Week One 3-8 June
Reflection Day -Chuck Cummings has had a handful of plays (“Daddy,” “Scarecrow,” “The Negro Building”) produced in a handful of cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Newark, Tucson), but in all future bios he’ll toss aside alphabetization so he can proudly list London first. (He’ll still spell “alphabetization” with a “z,” however.) Chuck is a winner of the Theodore Ward Prize for African-American Playwrights, and the National Archives One-Act Playwriting Contest. He’s a past member of the Blacksmyths workshop of the Mark Taper Forum, and once wrote for a television show called “Homeboys in Outer Space” – one of the best experiences of his life.
Off the Cliff-Alexis Roblan’s plays have been produced and developed in New York, LA, DC,the UK and Australia by companies such as Angry Bubble, Brain Melt Consortium, The Disreputables, The Dirty Blondes, The Inkwell, INTAR, and World Interplay. She grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s MFA in Dramatic Writing program. She has worked in the Literary offices at Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles) and Roundabout Theatre Company (NYC), and is a member of New Perspectives Theatre Company’s Women’s Work Project. Her plays include AND IT SPINS TWICE (FringeNYC) and DAUGHTERS OF LOT (Edinburgh Fringe)
Knock Knock-Charles Evered is a playwright, screenwriter and director. He wrote and directed the feature films Adopt a Sailor, starring Peter Coyote and Bebe Neuwirth and A Thousand Cuts, which starred Michael O'Keefe and was nominated for a Saturn Award. For television, he has written for the USA Network series Monk, starring Tony Shalhoub. His plays have been produced Off-Broadway at the Circle Repertory Company and regionally at Yale Repertory Theatre and the Williamstown Theatre Festival among other venues. Actors that have appeared in his work include; Liev Schreiber, Amy Irving, Sam Waterston, Eli Wallach and Paul Giamatti. He is published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc, New York City and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he studied with director George Roy Hill. He lives inLos Angeles, California and Princeton, New Jersey.
Bradley-Chelsea-Nameless-Al Sjoerdsma (Ann Arbor, Michigan) is an award-winning playwright whose work has appeared in theatres all over the USA including Vital Theatre and The Producer’s Club, in New York City; The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles; City Theatre in Miami, Florida; Milwaukee Rep; Cleveland Public Theatre; The Vortex Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the Pittsburgh New Works Festival and New Jersey Rep. His The 82nd Shepherd’s Play appears in the Doubleday anthology Incisions and his Gandhi Goes Fishing in Playscripts, Inc’s Great Short Plays Volume 2. Al has worked as a Head Writer for Marvel Comics’ “The Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe” and “The Official Index to the Marvel Universe” and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. His six-act play Dinner With Gillian Anderson is appearing tweet by tweet at @DinnerWiGillian.
Water Under the Board- Christopher Adams is an American playwright living in London. He attended the Royal Court Young Writers Programme and Studio Writers Group. From 2011-2012 he was a US Fulbright scholar to Shanghai, China, where his play Shelter was produced by the Shanghai Repertory Theatre. His play Lynchburg, examining incest in conservative religious America, was longlisted for the Bruntwood Prize 2013. His short plays have been performed in London, Dublin, and Birmingham.
Bong Hits 4 Jesus-Eric Henry Sanders's plays have had productions and staged readings in theatres across the country and abroad, including the Union Theatre (London), Theatre89 (Berlin), New Group (NY), The Drilling Company (NY), Primary Stages (NY), Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre (NY), The Lark Development Center (NY), Cherry Lane Alternative (NY), Victory Gardens Theatre (Chicago), the Actor's Gang Ivy Substation (LA), and Moving Parts Theatre (Paris). Eric has been the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Artist Fellowship in Playwriting from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and he has been a finalist for many others including the Kesselring Prize administered by the National Arts Club, the Princess Grace Fellowship administered by New Dramatists, and the Heideman Award issued by Actors Theatre of Louisville. He teaches narrative and screenwriting at Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) and he is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Crowd-Judah Skoff is an American playwright who won the National Playwriting Competition, the New Jersey Playwrights Contest, and two Governor's Awards in the Arts, among others. He was named by the Jewish Week as one of the top 36 under 36 rising stars in the American Jewish community due to this playwriting. His play THE EXHIBITION was produced in London by A Friend of a Friend Production at the Hide Gallery, Leathermarket, and twice in New York. His latest play, A BEDROOM IN PARIS, had its premiere staged reading at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. His other plays have been performed at numerous theatres and festivals including the Abingdon Theatre, Manhattan Rep, the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and the State Theatre of New Jersey. Judah was a participating artist at Backyart, an artist’s showcase based in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Brown University. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Week two 10-14 June
Whistleblower- Nasi Voutsas graduated from East 15 Acting School in 2012, after three years on the Contemporary Theatre course. His first play, 'Maria, 1968' was taken to the Edinburgh Fringe, to critical acclaim, “Voutsas’ play shoots the competition right out of the water.” (The Stage). Nasi is the co-founder of theatre company, ANTLER, where he is an actor, musician and writer. ANTLER's award-winning show, Where The White Stops played at The Bush, New Diorama and will go on a national tour later this year. This is Nasi’s first short play.
Alban's Gardens-Rich is a playwright/actor from Baltimore, Maryland, and is a three time winner of the Carol Weinberg Award for best play at the Baltimore Playwrights Festival for Fifty-Fifty, Hope’s Arbor, and Following Sarah. Here in the UK, his play The Revelation of Bobby Pritchard received a full reading at Greenwich Theatre in September, 2013 (dir. Ollie Jack). Other highlights include Three Andys produced by Single Carrot Theatre and Stand Up!, a monologue included in Center Stage’s “My America” project. He has taught playwriting at Center Stage and teaches at The Park School of Baltimore. Check out samples of his work and a production history at www.richespey.net.
To Defend Freedom- Annalisa Dias is a Washington, D.C. based playwright, director, and dramaturg. Her short plays have been staged in New York and Washington, D.C. Other D.C. credits include: Assistant Director for Oh Dad, Poor Dad.. and Voodoo Macbeth (American Century Theater); Dramaturg for Apocalypse Please (the Inkwell); Dramaturg Assistant for The Conference of the Birds (Folger Shakespeare Theater); Original Dramaturg for #crazypants (The Catholic University of America). Upcoming projects include Devising new work with Theater Alliance and Directing 10-minute plays for the Source Festival. Annalisa also teaches Theatre of the Oppressed and is Director of an international documentary film entitled The Salima Project, which is about theatre and community health in rural Malawi. For more information visit http://salimaproject.org.
African Americana-Aurin Squire is an award-winning playwright and multimedia artist in New York. He is a recipient of the 2014 Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center and the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. His drama Freefalling was produced at Barrington Stage Company and won the 2013 Fiat Lux Award from the Catholic Church’s Theatre Conference in New York and 1st prize in InspiraTO International Play Contest in Toronto. Article 119-1, his drama about a gay rights activist in Belarus was produced in Florence, Italy, Norway, Vancouver, and Los Angeles in March 2014. Squire wrote Dreams of Freedom, a multimedia installation video about Jewish immigrants in the 20th century for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. Dreams won 3 national museum awards and is in the permanent exhibit at NMAJH. Squire has been a guest artist and lecturer at Gettysburg College, Malloy College, Bennington College, and New School University.
$<0RP!0-Kevin Kautzman is a playwright originally from North Dakota. An alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where he studied history and philosophy, he holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He began studying playwriting in London at the Royal Court Theatre and became a core writer out of the Young Writers Program. He has received commissions from History Theatre and Red Eye, and his work has been performed and/or developed at places including the Des Moines Social Club, Fox Valley Repertory, the Landing Theatre Company, the Living Theatre, Mondays Dark, the New Theatre Project, Nouveau 47, the Players’ Guild Theater, the Playwrights’ Center, Scriptworks, the Soho Theatre Studio (UK), South Camden Theatre Company, Stage West, the Tristan Bates Theatre, the University of Arkansas, and the UK National Student Drama Festival. His honors include the Jerome and Michener fellowships, the Tennessee Williams and Kenyon Institute scholarships, and the Kernodle New Play, International Student Playscript Competition, Repertory Theatre Iowa’s Alpha Project and Southwest Playwriting awards. He is represented by Max Grossman at Abrams and lives in New York.
Let Me Be Clear-Kevin Armento is a Brooklyn-based writer. His plays include Bets & Blue Notes (San Diego Lyceum Theatre), Companion Piece (Pleasance, London), and killers (Tom Noonan’s Paradise Factory). His work has also been performed or developed with Rogue Machine Theatre, Ugly Rhino, INTAR, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Tristan Bates Theatre, and the New Ohio. He was an inaugural member of Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup, and the recipient of a commission from the Abingdon Theatre. Upcoming: workshop of a way to reach me with Naked Angels and at Hollywood Fringe; reading of GOOD MEN WANTED at Seattle Repertory Theatre before performing at Ars Nova’s ANT Fest; and devising a new piece with One Year Lease. His screenplays have received honors from Slamdance, Action on Film Festival, New York City Horror Film Festival, and Los Angeles International Film Festival, and his work has also been featured on Glamour, Yahoo, and The Huffington Post.
They Float Up- Jacquelyn Reingold lives in New York City, and writes for theatre and television. Her plays have been seen in New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC; and in Belgrade, Berlin, and Hong Kong. For television, Jacquelyn has written for Smash, In Treatment, and Law and Order Criminal Intent. Playwriting honors include: New York Foundation for the Arts grant in playwriting, two Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation commissions, and the Kennedy Center‘s Fund for New American Plays. Her short plays have been recorded for radio by Playing On Air. Her work has been published in two Women Playwrights: The Best Plays, several Best American Short Plays, various Best Monologues, and by Samuel French, Vintage Books, and Smith & Kraus. A collection of her one-acts, Things Between Us, is published by Dramatists Play Service.