In the 42 years of the OOB Festival, over 500 theatre companies and schools have participated. Applicants have included companies from across the country as well as abroad from Canada, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.  The Festival has given emerging playwrights the opportunity to have their work produced with the support of such theatres as The Public Theater, The Royal Court, Ensemble Studio TheatreThe Flea Theatre, The Living Theatre, and Naked Angels, and with the backing of prestigious university playwriting programs such as The New School for Drama, Columbia University, University of Iowa, and Tisch School of the Arts’ Dramatic Writing Program.

 

How the Festival Works

The Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival offers a prize of publication and licensing for six short plays in the notable OFF OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL PLAYS series. In addition, the 24 semi-finalists each receive a full production in one of New York City’s leading Off Broadway theatres. 

 

Though many of the works that play in the Festival have been developed under the wing of theatres, universities, and writer’s groups, many of the plays that are produced as part of the Festival are world premieres.

 

The application period for the Festival begins in November and lasts until mid-December.  Playwrights may submit 1 unpublished play or musical that may be up to 15 pages in length.  On their application, playwrights must cite the organization that will produce their play (at this early stage it is often the playwright themselves) and a liaison for Samuel French to contact with Festival information. Submissions are whittled down by the Festival’s editorial staff, and the Final Twenty-Four are chosen to present their play during Festival week.

 

Festival week consists of 4 performance sessions  in which 6 scripts are presented in front of a judging panel comprised of professionals representing various parts of the theatre industry.  At the end of each session, the judges deliberate and 1 to 3 plays are selected to move on to the Festival Finals.

 

Finals take places on the Saturday of the Festival Week.  During the Finals, the Festival staff will watch the final ten to twelve plays and select six authors to be a published in a the OFF OFF BROADWAY FESTIVAL PLAYS series, which is published and licensed by Samuel French, Inc. Sunday acts as a showcase of all the winners, and Samuel French invites many industry professional to attend.

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About our Alumni Playwrights

The Festival has served as a doorway to future success for many aspiring playwrights, and has helped launched the work of notables as  Theresa RebeckShirley LauroSheila CallaghanBekah BrunstetterSteve YockeySaviana Stanescu, David Johnston, and Daniel Pearle.  In many cases, Festival participation has sparked agent contracts for Festival finalists.  Many past Festival playwrights have gone on to win major playwriting awards and honors, as well as to have major theatrical productions of their works staged.

Read more about our “classes” of past OOB winners below:

Class of 2008
Class of 2009

Bekah Brunstetter, F*cking Art
Bekah’s plays include Cutie and Bear (Upcoming, The Roundabout), A Long and Happy Life (Upcoming, Naked Angels), Be a Good Little Widow (ARS NOVA, Spring 2011; Collaboraction – Chicago), House of Home (Williamstown Theater Festival), OOHRAH! (Atlantic Theater, 2009; Steppenwolf Garage – 2012), and Miss Lilly Gets Boned (Finborough Theater 2010, Lark Playwrights Week 2009). She is a a New York New Voices Fellow through the Lark Play Development Center, member of The Primary Stages Writer’s Group, the Naked Radio writing team. She is an alumni of the Women’s Project Writer’s Lab, the Ars Nova Play Group, and the Playwright’s Realm.  She was the  Playwright in Residence at the Finborough Theater, London, 2010-2011. She is a 2 time Samuel French Short play festival winner, and 2 time winner of the New York Innovative Theater Award for Best New Play.

Check out Bekah’s website here.

Sheila Callaghan, Ayravan Flies, or A Pretty Dish
Sheila’s plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, Woolly Mammoth, and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. She is published with Playscripts.com and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the Obie winning playwright’s organization 13P. Sheila is also a resident of New Dramatists.

Check out Sheila’s website here.

Thomas Higgins, The Dying Breed
Thomas Higgins is the author of many short plays, including The Blasphemy Tree (Naked Angels Lab), The Family Dungeon (Columbia Arts Initiative), The Home Front (Columbia University Arts Initiative), The Wild Life (Source Theatre) and The Dying Breed (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival Winner 2008). His full-length plays, This Modern HouseThe Elephant Party, and The Home Maker have been nominated for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award at Williamstown and the Cherry Lane Mentor project. He graduated cum laude from Northwestern University and just received his MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University on the Dean’s Fellowship. Current projects include: The Fun House (a short film); Chaos Theory (a new musical featured in ARS NOVA’s ANT FEST 2009); and Wild Animals You Should Know (a new play, which will be work shopped this summer at the Ojai Playwrights Conference).

Janine Nabers, Juniper, Jubilee
Janine’s plays include: Welcome to Jesus, Series.Black.Face., Annie Bosh is Missing, A Swell in the Ground, West of the Willow Tree, Juniper, Jubilee and book to the musical A Beautiful Something(composer/lyricist Sharon Kenny). Janine is a currently a member of MCC Playwrights Coalition and the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages. She was the Page 73 2011 Playwriting Fellow and is an alumna of Ars Nova Play Group, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, The Dramatist Guild Playwriting Fellowship and the 2010 & 2011 Sundance Theater Program. Presently Janine is working on commissions from Playwrights Horizons, Keen Company and Theatre Works (Palo Alto) and is a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at Juilliard. This summer Janine will be writing the book for the Boris Sagal Fellowship musical at Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her short play Black Girl Gone recently completed a run with Headlong Theatre in London as part of their DECADE production.

Gabe McKinley, The Grave
Gabe’s most recent play, CQ/CX, had its world premiere this past January with the Atlantic Theater Company. His plays have been produced and developed by companies such as Naked Angels,Premiere Stages, The Old Vic and Red Dog Squadron.  His plays include The Kitchen Sink PlayWelcome Home Rock RogersFunnyFloodplains and the critically acclaimed Extinction (Off Broadway). Gabe is a member of the Old Vic New Voices program hosted by London’s Old Vic Theater and is the recipient of the 2011 Samuel French/New School for Drama Award for Excellence in Playwriting. He holds a BFA from NYU and an MFA from The New School.

Thomas C. Dunn, The Thread Men
Thomas C. Dunn was born in Nesconset, New York, and graduated from UCLA with a BA in creative writing. He has since focused on poetry, plays, and screenplays. He’s also directed several socially relevant documentaries. In 2007, he made his narrative, feature film directorial debut with the psychological thriller, The Ungodly, starring Wes Bentley and Mark Borkowski. He has worked on multiple film projects internationally, collaborating with production teams in Spain, the UK, Greece, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

Class of 2010

J. Michael DeAngelis, Drop
J. Michael DeAngelis has written or co-written the plays Antony & Cleopatra: Infinite Lives, X/Y, Signs from God, Deep Fried Everything and the anthology Accidents Happen, which features his shorts Reunion Special and Accidents Happen. He starred in and co-wrote the short film Tails Between Their Legs, which was a winner of the National Film Challenge. He shared the 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play for Accidents Happen, now in print from Samuel French. He is the Managing Director of the Porch Room, where he has written and performed inX/Y, Signs from God, An Evening on the Porch, Accidents Happen and the short film Early Morning in the Tenement. A proud graduate of Muhlenberg College, he is an active performer-director with The Underground Shakespeare Company in Philadelphia. Mr. DeAngelis is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Pete Barry, Drop
Pete’s short plays have been published in numerous collections, including Accidents Happen and Eric Lane’s anthology Shorter, Faster, FunnierAccidents Happen is published by Samuel French and won the 2009 NJACT Perry Award for Outstanding Production of an Original Play. His screenplay 10 Crimes in 2 Hours was a finalist in the 13th Annual Writers Network Screenplay and Fiction Competition. Mr. Barry is a cofounder of the Porch Room, a film and theater production company. With the Porch Room he has produced and directed several collections of short plays, including Five Cornered Thinking at the New York Comedy Club and Burt Reynold’s Amazing Napalm Powered Oven and Other Paid Programming in the 2001 New York Fringe Festival.

Jen Silverman, The Education of Macoloco 
Jen’s work has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (Crane Story), at Cleveland Public Theatre (Akarui), by the Gallatin School (Bones at the Gate) and by Clubbed Thumb(Phoebe in Winter). She is a two-time MacDowell Fellow and has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, InterAct Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, NY Stage & Film/ Powerhouse, Seven Devils, and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. In 2011 she was a US Delegate for a China/America Writers Exchange in Beijing. Her play STILL won the Jane Chambers Award and the Yale Drama Series Award. She is also a poet and a prose writer: her “Bath Poems” series won the Ploughshares Emerging Writer Award, and was published in Ploughshares, and her creative non-fiction piece “Six Bright Horses” won the Orlando Prize and was published in the LA Review. Check out Jen’s website here.

Kitt Lavoie, realer than that 
Kitt is author of twenty-one produced plays and musical books, including Twice Rather Perish, The Median Line (both winners of the Herbert J. Robinson Award for Dramatic Writing), realer than that (winner, Samuel French OOB Festival), [pwnd] (NYIT Award Nominee, Best Original Short Script), and the widely-produced Good Enough and Party Girl. He has directed more than eighty productions in New York City, including the original productions of more than thirty plays. He recently made his film writing/directing debut with Rainbow Rabbit Reliant. Also an acting coach and teacher, his students currently appear on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, and in major films. Kitt holds a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and is Artistic Director of The CRY HAVOC Company, which focuses on developing new plays. Check out Kitt’s website here.

Matt Hoverman, The Student
Matt’s plays include Who You See Here (Broadway – Spring 2013: Nelle Nugent, producer; Christopher Ashley, director), The Glint (also optioned for Broadway by Nelle Nugent); In Transit (FringeNYC Best Playwriting Award), The Student (winner, 34th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival), The Audience (co-book writer, Drama Desk Best New Musical Award Nominee), Christmas Shorts: 5 Merry Little Comedies (published by Samuel French – and quickly becoming a new holiday staple at theatres like Naked Angels, SoHo Playhouse, Bricks Theatre, Maples Rep, Guild Hall, Modjeska Playhouse, Las Vegas Little Theatre, Indiana’s Phoenix Theatre, and more), Searching for God in Suburbia (readings at: Huntington Theatre’s Breaking Ground Festival, Axial Theatre, The Acting Company) and The Coach (Penguin Rep’s Play With Your Food Reading Series). Residencies include Ojai Playwrights Conference, Edward Albee Foundation, and Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Mr. Hoverman writes for the multi-Emmy Award winning PBS animated children’s show Arthur and is currently under commission to write a screenplay for Garage Films. Check out Matt’s website here.

Scott Elmegreen, Thucydides 
Scott is a playwright, composer, and lyricist whose work has premiered on Broadway, television, and in film, as well as off-Broadway, nationally, and internationally. His shows include College The Musical, Vote For Me: A Musical Debate, Thucydides (winner of the 34th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival), Straight, and the children’s shows Magic School Bus, Live! The Climate Challenge, Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut, and Ivy and Bean. Scott’s music has been featured in numerous plays and in film, including the Emmy Award-nominated Colin Quinn Long Story Short, directed by Jerry Seinfeld, and Piled Higher and Deeper The Movie. His orchestrations and sound design are featured in ‘S Wonderful: The New Gershwin Musical, and many other shows. Scott is also a published novelist and a graduate of Princeton University. Check out Scott’s website here.

Drew Fornarola, Thucydides
Drew’s most recent musical, originally commissioned by the New Musical Development Foundation, is being developed for stage by DreamWorks Theatricals and for screen by DreamWorks Animation. Other works include COLLEGE The MusicalThucydides, and the children’s musicals Uncle Pirate (published by Samuel French) and Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut. His new play Straight is under option by Tony Award-winning producer Andy Sandberg (Hair). Mr. Fornarola’s awards include the NYMF Award for Excellence in Lyrics, the John Wallowitch Award for songwriting, 2 MAC Award nominations, and a Richard Rodgers Award Nomination. As a sound designer/composer his credits include Devil Boys from Beyond (New World Stages 2010, published by Samuel French) among others. Check out Drew’s website here.

Christina Gorman, Just Knots
Christina’s play American Myth was developed at The Public Theater, where she is a member of The Public’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group and where it was recently presented as part ofThe Public Theater’s Spotlight Series. The play was also named finalist for the Princess Grace Award and presented as part of the 2010 HotINK Festival. Split Wide Open has been produced at the Summer Play Festival in New York City and was developed with a fellowship from Ensemble Studio Theatre through its New Voices Program. The play was also named runner-up for thePrincess Grace Award. DNA has been produced at Prospect Theatre Company, Hangar Theatre, Samuel French Short Play Festival, and in New York International Fringe Festival, where it received the award for Overall Excellence in Playwriting. Keep the Change, co-written with Joy Tomasko, has been produced by the Women’s Project for the World Financial Center’s Word of Mouth Festival.

Class of 2011

Mary Lynn Dobson, Skin Deep
In Summer 2009, Mary’s play, Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van, was performed in the NYC Fringe Festival garnering the Summer Theatre Citation for Outstanding New Play as well as being awarded Best Ensemble Cast. The play was also honored at the University of Northern Kentucky as a winner of the Y.E.S. New Play Festival and went on to receive its professional premiere at the Henlopen Theatre Project. Mary Lynn’s other work, Dracula, the Untold Story was staged at the NKU Summer Theatre where it received its professional debut in a sold out run. She has also penned the family comedy, The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood, which is published by Dramatic Publishing. Robin Hood has had productions mounted all throughout the US, the UK, Canada, Mexico, Australia and Austria.

Gabriel Jason Dean, Pigskin
Gabriel received the Kennedy Center’s ACTF 2012 Paula Vogel Prizeand was Runner-Up for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg National Playwriting Award. In 2011, Gabriel received the Kennedy Center’s ACTF Ken Ludwig Prize for a body of work from an emerging writer and was Runner-Up for the New Dramatist’s Princess Grace Award.  His script for children, The Transition of Doodle Pequeño, received the 2013 American Alliance for Theatre & Education Distinguished Play Award, the 2011 New England Theatre Conference Aurand Harris Award and was selected for the 2012Kennedy Center New Visions / New Voices Conference. Gabriel is the recipient of the 2010 Essential Theatre New Play Prize for Qualities of Starlight. Check out Gabriel’s website here. 

Saviana Stanescu, White Embers
Saviana’s work has been widely presented internationally and in the US. Recent productions include For a Barbarian Woman (a co-production Fordham/EST directed by Niegel Smith), Aliens With Extraordinary Skills at Women’s Project (published by Samuel French), Bechnya at Hudson Theatre in LA, and Waxing West (2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-length Script) at La MaMa Theatre. In Stockholm, Sweden, Saviana’s play White Embers, produced by Dramalabbet, made it in the TOP 3 of Best Plays in 2008. Ms. Stanescu has published books of poetry and drama including The New York Plays, Aliens With Extraordinary Skills, Waxing West, Google me!, Black Milk and The Inflatable Apocalypse (Best Play of the Year UNITER Award in 2000). She co-edited the anthology of plays Global Foreigners (with NYU professor Carol Martin) and roMANIA after 2000 (with CUNY professor Daniel Gerould). Check out Saviana’s websitehere.

EJC Calvert, The Bear (A Tragedy)
EJC’s has been an O’Neill Conference semifinalist, a Leota Diesel Ashton Prize in Playwriting recipient, an International Women’s Playwriting Festival finalist, and a Chatterton Short Play Festival Audience Award winner. Recent productions include Fast in Fire (Theatre HAN, Theatre for the New City), Sarazad and the Monster-King (The TRUF, Canal Park Playhouse), Calamity Jane Battles the Horrible Hoopsnakes (Looking Glass Theatre), Testify! (Roy Arias Studios), The Bear (A Tragedy) (Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Fesival), Cadaver Synod (The Brecht Forum).  She is also half of comedy duo Lizanda, whose show #1 Besties with Boy Trouble (U.S.) premiered at the 2012 Chicago Fringe Festival, also playing in St. Louis and New York City.  She is currently developing the play Cat Suicides with Theatre Merdre. E. J. C. holds an MFA in Playwriting from the New School for Drama. Check out EJC’s website here.

Josh Koenigsberg, Dance Lessons
This past February, Josh’s play, Mnemonist of Dutchess County, ran at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row with the Attic Theatre Company. Josh is a founding ensemble member of At Play, the resident company for the 24-Hour Plays Off-Broadway, as well as a member of the Old Vic New Voices Network and The Dramatists Guild. His most recent play, Al’s Business Cards had an extended run at Theatre Row, was a New York Times “Critic’s Pick”, and named one of the 10 Best Off-Off Broadway Plays of 2009 by nytheatre.com. He is currently one of the writers-in-residence in The Living Newspaper, as well as one of the staff writers for “Naked Radio” a new radio show produced by Naked Angels Theater Company. Josh holds a M.F.A. in Playwriting from Columbia University.

Dennis A. Allen II, The Mud is Thicker in Mississippi
After receiving his BA in Communications, Dennis tried his hand at acting, thinking it would be a hobby, and auditioned for a local repertory company. He landed the role of Moon in a production of Tom Stoppard’s, The Real Inspector Hound and since that first taste of the stage has played key roles in many plays after, including the lead role in Beast : A Parable a one act play by J. Julian Christopher. His love for writing has him pursuing a career as a playwright and Dennis returned to school to get another degree in Theatre Arts. It would be safe to say that he has realized and is fulfilling his obligation. Dennis is a founding member of Three Monos Ensemble.

Class of 2012

Rachel Bonds, Anniversary

Originally from Sewanee, TN, Rachel is a playwright currently living in Brooklyn. Her plays have been developed or produced by New Georges, Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, American Theater Company, The McCarter, Roundabout Underground, Manhattan Theatre Club, Two River Theater, The Arden, New York Stage & Film and SPACE at Ryder Farm. She is an affiliated artist of New Georges’, an Alum of EST’s Youngblood and Ars Nova’s Play Group, and a recent winner of the 2012 Sam French Short Play Festival. She was recently the 2013 Writer’s Room Resident at The Arden in Philadelphia and was granted a commission from the Studio Theatre in DC as part of their inaugural series of commissioned works. Bonds is a graduate of Brown University.

Dean Imperial, Naked Eyes

Dean Imperial’s plays include: The Sit (Soho Playhouse), The Woman from 43 (Berkshire Playwrights Lab with Kristen Johnston and Chris Stack), The Heart Attack (Soho Shorts), The Needle Through the Arm Trick (Lesser America @ Theater for the New City).  Other plays include The Heartbreak Doctor & Mr. Breyerson & The Hypnotist. Mr. Imperial is a graduate of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. He is the recipient of the 2010 Playwriting Award at The Southampton Writer’s Conference. He has proudly workshopped all of his plays at Naked Angels Tuesdays @ 9.

Greg Kalleres, Forgetting to Remember 

Greg Kalleres received his BFA from Tisch’s Dramatic Writing Program at NYU. Since then, his plays have been produced all over the country. He received the Certificate of Excellence from the Kennedy Center, is a two-time finalist for the Lila Acheson American Playwrights Program at Juilliard and a two-time finalist for Aurora Theatre Company’s Global Age Project. He won Best Play two consecutive years at the Turnip 15-Minute Play Festival, the Jury Prize and Audience Favorite Award at Fusion Theatre Company’s one act play festival, and was fortunate enough to be selected for the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival last year for his play, Hiding From Adults.
In addition to playwriting, Greg has written and produced commercials for ESPN, Nike, Brand Jordan, Budweiser, as well as, Twitter’s first ever ad campaign. Greg was the lead writer on the award winning “This is SportsCenter” campaign and created ESPN’s Monday Night Football campaign: “Is it Monday Yet?”
Greg’s screenplay Last Day Man was optioned by Evamere Entertainment.

Catya McMullen, Missed Connection

Catya McMullen is a Brooklyn based playwright. Over her last year in New York, Catya has written and received sold out readings of multiple plays by a number of companies including Rubber Ducks and Sunsets, The Collective with Ground UP Productions, and When Predator Dies with The Shelter. She is a 2011 graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, where Missed Connection was produced as a part of their Department of Dramatic Art’s first annual 24 Hour Play Festival, and her play The Collective received its first production. She is a company member with Ground UP Productionsand a student at ESPA at Primary Stages. Special thanks to her family, the Department of Dramatic Art at UNC Chapel Hill, Craig, his list, and her flannel toting, professionally cat socializing friends, without whom her writing would be considerably less inspired.

Kevin Mead and Darren MillerEdison/Tesla: Brian/Dave

Darren Miller and Kevin Mead are co-founders of Melge, a film and entertainment production company, and are members of the comedy group “Mike Duffy.” They write, act, direct, and produce for film and stage. They love beverages of all kinds.

 Claire Kiechel, Wolf Play

Claire Kiechel’s plays include: Umma Lappa Soon (Naked Angels reading; upcoming Colt Coeur workshop); Some Dark Places of the Earth (semi-finalist at the O’Neill National Playwriting Conference); St. Vitus’ Dance (finalist at the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop); Wolf Play (winner of the 2012 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival); Norway (developed at the 2012 Orchard Project); Be Careful of Words (devised with Helikon Rep); Whale Song Or: Learning to Live with Mobyphobia (FringeNYC 2011); Luxembourg (Lunar Energy Productions &AntiMatter Collective); and her adaptation of the Odyssey, Lethe (New School for Drama). Readings and productions of her plays have been held at the Brick Theater, Theaterlab, La MaMa, theKraine and the Beckett Theater. She has worked in various capacities with Ars Nova, New York Stage and Film, The Exchange, Clubbed Thumb and Yarn Films. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MFA in playwriting from the New School for Drama.

Class of 2013

Mark Swaner, Reality Play

Mark Swaner began his career in South Florida performing at GableStage, Actors’ Playhouse and the Florida Playwright Theater. It was at FPT that Mark, just 18 years old at the time, directed the critically acclaimed production of Julian Barry’s Lenny, starring Todd Allen Durkin. From there, Mark moved to Chicago to train at the world-famous Second City comedy theater. There he was hired into the Second City National Touring Company, starred in Romeo & Juliet: The Musical at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and performed on the Second City Mainstage in the Jeff award-winning review Between Barak and a Hard Place.
Mark now resides in Hollywood where he works as a writer, actor and comedian. He created the long running improv show 3 Scene Circus at iO West and starred in his own one-man-show I Miss Racism at Second City Los Angeles. Local audiences may have seen Swaner’s writing in the Naked Stage’s 24-Hour Theatre Project or 2/3rds of his musical play Bienvenidos Miami, the opener of last year’s Summer Shorts. Mark also works as a writer for NBC Universal and is currently shopping his comedy pilot “Crews” about life on a cruise ship.

Lisa Kenner, Tattoo You

Lisa Kenner Grissom’s play Tattoo You (National 10-Minute Play Award winner, The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival) has been seen by audiences in Washington D.C., Boston, New York and Los Angeles. Other short plays include: the girls (Boston Theatre Marathon),Orangutan & Lulu (Estrogenius Festival), Drinks Before Flight (Jewish Women’s Theatre). Full-length plays include: MOTHERLAND (semi-finalist: Jewish Plays Project), Chambers (finalist: O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Lark, WordBRIDGE). Lisa attended the O’Neill Playwrights Conference as a Kennedy Center Playwright Observer and was a finalist for the Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice Program. Her work has been presented and/or developed at The Kennedy Center, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Clurman Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, The Blank Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, and others. B.A. Wesleyan University; MFA Lesley University. Lisa is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild and The Playwrights Union.

Ross Howard, Frisky & the Panda Man

British playwright Ross Howard’s plays have received full productions notably in London (Theatre 503, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Riverside Studios, Old Red Lion), Las Vegas (Las Vegas Little Theatre, Onyx Theatre), Minneapolis (Pillsbury House Theatre), San Francisco (The Phoenix Theatre), and New York City (Cherry Lane Theatre, The Clurman Theatre). Hailing from Lancashire, in 2008 he was awarded a Playwright Fellowship from the Edward Albee Foundation. ‘Arthur and Esther’ was awarded “Best of Fringe” at Las Vegas Fringe Festival 2010. ‘No One Loves Us Here’ was a finalist for the New York Stage and Film Founders Award 2012, while ‘Frisky & The Panda Man’ was a winning finalist in the 38th Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival in 2013. Ross holds an M.F.A in playwriting from UNLV and has taught theatre and playwriting as an adjunct faculty member of the CSU Fresno theatre department. He is the current resident playwright of New Light Theater Project and now lives in London.

Mira Gibson, Old Flame

Mira Gibson is a playwright, screenwriter, and director, Mira is a recent alum of Youngblood, the writers group at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Mira’s plays have been produced at Rattlestick’s Theaterjam (Old Flame, 2013), Williamstown Theater Festival (Nico, 2009), Ensemble Studio Theater (Master of None and The Red White and Blue Process, 2009), Eclectic Company Theater of Los Angeles (Master of None, 2009), The 52nd Street Project (Midnight in the Alley of One Dream), and the Midtown International Theater Festival (Childhood Montana, 2008); further plays have received developmental readings at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Southampton Playwriting Conference, Long Beach Playhouse, and the Youngblood Bloodworks Reading Series. Her one-act play The Red White and Blue Process received a commission from The Sloan Foundation. In 2012 Mira’s first screenplay, Warfield was produced by Summer Smoke Productions, starred her twin sister, and screened at modest film festivals around NYC.

Thomas M. Atkinson, Dancing Turtle

Thomas M. Atkinson is a playwright and author. He is currently the Ohio Arts Council/Fine Arts Work Center Creative Writing Resident in Provincetown, MA. His full-length plays include, Clear Liquor & Coal Black NightsCopperheads, D’s Tire Towne, and the one-woman show,Cuttings. His short plays include, The Circle of Mystery, Battling the Ghost of Max Schmeling, and Dancing Turtle.
“Grimace in the Burnt Black Hills,” the closing story in his unpublished Standing Deadwood collection, appeared in The Sun magazine, has received two Pushcart Prize nominations, won an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2012/2013, and is being taught in English 11 & 12 AP classes in San Diego. His story “Red, White & Blue” was a finalist for this year’s Danahy Fiction Prize. His fiction has appeared in The Sun, North American Review, Indiana Review, The Moon, Electron Magazine, Clifton and CityBeat.
He has won numerous honors and awards for both fiction and drama, including four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards. His first novel,Strobe Life, is currently available for Kindle on Amazon, and he has just completed his second novel, TIKI MAN. He lives in southwest Ohio with his wife and two sons.

Arlitia Jones, Tornado

Arlitia Jones is a poet, playwright, and director, as well as co-founder of TossPot Productions in Anchorage, Alaska. TossPot Productions is an art-house resident theatre company at Out North Art House in Anchorage committed to contemporary works of American theatre that offer equitable and challenging roles for men and women. With TossPot and Out North, Jones just directed Arthur Jolly’s critically acclaimed A Gulag Mouse, in March 2013. She is directing My Name is Rachel Corrie in September 2013 at Out North. In addition to her directing, Jones is also working on her new full length, Come to me, Leopards, which is scheduled for a workshop production in October 2013 at Cyrano’s Theatre in Anchorage. Her latest full length play Rush at Everlasting received a reading with the Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in spring 2012 and is scheduled for a world premiere production at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, AK for January 2014. Past works include The Emperical Eskimo which was selected as a finalist in the 2011 36th Annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway Summer Play Festival in New York City. Her first full length play Sway Me Moon was produced by Three Wise Moose at Out North Theatre in February of 2008 in Anchorage and again at the 2008 Last Frontier Theatre Conference. In May 2013, Jones was selected to receive an Individual Artists Fellowship from the Rasmuson Foundation. Along with Cyrano’s Theatre Company, Jones has also been the recipient of a grant from the Alaska State Humanities Forum to write Make Good the Fires in celebration of 50 years of Alaska Statehood. Make Good the Fires was produced by CTC in March 2009 at Cyrano’s Theatre in Anchorage. Jones traveled to New York City in July 2013 to participate as an emerging playwright in the 2013 Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center. Past works include her 10 minute play Grand Central and 42nd was chosen for finals at the 2007 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Summer Play Festival in New York City and her ten minute play Shoe Storywas produced in Great Britain as part of the Northwest Playwrights’ Alliance British Tour. Her short plays have been staged in Anchorage’s Overnighter Theatre, as well as staged and read at the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. In addition to her theatre work, Jones is also a published poet and author of one volume, The Bandsaw Riots which won the 2001Dorothy Brunsman Prize from Bear Star Press. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and publications and were featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. She is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America.

Class of 2014

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.

Class of 2015

Gloria Calderon Kellett, Blind

Gloria Calderon Kellett is a television writer and producer known for her work on the CW series “iZombie”, Lifetime’s “Devious Maids” CBS’s “Rules of Engagement and CBS’s “How I Met Your Mother” during which she won an ALMA Award for Outstanding Script. She has sold pilots to Fox, ABC, CBS & TVLand. Her plays have been staged at the Hudson Avenue Theatre, The Odyssey Theatre, The Elephant Theatre, The National Comedy Theatre, Pico Playhouse and the Stella Adler Theatre. She was a finalist for the London Writers Award and won Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s ISPC Award. Her series of monologues “Accessories” is published by Small Fish Press & Cassini Press in Italy. Kellett lives in Los Angeles with her husband, cartoonist Dave Kellett, and their two children. She is repped by Marc Provissiero at Odenkirk + Provissiero and United Talent Agency. Visit her online at www.everythinggloria.com.

Greg Edwards & Andy Roninson, Evelyn Shaffer and the Chance of a Lifetime

Greg Edwards (Book & Lyrics) has written the script for Application Pending (Off-Broadway, Drama Desk nomination) and Craving for Travel (Off-Broadway); book and lyrics for Taking the Plunge (Samuel French OOB Festival, NYMF); and lyrics for Neurosis (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, SALT Award for Best New Musical) as well as for various songs with Marvin Hamlisch (White House Governors’ Dinner, Mr. Hamlisch’s holiday tour).  His essays have been published in the Los Angeles Review of Books (“We’ll Always Have Disneyland Paris”) and McSweeney’s (“An Honest Letter from Your I.T. Department”), and his computer games in PC Gamer UK (“Jessica Plunkenstein and the Dusseldorf Conspiracy”).  Honors and approximations thereof include the BMI Harrington Award, a Puffin Grant, the Fred Ebb Award (two-time finalist), and a Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship (top-12 finalist).  Greg graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale, belongs to the BMI workshop and Dramatists Guild, and can be stalked most effectively at www.greged.com.

Andy Roninson (Music) is the founder and host of TAKE A TEN, a monthly audio podcast of all-original ten-minute musicals. The podcast has featured Broadway actors like Laura Osnes, Rob McClure, Remy Zaken, and many more. Two episodes, “Finding the Words” and “The Answering Machine,” were produced as part of the SoundBites Festival in NYC, winning several awards including Best Musical. Andy is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop where he was awarded the Jerry Harrington Award for Creative Excellence and the Robert B. Sherman Scholarship. He wrote music and lyrics for two full-length musical comedies, Exorcism on Aisle Five and For The Birds both produced at Purchase College.www.andyroninson.com.

Audrey Cefaly, The Gulf

Audrey Cefaly, a writer-in-residence at Quotidian Theatre Company, is a playwright, actor, and director in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area. An Alabama native, Cefaly’s writings are often drawn from the Gulf Coast region, where she spent her summers as a child. Her play THE GULF was recently selected as a finalist for Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon of One-Act Plays. She is most known for her play FIN & EUBA which won the Strawberry One-Act Festival and is published in Best American Short Plays (Applause Books). Its short screenplay adaptation was a finalist in, or the winner of, seven screenplay competitions, and its feature-length adaptation received the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. The commissioned prequel to FIN & EUBA, MILL TOWN GIRLS, received its world premiere at Quotidian in 2007. Cefaly’s short works have been produced throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is a 3-time winner of both the “Maryland One-Act Festival,” and the “Eastern States One-Act Festival,” and the inaugural winner of UMBC’s IN10. Her newest play MAYTAG VIRGIN will have its world premiere as part of the Womens Voices Theater Festival in the fall of 2015. Visit her online at www.audreycefaly.org.

Simon Henriques, Narrators

Simon Henriques is a writer, actor, and comedian from Madison, Wisconsin. His other plays include The Tomato and the Onion (The Source Festival), Last Sunday and This Sunday and Next Sunday and Every Sunday (Production Workshop), and Shining Armor(Production Workshop). Along with his friend Skylar Fox, he created the theatre company Foxy Henriques, whose co-written plays include The Retardedly Boring Misadventures of Apathy Boy (Eugene O’Neill Theater Center 2015 National Playwrights Conference Finalist, The Brick), The Frito-Lay Project (Ars Nova),Thank You Sorry(Production Workshop), and This Is Everything (Production Workshop). He studied playwriting with Marcus Gardley and Erik Ehn at Brown University, where he was awarded the Thomas Carpenter Elocution Prize for being “an exceptional and multitalented writer with a singular voice.” Visit him online at www.simonhenriques.com.

James Gordon King, Seabird is in a Happy Place

James Gordon King is a Vancouver based writer. As well as being a regular contributor to BrokenPencil (Toronto) and Plank Magazine (Vancouver), James recently had his first set of poems published in Sterling Magazine (Toronto). James holds a B.F.A from Ryerson University in Theatre Performance Studies. His first full length play, The Living Situation, is making its world premiere in January 2016.

Amy Staats, Throws of Love

Amy Staats is an actor, writer, and filmmaker. As a writer she is a BVEW Screenplay Fellow for her feature script Mr. Rawls, and won best short script at LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival for her comedy Mary and Louise, which is currently screening in the festival circuit. Her plays include Hands (Naked Angels 1st Mondays), Move (New Voices Fellowship), The Changing of the Guard (EST Marathon, pub. Best American Short Play Anthology), Throws of Love (Core Artist Ensemble Twisted Shorts), andCat.her.in.e (prod. MITF NYC best solo show nominee). Her short memoir prose has been published with Verbal Supply Company’s Collection Volume 1, and has been read at Naked Angels Tuesdays@9, EST, Access Theater, and Verbal Supply Company at Halyard’s. Amy is a 2015 artist in residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm for her new play Eddie and Dave: A Fictionalized Tale of Van Halen.

Class of 2016

Korde Arrington Tuttle clarity

Korde Arrington Tuttle is a multi-disciplinary artist from Charlotte, NC. Recent work includes: the downside of being a fish, which was presented at The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference and The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, in collaboration with THE TENTH ZINE; graveyard shift (The New School); clarity (Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival); who is burning black churches? (The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals 2015); and is developing a new play at this year’s 48Hours in… Harlem (Harlem9). Korde is currently pursuing a MFA in Playwriting at The New School. clarity has received development support from The Fire This Time Festival. See what he’s up on on tumblr, instagram, and twitter via @heykorde.

 

The Cleaners Lindsay Joy

Lindsay grew up in the middle of nowhere New Hampshire. She’s a proud member of the Amoralists ‘Wright Club, and the all-lady ass-kicking Beehive Collective. She recently served as Co-Artistic Director to the Award Winning LabRats Theater Company. The Rats production my full length play, “The Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen”, garnered two NYIT awards Including “Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play” and “Outstanding Director”. Last year, The Farm Theater commissioned me to write and collaborate with three colleges over the course of 2014/2015, the resulting play, “In the Event of my Death” was produced at Ashland University, Centre College, and Clark University. “In the Event…” is slated for its New York premiere in August of 2016, produced by Stable Cable Theater Company. Vertigo Theater Company’s “Bareknuckle” (a sight specific evening set in Dumbo’s famed Gleason’s Boxing Gym) featured her script “Clinch”. She loves the Red Sox and coffee.

 

Grandpa and the Gay Rabbi Jonathan Josephson

26 of Jonathan’s plays have been produced at site-specific locations, schools and theatres around the world including Actors Theatre of Louisville (Humana Festival), Milwaukee Rep (RepLab), San Jose Rep (SJREAL), and Chance Theater. Jonathan is the Executive Director of Unbound Productions which has produced ten of his adaptations as a part of Wicked Lit and History Lit including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Las Lloronas, The Grove of Rashomon and Anansi and the Demons. Jonathan has received an Individual Artist Award from the Pasadena Arts Council to create the Sherlock Holmes mash-up Holmes, Sherlock, and The Consulting Detective, is a four-time Finalist for Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award and a Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. B.A.Theatre: Playwriting from UCSD. Proud member of the Dramatist Guild, Lifetime Member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.

 

Monsoon Season Lizzie Vieh

Lizzie Vieh is a playwright and actor. Her full-length plays include The Loneliest Number, Backwater Rising, Barrier Islands, and Wisconsin Death Trip. Her work has been performed at the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, The Wild Project, Daryl Roth Theater, MTC Studios, The Kraine, and The Brown/Trinity Graduate Program. MFA Brown/Trinity, BA Brown University.

 

Risen from the Dough France-Luce Benson

France-Luce Benson is an honored Dramatists Guild Fellow 2015-2016, and a Lifetime Member at the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Awards include: Winner of the National Play Network Award for Short Playwriting, (Risen from the Dough); The Kilroys List- Honorable Mention (Boat People); Alfred P. Sloan New Play Commission (The Devil’s Salt); Alfred P. Sloan ScreenplayAward (Healing Roots); KCATF Lorraine Hansberry Award-Honorable Mention (Fati’s Last Dance); NYTW’s 2050 Fellowship (Finalist), and a PONY Nominee. Her plays have been produced by The Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Fire This Time Festival, the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center/City Theatre of Miami, Crossroads Theatre, The Billy Holiday Theatre, and Duke University, among others. Her plays have also been featured by Classic Theatre of Harlem’s New Classics series and Victory Gardens Theatre’s Ignition Festival. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University, and is an Associate Professor at St. Johns University.

 

Wedding Bash Lindsey Kraft and Andrew Leeds

Lindsey Kraft is a writer/actor from Long Island, NY. She recently finished a 3-season run on the HBO series GETTING ON. She has also appeared on VEEP, GRACE & FRANKIE, TWO BROKE GIRLS, NCIS, CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL, BONES, WAYWARD PINES, SUITS, THE NEWSROOM and many others. She will next be seen in the film A FUTILE AND STUPID GESTURE. Her work as a playwright has been produced in Los Angeles where she resides.

 

Andrew Leeds has appeared on stage in FALSETTOS (Broadway) and LES MISERABLES (National Tour.) On television, he was a regular on the ABC sitcom CRISTELA, and he did a 3-season arc as the villain on BONES. Other television includes: VEEP, MODERN FAMILY, AMERICAN HORROR STORY, GREY’S ANATOMY, and WORKAHOLICS. He will next be seen in the Dreamworks movie, OFFICE CHRISTMAS PARTY. He has written and produced television pilots for ABC, NBC, FOX, USA, and Showtime. Andrew is also a member of the GROUNDLINGS Main Company.

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