Jeni Mahoney is playwright, director, play development geek and Founding Artistic Director Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. Her play, Fata Morgana, was the recipient of an NEA ArtWorks Grant (Boise Contemporary Theater.) Other plays have been presented at the National Playwrights Conference, InterAct Theater, Circus Theatricals, Key City Public, Company One, Fresh Ink, The Lark and Boston Theater Marathon among others. Since founding Seven Devils in 2001, Jeni has been instrumental in the development of over 200 new American plays including new works by Robert Schenkkan, Samuel D. Hunter, Jen Silverman, Lee Blessing, Elaine Romero and Andrew Hinderaker. Formerly Head of Playwriting at Playwrights Horizons Theater School/NYU Tisch, Jeni currently serves as co-Artistic Director of id Theater, and is on the National Theatre Conference Board of Trustees. She is an inductee of the Indie Theater Hall of Fame and a member of the Dramatists Guild.

John Clinton Eisner co-founded The Lark in 1994 as a community of theater professionals dedicated to the playwright’s vision. He has grown The Lark into an award winning "think tank for the theater." He works directly with playwrights and creates strategies with artistic leaders in the United States and abroad to advance new plays into the repertoire. He has collaborated with partner theaters, literary agencies and funders to develop multiple-production "pipelines” for new plays. Trained as an actor, he began his transition to directing and producing through his experiences at the O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference, the National Theatre of the Deaf, the Denver Center, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. He was managing director and associate artistic director at Rhode Island’s Colonial Theatre (where he co-founded Westerly Shakespeare in the Park, now in its 25th season). He has served as advisor for CEC Artslink, NEA, New York State Council on the Arts, Theatre Development Fund, Theatre Communications Group, National New Play Network, TheatreForum Magazine, Transport Group and the Lucille Lortel Awards Committee and on the boards of the National Theatre Conference and the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America (charter member).

Kate Brennan is developing Brennan Check-In at Oklahoma City University, where she is Head of Voice in the School of Theatre. Drawing from Yoga, Linklater Voicework, Thai Bodywork and Artistic Exercises, Brennan Check-In develops a creative habit that reinforces the resilience, resourcefulness, connection, positivity and health required to maintain life in the arts. Artistic Director of Ignition Arts and member of AEA, Kate is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified Thai Bodyworker, a Designated Linklater Teacher, and creator of three musicals: Some Assembly Required (2010), ELFuego (2012) and ALIEN8 (2017). Written with playwright David Lee White, ALIEN8 was most recently developed with the McCarter Theare Center Education Program in Princeton, NJ.

Liz Engelman splits her time between The University of Texas at Austin and the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, where she is the director of Tofte Lake Center, a creative retreat for artists of all disciplines. Engelman has worked as festival dramaturg and alumnae relations coordinator at Hedgebrook, a retreat for women writers on Whidbey Island, and has served as the resident dramaturg of Mixed Blood Theatre, as literary director of McCarter Theatre, the director of new play development at ACT Theatre, literary manager/dramaturg at Intiman Theatre and assistant literary manager at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She's worked on the development of new plays across the country including The Playwright's Center, Denver Center, South Coast Repertory Theatre, as well as abroad. Engelman is has served as past President and is on the board of LMDA, is a board member of the National Theatre Conference, and is an Ambassador-at-large for NNPN (National New Play Network).

Nan Barnett is a new play developer, producer, and advocate. She is the Executive Director of National New Play Network, the alliance of more than 100 professional theaters that share a dedication to the development, production, and continued life of new plays and the pioneering of programs and innovations for the new play sector. She worked to create and implement several of the organization’s revolutionary initiatives like its Rolling World Premiere and Residency programs, and led the organization through the development and launch of its field-altering database, the New Play Exchange. Prior to joining NNPN Nan was the long-time Managing Director of Florida Stage, the nation’s largest regional theater producing exclusively new and developing plays and musicals. She also serves on the Artistic Council for the O’Neill and PlayPenn and is the Coordinating Producer for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in Washington, DC, where she currently resides.


D.W. Gregory joined us in 2016 at NWPR and her play, Memoirs of a Forgotten Man, will be workshopped in Creede this winter! Her comedies and dramas explore political issues through a personal lens. Radium Girls, about dialpainters poisoned on the job in the 1920s, has received nearly 700 productions internationally. Other plays include The Good Daughter, October 1962, Salvation Road and Molumby's Million, which received a commissioning grant from the National New Play Network and was nominated for Philadelphia’s 2011 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play. An affiliated artist with Playwrights Center and a member of Dramatists Guild, Gregory is currently at work on a three-actor musical based on Shakespeare' Twelfth Night, with composer Steven M. Alper and lyricist Sarah Knapp.

Heidi Kraay joined us in 2017 at NWPR and her play, How To Hide Your Monster, will be workshopped in Creede this winter! Heidi examines the connection between brain and body, seeking empathy with fractured characters. Writing across disciplines and training in diverse theater vocabularies gives her tools to live better making art. Her plays, including Rajpurr: Tale of a Tiger, SuperSecretSiteSpecificSomething(co-devised), New Eden, DIRT (co-devised), and Kilgore, have been presented most recently through Campfire Theatre Festival, 8 in 48 Idaho, Boise Contemporary Theater, id Theater, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and HomeGrown Theatre. Heidi holds an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from California Institute of Integral Studies and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.


Ali Skye Bennet has been writing, performing, and creating theatre since childhood. Her play, RAFETUS, was a Finalist for the 2017 National Playwrights Conference at The O’Neill. As Associate Producer of Vineyard Theatre, Ali has helped bring to life new work by some of the most celebrated artists in history, including Paula Vogel and Susan Stroman. Actor and dancer on stage & screen; member of Labyrinth’s 2012 Intensive Ensemble under the guidance of Stephen Adly Guirgis; former intern for Elevator Repair Service. Ali is also an award-winning photographer with international publication, documenting her world-travel adventures through photos and journals.

Alice Stanley is a playwright and director, and the Founder of Cohesion Theatre Company in Baltimore, MD. Alice has won Best Director from Baltimore City Paper’s Best of Baltimore 2016, The Bad Oracle, and DC Metro Theatre Arts, and received the Mayor’s Individual Artist Award. Their full-length play Sally McCoy has been workshopped at The Strand Theatre and The Barter Theatre, and will be produced at Cohesion Theatre Company. Their short piece "Addict Named Hal” recently won Audience Favorite in Fells Point Corner Theatre’s 10x10x10. Alice is an MFA Directing Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin.

Amy Escobar (sponsored by Rain City Projects) identifies primarily as a performer, writer and puppeteer (specializing in modified Bunraku). She recently premiered her first evening-length play, Scary Mary and the Nightmares Nine, which received a 2017 Gregory Award nomination for Outstanding New Play. She is based in Seattle and has written one-acts for the 14/48 Projects/Cafe Nordo, The Horse in Motion, Annex Theatre and On the Boards. She is interested in inclusive spaces, practical magic and conscious language. Her work tends toward the study of things dark and feminine and that which makes her ask the most questions, laugh the loudest and hurt most terribly.

Amy Gijsbers van Wijk is a playwright (sometimes performer) from Pasadena, TX, based in in New York. Recently, she was a finalist for PlayPenn, & semi-finalist for BAPF and semi-finalist the O’Neill. She is currently in residence with Pipeline Theatre Company for PlayLab 2018. Her work has been seen/heard at the Cherry Lane Theatre with Primary Stages/ESPA, Theatre for A New City, The Tank, and Dixon Place, with companies such as Stable Cable Lab. Co., Upstream Artists Collective, Red Caravan, and New Light Theatre Project. BA, Brooklyn College. MFA in Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University with Rob Handel.

Amy Tofte was awarded a 2015 Nicholl Fellowship in screenwriting from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Her plays have been semi-finalists for the nuVoices Festival (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival, Source Festival, The Bridge Initiative, Headwaters New Play Festival, PlayPenn and The Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship. She has been in residence at the Autry Museum of the American West and Yaddo with her work produced throughout the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild. MFA, CalArts.

Arlitia Jones is a poet, playwright from Anchorage. Plays: Summerland (produced at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, workshopped Seattle Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival), Tornado (Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, National Award Winner Summer Shorts Festival City Theatre, Miami), Come to Me, Leopards (workshop production Cyrano’s Theatre), Rush at Everlasting (Perseverance Theatre), The Ugly Children of Eve (staged reading Perseverance Theatre). Honors and Memberships: Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artists Fellowship, Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Playwrights’ Group alumni, Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center, Perseverance Theatre’s Playwrights’ Circle, Dramatists’ Guild of America, Residencies: Hedgebrook, Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She is co-founder of TossPot Productions.

Brandy N. Carie is a Houston-based playwright, director, and producer. Her plays are mostly about women, but sometimes she throws in a man for decoration. Carie is the literary assistant at the Alley Theatre and a 2017 Albee Foundation Fellow. She is a founding member of Collective 48, with whom she has produced the Houston outpost of the Future is Female Festival, and the house party/performance, Two! Short! Plays! Her plays have been featured at the Chicago Fringe Festival and the Mid-America Theater Conference, published by Smith and Kraus, and produced by companies across the US.

Craig Pospisil is the author of The Dunes, Somewhere In Between, Life Is Short and Months On End among others. His plays have been seen at Barrington Stage, Bay Street, Detroit Rep, Purple Rose Theatre, around the US, in two dozen countries, and translated into seven languages. He has written more than 60 short plays, including It's Not You (theAtrainplays), Dissonance (Best American Short Plays 2010-2011) and There's No Here Here (Best American Short Plays 2014-2015). His short film January was an official selection at the Adirondack, Berkshire, Big Apple, Cayman Island, and Roma Cinema film festivals, among others.

Dayna Smith is a Boise-based playwright, dramaturg and director with a BA in Theatre Arts, Dramatic Writing from Boise State University. Dayna has completed internships with The Playwrights Center; Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and Boise Contemporary Theater and has worked as a playwright and dramaturg at The Kennedy Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference; HomeGrown Theater; and Boise Contemporary Theater. Other honors: Echo Theater Company's National Young Playwrights in Residence Program; Higher Education Research Council Undergraduate Fellowship recipient, and Idaho Commission on the Arts Quickfunds Grant recipient. She is the Artistic Director and a co-founder of Boise's Campfire Theatre Festival.

Emily Brauer Rogers’ credits include two full-length plays that were produced at Hunger Artists Theatre Company as well as two collaborations produced as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Her screenplay, Romeo, Juliet and Rosaline, was optioned by Amazon Studios. She has been published in a Smith and Kraus anthology, 161 Monologues from Literature and in Kids’ Comedic Monologues that are Actually Funny. Emily has had short plays read and produced in Australia, San Diego, New York, Colorado, Missouri, North Dakota, Indiana, Los Angeles and Orange County. She’s currently a member of the Dramatists Guild and Writers Guild of America.

Erica Berman is a playwright and a theater educator. Her play No Wake was selected as part of the Wisconsin Wrights Wrights Festival and will be further developed through the The Montgomery Davis Play Development Series at Milwaukee Chamber Theater. As the Director of Education & Community Engagement at Children's Theater of Madison, she supervises and produces the Young Playwrights festival featuring one acts written by high school students and performed by professional actors. She received a BA in Theatre Arts from Mount Holyoke College and a MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College. Her theses at both institutions focused on playwriting.

Erin Kraft is a Chicago-based director whose recent projects include: We Are Proud to Present a Presentation..., The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, Circle Mirror Transformation, and The Merchant of Venice. She’s directed new play workshops and world premieres for Chicago Dramatists, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Annex Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre and Northwest Playwrights Alliance with playwrights such as Holly Arsenault, Joanna Garner, Arlitia Jones, MT Cozzola, Caro Macon, and Paul Mullin. Erin is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and earned her MFA in Directing from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

Georgette Kelly is a playwright based in Chicago and New York. She received the inaugural Hope on Stage Playwriting Award and is a resident of Chicago Dramatists. Her work has appeared on The Kilroys List and at The Kennedy Center, NNPN, The Source Festival, terraNOVA Collective, Taffety Punk, Diversionary Theatre, and DCASE. Georgette’s plays include: Ballast, In the Belly of the Whale, I Carry Your Heart, F*ck la Vie D’artiste, How to Hero, and an adaptation of Jeanette Winterson’s Lighthousekeeping. She has been a finalist at the O’Neill, The Lark, the Goodman Playwrights Unit, and the Alliance/Kendeda Playwriting Competition.

Graham Schmidt is a theater-maker with a passion for mystery, physically adventurous performance, communal discovery and radical compassion. Graham’s work includes re-imaginings of canonical texts (primarily the plays by Anton Chekhov), a meditation on love and sex in a dystopian near-future (The Schooling of Bento Bonchev), a documentary play about physicians and their grief (In The Glare), and new plays commissioned and developed through the company he founded, Breaking String Theater, named for Chekhov’s mysterious stage directions in Act II of The Cherry Orchard: "The sound of a breaking string, dying away, forlorn.”

Heather Beasley is a Colorado-based dramaturg, director, playwright, and arts administrator with the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, where she oversees the Generations new play development program. Her work history includes Imagination Makers Theatre Company, Seattle Public Theatre, and Nebraska and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals. She holds a BA in Creative Writing / Theatre from Creighton, an MA from Villanova, and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Colorado Boulder, where she co-founded the campus BoulderFringe Festival and taught writing within the Women and Gender Studies Department, the College of Engineering, and the Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy.

Holly Arsenault’s plays have been produced in Seattle, Detroit, Chicago, and Boca Raton. She is an alum of the Seattle Rep Writers Group, and the 2013 recipient of the Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play and the Seattle Theatre Writers Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting for her play, Undo. Her other plays include The Manor, The Cut, Marvelous, 24 Pictures of a Pilot, A Fish and a Bear In Purgatory, and Alfred. She is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Drama, where she is also the Director of Engagement.

Jelisa Jay Robinson is a Houston-based playwright. Plays: The Stories of Us (Production: Teatro Vivo, Readings: Austin Latino New Play Festival, Now African Festival-NYU, Black and Brown Theatre Showcase, Vision Latino), Fae and Paciencia (Commissioned by Echame Un Ojo Latin Arts Festival, Readings: The Off-Center, Rec Room-Houston), Delivery (Scriptworks Reading Salon and Mexican American Cultural Center). Her work has been featured in the Austin One Minute Play Festival, Irene Fornes Playwrighting Workshop and she was one of five finalists for the inaugural Seattle Public Theatre Emerald New Play Prize.

Joanna Garner makes plays and experiences that are wild, sexy, immersive, and musical—sometimes all at once. Her work has been developed internationally, including at the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, Tofte Lake Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, On the Boards, Great Plains Theatre Conference, and with Austin’s Rude Mechs. THE ORANGE GARDEN, won the 2016 Keene Prize for Literature and received an honorable mention on the 2016 Kilroys List. She will be the 2018 Resident Playwright at Chance Theater in Southern California. Joanna has an MFA in Playwriting from The University of Texas at Austin and is currently based in Seattle, WA.

Jordan Ramirez Puckett is a recipient of Abingdon Theatre Company’s Christopher Brian Wolk Award for her play, Restore which was developed at Waukegan Theatre Festival, Acting Out INK Fest, and San Francisco Playhouse. Plays: Las Pajaritas (Custom Made Theatre Co.), Inevitable (San Francisco Playhouse), The American Traitor (Playwrights Center of San Francisco), and Gringo Baseball (Goodman Theatre). Member: Dramatists Guild of America and a Core Member of the Bay Area Latino Theatre Artists Network. She is the former Associate Artistic Director at San Francisco Playhouse and a graduate of Northwestern University. She is currently attending Ohio University to pursue her MFA in Playwriting.

Juan Ramirez, Jr. is a Boogie Down, NYC based writer, actor and director. His works were produced at Dixon Place, the Broadway Bound Theatre Festival at the 14th Street Y, The Cherry Lane with Down Urban Arts Festival, Theatre Row, IATI, The Secret Theatre, Short +Sweet International Festival in Australia, NYU Abu Dhabi Arts Center, Gi60 One-Minute Play Festival in United Kingdom, Raíces Theatre Company, Manhattan Repertory Company, The Bronx Repertory Company and Ophelia Theatre Group. He’s working on the first of his Chupacabra tetralogy addressing racism. He is a Dramatist Guild member and received his MFA from NYU Tisch.

Judy Mazzeo Zocchi is author of over a 100 children’s books, lyricist for two international rock songs, writer of the TV pilot for Golden Books’ "Pat the Bunny” and Producing Artistic Director, Good to Go Festival, NYC. Works include: Plaid Skirts (nominated, Tampa, Best Production), Holly Blossom and Rose, (nominated, Best Narrative Screenplay/Best Screenplay, New Hope Film Festival). Shed, The Magic Fishbone, Hen House and C Minor. BA, Mount St. Mary’s University/ MA, Educational Theater, NYU/ MFA, Writing for Stage & Screen, NHIA/ UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program. Alumnus, BMI Lehman Engle Musical Theater Advanced Workshop (lyricist) and current member of the Librettist Workshop.

Katie Chidester is a Southern California-based director and artist: Executive member The Hunger Artist Theatre Co. Collaborator with Fell Swoop Playwrights. Credits: Beautiful Star: An Appalachian Nativity (Triad Stage) Les Liaisons Dangereuses (UNCG), Machinal (Long Beach), Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief (Hunger Artists), Sans Merci (The Garage), The Miss Julie Dream Project (Son of Semele) Cloud 9, Trifles (Triad UpStage). Yale School of Drama Intern (Summer Cabaret) alumni of Directors Lab West (‘14) 2016-17 SDC Observers Program. BA Theater: University of Southern California, MFA Directing : University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Studied with Triad Stage’s Founding Artistic Director, Preston Lane.

Lauren Ferebee's play The Reckless Season was produced in 2017 by Boomerang Theatre Company. Her work has been developed with Flux Theatre Ensemble, HUB-BUB, The Spartanburg Little Theatre, WET Productions, At Hand Theatre and others. She has been a finalist for the Reva Shiner Comedy Award and the Princess Grace Award, a nominee for the USA Fellowship in theatre, a semi-finalist for the Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship, the O'Neill, and others. She is a current MFA candidate at Texas State University and holds a BFA in drama from NYU/Tisch.

Lia Romeo’s plays have been seen at 59E59, Project Y Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, the Lark, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, and elsewhere. She has been recognized by the O’Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention). She’s the associate artistic director at Project Y Theatre Company and the play coordinator at Jersey City Theater Center. Her plays are published by Playscripts and Smith&Kraus. Degrees: B.A. from Princeton University, M.F.A. from Rutgers/MGSA., Lia teaches in the graduate creative writing program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Nancy García Loza is a borderfluid Mexicana Americana playwright rooted in Chicago and Jalisco. She has participated in ALTA Chicago’s Latinx Playwrights Circle: El Semillero since its launch. Her inaugural play, Macha: a pocha sister story, was a 2017 finalist for the ToTL in the Works: New Play Commission. This summer, she continued her development in the 2017 Fornés Playwriting Workshop and as a SWARM SAAP Artist. In 2017, readings of her work appeared in the Chicago Theatre Marathon, Peacebook (Collaboraction, Goodman), Saints & Sinners (Collaboraction, Steppenwolf), and more. She is an Artistic Associate at Teatro Vista and Co-Creative Director of ALTA Chicago.

Nathan Dame is originally from Ogden, Utah, but is based in Brooklyn. He has had original plays and musicals developed by Roundabout Theatre Company, JAW Fest at Portland Center Stage, The New Group, Barrow Street Theater, In Absentia Productions, and has been produced by The New Ensemble (with A.R.T. and Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston), Woodshed Collective, and New York Theatre Experiment.

Nina Ki is an NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate and holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing. Her favorite play reading/production experiences include those with Marcus Yi/The Living Room Theater, Jason Fong and his writers' workshop series, Koreans United for Equality, Another Country Productions, and InspiraTO Theatre. Her work has been published in LGBT Comedic Monologues That Are Actually Funny, In Full Color anthology, and YouthPLAYS. Nina Ki is co-founder of Pearl Girls Productions, and through PGP is writer of a queer Asian American webseries called "That's What She Said.” She loves her family and 3 pugs.

Paco José Madden is an activist/scholar/teacher/writer. He received an MFA from the Dramatic Writing program at Arizona State University and a BA in Drama from Catholic University of America. A Cave in the Desert, about two men trapped in a cave searching for peace, is one of four winners for Jewish Ensemble Theatre’s 2017 JetFest. His TYA play, Yasmin’s Alien Invasion Adventure, which deals with immigration and the refugee crisis in Syria, is a 2017 selection for Purple Crayon Players’ PLAYground Festival, a 2017 semi-finalist for Write Now!, and a 2017 Finalist for New Plays for Young Audiences.

Paris Crayton III is an award-winning playwright, actor, and director. He has written over 40 plays, 14 of which have been produced around the country. He was one of ArtsATL "30 under 30" and Atlanta Journal Constitution's "Artist to watch." Creative Loafing named him 2014's "Best Local Playwright" Critics have called him "a powerful dramatist" and praised him as "One of the most important playwrights of our time." His plays have been presented and/or workshopped by Working Title Playwrights, Stage Door Players, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Aurora Theatre, Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Beth Marshall Presents, Indianapolis Fringe Festival and more.

Patrick Gabridge’s plays include Drift, Lab Rats, Distant Neighbors, Blood on the Snow, and Blinders, and have been staged in theatres around the world. He’s also written three novels, Steering to Freedom, Moving (a life in boxes) and Tornado Siren. He co-founded Boston's Rhombus playwright’s group, the on-line Playwrights' Submission Binge, and the New England New Play Alliance. He’s been a fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company and is the recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Boston Foundation. In his spare time, he likes to farm and fix up old houses.

Raegan Payne is an award winning playwright whose plays are regularly produced and performed in the US and internationally. She just completed a new play the Dying Declaration of Madge Oberholtzer as part of the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Works Studio in San Diego, CA. Raegan is also a proud member of Ammunition Theatre Company’s writing group in Los Angeles, CA. Next year she is looking forward to being part of Iceland’s Klaustrid Artists Residency. Raegan, a Kentucky native, currently lives in Southern California where she fosters kittens.

Robert Menna has written a dozen plays including The Light at Arles and Scary Whispers, Tiny Bites. The Denver Center commissioned his adaptation of The End of the Beginning, and his movement-theatre piece Joy represented the USA at the World Festival of Children’s Theatre. He previously served as Literary Manager at Intiman Theatre, co-Artistic Director of the Ojai Playwrights Conference, and Founder/Director of the Seattle Playwrights Alliance and Milken Playwriting Prize. Menna taught at Denver’s National Theatre Conservatory and co-directed the Denver Center's Living History program. MFA: University of Washington. Dramatists Guild, Antaeus Playwrights Lab, LMDA.

Roger Q. Mason’s plays give voice to the silenced through the ritual of performance. His works have played at McCarter Theatre Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre/LA; Son of Semele Theatre; Chicago Dramatists; and Kraine Theatre. His piece Hard Palate was a New York Theatre Innovator Award nominee. Mason was a finalist for the Activate: Midwest New Play Festival, semi-finalist for Theatre Masters, and winner of a Hollywood Fringe Festival Encore Producer's Award. Mason holds an MFA in Writing for Screen + Stage from Northwestern University, MA in English from Middlebury College, and AB in English and Theatre from Princeton University.

Sarah Lawrence (Sponsoring Playwright of NWPR Pagosa Springs) finished her most recent play, Bibo & Bertie, at the National Winter Playwright Retreat 2017 and is now scheduled for production at the Lab Theatre Project in Tampa in 2018. Duende: Recuerdos de Flamenco recently placed as a finalist in the Julie Harris Competition and is scheduled for a workshop through the Good to Go Foundation in 2018 in New York. Lawrence, a Dallas-based playwright, graduated in 2016 from the MFA program: Writing for Stage and Screen at the New Hampshire Institute of Arts. She was recently selected Artist of the Year in Richardson, Texas.

Shannon TL Kearns is a playwright and the founder of Uprising Theatre Company in Minneapolis. He is a transgender man who’s work is rooted first and foremost in a belief that marginalized people are the people best able to tell their own stories and that providing space for marginalized people to embody those stories on stage enriches all of us. Shannon’s work often explores the intersections between transgender identity, religion, and questions of belonging. An entrepreneur and artist at heart, he believes that stories can change the world.

Stephanie N. Walters is a first year member of The Foundry, Philadelphia’s Playwrights Collective. She describes her work as "Charles Mee, David Henry Hwang, and Mariah Carey walk into a bar”. Her writing has been showcased at Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival, Asian Arts Initiative, The Future is Female Festival, Revamp Collective, and Philly Improv Theatre. Stephanie’s interactive children’s play, Follow Me Through the Gates, debuted with Dragon’s Eye Theatre. Stephanie’s a founding member of the Philadelphia Asian Performing Artists and proud member of AEA. Stephanie’s a graduate of Bucknell University, London Dramatic Academy, and CAP21. She currently studies with PlayPenn.

Tanya Everett hails from Mass, bred in Brooklyn, to pursue her career as an actor and writer. Her plays have been performed in many Off and Off-off Broadway venues: including Cherry Lane, HERE Arts Center, TheaterLab, Kraine, Cherry Pit. Her play A Slow Boil: Parts 1, 2,3 was recently performed as part of the 8th Season of the Fire This Time Festival. She was chosen for the 2016-17 Wright Club, a playwright development wing o of the critically acclaimed, Amoralists. Other plays include: Doesn't Matter How You Say It, Got A Light, Lady of the Lake, and Virgin Christmas.

Tira Palmquist’s plays include The Way North, Overburden, Two Degrees (Denver Center), And Then They Fell (MadLab Theater, Brimmer Street), Ten Mile Lake (Serenbe Playhouse), Age of Bees (MadLab Theater, Tesseract) and This Floating World. Two Degrees premiered in the Denver Center’s 2016/17 Season and was listed in the 2016 Kilroys Honorable Mention List. Ten Mile Lake was a finalist for the 2015 Primus Prize. She has directed and dramaturged at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and the New Territories Playwriting Residency, a program she developed with Brian Clowdus at Serenbe Playhouse.

Tracy Held Potter is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter committed to understanding the complexity and nuance of being human. She is the Artistic Director of All Terrain Theater and Co-Founder of the 31 Plays in 31 Days Project. Her plays have been produced across the country and her political musical short films and web series are available online. She has a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC, Berkeley and an MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University with Rob Handel. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America.

William Missouri Downs has won two rolling premieres from the NNPN. He’s twice been a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill. He’s had 150 productions of his plays including productions in Spain, South Africa, Singapore, Austria, Israel, India, and South Korea. He’s published ten plays and four books. He has his MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and studied playwriting at the Circle Rep in New York. In Hollywood he wrote for several NBC sitcoms. This year he optioned a TV pilot to Hollywood producer Meryl Poster. He lives in a log cabin high in the mountains of Northern Colorado.


Amanda Bermudez is a writer and director based in Los Angeles, California. Her work has been featured at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and at the Yale Center for British Art, where she has also served as a guest artist and lecturer. In addition to writing for the stage, her first solo-written feature film was released earlier this year, and she was named one of the Top 100 Emerging Screenwriters in 2017. She is a National Merit Scholar, recipient of the Jameson Prize, a Writer’s Digest National Award Winner, and winner of the 2017 Cinequest Film Festival screenwriting award.

Damon Guerrasio is a Denver actor whose credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Saturday Night Fever, Junie B Jones, Charlotte's Web, Lyle the Crocodile (Arvada Center); Red Hot and Cole, All My Sons (Cherry Creek Theatre); Water by the Spoonful (Curious Theatre); The Fantasticks! (Midtown Arts Center); Spamalot, Shrek the Musical (Breckenridge Backstage Theatre); The Music Man, Boeing Boeing, Completely Hollywood Abridged, Evita (Liltteton Town Hall Arts Center); Love Child, Minimum Wage, Complete World of Sports Abridged (Avenue Theater). Regional credits: Water by the Spoonful (Off Square Theatre Company), Something's Afoot (American Southwest Theatre Company). Television: Manhattan (Lionsgate) and From Dusk till Dawn (Miramax).

Joshua Bermudez is an actor and a founding producer of LA’s Shakespeare in the Shed. Film and television credits include I Want Your Mom, Beer Fest, The Other Mother, Moggy Creatures, A Better Criminal, and the new media series One Liner of the Week. Select theater credits include Duel, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, and The Tall Girls. He has also served as a guest artist and lecturer for the Yale Alumni Association, Santiago Canyon College, Casa 0101, and Seven Pillars Acting Studio. Josh received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Michael Pittman is a retired actor and director from St. Joseph, Missouri. Once upon a time, he performed or directed at Silver Dollar City, William Jewell College, Missouri Western State College, and University of Missouri in Kansas City. He co-founded Robidoux Resident Theatre in St. Joseph in 1980 which now offers twelve productions a year in addition to special events and education programs. While there, he directed over 30 productions and performed in half as many. He also taught at Savannah High School where he created a vibrant Speech, Forensics and Debate program and was a nationally recognized coach of that team.

Michael Reyna is an Austin actor whose credits there include Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Singing In the Rain at ZACH Theatre, Dani Girl with Trinity Street Players, Never Have I Ever at Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Woody with MainStreet Musical Festival, and as a performer at Esther's Follies and Mathew's Easter Circus. NY Credits: Rocky Horror (Dr. Frank-N-Furter), Victor/Victoria, Something Outrageous, House of Blue Leaves. Film/TV: Blood Angels (Savion), Mildred Pierce (with Kate Winslet), Law & Order, and Law & Order SVU.


2018's National Winter Playwrights Retreat

We will have three types of retreats planned for 2018 and have invited Artistic Directors, Dramaturgs, and Directors to join our Playwrights this year.

NWPR Creede Coops: for these retreats, we will host up to three guest artists and nine playwrights or teams. We’re renting housing from our local LORT, Creede Rep for our playwrights to live in together. Playwrights may elect to have their work read aloud by professional actors in a private salon setting. Optional tourism activities include a tour of the San Juan Mountains and a tour of Creede Rep. In addition, the first coop (Dec 31 - Jan 6) will get daily sessions of the Brennan Check-In!

NWPR Winter Workshop: this year we sent a shout out to our previous years' (85) playwrights inviting them to submit scripts to be workshopped in Creede in 2018. Scripts were evaluated by a jury and the top ranking five scripts were sent back to the playwrights who had to choose the winning script! We were surprised when two tied for "Workshop Me In Creede!" As a result both D.W. Gregory and Heidi Kraay will be workshopping their scripts Memoirs of a Forgotten Man and How To Hide Your Monster with with direction and dramaturgy by Jeni Mahoney and Manuel Zarate! Performances will be Jan 26 at 7pm and Jan 27 at 4pm at Big River Music in Creede, and Jan 28 and 29 at 7pm at Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse in Pagosa Springs!

Playwright Sponsored NWPR in Pagosa Springs: from a conversation... came an idea... and then an offering... and now we have a new program - Playwright Sponsored NWPRs! For 2018, NWPR 2017 Playwright Sarah Lawrence has offered two homes to HBMG Foundation to use to create NWPR right down the road in Pagosa Springs! Programming will be the same as with Creede Coops except the tour will be of Pagosa's local theatre, Thingamajig. If you would be interested in hosting an NWPR in your community, please contact Ann!

This year's partners include Black and Latino Playwrights Conference and Rain City Projects who both have sponsored playwrights for 2018 in addition to Big River Music and Human Stage!