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Robynne Graffam

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Robynne Graffam is a writer and teacher who grew up outside of Philadelphia, wandered off for about ten years, then came home. She has been in and around theater ever since she fought for—and won—the role of Murphy the Elf in the 4th Grade Christmas play. She participated in the Kenyon Playwrights Institute in 2016, and has studied at both PlayPenn and Walnut Street Theater. Her play Mary Pops In received a staged reading at The Storefront Theater, and her work was featured on the Inkubator New Work Development Laboratory’s podcast in Cohort 5. Her play A Rising Tide (Lifts All Boats) was a semi-finalist for the B Street Theater New Comedies Festival.

 

Megan Schumacher

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Megan Schumacher is a Philadelphia based playwright, director, dramaturg and educator. Her plays straddle the line between pessimism and optimism as she explores those who are marginalized and their quest for equity and justice. Her one-act play Superlosers was produced by Juniper Productions for the 2018 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and most recently she directed excerpts of fellow Foundry member Alexandra Espinoza’s play, Homeridae, during the 2019 Philadelphia Theatre Week. Currently, she serves as an Education Dramaturg Consultant at Villanova University and a new play dramaturg for The Refinery Workshop at Steel River Theatre. She is directing Marissa Kennedy’s solo piece Out of the Shadows for the 2019 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She has a M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University.

Griffin Horn

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Griffin Horn’s full-length plays include Our Hopeful Anxious Hearts, Trade, and The Lotus-Eaters, all presented in readings at Temple University, where he just finished his Playwriting MFA. His short plays include Crossfade, and The Safeword is “Pilates,” produced by Hot Metal Arts Collective at the People’s Improv Theatre in New York. His audio dramas include The Akashic Flowchart, and Where the Wheeling Systems Darken, produced by invisibletheatre.co.uk. He has taught playwriting through McCarter Theatre Center, Arena Stage, The Young Playwrights’ Theatre, and Temple University.

Lori Felipe-Barkin

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Born and raised in South Florida, Lori Felipe-Barkin is a bilingual (English & Spanish), multi-disciplinary artist. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Lori has worked with a number of companies and directors including INTAR Theatre, Team Sunshine LTD., Third Space, Live Source Collective, Josh Fox (Oscar-nominated director of Gasland), and Lars Jan. She has also performed and self-produced her one-woman solo show, The Funeral of Enerio López, in both Philadelphia and New York City. She is honored to be part of the Foundry and cannot wait to begin working with her peers.

 

Devin Randall

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Devin Randall is a playwright and performer based in Philadelphia. His childhood love of gay media, fantasy, and theatre has led to an adulthood of sharing queer and black speculative fiction any way he can. Devin’s main contributions to Philly’s theatre scene have been in his self-produced works such as a 2018 production of Lionel Questions the Universe; readings for Lionel, Whine & Waffles, and L.I.A.R.S. Game; performing a one-man show in Philly’s SoLow Fest 2018; a Philly Fringe Festival 2019 production of Whine & Waffles; and his “Salon” series (in which he provides spaces for Philly writers to network and share their works). In addition to his own work, Devin was accepted as a 2019/2020 Resident with the Studios of Key West, has worked with the New Freedom Theater, and thrived as an intern with PlayPenn’s 2017 Summer Conference. B.A. in English, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.

Geo Decas O’Donnell

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Geo Decas O’Donnell is a playwright/performer and co-runs the ensemble-based company CollaborationTown (CTown), he also teaches theatre at Germantown Friends School. As part of CTown he has been creating and performing ensemble-devised theatre since 2003. His plays include Mutant Water Babies, From Skull To Ghost and The Deepest Play Ever: The Catharsis of Pathos. Grants & Awards: FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Playwriting (The Deepest Play Ever, 2006); FringeNYC Excellence Award for Outstanding Production (The Momentum, 2010) Otto Rene Castillo Political Theatre Award, 2014; multiple residencies with Robert Wilson’s WaterMill Center and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

 

Carl(os) Roa

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Carl(os) Roa is a creator, writer, performer, organizer, juicy Colombian bear, and effusive Miami transplant. A proud alumni of the Headlong Performance Institute and Drexel University, (os)’ work explores the marginalized within the marginalized, and child-like revelry in performance. They’ve worked with numerous artistic organizations in Philadelphia, including The Wilma Theater, Taller Puertorriqueño, First Person Arts, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, The Painted Bride, and Swim Pony Performing Arts. They are currently the Education Programs Fellow for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and a contributing writer for Artblog – two organizations that they are honored to be associated with.

 

Julie Zaffarano

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Julie Zaffarano is a Philadelphia playwright who believes everyone’s life is a myriad of stories. The PlayMakers, Winner of 2016 What If? Productions Annual Playwrights Festival, was produced in Charleston, June 2017. Recent readings/productions: Maryland Ensemble Theatre (METLab) 2017 Festival, Work in Progress Theatre, Baltimore; “Readings at the Drake” PlayPenn series; Juniper Productions; Philadelphia Dramatists Center; Cloverdale Playhouse, ReVamp Collective; Pittsburg New Work Festival (Best Production). Other recognitions: Semi-Finalist, O’Neill National 2017 Playwrights Conference; Finalist Villanova University Sue Winge Competition; Finalist Strange Sun Theatre Greenhouse; Semi-Finalist Actors Theatre of Charlotte Nuvoices, and Ohio State University New Play Fest.

 

Kevin Esmond

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Kevin Esmond is a playwright, director and educator based in South Jersey.  He created and directs the Intern Co., a young adult theatre education program at Burlington County Footlighters, whose productions include the original One Giant Leap, and won the Sue Winge Playwriting Award for his play Fondest Wish.  Kevin holds in MA in Theatre from Villanova University, where he currently works as Program Coordinator.

 

Iraisa Ann Reilly

Iraisa Ann Reilly

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Iraisa Ann Reilly produced her play One Day Old as a part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2016. One Day Old is a bilingual play about Operacion Pedro Pan, an underground operation that took place between the US and Cuba in the 1960s. For this play, she received a grant to conduct research at the Cuban Heritage Collection in Miami.

 

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