Martyna Majok, John, who’s here from Cambridge
Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. Her plays include Mouse in a Jar (Red Tape Theatre, The LIDA Project), the friendship of her thighs (developed at the claque, The Playwright and Director Center of Moscow, and The John F. Kennedy Center), Petty Harbour (Vassar/NYSAF’s Powerhouse Festival), reWilding (Yale Cabaret, Satori Group), Woman at the Well(Downtown Urban Theatre Festival, NYC), and Ironbound (developed at Marin Theatre Company). Ironbound can be seen this summer at Steppenwolf’s First Look Repertory of New Work. Awards include The 2050 New York Theatre Workshop Fellowship, The Smith Prize for Political Playwriting, The Jane Chambers Student Feminist Playwriting Prize, The Merage Fellowship for the American Dream, The Olga and Paul Menn Award in Playwriting, a Ragdale residency, and publication by Smith & Kraus. Member of Youngblood and 2012-2013 NNPN playwright-in-residence at New Jersey Repertory Company. BA: University of Chicago. MFA: Yale School of Drama.
Will Arbery, The Logic
Will Arbery is a writer, filmmaker, and theater artist who is working towards an MFA in Writing for the Stage and Screen at Northwestern University. His plays include: You’re Sadder Than You Realize (Dixon Place), Yield, Bitch! (Communal Spaces), The Dust Veil of 536 A.D. (#serials@theflea), Bleak (Tiny Rhino’s Greatest Hits), How Kim Sa-Rang Got Her Name (Hearth Gods), and Six Windows Presents A Hero of Our Time with Calliope Theatre Company. His play We Were Nothing! was produced by Poison Apple Initiative in Austin, and site-specifically in New York (TDF Stages feature, Flavorpill Editor’s Pick). His writing has been published by Better: Culture and Lit, Word Riot, decomP, The Awl, The New Professional, and D Magazine. He’s also a collaborator with boomerang dance, and at Kenyon College he won the James E. Michael Playwriting Award, John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize, and Muriel C. Bradbrook Prize for Fiction. He grew up in Dallas, TX, the only boy with seven sisters.
Leah Nanako Winkler, Taisetsu Na Hito
Leah Nanako Winkler‘s plays include Death For Sydney Black (terraNova RX directed by Kip Fagan), Happy Dance Dance Princess Show!!! (The Brick), The Internet. (Incubator Arts Project), Diversity Awareness Picnic (Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb Superlab), Cope (NYTW Mondays @ 3) and Kentucky. With Teddy Nicholas she co-wrote Everywhere Theatre Group’s Flying Snakes in 3-D!!! (Ars Nova Ant Fest, The Brick, Ice Factory 2013 @ The New Ohio) and Dead People (Icefactory 2012 @ 3LD). Her work has also been seen at Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, Prelude 2012, Acorn Theater through New Group’s Urban Arts Initiative, The National Japanese American Museum and venues in Philly, Indianapolis, Florida and China. Her work has been developed at the Flea, New York Theater Workshop, New Georges, Bushwick Starr, Ontological Hysteric (2008-2009 short form resident) and more. She is a member of Youngblood at the Ensemble Studio Theater, an alumnus of terraNova Collective’s Groundbreakers Playwright Group and an affiliated artist with New Georges. Her book Nagoriyuki and Other Short Plays is available on amazon. Follow her @leahnanako for the latest news.
Skylar Fox, A Wake for David’s Fucked-Up Face
Skylar Fox is a playwright, director, and actor based in Boston, MA. His plays The Frito-Lay Project and The Retardedly Boring Misadventures of Apathy Boy, co-written with Simon Henriques, will receive productions this summer at Ars Nova and The Brick in Williamsburg respectively. Other recent writing credits include A Brief Informational Session on What Used to Be Central Park (Everyday Inferno, NYC), and The Last of the Living Jeffersons (Runner-up for 2014 Gaffney Prize administered by UCSD and La Jolla Playhouse). He is the founding artistic director of The Circuit Theatre Company in Boston, where he has directed eight productions over the course of the last four seasons, including the Boston premieres of the seven-hour superhero epic The Valentine Trilogy and Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, for which he was nominated for an IRNE Award. Skylar is a current student at Brown University, studying playwriting with Marcus Gardley and Erik Ehn.
Jennifer Jasper, et•y•mol•o•gy
Jennifer Jasper is a hilarious storyteller, performer, writer, and director who’s been a part of Seattle theater for more than two decades. She’s known for her consummate storytelling, her pristine timing, and her intuitive director’s eye. As a performer Jennifer possesses an uncanny capacity for creating memorable characters that are colorful, often outlandish, and always emotionally authentic. In 2013, Jennifer was awarded one of eight Artist Support grants from Jack Straw Productions to record her one woman show I Can Hear You…But I’m Not Listening and other stories.
Jennifer received her BA in directing from the University of New Mexico. She co-founded the improvisational company Kings’ Elephant Theatre. After a decade of critical and commercial success with Kings’ Elephant, Jennifer went on to co-found Vixen Productions (1995-2005). This all-woman company toured and performed nationally. She is a member of Printer’s Devil Theater and a regular participant in the 14/48 Projects.
Kelly Younger, Mandate
Kelly Younger is an award-winning playwright with work staged off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally.
New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre commissioned Younger to write the stage adaptation of the novel Banished Children of Eveby Peter Quinn, the production of which ran off-Broadway Fall 2010. He is also the author of This World We Know (Winner, Firehouse Theatre Festival of New American Plays; Finalist, National New Play Network Showcase of New Plays; Naked Angels/Furious Theatre) which will premiere Spring 2015, In the Fold (Finalist for the Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award), and the full-length drama Tender (nominated for Best New Play IRNE, Finalist for the Laurents/Hatcher Award, and selected of Manhattan Theatre Club’s 2011 “7@7” reading series directed by Lynne Meadow). He is currently working with Michelle Kohlos Brooks on a full-length play called Kalamazoo that won the Riva Shriver Comedy Award and will premiere at Bloomington Playwrights Theatre and Pacific Resident Theatre in the Fall of 2014.Select works for the stage include: Mandate (Snapshots at the Stella Adler Theatre, Hollywood; Last Frontier Theatre Conference; forthcoming publication in Smith and Kraus Best of 2013 anthology, and forthcoming Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival);Once a Marine (PlayFest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Blank Theatre); I Think You Think I Love You (Playscripts; Smith and Kraus anthology Best Plays of 2005); Forgive me, Father (JAC publishing); Lady Gregory’s Ingredients (JAC publishing), winner of the Ireland National Lady Gregory Playwriting Award; Off Compass (Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA) winner of the John Gassner New Play Award; Epiphany Cake (Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA, Moving Arts); and Why Wyoming (Three Graces), Critics’ Choice Samuel French off-Broadway Festival. Several monologues from Younger’s plays appear in various anthologies, and an excerpt of Younger’s translation of Trojan Women appears in Beth Henley’s play Revelers (Dramatists Play Service). He is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and associate member of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, CA.Younger is also working in the television and feature worlds, developing with DreamWorks Animation Studios, Mandeville Films, Sierra/Affinity, as well as individual projects with Robert Lawrence (Clueless) and Espen Sandberg and Joachim Ronning (Oscar Nominated Kon-Tiki). Younger placed in the top 10% in the 2013 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and in the top 5% in the 2012 Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop.Born and raised in Los Angeles, Younger earned an MA in Classics at Loyola University Chicago and PhD in Drama Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. He is currently a Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University where he leads workshops in Playwriting and teaches courses in Dramatic Literature. He is managed byWashington Square Arts and Film in New York, and represented by The Gersh Agency in Los Angeles and New York.