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Nora Leahy

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Badlands (PlayPenn, 2020)

 

Nora Leahy is a Chicago-based playwright and theatre artist. Nationally, her work has been developed or produced at Lean Ensemble Theater (Hilton Head, SC); The Shuler Theater (Raton, NM); Nashville Story Garden (Nashville, TN); The Arden (Philadelphia, PA); Actors Theatre of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC). In Chicago, her work has been seen at The New Colony, The Greenhouse Theater, Victory Gardens, and Jackalope Theatre Company. Her plays have been nationally recognized, including Badlands (Relentless Award Honorable Mention, 2019); If You Forget Me (Princess Grace Award Semi-Finalist, 2019); and The Bridge (Woodward Newman Award Finalist, 2017). Nora currently serves as Managing Director of Jackalope Theatre Company in Chicago, a company committed to cultivating theatre that expands the American identity by producing new work that celebrates diverse perspectives. Previously, she served as Business Manager of Lookingglass Theatre Company and Managing Director of Two Pigs Productions. In 2018, Nora was named one of the “50 People Who Really Perform for Chicago Theatre” by NewCity Magazine. 

A. Emmanuel Leadon

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Cave Canem (PlayPenn, 2019)

 

A. Emmanuel Leadon is a writer, portraitist, and cartoonist from Dallas, whose art investigates mythologies and reframes them around topics of sexuality, class, and race. His theatrical works have been developed at Sitting Shotgun, Quick Silver Theater Company, and Yale University. He has been a finalist for the Downtown Urban Arts Festival and Young Playwrights Inc. Competition, a two-time semifinalist for the Blue Ink Award, and shortlisted for the Relentless Award. He is an alumnus of Yale College and the Townview School for the Talented and Gifted.

Deborah Zoe Laufer

Deborah Zoe Laufer

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Informed Consent (PlayPenn, 2013)

Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play, Informed Consent, opened at the Duke on 42nd Street, a co-production of Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theatre, in August, 2015. An Alfred P. Sloan Foundation commission through EST, it first received productions at Cleveland Playhouse and Geva Theatre Center.  Her works have also been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage, and eighty other theaters around the country, in Germany, Russia and Canada. End Days was awarded The ATCA Steinberg citation and appeared at Ensemble Studio Theatre through a Sloan Grant. It received a rolling work premiere through the National New Play Network, and went on to receive over 50 productions after that. Other plays include Leveling Up, Sirens, Out of SternoThe Last Schwartz, MetaThe Three Sisters of Weehawken, Fortune, The Gulf of Westchester, Miniatures, and Random Acts. Deb is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and the Lilly Award and grants and commissions from The Edgerton Foundation, the NEA and NNPN. Her plays have been developed at PlayPenn, The Eugene O’Neill NPC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ojai, The Missoula Colony, The Cherry Lane Alternative, The Dramatists Guild, New Georges, The Lark, Asolo Rep. and the Baltic Playwrights Conference. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and a member of The Dramatists Guild.

 

Sean Christopher Lewis

Sean Christopher Lewis

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Militant Language (PlayPenn, 2009)

Sean Christopher Lewis is the Artistic Director of Working Group Theatre, a touring company based out of NYC, and Riverside Theatre, a National New Play Network theatre in Iowa City, IA. His plays include Dogs of Rwanda (NNPN rolling premiere at Interact Theatre, 16th Street Theatre, Out of Hand Theatre, Phoenix Theatre); Black and Blue (Riverside Theatre, Geva Theatre and 16th Street Theatre); Manning Up  (Rolling World premiere at Riverside Theatre, Salt Lake Acting Company and Actor’s Summit); The Aperture  (Cleveland Public Theatre, NY International Fringe); Killadelphia (Baltimore Centerstage, Woolly Mammoth, Southern Rep, Available Light, Interact Theatre, American Theatre Company); Just Kids (Available Light, Pontine Theatre, Sandglass Theatre) and I Will Make You Orphans (Hyde Park Theatre; Uno International Solo Festival, Available Light). He has won the Barrymore Award, the NNPN Smith Prize, the NEA Artists in Community Award, NNPN National Commission, NNPN Emerging Playwrights Residency and William Inge Fellowship. He also has written and performed on This American Life and writes comic books for Image Comics.

 

Carter W. Lewis

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With (PlayPenn, 2017)

Carter W. Lewis is currently Playwright-in-Residence at Washington University. Previously, he was Literary Manager & Playwright-in-Residence for The Geva Theatre Center (NY), and was co-founder and Resident Playwright for Upstart Stage in Berkeley, California. He has won several national awards including The Julie Harris – Playwriting Award, The State Theatre – Best New American Play, The Cincinnati Playhouse Rosenthal New Play Prize (1996 & 2001), New Dramatist Playwriting Award, Playwright’s Center Jerome Residency, and is a two-time nominee for the American Theatre Critics Award.  He has had close to 200 productions of his plays nationwide. His published works include: Art Control; A Geometric Digression of the Species; No Preying; Soft Click Of A Switch; An Asian Jockey In Our Midst; and The One-Eyed Man Is King. Other plays by Carter W. Lewis include: Golf With Alan Shepard; Picasso Does My Maps; Longevity Abbreviated For Those Who Don’t Have Time; Women Who Steal; Men on the Take; American Storm by Integrity Out of Molly Brown; Kid Peculiar; Ordinary Nation; Civil Disobedience; Evie’s Waltz; The Storytelling Ability of a Boy; The Cha Cha of a Camel Spider; Hit-Story; The Americans Across the Street; Camden & Lilly; The Hummingbird Wars; Prayer for the Gun Bug; and Echo Location. Carter lives in St. Louis with his dog, Bucket.