Alisha Beth Adams‘s work often explores community-based, site specific playwriting methods. She is currently interviewing women in her neighborhood about work and money to develop her next play, A Kensington Women’s Chorus, with support from a Leeway Art and Change Grant. Alisha’s plays have been presented and developed by Padua Playwrights, Curio Theater, and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. She was an Emerging Artist in Residence at Plays & Players, a Douglas Byers Memorial Fellow with Signal Fire Arts, and a 2016 Resident Writer at 100W Corsicana. Her plays include Other Tongues (High Desert Test Sites, Philadelphia Women’s Theater Festival), Go Yeri Ston (Temple MFA Playfest), Unring a Bell (Runner up, 2016 Red Theater Competition; Finalist, 2016 Raw Stages New Works Festival), Shelter-in-Place (Philadelphia Fringe), and MEGA. (alishabethadams.com)
Ian August’s full length plays include: Missing Celia Rose, Natural History, The 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 McCloskey, The Goldilocks Zone, The 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 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.
Bill D’Agostino‘s plays include the five Murray the Elf mysteries and Sleeping Handsome (Act II Playhouse); Fairy Tale High School, Robin Hood, and Teen Sherlock (Montgomery Theater); and Making Gnocchi with Grandma, which was named a semifinalist in the 2015 Write Now competition. Bill was the producer of The White Mountains, a theatre project based on the industrial legacy of Ambler, Pennsylvania, which received a 2015 Philadelphia Geek Award. 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 in theatre from Brown University. Visit him online at williamdag.com.
Chris Davis is a writer and performer residing in Philadelphia, PA. Recent projects include solo shows Juan-Winfield, Bortle 8 “…a strikingly original writer and performer.” (- The Scotsman), Drunk Lion (“A potent success”★★★★★ – TV Bomb), and Violence of the Lambs (“…absurd comedy at its very best.” ★★★★★ – The Student Newspaper ). Other projects Damned Dirty Apes! (Renegade Theater), Alias Ellis Mackenzie (Thaddeus Phillips), Anna K (Philly Fringe 2014), Holly’s Dead Soldiers (Philly Fringe 2013), The Post-Show (Berserker Residents), Vainglorious (Applied Mechanics). This August he will premiere Chinchilla Coats, a new hour-long stand-up in the Edinburgh Fringe 2016. He is also currently in process for a new show One-Man Apocalypse Now set to premiere in the Philadelphia Fringe.
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.
Brie Knight’s new play Pancake Queen was read at the Philadelphia Women’s Theatre Festival (PWTF) this past summer. She is a Co-Founder of PWTF and received an MA in Theatre from Villanova.
David Jacobi’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and in China, including the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, FringeNYC, and Penghao Theatre. His work has been developed at Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, RISK IS THIS, Great Plains Theatre Conference, WordBRIDGE, Kennedy Center MFA Playwright’s Workshop, and PlayPenn. He is a winner of the Holland New Voices Award, Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences Award, and has been nominated for the Weissburger. He received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College and an MFA from UC San Diego. David is currently a Shank Fellow at Pig Iron Theatre Company.
Ben Levan is a Norristown native and graduate of West Chester University with a focus in playwriting and technical theater. He has been living in Philadelphia and working in the theater community since 2013. In addition to writing he serves as the Production Manager for Azuka Theatre and Master Electrician for the Lantern Theater Company.
Kristin Miller is a playwright who believes in the social power of theatre. She holds an M.A. in Theatre from Villanova University and B.A.’s in Theatre Studies and English Literature from Franklin and Marshall College and is a Board member for the Creative Works of Lancaster. Kristin’s work seeks to tell powerful stories and create transformative experiences. She thinks of audience members more as participants than spectators and is always exploring new ways to deepen their connection to the performance. Kristin enjoys working in a collaborative environment and devising with an ensemble.
Erlina Ortiz is resident playwright with Power Street Theatre Company (PSTC) here in Philadelphia. Upon graduating from Temple University with a degree in theatre, Erlina had her first play, MinorityLand produced with PSTC in Fringe 2013. PSTC again produced Erlina’s original work Morir Sonyando in 2014/2015. This past March, She Wore Those Shoes, a movement play about rape culture in the military was showcased as part of Theatre Exile’s new play development Studio X-hibition Series, and will have a full production at the Iron Factory this October 2016 with Power Street. As a young emerging Latina-American playwright, Erlina’s voice is unique and important to the growing landscape of theatre in America and will only continue to become more relevant. She is excited to continue exploring that voice here in Philly with The Foundry.
Jenny Ruymann is a Philadelphia-based playwright and actor. During the 2015-2016 season, she served as a Literary/Artistic Intern at the Wilma Theater. Jenny has worked in new play development and acted as a reader at the Ojai Playwrights Conference and the Kenyon Playwrights Conference. Her work has previously been read and performed at Kenyon College, from which she holds a BA in Sociology. She is currently collaborating on a devised piece for the 2016 Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
R. 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. rericthomas.com
Mary 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.
Haygen Brice Walker is a Puerto Rican-American playwright based in Philadelphia where he is Co-Founder and Reject #7 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 kaleidoscopic clash of caffeine, pornography, violence, pop-culture, history, myth, and magic. In 2016, Elaina Di Monaco and Haygen Brice created On The Rocks, a production company for their frequent collaborations. Haygen writes his best material while eating Creamy Tomato Soup at Panera Bread.
Lauren Feldman is a freelance playwright, dramaturg, professor of playwriting (Bryn Mawr College), and a creator-performer of theatrical contemporary circus. She loves theater that is brave, honest, loving, and slightly impossible. She has been nominated for the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award, Wendy Wasserstein Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, New York Innovative Theatre Award, and the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, she is also a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a mentor with The Foundry, and a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow.