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Bekah Brunstetter

(Playwright) Bekah received an MFA in playwriting from the New School. She is a two-time winner of the Sam French short play competition and the New York Innovative Theatre Award for best new play. She is currently working on commissions for Ars Nova and the Roundabout Underground. www.bekahbrunstetter.com

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Alexis Clements

(Playwright) Recipient of both a Puffin Foundation Artist’s Grant and a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant, and a former fellow of the Dramatists Guild, Clements’ plays and performance pieces have been produced in both the UK and the US. Recent productions include Your Own Personal Apocalypse (New York, NY); The Interview (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, UK); and Pieces (Washington, DC, & Iowa City, IA). Her short stories have appeared in a handful of publications, including two anthologies published by UK publisher, Route. She has also written for such magazines as Nature, Aesthetica, and The L Magazine. For more information visit www.alexisclements.com.

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Charity Henson-Ballard

(Playwright) Charity Henson-Ballard is an actor and playwright in New York City. She received her MA in English from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and MFA in Acting from New York University. Her first full-length play, The Quiver of Children, was originally developed with the support of Voice & Vision Theater, and was presented through Voice and Vision’s 2009 reading showcase at the Ohio Theatre this spring. Charity is developing the next play in this cycle: The Deep Things of God. Charity is collaborating with the Women’s Project for Muddy the Waters, a fun and rhythmic dialogue about the socio-environmental politics of NYC.

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Kara Manning

(Playwright) Kara Manning’s plays have been performed or developed via the Royal Court Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Playwrights Horizons, MCC Theater, NYTW, LAByrinth Theater, New Dramatists, the Magic Theater, the Lark Play Development Center and more. She is the recipient of the 2007 Princess Grace award in playwriting and a Jerome Foundation Affiliated Writers grant. Member of the Women’s Project 2008-2010 playwriting lab, MCC Theater’s Playwrights Coalition and Dramatists Guild. Playwright-in-residence with the Royal Court Theatre’s International Residency and Page 73 Productions’ 2008 Yale retreat. Literary manager of the Irish Repertory Theatre. Graduate of Columbia University’s M.F.A. playwriting program.

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Lynn Rosen

(Playwright) Lynn Rosen’s plays have been developed or produced at many theatres, including: Centerstage, Baltimore (WASHED UP ON THE POTOMAC 2009-2010 season, PUDDY TAT FirstLook 2008), The Lark (PUDDY TAT Studio Retreat, APPLE COVE BareBones, Writing Fellow), The Working Theater (BACK FROM THE FRONT), New Georges (Affiliated Artist), The New Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre (Marathon, EST/Sloan commission PROGRESS IN FLYING – Humana Festival finalist), New Harmony Project, Geva Theatre, The Fire Dept. (member), Willow Cabin (NIGHTHAWKS, published Samuel French), Todd Mountain Theatre Project, and The Studio Theatre (NIGHTHAWKS). Member of Women’s Project Lab, EST, The Dramatists Guild. Recently named one of “50 to Watch” by The Dramatist magazine.

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Crystal Skillman

(Playwright) Crystal Skillman is the author of Birthday and Nobody, produced this year by Rising Phoenix Rep under the direction of Daniel Talbott. The Sleeping World was read this spring at Rattlestick, Side Project (CH) and was a finalist for this year’s Yale Drama Series. Also this spring, 4 Edges (part of 2008 New Harmony Project) was workshopped @ Seaport; The Vigil or the Guided Cradle at Culture Project and Need Theatre (LA). Her short play Kiss was just produced at Side Project; The Telling Trilogy is published in Plays & Playwrights 2008. Memberships: MCC Theater Playwrights’ Coalition, E.S.T, Dramatists Guild, R.P.R, Women’s Project Playwrights Lab.

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Andrea Thome

(Playwright) Andrea Thome is a playwright and translator whose works have been produced in NYC (the Lark, INTAR, Immigrants’ Theatre Project, NYU) as well as in Washington DC, San Francisco, and Latin America. She is  Program Director of the Lark Play Development Center’s U.S.-Mexico Playwright Exchange (now in its 3rd year), which brings Mexican and U.S. playwrights and other theater artists together to create translations of new works from both countries. She also co-founded FULANA, a satirical video and performance collective whose work screens at festivals worldwide and online at www.fulana.org. Andrea has collaborated with artists including Anna Deavere Smith, Guillermo Gómez Peña, Campo Santo, and Culture Clash. In the Bay Area, she co-founded the Red Rocket Theater and was an original member of the Latina Theatre Lab (Yerba Buena Center Artists in Residence 1999). She has worked as a teaching artist in New York City public schools since 2002, and has taught at Dartmouth College and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she also received an MFA in Dramatic Writing.

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Heidi Carlsen

(Director) “Theatrically and personally I am curious about the border between the surreal and pedestrian worlds.” Carlsen recently returned from Poland on a Fulbright Scholarship, where she premiered, + – INFINITY, a dance/opera collaboration with composer Maciej Markowski. Current projects include: assistant to Karin Coonrod on a Rome premiere of Everything That Rises Must Converge; presenting in Short Form, a curated showcase at the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre with collaborators Miranda k Hardy and Adam Saucy; directing a reading of Diana Polansky’s new play House on Kenfield Road. Carlsen has directed, written and performed in numerous productions in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. She is a proud member of the Women’s Project Director’s Lab as well as the collaboration/design focused company TENT. Carlsen received her MFA from CalArts.

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Linsay Firman

(Director) Associate Director of the EST/Sloan Project and Literary Manager of EST. NYC productions include Pierre-Marc Diennet’s Perdita (Lion Theater), Jose Rivera’s Flowers (EST Marathon), Joy Tomasko’s Unfold Me, Catherine Trieschmann’s Crooked, Heather Lynn MacDonald’s Pink (all at SPF), and Anne Washburn’s Apparition (chashama; named one of Time Out New York’s ten best plays of 2003. She is a member of the 2008 – 2010 Women’s Project Lab. She received her M.F.A. from CalArts.  Her production of Garrett M. Brown’s Americana can be seen in the 2009 EST Marathon, Series A, from May 22 – June 19 (www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org for details).

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Susanna Gellert

(Director) Susanna Gellert’s recent projects include You Can’t Take It With You at the University of Rochester, The Boss in the Satin Kimono at FringeNYC, The Duchess of Malfi at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, and Marat/Sade at The Fisher Center for Performing Arts. NY directing: The Lacy Project (Ohio Theater), adaptations of Tamburlaine the Great and Valkyrie (Target Margin Theater’s Laboratory), Match and L’Interieur (the American Living Room), and workshops at the Lark, EST, and NYU. Yale School of Drama: The Duchess of MalfiThe Lacy Project, Measure for Measure, The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife, Devil Caught RopeRequest Concert, Tuesdays and Sundays, and Two Rooms. Recipient: SDCF’s Sir John Gielgud Fellowship and the Julian Milton Kaufman Memorial Prize. Susanna is a graduate of Yale School of Drama and The University of Chicago.

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Wendy McClellan

(Director) New York: SPF at The Public, New Dramatists, New Georges. Regional: The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New American Plays, Stages Repertory Theatre, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Theater @ Boston Court. Staff positions: Actors Theatre of Louisville, A.S.K. Theater Projects, Mark Taper Forum, Great Lakes Theatre Festival. 2006 New York Coalition for Women in the Arts and Media’s Collaboration Award. Affiliated Artist with New Georges, Women’s Project Directors Lab 2008-2010, member of SSDC.

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Donya K. Washington

(Director) New York: Cold Keener (Target Margin), The Minstrel Show of Minstrel Shows! (Brown/Trinity Consortium), Poof by Apples Vargas (MCC FreshPlay), Penang by James Larocca (Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival), 30 Patriot Actors by Erin Browne (Columbia); a reading of Menders by Erin Browne (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); an excerpt from Busoni’s Faust and a reading of The Jew of Malta (Target Margin). Brown/Trinity Consortium: The Cure At Troy; Taming of the Shrew; Cloud 9. Brown New Play Festival: Forever Never Comes by Enrique Urueta, Cipher by Cory Hinkle. Williamstown: Before Breakfast, Unwrap Your Candy, Sorry Wrong Number. Work with The Civilians as Assistant Director (Nobody’s Lunch, This Beautiful City) and Research Dramaturg (This Beautiful City). Training: MFA, Directing – Brown University/Trinity Repertory Consortium; BFA, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Member of the 2008/2010 Women’s Project Lab. Van Lier Directing Fellow 2009, Second Stage Theatre.

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Meiyin Wang

(Director) Meiyin Wang is a Singaporean director based in New York. She served as resident playwright and assocate artistic director of Singapore Repertory Theatre before earning her Directing M.F.A from Columbia under Anne Bogart. Meiyin has directed or developed work at Women’s Project, Classic Stage Company, chashama, Theatre Row, HERE Arts Center, The Ohio Theatre, Joe’s Pub and at non-traditional sites.  She assisted Robert Woodruff at American Repertory Theater, Long Beach Opera and Hong Kong International Festival, and Eduardo Machado at INTAR and Premio Dams Festival in Italy. In Singapore, Meiyin directed the national premiere of Betrayal at Singapore Repertory Theatre and her play Postcards from Persephone garnered nominations for best director and script at the national theatre awards. Meiyin is an alumnus of the Women’s Project Directors Lab, a Schubert Presidential Scholarship and Singapore National Arts Council Grant receipient, and served on the NPAC Artists Task Force.  She is the co-artistic director of the performance collective Quality Meats.  Meiyin Wang is the associate producer of Under The Radar Festival and Symposium, where she has worked under the mentorship of producer Mark Russell since 2006.

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Heather Cohn

(Lead Producer) Heather Cohn is a producer, director, scenic designer and grantwriter. In 2006, she co-founded Flux Theatre Ensemble, and currently serves as the Managing & Development Director. With Flux – Directing: Other Bodies by August Schulenburg (winner of the 2008 FringeNYC Excellence Award for “Outstanding Direction”); upcoming The Lesser Seductions of History (Fall 2009). Set Design: Pretty Theft by Adam Szymkowicz. Heather serves as treasurer of the Board of Directors of The Equus Projects, and has also worked with NYTW, TCG, The Pearl, Fourth Arts Block (FAB), Cornerstone Theater Co., Cherry Lane, and Repertorio Español. Member: 2008-2010 Women’s Project Producers LAB.  www.fluxtheatre.org

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Jennifer Conley Darling

(Lead Producer) Jennifer Conley Darling is the Artistic Director of terraNOVA Collective. Producing highlights with terraNOVA: Blue Before Morning (DR2 Theatre), An Evening with Linton Kwesi Johnson (The Zipper Theater), Masquerade: calypso and home (Barrow Street Theatre, Center Stage, BRIClab, US tour); Baby Steps on Theatre Row; soloNOVA Arts Festival 2005, 2006, 2008 (Center Stage, NY, The PIT, PS122); Groundbreakers Bi-Annual Reading Series
2006-2008 (Center Stage, NY, PS122, The Culture Project). Jennifer has worked with esteemed companies such as Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, Collective:Unconscious, 651 Arts, and Ping Chong & Company. She also served as the HR Manager for The Araca Group and Sr. Exec Associate for American Express.