Emma Gibson

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When We Fall (PlayPenn, 2020)


Emma is a British theatre-maker, now living in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked as an actress in London, Edinburgh, on tour and for BBC radio drama, and film. In Philly she has performed with many local companies and was the founding producing artistic director of Tiny Dynamite. Her first play, Water In My Hands, was selected for The Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (Aug 2018), Spooky Action Theatre (DC) new plays in development series (March 2019) and The Liz Smith reading series with Miranda Theatre Company at The Cherry Lane in NYC (date tbd). She has an MA in creative and critical writing from the University of Southampton (UK), worked as a freelance journalist for The Guardian Newspaper, and also directs Shakespeare at The Shipley School.

Sevan K. Greene

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You, The Fire, and Me (PlayPenn, 2018)

Sevan K. Greene is an award-winning NYC and London-based actor-playwright. His NY work includes The Public Theater, The New York Theatre Workshop, The New Group, The Culture Project, New York Stage and Film, New York Musical Theatre Festival. London: The Bush Theatre, Arcola Theatre, Theatre503, Tamasha, Rich Mix, The Shubbak Festival. He is an alumni of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writing Group, Rising Circle’s inaugural INKTank Lab, The Bush Theater’s Inaugural Emerging Writers Group. He has been shortlisted and a finalist for the Princess Grace Award, Papatango Playwriting Prize, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Festival.

Bruce Graham

Bruce Graham

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The Outgoing Tide (PlayPenn, 2010)
Any Given Monday (PlayPenn, 2008)

Bruce Graham began his career as a playwright at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays (PFT) in 1984 with Burkie. Graham became playwright-in-residence at PFT and later served two years as Artistic Director. He has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and was a past winner of the Princess Grace Foundation Statuette. He won the Rosenthal Prize for Coyote On A Fence. He has won consecutive Barrymore Awards for Best New Play (Something Intangible and Any Given Monday) and Chicago’s Jefferson Award for The Outgoing Tide. He is the first American playwright to be invited two years in a row to the Galway Arts Festival, which produced The Outgoing Tide and Stella and Lou. An ex-high school teacher, Graham still teaches playwriting and film courses at Drexel University. In the past he has taught graduate level playwriting at University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and Rutgers. He has conducted playwriting workshops in high schools and colleges across the country. His textbook, The Collaborative PlaywrightA Practical Guide to Getting Your Play Written (co-written with Michele Volansky) is published by Heinemann.  He is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and teaches film and theatre courses at Drexel University and lives in South Philly and Elkton, Maryland, with his wife, Stephanie, and a beagle named Truman.

His plays include: Burkie (PFT, Hudson Guild , Cincinnati Playhouse, Interact Theatre,Theatre Exile. Published: Dramatists Play Service); Early One Evening At The Rainbow Bar & Grille (PFT, WPA, Florida Stage, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Royal Flemish Theatre.  Published: Samuel French);  (Minor Demons: (PFT, Long Wharf, Century Theatre, Company of Angels, Arizona State Theatre. Published: Dramatists Play Service); Moon Over The Brewery (PFT, Circle Theatre, Foundation Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theater. Published: Dramatics Magazine, DPS); Belmont Avenue Social Club (PFT, Working Theatre Group (NY), Northlight Theatre, Stamford Theatre Works, Theatre Exile, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Capital Rep, Two Roads Theatre. FOUR JEFFERSON AWARD NOMINATIONS including Best Production. Published: DPS); The Champagne Charlie Stakes (PFT, Georgetown Theatre, Foundation Theatre  Published: DPS); Desperate Affection (PFT, Access Theater, Circle Theatre, Open Stages.  Published: DPS); Coyote on a Fence: Cincinnati Playhouse, Arden Theatre, Urban Stages/Blue Heron Theatre, Shattered Globe, Curious Theater Company, Duchess Theatre (London’s West End, starring Ben Cross)  WINNER: Rosenthal Prize  Nominated for two DRAMA DESK awards, four JEFFERSON AWARDS NOMINATIONS (winner, best supporting actor) four BARRYMORE AWARDS. Published: DPS); A Christmas Carol – adapted from Charles Dickens for Mum Puppet Theatre;  According to Goldman (Philadelphia Theatre Company – Three BARRYMORE NOMINATIONS including “Best New Play.” Florida Stage, Circle Theatre. Published: DPS) The Philly Fan (Theatre Exile, Kimmel Center, Arden Theatre, Media Theatre, People’s Light – BARRYMORE NOMINATION, Best New Play – 12th revival 9/10);  Dex and Julie Sittin’ In A Tree (Arden Theatre, Circle Theatre (Pew Foundation Grant Recipient) Three BARRYMORE NOMINATIONS including “Best New Play.”);  Full Figured, Loves to Dance (one act) (Commissioned by Theatre Exile); Something Intangible (Arden Theatre, Circle Theatre, Firehouse Theatre. WINNER of the EDGERTON FOUNDATION AWARD and one of four plays nationwide nominated for the LAURIE AWARD.  Nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award and WINNER of seven 2009 Barrymore Awards including “Best New Play” and “Best Production.”  Published: DPS.); Any Given Monday (Theatre Exile, Act II Playhouse, Off-Broadway at 59e59th. WINNER 2010 Barrymore Award “Best New Play.”  Published: DPS); The Outgoing Tide (Commissioned by Northlight Theatre.  Winner of the EDGERTON FOUNDATION AWARD FOR NEW PLAYS.  WINNER: 2011 JEFF AWARDS: BEST NEW PLAY  Published: DPS.); Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown -(People’s Light and Theatre); North of the Boulevard (Theatre Exile); Stella and Lou (Commissioned by Northlight Theatre).

Jacqueline Goldfinger

Jacqueline Goldfinger

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Bottle Fly (PlayPenn, 2017)
Slip/Shot (PlayPenn, 2011)
Director of Education
Foundry Lead Artist

Jacqueline Goldfinger is a playwright, dramaturg and the Director of Education at PlayPenn. Her plays include Babel (Smith Prize for Political Theater, current NNPN Commission),  Bottle Fly (Yale-Horn Drama Prize for Emerging Playwright, The National Theatre New Work Studio (London), Yale Press, PlayPenn New Play Conference, Wilma Theatre Hothouse), The Arsonists (Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage, La MaMa (NYC/Umbria), NNPN Showcase, Sewanee Writers Conference, Disquiet (Lisbon), Kenyon Playwrights Conference, Perseverance Theatre, Azuka Theatre, Capital Stage, Know Theatre, Benchmark Theatre, Leah Ryan Prize Runner-up, Blackburn Prize nomination), Click (current Weissberger Award nominee, Emerson Stage Residency, Drama League Residency, McNally Award Commendation), Skin & Bone (Azuka Theatre, Bloomsberg Theatre Ensemble, Orlando Shakespeare PlayFest, Arden Theatre Writer’s Room, Philadelphia Critics Award Best New Play), Slip/Shot (PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark’s Playwrights Week, Seattle Public, Flashpoint Theatre, Temple University, Montgomery College, Barrymore Award Outstanding New Play, Brown Martin Award, Weissberger Nomination), The Oath (Manhattan Theatre Works, Acadiana Rep, Last Frontier Writers Conference), and The Terrible Girls (Azuka Theatre, Spotlight Theatre, NYC International Fringe Festival, San Diego Playwrights Collective). Her work has been supported by The Audrey Residency at New Georges, Yaddo Residency, NEA ArtWorks, Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts, among others. She is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.