The Foundry is thrilled to welcome five new playwrights into our membership: Brie Knight, Haygen Brice Walker, Alisha Beth Adams, Val Dunn, and Jim Hawkins.
These new 1st-year members join 2nd-year Foundry playwrights Ian August, Joshua Campbell, Bill D’Agostino, R. Eric Thomas and Mary Tuomanen, and 3nd-year Foundry playwrights Emily Acker, Lena Barnard, Sam Henderson, MJ Kaufman, and Douglas Williams.
Haygen Brice Walker is a Puerto Rican-American playwright based in Philadelphia where he is Co-Founder and Reject 8 of Reject Theatre Project. He holds a BFA in Directing, Playwriting, & Production with a focus in Playwriting from the University of the Arts and is a proud alumnus of the National Theatre Institute. He’s been developed or produced by Route 66 (Chicago), Dixon Place, UArts, and the Kennedy Center. His work is caffeinated concoction of pornography, violence, pop-culture, history, myth, and magic. Haygen writes his best material while eating Creamy Tomato Soup at Panera Bread.
Alisha Beth Adams’ new play Other Tounges will world premiere at the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival this summer and her other new play Sheperds will world premiere in the 2015 Philly Fringe. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Azusa Pacific University.
Val Dunn recently graduated from Washington College with a BA in Drama and English. Awarded the Mary Martin Prize for Drama and the Stewart Award for Drama, Val was the writer/director/producer of The Beauteous Majesty of Denmark at Washington College. Val is currently working with the Bearded Ladies.
Jim Hawkins is a native of Wilmington, Delaware who has lived in Illinois, California, the District of Columbia and Maryland before moving back to the Delaware Valley 25 years ago. Jim has been a storyteller throughout his adult life, whether working as a newspaper reporter, pastor, freelance writer or playwright. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Wesley Theological Seminary, and was a student in the graduate theatre program at Villanova University. His full length plays include American Primitive and Shuffle, which had a staged reading at Villanova in May 2015.