AMANDA BERMUDEZ grew up throughout the United States before moving to Moscow, Russia, where she worked as a volunteer with Afghan refugees and as a textual translator. She received her bachelor’s degree between Chicago and Sydney, Australia in Philosophy of the Arts, and went on to study art and film studies at the postgraduate level at Yale University. Her diverse career includes professional screenwriting, playwriting, and public arts organization. An award-winning author, she is also a former boxer and EMT, and her work gravitates toward contemporary explorations of violence, the architecture of language, and the dynamics of privilege.
BARBARA BLATNER’s play Years of Sky
won the Columbia-Greene Playwrights Contest, the New Works of Merit contest, and was produced by Scripts Up! (59E59 Theaters). No Star Shines Sharper
(pub. Baker’s Plays) was produced for radio, aired repeatedly on NPR stations and acquired by the Museum of TV and Radio. Other plays include Grassy Knoll
(Boston Theatre Marathon), Guernica 2003
(American Globe Festival), and a video, The Choice
(International Women’s Video Festival). Clearing
and White Ashes
were finalists in the O’Neill International Playwrights Contest. NYQ Books published Barbara’s two poetry collections, The Still Position
and Living With You
. She teaches Writing at Yeshiva University.
MEGAN BREEN (BFA Dramaturgy from DePaul University/MFA Dramatic Writing from USC) is a playwright, poet and theatre/literature instructor in Los Angeles whose plays include My First, My Fist, My Bleeding Seeded Spirit
(2010 Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop; Miami’s New Theatre), The Dirt and Its Harp in Her Mouth
(OC Centric’s 2012 New Play Festival, OC Examiner’s Best New Plays of OC), Serpentine Pink (Son of Semele’s Company Creation Festival; James Madison University), Sexy Popcorn
(published in Best of Playground – Los Angeles) and Lecherous Honey
(Chicago’s Cock and Bull Theatre). Her screenplay for Ron Hanks’ short film Dirt Eaters
premiered at Cannes’ 2015 Court Métrage.
RICHARD BROCKMAN lives in New York His plays have been performed off- and off-off-Broadway in New York, Fringe in London, as well as LA, Chicago, and regionally. He has received numerous awards from among others the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, American Blues Theater, Blue Ink Festival, Theater in the Raw, Cynosure, the Texas Film Commission, the South by SouthWest Film Festival, the 7 Devils Playwrights Conference, the Samuel French Best Short Play Festival. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a founding member of the Workshop Theater Company.
OSCAR CABRERA is a Texas born-and-bred actor and playwright. He has worked with Rattlestick Theater, Theater Masters, Rising Circle Theater Collective, NYU, INTAR, the LARK, the Kennedy Center, the LATC, the Amoralists, New York Theater Workshop, and others. He has written and developed work with the Black and Latino Playwrights Festival, Hudson Warehouse WAGG, Rising Circle's Inktank, Lonestar Theater and the One Minute Play Festival.
EUGENIE CARABATSOS is a New York based playwright. Her plays have won the Kennedy Center Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award, the Trustus Theatre Playwrights Contest, the Mountain Playhouse Comedy Writing Competition, the Venus Theatre Festival, and the University of Tulsa’s WomensWork Competition. They have been produced by Trustus Theatre, iDiOM Theatre, and South Park Theatre, as well as in a number of festivals and development programs, including the Great Plains Theater Conference. She graduated with her MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016, and received her BA from Wesleyan University in 2010. eugeniecarabatsos.com
TOM COASH is a New Haven, Ct. playwright, director, producer, and teacher. Prior to New Haven, he taught playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. Tom has won numerous playwriting awards and his plays have been produced worldwide. His new full-length play VEILS is the Winner of the 2015 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, Winner of the Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights, and the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation National New Play Award. He is currently co-producing the "Still Crazy After All These Years New Play Festival" for and about seniors.
INDA CRAIG-GALVAN is an LA playwright, screenwriter and Dramatic Writing M.F.A. candidate at the University of Southern California. Plays: Black Super Hero Magic Mama (Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award; Skylight Theatre INKubator Reading Series, Los Angeles), Welcome To Matteson! (Oregon Shakespeare Festival Black Swan New Play Lab), I Go Somewhere Else (Humanitas Award/CTG semi-finalist). Screenplay, Fried Catfish, received the Grand Jury Prize for Best Screenplay at Urbanworld Film Festival 2016. Inda was selected as a playwright in a joint project of The Adam Mickiewicz Institute of Poland, LA Playwrights' Arena, and USC School of Dramatic Arts, to be performed in 2017.
LESLIE DILLEN is an award winning playwright and actress. Her full-length plays and one-acts have had productions and workshops in New York, Massachusetts, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Washington. Her full-length play, Death Quilt
, was workshopped at The Sundance Institute. She has written and performed six solo shows throughout the U.S., at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and The New York International Fringe Festival. Her most recent full-length play, Two Wives in India
, has had development productions at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and The Santa Fe Playhouse. Leslie is currently at work on her first novel and is a member of Dramatist Guild.
DALE DUNN's plays include Body Burden
(The Adobe Theater; Santa Fe Performing Arts) Our Place
(Women’s Voices), Parakeet Love
(Winner, Fusion Theater’s The Seven), Sworn to Water
(Theaterwork; Santa Fe Playhouse) Driving While Innocent
(Winner, First Stage Los Angeles One-Act Play Contest) and Armed and Dangerous
(Fusion Theater’s Second Seven). Her most recent play, The Big Heartless,
was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference and Creede Rep’s Headwaters Festival. Dale works in Santa Fe as a playwright, dramaturg and teacher. She received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
JOANNA GARNER’s work has been developed nationally and internationally, including at the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, Tofte Lake Center, Seattle Rep, On the Boards, Kitchen Dog Theater, ZACH Theatre, and NY and Hollywood fringe festivals. Her political drama about Iran,The Orange Garden, was a winner of the 2016 Keene Prize for Literature and received an honorable mention on the 2016 Kilroys List. An accomplished songwriter and musician, Joanna’s country musical, 100 Heartbreaks, was workshopped in Seattle Rep's New Play Program and presented at one of the country’s largest arts and music festivals, Bumbershoot. Joanna has an MFA in Playwriting from UT Austin.
GISELLE GILBERT is an actor, producer and writer from Los Angeles. She is developing a new web series Like Magic
, and is finishing post-production on Path of Dreams
(written by Velina Hasu Houston). Past Projects (produced) include: All I Want
(dir. by West Liang,) Golden Tongues 2 & 3
(Playwrights’ Arena), Painting In Red
(written by Luis Alfaro,) and "Shifty”
(Endemol Beyond). Acting credits include: Libby in All I Want
, Hero in Much Ado About Something
, Cécile in Les Liasons Dangereuses
(dir. by Robert Shampain), Page in Super Zero
(dir. by Mitch Cohen). She holds a BA in Theatre from USC.
REINA HARDY's plays have been produced in Chicago, NYC, Austin and DC including Glassheart
(Rorsharch Theater, Shrewds), Changelings
, (The Vortex), A Map to Somewhere Else
(Everyday Inferno, NYC) and Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven
(KCACTF TYA Prize.) Honors include: Michener Fellowship, National New Play Network New Play Showcase, Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop, Interact 20/20 Commission, 2015-16 Pipeline Playlab, Jerome Fellowship Finalist, Collider Commission, Terrence Mcnally Prize finalist, GPTC Holland New Voices Award, KCACTF Mark Twain Prize Runner up. Publications include: Best American Short Plays, 2012-2013,
and Best Scenes for Two Actors, Applause, Best Stage Monologs for Men,
and 60 Seconds to Shine.
AMINA HENRY is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Productions include: The Animals
at JACK, Happily Ever
at Brooklyn College, An American Family Takes a Lover
at Theater for the New City, Water
produced by Drama of Works and The Minstrel Show,
produced as part of the 2013 Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival at 13th Street Theater/CSC (NYC). Her work has been developed by/presented at: The New Group, The Flea, Clubbed Thumb, National Black Theater, Barefoot Theater, Little Theater at Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, OR) and Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX), among others.
MARCIA JABLONSKI's first play, The Front Steps
, was selected for The Wisconsin Wrights New Play Project, and Marcia saw that as a good omen to continue writing plays. Since then she has won other accolades including New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, NYC; Elizabeth George Foundation Grant for Emerging Playwrights; and New Works Development Residency, Madison. Three of her plays have had full productions: The Front Steps, Rumors of Truth
and The Great Jimmy Boyle
. Marcia is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and currently lives in the scenic Driftless Area of Wisconsin.
WILLIAM C. KOVACSIK holds a BA from Drew University, a J.D. from the Fordham Law School and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon University where he was on faculty at from 1994-2001. Most recently, he served as chair of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch Asia graduate program. He wrote The Masrayana, which won the Joseph Jefferson Citation Award for Best New Play in Chicago, 2005-2006. His play Morisot Reclining,
staged by the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, was nominated for both a Henry Award and an Ovation Award by the Denver Post. He has been published by both Playscripts, Inc. and the Next Stage Press.
HEIDI KRAAY examines the connection between brain and body, seeking empathy with fractured characters. Writing across disciplines and training in diverse theater vocabularies give her tools to live better making art. Her plays, including How To Hide Your Monster, SuperSecretSiteSpecificSomething
(co-devised), New Eden, DIRT
(co-devised), Me and My Shadow and Kilgore,
have been presented most recently through id Theater, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Boise Contemporary Theater, HomeGrown Theatre, Death Rattle Writers Festival, and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Heidi is a 2016 MFA recipient in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from CIIS and a member of the Dramatists Guild. heidikraay.com
SARAH LAWRENCE’s play All Ye Who Enter Here
, was most recently produced at Soho Playhouse in 2014. Her play, Liberty, won the Southern Playwrights’Award, and went on to become a national finalist at the American College Theater Festival. Duende: Recuerdos de Flamenco, placed as a finalist in the Julie Harris Competition. It was selected by the Good to Go Festival for a residency and now advances to New York for a developmental production this spring. Bibo and Bertie won the Writer’s Digest Competition. Lawrence, a Dallas-based playwright, recently graduated from the MFA program: Writing for Stage and Screen at the New Hampshire Institute of Arts. .
ARIKA LARSON is a Brooklyn-based playwright and poet from Kansas. Her play Birthday Boy
was a semifinalist for the National Playwrights Conference, and was developed at the Great Plains Theatre Conference. She was a resident playwright at Three Act Theatre creating her play, redhead ball
. She produced her plays Spumoni, White Sangria,
and Foreign Bodies
in three consecutive Fringe Festivals, and White Sangria
was produced at the Melting Pot Theater. She recently completed a commission from the Wayne Center for The Arts, and is a regular contributing writer for Shotz
, produced by Amios Theatre, NYC. B.A., English, Cornell College.
JENI MAHONY’s most recent play, Fata Morgana,
premiered at Boise Contemporary Theater where it was the recipient of an NEA ArtWorks Grant. It is published in Plays and Playwrights 2016
and an Honorable Mention on 2015 Kilroy List. Other plays have been presented at the National Playwrights Conference, InterAct Theater, Circus Theatricals, Key City Public, Company One and Boston Theater Marathon among others. Jeni is Founding Artistic Director of Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, co-Artistic Director of id Theater, on the Board of the National Theatre Conference, and an inductee of the Indie Theater Hall of Fame. She is a member of the Dramatists. jenimahoney.com
HEATHER MEYER is a playwright, comedy writer and performer from Minneapolis. Her work has been produced in theatres across the country. Her satirical essays have been published by Reductress.com. Heather is the creator, director and producer of the sketch comedy game show, Women’s History Month: The Historical Comedybration (with fabulous prizes). Heather also teaches comedy writing and improv in Minneapolis and at conferences throughout the country. She has an MFA in Playwriting from Spalding University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. @heathermeyer2 heathermeyeronline.com
AMINA S. MCINTYRE is an Atlanta based playwright who has had several productions and readings in the Atlanta One Minute Play Festival, Fort Wayne Fringe Festival, Working Title Playwrights, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Tip My Cup Productions. She was a 2014-2015 playwriting apprentice at Horizon Theatre Company, 2014-2015 Atlanta Region Young Ambassador for the Dramatist’s Guild, and the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs 2014-2015 Emerging Theatre Artist.
GWEN OREL is a New Jersey dramaturg-playwright-director and critic. In prior incarnations, she worked as an AEA stage manager, and from 2000-2004, as literary manager of Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where she ran the Southern Writers’ Project. She has an AB/AM from Stanford University, where four of her plays were produced, and a Ph.D in Theatre, and a certificate in Russian and East European Studies, from the University of Pittsburgh, Her dissertation, "Performing Cultures: English-Language Theatres in Post-Communist Prague,” researched on a Mellon Foundation grant. She runs the online journal New York Irish Arts.com, and Irish music owns her.
SAM PATTESON was raised in the bucolic and isolated Shenandoah Valley near Staunton, Virginia. He has had many jobs including coppersmith, construction worker, bartender, door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, and as a lead mobile software engineer at companies such as Rosetta Stone and Daimler. Sam has written plays, essays, and short stories, some of which have been taught as part of the writing curriculum for James Madison University and Ithaca College. He is the editor-in-chief of the alt-monthly RANT magazine, and curator/inventor of the site-specific mobile storytelling platform Asunder. asunder.org
ALEX RUBIN’s plays and songs have been produced at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, The Dramatists Guild, Theater for the New City, Primary Stages, NYU’s Steinhardt School, 54 Below, The Samuel French OOB Festival, and more. She is the recipient of the Francis Ford Coppola Award, a SPACE on Ryder Resident, a finalist for the 2015 Davenport Songwriting Competition, a semi-finalist for The O’Neill Summer Conference, a semi-finalist for Red Women’s Theatre Award, the 2013/14 Big Vision Empty Wallet Playwriting Fellow, and the winner of The 85th Annual Writers Digest Award in Playwriting.
DENNIS SCHEBETTA is a playwright, director, actor and filmmaker whose work has been seen Off-Off Broadway at Ensemble Studio Theatre, fringeNYC, 29th Street Rep, Vital Theatre, City Theatre, Theater Schmeater and The Road Theatre. His play Dog Park
is published in Ten 10-Minute Plays Vol. III and has been produced around the world. His plays Distance
are published by Original Works and his plays Half Full
and Hipsters in Love
were included in the Bricolage Urban Sprawl Anthology and. His award-winning film My Date with Adam
has been seen in festivals in LA, NYC, and London. dennisschebetta.com
KATIE SIMS is a queer writer/performer whose work has been featured on Everyday Feminism
and After Ellen,
and has performed her spoken word in LA’s very own Da Poetry Lounge. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Theatre Arts.
LOJO SIMON is a playwright and dramaturg. Recent projects include Controlled Burn
(MonoMyth Theatre), Adoration of Dora
(KOLT Run Creations, Idiom Theatre, KCACTF/ATHE David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award), and Love All
(OC-Centric New Play Festival). Plays for young audiences to tour in 2017 with Creede Repertory and Noorda Center for Children and Youth, and in 2018 with Kaiser Permanente. Lojo also curates Bare Bones Theatre new play reading series in Laguna Beach, CA. More at lojosimon.com and on NewPlayExchange.org.
ELAINE SMITH is a playwright, actor, director whose plays include Angels and Ministers of Grace
(New Jersey Rep), The Looking Glass--
adapted from Edith Wharton's short story (The Wharton Salon), and short plays Liars' Poker
(Finalist – 2010 Heideman Award), Picture Perfect, She Hung Up
and Ten Minute Life
(The ArtsCenter). Works-in-progress include Three Mile Limit, PowerPlay,
another Wharton adaptation, After Holbein,
and short pieces Strange Flowers of Reason, Handiwork, Darkness, Agit-Prop 8, Walls, Fishing,
and Quis Custodiet.
Elaine is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, and the Dramatists Guild.
HOPE VILLANUEVA is a DC based emerging playwright interested in exploring our humanity through theatre. Her musical, Rooftops, was produced at Center Stage in Santa Barbara, Renovations, was produced as a part of the show Where Do Things Go? at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and Pacific, was the first runner up at the Next Act! New Play Summit in Schenectady, NY. Her play, The Veils, received staged readings at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival and Baltimore Playwrights' Festival, was awarded development at The Black and Latino Playwrights' Conference and was live recorded for podcast by The Parsnip Ship in NYC.
JUSTIN WARNER is a NYC-based playwright and lyricist, and a member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop. His work has been produced in more than 25 cities here and abroad, and is published by Sam French, Original Works, Smith & Kraus, and BMI. Honors include: Peabody Award, Harrington Award (BMI), Global Age Project, Kennedy Center-ACTF, Princess Grace finalist, O’Neill semi-finalist, and seven-time Heideman Award finalist. He’s currently writing the libretto for a musical adaptation of Andrew Solomon’s Far From The Tree,
about parenting children with extraordinary challenges and differences. He is also a Lecturer in Expository Writing at NYU.
JENNIE WEBB is an independent LA playwright in residence at Rogue Machine Theatre and Theatricum Botanicum where she runs the new play program, Botanicum Seedlings. Her works have been produced in locally (most recently at Inkwell Theater) and nationwide; supported by programs including The Playwrights Center's PlayLabs, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Little Black Dress INK, 365 Women A Year and Road Theatre Summer Playwrights Festival; and published by Heinemann Press and Indie Theater Now. She is a member of the Playwrights Union, EST/LA Playwrights Unit and PlayGround-LA writer’s pool. She co-founded LA Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI). jenniewebbsite.com & @jenniewebbsite
BENJAMIN WEINER is a Brooklyn-based playwright, composer, and educator. He is writer-in-residence at Upstream Artist Collective, with whom he presented his new play, The Noise,
at Dixon Place. He is developing a new eco-play with Upstream and a new historical musical commissioned by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation in partnership with Ensemble Studio Theater. He has received the Core Apprentice fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, and developed original theater with the Onassis Foundation. He also writes musicals with students from Saint Ann’s School in Brooklyn Heights.
BRYAN WILLIS serves as playwright-in-residence for the Northwest Playwrights Alliance at Seattle Repertory Theatre. His plays have appeared internationally, including at New York Theater Workshop, Milwaukee Rep, Unseam’d Shakespeare Co., ACT, Book-It Repertory Theatre and Riverside Studios in London. His work has also been featured on NPR and BBC Radio. Bryan has worked in the literary departments of many theaters, including Lincoln Center (NYU's Playwright-in-Residence) and Playwrights Horizons. He is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion and served on the 2011 KC/ACTF National Selection Team. Bryan lives in Olympia with his son Zach in their new home: Willoughby, Significantly Close to the Sea.
WILLIAM YELLOW ROBE is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe from the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine reservation. Anthologies of his work include Grandchildren of the Buffalo Soldiers and Other Untold Stories
and Where the Pavement Ends: New Native Drama.
Bill is a company member with Penumbra Theatre Company and Ensemble Studio Theater. He is a recipient of a Princess Grace Award, the first recipient of the First Nations Book Award for Drama, and a Jerome Fellow. He is a Faculty Affiliate in the Creative Writing department at the University of Montana, Missoula and a Libra Professor of Multi-Culturalism at the University of Maine.
JOSHUA BERMUDEZ is an actor based in Los Angeles, California. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and is a founding producer of Shakespeare in the Shed. Film and television credits include The Other Mother, Moggy Creatures, Beer Fest, A Better Criminal,
and the new media series One Liner of the Week.
Select theater credits include Duel, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth,
and The Tall Girls.
He has also served as a guest artist for the Yale Alumni Association, and lecturer for Santiago Canyon College and The Actor’s Studio of Orange County.
KATE BRENNAN is developing Brennan Check-In at Oklahoma City University, where she is Head of Voice in the School of Theatre. Drawing from Yoga, Linklater Voicework, Thai Bodywork and Artistic Exercises, the Brennan Check-In develops a creative habit enhancing artists skills by reinforcing the resilience, resourcefulness, connection, positivity and health required to maintain life in the arts. Artistic Director of BCKSEET Productions and member of AEA, Kate is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified Thai Bodyworker, a Designated Linklater Teacher, and composer of two musicals: Some Assembly Required and ELFuego. McCarter Theater Center commissioned Kate to develop a new musical for summer 2017.
CHARLES CONOLY studied theatre and communication, but now lives in Austin with an acting career focusing on film work. Charles has been cast in multiple films in the Austin area where he caught the attention of the film department at the University of Texas and works with students on their short films and as an actor in directing workshops. Charles has a range of credits from independent films to commercial work including working with clients such as MetRX, AMC, and GoPro. His program of film work includes leading roles in Brave New America, The Adrift, Lurk, House of the Rising Son, Loyalty of Dogs, and an appearance in the television pilot Switch. His favorite genre is comedy and hopes to work more in theater in the future. Charles is signed with The Atherton Group (TAG). TAG).
MICHAEL REYNA is excited to play in Creede for the first time. He hails from Austin,TX where he was last seen onstage in the Main Street Musical Festival's Reading of WOODY. In Austin he's also performed in Priscilla Queen of the Desert (at ZACH Theatre), Esther's Follies, Never Have I Ever (Jonah) and as a performer at Mathew's Easter Circus. NY Credits: Rocky Horror (Dr. Frank-N-Furter), Victor/Victoria, Something Outrageous, House of Blue Leaves. Film/TV: Blood Angels (Savion), Mildred Pierce (with Kate Winslet), Law & Order, and Law & Order SVU. Thank you Manuel and Ann for this fun opportunity.
LISA YOUNG is a Denver-based actor who has portrayed cross-ethnic and gender reversed roles including The Full Monty
(Georgie), Sense and Sensibility: the Musical in Colorado and Bath, England
(Mrs. Jennings), 1 Man, 2 Guvnors
(Luella "Lloyd" Boateng), and Taming of the Shrew
(Baptista Minola). Other credits include: To Kill a Mockingbird
(Calpurnia); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
(Motormouth Maybelle); Rapunzel
(Narrator), Intimate Apparel
(Esther). Honors include: CCTC Festival Best Actress for Mrs. Helen in A Song for Coretta.
Lisa is a board member for the Colorado Theatre Guild. She lives in Parker with her Hubby "Bear" Mike.