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Raquel Almazan

Raquel Almazan

Raquel Almazan is an interdisciplinary artist, facilitator, and activist. (MFA Playwriting, Columbia University). Her eclectic career spans original multi-media solo performances, playwriting, devising, and dramaturgy. Almazan’s work has been featured in New York Cityincluding Off-Broadwaythroughout the United States, and internationally in Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Colombia, Chile, Guatemala and Sweden; including several of her plays within the Latin is America play cyclewriting bi-lingual plays in dedication to each Latin American country. She has been awarded Professional Development residencies with Bric Arts, The Eugene O’Neill Center Playwrights Conference, and The Playwrights’ Center. Recipient of the Map Fund, National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Grant, Kennedy Center’s Latinidad Award, Kate Neal Kinley Playwriting Fellowship, and the LGBTQ Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Prize. Select plays include La Paloma Prisoner (2020 Kilroys List, upcoming: World Premiere at Next Door- NYTW/ Workshops: The Signature Theatre, La Mama, The Lark, INTAR and Labyrinth Theatre Company, WPI, Stockholm); La Migra Taco Truck (off-Broadway Theatre Row); When I Came Home (Pregones- PRTT); LA NEGRA (Workshop: Bric Arts/Reading: Lincoln Center- Classical Theatre of Harlem); Does that Feel Good to you My Lark?: A Doll’s House Adaptation (Bushwick Starr reading/New Georges Audrey residency); CAFÉ (Workshop: Columbia University/Reading, The Kennedy Center). Almazan is the Artistic Director of La Lucha Arts dedicated to producing works in collaboration with social movements. TV Performance Credits: Law & Order: SVU, Limitless, and The Blacklist. Lecturer and Guest Lecturer: Marymount Manhattan College, Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, The New School, SUNY Purchase, Carnegie Mellon, and Amherst College. Almazan is the President of the Board of Directors of The Independent Theatre Fund. www.raquelalmazan.com

 Lucas Baisch

Lucas Baisch

Lucas Baisch is a Guatemalan-Mexican-American playwright and artist from San Francisco. His plays have been read and developed at The Goodman Theatre, The NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, Chicago Dramatists, Links Hall, SF Playground, etc. Full-length plays include: REFRIGERATOR (First Floor Theatre), On the Y-Axis (The Bushwick Starr Reading Series), Dry Swallow (Brown University), import speech_memory (Cutting Ball’s Variety Pack Festival), The Scavengers (DePaul University), A Measure of Normalcy (Gloucester Stage Company), and co-writing on The Arrow Cleans House (The Neo-Futurists). Lucas is a recipient of a 2020 Steinberg Playwright Award, the Kennedy Center's 2020 KCACTF Latinx Playwriting Award, the 2021 Chesley/Bumbalo Playwriting Award, and the 2021 Princess Grace Award in Playwriting. He is currently a 21-22 Jerome Fellow through The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis and a 21-22 Princess Grace Fellow at New Dramatists. Lucas has taught writing at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, Macalester College, and through the Chicago Public Schools. His plays have been published by Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama and Yale’s Theater Magazine. Outside of writing for theatre, his artwork has been presented at Elsewhere Museum, the Electronic Literature Organization, gallery no one, and the RISD Museum. He has held residencies through ACRE, Elsewhere Museum, Millay Arts, the Goodman Theatre's 2016-17 Playwrights Unit, and as a 2018 Lambda Literary Playwriting Fellow. Lucas received his MFA in Playwriting from Brown University, where he studied under Lisa D'Amour and Julia Jarcho. For more information visit www.lucasbaisch.com.

Philip Dawkins

Philip DawkinsPhilip Dawkins is an educator with more than 20 years of experience in the classroom and a professional playwright whose plays have been performed all over the world. At the university level, Philip has taught playwriting fundamentals, playwriting for young audiences and young voices, Tiny Gothic, Playwriting Sequence, and Playwriting II at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Independence Community College, and Loyola University Chicago. As a teaching artist for Chicago Dramatists, Pegasus Players, Timeline Theatre, and others. Philip spent a decade in Chicago Public classrooms at every grade level, including ESL classes and programs for students on the Autism spectrum. As an international artist, Philip has traveled the country teaching his own Kung Fu Playwriting Course which integrates the teachings of Master Bruce Lee and Jeet Kun Do with the fundamentals of playwriting. Philip has also acted as a writing coach for several published authors, motivational speakers, and playwrights, and he has mentored and taught through multiple theaters and training programs across the country, including online. For four years, he also led the Artists Development Workshop for writers with and without disabilities at Chicago’s Victory Gardens Theater. PWC 300 will be Philip’s fifth time leading a class for the Playwrights’ Center, where he is a proud Affiliated Writer. Philip’s plays include Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens Theater), Le Switch (About Face Theatre, The Jungle), The Homosexuals (About Face Theater), The Burn (Steppenwolf for Young Audiences), Dr.Seuss’s The Sneetches, the Musical with composer David Mallamud and Spamtown, USA (both with Children’s Theater Company, Minneapolis), The Gentleman Caller (Raven Theatre, Chicago; Abingdon Theatre, NY), Charm (Northlight Theatre; MCC), Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre), and his solo play, The Happiest Place on Earth (Sideshow Theatre/Greenhouse Theater Center). He’s been a fellow at the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Many of Philip’s plays are available through Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Inc., and Dramatic Publishing.

Catherine Filloux

Catherine Filloux

Catherine Filloux is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for over twenty-five years. Her plays have been produced around the U.S. and internationally. Catherine has been honored with the 2019 Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship; the 2017 Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre; and the 2015 Planet Activist Award. Filloux is the librettist for four operas, produced nationally and internationally. Her new musical Welcome to the Big Dipper is a 2018 National Alliance for Musical Theatre finalist. Recent plays include White Savior at Pygmalion Productions in Salt Lake City, Utah; her web drama about deportation and children, “turning your body into a compass” live streamed by CultureHub, and “whatdoesfreemean?” produced in New York City by Nora’s Playhouse. Filloux’s plays have been widely published and anthologized. She received her MFA at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Dramatic Writing Program and her French Baccalaureate in Philosophy, with Honors, in Toulon, France. She is a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders and the first Art & Peacebuilding Scholar at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, as well as an alumna of New Dramatists. Catherine has taught playwriting at many universities and colleges including Vassar College, Wesleyan University, and Bennington College. Filloux has served as a speaker/panelist at playwriting, human rights conferences, and organizations around the world. www.catherinefilloux.com

 Marvin González De León

Marvin González De León

Marvin González De León is a first-generation Mexican-American who writes plays that incorporate a myriad of genres—from sci fi to horror—anchored in the traditions of Latin American literature. His work has been produced and developed at Teatro Bravo, Arizona State University, Texas State University, Teatro del Pueblo, Round House Theatre, Page 73 Productions, The Playwrights Realm, and the Playwrights’ Center. He is the recipient of the 2022 Page 73 Playwriting Fellowship. He is also a Core Writer and a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center, where he was previously awarded the McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting and the Many Voices Fellowship. He was a member of the Interstate 73 Writers Group at Page 73 Productions and was a Virtual Realm Mentee with The Playwrights Realm.

González De León received his MFA in Dramatic Writing in 2017 at Arizona State University. He teaches playwriting at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

 

Christina Ham

Christina Ham

Christina Ham was named one of “The Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2018-19 Season” by American Theatre magazine. Her plays have been developed and produced both nationally and internationally with the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, The Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, by Tony Award-winning producer Arielle Tepper Madover off-Broadway at Theater Row, and the Tokyo International Arts Festival among many others. Christina is a two-time recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting and a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and a MacDowell Residency. She has received commissions from The Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Kennedy Center among many others. Her plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Heinemann, PlayScripts, Inc., Smith and Kraus, and Oberon Books. A graduate of the University of Southern California with an MFA in Playwriting from The UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, she is a member of the Playwrights Union and The Kilroys, an advocacy group fighting for gender balance on the American stage. She has had the privilege of working for such television horror and science fiction genre auteurs as Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Nick Antosca, and Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy. She has been a staff writer, executive story editor, and producer on such streaming shows as The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Brand New Cherry Flavor, and Sweet Tooth, all for Netflix. She's done the social horror series THEM for Amazon and most recently she was the Writer/Supervising Producer on the hit HBO Emmy Award-winning series Westworld. She currently has an overall deal with Universal Content Productions and has been tapped by Blumhouse to write a paranormal thriller directed by Academy Award winner John Ridley. www.christinaham.com

 Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

Sofya Levitsky-Weitz

Sofya Levitsky-Weitz is a playwright and TV/film writer who splits her time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles. She has written for Hulu’s THE DROPOUT, FX’s THE BEAR, and GASLIT for Starz. Her play this party sucks (on the 2019 Kilroy’s List) was optioned by Mark Gordon Pictures for the stage and film/TV rights and will be commercially produced next year. Other plays include Cannabis Passover (The Playwrights' Center Playlabs, 2021-2 finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference), be mean to me, Gehinnom (semi-finalist for O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, Playwrights’ Realm, and Princess Grace Award), and Intuitive Men. She was a 2018-2019 Jerome Fellow and is a current Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. She is a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and has attended Barn Arts and TOFTE Lake. She was the recipient of the Penn State 2020 New Musical Initiative and her musical Nostalgia Night (composer: Matt McCollum) was produced in Winter 2022. She has worked on several movies with Michael Showalter including Fox Searchlight’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye. She got her MFA in Writing for the Screen & Stage from Northwestern University, where she serves on the Advisory Board, and is a member of EST/Youngblood. www.sofyalevitskyweitz.com

 C. Meaker

C. Meaker

C. Meaker (she/they) is a playwright and screenwriter whose work often explores queerness, feminism, and the end of the world currently based in the Twin Cities. Growing up in Tennessee, they were naturally obsessed with the horrific and grotesque, which often finds its way into the strange worlds they create whether it’s an unexpected banjo riff as harbinger of death, a screeching banshee that sounds like church bells, or collapsing belief systems ripping through a body. Meaker’s plays have been performed and developed across the United States, including the Kennedy Center and National New Play Network, Seattle Repertory Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Annex Theatre in Seattle, About Face in Chicago and Macha Monkey in Seattle. They are a former Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center, an alumna of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Writers Group, and former Walter E. Dakin Fellow at Sewanee Writers’ Conference. They are a graduate of Knox College and received an MFA in Playwriting from University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop. They currently teach queer theater and playwriting around the Twin Cities. In their spare time, they obsessively research monster and zombie theory, DM Dungeons and Dragons, and drink a lot of tea while reading cozy mysteries.

 

Tori Sampson

Tori Sampson

Tori Sampson a native of Boston, MA is proud to be from “The City of Champions” and even prouder to be a human rights activist and Black Woman storyteller. By introducing her daughter to the genius that was Carroll O'Connor, Tori’s mother opened her eyes to the art and power of comedy for “goodness sake”. And it was on and poppin’ from there. Today, Tori focuses her imagination on creating comedies for the stage. Her plays include If Pretty Hurts Ugly Must be a Muhfucka (Playwrights Horizons, 2019), This Land Was Made (Vineyard Theatre, 2018), and Cadillac Crew (Yale Repertory Theater, 2019). Her plays have been developed at Great Plains Theatre Conference, Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s The Ground Floor residency program, Victory Garden’s IGNITION Festival of New Plays, Playwrights Foundation, Ubuntu Festival and Vineyard Theater. Tori is a 2017–18 Playwright’s Center Jerome Fellow and a 2018-19 Mcknight Fellow. Two of her plays appeared on the 2017 Kilroys List. Her awards and honors include the 2016 Relentless Award, Honorable Mention; the 2016 Paula Vogel Award in Playwriting from The Kennedy Center; the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, Second Place; the Alliance Theater’s 2017 Kendeda Prize, Finalist; the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Finalist. Tori is currently working on commissions from Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Atlantic Theater Company. Tori is currently a writer for Hunters on Amazon Prime, and she has developed shows for HBO. She holds a BS in sociology from Ball State University and an MFA in playwriting from Yale School of Drama.

James Anthony Tyler

James Anthony Tyler

James Anthony Tyler is the recipient of the 3rd Annual Horton Foote Playwriting Award, an inaugural playwright to receive a commission from Audible, and a 2016 Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award recipient. His plays include Some Old Black Man (Berkshire Playwrights Lab at St. James Place and 59E59 Theaters, and a University Musical Society filmed production), All We Need Is Us (Keen Company, currently streaming on all podcast platforms) hop thA A (currently streaming on Audible), Artney Jackson (World Premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2018 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award), and Dolphins and Sharks (LAByrinth Theater Company and Finborough Theatre in London). He’s a 2021/2018 MacDowell Fellow, a 2021 Hermitage Artist Resident, a 2018 Djerassi Fellow, 2018-2019 Amoralists Wright Club Playwright, 2017-2018 Nashville Rep Ingram New Works Playwright, 2016-2017 Ars Nova Play Group Resident, 2016 Working Farm Playwrights Group Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm, 2015-2016 Playwrights’ Center’s Many Voices Fellow, 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and he was a member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group. He has a MFA in Film from Howard University and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University. He is also a graduate of The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program, and he was the Staff Writer for the OWN Network show “Cherish the Day” created by Ava DuVernay. Currently he is in the writers room for a new Apple Drama Series starring a two-time Academy Award nominated actress.

Sheri Wilner

Sheri Wilner

Sheri Wilner is an award-winning playwright who has been working in the theatre for over twenty-five years. Her plays include Kingdom City, Father Joy, Bake Off, Relative Strangers, Labor Day, Joan of Arkansas, The End, A Tall Order and Hunger, and have been performed and developed at such major theatres as the Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, Signature Theatre (D.C.) and the Old Vic/New Voices in London. Her work has been widely anthologized and published by Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing Company, Samuel French and Playscripts.com, leading to over five hundred productions of her plays across the United States as well as in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, United Kingdom and India. Her playwriting awards include a Howard Foundation Fellowship in Playwriting, a Bush Artist Fellowship and two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships. In addition to teaching for the Playwrights' Center, she is also an Adjunct Professor for NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts’ Dramatic Writing Program and is on the faculty of the Dramatists Guild Institute, where she also serves as the DGI’s Certificate Program Advisor. She has also twice been a Master Playwright for the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs’ Playwright Development Program and was the Monan Professor in Theatre Arts at Boston College, the Fred Coe Visiting Playwright-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University and a visiting Assistant Professor in Playwriting at Florida State University’s MFA Dramatic Writing Program. A graduate of Cornell and Columbia University, she lives in New York City.

 

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