Founders

Eli

Quinn D. Eli grew up in the Bronx and lives now in Philadelphia. His short plays have appeared in Best American Ten-Minute Plays and been produced throughout the country. Longer works include the award-winning My Name is Bess, produced by Trustus Theatre; Hazardous, produced locally at Society Hill Playhouse; and Hot Black/Asian Action, a satire about sexual and racial stereotypes that premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. The two-time recipient of Fellowships in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Eli has served as a Playwright-in-Residence at Plays & Players Theatre.

GoldfingerJacqueline Goldfinger is a Barrymore Award-winning Philadelphia playwright and the Director of Education at PlayPenn. She also co-founded The Foundry and is the Playwright-in-Residence at Azuka Theatre. Her new play “Skin & Bone” will be published in “New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2014” and she is currently working on a commission for the 2015 Women’s Voices Festival in Washington DC. Her recent play, “Slip/Shot,” won the Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play. “Slip/Shot” was also nominated for the Weissberger Award, developed at PlayPenn and the Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, and featured in American Theatre Magazine. Her other original plays include “The Oath” (Manhattan Theatre Works), “the terrible girls” (Azuka Theatre) and “The Burning Season” (Winner, New Plays for the 21st Century Award). She has been a finalist/semi-finalist for the Leah Ryan Playwriting Prize, the Terrence McNally Award, the Haas Award, New Dramatists, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Seven Devils, Next Generation Playwrights Award, and the Stone New Play Award. She’s represented by Amy Wagner at Abrams Artists Agency. Read more about her work:www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com

HollingerMichael Hollinger’s plays include Ghost-Writer, Opus, Tooth and Claw, Red Herring, Incorruptible, Tiny Island, and An Empty Plate in the Café Du Grand Boeuf, all of which premiered at Arden Theatre Company and have since enjoyed numerous productions around the country, in New York City and abroad.  His new translation of Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac (co-adapted with Aaron Posner) premiered in 2011 at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.  A new musical, A Wonderful Noise (co-authored with Vance Lehmkuhl), premiered at Creede Repertory Theatre in 2009. Awards include a Steinberg New Play Citation from the American Theatre Critics Association, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, a Mid-Atlantic Emmy, an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award, four Barrymore Awards (including the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist), nominations for Lucille Lortel and John Gassner awards, and fellowships from the Independence Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.  He is an associate professor of theatre at Villanova University, and a proud alumnus of New Dramatists. michaelhollinger.com

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