2014 WOFFERS: Get to know them!

Dennis A. Allen II’s play The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi won the 2010 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Recipient of the 2012& 2013 Himan Brown Creative Writing Award. Collaborative Writer for The American Slavery Project's, Unheard Voices. Featured playwright for 2013 The Fire This Time Festival and Obie winning Harlem9's 48 hours in Harlem. Received productions at CSC, JACK, Hudson Guild, Theatre Row, and Bowery Poetry Club. Received his MFA from Mac Wellman's Brooklyn College Playwriting program.

Chinita L. Anderson is a playwright and cultural producer based in Washington, DC. Her short one act drama, The Ticket was featured in the 2013 production, Bedroom Mirrors. She also coproduced and co-conceived Bedroom Mirrors for the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival. Chinita is currently working on a new play about a mostly Black female punk band.

Melisa Annis- Originally from Wales, I am a NYC based playwright and freelance writer. Currently an MFA playwriting candidate in a hybrid Primary Stages / Fordham program. Several of my plays have been produced in various corners, theaters and parks. I am also the recipient of the Fordham Summer Fellowship (2014) which allows me to write more stuff than ever! My essays have been published on WalesOnline, in the Western Mail, BBC Online and HowlRound. I love to talk, I love to write and, I love life.. And I love hats!

Things Courtney Antonioli does in no particular order: write plays, write other things, pay my student loans, do sketch comedy, act, produce, eat a lot of sweet potatoes, overshare, and write some more.

Gyda Arber is a writer/director best known for the transmedia theatrical experiences Suspicious Package (The Brick, 59E59, Edinburgh Fringe, Future Tenant Pittsburgh), Suspicious Package: Rx (published in Plays and Playwrights 2010), the award winning post-apocalyptic dating show FutureMate and the ARG-inspired Red Cloud Rising (called “brilliant” by the NY Times). Named “Person of the Year” by nytheatre.com, Arber is the director/creator of the interactive play Q&A: The Perception of Dawn, the writer/director of the short film Watching (Bride of Sinister Six), and the director of The Brick's sold-out hit Theater of the Arcade: Five Classic Video Games Adapted for the Stage. Also an actress, Arber has appeared at The Public, 59E59, and most frequently at The Brick, where she also serves as the executive producer of the Game Play festival, a celebration of video game performance art. She is a 4th-generation San Franciscan, has a degree in musical theater from NYU and is a graduate of the Maggie Flanigan Studio. www.thefifthwall.info

Micheline Auger’s play Donkey Punch is currently playing at the Soho Playhouse through August 31st (formerly titled The Feminism of a Soft Merlot, or How The Donkey Got Punched). Other recent productions include the Untitled Degradation Play (Rising Phoenix Rep’s Cino Nights Series, 2013; O’Neill Semi-finalist) and American River (Lesser America, 2012) in addition to workd developed or   
produced by Dixon Place, Primary Stages, Westside Theatre, Miranda Theatre, Amoralab, FringeNYC, New York Madness, OMPF, Horse Trade Theatre Group, Riot Act, Caps Lock Theatre Company, Sugarspace and Highways Performance Complex, among others. She is the recipient of the 2012 National Theater Conference Paul Green Award and a member of the Dramatist Guild.  .

Kendra Augustin was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She studied theatre at Nova Southeastern University. In Summer 2013 she flew to New York to study at Stella Adler and never went back home. Two of her plays: All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go and Stranger have been produced just this year.

Becca Ayers is a New York City based actor and writer who has been seen on Broadway in “The Addams Family”,  “Avenue Q”, “South Pacific” (original revival cast at Lincoln Center) and “Les Miserables” (original revival cast).  She appeared Off-Broadway in “Dogfight” at 2nd Stage, “Sarah, Plain and Tall” at the Lucille Lortel, and  “Giant” at the Public.  She is, currently, in post-production for the
Web-Series “Snuggle Buddies” (co-created with Brooke Jacob).  Becca has self-produced 5 albums (“brainypants” and “Baresongs” with her band, Baby Goes Bang; “Lovesick” and the upcoming “Spazcandy” with Bradley Dean Whyte; and a live album with Bryan Crook; co-orchestrator of  “Motown”).  Her songs make up part of the soundtrack on the BroadwayWorld.com series, “Submissions Only”, and her Christmas song “Simple Wish” has been featured on FunnyOrDie.com. 

Jenny Lyn Bader  Plays include Mona Lisa Speaks (Core Ensemble); In Flight (NAAA Award winner, London); None of the Above (New Georges), which received its international premiere in Montreal in 2013; and Manhattan Casanova (Hudson Stage), winner of the Edith Oliver Award (O’Neill Center). One-acts include Miss America (NY Int’l Fringe, “Best of Fringe” selection) and Worldness (Humana Festival). She co-authored How We Are Connected: Caribbean (Museo del Barrio; Brooklyn Museum).  Nine of her one-acts are published in Smith & Kraus’ "Best 10-Minute Play" book series. She co-founded Theatre 167, where she co-authored all three plays in the Jackson Heights Trilogy.


Virgina Baeta is a professional actor turned semi-professional playwright. As an actor, I've worked primarily with The Queen's Company in recent years performing in the works of Shakespeare, Behn and Centlivre. This classical sensibility - along with an appreciation of the sublime and the magical - informs my playwriting. Recent plays include IcarusDamaged Goods, and the Quality of Mercy.

Matt Barbot is a writer and actor from Brooklyn and an alumnus of Franklin Marshall College. Recently, his play Infallibilty was published as part of Indie Theater Now's Best of FringNYC 2013 collection, and his play El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom was performed at The Brick's Comic Book Theater Festival. He is currently a member of The Flea Theater's resident acting company, The Bats, with whom he performed in Jeffrey M. Jones' A Letter from Omdurman, as well as the Drama Desk Award nominated and New York Times Critics' pick These Seven Sicknesses. He will begin his MFA studies at Columbia University in the Fall.

Bob Bartlett’s plays have been performed at Seven Devils, Lark New Play Development Center, Source Festival, Iron Crow Theatre Company, Active Cultures, Rorschach Theatre, and the Capital and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. His play Swimming With Whales recently received readings in Atlanta (Alliance Theater), NYC (The Lark), Washington, DC (National New Play Network/DC Area Writers Showcase), and NYC’s Stellar Productions. Bob is a member of the theatre faculty at Bowie State University, holds an MFA in Playwriting from Catholic University of America, is a member of The Dramatists Guild and a founding member of The Welders (thewelders.org) and lives in downtown Annapolis.

Susan Bernfield's work has been seen at New Harmony Project, People's Light, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Huntington Theatre Company, EST/First Light Festival, Lark Play Development Center, Chrysalis, Playwrights Horizons, Ice Factory Festival @ Ohio Theatre, Adirondack Theatre Festival, FringeNYC, Magic Theatre, Peculiar Works Project, New Georges, among others; finalists for NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, PlayLabs, Mill Mountain Theater's New Play Competition; published by Playscripts, Smith & Kraus, Indie Theatre Now.  Artistic director of New Georges, where she has produced adventurous new plays (by women) since 1992.  She serves as president of ART/New York and on the boards of League of Professional Theatre Women, The LIT Fund and 3LD.  Recipient, Lilly and OBIE awards.

Hilary Bettis is a playwright and screenwriter. Awards, residencies and commissions: Kennedy Center MFA Workshop, NYFA Fellwship, Juilliard Lila Acheson Wallace Fellowship, New York Theatre Worksshop Fellowship, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, James McLure Fellowship New River Dramatists, Sloan/EST Commission, John N. Wall Fellowship Sewanee Writer’s Conference, Blackburn nomination, PoNY Nomination, Cherry Jones/Abingdon Theatre grant. Finalist and semifianlist: Source Festival, BAPF, New Dramatists, Women’s project, LMCC and Leah Ryan Prize. Readings and workshops: New Georges, The Lark, EST, Barrow Street, GPTC, Carolina Costal University, Actor’s Studio and The Aurora Fox. Publications: Smith & Kraus, McFarland & Co., Original Works. Film screenings include Williamsburg Film Festival, IFS, Nashville Film Festival. CAA/Chris Till chris.till@caa.com. www.HilaryBettisWriter.com.

Eric Borlaug is a playwright based in Brooklyn, NY.  His plays include The Future Pefect, Tuesday with the Shade of it's Walls, and Oh I Remember Watermelon Days. Eric holds a BA from The New School and works for Primary Stages.

Dipti Bramhandkar: Life hasn't gone the way me or my immigrant parents planned. Having studied medicine and music, I am neither a doctor or classical pianist. However, I have been writing about identity,
the immigrant experience, and the joys and perils of being an Indian woman in the arts for many years. I enjoy telling my stories on stages in places like the Ithaca Festival and Interesting Conference, and I just came back from Labyrinth Theater Company's Summer Intensive.

J.Stephen Brantley is an actor-playwright-producer whose work includes Blood Grass, Break, Chicken-Fried Ciccone, Eightythree Down, Furbelow, The Jamb, Nevertheless, Shiny Pair Of Complications, and Struck. J.Stephen is a graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, an Indie Theatre Now 2013 Person Of The Year, and a five-time NYIT nominee. As a member of Theatre 167, Brantley has contributed to their collaboratively built plays 167 Tongues, Jackson Heights 3am, and the forthcoming The Church Of Why Not. The company produced his play Pirira off-Broadway last year.

Nathan Brisby is a published poet, playwright, composer, and lyricist. Productions include Franz & Kafka (with composer Lizzie Hagstedt) with Prospect Theatre Company, Jealous Husband Returns In Form of Parrot (with composer Matthew Patrick Walsh) with Theatre Now New York, Genesis at the space theatre, I Am (with composer, Jason Livesay). His musical, Camo Girl (with Lizzie Hagstedt), is currently being workshopped. He is a member of the Advanced BMI Workshop. He is also the President and Founder of Broadway Gives Back, an AEA and SAG-AFTRA actor, and an ordained minister.

Evan F. Caccioppoli is a director, producer, devisor, playwright, teacher, and sometimes actor. He is the founder and artistic director of Kid Brooklyn Productions, an independent theatre production company. Evan received a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MA in Educational Theatre at NYU. Recently he co-directed (with Courtney Ulrich) and wrote for Encounters: the la ronde project (Kid Brooklyn Productions’ KB Lab Series.). This fall Evan will begin the MFA Directing program at The Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.

Zack Calhoon’s plays have been performed and developed by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Boomerang Theatre Co., Flux Theatre Ensemble, Oberon Theatre Ensemble, Dreamscape Theatre, among others. Playwriting credits: Blanquita (Semi-Finalist for 2014 O’Neill Playwrights Conference), The Weird Sisters (East 3rd Productions, Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Playfest), Breaking Ranks (New Mummer Group), Marlowe, P.I. (Dreamscape), Violence in the Air (StageWorks/Hudson), Krueger, Rino (2012 Brick Theater Democracy Festival, Resonance Ensemble Play commission) and Paint (Semi-Finalist for 2012 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Winner of 2010 Georgia Theatre Conference New Play Award). He is currently working on a commission, Friday at Jimmy’s for Rising Phoenix Rep.

Vanessa Carmona is produced playwright and screenwriter who has been employed to LA and NY based production companies, literary management, and professionals for full service creative development, feedback, and critique. She has won, placed finalist spots, and gained international recognition for her scripts, most recently her pilot script, Everything That Happened, that won the 2013 BBC Writer’s Room script contest and lead to a series option with a UK-based production company. She is an active member in the festival circuit, as an official judge to film festivals such as the NY Independent Film Festival, in addition to serving as Script Consultant to the MSE Foundation's Writer's Room, where she mentors student writers striving to create film and television scripts with equality in mind. She received her MFA in Playwriting from Regents University in London.

Nat Cassidy's plays include The Reckoning of Kit & Little Boots (NY Innovative Theatre Award winner), Any Day Now (NY Innovative Theatre Award winner), I Am Providence (NY Innovative Theatre Award winner), The Eternal Husband, Old Familiar Faces, Songs of Love: A Theatrical Mixtape, Pierce, Goldsboro, The Temple, and At the Breakaway. His work has been produced and/or developed at The Kennedy Center, Washington National Opera, Primary Stages, The Players Club, The Players Theatre, LaMaMa ETC, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Nosedive Productions, Piper McKenzie, Adaptive Arts, CAPS LOCK Theatre, Retro Productions, Blood Brothers Present, Manhattan Theatre Source, The Gallery Players, The Brick, First Floor Theatre (Chicago), American Theatre Company (Oklahoma), and others. His work has been published by New York Theatre Experience, Smith & Kraus, Applause, and Indie Theatre Now. He was recently commissioned by The Kennedy Center to write a libretto which the Washington Times called "brilliant" and "remarkable."
David Caudle loved writing out front last time. Since then he has had two world premieres: Visiting Hours, which garnered raves in New Orleans and Miami, and Downward Facing Debbie, which received a rave by Martin Denton on nytheaternow.com in May.

Ellena Chmielewski has been writing, directing and performing in NYC since 2008. A comedy she co-wrote and directed, Standards & Practices, ran at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre for a year from 2012-2013. Recently she presented new work at the Cherry Lane Theatre as part of the Daisy Collective's weekend of short works, Are You Happy Now? 


J. Julian Christopher received an MFA in acting from New School University. Playwriting credits include: Nico was a Fashion Model (LAByrinth Theater), Man Boobs (The Public Theater), Animals Commit Suicide (terraNOVA Collective), Locusts Have No King (INTAR). Julian is the recipient of the 2009 Public Theater Emerging Writers Fellowship. He is also one of the creators and stars of the bit web series, BULK.

Jody Christopherson is a generative artist (performer/writer) who creates interactive events within the context of theater, film/new media and music. Her trainsmedia event The Skype Show or See You in August was developed at the East Fourth Street Theater and has recently been presented by The New York International Fringe Festival, Filmgate Miami and The Brick Theater. Other works include the international theatrical band event Greencard Wedding (Lower East Side Music Festival, Parkside Lounge, INTAR Theater, Dixon Place), Eschaton Cabaret (Dixon Place, Bowery Poetry Club), DIVE (Philadelphia Shakespeare) Like This (Winner of The Equisite Corpse Film Festival NYC). As an actress credits include; Classic Stage Company, Lincoln Center Film Society, The Public Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, Nebraska Repertory, Performance Space122, The Kitchen, The Bushwick Starr. Additionally, Jody is the creator and Editor in Chief of The New York Theatre Review, an indie media outlet for indie theater, a blogger for The Huffington Post and has been a guest artist at The Orchard Project and Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Currently published by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus, Damon Chua received an Ovation Award (Best World Premiere Play) for Film Chinois, a full-length play set in 1940s China. An NEA and Durfee Foundation grant recipient, Damon is a proud member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and Ma-Yi Theater’s Writers Lab in New York.

 Tom Cole has been the Director of New Project Development at True Love Productions since 2002 where he has developed work with Sheila Callaghan, Craig Lucas, and Heidi Schreck, among others.  He was the Director of the Market Theater during its acclaimed inaugural seasons (2000-2002), where he worked on world premieres with various artists including David Mamet, Ricky Jay, Kate Robin, and Ping Chong. His work has been presented at Threadwaxing Space, Participant Inc, Art On Air, and The Clocktower Gallery. He is a MacDowell playwriting fellow. He curates Experiments and Disorders at Dixon Place.

 Cecilia Copeland, Playwright, Founding Artistic Director of NYMadness, “Person of the Year” Indie Theater Now, Special Effects Grant Metro Screen Australia for Amusement Bomber, and the Lennis J. Holm Playwriting Scholarship from University of Iowa Writers Workshop for her Honors Thesis One Woman. She is a semi-finalist for The O’Neill Conference, Finalist Mabou Mines Residency. Copeland’s plays have been Produced/Presented at the Culture Project, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studios, HERE Arts Center, INTAR, and Anarchist Theatre Festival of Montreal among others. She has been published by The International Center for Women Playwrights, Indie Theater Now, NoPassport Press and Amazon.com.

David Cote is a playwright, librettist and critic. Plays: Otherland (Gingold Theatrical Group), Rude News and Porlock. Opera libretti: The Scarlet Ibis and Fade with Stefan Weisman; a triptych with Robert Paterson called Three Way, comprised of Safe Word, The Companion and Masquerade; We’ve Got Our Eye on You, a comic opera with Nkeiru Okoye commissioned by SUNY New Paltz. The Scarlet Ibis will have its world premiere this January in the PROTOTYPE festival at HERE. David has written choral pieces with Paterson, including “Did You Hear?” and “Snow Day,” both recorded with Musica Sacra for release on American Modern Recordings. Other lyrics: 3 Introspections for composer James Adler, recorded by Albany Records. Since 2003, Cote has been theater editor of Time Out New York. He is a member of the New York Drama Critics Circle and a contributing critic on NY1’s On Stage. His reporting and criticism have appeared in The Guardian, Opera News and American Theatre. MacDowell Colony Fellow. Proud member of ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. davidcote.com

Cusi Cram is a playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, teacher, occasional performer, and a passionate advocate for women in the arts.  Cusi’s plays have been produced by: Primary Stages, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Williamstown Theater Festival, South Coast Repertory, The Denver Theater Center, New Georges, Barrington Stage, South Coast Repertory, and the Echo Theater Company amongst many others. Her theater work has been supported with grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Herrick Theater Foundation, The Bogliasco Foundation, The Camargo Foundation, and The Stillpoint Fund. Upcoming in 2015: Camp Kappawanna at The Atlantic Theater with music by Lisa Loeb
Cusi has received three Emmy award nominations for her extensive writing in children’s television. She was also a writer on the Showtime series, The Big C, starring Laura Linney. She most recently wrote, directed, and produced her first film, Wild & Precious in conjunction with AFI’s Directing Workshop for women, where she was awarded The Adrienne Shelly and Nancy Malone awards. Cusi is a member of LAByrinth Theater Company and sits on New Georges’ Kitchen Cabinet and on the boards of Leah’s FEWW (Fund for Emerging Women Writers) and the Lilly Awards. She teaches in the Fordham/Primary Stages Graduate Playwriting Program.

Bryan Crook is a composer, arranger, Tony-nominated orchestrator (Motown) and multi-instrumentalist for Broadway, TV and films. In addition to playing woodwinds for The Book of Mormon on Broadway, his recent work can be heard on Ice Age 4 (FOX), “Smash” (NBC), The 2011 Billboard Music Awards, The 2011 Emmy Awards, Motown the Musical, First Date and Piece of My Heart . Other show credits include Rock of Ages, Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story, Legally Blonde and Spelling Bee. His most important credits, however, are as a husband to Hilary and father to Liam, Ethan, and Henry. 

Stacy Davidowitz is a playwright, author, and actor whose work has been workshopped and/or produced by The Old Vic and Naked Angels (The Rubber Room), NYMF (Camp Rolling Hills!), Down Payment Productions (PINK!), The Guthrie (JOAN), Rag and Bone (Sacred Water; Hank & Gretchen), Flea Theater (Talk to Moi, Amer-i-cah!), Sam French and Williamstown (Run. Run. Stop.), Roving Roots and IndieTheaterNow @ Stage Left (MIRACLE VILLAGE), and Amios Theatre Company (Yonder Mountain). Published by Broadway Play Publishing, Indie Theater Now, YouthPLAYS, Abrams. Lark Finalist / NYIT Nominee (PINK!). Graduate of BADA; BS, Tufts University; MFA in Acting, Columbia University. www.StacyDavidowitz.com
Hi, my name's Lawrence Dial, and I'm a playwright and stay-at-home father. I'm a founding member of the Labrats Theater Company, and have worked closely with members of Vertigo Theater Company, and the Shelter. I'm a regular student in ESPA's Advanced Playwriting courses, and have had nearly a dozen plays produced off-off Broadway over the past decade. I'm currently working towards a production of my newest play Unaccompanied Adults, tentatively directed/produced by James Fauvell. If all goes well. :) I had a great time writing for WOF last year, and hope to do it again this year! Thanks!

Jessica Dicky is most well-known for her one woman show The Amish Project, which started at the New York Fringe and premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and has since been produced all over the world and is published by Sam French.  Jessica’s most recent productions were Charles Ives Take Me (Rattlestick) and Row After Row (Women’s Project/City Center); both were nominated for the Susan Blackburn Prize and are scheduled for regional production and publication. Jessica is currently commissioned by Rising Phoenix, Fords Theatre in DC, and EST/Sloan. www.jessicadickey.com

Nate Dobson is an Actor and Playwright now based in New York after years working in Arizona. His current work, Between Here and Heaven, was recently workshopped with Padraic Lillis at The Farm Theater company. As an actor, he was last seen in The Shelter's Peep Show performing in Morgan Macguire's Hulk Smash. He is a proud member of The Shelter, and The Heartbeat Ensemble.

Julia Doolittle was born to two Los Angeles based actors, John Doolittle and the fair Kimberly Farr (voted most likely to be a MILF her senior year of High School). Julia attended Catholic High School, where she learned that she probably shouldn't have attended Catholic High School. Afterwards, Julia enrolled at Sarah
Lawrence College, rated by the Princeton Review to be "The Exact Opposite of Catholic School in Every Way". Julia was very happy there. Currently, Julia lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and is doing this rad new abdominal exercise that's sure to make her pooch go away soon.

Josh Drimmer’s plays have been read and produced by the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors’ Lab, Theater for the New City, the Emerging Artists’ Theater, Sanctuary Playwrights Theater, Milk Can Theater Company, the Manhattan Repertory Theater, Feed The Herd, the American Globe Theater, and the You Heard It Here First podcast, among others; he also wrote the book for a cabaret (Rejected Showgirl, for Tory Ross) and sketch comedy as a writer/performer with Juvie Hall’s Saturday Night Rewritten and Off-Book Productions’ The 8 Track. He is a member of WETLab and the Pulse Ensemble Theatre playwrights’ lab and lives in Brooklyn.

Tim Duncheon’s plays include Speak, Lavinia, The More the Merrier, and I’m From Outer Space. His work has been read, developed, or performed with Ars Nova, The Amoralists, Boomerang Theatre Company, Naked Angels, Fresh Produce’d, The New Light Theater Project, UglyRhino, and Gi60. Tim was a 2013 resident of the Blue Mountain Center and is a member of Lather Rinse Repeat Playwrights Collective and Bastard Playground. He also works as a musical director and composer. Tim is a graduate of Yale University, where he studied with Rachel Sheinkin, Michael Korie, and Donald Margulies.

Bixby Elliot’s play Blueprint was produced as part of the Summer Play Festival (SPF), directed by Drama Desk Nominee Jonathan Silverstein and starring Emmy winner Peter Strauss. His play Abraham Lincoln was a Faggot recently received a workshop at Chicago’s About Face Theater and was a finalist for the O’Neill Conference in 2010. Girl You Know It’s True (inspired by the rise and fall of the pop/rock duo Milli Vanilli) was produced in Chicago at PavementGroup and in Seattle at Theatre Off Jackson. Bixby is a graduate of the MFA playwriting program at Columbia University.

Becky Ellis is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing. She has had productions/readings of her work in Ireland, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, and at the Center Theater, where she taught playwriting for eight years. She teaches playwriting at Actors Playground School of Theatre. Her play Thrown was produced by the 2008 Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Dizzy was a finalist for the 2010 Woodward Newman Drama Award. She is the Literary Manager of Playground Theatre Project and was the lead writer of their play, Lady Parts, included in this year’s Fringe Festival.

Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy is an actress, playwright, and producer. As an actress, she was most recently seen in Retro Productions’ An Appeal to the Woman of the House by Christie Perfetti Williams. As a playwright, her work was most recently featured in Flux Theatre Ensemble’s ForePlay (appearing before Gus Schulenberg’s Jane the Plain), and at The Brick Theatre’s Cleverbot Plays. As a producer, she has worked with Gideon Productions and the WorkShop Theater Co. Shaun is currently earning a BA in Creative Writing/English, is working on her second full-length play, and lives in Brooklyn with her dog, Bentley.

Halley Feiffer is a playwright and actress. Her play How To Make Friends and then Kill Them premiered last Fall at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (dir. Kip Fagan); her play I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard was recently workshopped at the O'Neill and will premiere this winter at the Atlantic Theater Company (dir. Trip Cullman). She is currently working on a new play commission for Manhattan Theatre Club and creating a webseries for Stage17.tv with Ryan Spahn (dir. Michael Urie). Her credits as an actor include the recent production of Jon Robin Baitz' The Substance of Fire at 2ST (dir. Trip Cullman), as well as the film He’s Way More Famous Than You, which she also co-wrote (dir. Michael Urie).

Gina Femia (Playwright/Producer) is a Brooklyn born and based playwright whose work has been presented in more than 20 festivals locally, nationally and internationally. Most recently, Mahogany Brown and the Case of the Disappearing Kid premiered as part of The Brick’s Comic Book Theatre Festival. She has had work developed at the Brick’s Oven Reading Series, Dixon Place and Sarah Lawrence College where she received her MFA in theatre and was awarded the Lipkin Prize in Playwriting. Gina is an affiliated artist of New Georges. She has been a semi-finalist for The National Playwrights Conference at the O’Neill and the Princess Grace Award.

Susan Ferrara is an award-winning playwright/actor. Two-time New Dramatist and O’Neill semi-finalist, two-time Leah Ryan finalist. Buzz (Winner, Reverie Next Generation Playwriting Award; readings, Atlantic Theater Company/NYTW Mondays@3; Women’s Project Lab Semi-Finalist; Hon Mention, Jane Chambers); The Machine (Global Age Finalist); The Silver Kitchen Play (Naked Angels, Tuesdays@9); The Wonder (nominated, Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award, William Saroyan Human Rights/Social Justice Award (awards pending), terraNova’s New Play Series (Cherry Lane), 2014 United Solo Festival), among many. Acting: Public Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, among many. Web/Film: Onion News Network; award winning webseries Then We Got Help, Bridesburg, President of the Fan Club. AEA, SAG/AFTRA, DG, 2009 Groundbreakers, Resonance Ensemble, Convergences Theatre.

Jessica Fleitman's notable works include The Average-Sized Mermaid (FringeNYC, Corwin Award), Word of the Day (staged reading by the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, commissioned by the Sloan Foundation), G Train Exodus (The Secret Theater, winner of the Long Island City One Act PlayFestival), Deuteranomaly (Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, nominated for 5 PCTF Awards), and Hip Hop Reflections (ensemble piece commissioned by the Museum of Jewish Heritage). Lyricist in the BMI Advanced Songwriting Workshop, where she's currently developing 2 new musicals. Proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Awarded NYU Tisch Departmental Fellowship in Dramatic Writing (pursuing MFA, 2016).

Anna Fox is an alliterative amalgamation of performer/poet/playwright and aspiring astrologer. Her work has been produced at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Eugene O’ Neill Theatre Center, NYCfringe, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Tongue in Cheek Theatre, and Route 66 Theatre. Her play Ginny was The Jury Prize winner of Fusion Theatre Company’s Ninth Annual “The Seven” short play festival, and her one woman show Our Common Deception is featured in the UK-based literary publication “Bare Fiction Magazine”. She holds a BS in Theater from Skidmore College, has partaken in Pataphysics workshops at The Flea, and is an alumni of The Eugene O’ Neill Theater Center’s Advanced Playwriting Program.

Educator by day and playwright all the time, Gabrielle Fox has had much success in the New York Metropolitan area. Most recently, she won the Planet Activist Award for her fundraising efforts for the Alzheimer’s Association in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. Her play The Home has been nominated in the festivity for outstanding playwriting, overall production, direction, actor, actress, supporting actress and ensemble (awards announced August 3, fingers crossed!). After studying with Erik Ehn in La MaMa Umbria, her one act play was presented in the La MaMa New Playwright Marathon in New York this past January.

Jeremy Gable is an award-winning playwright (and an award-losing one, as well) in Philadelphia. He is a Core Playwright with InterAct Theater, and a member of The Foundry: An Emerging Philadelphia Playwrights Lab. His works have been seen in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Beirut, and
Twitter. He is also writing for an alternative reality game app, currently in development. He has never made a watch. More information can be found at JeremyGable.com.

Charles Gershman's plays include Shooting Abe (Best of FRIGID New York, 2014), Kansas Confidential, Milk for Mrs. Stone (FringeNYC), Null & Void, The Prenup (semifinalist, O’Neill NPC and Nantucket Short Play Festival), and Unbirth (nominee for outstanding writing, Planet Connections). They have been read/developed with FringeNYC, La MaMa, Horse Trade, the Nantucket Short Play Festival, Planet Connections, the New York Avant Garde Arts Festival, the Fresh Fruit Festival, The Shelter, and the Breakthrough Theatre (Florida), and have been published with Indie Theater Now. BA, Columbia University.

Amy Gijsbers van Wijk is a playwright and theatre maker newly based in Pittsburgh, PA. Her works include the crowd-funded, self-produced Second Skin, which made its world premiere in October 2013 in NYC; ROSLOE; D-K-L-R & Oz Land; and the solo performance web series Babylon. She has made work and performed with Sibyl Kempson, and studied under Erin Courtney, and Jeffrey M. Jones. She completed her undergraduate degree at Brooklyn College and is currently completing her MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, under Rob Handel.

Siobhan Gilbert is a graduate of Columbia University. Her work has been featured in Primary Stages’ Detention series, and several reading series/performances at Columbia University, New York University, and the Old Globe Playground. Her ten minute play The Interview has been published by Indie Theater Now. She is currently getting her MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she has been awarded the Department Fellowship. Her play Spotlight has been selected for a developmental reading at the Last Frontier Theater Conference in Alaska. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.


Everett Goldner: I'm unproduced but overaware. I'm sharp of claw but long for home. I've got miles to go.

Sheri Grauber is an actress and prize-winning playwright. Her plays have been produced all over the USA, in Canada, in England and Australia. Recent off-broadway productions include Jackie & Marilyn and Tesla (Winner of the Tesla Science Foundation Prize . Her play, Parental Consent is published in Best American Short Plays, 2010, [Smith & Kraus] and Her children’s play, Magnolia Day is published in Best American Short Plays, 2011. Rick Spacey and the Space Cadets, commissioned by Dena Hammerstein for Only Make Believe, is regularly performed in NYC hospitals. Her  play, Humanogram, was commissioned by, and produced in, LoNyLa’s Timewave festival, alongside Neil LaBute. 

 Jason S. Grossman (Writer/Producer/Actor) – Writer: The Ballad of Rodrigo; Doubles Crossed; Love Me (winner, Outstanding Playwriting for a New Script in Planet Connections Festivity; play published in NYTE's 2011); How to Fold a Map?; You Happy Now?. Since 2000 he has performed the critically-It's a Wonderful One-Man-Show Life! throughout the Northeast, Washington and British Columbia. He has also taught improv, comedy writing and The Art of Socializing and Networking at several NYC Colleges. He has written for Mind the Gap Theatre, the Shortened Attention Span Festival, TV Land's Ultimate Fan Search and is currently a reviewer for Indie Theater Now.
Stephen Adly Guirgis's The Motherf**ker With The Hat, was nominated for six Tony awards (including for Best Play), six Outer Critics Circle awards, three Drama Desk awards, and three Drama League awards. Guirgis' other plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the U.S.: they include Our Lady of 121st StreetJesus Hopped The A Train, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings as well as The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange. All five of those plays were directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and produced by LAByrinth Theater Company, where Stephen has been a Member since 1994 and a Co-Artistic Director. 


Paul Hagen is a writer of many things. Notable productions of his work include The Rape of the Lock with Judith Shakespeare company, The Only Thing Straight is My Jacket at FringeNYC and Fitz &Walloughs Get It in the End! at Ace of Clubs. He's a two-time participant in the "31 Plays in 31 Days" project, and
has also been a part of Theaterspeak's "Write Out Front" at the Drama Book Shop. Paul is the Editor-in-Chief of "Metrosource" (metrosource.com) and dishes pop culture on "The Focus Group" (focusgroupradio.com). He's working on his first novel and new work for the stage.

Laurel Haines is the author of Future Anxiety and The Dianalogues, among other plays. Her play Body Farm was recently published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012, by Smith and Kraus. The Dianalogues, her play about the public’s obsession with Princess Diana, has been produced in the U.S. and overseas, and is published in Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2003 (Smith and Kraus) and Best Women’s Monologues for the Millennium (2010, Applause Books). She is a member of the BMI Librettists Workshop and is currently working on a musical about a mail-order bride.

Kate Hamill is a NYC-based writer/actor. Member, Jose Rivera’s writers' group. Plays include The Little Fellow, Emma, Love Poem, Sammy & NeeNee, Shotz, a new adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, and In the Mines (a folk musical). Her Sense and Sensibility will be produced off-Broadway by Bedlam (Off-Bway Alliance Winner, Best Revival) in the fall of 2014 at the Sheen Center. Emma was a semi-finalist for the Red Bull Short New Plays Festival; The Little Fellow was part of Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s First Stories Festival. Sense and Sensibility was also selected to be in Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s HVSF2 series. www.katehamill.com.

Brian Hampton is a playwright and actor in New York City. His plays include The Jungle Fun Room which was seen Off-Broadway at New World Stages and in the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), Checking In which was seen in NYC at the June Havoc Theatre (MITF) and at the Actors Guild of Lexington, and Gossip which received its world premiere with the William Byrd Players and its NYC premiere in The Puzzle New Play Festival. Brian has been a Resident Playwright at varies theaters, high schools, and universities. More info at www.brianhampton.net or on Twitter: @hamptonbhampton

Chris Harcum is an award-winning actor and playwright who was recently named one of NYTheatre’s People of the Year and his solo play, Green, was published in the Best of 2011 Collection on Indie Theater Now. Since moving to New York City in 2002, over 20 of his works have been seen on NYC stages. His full-length plays include Trading Lunches, Rabbit Island, Milk & Shelter, Instant Gratification and The Devil in Ms. Spelvin. Chris co-adapted and played the title role in a modern version of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac. As a solo performer, he has created and performed American Gun Show / Two Lovely Black Eyes, Green, Some Kind of Pink Breakfast, Gotham Standards, Anhedonia Road, Mahamudra, The Preservationist, Things Your Don’t Know, Weight and Weightlessness and American Badass (0r 12 Characters in Search of a National Identity), which was published in the Plays and Playwrights 2009 anthology. Many of these pieces, along with his play We Haven’t Told Anyone About This, are published on Indie Theater Now. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times and NYTheatre.

After seven years in New York, Lauren Heirigs started a Southern life sabbatical in February. So far, mosquitos and cotton fields have been quite rewarding. Recent works include Me, Cake and Toaster Oven (ArtNight), Stills and Frills (BAX) and Ode to ArtNight (Created Reality). Wagner grad and proud member of the Dramatist's Guild.

David Hilder's plays include Drown (Great Plains Theatre Conference, Passage PlayLab), Drop of Kindness (O'Neill semifinalist, Stella Adler Studio, Lark Play Development Center), The Insidious Impact of Anton (7 StageSceneLA Awards), and more! Currently in the MFA Playwriting Program at Hunter College, studying with Tina Howe. Also a director and a recovering actor. www.davidhilder.com, @hilderthtrguy

Lisa Huberman is Queens-based, Ohio-bred. She likes to take crazy, seemingly unrelated topics--say, BDSM, street fundraising, and child sponsorship--and put them together in plays to try and help the world a little more connected. Plus they're funny.

Ryan Hudak is a NY based actor and playwright. He was most recently seen as an actor at Les Fetes Internationales Du Theatre in Montreal with Re-Membering Antigone, a Suzuki based production of Sophocles's Antigone directed by Maria Porter. His plays include, Goodbye Soldier, The West, We are the Women of Rome and Three Sisters Say Goodbye to Their Father. He has worked on the administrative side of PlayPenn: New Play Development in Philadelphia and MCC Theater in NYC. He is a graduate of C.W. Post, Long Island University with a B.F.A in Acting.

Dane Jerabek is a Brooklyn based playwright originally from Texas. His plays include: Satellites (NYU; Real Access Theatre Company; Thespian Production; The Brick), Strange Folk (Dixon Place), Cool Cats on the King’s Side of Brooklyn (The Clurman Theatre), Piece by Piece, In The Belly of the Beast (Semi-Finalist, Kitchen Dog Theatre New Works Festival). On stage he has been seen in Femme Fatale’s Vera or, the Nihilists (HERE) and John Hume and Friend’s Christmas Spectacular (The Secret Theater and The East 13th Street Theatre). Education: NYU, Tisch School of the Arts. Contact: jerabekdane@gmail.com

Jara Jones is an award-winning Off-Broadway actor, playwright, poet, and singer/songwriter. He is currently in pre-production for a play cycle he's written about the Black Plague set in France, 1348.

Lindsay Joy currently serves as Co-Artistic Director to the Award Winning LabRats Theater Company in New York City (www.thelabratsnyc.com). The Rats production of her full length play, The Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen, garnered two New York Innovative Theatre Awards Including Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play and Outstanding Director for Padraic Lillis.

Mya Kagan is a writer whose work is funny, strange, and charming. Favorite plays include Play Chunks! (Ars Nova’s ANT Fest); Puppet Love (American Globe – Festival Finalist, Honorable Mention for Best Play); Certified (Fresh PRODUCE’d); Pass Me the Gun, Hun (Women’s Playwriting Initiative Semi-Finalist), and Reattaching (Lincoln Center Director’s Lab). Mya studied at NYU-Tisch and University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing and Africana Studies. If Mya were a food, she’d be a strawberry. If she were a tree, she’d be an inflatable palm. If she were a form of transportation, she’d be a trampoline.

Benjamin Kamine is a stage director who focuses on new work. Recent credits include the world premieres of Happily Ever by Amina Henry (SDC Guest Artist production at Brooklyn College), Job by Thomas Bradshaw (Timeout Critics’ Pick, “a jolting treat” – Ben Brantley, New York Times) and a cautionary tail by christopher oscar pena (“brilliantly directed” — New York Times). Other directing credits include the Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival 2014 (co-directed with Christopher Burris), an immersive audio theater piece with  Tommy Smith called Nectarine EP, and the all night marathon of Robert Askins' True Bible Tales for the Jewish Plays Project. He's really excited to try out his playwriting chops and get a sense of what it is like to be on the other side of this experience.

Jeffrey James Keyes theater credits include: The End of Days (FringeNYC), Imaginary Friends (Samuel French OOB Festival, Prologue Theatre) I'm From Driftwood (Project Y), Immortal: The Gilgamesh Variations (Bushwick Starr), Dance Dance Arden, Restless, Cell Beget Cell (Old Vic New Voices), Room 407 (59E59), Josh Groban Fanclub (EST), Laundry Room, 2AM, Hunting, Target (New York Madness), Moonshine on the Rocks (78th Street Theater Project/Fn Productions), and Williamsburg (Manhattan Rep). Television credits include Out in GayCities (Story Producer), Revealing (Associate Producer), True Life (Associate Producer). BA: Fordham University College at the Lincoln Center MFA: Columbia University School of the Arts.

Talya Klein is an award-winning director, writer, and producer, whose work has been seen in London, New York, Los Angeles, and all over the US. In addition, Talya has worked on projects at many theaters including The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company, The Culture Project, Manhattan Theatre Club, Weston Playhouse and the Public Theater. Talya received her BA in Theatre and Social Struggle from Duke University and her MFA from the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program. She is the founder of The Here & Now, a company which produces one-off, site-specific theatrical events. Recently she was the Project Manager for The Civilians, an investigative theater company in NYC. During that time she edited/directed their cabaret Let Me Ascertain You: Holy Matrimony! at The Public Theater, the podcast of which can be downloaded on iTunes.

Tina Esper Kolomatsky’s full-length play Jersey Intersections won Primary Stages’ inaugural ESPA Drills playwriting competition in 2010 and received a staged reading at 59 E. 59 Theater. In 2013, her play, The Frost Makes a Flower, had a staged reading at Urban Stages Theater as part of its Words by Women Reading Series. Two of her short plays, Runaway Heart and The Perfect Alignment, were selected for the New Work Festival at Emerging Artists Theater two years in a row. Her full-length play, Into the Fire, about the artist Charlotte Salomon was a semi-finalist for the Dorothy Silver Playwriting Award and is part of the literary collection at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. Tina has collaborated on dance and performance art pieces that have been staged at Dance Theater Workshop, White Columns, St. Mark’s Church and The Clocktower.

Krista Komondor is a Brooklyn based Playwright and Sea Captain. Her first full length play, Mercy Machine, received a reading at Ensemble Studio Theater, and was the centerpiece of a community education event to increase public awareness of the need for advance directives in end of life decision making. Her plays have been performed in a variety of venues around New York City, and she is a regular contributor to Naked Angels' Tuesdays @ 9 weekly reading series. www.mercymachineplay.com

Brian ‘Dyalekt’ Kushner is an MC/educator/actor/playwright. He rocked Summerstage Kids with City Parks Foundation. A member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, his play Sound is Vibration premiered in their Spotlight Series. Dyalekt performed in the OSF Green Show with Deathrow Tull where they led freestyle-rap Lincoln-Douglas Debates. His first album/one-man (+1 DJ) show Square Peg Syndrome debuted in Prague, CZ with a curriculum that was piloted for over 400 students in St. Croix. His unique brand of hip-hop education has been presented to preschoolers, high schoolers, prisoners, and Yale grads. He promises to cypher with you.

Dave Lankford is Executive Director and an ensemble member of The Shelter, where he often contributes as a writer, director and actor. His most recent short plays (More Than Words, Dare, and Vitals) premiered at The Shelter’s on-going Peep Show series, and his writing can be seen at The Cherry Lane Theatre in their Cherry Pop: Fluid Edition. He is an alumnus of T. Schreiber Studio and The American University, father of two amazing little girls, and can do mediocre magic tricks.

Judith Leora- Founding Member/Managing Director - New York Madness. Recent: O’Neill Semi-Finalist; Elijah (reading) - Lone Star Theatre, Gideon (production), UMass at Lowell, The Raven (co-librettist) Notes From a Page, Emerging Actors Theatre March 2012. Numerous short plays produced in New York, including multiple plays with the ESPA Detention series, New York Madness, One Minute Play Festival, Stampede Lab, among others.

Robin Rice Lichtig is an author of over 50 one-act plays and 19 full lengths produced all over the world, including Off-Broadway, London, South Africa, Mongolia. Recently: Alice In Black and White in Louisville (coming to NYC in 2016), Listen! The River in Edinburgh, Allie’s Appendix in Planet Connections Festivity (nominated "outstanding playwriting"), Everyday Edna Mae (Emerging Artists). Member: The Articulate Theater Company, America-in-Play writer, Dramatists Guild, LPTW, Oracles (ManhattanOracles.com).

Padraic Lillis’s solo play How To Survive Crack Addiction as well as his plays Lights Up On The Fade Out, Two Thirds Home, and The Living Room Series: A Collection of Three Short Plays are published by Indietheaternow.com Two Thirds Home is also published by Dramatists Play Services. Pooter McGraw is Not Dead Party was commissioned and produced at Clark University. Lake Effect was developed at Geva Theater’s Festival of New Works and Bristol Riverside Theater. Ronnie’s Mask was produced at the Steppenwolf Performance Garage. He is the Artistic Director of The Farm Theater and a life long Yankee fan. www.padraiclillis.com

David Loewy writes and performs plays. When he’s not doing that, he spends your city tax dollars building cultural institutions. He also provides literary review for The Public Theater and the Jewish Plays Project. Recent writings include: St. Augustine  (Wordsmyth Theater & Eugene O’Neill NPC semifinalist), …Honor Roll… (Jewish Plays Project TYA Award), and The Weston Women (Helford Prize). David is currently working on a series of American history plays.

Prior to her decade-long hiatus from theatre, Liz LoPorto studied in Vermont, London, Albuquerque, California and Seattle. Upon moving to NYC, she promptly retired from the craft and attempted to live like a normal person. Since the birth of her second child, she has been moved once more to tell stories via the dramatic medium, only this time, from the other side of the page. She is currently working on her first play of the 21st century, Pushed. , which is inspired by recent true accounts and addresses the confusing and often brutal realities of birth, parenting and relationships for the modern person who thinks they want to be an adult.

In 2010, Michael Martinez graduated from Lehman College with a degree in Theatre Arts. The theatre program allowed Michael to focus on writing and directing. He took what he learned from the stage and applied it to the screen as he evolved into a filmmaker. From the conception of his screenplays to the production of his short films, it is important to Michael that his films include poignant messages that challenge the audience to consider.

Caroline V. McGraw's theatrical works, including The Bachelors, The Vaults, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, and Ultimate Beauty Bible, have been performed all over the country, most recently at Washington Ensemble Theatre, Second Stage, Washington National Opera, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Studio 42, New Georges, and Ars Nova's ANT Fest. She had four plays nominated for the 2014 Kilroys List. Caroline was the 2013 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow. She received her MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama, where she studied with Paula Vogel.

Max Mondi is a playwright, dramaturg, and blogger who recently moved to New York from Boston. As a playwright, Max's work includes You Deserve Me, ManChild, Sometimes A Kumquat Is Just A Kumquat, The Thing About Pants, Todd Honey, and All Or Nothing. Max is a founding Core Member of the devising theatre troupe, Project: Project and a co-founder of Interim Writers, a Boston-based collective dedicated to the fostering and development of area playwrights. In addition, Max is currently a resident writer for the Abingdon Theatre Company and for Project Y.

Erin Moughon-Smith is proud 2012 WOFer and a NYC-based playwright, by way of Georgia and several other states thanks to the United States Army. She has an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University. She has been a semi-finalist for both the Princess Grace award (2010) and the National Playwrights Conference (2012, 2014). In 2007, she was one of three U.S. representatives to World Interplay, an international young playwrights conference in Australia. Erin is proud to have completed the 31 Plays in 31 Days twice. She works as a 7th and 8th grade public school drama and hydroponics teacher in Manhattan.

Upcoming for Kara Ayn Napolitano: Leah in Vegas a full length play coming to FringeNYC this August about a young mother's attempt to reclaim her life after making a controversial mistake. Produced plays: Prohibition Blues (Blue Box Productions), Blue and No Baby in Me (ESPA Detention), Life Recital and Plane Play (Drift In, Act Out). Founding Artistic Director of Drift in, Act Out, a medium for artistic growth. Managing Artistic Director of Writopia Lab's Worldwide Plays Festival, an ongoing festival of plays and musicals written by kids, performed and directed by adult theatre professionals!
Joel B. New is the proud recipient of a 2008 American Theatre Wing Jonathan Larson Grant for his music and lyrics. His stage projects include To Hell and Back, Mackenzie and the Missing Boy, Awakening Standalone, The Nobody Diaries, and RSVP. Joel’s work has been seen and developed at Ars Nova, Lincoln Center, 54 Below, New York Theatre Barn, and more. Joel’s musical theatre podcast, “Something New,” was recently named one of the Top 20 Podcasts for Theatre Fans by BroadwayWorld.com. (book: Jenny Stafford, music: J. Oconer Navarro),

Michael Niederman is the author of the plays Freshman Fifteen (NYC Actors Studio), The Riverside Symphony (Planet Connections), The Kuptferberg Family Tragedy (New York Stage and Film), To Barcelona! (Ignited States), Alvin Saves The Day, Good Men, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (Risley Theater), Running Across Amsterdam (American Theater for the Actors), Chelsea, Alaska (New Ohio Theater) and The Eschaton Caberet (Dixon Place). When Michael isn't working on his his writing, he also works as an English Teacher in NYC Schools.

Dara O’Brien is a playwright and actress who lives and works in New York City. Her one-act play, Hopper Triptych, was produced at Cherry Lane Studio Theatre. She is a member of the Playwrights Group at the Abingdon Theatre Company, which has produced staged readings of her short plays, Encounter. I.B. Rich, Control Issues, and NeueVista Pointe. Her full-length play Early Sunday Morning, has received developmental readings with Abingdon, HB Playwrights Foundation, Salon West, and Stage Left Studio. She is a co-creator of the upcoming serial podcast The Armitage as a member of Actor/Writer Collective. Member, Dramatists Guild of America.

Diana Oh- Actor, Writer, Singer/Songwriter, Lover. MFA, NYU Tisch Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program (Elphaba Thropp Fellow). NTI at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, LAMDA and Smith College Alum. www.dianaoh.com. Leads www.fillingthewell.org. www.facebook.com/DianaOhisGOINGROGUE

Natalie Osborne is an undergraduate student at Bennington College studying theatre and anthropology. In 2012 she worked as a personal assistant to Catherine Filloux, a New York based playwright who’s work focuses on human and environmental rights. Excerpts from two of Natalie’s plays, The Seven Ravens and Diaries of the Lost, were read at Classic Theatre of Harlem as part of their Playwright’s Playground series. This year, her screenplay FEET was published in The Silo, Bennington College’s online literary journal. Natalie’s work has had numerous readings on Bennington Campus. She is very excited to take part in Write Out Front!
Nicole Pandolfo has had plays produced throughout New York City and the United States as well as in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Singapore, and Toronto and will soon be working as a writer on all things whiskey for Whersky.com. Her plays have been published in the 2012, 2011, and 2010 Best Ten-Minute Plays (Smith & Kraus) as well as the Best Contemporary Women’s and Men’s Monologues 18-35 (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books), The Best Women’s Monologues 2013 (Smith & Kraus), 2013 Contemporary Monologues for Young Women (Meriwether Publishing) and others. She recently graduated with her MFA from Hunter College where she studied with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly. She thinks meeting Cher would be the tops.

I'm Jaclyn Perlmutter! I'm currently getting my MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU-Tisch. I like writing plays that rattle ME -- I'm drawn towards what makes me uncomfortable, since I figure that'll make the audience uncomfortable as well. Writing can be painful, but it’s a good pain. In addition to Tisch, I've led writing workshops at Bayview Correctional Facility, which was a medium-security prison in Manhattan (since closed). I’ve also studied at a Zen Buddhist monastery in Kyoto, Japan, though (or because) I’m the most anxious person I know, which is saying a lot in this town!

Two-time Albee Fellow Anne Phelan has been Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center, Open Source Gallery and the Juilliard School. Her plays have been produced in New York City and throughout the world (Charleston, Miami, Pakistan). In 2011, Anne won 2nd Prize in Montreal’s Irish Diaspora Playwriting contest. Three plays are included in Smith & Kraus’ "Best Ten-Minute Plays" and one in “Monologues for Women By Women.” Education: Hampshire College; Trinity Rep Conservatory. Member: Dramatists Guild, American PEN, League of Professional Theatre Women. Anne teaches at the Acting Studio in New York City. www.annephelan.com

Dean Poynor is a Southern playwright living in New York City. He writes about people whose beliefs outstrip their abilities, and his work has been developed and produced around the country. Being a playwright has taken him around the world, but his latest journey is being a dad.

Julia Pugachevsky: I grew up really wanting to be a Broadway star and trying out for roles even though I was cripplingly shy. Once I finally did get to star in a high school production of Guys and Dolls, I realized I really didn't enjoy acting (partially because I was Waiting-For-Guffman-level-bad)and was much more interested in writing the script instead. I ended up studying Dramatic Writing at the Tisch School of the Arts and now work full-time as a staff writer for BuzzFeed. On the side, I've written, crowdfunded and filmed a 6-episode web series called Life After Fat, which I'm in the process of writing the second season for.

Lisa Ramirez is an actor/playwright. Originally from San Francisco, Lisa performed at many Bay Area Theaters including The Magic, Marin Theatre Company, Actor’s Theatre, and Intersection for the Arts, where she received 3 Bay Area Critics Circle Awards and a Dramalogue Award for her work. In addition to acting, Lisa was the Literary Director for Brava for Women in the Arts. In New York, Lisa has performed at HERE Arts Center, the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Working Theater, 3 Legged Dog, INTAR, the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, and Dixon Place. Lisa’s first play, Exit Cuckoo (nanny in motherland) was first presented Off Broadway by the Working Theater (Colman Domingo-director) and subsequently toured in various theaters throughout the U.S. and Ireland. Other writing credits include; Art of Memory; a dance theatre piece, commissioned by Company SoGoNo and presented at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and the 3-Legged Dog in New York. (Conceived and directed by Tanya Calamoneri); Invisible Women-Rise; a collaboration with the Foundry Theatre and Domestic Workers United. To the Bone; originally a Working Theater commission, was a finalist for the 2011 Smith Prize, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Ellen Stewart Award; All Fall Down was conceived/written in 2011/12 at INTAR during the Maria Irene Fornés Hispanic Playwrights in Residency Lab. In 2013, Lisa was part of the MENTOR PROJECT 15 at the Cherry Lane Theatre where she wrote and performed a new solo-show; Pas de Deux (lost my shoe) (Cynthia Hopkins- mentor and Bryan Davidson Blue- director). Lisa is eternally grateful to Angelina Fiordellisi and Cherry Lane Theatre for providing an artistic home over the last few years and for presenting the world premiere of To The Bone (directed by Lisa Peterson).

Karina Richardson was born in Texas to a Puerto Rican mother and an Oklahoman father. She is the co-artistic director of Proximity Theater Company (proximitytheatre.org) and has written and performed in several Proximity productions. Her short pieces include Kathy Acker’s Ghost, Jane’s Birthday, Dylan’s Encounter, Let Her Lie, Sally’s Sweet Sixteen, and Million Maya (published on Indie Theater Now). Karina received a BFA in Theatre from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a Mary Louise Rockwell Scholarship recipient at ESPA at Primary Stages. She is currently working on her first screenplay.

Tyler Rivenbark, a proud North Carolinian, received his MFA in Playwriting from the MFA program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College, CUNY where he is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in the English Department. He is a member of the Queens based Mission to (dit)MARS’ Propulsion Lab. He is also the coordinator of the Louis Armstrong House Museum residency. In 2013 he co-founded The Hammer & Pick Collective. In 2012 he was commissioned by the Poetry Society of America to adapt Rita Dove’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book of poems, Thomas and Beulah, for the stage. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Abby Rosebrock is an actor-writer from South Carolina. Her writing has been produced or read at Playwrights Horizons, Cherry Lane, Littlefield (UglyRhino), C.O.W. (The Dirty Blondes), The Flea, The Tank, and more. Monologues from her play Different Animals (Cherry Lane, 2013) are published in best-of anthologies by Smith & Kraus and Applause. Other full-length plays including House of Mechanicals and Singles in Agriculture. Her webseries My Ex is Trending, co-created with Layla Khoshnoudi and Jennifer Wilson, is produced by ControlTopTV. Abby just finished a PhD in medieval English lit at Columbia and is thrilled to finally be acting and writing plays full-time.
Jan Rosenberg received her B.A in Playwriting and Fiction from The New School. Do Not Leave Unattended was selected to be workshopped and presented through ESPA at Primary Stages, directed by Daniella Topol. DNLU was recently featured as part of Wide Eyed Production’s ‘Seven Deadly Winks’ reading series. Other plays include TACT: An Apocalyptic Love (Manhattan Rep, SANDRep), Sweet (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Show & Tell, The Discarded, and Pretty Names For Ugly Things. She participated in LAByrinth Theater Company’s Summer Intensive. She is a member of The Beehive Collective. She currently writes for Show Business Weekly.

Alex Rubin is the 2013/14 Big Vision Empty Wallet Playwriting Fellow and has presented her fellowship play First Love at The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, The Circle Songbook, and Writers Bloc. Her current project Get A Room, comes off of the success of her debut concert Lyric Tramp: The Songs of Alex Rubin. Get a Room will pair Alex with mystery composers each month to write an original song. The entire process will be filmed and posted in a mini documentary series leading up to a concert next year.

Jennifer Rumberger is a playwright and actress. She has recently worked with Id Theater, Redmoon Theater and Chicago Dramatists, where her short plays Crazy Horse, Snow and The Salmon received staged readings. She is a founding member of the Living Room Playmakers, and her plays The Bride, Crazy Horse, and 3:45 AM were featured in their 2013 inaugural season. Her full length plays The Skinwalkers, Open Blue Sky, and The Ferry will have readings this year with The Gift Theater Company in Chicago, Wordsmyth Theater in Houston, and Living Room Playmakers. Her play The Skinwalkers was selected for development at the 2014 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference with Id Theater in New York. She previously attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and has worked as an actress in London, New York, Toronto, and Chicago. She received an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University in 2013.

Tom Sime has written ten plays, including two prizewinners: All of the Above and Klutz Theory. Tom moved from journalism (10 years at The Dallas Morning News) into playwriting in 2005, and came to New York in 2008. His New York productions include My Favorite Animal, Bloodletters and Miracle Day. Nancy and Nicole and Klutz Theory were recent semifinalists for the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference. Tom is currently working on two new comedies, Figment in collaboration with director Eric Michael Gillet, and Starters with Adrian Wattenmaker. Tom is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Crystal Skillman is the author of King Kirby, Wild, Geek and Cut. She is currently at work on her playAnother Kind of Love, which has come a long way from first being written in the window of WOF last summer! She just finished her final production draft at New York Stage and Film this summer.

Emily Snyder: I’m an internationally produced and published playwright, whose work has been seen from Christchurch, New Zealand to Dublin, Ireland. My five act iambic-pentameter play, Cupid and Psyche recently premiered at The Barrow Group theatre for Valentine's 2014. At present, I am continuing to write in verse - specifically Persephone Rises the first play of the Love and Death trilogy. I am a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Saviana Stanescu (www.saviana.com) is an award-winning Romanian-born playwright. Recent productions include: Ants at NJ Rep, Aliens With Extraordinary Skills (Women's Project, Ego Actus, NYC; B Street Theatre, California; Know Theatre, Cincinnati, Teatro La Capilla, Mexico City; Odeon Theatre, Bucharest; published by Samuel French), Waxing West (La MaMa Theatre, 2007 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Play), For a Barbarian Woman (Fordham/EST). Her plays have been widely presented/developed internationally and in the US at: NYTW, Lark Play Development Center, EST, NY Stage&Film, Long Wharf, New Group, PS122, HERE, etc. Saviana founded Immigrants Artists and Scholars in New York (IASNY) and curates playgroundezero and New York with an Accent.  She holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU, Tisch. Currently she teaches Playwriting at Ithaca College.

Jay Stull is a Brooklyn-based director, playwright, and dramaturg.  Recent New York directing credits include Mark Roberts' Enter at Forest Lawn with The Amoralists, Emily Schwend's Take Me Back at Walkerspace, and Rantoul and Die, also by Mark Roberts, at The Cherry Lane with The Amoralists. His written work has been developed by or seen at Ars Nova, Joe's Pub with The Civilians, at the Lark, the Judson Memorial Church, Ugly Rhino, and The Culture Project. His play with music and drag, Streepshow! Episode One, was produced this past June at Ars Nova as part of ANT Fest; his play, The Capables, was produced in 2013 by Neighborhood Productions and the GYM at Judson. He is an Artistic Associate with The Amoralists Theatre Company, has curated two seasons of the AmoraLAB and AmoralFEST, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Literary Wing at the Lark Play Development Center. He is also a member of PlayGround 2014 with Fresh Ground Pepper, and part of the interdisciplinary artist collective, Bastard Playground, hosted by The Drama League.

Jona Tarlin was raised in Silicon Valley and currently resides in Chinatown, NYC. His play, In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm will be presented in September 2014 at IRT Theater. His monologue Chocolate Lava Cake was performed as part of the Soul Food Monologue series for Forward Theatre Co. in Madison, WI. His short play I Can Has Play was performed at the inaugural ESPA* Detention at Jimmys no. 43 and was the winner of The Brick Theater’s Winter 10-Minute Play Fest. His play Mamas, Don’t Let Your CFOS Grow Up to Be Cowboys was performed at Sarah Lawrence College, where he graduated with a BA in Theater and the Lipkin Prize for Playwriting.

When Roland Tec is not composing music, teaching workshops for the Dramatists Guild, or producing and directing indie films, he's writing plays. Produced (and occasional award-winning) plays include: Bodily Function, The Rubber Room (with Gary Garrison), Gratuitous Nudity (with John Yearley), A Better Boy, Sniffing Out the Imposters, The Wreck Behind Us, and You Kiss Me Right This Minute. Most recently, he's been working on Kennedy V a full-length commissioned by Resonance Ensemble on the early years of a young and inexperienced junior senator from Massachusetts named Teddy Kennedy. Roland Tec is a proud member of Flux Theatre and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.

Michael "Miki" Gabriel Torres is a playwright, drag artist, and rising senior at the Tisch School of the Arts' Department of Dramatic Writing. Michael is currently developing a biography of Latin American intellectual and educational innovator Eugenio Maria de Hostos, slated for a Fall 2014 production at CUNY's Hostos Community College. Michael is also working to establish his drag character, anime princess Erika Klash, in the New York drag scene. His thesis play at Tisch, which will include Erika as one of four drag queen characters, begins development this fall.

Monica Trausch is a New York City based playwright whose work includes Border Crossing; Trans-Siberian Railway; Red Sky/Yellow Sun; Carnival Games; What He’s Done; and The Museum of Woman. She has had her work developed at Identity Theatre Company, Naked Angels, Center Stage Theater, and others. Her plays have received productions at Manhattan Theatre Source’s Estrogenius Festival, Roy Arias Studio, Primary Stages Detention Series, Galapagos Arts Space, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the UCSB Studio Theatre, and in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Her one-minute play Spring in Philadelphia is published through Indie Theatre Now. Monica is affiliated with Theatre Without Borders, NY Theater Now, and has worked with New Dramatists, Women’s Project, and New Georges. BA: UC Santa Barbara.

Fred Van Lente (Playwright) is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Marvel Zombies, Incredible Hercules (with Greg Pak), Odd Is On Our Side (with Dean R. Koontz), as well as the American Library Association award-winning Action Philosophers. His original graphic novel Cowboys & Aliens (co-written with Andrew Foley) is the basis for the major motion picture starring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford. Van Lente's other comics include The Comic Book History of Comics, Taskmaster, Archer & Armstrong, Amazing Spider-Man and GI Joe.

Eljon Wardally recently graduated with my MFA in Playwriting from Fordham University/Primary Stages. She's working on 3 plays and is looking forward to pushing to finish them with the help of Write Out Front!

Kathleen Warnock is a NYC-based playwright. Her work's been seen in NYC, London, Dublin (Ireland & Georgia) and regionally. She is a member of EAT and TOSOS, and Ambassador of Love for North America for the Dublin Gay Theater Festival. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She curates the Drunken! Careening! Writers! reading series at KGB Bar the 3rd Thursday every month (since 2004).

Catherine Weingarten is a NYC based playwright. She is also a recent Bennington College graduate in Vermont and an incoming playwriting MFA candidate at Ohio University. Her plays have been done at such venues as The Last Frontier Theater Conference and in NY at such theaters as Ugly Rhino Productions, Fresh Ground Pepper, and Nylon Fusion Collective. Her full length plays include: Are you ready to get PAMPERED!?, Recycling Sexy, A Roller Rink Temptation and Pineapple Upside Down Cake: a virgin play. She is currently a member of Abingdon Theater's playwrights group and New Perspective “women’s work” short play lab.

Corbin Went writes plays that make mothers cry, fathers reminisce, and children dream. Their plays are restoration of the american mythology, as experienced by a dislocated generation of youths, looking for the country their parents told them about. Their other interests include contemporary adaptations of classic and early modern works.

Dave White is a Baltimore-based playwright and Associate Professor at Towson University. Dave's work has taken him to Slovakia, Poland, and a 2013 Likhachev Fellowship working on Dance On Bones, a play inspired by the jazz scene in St. Petersburg, Russia. In May 2014, the Ilkhom Theatre and The Seagull Project presented Dance On Bones with four American actors and an Uzbek jazz quartet in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Dave’s nine-play theatre serial Last Chance is being produced as a living-room series in Baltimore. Dave’s plays have been presented in Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Texas, West Virginia, and Moscow, Russia.

Hank Willenbrink is an internationally produced playwright. His play The Boat in the Tiger Suit premiered at The Brick in August 2013. Hank's work has been developed at Performance Highways, WordBRIDGE, quiet, and World Interplay International Festival of Young Playwrights. His play 18 won the John Cauble Award for Best Short Play from KCACTF. Hank’s monologues have been featured in Monologues for Men by Men, More Monologues for Men by Men, and Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 2014. Hank has a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.A. from the University of Tulsa.

An opera singer in a former life, Natalie Wilson first stepped behind the pen in 2009. Her musical play, Sweethearts of Swing, was a 2014 Eugene O’Neill NMTC semi-finalist and had a staged reading produced by the Aurora Fox Arts Center in Colorado. Her full-length play Breaking Pairs was presented in a reading at the Dramatist Guild in NYC, and numerous short plays have been produced by Left Hip Productions, La Petite Morgue, and ESPA-Primary Stages. Natalie has four short works published by Indie Theater Now, and is the cofounder of Lather, Rinse, Repeat: A Playwrights’ Collective.

Amy E. Witting is a playwright, actress, director, and producer. She has been actively working in the New York theatre community since 2003 and has had over 20 productions of original work performed both Off and Off-Off Broadway. Her work has been seen at various theatres and festivals including: the Kennedy Center ACTF/NNPN MFA Playwrights Workshop (Day 392, 2014), Cabrini Repertory Theatre (victor, Winner 2013 Thespis Festival), Frigid Festival (36 Hours, 2013), NY International Fringe Festival (FALLING, 2012), Edinburg Festival Fringe (G.I. Joe Jared, 2011), 59E59 (G.I. Joe Jared, 2011) IRT (Flora and Fauna, 2011), The Sam French Festival (Create Me Pegasus, Finalist 2011), and The Cherry Pit (Classic 8, 2010). Her play G.I. Joe Jared was published in NYTheatre’s Plays and Playwrights 2011. She received a 2014 Anne Friedman Production Grant for Road Veins, which will have a workshop production at TADA! in November. As a producer she created PlayFUN!, a 24-hour maddening theatre festival that brings together students, emerging, and professional artists for a weekend of pure creativity. Through this festival she has mentored over 50 college students from various NY colleges and universities. In 2009 Amy worked closely with Dramatic Adventure Theatre traveling to Ecuador as part of their Hecho en Ecuador project. Traveling throughout the country the team taught theatre in various communities, and created original work that was performed at the Richmond Shepard theatre in NYC. She is a grateful member of The Dramatists Guild of America, and received her MFA at Hunter College where she had the great privilege to study with Tina Howe, Arthur Kopit, and Mark Bly.

Holly Wolf, an accomplished playwright and director and a Mabou Mines theatre resident. Read and produced in theatres in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Northampton, Chicago, Philadelphia, Albany, Petaluma and Point Arena: Burning at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café and Miriam’s Song in and around NYC. Ms. Wolf received the Massachusetts Special Citizen Award for The Bridge Company which performed in Northampton and NYC, was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Recently, Onward: Looking Back was created for and read by students at Lower Manhattan Arts Academy. Ms. Wolf is working on a screenplay about Portuguese Conversos and their 500 year survival.

Kate York: A Detroit native and a recent graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, I was lucky enough to study under Stuart Spencer, Lucy Thurber, Francine Volpe, and Graeme Gillis. After a presentation of my docu-piece Behind Our Closet Doors (a contemporary examination of LGBTQ young adults in our nation) I've become more interested in pieces focusing on the market crash of 2008, and its national repercussions. My pieces The Pigeon Play and Stones have been workshopped in Greenville, SC and Atlanta, GA with collaboration from Jenson Lavallee.

Nathan Yungerberg lives between Brooklyn and Oakland. His plays: The Son of Dawn and Pousada Azul, had member’s readings at the Playwrights’ Center in 2012. Pousada Azul was also featured in the Blackboard reading series at the Cell in NYC and a self-produced staged reading at Z Below in San Francisco. He has also participated in the Classical Theater of Harlem’s Playwright’s Playground and Theaterspeak’s Write Out Front. Nathan was also a season 4 playwright for The Fire This Time festival which featured his ten minute play Orchids and Polka Dots. He has also participated in the 3rd annual 48 Hours in Harlem Festival and the National Black Theater’s “Keep Soul Alive Monday’s”. The Lorraine Hansberry Theater in San Francisco included Pousada Azul in their Bringing the Art to the Audience reading series in 2014.

Natalie Zutter is a graduate of NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, with a concentration in Serialized Storytelling and Internet Culture. Her work has been performed at NYU, True False Theatre, Drinks/The Sincerest Form was further developed during TFT’s inaugural The Polygraph Tests residency; her play A Real Boy was commissioned for Caps Lock Theatre’s Sex With Robots Festival. She also writes comics and is a pop culture blogger whose work has appeared on Tor.com, Bookish, Crushable, io9, and elsewhere.
Caps Lock Theatre, Tip My Cup’s 24-Hour Theater Festival, and The Brick. Her play

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