NICK CARR

A screenwriter and playwright from the Pacific Northwest. His work has been produced around the country, from Aspen to New York. He was the recipient of the Gary Garrison Prize for playwriting at the American College Theater Festival in Washington D.C.; a selected writer for Theater Masters’ Palm Beach Developmental Workshop Series; and a Kennedy Center Fellow at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. His original pilot, The Roadside, won the Gold Prize in the 2015 PAGE International Screenwriting Competition. He holds a BFA in Film and Television Production from the Savannah College of Art & Design, and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

CHRISTOPHER CHEN

An Obie Award-winning playwright whose work has been extensively produced across the United States and abroad. In addition to Audible, he is currently under commission at The Aurora, LCT3, Manhattan Theatre Club, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Playwrights Horizons and the Royal Shakespeare Company. His next production is Passage at Soho Rep in Spring 2019. Chris is a San Francisco native.

ELINOR COOK

London based playwright who was the winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright 2013 and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2018. Her plays include Out of Love (Paines Plough), Pilgrims (HighTide), Image of an Unknown Young Woman (The Gate) and a new version of Ibsen's The Lady From The Sea for the Donmar Warehouse, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. She is currently working on a musical adaptation of a major children's novel for the stage.

JAMES FRITZ

A playwright from London whose first full-length play, Four Minutes Twelve Seconds premiered at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in 2014 and was nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. In 2017, his radio play Comment is Free won both the Imison and the Tinniswood Awards at the BBC Audio Drama Awards, which is the first time that a writer has won both awards the same year.

BERRI GEORGE

A London based playwright and performer. A range of the UK’s leading new writing venues has staged her work. Her one-woman show LARP, which she also performed received five star reviews and toured a selection of local and regional venues. Conjointly she has written for screen; with short film TITS (BBC Writersroom/BBC 3), and radio, with development script WALNUT WHIP (Radio 3), and commissioned to write her first promenade theatre play VIRTUALLY BLACKFRIARS (Milow Ladek, Southwark). Her current, new play SHADOW KINGDOMS opened Theatre503’s summer season, 2018 and came runner up in the Mercury Playwriting Award 2017.

CARLA GRAULS

An award-winning playwright based in London who won the Nick Darke Award for her play Made for Him. Her plays have been performed in London, Italy and South Africa. In 2016, she was selected to write a play for Promised Lands, a playwriting festival based in Milan, exploring themes of migration. Her critically acclaimed play Occupied at Theatre503 was nominated for two Off West End Theatre Awards in 2014. The same year, she was honoured at HRM’s RADA ceremony at Buckingham Palace celebrating excellence in the Dramatic Arts. She also works as a script reader.

ERIC MICHA HOLMES

A playwright and radio dramatist whose work has been heard on the BBC ("Care Inc.") and seen at The National Black Theatre (“Mondo Tragic,”) The New Black Fest and MCC Theatre (“Pornplay; or, Blessèd Are The Meek, ”) New York Theatre Workshop (“Nimpsey Pink,”) and The Lark Play Development Center (“Jackets In May”) among others. Residencies and fellowships include The Dramatist Guild Fellowship, Space At Ryder Farm, 'I Am Soul' Playwright's Residency at The National Black Theatre, LaGuardia Performing Arts Playwriting Lab, City Theatre Company, and more. MFA: University of Iowa.

LAUREN GUNDERSON

The most produced playwright in America in 2017 and the author of plays such as The Book of Will, Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, and I and You. Gunderson’s work has been commissioned, developed and produced at companies including South Coast Repertory, Marin Theatre Company, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, San Francisco Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks, and more.

CHISA HUTCHINSON

An acclaimed playwright raised and currently residing in Newark, New Jersey. Hutchinson holds a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU. Her work has been presented at such venues as the National Black Theater and Second Stage Theater. She is a current member of New Dramatists and former staff writer for the Blue Man Group.

LINDSAY JOELLE

A Chicago-born, New York-based playwright and lyricist. Joelle holds a B.A. in English from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from CUNY/Hunter. Her play TRAYF premiered at Theater J in 2018, and The Garbologists was recently workshopped at PlayPenn. She is a member of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s Ingram New Works Lab, a National New Play Network writer-in-residence at Curious Theatre, and an alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop.

CHARLOTTE JOSEPHINE

An award-winning playwright and actress. ‘Bitch Boxer’ won the Soho Theatre Young Writers Award 2012, the Old Vic New Voices Edinburgh Season 2012, the Clonmel Junction Best Theatre Award 2013, the Holden Street Theatre’s Award 2013 and the Adelaide Fringe Award 2014. Charlotte’s play ‘Blush’ won The Stage Edinburgh Award 2017. In 2017 Charlotte won the inaugural BBC Screenplay First Award, and was named on the BBC New Talent Hotlist. Her monologue ‘Blue’ won the Octagon National Monologue Prize 2017. Charlotte is currently playing ‘Mercutio’ in Romeo and Juliet at the RSC.

ADITI BRENNAN KAPIL

A multi-disciplinary artist of Bulgarian and Indian descent who was raised in Sweden. Kapil's plays include Love Person (Stavis Playwriting Award, 2009), the Displaced Hindu Gods Trilogy (Mixed Blood Theater and across the US and London), Orange (Mixed Blood Theatre and SCR), and Imogen Says Nothing (Yale Repertory Theatre). She is the Playwright-in-Residence at Mixed Blood Theatre, an Artistic Associate at Park Square Theatre, a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, and a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.

PAOLA LÁZARO

A playwright and actor born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lázaro holds a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from SUNY Purchase College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University. Her play Tell Hector I Miss Him premiered at the Atlantic Theater Company in fall of 2017, and There's Always the Hudson was recently work-shopped at Sundance. Paola is part of the 2015 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater.

MIKE LEW

A Brooklyn-based playwright, Tony voter and Dramatists Guild Council member whose honors include the PEN Emerging Playwright, Lanford Wilson, Helen Merrill, Heideman, and Kendeda awards as well as a Lark Venturous fellowship. Alongside his wife and fellow playwright Rehana Lew Mirza, Mike holds a shared Mellon Foundation Residency at Ma-Yi Theater and Artist-in-Residence at La Jolla Playhouse. His plays include Teenage Dick, Tiger Style!, Bike America, microcrisis, and the book to the musical Bhangin’ It (with Rehana Mirza and Sam Willmott). Mike is an alumnus of Juilliard and graduated manga cum laude from Yale.

AARON MARK

A Texas-born, New York-based artist whose distinctive narrative style drew immediate attention for this early-career playwright. Mark’s ongoing series of solo shows, including Empanada Loca, has earned him a reputation as a new leading light of the single-performer genre.

GARY MCNAIR

A playwright, director and performer based in Glasgow, Scotland. McNair's 2017 sold-out, Fringe First award winner Letters to Morrissey is the third in a trilogy of often darkly comedic works drawing on the joys and struggles of growing up in working class Scotland.

ANTOINETTE NWANDU

A New York-based playwright whose honors include the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, and the Negro Ensemble Company’s Douglas Turner Ward Prize. Her play Pass Over (Steppenwolf Theatre, 2017) received a Jeff Award for outstanding New Play. Her most recent play Breach: a manifesto on race in America through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate was produced by Victory Gardens this past February 2018.

MARISELA TREVIÑA ORTA

A graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and a Core Writer at The Playwrights’ Center. She has been awarded the 2006 Chicano/Latino Literary Prize in Drama, the 2009 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Drama, the 2013 National Latino Playwriting Award, and is a 2019 Kendeda Finalist. Her plays have been produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arizona Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Company, American Conservatory Theater, Stages Repertory Theatre, Halcyon Theatre, Shotgun Players, Su Teatro, and Brava Theater.

DAVID ROSSMER

A writer, actor and musician. Rossmer co-wrote book, music and lyrics (with Steve Rosen) for the critically acclaimed comedy The Other Josh Cohen, which premiered Off-Broadway and was nominated for six Drama Desk Awards, the Lucille Lortel Award and the Off-Broadway Alliance Award. He also co-created the edgy, hit variety show Don’t Quit Your Night Job, which began at the Public Theater in NYC and moved to a successful run Off-Broadway.

MADHURI SHEKAR

A current playwriting student at Juilliard. Madhuri is the 2013-2014 winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting contest held by the Alliance Theatre for her play In Love and Warcraft for which they did the world premiere production. Most recently, her play Queen was produced at Victory Gardens in Chicago.

NASSIM SOLEIMANPOUR

A multidisciplinary theatre-maker from Tehran, currently based in Berlin, Germany. His plays have been translated into more than 25 languages, and performed across the globe.

REGINA TAYLOR

A playwright whose credits include but are not limited to, Oo-bla-dee (recipient of the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award), Drowning Crow (Manhattan Theatre Club), and The Trinity River Plays (Dallas Theater Center and the Goodman Theatre). Taylor's critically acclaimed Crowns continues to be one of the most-performed musicals in the country, and is the winner of four Washington, D.C. Helen Hayes awards.

JAMES ANTHONY TYLER

An award-winning playwright who holds a MFA in Film from Howard University, an MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, and most recently, an artist’s diploma in playwriting from The Julliard School. Tyler's honors include the Paul Robeson Award, and a John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting from NYU. His play Dolphins and Sharks received its world premiere in 2016 with the LABrynth Theatre Company, and his play Some Old Black Man will run this spring at the 59E59 Theatre.

BRIDGETTE A. WIMBERLY

An award-winning poet, playwright, and librettist, has been produced Off-Broadway and across the US in venues including: Opera Philadelphia, Apollo Theatre, Madison Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Wimberly's 2001 play Saint Lucy's Eyes starring Ruby Dee premiered at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, and The Women’s Project in New York City. Her recent play Charlie Parker's Yardbird starring Lawrence Brownlee, premiered at the Hackney Empire and the English Royal Opera in London in 2017.

LEAH NANAKO WINKLER

A Japanese-American playwright from Kamakura, Japan and Lexington, Kentucky. Her play Kentucky premiered at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Her play God Said This will be in the 2018 Humana Festival of New Plays. She is the inaugural recipient of the Mark O'Donnell Prize.

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