Announcing the Newest Foundry Playwrights

The Foundry is thrilled to welcome five new playwrights into our membership: Ian August, Joshua Campbell, Bill D’Agostino, R. Eric Thomas and Mary Tuomanen.

These new 1st-year members join 2nd-year Foundry playwrights Emily Acker, Lena Barnard, Sam Henderson, MJ Kaufman, and Douglas Williams, and 3rd-year playwrights Cheril N. Clarke, Mark Costello, Jeremy Gable, Emma Goidel, Brian Grace-Duff, and Sara Madden.


Ian August‘s full length plays include: Missing Celia RoseNatural HistoryThe Aisling (winner of Heiress Productions’ New Play Series 2009), Donna Orbits the Moon (winner of the EAG Barbour Memorial Playwright Award) Submitted by C. Randall McCloskeyThe Goldilocks ZoneThe Moor’s Son and Interviewese. Mr. August is currently working on a comedic novel called And with Gills. His work has been published by Samuel French, Inc., the One Act Play Depot and Smith and Kraus Publishing.

Joshua CampbellJoshua Campbell, a native of Baltimore, is a recent UArts graduate with a focus in playwriting and producing. Awarded the 2014 Ira Brind School of Theater Arts Excellence in Playwriting Award, his works include Surviving the Dream and On the Seventh Day. He serves as the season Literary Manager for the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, among other administrative positions at various theaters between Pine and Walnut Streets along the Avenue of the Arts.

DAgostino_smallBill D’Agostino’s plays include the Murray the Elf mysteries at Act II Playhouse. The third mystery, Murray the Elf and the Case of the Stolen Sleighbells, premieres in December. Other works include Robin Hood and Fairy Tale High School, which premiered at Montgomery Theater. Bill is co-founder of Two Ducks Theatre Company, which produces plays for kids. Two Ducks’ first play, Rainbowtown, premieres September in Bryn Mawr. Bill is the Communications and Education Director for Act II Playhouse. He received his MA in Theatre from Villanova University, and his bachelor’s degree from Brown University. Visit him online at

Thomas_smallR. Eric Thomas, a playwright and stand-up dramedian, has been hailed as “one of the best storytellers in Philly” by the Philadelphia Weekly.  His plays include Will You Accept This Friend Request?, Always the Bridesmaid, and The Spectator. His play When You Put It Like That It Just Sounds Ridiculous was a finalist for the 2014 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. Eric has performed throughout the country, can be heard on the wildly successful RISK! and Soundtrack Series podcasts, and gave a talk at the 2011 TEDxPhilly conference. He is currently the host of The Moth in Philadelphia.

Tuomanen_smallMary Tuomanen is a graduate of the Lecoq School of Movement Theater in Paris. A company member of Applied Mechanics (Vainglorious, 2013, We Are Bandits, 2014) she has created and performed with other devised theater companies like The Riot Group, New Paradise Laboratories, The Bearded Ladies, and with Aaron Cromie (Saint Joan, Betrayed, 2013, The Body Lautrec, 2014). Her solo work has been performed at The Kimmel Center Dael Orlandersmith Solo Performance Residency (Hello! Sadness!, 2013), Philadelphia’s CEC (Another Type of Flying, 2009), and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville (The World = Too Much, 2004). Her play Kelly Um was featured at the Edward Albee Last Frontier Play Festival in 2003.


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