Ian August

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PlayPenn 2022, Foundry Alumnus (2017)

Mr. August’s plays include: Zero (Winner, 2020 Ashland New Plays Festival; Semi-Finalist 2020 BAPF), Everything You Can Do (to Make the World a Better Place) (Selection, Catalyst: A Theatre Think Tank 2020; Semi-Finalist Blue Ink Playwriting Prize), The Excavation of Mary Anning (Selection, 2019 Powerhouse Theater with NYSAF / Vassar; 2018 Ashland New Plays Festival; 2018 DVRF New Playwright Program), Brisé (Selection, 2019 Great Plains Theatre Conference; Finalist, 2019 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; Finalist, 2020 Lark Playwrights Week), Donna Orbits the Moon (Scripps Ranch Theatre; Tiny Dynamite Productions; NJ Repertory Company; Utah Contemporary Theatre), Interviewese (Winner, Garry Marshall Theatre New Works; Finalist, B Street Theatre New Comedy Fest), The Goldilocks Zone, (Passage Theatre Company; Semi-Finalist, 2015 O’Neill Conference), Missing Celia Rose (NYC Summer Play Festival; Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s “Playfest 2009″; Bermuda Musical and Dramatic Society), and All the Emilies in All the Universes. Mr. August’s newest YA play, Stay Safe!, will premiere at the 75th Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August, 2022. He is a founding member of the American Theatre Group’s Playwrights Lab, and a graduated member of PlayPenn’s playwriting lab, The Foundry. Several of Mr. August’s plays have been published by Sam French Inc., Smith and Kraus, and Pipeline / Applause Books. He was a 2019 Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts in Independence, Kansas, and a recipient of a 2021 Independent Artist Fellowship from the NJ Council for the Arts. Mr. August lives at a boarding school with one husband and three cats. ianaugustplaywright.com

Liz Duffy Adams

Liz Duffy Adams

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A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World (PlayPenn, 2012)

Liz Duffy Adams’ play Or, premiered Off Broadway at Women’s Project Theater and has been produced some 50 times since, including at the Magic Theater and Seattle Rep. She’s a New Dramatists alumna and has received a Women of Achievement Award, Lillian Hellman Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Will Glickman Award, Weston Playhouse Music-Theater Award, and MacDowell Colony residencies.

Her work has also been produced or developed at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, Humana Festival, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, New Georges, Clubbed Thumb, Cutting Ball, Shotgun Players, and Crowded Fire, among others. Other plays include A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World; Buccaneers; Dog Act; Wet or, Isabella the Pirate Queen Enters the Horse Latitude; The Listener; The Reckless Ruthless Brutal Charge of It or, The Train Play; and One Big Lie.

Publications include Poodle With Guitar And Dark Glasses in Applause’s “Best American Short Plays 2000-2001,” Or, in Smith & Kraus’ “Best Plays Of 2010,” and several plays in acting editions by Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatists Play Service. Adams has a BFA from New York University and an MFA from Yale School of Drama, and was the 2012–2013 Briggs-Copeland Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard University. She has dual Irish and American citizenship, is originally from the northern coast of Massachusetts,  and divides her time between western Massachusetts and New York City.

Terence Anthony

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The House of the Negro Insane (PlayPenn, 2017)

Terence Anthony has been awarded writing fellowships to the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation and the Santa Fe Art Institute. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Playwrights Union and the Chicago Dramatists. Terence’s play Burners premiered at Moving Arts/Atwater Village Theatre in April, 2017. His play Euphrates was awarded the Max K. Lerner Playwriting Fellowship in 2013. His play Tombolo was a 2012 Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Blood and Thunder (2011 LA Weekly Award Winner for “Best Performance” – Candice Afia) premiered at Moving Arts, where it enjoyed a successful six month run in 2009-2010. Terence’s work has been seen at the Chicago Dramatists in Chicago, the RADAR L.A. Festival in Los Angeles, the Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha, the Without Walls Festival in La Jolla, and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez.

Brent Askari

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Hard Cell (PlayPenn, 2017)

Brent Askari’s play Digby’s Home was a semi-finalist in the O’Neill Playwriting Conference and produced at Mad Horse Theatre. His play Cocktails and Travails won the Neil Simon Festival’s National New Play Contest and was produced at The Theater Project. His play Dirty Deeds Downeast (then titled Island Blue) was part of The Different Festival in Santa Fe. Brent has been a finalist in the Samuel French Short Play Festival, the Reva Shiner Comedy Award, and the Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Contest. He was part of HBO’s New Writers Project and has written scripts for Paramount Pictures, Marvel Films, MTV, and Reveille Entertainment.