Productions), various short plays and many collaborative projects. Her play translations (including Guillermo Calderón’s Neva) have been produced by the Public Theater, CTG, La Jolla Playhouse and others. She co-created and has directed the Lark’s México-US Playwright Exchange Program since 2006, which brings together Mexican and US playwrights to create theatrical translations of new Mexican plays and build lasting collaborative relationships and dialogue. Andrea co-founded fulana, an all-Latina satire collective that creates cutting-edge political & cultural parodies online and beyond (www.fulana.org), and she spent 5 formative years in San Francisco, where her Red Rocket Theater Company created and produced an original play each month, and where she worked with artists including Latina Theatre Lab, Campo Santo, Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Brava.

She has received fellowships and residencies from NYFA, MacDowell Colony (awarded Thornton Wilder fellowship), New Voices/New York, the Camargo Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Working Farm group, the City of Oakland, New York University (MFA Fellow), Women’s Project Lab, and Keen Company. Andrea  was a New Dramatists resident playwright from 2009-2016. http://newdramatists.org/andrea-thome

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Brighde Mullins

Playwright, King John

Brighde Mullins’s plays include Rare Bird; Those Who Can,...

Brighde Mullins’s plays include Rare Bird; Those Who Can, Do; Monkey in the Middle; Fire Eater; Topographical Eden and Pathological Venus. 

 Her awards include a Guggenheim, a United States Artists Fellowship and a Whiting. She has held residencies at Lincoln Center, New York Stage and Film, Mabou Mines, and is a Usual Suspect at NYTW. She teaches at U.S.C. and lives in Los Angeles.

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Caridad Svich

Playwright, Henry VIII

Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the...

Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based Isabel Allende’s novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for her play Spark. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. In 2018-2019, her play RED BIKE receives an NNPN rolling world premiere at theatres across the US.

Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad, among them Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Series, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Gala Hispanic Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, 59E59, The Women’s Project, Halcyon Theatre, Woodshed Collective @ McCarren Park Pool, Repertorio Espanol, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Lighthouse Poole UK, Teatro Mori (Chile), Artheater-Cologne (Germany), Ilkhom Theater (Uzbekistan), Teatro Espressivo (Costa Rica), Welsh Fargo Stage (Wales), Homotopia Festival UK, SummerWorks festival in Toronto, CEAD Festival in Montreal and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK.. She is currently under commission from American Conservatory Theatre, Cleveland Opera Theater, and the University of Alabama-Birmingham, and she is a 2017-2018 visiting research fellow at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.

Key works in her repertoire include 12 OpheliasIphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her HeartThe Booth VariationsAlchemy of Desire/Dead-Man’s BluesAny Place But HereArchipelagoThe Way of Water and In the Time of the Butterflies (based on Julia Alvarez’ novel). She has radically reconfigured works from Wedekind, Euripides, Sophocles, and Shakespeare and adapted works by Mario Vargas Llosa and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Her plays have been directed by Annie Castledine, Maria Irene Fornes, Lisa Peterson, Neel Keller, William Carden, Nick Philippou, Annie Dorsen, Katie Pearl, Stephen Wrentmore, Daniella Topol, Jose Zayas, and David Lozano, among many others. In her theatre work she has collaborated with composers Adam Sultan, Graham Reynolds, O-Lan Jones, Michael Roth, the Jones Street Boys, Jane Shaw, Mike Croswell, and Tom Hagerman of the Grammy-winning band DeVotchKa.

Her work has also intersected with communities of multiple diversities with works responding to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the US Gulf region, veterans and their families, survivors of trauma and those committed to artistic expression of precarity, advocacy for US Latin@ writing voices, and engagement with representations of the “fragile shores” in our lives. She is co-organizer and curator of After Orlando theatre action in response to the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre with Missing Bolts Productions at DR2 Theatre in New York City, Finborough Theatre in London and over sixty venues across the US; and Climate Change Theatre Action with The Arctic Cycle and Theatre Without Borders. She has also published over twenty titles with NoPassport Press by authors as diverse as Todd London, John Jesurun, David Greenspan, Carson Kreitzer, Rinde Eckert, Lenora Champagne and Octavio Solis.

Her works are published by TCG, Smith & Kraus, Playscripts, Broadway Play Publishing and more. Four collections of her works for live performance are published as follows: The Hour of All Things and other plays (Intellect, 2017), JARMAN (all this maddening beauty) and other plays (Intellect UK, 2016); Instructions for Breathing and other plays (Seagull Books UK, 2014); Blasted Heavens (Eyecorner Press, Denmark, 2012). She has edited several books on theatre including Audience Revolution: Dispatches from the Field (TCG, 2016), Innovation in Five Acts (TCG, 2015), Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre & Performance and Trans-Global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries and Theatre in Crisis? (the latter two for Manchester University Press, UK). She is co-author of Fifty Playwrights on Their Craft, which is published by Methuen Bloomsbury Drama in 2017.

She sustains a parallel career as a theatrical translator, chiefly of the dramatic work of Federico Garcia Lorca as well as works by Calderon de la Barca, Lope de Vega, Julio Cortazar, Victor Rascon Banda, Antonio Buero Vallejo and contemporary works from Mexico, Cuba and Spain. She is associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review for Routledge, UK, contributing editor of TheatreForum, and drama editor of Asymptote literary translation journal. She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, and affiliated artist with the Lark and New Georges, and lifetime member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She has received fellowships from Harvard/Radcliffe, NEA/TCG, PEW Charitable Trust, and California Arts Council. As an arts journalist, she has written for American TheatreHowlroundPAJThe Dramatist, and Hotreview. She holds an MFA in Theatre-Playwriting from UCSD, and she also trained for four consecutive years with Maria Irene Fornes in INTAR’s legendary HPRL Lab. She teaches creative writing and playwriting at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Primary Stages’ Einhorn School of Performing Arts. She has taught playwriting at Bard, Barnard, Bennington, Denison, Ohio State, ScriptWorks, and Yale School of Drama. caridadsvich.com

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Christina Anderson

Playwright, Comedy of Errors

Christina Anderson’s plays include The Ripple The Wave That Carried...

Christina Anderson’s plays include The Ripple The Wave That Carried Me Home, How to Catch Creation, pen/man/ship, The Ashes Under Gait City, Man in Love, Blacktop Sky, Hollow Roots, and Drip. Her work has appeared at The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Penumbra Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, and other theaters in the United States and Canada. Awards and honors: Inaugural Harper Lee Award for Playwriting, two PONY nominations, three Susan Smith Blackburn nominations, and Woursell Prize Finalist. Christina obtained her B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama’s Playwriting Program. She’s a resident playwright at New Dramatists, Epic Theatre Ensemble, and a DNAWORKS Ensemble member. Currently, she’s an Assistant Professor of Playwriting at SUNY Purchase.

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Christopher Chen

Playwright, Antony and Cleopatra

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Christopher Chen is an Obie Award-winning playwright whose work has been performed across the United States and abroad. His plays include Caught (Obie Award for Playwriting, Barrymore Award, Drama League Nomination), The Hundred Flowers Project (Glickman Award, Rella Lossy Award, James Tait Black Award shortlist), Into The Numbers (Belarus Free Theater International Contest of Modern Drama- 2nd Place), The Late Wedding, Mutt, Passage and You Mean To Do Me Harm. Chris is the recipient of the Lanford Wilson Award, the Sundance Institute/Time Warner Fellowship, the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, and he is the inaugural recipient of the Ollie Award. Current commissions include Audible, LCT3, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, the Royal Shakespeare Company and The Wilma. A San Francisco native, Chris is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley, and holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from S.F. State.

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David Ivers

Playwright, As You Like It

In September of 2018 David assumed the role of Artistic Director of South...

In September of 2018 David assumed the role of Artistic Director of South Coast Repertory  after a two-year tenure as Artistic Director of the Arizona Theatre Company. Previous to Arizona, he served almost seven seasons as Artistic Director of the The Utah Shakespeare Festival.  In Utah he acted and directed over 50 productions in a relationship spanning 20 seasons. As Artistic Director, he helped usher in a 40 million dollar expansion of facilities including two new theatres, a new rehearsal hall, costume shop and administrative offices. His tenure is marked by a significant re-brand of the organization and several key initiatives including the launch of WORDS (cubed) new play program, which will feature the World Premiere of Neil Labute’s How to Fight Loneliness (Ivers returns to direct in August).  In addition, Ivers spent 10 years as a resident artist building over 40 productions as actor/director with the acclaimed Denver Center Theatre Company.

In his earlier career David was the Associate Artistic Director of Portland Repertory theatre and appeared in productions at some of our countries top regional theatres; Including Portland Center Stage, The Oregon, Alabama and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals and others. In the last several seasons his Directing work has been seen at The Arizona Theatre Company (Outside Mullingar, The Music Man) The Guthrie Theatre (The CocoanutsBlithe Spirit), Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Hand to GodOne Man Two Guvnors), The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The CoconutsTaming of the Shrew), South Coast Repertory Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company and others. In addition, Ivers has taught at several colleges and universities and gave his first TEDx talk in 2015. His passion for parenting, writing, community, architecture and all things relating to “structure” continue to ignite him.

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Dipika Guha

Playwright, Merry Wives of Windsor

Dipika Guha was born in India and raised in tea drinking countries...

Dipika Guha was born in India and raised in tea drinking countries around the world. Her plays include Yoga Play (South Coast Rep, Gateway, Moxie Theatre & SF Playhouse), The Art of Gaman (Theatre 503 London, Relentless Award semifinalist) and Unreliable (Kansas City Rep). Recent works includes Azaan, a play for for Oregon Symphony Orchestra, In Braunau for Playwrights Horizons Theatre School and contributions to You Across From Me (Humana, Actors Theatre of Louisville). Dipika’s commissions include South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club and Barrington Stage. She is a proud alumnus of Ars Nova Playgroup, Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab, the Women’s Project Lab, Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, the Ma Yi Writers Lab and currently the Geffen Playwrights Lab. She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, a recipient of the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship and is a current Venturous Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. Dipika read English at University College London, won a Frank Knox Fellowship from Harvard University and has an M.F.A in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel. Most recently she wrote forSneaky Pete at Amazon and Rainy Day People at AMC.

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Elise Thoron

Playwright, Merchant of Venice

Elise Thoron’s music theater pieces have been...

Elise Thoron’s music theater pieces have been produced in the United States, Europe, Japan, Cuba: Green Violin, music by Frank London of the Grammy award winning Klezmatics, (Nine Contemporary Jewish Plays); Prozak and the Platypus, music by Jill Sobule (also CD/graphic novella); Charlotte: Life? Or Theater?  based on paintings by Charlotte Salomon, music by Gary Fagin. Recycling: washi tales with distinguished Japanese paper artist Kyoko Ibe and traditional Japanese musicians.  Her Afro-Cuban Yiddish opera Hatuey: Memory of Fire with composer Frank London had its North American premiere at Peak Performances (2018), after a first Spanish language production at Opera de la Calle in Havana (2017), and will next be seen in Miami. For over twenty years, Elise created cross-cultural exchanges with Russian and American theater artists; she adapted and directed The Great Gatsby in Russian at a The Pushkin Theater in Moscow, where it played for over nine years. As Associate Artistic Director at American Place Theatre, Elise developed and directed many new plays, and co-founded Literature to Life, a highly successful theater literacy program now in its third decade nationwide.  For Lit to Life she has adapted Diaz’sThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, Lowry’s The Giver, Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street, and developed County of Kings with Tony award winning spoken-word poet, Lemon Andersen, which went on to the Public Theater and venues around the world.  Her translations of Russian plays are produced and published in the United States and Canada.   www.elisethoron.com

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Douglas P. Langworthy

Playwright, Henry VI, Parts 1, 2, 3

Douglas Langworthy is the Literary Director at the Denver Center Theatre...

Douglas Langworthy is the Literary Director at the Denver Center Theatre Company where he has participated in the development of many plays and musicals, including the world premieres of Lauren Gunderson’s The Book of Will, Karen Zacarías’ Just Like Us, Octavio Solis’ Lydia, Michael Mitnick’s Ed, Downloaded, Lloyd Suh’s Great Wall Story and Jeffrey Haddow and Neal Hampton’s Sense and Sensibility: The Musical. Prior to Denver, Douglas served as Dramaturg and Director of Play Development at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ for two years and Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) for seven. While at OSF he developed a new adaptation of Dumas’ The Three Musketeers with Linda Alper and Penny Metropulos and a new translation of Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechuan, both for the 1999 season. In 2007 he again collaborated with Metropulos and Alper to write lyrics and book for the new musical Tracy’s Tiger, based on the novella by William Saroyan, with music by Sterling Tinsley. Douglas has translated over 15 plays from the German, including The Prince of Homburg and Penthesilea by Heinrich von Kleist, Spring Awakening by Frank Wedekind, and Medea by Hanns Henny Jahnn. He received a National Theatre Translation Fund Award for his translation of Amphitryon. He was also the dramaturg for Target Margin Theater in New York, which produced his translation of Goethe’s Faust. With Target Margin he also co-wrote the opera The Sandman, with text adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann. He is currently adapting D.H. Lawrence’s Women in Love for the stage with Art Manke.

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Ellen McLaughlin

Playwright, Pericles

Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include...

Ellen McLaughlin is an award-winning playwright and actor. Her plays include Tongue of a BirdA Narrow BedIphigenia and Other DaughtersTrojan WomenInfinity’s HouseHelenThe PersiansOedipusAjax in IraqKissing the FloorSeptimus and ClarissaPericles and Penelope. Her work has been performed in New York Off-Broadway and regionally as well as overseas. Producers include The Public Theater, National Actors’ Theater, Classic Stage Co., New York Theater Workshop, The Guthrie, The Intiman, The Mark Taper Forum, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and The Almeida Theater in London. Among her honors are the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Writer’s Award. Her Trojan Women was nominated for a 2017 Drama Desk Award for Best Adaptation.

She has taught playwrighting at Barnard College since 1995. Other teaching posts include Princeton University and Yale School of Drama.

As an actor, she is most well known for having originated the part of the Angel in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, appearing in all workshops and productions of the play through its Broadway original run.

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Hansol Jung

Playwright, Romeo and Juliet

Hansol Jung is a playwright from South Korea. Productions include Wild...

Hansol Jung is a playwright from South Korea. Productions include Wild Goose Dreams (Co-production: The Public Theater and La Jolla Playhouse), Wolf Play (NNPN Rolling Premiere: Artists Rep Portland, Mixed Blood, Company One), Cardboard Piano (Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville),Among the Dead (Ma-Yi Theatre Company), and No More Sad Things (co-world premiere at Sideshow Theatre, and Boise Contemporary Theatre). Commissioning institutions include The Public Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, National Theatre in UK, Playwrights Horizons, Kennedy Center, Artists Repertory Theater, the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation grant with Ma-Yi Theatre and a translation of Romeo and Juliet for Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Her work has been developed at The Public Theater, Royal Court, New York Theatre Workshop, Victory Gardens, Berkeley Repertory’s Ground Floor, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Theater Center’s New Play Conference, Lark Play Development Center, Salt Lake Acting Company, Boston Court Theatre, Bushwick Starr, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Asia Society New York, and Seven Devils Playwright Conference. She is the recipient of the Hodder Fellowship at Lewis Center for the Arts, Whiting Award, Helen Merrill Award, Page 73 Playwright Fellowship, Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop Fellowship at the Lark, 2050 Fellowship at New York Theater Workshop, MacDowell Colony Artist Residency, and International Playwrights Residency at Royal Court. She has translated over thirty English musicals into Korean, including EvitaDracula, Spamalot, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, while working on several award winning musical theatre productions as director, lyricist and translator in Seoul, South Korea. Hansol holds a Playwriting MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Theatre Writers Lab, NYTW’s Usual Suspects, and The New Class of Kilroys.

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Jeffrey Whitty

Playwright, A Midsummer Night's Dream

Jeffrey Whitty is a screenwriter, playwright, poet and performer. This year...

Jeffrey Whitty is a screenwriter, playwright, poet and performer. This year he received Best Adapted Screenplay honors for CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? (Fox Searchlight Pictures) by the Writers Guild of America, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Satellite Press Association and several more as well as Academy Award and BAFTA nominations. Musicals: the authentic pre-Broadway HEAD OVER HEELS (Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015), AVENUE Q (Tony Award Best Book, Best Musical), TALES OF THE CITY (Best Book, Bay Area Theater Critics), BRING IT ON (Best Musical Tony Nom) with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green. Plays: THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF HEDDA GABLER, THE HIDING PLACE, THE PLANK PROJECT. Upcoming: FALLEN WOMAN, a true-crime playsical about his first cousin twice-removed (a famous burlesque dancer in the 1930’s), BAD FAIRY (a series for televison), and several projects soon to be announced. MFA NYU Graduate Acting/Tisch.

 

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Josh Wilder

Playwright, Loves Labors Lost

Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia. His work has been developed,...

Josh Wilder is a playwright from Philadelphia. His work has been developed, commissioned, and produced at various regional theaters and festivals across the country including The Fire This Time Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, True Colors Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 2015 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn, Milwaukee Rep, Company One, and InterAct Theatre Company. Past awards include the Holland New Voices Award, The Lorraine Hansberry Award, The Rosa Parks Award, and The ASCAP Cole Porter Prize.  Josh is a former Jerome Fellow and the first national recipient of the Jerome Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwrights’ Center. He has been in residence at The Royal Court Theatre ; Sundance at UCross; and served as Co-Artistic Director at The Yale Cabaret for its 50th season. MFA: Yale School of Drama. Member of The Dramatist Guild.

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Kenneth Cavander

Playwright, Tempest, Timon of Athens

Kenneth Cavander began his theatre career in England at London’s Royal...

Kenneth Cavander began his theatre career in England at London’s Royal Court Theatre, as Assistant to Director George Devine on Chekhov’s Platonov, starring Rex Harrison. Subsequently he worked at the Royal Shakespeare Company, translating and co-adapting with John Barton a three-evening cycle of plays based on ten Greek tragedies, The Greeks. Meanwhile, starting as assistant to film director Carol Reed, and later in the story department of the Rank Organization, he began writing for BBC television. Among his assignments was an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s science fiction story, The Machine Stops., recently reissued in DVD by the British Film Institute as part of the celebrated series Out of the Unknown. More recently, his television drama, Beyond Narnia, was aired on the BBC in 2007, and his film biography, Florence Nightingale, received a BAFTA nomination in 2009. His U.S. television work has ranged from The File on Jill Hatch, a three-part co- production of Channel Thirteen and the BBC, to movies of the week for CBS and NBC. Among his television documentaries are the award-winning, Beyond Hate, with Bill Moyers, and a one-hour special on Robert Motherwell for the long-running series, American Masters. Continuing his work in theatre in the U.S., his plays and adaptations have been represented on and off Broadway, and in many regional theatres. He was a founding director of the Williamstown Theatre Second Company, where he wrote and directed several productions, including the musical Boccaccio (with composer Richard Peaslee), later produced at Washington’s Arena Stage, and on Broadway. He also developed the original workshop version of the Tony-winning Broadway musical, Jelly’s Last Jam. Returning to the Arena Stage, his adaptation of six classical dramas, telling the story of King Agamemnon and his daughters, opened the 2001-2002 season there. His one-act opera for family audiences, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, also with music by Richard Peaslee, originally produced at Lincoln Center, had a successful revival later off-Broadway in New York. His reworking of the many legends surrounding the mythical character of Oedipus, The Curse of Oedipus, received a 2015 Los Angeles Drama Critics Cicle nomination for writing. He has completed two projects for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s PLAYON versions of Shakespeare plays, Timon of Athens (2014), and The Tempest (2017), both produced by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.

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Lillian Groag

Playwright, Troilus and Cressida

Lillian Groag works in the theatre as an actress, playwright and director. ...

Lillian Groag works in the theatre as an actress, playwright and director.  Her acting credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, Mark Taper Forum, and regional theatres throughout the country.  She has directed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Old Globe Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Mark Taper Forum’s Taper Too, New York City Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Center Stage, The People’s Light and Theatre Company, Berkeley Repertory, Milwaukee Repertory, Missouri Repertory, Seattle Repertory, Glimmerglass Opera, Asolo Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory,  A.C.T. in San Francisco, The Juilliard School of Music, Florentine Opera, Kentucky Opera,  Arizona Opera, the Sundance Institute Playwrights’ Lab, the Virginia Opera, Opera San Jose and the Company of Angels.  Her plays The Ladies Of The CamelliasThe White Rose (AT&T award for New American Plays), The Magic Fire (Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays), Menocchio and Midons have been produced variously by the Old Globe Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Guthrie Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory, Denver Center, The Shaw Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Northlight Theatre, the WPA Theatre, Seattle Repertory, the Asolo Theatre, The Wilma Theatre, The People’s Light and Theatre Company, and The Shaw Festival.   Abroad:  Mexico City, Junges Theatre in Bonn, Landesbuhne Sachsen-Anhalt in Eisleben, Shauspielhaus in Wuppertal, Hessisches Landestheater in Marburg, Shauspielhaus in Stuttgart, Teatro Stabile di Bolzano, (National Tour) in Italy, and Tokyo.  She has done translations and adaptations of Lorca, Feydeau, Musset, Marivaux and Molnàr, produced at the Guthrie, the Mark Taper Forum Taper II, and Missouri Rep (now Kansas City Rep).  She is an Associate Artist of the Old Globe Theatre. The Ladies Of The CamelliasBlood WeddingThe White Rose and The Magic Fire have been published by Dramatists Play Service.  Up coming:  A Nervous Splendour, adaptation, from Frederic Morton’s book, Flypaper, new play.  Master’s and PhD degrees from Northwestern University in Romance Languages and Literature, Theatre Thesis,  and an Honorary PhD from Lake Forest College.

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Lisa Peterson

Playwright, Hamlet

Recent NY credits include An Iliad, written with Denis O’Hare...

Recent NY credits include An Iliad, written with Denis O’Hare (NYTW- 2012 Obie Award, Lortel Award, Drama Desk nominations); Shipwreckedby Donald Margulies and Motherhood Outloud by 15 writers (Primary Stages); The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek by Naomi Wallace, Slavs! (Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness) by Tony Kushner, Traps by Caryl Churchill, The Waves adapted from Virginia Woolf by Peterson and David Bucknam (Drama Desk nominations) and Light Shining in Buckinghamshire by Caryl Churchill (Obie Award for Directing), all at New York Theatre Workshop; The Fourth Sister by Janusz Glowacki and The Batting Cage by Joan Ackerman (Vineyard Theatre); The Poor Itchby John Belluso, The Square by 16 writers, and Tongue of a Bird (The Public); Collected Stories by Donald Margulies (MTC); Birdy adapted from the William Wharton novel by Naomi Wallace (Women’s Project); The Chemistry of Change by Marlane Meyer (Playwrights Horizons/WPP); The Model Apartment by Donald Margulies (Primary Stages); and Sueno by Jose Rivera (MCC).  Lisa has directed regionally at the Mark Taper Forum (where she was Resident Director for 10 years), La Jolla Playhouse (Associate Director for 3 years), Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, McCarter, Actors’ Theater of Louisville, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Baltimore Center Stage, Huntington, Dallas Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and California Shakespeare Theater.  She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW, a member of Ensemble Studio Theater, and on the executive board of SDC.

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Lloyd Suh

Playwright, Henry V

Lloyd Suh is the author of The Chinese Lady, Charles...

Lloyd Suh is the author of The Chinese Lady, Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, Franklinland, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Jesus in India, Great Wall Story, American Hwangap, and others, produced with Ma-Yi, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Magic Theatre, NAATCO, Children’s Theatre Company, ArtsEmerson, Milwaukee Rep, Denver Center, the Guthrie with Mu Performing Arts, Jackalope, and others, including internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA Arena Stage New Play Development program, the Andrew W. Mellon Launching New Plays Into the Repertoire initiative via the Lark, NYFA, NYSCA, Jerome, TCG, Dramatists Guild, and the Helen Merrill Award from the New York Community Trust. His plays have been published by DPS, Samuel French, Smith & Kraus, Duke University Press, and American Theater magazine. He is an alum of Youngblood and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and from 2005-2010 served as Artistic Director of Second Generation and Co-Director of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He is currently a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists,  serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, and has since 2011 served as Director of Artistic Programs at The Lark.

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Marcus Gardley

Playwright, King Lear

Marcus Gardley is a proud Oakland-born playwright-poet...

Marcus Gardley is a proud Oakland-born playwright-poet whom the New Yorker calls “the heir to Garcia Lorca, Pirandello and Tennessee Williams.” His play, X OR THE NATION V. BETTY SHABAZZ was a New York Times Critic Pic and was remounted off-Broadway in the Spring of 2018. His play THE HOUSE THAT WILL STAND opened off-Broadway in the summer of 2018 to rave reviews and a sold-out extension with 8 AUDELCO nominations, winning 4 including Best Play. It is now being adapted into a motion picture written by Gardley. He is the recipient of the 2019 Doris Duke Artist Award and the 2019 San Francisco Library Laureate Award. Gardley received the 2018 Guiding Light Award presented by Cal Shakes and won the 2017 Special Citation Theater Award for his play black odyssey, which swept the Theater Bay Area Awards garnering 6 other prizes including Best Production and a special playwrighting award. He is the 2015 Glickman Award for THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND and the 2013 USA James Baldwin Fellow. He was the 2011 PEN Laura Pels award winner for Mid- Career Playwright. His work has been produced across the country with several productions in England and France. Upcoming productions include: a musical called PARADISE SQUARE with choreography by Bill T. Jones and directed by Moises Kaufman slated for Broadway. Currently, Gardley is writing a biopic about Marvin Gaye produced by Dr. Dre, and a film adaptation of 12 Angry Men and developing a TV series with OWN and HBO as well as F/X and a TV series with Michael B. Jordan about Mansa Musa.

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Mfoniso Udofia

Playwright, Othello

Mfoniso Udofia is a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator,...

Mfoniso Udofia is a first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College and obtained her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. During her stay in the Bay, she co-pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, providing artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview / Huntspoint. In January 2016 Playwrights Realm produced the world premiere of Sojourners, the origin story of the Ufot Family Cycle. In Spring 2016, The Magic Theater in San Francisco produced the west coast premiere of Sojourners and the world premiere of the third installation in the Ufot Family Cycle, runboyun, in repertoryNew York Theatre Workshop produced the New York City return of Sojourners in Spring 2017, which ran in repertory with the world premiere of Her Portmanteau, which was previously developed in 2015 at the National Black Theatre. She’s the recipient of the 2017 Helen Merrill Playwright Award and the 2017-2018 McKnight National Residency and Commission at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Her Ufot Cycle play, Her Portmanteau, will be produced [Spring 2018] by Pasadena’s Boston Court Performing Arts Center. Mfoniso is also currently at work on a commission from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, translating Shakespeare’s Othello, through their Play On! program. Mfoniso’s plays have been developed at and/or presented/produced by The New York Theatre Workshop, The Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, NNPN, Space on Ryder Farm, NNPN New Play Showcase, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, I73, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle’s INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, American Slavery Project, Liberation Theatre Company, and more. Mfoniso was a finalist for the 2015 PoNY Prize, the Eugene O’Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Many Voices Fellowship, Page73 Development Programs, Jerome Fellowship, New York Theatre Workshop’s 20/50 Fellowship, and Lark Playwrights’ Week. Follow her at @mfudofia or visit www.mfonisoudofia.com.

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Migdalia Cruz

Playwright, Macbeth, Richard III

Migdalia Cruz is a Bronx-born, award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator,...

Migdalia Cruz is a Bronx-born, award-winning playwright, lyricist, translator, and librettist of more than 60 works including: El Grito Del Bronx, Salt, Yellow Eyes, Satyricoño, Latins In La-La Land, Dreams of Home and Frida, produced in venues—across the U.S. and abroad—including INTAR, BAM, Mabou Mines, Old Red Lion, National Theater of Greece, Houston Grand Opera, Ateneo Puertorriqueño, Teatro Vista, and  CollaborAction.  An alumna of New Dramatists, she was named the 2013 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright, and was awarded a 2016 NYFA grant for playwriting.  Migdalia was nurtured by Sundance, the Lark, and by María Irene Fornés at INTAR. She was a writer-in-residence at Latino Chicago Theater Company from 1990-1998, premiering several plays including: Miriam’s Flowers, Lucy Loves Me, Cigarettes & Moby-Dick, Fur, Lunes Lunatico, Che-Che-Che: a latin fugue in 5/8 time, and Lolita de Lares, which received a 20th anniversary production at Chicago’s Urban Theater Company in 2016.  Migdalia has taught the Fornés Playwriting Workshop for three years at Notre Dame University (Chicago) in conjunction with Anne Garcia-Romero and taught master classes at several universities including UNM, Brown, & Yale and was an artist-in residence and a visiting professor at Princeton in Spring 2018, which commissioned her to write The Book of Miaou for the Latinx Commons Convening, honoring María Irene Fornés, organized by Brian E. Herrera. Her many published works include an anthology of four of her works, EL GRITO DEL BRONX & other plays, published by NoPassport Press, ed. by Caridad Svich; Monologues For Latino/a Actors  & Scenes For Latinx Actors: Voices of the New American Theatre, ed. Espinosa & DeCure.
2018-19 Projects: THE BOOK OF MIAOU:Don’t Drink Everything Your Mother Pours You @Berlind Theatre with Princeton University (Spring 2018); MACBETH @ Actors Shakespeare Project (Boston, Fall 2018) and the African-American Shakespeare Company (San Francisco, Summer 2019);  FUR @Teatro Dallas (Spring 2019) and Boundless Theatre@NextDoor@NYTW  (Fall 2019);  and her heart project, Never Moscow about Chekhov, consumption, marriage and the writing of Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard.
Her modern translations of Macbeth & Richard The Third, for OSF’s Play On! has been an amazing journey with her cohorts in crime, brilliant U.K. actress Ishia Bennison, and dramaturgical spitfire Lue Douthit. Many thanks to the Lark, New Dramatists, Hero Theatre, CSC & the Hitz Foundation and all the wonderful actors, directors, stage managers, & producers who helped bring these texts to life.
Since her only child, Antonia, is at CalArts for a BFA in acting, she feels blessed to have work and takes none of it for granted. Especially the words.

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Naomi Iizuka

Playwright, Richard II

Naomi lizuka’s plays include 36 VIEWS,...

Naomi lizuka’s plays include 36 VIEWS, POLAROID STORIES, ANON(YMOUS), LANGUAGE OF ANGELS, ALOHA, SAY THE PRETTY GIRLS, TATTOO GIRL, SKIN, AT THE VANISHING POINT, CONCERNING STRANGE DEVICES FROM THE DISTANT WEST, LAST FIREFLY, CITIZEN 13559, and WAR OF THE WORLDS (a collaboration with Anne Bogart and SITI Company.) Her plays have been produced at theatres across the country including Berkeley Rep, the Goodman Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie Theater, Cornerstone Theater Company, Children’s Theater Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, the Huntington Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, the Public Theater, Dallas Theater Center, and Soho Rep. Iizuka’s plays have been published by Overlook Press, Playscripts, Smith and Kraus, Dramatic Publishing, and TCG. lizuka is an alumna of New Dramatists and the recipient of a PEN/Laura Pels Award, an Alpert Award, a Joyce Foundation Award, a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Stavis Award from the National Theatre Conference, a PEN Center USA West Award for Drama, a Hodder Fellowship, and a Jerome Fellowship. Her play GOOD KIDS was commissioned by the Big Ten Consortium’s New Play Initiative and has been produced at universities nationwide. Recent projects include an adaptation of SLEEP by Haruki Murakami which premiered at the 2017 BAM Next Wave Festival and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, a play written in collaboration with US Marine Corps combat veterans and their families, and produced by La Jolla Playhouse and Cornerstone Theater Company in 2018. Iizuka was the Berlind Playwright-in-Residence at Princeton University this past academic year and heads the MFA Playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego.

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Octavio Solis

Playwright, Edward III

Octavio Solis is a playwright, director and fiction writer whose works have...

Octavio Solis is a playwright, director and fiction writer whose works have been produced in theatres across the country, including the Center Group Theatre in Los Angeles, South Coast Repertory, the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Dallas Theater Center. His fiction and short plays have appeared in the Louisville Review, Zyzzyva, Catamaran literary Reader, the Chicago Quarterly Review and Huizache.

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Ranjit Bolt

Playwright, Much Ado About Nothing

Ranjit Bolt was educated at The Perse School, Cambridge,...

Ranjit Bolt was educated at The Perse School, Cambridge, and at Balliol College, University of Oxford. He workedas an investment analyst and adviser for eight years, before concentrating on theatre translation from the end of 1990. His acclaimed translations for the theatre include works by Molière, Seneca, Sophocles, Corneille, Beaumarchais, Brecht, Goldoni, and Zorilla. He was awarded an OBE for his services to literature in 2003.

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Sean San José

Playwright, Coriolanus

Sean San José is a Writer, Director,...

Sean San José is a Writer, Director, Performer and Co-Founder of Campo Santo, a new performances company for people of color in San Francisco. Founded in 1996, Campo Santo is an award-winning group committed to developing new Performance and to nurturing people of color centered new audiences and has premiered more than 75 new pieces. For 15 years he was the Program Director of Performance for Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco’s oldest alternative arts space. He co-created Alma Delfina Group-Teatro Contra el SIDA and Pieces of the Quilt, a collection of 50+ short plays on AIDS. He teaches in the Theatre, Dance, Performance Studies Department at University of California at Berkeley. His writing commissions and productions include: Play On! for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory, Ictus Productions, Kronos Quartet, and others. San José has created original theatrical works from the prose writings of Jimmy Santiago Baca, Junot Diaz, Dave Eggers, Jessica Hagedorn Denis Johnson, Luís Saguar, Vendela Vida and more.

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Shishir Kurup

Playwright, Julius Caesar

In Three Seasons at OSF: Quiara Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays LastWater...

In Three Seasons at OSF: Quiara Hudes’ The Happiest Song Plays LastWater by the Spoonful Director, Medea songs Composer and Lyricist, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (OSF); Ayad Akhtar’s Disgraced (Playmaker’s Rep), Aditi Kapil’s Brahman(i)(Quantum Theatre) Director.

Other Theatres: Regional: James McManus’ Love on San Pedro, Sarah Ruhl’s Demeter in the City, Tracy Young’s Candude, Sigrid Gilmer’s SEEDEveryman in the Mall (co-directed with Bill Rauch) (Cornerstone Theater Company. CTC) Director.
Composer/lyricist: The Good Person of New Haven (Long Wharf Theatre); Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (Yale Repertory Theatre); The Two Noble Brothers(The Public Theater); As You Like It (Pasadena Playhouse); Touch the Water (Actor/Composer), Los Vecinos (Band Leader/Composer), Birthday of the Century (Actor/Composer), Central Avenue Chalk Circle (Actor/Composer), Making Paradise (Lyricist only), An Antigone Story(Writer/Director/Composer) CTC.

Other credits: Ghurba (Harmony Gold Theatre), Bliss Point (The Odyssey Theatre), On Caring for the Beast (Currican Theatre, NYC, CTC, L.A.); Merchant on Venice (Lark Theatre, NYC, Small Theatre Premiere, Silk Road Rising, The Cockpit Theatre London); Writer/Director.

Resident composer/lyricist for Cornerstone Theater Company since 1994. Film/TV Actor: True BloodNCISBonesLostHeroesSleeper CellNYPD BlueMonkAliasThe West WingConeheads… Awards: TIME/A.S.K. Award (one of only six nationwide awardees), Princess Grace Award, Kennedy Center Award, TCG/Alan Schneider Directing Award finalist, two time Herb Alpert Award nominee, L.A. Weekly Award, LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nominee, Garland Awards, Drama-Logue Awards. Education: MFA, University of California, San Diego.

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Tim Slover

Playwright, Two Noble Kinsmen

Tim’s plays include

Tim’s plays include Joyful Noise (Lamb’s Theatre), Treasure, and Lightning Rod (Fulton Theatre), March Tale (Seven Angels Theatre), Utah (Tuacahn Theatre), Hancock County (Westminster College) and Virtue (Plan-B Theatre). His plays are published by Samuel French, Signature Books, Zarahemla Books, and Leicester Bay Books. Prose includes the novel and radio series, The Christmas Chronicles (Random House and Public Radio affiliates) and the non- fiction Messiah: the Little-known Story of Handel’s Beloved Oratorio (Silverleaf Press) Other writing has appeared in Sunstone Magazine, The National Biography of American Theatre, and the poetry journal A Time for Singing. His screenplay, A More Perfect Union (PBS), garnered a Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge George Washington Honor Medal. Other writing awards include the Hopwood Award for Drama and the Christopher Brian Wolk Award for Playwriting Excellence. He has been a writer-in-residence at Cornell College, Penn State University, and the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House at Franklin & Marshall College. Tim heads the University of Utah Department of Theatre’s playwriting and Theatre, Fine Arts, and Humanities in London Learning Abroad programs. His Play on! contribution is The Two Noble Kinsmen, produced by the University of Utah Department of Theatre with Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s support in 2017.

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Tracy Young

Playwright, The Winters Tale

Tracy Young is a theatre director and playwright. Tracy developed several...

Tracy Young is a theatre director and playwright. Tracy developed several original plays with The Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles, including the musicals Hysteria (Ovation Award), Euphoria (Ovation and LA Weekly Awards) and A Fairy Tale (Garland and GLAAD Image Awards), as well as Dreamplay, a meditation on Carl Jung’s theories of collective unconscious. She created several adaptations of classic plays and novels, including the critically acclaimed Candude, or The Optimistic Civil Servant (from Voltaire’s Candide for Cornerstone Theatre Company), The Servant of Two Masters and The Imaginary Invalid for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (with co-adaptor Oded Gross), and most recently a theatrical adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time. Her most challenging and joyful work to date is Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (with co-adaptor Bill Rauch), a simultaneous telling of Euripides’ Medea, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Earlier forays into Shakespearean translation include productions of The Taming of the Shrew and The Merry Wives of Windsor at Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

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Virginia Grise

Playwright, Alls Well That Ends Well

Virginia Grise is a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Yale Drama...

Virginia Grise is a recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award, the Yale Drama Award, the Princess Grace Award in Theatre Directing, and is an alum of the Women’s Project Theatre Lab. Her published work includes Your Healing is Killing Me (Plays Inverse Press), blu (Yale University Press), The Panza Monologues co-written with Irma Mayorga (University of Texas Press), and an edited volume of Zapatista communiqués titled Conversations with Don Durito (Autonomedia Press). She earned her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and currently lives and writes in the Bronx.

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Yvette Nolan

Playwright, Henry IV, Part 1, 2

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. Plays...

Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director, and dramaturg. Plays include BLADE, Annie Mae’s Movement, The Birds (a modern adaptation of Aristophanes’ comedy), The UnpluggingGabriel Dumont’s Wild West Show (co-writer), the libretto ShanawdithitDirecting credits include Bearing (w. Michael Greyeyes, Signal Theatre at Luminato), The Piano Teacher by Dorothy Dittrich (Arts Club), In Care by Kenneth T Williams (Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwan Theatre), Thicker Than Water by Heather Morrison (Sum Theatre), Nôhkom by Michael Greyeyes, Bearing(Signal), Salt Baby by Falen Johnson (Globe), Map of the Land, Map of the Stars (w. Michelle Olson), Café Daughter by Kenneth T Williams, Justice by Leonard Linklater (Gwaandak), Death of a Chief, A Very Polite Genocide by Melanie J. Murray, Marie Clements’ Tombs of the Vanishing Indian  and The Unnatural and Accidental Women (Native Earth), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe(Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), The Only Good Indian… , The Triple Truth (Turtle Gals). As a dramaturg, she works across Turtle Island on projects including Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat and Ultrasound by Adam Pottle, Many Fires by Charlie Peters, Ecstasy (film) by Cara Mumford, Little Badger and the Fire Spirit by Maria Campbell, Confluence by Raven Spirit Dance, A History of Breathing by Daniel Macdonald, The Glooskape Chronicles by Donna Loring. From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts. Her book Medicine Shows about Indigenous theatre in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015, and Performing Indigeneity, which she co-edited with Ric Knowles, in 2016. She is an Artistic Associate of Signal Theatre.

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Aaron Malkin

Dramaturg, Romeo and Juliet

Aaron is the Literary Director & Dramaturg at New York Theatre Workshop...

Aaron is the Literary Director & Dramaturg at New York Theatre Workshop and has been on the Artistic Staff at the theatre since 2012. At NYTW, he serves as the resident dramaturg, oversees the literary office, co-administers the 2050 Artistic Fellowship, and works extensively on the theatre’s public programming initiatives. Before moving to New York, Aaron worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Arena Stage as a dramaturg and producer. As a freelance dramaturg, Aaron has worked with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ma-Yi Theater Company, and People’s Light and Theater Company. He has collaborated with Ayad Akhtar, Hammaad Chaudry, Sibyl Kempson, Anaïs Mitchell, Rachel Chavkin, Colman Domingo, Nathan Alan Davis, Mfoniso Udofia, Hansol Jung, Heidi Schreck, Jeremy O. Harris and Lucas Hnath, among others. He has been published in HowlRound: A Journal of the Theater Commons, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Asides Magazine, and Arena Stage’s Sub/Text: Your Virtual Dramaturg. Aaron is a graduate of Brown University.

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Alan Armstrong

Dramaturg, Pericles

Alan Armstrong was the founding director of the Southern Oregon University...

Alan Armstrong was the founding director of the Southern Oregon University Center for Shakespeare Studies, working in collaboration with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to make performance more central to Shakespeare teaching and scholarship. He led twelve NEH national Shakespeare institutes for school teachers and served as a senior scholar for NEH institutes for college and university professors at Shakespeare’s Globe (London) and the American Shakespeare Center. He is currently research dramaturg for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s 2017 productions of Henry IV, Part One and Henry IV, Part Two, and 2018 production of Henry V.

Dr. Armstrong studies both original and contemporary staging of Shakespeare’s plays. His most recent work includes a book of interviews entitled Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors: Telling the Story; an essay discovering textual evidence for the doubling of Egeon and Dr. Pinch in original performances of The Comedy of Errors; and an article on “Actors as Evidence: Building a Character.” For many years, he also co-edited the international journal Literature and History and reviewed OSF productions for Shakespeare Bulletin.

Armstrong earned his Ph.D. in Renaissance literature from Cornell University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He has been the recipient of a Leverhulme Fellowship (University of Southampton, U.K.) and ACLS research grant (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford), and has taught also at Hamilton and Kirkland Colleges, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Mary Baldwin University/American Shakespeare Center’s graduate program in Shakespeare and Performance.

Armstrong has been production dramaturg for eight OSF Shakespeare plays: King JohnCoriolanusHenry VIIIHamletHenry IV, Parts One and TwoHenry V; and Pericles. He was also dramaturg for OSF’s world premiere production of Great Expectations and literary consultant for its production of Wit.

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Alex Barron

Dramaturg, Othello

Alex Barron is a dramaturg and producer based in New York. He has worked...

Alex Barron is a dramaturg and producer based in New York. He has worked on the artistic staffs of MCC Theater, SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Playwrights Realm and Manhattan Theatre Club, and as a consultant for the Sundance Institute Theatre Program and Scott Rudin Productions. As a dramaturg, he’s developed new plays at the Sundance Theatre Lab, New York Stage and Film, The O’Neill Center, The Public Theater and the Denver Center, among others. Alex produced Naked Radio, a new play podcast, for Naked Angels Theatre Company and is a producer on The New Yorker Radio Hour. 

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Andrea Hiebler

Dramaturg, Henry V

Andrea Hiebler is currently the Director of Scouting and Submissions at The...

Andrea Hiebler is currently the Director of Scouting and Submissions at The Lark.  Andrea first joined The Lark as an intern back in the summer of 2006, then served as Literary Associate for Playwrights’ Week before becoming a full-time member of the artistic team in 2009.  She now manages multiple play submission and fellowship selection processes, writer scouting and tracking and serves as a facilitator for a variety of Lark programs and writers’ groups.

A New York native, Andrea graduated from The College of Wooster in Ohio with a B.A. in Theatre and English.  She has participated as a script reader for Sundance and The Ruby Prize and hosted a series of affinity sessions on Dramaturgy/New Play Development at the national TCG conference. Away from the theater, you can find her listening to classic rock or rooting for her favorite New York sports teams at a local bar.

Andrea is working on Henry V – Click here for more details! 

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Andrew Ian Carlson

Dramaturg, Measure for Measure

Andrew is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the...

Andrew is a faculty member in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses in dramaturgy, Shakespeare, acting and performance studies and serves as the co-head of the B.A. program. Since 2012, Andrew has also been the managing director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism. With the Brockett Center, he has worked on a variety of initiatives such as The American Theatre Archive Project and the American Theatre Magazine’s historical almanac column.

Andrew is co-author of the 11th edition of textbook The Essential Theatre and has published essays in Theatre History StudiesAmerican Theatre Magazine, and the Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy. He has presented scholarship at the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, American Society for Eighteenth Century Research and the Mid-America Theatre Conference.

As a dramaturg and actor, Andrew has worked with the Guthrie Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, First Folio Theatre, ZACH Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, and Children’s Theatre of Madison. He is also an artistic associate with The Great River Shakespeare Festival where he has worked as an actor for ten seasons. Andrew is an award-winning teacher. In 2016, Dr. Carlson received the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and is a 2017 Provost’s Teaching Fellow.

Andrew is working on Measure for Measure – Click here for more details!

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Ayanna Thompson

Dramaturg, Othello

Ayanna Thompson is Director of the Arizona Center...

Ayanna Thompson is Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) at Arizona State University. She is the author of Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars (Arden Bloomsbury, 2018), Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centred Approach (Arden Bloomsbury, 2016), Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race, and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Performing Race and Torture on the Early Modern Stage (Routledge, 2008). She wrote the new introduction for the revised Arden3 Othello (Arden, 2016), and is the editor of Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance(Palgrave, 2010) and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (Routledge, 2006). She is currently working on a collection of essays for Cambridge University Press, and is collaborating with Curtis Perry on the Arden4 edition of Titus Andronicus. Professor Thompson was the 2018-19 President of the Shakespeare Association of America, and was one of Phi Beta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars for 2017-2018.

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Ben Pryor

Dramaturg, The Winters Tale

Ben Pryor is the Provost and CEO of Antioch University Seattle.  Before...

Ben Pryor is the Provost and CEO of Antioch University Seattle.  Before serving as a dramaturge for Play On!, Pryor was a founder and longtime member of the Glacity Theatre Collective in Toledo, Ohio.  As an actor with GTC he appeared in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Breathing CorpsesEurydiceSuburban MotelAll’s WellBetrayalWaiting for Godot, ExhibitionHunting Cockroaches and Circle Mirror Transformation.  Pryor joined the GTC for the Toledo Symphony’s production of Stoppard and Previn’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at Carnegie Hall in 2011.

Pryor is originally from southern California where he attended the Johnston Center of the University of Redlands where he played Ferdinand in The Tempest.  He has worked with the South Coast Repertory Theatre and has appeared in short films and a children’s television production for ABC.  Pryor has a Ph.D. in Philosophy.

Ben is working on Winter’s Tale – Click here for more details!

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Christian Parker

Dramaturg, The Tempest

Christian Parker is a director and dramaturg. He  has just completed a seven...

Christian Parker is a director and dramaturg. He  has just completed a seven year stint as Chair of the MFA Theatre program at Columbia University, where he also oversees the Dramaturgy concentration. He was the Associate Artistic Director of the Atlantic Theater Company from 2001-2014, and served as the Literary Manager of Manhattan Theatre Club for several seasons. He is a founding member of the new itinerant theatre company, New Neighborhood, where he is developing a new show with the theatrical band The Petersons. Notable directing projects include plays by Tina Howe, David Hare, Leslie Ayvazian, Jeff Whitty, Ken Weitzman, Marco Ramirez, David Auburn, Cusi Cram, Rolin Jones, and Laura Eason. He was the resident director of the Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and has developed work with the O’Neill, Sundance Theatre Labs, New Harmony, Gulfshore Playhouse and Perry-Mansfield, among others. He is a past Tony nominator. BA, Middlebury College. MFA, Columbia.

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Christine Sumption

Dramaturg, Merry Wives of Windsor

Christine Sumption has served as a dramaturg for Hedgebrook Women Playwrights...

Christine Sumption has served as a dramaturg for Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival (20+ years), Sundance Theatre Lab, the New Harmony Project, Goodman Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre, and has worked with numerous playwrights including Tanya Barfield, Dipika Guha, Kathleen Tolan, and Cheryl L. West. Her directing credits include productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, and DARTS/Company Subaru in Tokyo, where she served as Resident Director for three years. She was on the artistic staff of Seattle Repertory Theatre for nine seasons, where she served as dramaturg/literary manager, edited publications, and produced the annual Women Playwrights Festival in partnership with Hedgebrook, a Whidbey Island writers retreat. She teaches at Cornish College of the Arts. Hedgebrook Plays, Volume 1, which she co-edited with Liz Engelman, was published by Whit Press in November, 2012.

Christine is working on The Merry Wives of Windsor – Click here for more details!

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Davina Moss

Dramaturg, Loves Labors Lost

Davina Moss serves as Literary Manager at Hampstead Theatre, London. Previous...

Davina Moss serves as Literary Manager at Hampstead Theatre, London. Previous employment includes Public Theater and New Works at the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. As a freelance dramaturg, her most recent projects include the first production of The Merchant of Venice in the Venetian ghetto with Italian-American theatre collective Compagnia de’ Colombari. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, where her credits include ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, Macbeth, The Oresteia, Tiny, and Clybourne Park.

Davina is working on Love’s Labor’s Lost – Click here for more details!

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Desdemona Chiang

Dramaturg / Director, Antony and Cleopatra

Desdemona Chiang is a stage director based in Seattle and the San Francisco...

Desdemona Chiang is a stage director based in Seattle and the San Francisco Bay Area. Co-Founder of Azeotrope (Seattle).

Directing credits include Oregon Shakespeare Festival, California Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, Long Wharf Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Shotgun Players, Crowded Fire Theatre Company, Seattle Public Theatre, Impact Theatre, FringeNYC, Playwrights Foundation, Golden Thread Productions, Washington Ensemble Theatre, One Minute Play Festival, Ohio Northern University, University of Washington, and Cornish College of the Arts, among others. Assisting and dramaturgy credits include: Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Intiman Theatre, Playmakers Repertory Company, A Contemporary Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Arizona Theatre Company, Mark Taper Forum, Magic Theatre, Theatreworks, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, among others. Adjunct Faculty, Cornish College of the Arts.

Awards/Affiliations: Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Theatre, SDC Sir John Gielgud Directing Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellowship, TCG Young Leader of Color, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and Directors Lab West. Gregory Award Recipient for Outstanding Direction. Intersection for the Arts Triangle Lab Artist-Investigator.

Desdemona working on Antony and Cleopatra – Click here for more details! 

BA: University of California at Berkeley
 MFA Directing: University of Washington School of Drama

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Drew Barr

Dramaturg, King John

Drew Barr has directed productions of new, modern, and classical plays and...

Drew Barr has directed productions of new, modern, and classical plays and musicals for theaters across the United States and around the world. He directed the Dutch-language premiere of the National Theatre of London’s War Horse, which opened the 2013 Holland Festival at Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre before a year-long tour of the Netherlands and Belgium. For the National Theatre, he also directed the Australian premiere of War Horse, which ran in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. He was the Resident Director for War Horse on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater. Also on Broadway, Drew served as associate director for Simon McBurney’s acclaimed revival of All My Sons by Arthur Miller, as well as Nicholas Hytner’s productions of Sweet Smell of Success and Twelfth Night. He recently served as associate director/dramaturg for the Simon McBurney and James Yeatman stage adaptation of Robert Evan’s autobiography, The Kid Stays in the Picture, which played a sold-out run at London’s Royal Court Theatre.

Drew’s other New York directing credits include the premiere of Neal Brennan’s one-man show, 3 Mics, which played at the Lynn Redgrave Theater and was recently filmed for Netflix. He directed revivals of Brian Friel’s Lovers and Frank Marcus’s The Killing of Sister George for The Actors Company Theater (TACT) at the Clurman Theater, as well as the Off-Broadway premieres of Adam Bock’s The Typographer’s Dream and Karl Gajdusek’s Greedy, for Clubbed Thumb.

Regionally, Drew has directed for such companies as Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Portland Stage Company, Perseverance Theatre, Boise Contemporary Theater, The Actors Company Theater, Clubbed Thumb and Page 73.

In addition to work as a private coach, Drew has directed and guest taught for many of the country’s leading actor training programs, including the Juilliard School, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, SUNY Purchase, the University of Delaware’s PTTP, the University of Washington’s School of Drama and the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

Degrees, Studies and Affiliations: M.F.A. Graduate Acting Program of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; A.B., Drama (with Honors), Stanford University; SDC, AEA. drewbarr.com

Drew is working on King John – Click here for more details!

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Drew Lichtenberg

Dramaturg, Taming of the Shrew

Drew Lichtenberg is Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at the Shakespeare...

Drew Lichtenberg is Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, where he has worked on 40 productions over 8 seasons, including 19 plays from the Shakespeare canon, and world premieres by David Ives, former poet laureate Robert Pinsky, Heather Raffo, Yaël Farber, Jeffrey Hatcher, and Ellen Mclaughlin. In his ten-plus years as a dramaturg, Drew has also worked on Broadway and in London’s West End, as well as at theatres around the country including Woolly Mammoth, Baltimore Center Stage, the McCarter Theatre Center at Princeton University, Yale Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park Festival. He is currently working on freelance dramaturgy and adaptation projects with the Young Vic in London, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Theater J.

He is a part-time faculty member at the Catholic University of America and Eugene Lang College at the New School and he has guest lectured at a variety of institutions including Georgetown University, American University, George Washington University, Denison University, Ohio University, Carnegie Mellon University, the Goethe Institute, and the Alliance Française. He has served as a responder for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival and advised on arts funding panels for the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities, the Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and the Cuyahoga County Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. He has appeared as a guest panelist on the National Theatre’s Platform series, Howlround, and Maryland Public Television, and as a judge on the New Plays panel of the D.C.-area Helen Hayes Awards. He has presented at the annual meetings of ATHE and the Comparative Drama Conference, and his writing and reviews have appeared in Theater,Theatre Journal, Text & Presentation, and Contemporary Theatre Review. His scholarly monograph, Piscatorbühne 1927-8: The Season that Changed Modern Theatre, is forthcoming from Northwestern University Press.

He holds a Master’s and a Doctorate in Fine Arts in Dramaturgy & Dramatic Criticism from Yale School of Drama.

Drew is working on Taming of the Shrew – Click here for more details!

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Heidi Schreck

Dramaturg, Midsummer Night's Dream

Heidi Schreck is an award-winning playwright, actor and screenwriter living...

Heidi Schreck is an award-winning playwright, actor and screenwriter living in Brooklyn. Her latest play Grand Concourse premiered at Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf, and theaters across the country, and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn prize. Her other plays include Creature (New Georges and Page 73); There Are No More Big Secrets (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); and The Consultant (Long Wharf Theatre). Awards include the Page 73 Fellowship, the Lilly Awards Stacey Mindich Prize, and the Claire Tow Fellowship at Playwrights Horizons. As an actor, Heidi has performed extensively at theaters in NYC and regionally, including the Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, Shakespeare in the Park, Clubbed Thumb, Berkley Repertory Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Women’s Project. She has also appeared on Nurse JackieBillionsThe Good Wife and Law and Order: SVU. Heidi is currently a writer and co-executive producer on Amazon’s I Love Dick. Other television writing includes Showtime’s Nurse Jackie and Billions, as well as projects in development with ITV and Bravo, and a mini-series inspired by Mary Gaitskill’s Bad Behavior. Heidi has received two OBIEs, a Drama Desk, and the Theatre World Award.

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Ishia Bennison

Dramaturg, Macbeth, Richard III

Ishia Bennison has worked as an actor/ producer since she was seventeen....

Ishia Bennison has worked as an actor/ producer since she was seventeen. Her first introduction to Migdalia Cruz was in London when she produced and performed in Miriam’s Flowers, a wonderful play written by Migdalia. Little did we know that nearly 30 years later we’d have the pleasure of reuniting and working together on on Macbeth and Richard III for OSF. We’ve had a blast.

Theatre includes:
Romeo and Juliet and Merry Wives of Windsor, Mad World My Masters and Candide (RSC and national tour); Julius Caesar (Donmar, all female version); The Importance of Being Earnest (The Rose, Hong Kong Festival); Our Private Life  (Royal Court); The Canterbury Tales (tour and The Rose), A Couple Of Poor, Polish Speaking Romanians(Soho Theatre); A New Way To Please YouSejanus -His FallSpeaking Like MagpiesCymbelineMeasure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company); Bites (Bush Theatre); Strange OrchestraMother Courage (Orange Tree); Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (Manchester Library); Arabian Nights (Young Vic Company); Antony and Cleopatra (BAM New York), A Midsummer Night Dream (Brazil tour), Merry Wives (India tour), Richard III (Riverside Studios & The Tower of London) Poetry Or BustSamson AgonistesRomeo and Juliet (Northern Broadsides); Medea (Lilian Baylis); Les Miserables (Nottingham Playhouse) Turcaret (Gate); One For The Road (Meridian Prods.); Educating Rita (Oxford Playhouse); Red Devils (Liverpool Playhouse).

Television and Film includes:
Happy Valley – two seasons; New TricksLast Tango in HalifaxTrue Dare KissAt Home With The Braithwaites – four seasons; Holby CityEmmerdaleCoronation StreetBurnsideLove HurtsGive And TakeMother’s DayStory TellerBreadEastendersMuch Ado About NothingMitch: A Family AffairKesslerBid For PowerKing David with Richard Gere; Anno DominiThe Awakening; Jesus Of Nazareth.

Producer of 7 documentaries for BBC and Channel 4

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James Magruder

Dramaturg, Troilus and Cressida

James Magruder (Dramaturg, Troilus and Cressida) is a playwright,...

James Magruder (Dramaturg, Troilus and Cressida) is a playwright, translator, and fiction writer. His adaptations of Gozzi, Moliére, Marivaux, Hofmannstahl, Lesage, Labiche, Giraudoux, Sidney, and Dickens have been performed on and off-Broadway, at regional theaters across the United States, and in Germany and Japan. He has published three books of fiction (Sugarless, Let Me See It, and Love Slaves of Helen Hadley Hall) and wrote, or co-wrote, the books to the Broadway musicals Triumph of Love and the recent Head Over Heels. He lives in Baltimore and teaches theater at Swarthmore College and the Yale School of Drama.

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John Dias

Dramaturg, Cymbeline

John Dias assumed his position as Artistic Director of Two River Theater...

John Dias assumed his position as Artistic Director of Two River Theater in August 2010 after working as a producer and dramaturg in New York for 20 years. In partnership with Managing Director Michael Hurst he has brought new vitality to the 20-year-old Red Bank theater, including producing subscription shows on two stages for the first time; launching the theater’s first literary department and commissioning program for new plays; presenting annual events such as a musical theater cabaret in collaboration with New York University’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program and the Crossing Borders festival of Latino plays; and developing numerous arts-education initiatives for young people including A Little Shakespeare, an annual production of one of Shakespeare’s plays performed by high-school students. Throughout his career, John has been a leading advocate for bold new American plays and stimulating productions of the classics, including the Broadway productions of Lisa Kron’s Well and Shakespeare’s The Tempest. For 12 seasons, he worked in a variety of capacities at The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, including Associate Producer and Associate Artistic Director. During much of his tenure at The Public, working for Producer George C. Wolfe, he was responsible for all aspects of play production on the theater’s six stages and the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. He also ran the theater’s literary department, overseeing new-play workshops and productions of classics by Shakespeare and other writers, and he directed and taught in the Shakespeare Lab, a professional actor-training program. Previously, John was dramaturg at Hartford Stage Company, and co-founded and led Affinity Company Theater, a production company dedicated to bringing daring new works from around the world to New York, and The Playwrights Realm, an off-Broadway company that produces new plays by emerging artists. He has been a Tony Award nominator, a consultant for the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous other organizations, and he has taught at New York University and Yale University. John currently teaches in the graduate school at Columbia University. He received his BA from George Washington University and his MFA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Joy Meads

Dramaturg, Richard II

Joy Meads is recently the Director of Dramaturgy and New...

Joy Meads is recently the Director of Dramaturgy and New Works for A.C.T. in San Francisco. Formerly the Literary Associate and Artistic Engagement Strategist at Center Theatre Group, where her dramaturgy credits include Forever by Dael Orlandersmith, Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison, The Royale by Marco Ramirez, and A Parallelogram by Bruce Norris. Previous to CTG, Joy was Literary Manager at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Associate Artistic Director at California Shakespeare Theater, where she ran the theater’s New Works/New Communities program. Joy has also worked with Portland Center Stage, the O’Neill, South Coast Rep, Chicago Dramatists, The Playwrights’ Center, Native Voices at the Autry, NYTW, and Campo Santo + Intersection for the Arts.

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Julie Felise Dubiner

Dramaturg, Henry VIII, Merchant of Venice

Julie Felise Dubiner is the former Associate Director of American Revolutions:...

Julie Felise Dubiner is the former Associate Director of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle. While at OSF, Julie served as dramaturg for Beauty and the BeastThe WizSweat, The CocoanutsThe Liquid Plain; and Party People. At Actors Theatre of Louisville, she collaborated on more than 40 productions and projects in the regular season and the Humana Festival, and co-created Rock & Roll: The Reunion Tour. In Philadelphia, she was project manager of the musical The Rosenbach Company and dramaturg at the Prince Music Theater. In Chicago, Julie freelanced with Defiant Theatre, blue star performance company, Steppenwolf Theatre Company and others. She has been a guest dramaturg at the Kennedy Center and KCACTF, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the New Harmony Project and elsewhere. Julie is the co-editor of two anthologies of Humana Festival plays; co-author of The Process of Dramaturgy: A Practical Guide; and a contributor to The Routledge Companion to DramaturgyInnovation in Five Acts: Strategies for Theatre and Performance, HowlRound, the LMDA Source Book; and is a Kilroys nominator. Julie holds a BA from Tufts University and an MFA from Columbia University.

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Kate McConnell

Dramaturg, Two Gentlemen of Verona

Kate McConnell received her MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from...

Kate McConnell received her MFA in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism from Yale School of Drama in 2005, specializing in Shakespeare production. She was the dramaturg on Romeo and Juliet and The Taming of the Shrew at OSF in 2007 and has had the pleasure of contributing a variety of articles to OSF’s various publications in the years since. Kate spent several years as a visiting assistant professor of English and Theater at Colgate University, and while there she continued to work as a freelance dramaturg. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a senior creative director at Thinkwell Group, an experience design company, turning her dramaturgical skills to developing and telling stories in location-based experiences such as museums and theme parks. Some of her notable projects at Thinkwell include The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, Georgia Aquarium’s Aquanaut Adventure, Expo 2020 Dubai, and the new permanent exhibits at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library. Kate is very excited for this opportunity to take a deep dive into Shakespeare’s language and enjoying the new discoveries and conversations it provokes.

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Katie Peterson

Dramaturg, King John

Katie Peterson is the author of three collections of poetry, This One...

Katie Peterson is the author of three collections of poetry, This One TreePermission, and The Accounts. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared widely. Recently, she contributed a poem to the Boston Review’s  2017 anthology, Poems for Political Disaster. She has received fellowships to support her work from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. With her partner Young Suh, she has made and shown multimedia work in film, sculpture, and artist’s books; last year Mills College Museum of Art presented a show of their collaborative work entitled “Can We Live Here? Stories from a Difficult World.” Peterson is Associate Professor of English at the University of California Davis where she teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program. She often teaches on a short term basis at Deep Springs College in rural Inyo County, California, where she is a member of the Board of Trustees.

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Kimberly Colburn

Dramaturg, Edward III

Kimberly Colburn is South Coast Repertory’s literary director and co-director...

Kimberly Colburn is South Coast Repertory’s literary director and co-director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival. Her recent dramaturgical work has included the world premiere productions of Going to a Place Where you Already Are by Bekah Brunstetter, Orange by Aditi Kapil, and Future Thinking by Eliza Clark. Formerly, she was the literary manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she was the dramaturg for the world premieres of Partners by Dorothy Fortenberry, The Roommate by Jen Silverman and Dot by Colman Domingo, among others. Prior to that, she was the associate literary director at SCR and was the dramaturg for world premieres of The Long Road Today by José Cruz González, Zoe Kazan’s Trudy and Max in Love and A Wrinkle in Time adapted by John Glore, among dozens of other productions and readings. She has worked with companies including Los Angeles Opera, Mixed Blood Theatre, Sledgehammer Theatre, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Critical Mass Ensemble, Artists at Play and Native Voices at the Autry.

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Lezlie C. Cross

Dramaturg, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus, Twelfth Night

Lezlie C. Cross is a dramaturg, scholar, and teacher currently working at...

Lezlie C. Cross is a dramaturg, scholar, and teacher currently working at the University of Portland. Her recent dramaturgical work includesTimon of Athens; The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa; As You Like It; All’s Well That Ends Wellat the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Treasure Island, Guys and Dollsand William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Playat the Utah Shakespeare Festival; A Raisin in the Sun at Cincinnati Shakespeare Love’s Labours Lost at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville;and The Tempest,Much Ado about Nothingat Classic Stage Company. Her published articles and book reviews appear in the journals Shakespeare Bulletin, Theatre Annual, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre and Theatre Survey as well as the book projects Shakespeare Expressed: Page, Stage, and Classroom and Performing Objects and Theatrical Things. Her article in Theatre History Studies (2017) places the controversy surrounding Play On! in historical context. She holds a PhD from the University of Washington, a MA from the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, UK, and a BA from Whitman College.

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Liz Engelman

Dramaturg, Measure for Measure

Liz Engelman is on faculty in the Playwriting and Directing area at UT Austin....

Liz Engelman is on faculty in the Playwriting and Directing area at UT Austin. As a dramaturg, Liz splits her time between the school year at UT Austin, and summer in Ely, MN, where she is the founder and director of Tofte Lake Center at Norm’s Fish Camp, a creative retreat center in the Boundary Waters. Liz has served as the Alumnae Relations Coordinator at Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, as Resident Dramaturg at Mixed Blood Theatre, as the Literary Director of the McCarter Theatre, the Director of New Play Development at ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington, Literary Manager/Dramaturg at Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, and as Assistant Literary Manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Liz has worked on the development of new plays across the country and abroad, including The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, ASK Theatre Projects, New York Theatre Workshop, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, South Coast Rep, Denver Center, and Florida Stage. She has directed new plays at The Illusion Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and Carleton College. Liz has been a guest at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Puget Sound, Cornish College of the Arts, and has taught playwriting at Freehold Studio Theatre Lab and The Playwrights’ Center.

Liz studied dramaturgy and new play development at Brown and Columbia universities, where she received her BA and MFA in theatre and dramaturgy, respectively. Liz is the co-editor with Michael Bigelow Dixon of several collections of plays, and a book on playwriting exercises; two volumes of monologues with Tori Haring-Smith; and a collection of Hedgebrook plays with Christine Sumption. She has written articles published in Theatre Topics and Theatre Forum.

Liz has served as President, Board Chair and is a current Board Member of LMDA, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas. She serves as an Ambassador-at-Large for the National New Play Network and is on the Advisory Board for Scriptworks. She is a board member of the National Theatre Conference.

Expertise: New play dramaturgy, playwriting, directing…and paddleboarding.

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Luan Schooler

Dramaturg, Hamlet

Luan Schooler is the Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy at...

Luan Schooler is the Director of New Play Development & Dramaturgy at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Oregon. Since starting there in 2015, she has initiated projects with Yussef El Guindi, Larissa FastHorse, Linda Alper, Andrea Stolowitz, Dael Orlandersmith, Hansol Jung, Anthony Hudson, and Susannah Mars. Before joining Artists Rep, she was Literary Manager/Dramaturg at Berkeley Rep for several years, and worked with many writers including David Edgar, Naomi Iizuka, Salman Rushdie, Dominique Serrand, Rinde Eckert, Lillian Groag, Bridget Carpenter, and Robert Fagles. While at Berkeley Rep, she served as production dramaturg on many productions, including with Lisa Peterson on Shakespeare’s Antony & Cleopatra. At OSF, she provided dramaturgy during two seasons, including on David Edgar’s Continental Divide, a project so large it required three dramaturgs: Lue Douthit, Douglas Langworthy, and Luan Schooler. (Interesting side note: the collective noun is ‘aggravation’, as in, “an aggravation of dramaturgs”.) Prior to all these experiences, she was a company member of Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska for many years. There, she learned what makes plays tick by working with artists like Paula Vogel, John Murrell, Molly Smith, Per Olav Sorensen, Pavel Dobrusky, John Luther Adams, and many others.

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Lydia Garcia

Dramaturg, Much Ado About Nothing

Lydia Garcia is a dramaturg, educator, and facilitator. She has served as...

Lydia Garcia is a dramaturg, educator, and facilitator. She has served as the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg at Marin Theatre Company as well as the Resident Dramaturg at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she served as the production dramaturg for All’s Well that Ends Well, Sense and Sensibility, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The Yeomen of the Guard, Vietgone, The Count of Monte Cristo, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Fingersmith, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Water by the Spoonful, Richard III, A Streetcar Named Desire, Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet, Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella, The Imaginary Invalid, August: Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, She Loves Me, The Music Man, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The Servant of Two Masters, Much Ado about Nothing, and Quixote. In addition to her dramaturgical work, Lydia was a resident lecturer and teacher at OSF, as well as a trained staff facilitator for issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity. She holds a BA in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from the Yale School of Drama, and is a member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). Gender pronouns: she/her/hers

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Lue Morgan Douthit

Executive Director / Dramaturg, Timon of Athens

During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a...

During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a full service literary department as Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy. Play on! began in 2012 as a pilot program under her supervision. She was the Production Dramaturg for more than 50 productions, including 15 world premieres including: Hannah and the Dread Gazebo; Head Over Heels; Family Album; The Unfortunates; Throne of Blood;  and Equivocation.. She has also worked on over two dozen Shakespeare productions. She is the co-adapter of a six-actor Macbeth and seven-actor Measure for Measure, which were both produced at OSF and elsewhere. She was the co-producer of the Black Swan Lab in 2009, going on to produce the lab from 2010 to 2016. Douthit is the recipient of the 1999 Literary Manager & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Prize in Dramaturgy: The Elliott Hayes Award. She received a PhD at the University of Washington, an MFA from Trinity University, and an MA from University of Arizona.

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Martine Kei Green-Rogers

Dramaturg, Comedy of Errors, Two Noble Kinsmen

MARTINE KEI GREEN-ROGERS is an Assistant...

MARTINE KEI GREEN-ROGERS is an Assistant Professor at SUNY: New Paltz, a freelance dramaturg, and the President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

Her dramaturgical credits include: The Greatest with the Louisville Orchestra, Fences and One Man, Two Guvnors at Pioneer Theatre Company; Clearing Bombs and Nothing Personal at Plan-B Theatre; the Classical Theatre Company’s productions of Uncle Vanya, Antigone, Candida, Ghosts, Tartuffe, and Shylock, The Jew of Venice; Sweat at the Goodman; productions of Radio Golf, Five Guys Named Moe, Blues for An Alabama Sky, Gem of the Ocean, Waiting for Godot, Iphigenia at Aulis, Seven GuitarsThe Mountaintop, Home, and Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre; The Clean House at CATCO; Hairspray, The Book of Will, Shakespeare in Love, UniSon, Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Comedy of ErrorsTo Kill A Mockingbird, The African Company Presents Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Fences at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; 10 Perfect and The Curious Walk of the Salamander as part of the 2006 and 2007 Madison Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival; and A Thousand Words as part of the 2008 WI Wrights New Play Festival.

She also works with the Great Plains Theatre Conference and is affiliated with NNPN.

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Mead K. Hunter

Dramaturg, Henry VI, Part 1, 2, 3

Mead K. Hunter launched his theater career as playwright in residence at...

Mead K. Hunter launched his theater career as playwright in residence at Storefront Actors Theatre in Portland, Oregon, and like most theater folk, went on to take a turn at nearly everything job description the field encompasses. He earned an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale University and a PhD in Critical Studies from UCLA. He has taught performance history and text analysis at UCLA, UC San Diego, University of Iowa and the California Institute of the Arts. He also guest lectures on contemporary theater at institutions around the United States, and frequently consults for various art service organizations as well as commercial entities.

For 10 years he served as Director of Literary Programs for A.S.K. Theater Projects in Los Angeles where, among other duties, he commissioned many original scripts, including Naomi Iizuka’s 36 ViewsMayhem by Kelly Stuart, Marlane Meyer’s The Mystery of Attraction, and The Lively Lad by Quincy Long. While in L.A., he also curated the popular Common Ground Festival, which introduced numerous companies to the region including RedMoon Theater and Diavolo Dance Company.

From 2002-2009, Mead was Portland Center Stage’s Director Literary & Education Programs. While at PCS, he was the production dramaturg on many world premieres (including Celebrity Row by Itamar Moses, and Glen Berger’s O Lovely Glowworm), in addition to curating the company’s annual festival of new work. Beloved dramaturgical endeavors elsewhere include the world premieres of Sam Hunter’s The Whale at Denver Center, The Huntsmen (by Quincy Long) for Portland Playhouse, The Monster Builder (by Amy Freed) and Ithaka (by Andrea Stolowitz) for Artists Repertory Theatre, Amy Freed’s Shrew! at SCR’s Pacific Playwrights Festival, and of course getting to work with Doug Langworthy on the Henry VIplays for the Play On! project.

Today Mead is a professor in the Performing Arts Department of the University of Portland, where he teaches theater history, dramaturgy and script analysis, and recently directed Naomi Iizuka’s Good Kids. He is also an associate editor for Methuen Ltd., working currently on the forthcoming Methuen Guide to Contemporary Drama. Mead is especially proud to be the former artistic director of The New Harmony Project, a play development organization dedicated to supporting new works for performance that reflect the resilience of the human spirit.

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Nakissa Etemad

Dramaturg, King Lear

Nakissa Etemad is a professional dramaturg, producer, director, and French...

Nakissa Etemad is a professional dramaturg, producer, director, and French translator based in San Francisco, CA. She is the recipient of the 2015 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy for her work on four multi-city world premieres of Marcus Gardley’s the road weeps, the well runs dry through LARK’s Launching New Plays into the Repertoire (Perseverance Theatre, AK; Pillsbury House Theatre, MN; LATC; Univ. of S. Florida’s School of Theatre & Dance). The Regional VP Metro Bay Area for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), she has worked in the field of dramaturgy since 1992, including full-time posts as Dramaturg & Literary Manager for Philadelphia’s The Wilma Theater, San Jose Repertory Theatre, and Resident Dramaturg & Artistic Associate for San Diego Rep. Ms. Etemad has fostered 24 professional world premiere plays & musicals and dramaturged over 90 productions, workshops & staged readings with such writers as Tom Stoppard, Arthur Miller, Lynn Nottage, Luis Valdez, Polly Pen, Marcus Gardley, Charles L. Mee, Doug Wright, Octavio Solis, Julie Hébert, Chay Yew, Dael Orlandersmith, Katori Hall, Lillian Groag, Culture Clash, D.W. Jacobs, Ray Leslee, Heather McDonald, Steven Dietz, Lauren Yee, David Adjmi, Dan Dietz, Geetha Reddy, Garret Jon Groenveld, Marisela Treviño Orta, Torange Yeghiazarian, Stephanie Fleischmann, and Jeanne Drennan.

Highlights include: Dramaturg for East Coast Premiere/2nd Production of Arthur Miller’s penultimate play Resurrection Blues at The Wilma; The Philadelphia Orchestra & The Wilma Theater’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favor by Tom Stoppard & André Previn, with David Strathairn and Richard Easton; the inaugural world premiere production of Marcus Gardley’s every tongue confess in Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle; the world premiere Wilma-commissioned musical Embarrassments by Polly Pen and Laurence Klavan; world premiere of The Doors musical Celebration of the Lizard at San Diego Rep, with workshops starring Billy Zane and Grace Jones; Producer of San Jose Rep’s 5th Annual New America Playwrights Festival 2001, featuring Lynn Nottage, Polly Pen, James Milton, Naomi Iizuka; and Dramaturg for Katori Hall on her play The Mountaintop in Bay Area Playwrights Fest. Ms. Etemad has also provided dramaturgy for Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alliance Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, O’Neill Music Theater Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, Shotgun Players, Golden Thread, African-American Shakes, French Consulate SF, The Cutting Ball Theater (as Resident Dramaturg for BATCC award-winning productions of Marcus Gardley’s …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano and Victims of Duty), Playwrights Foundation (PF) and six Bay Area Playwrights Festivals, Crowded Fire, Alter Theater, George St. Playhouse, Diversionary Theatre, Austin Script Works, and the inaugural season of Berkeley Rep’s The Ground Floor with Gardley’s the House that will not Stand.

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Nancy Keystone

Dramaturg, Julius Caesar

Nancy Keystone is a Los Angeles-based, multi-disciplinary theatre maker,...

Nancy Keystone is a Los Angeles-based, multi-disciplinary theatre maker, visual artist, & founding artistic director of Critical Mass Performance Group (CMPG). She is an honored recipient of a 2014 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, & 2011 United States Artists Hoi Fellowship. Critical Mass Performance Group is a collaborative ensemble developing new works and adaptations of classic texts since 1985. It was named 2013’s Best Theater Company by LA WEEKLY.

In her roles as CMPG’s chief investigator, writer, director, and designer, Keystone has recently helmed:  AMERYKA (2010-2016) a kaleidoscopic new work illuminating the promises and betrayals of the United States, through the surprising relationship with Poland;ALCESTIS, a deconstruction of Euripides’ play about love and sacrifice, developed at Getty Villa Theatre Lab, premiered at Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena; APOLLO, an epic trilogy exploring the US space program, its relationship with Nazi rocket scientists, and the surprising intersection with the Civil Rights Movement–Parts 1 & 2 premiered at Kirk Douglas Theatre 2005, Part 3 premiered with the full trilogy at Portland Center Stage 2009; THE AKHMATOVA PROJECT, movement-theatre piece inspired by life & work of Russian poet, Anna Akhmatova. Other recent Keystone/CMPG projects: BREAD, 2011 site specific interactive performance-salon, Cornerstone Theater commission; 365 DAYS/365 PLAYS #47 by Suzan-Lori Parks, 2007 site specific, Angels Gate Cultural Center; adaptation of ANTIGONE, 2001 at Portland Center Stage.

As a freelance artist Ms. Keystone has directed & designed award-winning productions at regional theaters (Portland Center Stage, Center Theatre Group/California Plaza, East West Players, Theatre @ Boston Court, Actor’s Express, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), as well as opera (Musica Angelica, Long Beach Opera, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival) and film.

As a visual artist she creates paintings and collages for exhibitions and commissions.  Her work has been honored with, and supported by Theatre Communication Group’s 2003 Alan Schneider Director Award, MacDowell Colony Fellow, grants from NEA, Association of Performing Arts Presenters/Doris Duke Foundation, TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts, Center for Cultural Innovation, Flintridge Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Drama League of New York fellowship. She is on visiting faculty at UCLA, and has been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities around the country.  She holds a BA in Theatre from UCLA, and MFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon.

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Natsuko Ohama

Dramaturg, Alls Well That Ends Well

Natsuko Ohama-Trained under legendary voice teacher Kristin Linklater. ...

Natsuko Ohama-Trained under legendary voice teacher Kristin Linklater.  She is a founding member and permanent faculty of Shakespeare and Company Lenox, Mass., a senior artist at Pan Asian Rep New York, and was the Director of Training at the National Arts Center of Canada. Natsuko has taught at numerous institutions all over North America, including the NYU Experimental Theater Wing, Cal Arts, Columbia University, the Sundance Institute, New Actors Workshop, the Stratford Festival. Recently taught in Shanghai China, Stromboli Italy, Istanbul,Turkey, Orkney Scotland, and at the Wooster Group Summer Institute in New York. She also has an extensive workshop and private teaching practice in New York and Los Angles. A Drama Desk nominated actress, she has portrayed roles ranging from Juliet to Lady Macbeth from Hamlet to Prospero (Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company) from the action film Speed to the cult series Forever Knight and American Playhouse on PBS. She has been seen on screen in Pirates of the Caribbean 2, and on stage at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Dogeaters as Imelda Marcos and favorite recent roles as Polonius in the LAWSC production of Hamlet at the Odyssey Theatre and Winnie in Beckett’s Happy Days at the Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena. Ms. Ohama’s play Geisha of the Gilded Age-Miyuki Morgan, was staged at the Ventford Theater in Lenox, Mass. As a director credits include the Press and FACE for Visions and Voices at USC, and Macbeth 3 at the HERE Theatre in New York starring Lisa Wolpe. She is the recipient of the Playwright’s Arena Outstanding Contribution to Los Angeles Theatre Award and appears in the recent publication Voice and Speech Training in the New Millennium (Conversations with Master Teachers) by Nancy Saklad. She heads the voice progression for the MFA Acting Program at USC.

Website: www.natsukoohama.com

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Philippa Kelly

Dramaturg, King lear

Philippa Kelly (PhD Shakespeare) is Resident Dramaturg for the California...

Philippa Kelly (PhD Shakespeare) is Resident Dramaturg for the California Shakespeare Theater and regularly serves as production dramaturg for various regional theaters. She is also Professor and Chair of English at the California Jazz Conservatory. For her research Philippa has been awarded fellowships from the Fulbright, Rockefeller, Walter and Eliza Hall, and Commonwealth Foundations at UC Berkeley, Oxford University and Bellagio, as well as Fellowships at the Australian National University and Sydney University and a multi-year Senior Fellowship at the University of New South Wales. Philippa is the co-recipient of a Bly Award for Innovation in Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, culminating in a volume, Unpacking Dramaturgy: Diversity, Inclusion and Representation, Case Studies From the Field, co-edited with Amrita Ramanan, to be published by Routledge Press in the summer of 2019. Philippa is team leader for grants awarded by the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation and the California Arts Council for curriculum components taught in under-served Oakland schools. She has published many works, including 11 books (presses include Halstead, Ashgate, Oxford University Press, Michigan, Arden), 45 internationally refereed articles, and 43 playbill articles. Philippa has published extensively on King Lear, the closest to her heart being her book, The King and I(Arden Press, 2011). A meditation on Australian identity through the lens of Shakespeare’s King Lear, The King and I illuminates contemporary social attitudes toward the fringe-dwellers of society. Finally, Philippa is proud to lead a year-round community theater group entitled Berkeley Theater Explorations, the purpose of which is to make dramaturgy foundational to community theater appreciation.

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Ricardo Bracho

Dramaturg, Alls Well That Ends Well

Ricardo A. Bracho is an award-winning writer (plays, essays, the occasional...

Ricardo A. Bracho is an award-winning writer (plays, essays, the occasional poem), teacher (community and university), organizer (for youth, queers, the incarcerated, brown and black peoples; against empire and the state); editor and dramaturg. He is a committed homosexual and a lifelong Marxist.

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Rob Melrose

Dramaturg, Coriolanus

Rob Melrose is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cutting Ball Theater...

Rob Melrose is the Founding Artistic Director of the Cutting Ball Theater and works nationally as a freelance director. He has directed at The Public Theater (PericlesPrince of Tyre), The Guthrie Theater (Happy DaysFreud’s Last SessionPenJulius Caesar – with the Acting Company); The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Troilus and Cressida – in association with the Public Theater), The Old Globe (Much Ado About Nothing); Magic Theatre (An Accident, World Premiere); PlayMakers Rep (Happy Days); Black Box Theatre (The Creature, World Premiere, BATCC Award for direction), as well as Actors’ Collective; The Gamm Theatre; Cal Shakes; and Crowded Fire, among others.

His directing credits at Cutting Ball include A DreamplayOndine (World Premiere), Mount Misery (World Premiere), Communiqué no˚ 10Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in RepKrispy Kritters in the Scarlett Night (World Premiere), Pelleas & Melisande, the Bay Area Premiere of Will Eno’s Lady Grey (in ever lower light), The TempestThe Bald SopranoVictims of DutyBone to Pick & Diadem (World Premiere), EndgameKrapp’s Last TapeThe Taming of the ShrewMacbethHamletmachineAs You Like It, The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World, Roberto Zucco, and My Head Was a Sledgehammer among others. His translations of WoyzeckUbu RoiPelleas & Melisande, and Communiqué no˚ 10 have been published by EXIT Press.  He has also translated PhèdreThe ChairsThe Bald SopranoNo ExitThe Stronger, and The Man with the Flower in his Mouth.  He has written a number of plays including Helen of TroyAsylumDivorsosaurus, and his rock musical of L. Frank Baum’s Ozma of Oz.  He has taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, USF, the University of Rhode Island and Marin Academy.  He has a B.A. in English and Theater from Princeton University and an M.F.A. in directing from the Yale School of Drama.

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Waylon Lenk

Dramaturg, Henry IV, Parts 1, 2

Waylon Lenk is Karuk from the villages of Ka’tim’îin and Taxasúfkara,...

Waylon Lenk is Karuk from the villages of Ka’tim’îin and Taxasúfkara, as well as an Oregon-based dramaturg/producer. He is currently a dramaturg on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Off the Rails, and a doctoral student at the University of Oregon’s Theatre Department, where his current research involves reading indigenous North American maps as performance texts. He also teaches Introduction to Acting, and recently directed a shadow puppet adaptation of a Klamath legend in the University’s Many Nation’s Longhouse. Last season he was the Shakespeare Dramaturgy Resident at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and worked on The Winter’s Tale and Richard II. He has previously presented work at Oregon State University, Portland Public Schools, the Piggyback Fringe Festival in Wakefield, Quebec, and at the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation’s U.S. Grant Hotel. His work approaches Native theatre from his position(s) as a dramaturg and a pikváhaan, or Karuk storyteller. As a dramaturg he actively promotes the work of Native playwrights and is involved research to extend the boundaries of what is considered “Native theater.” As a pikváhaan he uses tools from the field of theatre to (re)activate his people’s body of literature. His work has been funded by Oregon State University, Advocates for Indigenous California Languages, and the Yurok Tribe. He is currently developing a piece that uses traditional Karuk pikvah and primary historical documents to grapple with the ongoing legacy of the California Genocide aka Gold Rush with funding from The Evergreen State College’s Longhouse Education and Culture Center. He holds an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University, and a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College.

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