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massi monfiletto

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My Mother the Sun (PlayPenn, 2020)

 

massi‘s a playwright and essayist from Albuquerque, NM currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in theatre about borders and takes her influences from the many incredible Latinx playwrights and poets working to shake up the current theatre scene. My Mother the Sun was recently performed as part of the Echo Theatre’s Young Playwrights in Residence program. Check out her other plays at New Play Exchange, particularly Penelope Clefts Herself in Two Along an Invisible Line (NTI Fall 2017), Las Marthas (Drake University 2018), and Calypso in Harlem (Great Plains Theatre Conference.)

Jennifer Maisel

Jennifer Maisel

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There or Here (PlayPenn, 2007)

Jennifer Maisel’s plays have been developed and produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Magic Theatre,  The Organic Theatre,  Rattlestick Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York and Los Angeles), South Coast Repertory,  Playwrights’ Arena, The Bat at the Flea, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey,  The LARK, The Hypothetical, Epic Theatre Ensemble,  Theatre J,  Rorschach Theatre,  The Victory Theatre, Circle X Theatre,  Theatre of NOTE and Teatro da Juventude (Brazil) among others.  Her play The Last Seder premiered off-Broadway in 2013 by Rosalind Productions after productions around the country, including Chicago and Los Angeles.  Her There or Here premiered with Hypothetic Theatre in New York and is under option for a London Premiere. @thespeedofJake, a Kilroy nominee in 2014 and a Kilroy Honorable Mention in 2015, premiered with Playwrights’ Arena in Los Angeles in 2015.

She has developed plays at the Playwrights Center’s PlayLabs in Minneapolis,  ASK Theatre Project’s Spring Writer’s retreat in Los Angeles, NYU’s FirstLook@NewPlays in New York,  University of the Arts New Play Festival, Moving Arts MADLabs, Cypress College’s New Play Festival (five times) in California, the Berkshire Playwrights Lab,  PlayPenn in Philadelphia and the 2010 Sundance Theatre Lab.

Jennifer is the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays Award and their Charlotte Woolard Award for Promising New Voice in American Theatre, as well their Roger Stevens Award for Playwrights of Extraordinary Promise.  She won South Coast Repertory’s California Playwrights Competition and was a finalist  for the PEN West Literary Award (twice),  the Sundance Theatre Lab,  the O’Neill Theatre Conference (twice), the STAGES International Playwriting Competition,  the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, Abingdon Theatre’s Christopher Brian Wolk Award (twice), the Ojai Playwrights Festival and the Heideman Award (three times).

Full length plays include:  @thespeedofJakeOut of OrbitThe PantherThere or HereThe Last Sederbirds…And the Two RomeosMallbabyEdenDark HoursMad Love, and a co-adaptation of The Dybbuk. Shorter works include: Goody Fucking Two ShoessoarimpenetrableAnimal Dreamsfissshhhh, and How I Learned to Spell.

 

James McLindon

James McLindon

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Salvation (PlayPenn, 2008)

James McLindon’s play, Comes a Faery, was developed at the 2010 O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Sean Daniels directing, was a finalist for the Humana Festival, and was produced at the New Ohio Theatre by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company. Salvation, developed at PlayPenn, was produced by the Hudson Stage Company, Giovanna Sardelli directing, to critical acclaim. It received its second production in 2016 in New York, produced by Nu.ance Theatre Company. Faith, developed at the Lark’s Playwrights Week and Seven Devils, was produced by Local Theater Company in Boulder, directed by Pesha Rudnick. Dead and Buried, a Semifinalist for the 2011 O’Neill, premiered at the Detroit Rep and was produced again at Miami University in Ohio. Distant Music has enjoyed six productions, most recently at the Brigit Saint Brigit Theatre in Omaha, where it was voted Best Comedy by the Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards. Distant Music and Ebenezer Creek were Semifinalists for the O’Neill.

His plays have been developed and/or produced at theaters such as the Lark, PlayPenn, Victory Gardens, Irish Repertory, Seven Devils, Abingdon, hotINK Festival, Samuel French Ten-Minute Play Festival, Telluride Playwrights Festival, CAP21, Emerging Artists Theatre, Love Creek Productions, Prop Thtr, Lyric Stage, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Colony Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Circus Theatricals, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and Arkansas Rep. His plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith and Krause and Level 4 Press.  James graduated Harvard Law School summa cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He has been a Dramatist Guild Fellow, a member of the Lark Play Development Center’s Monthly Meeting of the Minds, and a Next Voices Playwriting Fellow at the New Repertory Theatre in Boston.

Prizes: Nominee: Joseph Jefferson Citation, Best New Play, Chicago; Finalist: Kaufman and Hart Prize for New American Comedy and Heideman Award for ten-minute plays (twice), Actors’ Theatre of Louisville; Winner: Best comedy, Omaha Arts and Entertainment Awards; John Gassner Playwriting Award, Jane Bingham Prize; Siena College International Playwrights Competition; Grove Theatre Center New Play Initiative competition); Hudson River Classics Showcase Theatre’s W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Competition; Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival (three times); Nancy Weil New Play competition; John Gassner New Play Festival; Eileen Heckart Full-length Drama competition; Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation Playwriting Competition.

Gregory S Moss

Gregory S Moss

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House of Gold (PlayPenn, 2008)

Gregory S Moss is a writer, educator and performer from Newburyport, MA. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Brown University’s Literary Arts Program. His work has been produced at Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, Steppenwolf,  La Comédie-Française, EST-LA, Clubbed Thumb, Capital T Theatre and South Coast Rep, among others. His plays include Indian Summerpunkplay, ReunionBilly WitchHouse of Gold, sixsixsix, and others. His work has been published in Play: A Journal of Playsn+1, and by Dramatists Publishing Service, Playscripts, and Overlook Press. He is currently working on commissions from Woolly Mammoth and, in collaboration with composer/lyricist Joe Iconis, he’s creating a new musical based on the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson for La Jolla Playhouse.  Gregory is a 2012 MacDowell Fellow, an Affiliated Artist with Clubbed Thumb, a member of SPACE at Ryder Farm’s inaugural Working Farm writers group, a Playwrights Center Core Member, and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Jerome Fellowship and a 2011-2012 McKnight livepage.apple.com Fellowship. Recent World premiere of Indian Summer at Playwrights Horizons, NYC (Critics’ PickTime Out New YorkEdgerton Foundation New Play Award), Summer 2016; UK premiere of punkplay at The Southwark TheatreI Promised Myself to Live Faster: A Queer Space Opera in the Decadent Style, with Pig Iron Theater Company, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Spring 2015; Reunion at South Coast Rep, Costa Mesa, CA (Best New Play of 2014OC Weekly and StageSourceLA); La BreaClubbed Thumb, NYC; Workshop of House of Gold at La Comédie Française, Paris (winner, Prix du Public), and production at EST-LA (LA Times and LA WeeklyCritics’ Pick).

Deb Margolin

Deb Margolin

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Imagining Madoff (PlayPenn, 2010)

Deb Margolin is a playwright, actor, and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company. She is the author of numerous plays, including Imagining Madoff, Turquoise, and Bringing the Fishermen Home, as well as 10 solo performance plays which she has toured throughout the US, the most recent of which is 8 STOPS, a comedy concerning the grief of endless compassion.  Deb was honored with an OBIE award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the Kesselring Playwright Prize for her play Three Seconds in the Key, the 2008 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award and the Richard H. Broadhead Prize for teaching excellence at Yale University, where she is Associate Professor (adj.) in the undergraduate Theater Studies Program.

Commissions include the NY Public Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, PS122, The Jewish Museum of New York, and Dixon Place. Deb has been artist in residence at Hampshire College, University of Hawaii, Penn State University, and many others, and was Zale Writer in Residence Tulane University in New Orleans. A compulation of some of her solo pieces as well as a multi-character play, Critical Mass, entitled Of All The Nerve: Deb Margolin SOLO. Deb lives in New Jersey, which she denies.

Charlotte Miller

Charlotte Miller

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Raising Jo (PlayPenn, 2010)

Charlotte Miller has been affiliated with Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, an off-Broadway company which nurtures developing playwrights; Weathervane, a financing company whose projects have so far been movies; and Rising Phoenix Rep, a coalition organization for theater professionals. Miller’s play Thieves  is one of three plays by female playwrights commissioned by Rising Phoenix Rep and Weathervane Productions. Her other plays include Raising Jo, The Magic Club, Favorites, Fur and Barn.  The latter was produced by Rising Phoenix last year. Miller was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She moved to New York to study acting at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, from where she graduated in 2003. She currently resides in Brooklyn.

 

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Mia McCullough

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Household Spirits (PlayPenn, 2012)

Mia McCullough is a playwright, screenwriter/filmmaker, teacher, and arts administrator. McCullough is the author of numerous screenplays and many stage plays, most of which have been seen at theatres around the country including Steppenwolf, the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and Stage Left (Chicago), The Old Globe and Mo’olelo Performing Arts Company (San Diego), Red Fern and Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC), InterAct and PlayPenn (Philadelphia), and the Victory Theater and the Road Theatre (Los Angeles). Her short film Parallel premiered at the Midwest Independent Film Festival in August of 2016, and was nominated for Best Screenplay.  In 2016 McCullough wrote and published a book on the creative writing process called Transforming Reality, and her play Chagrin Falls was produced by The Agency Theater Collective this past fall in Chicago. She taught playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University for ten years and is now the Public Programs Director at Chicago Dramatists. McCullough is currently writing and co-producing a web series called The Haven, inspired by her experiences working at a domestic violence shelter. You can learn more about The Haven at www.thehavenweb.com

 

Genne Murphy

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Giantess (PlayPenn, 2015)

Genne Murphy is a Philadelphia native, playwright and arts educator. Her plays include Giantess; Hope Street And Other Lonely Places (2011 Eugene O’Neill finalist, 2012 Azuka Theatre production); Outside The Wire (shortlist, 2013 BBC International Radio Play Competition); Sea Witch, and The Skinny Killer Inside: A Fat Rage Play. Her work has been produced and/or developed at Azuka Theatre, PlayPenn Conference, Great Plains Theater Conference, Philly Fringe, San Francisco PlayGround, Yale School of Drama, Theater Masters, and Primary Stages/New York Stage and Film through the Leah Ryan’s Fund. Genne is the winner of the 2016 Leah Ryan prize and was on the shortlist for the 2013 BBC International Radio Play Competition. Currently she is pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Yale School of Drama.