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Kate Hamill

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The Piper (PlayPenn, 2019)

 

Kate Hamill is an actor/playwright. Wall Street Journal Playwright of the Year, 2017. Plays include Sense & Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne)—Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award; Nominee, Drama League Award; Vanity Fair at the Pearl (originated role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award), Pride & Prejudice at Primary Stages & HVSF (originated role of Lizzy; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award); Mansfield Park at Northlight; Little Women at Jungle Theater, Primary Stages. Currently developing: The Odyssey and The Scarlet Letter; a Christmas play called Scrooge for Senate; and several original plays (Prostitute Play, In the Mines, The Piper). Kate was one of the 10 most-produced playwrights in 2017-2018 and 2018-2019. www.kate-hamill.com

Dave Harris

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Incendiary (PlayPenn, 2019)

 

Dave Harris is a poet and playwright from West Philly. His plays include Everybody Black  (World Premiere: Actor’s Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival 2019, Kennedy Center Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award and Mark Twain Playwriting Award), White History (Manhattan Theater Club Reading Series, Victory Gardens Ignition Festival), Incendiary (Venturous Fellowship at The Lark, NNPN/The Kennedy Center MFA Workshop), Exception to the Rule (Roundabout Underground Reading Series), and Tambo & Bones (Black Swan Lab at Oregon Shakespeare Fest, SPACE on Ryder Farm) amongst others. His first full-length collection of poetry, Patricide, will be published in May 2019 from Button Poetry.

 

Mattie J. Hawkinson

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Dimenticar (PlayPenn, 2018)

Writing credits include TYA productions in New York and Chicago and a co-adaptation of The Three Musketeers in Philadelphia at Quintessence. As an actor, Mattie has participated in new play development at the National Playwrights Conference five times. She’s also worked on new plays at Victory Gardens, Chicago Shakespeare, Cleveland Playhouse, Lookingglass, and the Ensemble Theatre of New York. Some other acting credits include Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, the Goodman, Steppenwolf, Manhattan Theatre Club, Milwaukee Rep, Denver Center, Centerstage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Northlight, and Indiana Repertory. Assistant directing credits at the Irish Repertory, the Arden, and Philadelphia Theatre Company.

Samuel D Hunter

Samuel D. Hunter

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The Whale (PlayPenn, 2010)

Samuel D. Hunter’s plays include The Whale (Drama Desk Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, GLAAD Media Award, Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Play), A Bright New Boise (Obie Award, Drama Desk nomination for Best Play), The Few, A Great Wilderness, Rest, Pocatello, Lewiston, Clarkston, and most recently, The Healing and The Harvest. He is the recipient of a 2014 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a 2012 Whiting Writers Award, the 2013 Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, the 2011 Sky Cooper Prize, the 2008 PONY/Lark Fellowship, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Idaho. His plays have been produced in New York at Playwrights Horizons, Lincoln Center Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Clubbed Thumb and Page 73, and around the country at such theaters as Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, Victory Gardens, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Old Globe, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Denver Center Theatre Company, the Dallas Theater Center, Long Wharf Theatre, and elsewhere. His work has been developed at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Ojai Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, and PlayPenn. Two published anthologies of his work are available from TCG books. He is a member of New Dramatists, an Ensemble Playwright at Victory Gardens, and was a 2013 Resident Playwright at Arena Stage. A native of northern Idaho, Sam lives in NYC. He holds degrees in playwriting from NYU, The Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and Juilliard.

 

Mary Hamilton

Mary Hamilton

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We Three (PlayPenn, 2009)

Mary Elizabeth Hamilton was the 2015-17 Jerome New York Fellow at The Lark. Her plays include We Three, The Plan, One of the Women, and The Quiet Ones. She was a 2005-2009 recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship and has participated in Youngblood, I-73, New Georges’ The Jam, Play Penn and The O’Neill Theatre Conference. Mary holds her MFA in Playwriting from The University of Iowa and was a Lila Acheson Wallace fellow at The Juilliard School. She is working on a commission from Studio Theater in DC and is a member of Ars Nova Playgroup.

Jordan Harrison

Jordan Harrison

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Act A Lady (PlayPenn, 2005)

 Jordan Harrison was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Marjorie Prime, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum and had its New York premiere at Playwrights Horizons. A film adaptation, directed by Michael Almereyda, premiered in the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.  Jordan’s play Maple and Vine premiered in the 2011 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville and went on to productions at American Conservatory Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, among others. Other plays include The Grown-Up (Humana Festival), Doris to Darlene, a cautionary valentine (Playwrights Horizons), Amazons and their Men (Clubbed Thumb), Act A Lady (Humana Festival), Finn in the Underworld (Berkeley Rep), Futura (Portland Center Stage/NAATCO), Kid-Simple (Humana Festival), The Museum Play (WET), and a musical, Suprema (O’Neill Music Theatre Conference). Jordan has two new plays premiering Off-Broadway in the ’17-’18 season: The Amateursat the Vineyard Theatre, and Log Cabin at Playwrights Horizons.

Jordan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Hodder Fellowship, the Horton Foote Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the Roe Green Award from Cleveland Play House, the Heideman Award, a Theater Masters Innovative Playwright Award, the Loewe Award for Musical Theater, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships, a NYSCA grant, and a NEA/TCG Residency with The Empty Space Theater. His children’s musical, The Flea and the Professor, won the Barrymore Award for Best Production after premiering at the Arden Theatre. A graduate of Stanford University and the Brown MFA program, Jordan is an alumnus of New Dramatists. For three seasons, he was a writer and producer for the Netflix original series “Orange is the New Black.”

Jennifer Haley

Jennifer Haley

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Breadcrumbs (PlayPenn, 2008)

Jennifer Haley is a playwright whose work delves into ethics in virtual reality and the impact of technology on our human relationships, identity, and desire. She won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for her play, The Nether, which premiered with Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles and has been produced off-Broadway, on London’s West End, across the US and internationally. Other plays include Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, a horror story about suburban video game addiction, and Froggy, a noir thriller with interactive media. Jennifer has worked with the Royal Court Theatre, Headlong, MCC, Sonia Friedman Productions, Woolly Mammoth, the Humana Festival of New Plays, The Banff Centre, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Lark Play Development Center, PlayPenn, and Page 73. For television, she has written on Netflix’s Hemlock Grove and Mindhunter. Jen is a member of New Dramatists in New York City and lives in Los Angeles, where she founded the Playwrights Union.

Christina Ham

Christina Ham

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After Adam (PlayPenn, 2007)

Christina Ham’s plays have been developed and produced both nationally and internationally with the Kennedy Center, Center Theater Group, The Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Goodman Theater, Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, by Tony Award winning producer Arielle Tepper Madover off-Broadway at Theater Row, and the Tokyo International Arts Festival among many others. Her children’s play Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 was directed by Tony Award winning actress Phylicia Rashad and performed in front of a sold-out audience at the Kennedy Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. It was simultaneously presented and/or produced in 47 states across the country on the same day with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Attorney General Eric Holder conducting the post-show discussion in Birmingham in addition to streaming worldwide. Her children’s musical Ruby!: The Story of Ruby Bridges was the best-selling show in the history of St. Paul’s SteppingStone Theatre. Christina is a two-time recipient of a McKnight Fellowship in Playwriting and a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, the Marianne Murphy Women & Philanthropy Award in Playwriting, a Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Collaboration Grant, a MacDowell Colony Artist Residency, and a previous nominee for Center Theater Group’s Richard E. Sherwood Award for Distinguished Emerging Theater Artist. She has received commissions from The Guthrie Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Park Square Theatre among many others. Her feature 626 Broadway was a semi-finalist for Paramount Pictures’ Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project and her feature Booker was a finalist for Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access program. Her plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Heinemann, PlayScripts, Inc., Smith and Kraus, and Oberon Books. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and holds an MFA in Playwriting from The UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television where she was a Graduate Opportunity Fellow. Christina is a Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center, and a member of The Dramatists Guild of America. She is currently a Mellon Playwright in Residence at Pillsbury House Theatre.

 

Willy Holtzman

Willy Holtzman

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The First Mrs. Rochester (PlayPenn, 2013)
The Morini Strad (PlayPenn, 2009)
Honor Flight (PlayPenn Special Reading, 2017)

Willy Holtzman’s plays include The First Mrs. Rochester (Portland Stage Company), Honor Flight (PlayPenn), G.O.B. (PlayPenn), The Morini Strad (City Theatre, ATCA Steinberg Best New American Play Award nominee, had its New York debut at Primary Stages in March 2012); Something You Did (Primary Stages, People’s Light & Theatre, Theatre J, commissioned by Baltimore Center Stage); Sabina (Primary Stages, New Jewish Theatre, Gradiva Award Nominee); Hearts (People’s Light & Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Asolo Theatre, New Jewish Theatre of St. Louis, received the Barrymore Award, the inaugural Arthur Miller Award and was anthologized in Smith and Kraus BEST NEW PLAYS); Bovver Boys (Primary Stages, Cleveland Play House, Berkshire Theatre Festival, the Curtain Theatre); The Closer (GeVa Theatre — Davie Award, the Working Theatre); Inside Out (commissioned and produced by Theatre for a New Audience, Portland Stage Company, Nebraska Repertory Theatre); The Last Temptation of Joe Hill (Working Theatre); Blanco (Goodspeed Opera House Norma Terris Theatre); White Trash (West Bank Cabaret); San Antonio Sunset (published in Best Short Plays and produced in New York, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Mumbai). Voices In Conflict (created with Wilton, Conn., high school students, was presented at the Public Theatre, the Vineyard Theatre and the Culture Project). Holtzman wrote and executive produced the independent film Edge of America (2004 Sundance Film Festival Opening Night selection, Tribeca Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, American Indian Film Festival — Best Picture) for which he received the Peabody Award, the Humanitas Prize, and the Writers Guild Award. He also wrote Blood Brothers(HBO, Cine Golden Eagle) and A Body to Die For (Emmy nomination). Holtzman received the HBO Award at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. He has taught writing to at-risk teens at Bronx Regional High School in South Bronx, and was the Lila Wallace Resident Playwright at Juilliard. He has worked with young writers through the 52d Street Project in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen and on the Navajo reservation. He serves on the board of PlayPenn, New Dramatists (where as a member he received the Calloway Award) and Harlem Stage Company.

 

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Jeffrey Hatcher

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Dear Brutus (PlayPenn, 2008)

Jeffrey Hatcher Bio:

BROADWAY: Never Gonna Dance (book).

OFF-BROADWAY:  The Government Inspector at Red Bull; Three Viewings and A Picasso at Manhattan Theater Club; Scotland Road and The Turn of the Screw at Primary Stages; Lucky Duck (book w/Bill Russell) at the New Victory; Tuesdays with Morrie (with Mitch Albom) at The Minetta Lane; Murder by PoeThe Turn of the Screw, and A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur’s Court at The Acting Company; Ten Chimneys at Peccadillo; Neddy at American Place; and Fellow Travelers at Manhattan Punchline.

OTHER PLAYS/THEATERS: Compleat Female Stage BeautyMrs. MannerlyMurderers, Mercy of a StormSmashArmadaleKorczak’s ChildrenWork Song (with Eric Simonson), To Fool the EyeSherlock Holmes and the Suicide Club, Jeffrey Hatcher’s HamletThe Scarecrow and His Servant,  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Critic, Holmes and Watson,and others at The Guthrie, Old Globe, Yale Rep, The Geffen, Seattle Rep, the Huntington Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Arizona Theater Company, San Jose Rep, The Empty Space, Indiana Rep, Children’s Theater Company, History Theater, Madison Rep, Intiman, Illusion, Denver Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Actors Theater of Louisville, Philadelphia Theater Company, Asolo, City Theater, Studio Arena, and dozens more in the U.S. and abroad.

FILM/ TV: Stage BeautyCasanovaThe DuchessMr. Holmes, and episodes of Columbo and The Mentalist.

GRANTS/AWARDS: NEA, TCG, Lila Wallace Fund, Rosenthal New Play Prize, Frankel Award, Charles MacArthur Fellowship Award, McKnight Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Barrymore Award Best New Play, and 2013 Ivey Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a member and/or alumnus of the Playwrights’ Center, the Dramatists Guild, the Writers Guild, and New Dramatists.

 

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