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Lynn Nottage Lynn Nottage is a playwright and a screenwriter, and the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her plays have been produced widely in the United States and throughout the world. Her works include, Floyd’s, the musical adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees with lyrics by Susan Birkenhead and music by Duncan Sheik, the opera adaptation of Intimate Apparel composed by Ricky Ian Gordon, Mlima’s Tale, Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Evening Standard Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize); By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award); Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie, Lucille Lortel Award, NY Drama Critics’ Circle, AUDELCO, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards); Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics Award, NY Drama Critics’ Circle Award). She developed and curated This is Reading, a multimedia performance installation in Reading, Pennsylvania and The Watering Hole, a multimedia performance installation at the Signature Theater. Her television credits include, Writer/Producer: She's Gotta Have It (Netflix), and Consulting Producer: Dickinson (Apple TV). Honors include PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award, Doris Duke Artist Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a Guggenheim Grant, Lucille Lortel Fellowship, Steinberg "Mimi" Distinguished Playwright Award, NBTF August Wilson Playwriting Award and a Lucille Lortel Sidewalk Star, amongst others. She's the co-founder of the production company Market Road Films, an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Dramatists Guild.
Miranda Haymon Miranda Haymon (she/they) is a Princess Grace Award/Honoraria-winning director, writer and curator. Recent projects include A Cakewalk (Garage Magazine & Gucci), Really, Really Gorgeous (The Tank), Everybody (Sarah Lawrence College), In the Penal Colony (Next Door @ NYTW, The Tank) and Mondo Tragic (National Black Theater). Miranda is a Resident Director at Roundabout Theatre Company and The Tank, a New Georges Affiliate Artist, a Usual Suspect at NYTW, a Space on Ryder Farm Creative Resident, member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and the Wingspace Mentorship Program. Miranda has held directing fellowships at WP Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theatre Company and Arena Stage. Miranda graduated from Wesleyan in 2016. For more information, visit
Christina Anderson Christina Anderson is a playwright, tv writer, educator, and creative. Her plays have appeared at The Goodman Theatre, OSF, The Public Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Rep, and other theaters in the United States and Canada. Awards and honors include: 2020 United States Artists Fellow, MacDowell Fellowship, Lily Awards Harper Lee Prize, Herb Alpert Award nomination, Barrymore Nomination, and New Dramatists Residency. Her work has appeared multiple times on the annual Kilroy's List, an industry survey of excellent new works by female playwrights. She is also the winner of the Lucille Lortel Fellowship. Christina’s plays include: How to Catch Creation; The Ripple, The Wave That Carried Me Home; Man in Love; Pen/Man/Ship; The Ashes Under Gait City; and Blacktop Sky. She taught playwriting at Wesleyan University, Rutgers University, SUNY Purchase College, and served as the interim Head of Playwriting at Brown University. Christina recently worked as a television staff writer on the CBS drama Tommy. Current projects include: producing an album of instrumental hip hop music titled The Montage Flow, and writing her first tv pilot The Only Isaac.
Matt Barbot Matt Barbot is a writer from Brooklyn, NY. His play El Coquí Espectacular and the Bottle of Doom received its world premiere at Two River Theater in January of 2018. The Venetians was a winner of Roundabout Theatre Company's 2019 Columbia@Roundabout New Play Series. Matt received his MFA from Columbia University, and was recently a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow and a member of The Civilians' R&D Group.
Montana Levi Blanco    
Stefania Bulbarella Stefania Bulbarella (She/Her/Hers) is a Projection/Video Designer and Director from Buenos Aires, Argentina based in Brooklyn, NY. Her latest credits include Video/Projection Design: Make Your Mark (Philadelphia Theatre Company), Romeo and Juliet (Two River Theater), Disclaimer (Piehole /Under the Radar- The Public), Home for the Holidays (Broadway Cares), Una niña, una familia, un pueblo (PRELUDE), Closure (The Movement Theatre Company- 1MOVE: DES19NED BY…). Associate/Assistant Projection/Video Designer: Bollywood Kitchen (Geffen/ Hypocrit), Circle Jerk (Ars Nova/ Theatre Mitu), Broadway Bares (Broadway Cares), Fandango for Butterflies (Engarde Arts). Studies: BFA in Directing and Creative Technologies - The New School. Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.
Amith Chandrashaker Amith Chandrashaker (Lighting Design); The Underlying Chris (Second Stage), Gnit (TFANA), Wives (Playwrights Horizons), A Human Being, Of A Sort (Williamstown), The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova), Boesman and Lena (DD & Hewes Award, Signature Theatre), A Hard Time (Pig Iron Theater Co.), Blue Ridge (The Atlantic), Cardinal (2ST), Twelfth Night (The Public), Fairview (Soho Rep, Berkeley Rep, TFANA), Fire in Dreamland (The Public), Her Requiem (LCT3), Seven Spots on the Sun (HH Nom., Rattlestick). Opera: The Flying Dutchman (Houston Grand Opera), Falstaff (Opera Omaha) The Scarlet Letter (Opera Colorado), Abduction from the Seraglio (Atlanta Opera). Dance: Premieres by Alexander Ekman, Aszure Barton, Kate Weare, Liz Gerring, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Rennie Harris, Aalto Ballettt Theatre Essen, Staatstheater Nürnberg, The National Dance Company of Wales, and The Royal New Zealand Ballet. Designed The UNTITLED DANCEPARTYSHOWTHING on the inaugural Virgin Voyages cruise ship. Recipient of the Drama Desk and Henry Hewes awards.
nicHi douglas nicHi douglas is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, director, playwright, performer, educator and ART-IVIST who spells her name with a capital H. you can refer to nicHi using any pronoun said with Respect. they are the Head of Movement in the NYU/Tisch Playwrights Horizons Theater School studio. we have developed original theater work at Denver Center, Berkeley Rep, and The Public Theater, among others. she recently developed an interactive dance exhibit for the National Museum of African-American Music, and is currently developing a Happiness Lab based in Dance for the New York Hall of Science. they Co-Directed an evening-length event for the Women's Summit at this year's all-virtual Sundance Film Festival (2021). our sacred offering for Black womxn, (pray), co-composed by Starr Busby & JJJJJerome Ellis, has been commissioned by Ars Nova. nicHi's reparations-based mutual aid fund, nicHi's SuSu, launched in October 2020. nicHi is currently also a Resident Artist in New Victory Theater's LabWorks Residency 20-21.
stage credits: A Time Like This: Music for Change (Carnegie Hall, Stage Director), Girl From the North Country (Public Theater, Associate Choreographer), where love lies fallow (The Shed & The Public Theater, Playwright/Choreographer/Director), SKiNFoLK: An American Show (NYT Critic's Pick//The Bushwick Starr/National Black Theater, Choreographer)
upcoming: The Harriet Holland Social Club Presents the 84th Annual Star-Burst Cotillion in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel (The Movement Theatre Company/New Georges, Movement Director) BFA, Tisch/NYU; MFA, The New School | @mynameisnichi
Iyvon E. Iyvon E. (she/her) is a Nigerian-American independent creative producer, company manager, and dramaturg hailing from Brooklyn, NY. She is the Director of Artistic Programs at Signature Theatre and the Artistic Director and Host of The Parsnip Ship, a radio-play series and platform amplifying underproduced playwrights via the audio theater. She is a recipient of the Fulbright International Scholarship and Gilman International Scholarship (both to Italy) and the recipient of the 2019 Mark O’Donnell Prize awarded by The Actors Fund and Playwrights Horizons for emerging, anomalous theater artists. Iyvon is a member of the WP 2020 - 2022 Producers Lab and an Affiliate Dramaturg with Beehive Dramaturgy Studio. B.A. Brandeis University. M.A. Baruch College (CUNY) Arts Administration. @iamiyvon
Justin Ellington Justin Ellington is an award winning sound designer and composer offering his talents in the areas of theater, film, the recording industry and audiobook production. Mr. Ellington has been awarded by The American Society of Composers and Publishers and The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammy) for his work in the recording industry. He has also received a Cinema In Industry Award (CINDY) for his music soundtrack to the MOVE ACT FREE exhibition in the National Museum for Human and Civil Rights (Atlanta, Georgia).  Ellington has received multiple awards for his sound design and composition work in theater including the distinguished Henry Hewes Design Award for his sound design of Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons).
Emmie Finckel Emmie Finckel is a scenic designer specializing in new work and immersive design. Recent credits include In the Penal Colony (NYTW Next Door), Athena (JACK), Riot Antigone (La MaMa), Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie (Props – Ars Nova), Folk Wandering (Props – Pipeline), Suds, Out There (Bluelaces), The Pillowman, Mr. Burns… (Wesleyan), And It Felt Like A Kiss... (HERE Arts), Oklahoma!, The Armor Plays, Rhinoceros (Fieldston). Assistant/associate design credits include productions with David Korins (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen) and Gabriel Evansohn (KPOP, Empire Travel Agency) as a member of Woodshed Collective. Emmie holds a BA from Wesleyan University and is currently pursuing their MFA in Scenic Design at the Yale School of Drama.
Vanessa German  
Ryan J. Haddad Ryan J. Haddad is an actor, playwright, and autobiographical performer based in New York. His acclaimed solo play Hi, Are You Single? was presented in The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and subsequently produced at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in association with IAMA. His plays include Good Time Charlie (Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Public Theater Emerging Writers Group), Dark Disabled Stories (in development with The Bushwick Starr), Hold Me in the Water (commissioned by Noor Theatre), and My Straighties (Ars Nova/ANT Fest). He recurs as Andrew on the Netflix series The Politician. Additional television: Bull, Madam Secretary, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Cabaret: Falling for Make Believe (Joe’s Pub/Under the Radar). Haddad is a recipient of IAMA Theatre Company’s Shonda Rhimes Unsung Voices Playwriting Commission and Rising Phoenix Repertory’s Cornelia Street American Playwriting Award. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Out Magazine, and American Theatre. He is an alum of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group and a former Queer|Art Performance and Playwriting Fellow, under the mentorship of Moe Angelos. @ryanjhaddad and
Riccardo Hernández Riccardo Hernández (Scenic Designer) Broadway: Jagged Little Pill (Tony nom); Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Indecent; The Gin Game; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; The People in the Picture; Caroline, or Change (National Theater London); Elaine Stritch at Liberty (Old Vic London); Topdog/Underdog (Royal Court); Bells Are Ringing; Parade (Hal Prince director, Tony and Drama Desk nominations); Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk; The Tempest. Recent: Mes Frères (La Colline, Paris); Admissions (LCT); Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train; La Dame aux Camélias (France); Mlima’s Tale (Public Theater); Don Giovanni (Santa Fe Opera); The Invisible Hand (NYTW – Henry Hewes Outstanding Set Design Award); The Skin of Our Teeth (TFANA); La Mouette (Cour D’Honneur, Palais des Papes – Avignon Festival); Splendid’s (La Colline-Theatre National Paris). He has designed over 250 productions in the US and internationally. OBIE Award Sustained Excellence. He is an Associate Professor Adjunct of Design at the Yale School of Drama.
Phillip Howze Phillip Howze is a Brooklyn-based writer and theater maker whose work includes Self Portraits (BRIC-Arts Media) and Frontiers Sans Frontiers (Bushwick Starr). He is a 2021 recipient of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship and currently writing new play commissions for MTC/Sloan, as well as Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 where he is also a Resident Writer. He was recently named the Associate Senior Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard University.
Haruna Lee Haruna Lee is a Taiwanese/Japanese/American theater maker, screenwriter, educator and community steward whose work is rooted in a liberation-based healing practice. They are committed to promoting arts activism and emergent strategies for the theater through ethical and process-based collaborations that challenge systems and legacies of power, while inviting the fullness of marginalized bodies and the complexity of lived experience to their practice. Recent plays include Suicide Forest published by 53rd State Press (Ma-Yi Theater Company and The Bushwick Starr), plural (love) (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab; New Georges), and Memory Retrograde (UTR; Ars Nova; BAX). Lee is a recipient of an Obie Award for Playwriting and Conception of Suicide Forest, the Ollie New Play Award, FCA Grants to Artists Award, the Mohr Visiting Artist Fellowship at Stanford University, a MacDowell Fellowship, the Map Fund Grant, and Lotos Foundation Prize for Directing. They were a member of the 2019 artEquity cohort, and is a co-founder and lead facilitator for the Women-Trans-Femme-Non Binary Asian Diasporic Performance Makers Potluck. They are currently writing for HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant. They received their M.F.A. from Brooklyn College under the tutelage of Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney, and a B.F.A. from NYU Experimental Theater Wing.
Campbell Silverstein  
Charly Evon Simpson Charly Evon Simpson is a playwright, TV writer, and teacher based in Brooklyn. Her plays include Behind the Sheet, Jump, form of a girl unknown, it’s not a trip it’s a journey, and more. Her work has been seen and/or developed with Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, P73, The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Chautauqua Theater Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, and others. She is a recipient of the Vineyard Theatre's Paula Vogel Playwriting Award and the Dramatists Guild's Lanford Wilson Award. This fall, she will begin her seven year residency with New Dramatists. She currently has theatre commissions with MTC/Sloan, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cleveland Play House, Elizabeth George Commission/South Coast Rep, and PlayMakers Repertory Company. In TV, she's worked on Showtime's Rust and is currently working on several TV shows for HBO. Charly has a BA from Brown University, a master’s in Women’s Studies from University of Oxford, New College, and her MFA in Playwriting from Hunter College.
Rhiana Yazzie Rhiana Yazzie is a Steinberg award winning playwright, a director, a filmmaker and artistic director of New Native Theatre (Mpls/St. Paul). A citizen of the Navajo Nation, she’s been a Playwrights’ Center fellow multiple times (McKnight 2016/17 and Jerome 2006 & 2010). Her newest play is Nancy, a Native bio-perspective on Nancy Reagan, a sequel to Queen Cleopatre And Princess Pocahontas, a play commissioned by the OSF and the Public Theater for the American Revolutions cycle. She is in post-production with her first feature film, A Winter Love which will be in film festivals this year.
Mike Braun Michael Braun can be seen the upcoming films Deep Water directed by Adrian Lyne and The Tender Bar directed by George Clooney. Broadway: The Crucible (dir. Ivo van Hove), War Horse (Lincoln Center). Off-Broadway includes: In The Blood, Everybody (Signature), Much Ado About Nothing (The Public), The Bridge Project: Winter’s Tale, Cherry Orchard (Dir. Sam Mendes; BAM, Old Vic), The Bad Guys (Second Stage); Don’t You…(59E59). Regional: Proof (McCarter), When the Lights Went Out (NYS&F), Dangerous House, Front Page, On The Razzle, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (Williamstown), The Breach (Seattle Rep), The Matchmaker (Centerstage), Lulu and All's Well That Ends Well (Yale Rep). Film: The Day Shall Come (upcoming), Dark Water, Incoming, Dare, Igby Goes Down, Drinks!, Dispatched. TV: “The Affair,” “Succession,” “High Maintenance,” “The Enemy Within,” “Dickinson,” “The Night Of,” “Unforgettable,” “Mozart in the Jungle,” “The Good Wife,” “The Blacklist,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Law & Order,” “Blue Bloods,” “Do No Harm,” “Comedy Bang! Bang!.” MFA: Yale. Princess Grace Award.
Francis Jue When the pandemic shutdown began, Francis was appearing at the Signature Theatre in Cambodian Rock Band, for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama Desk nomination. On Broadway, Francis has appeared in M. Butterfly, Pacific Overtures, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Other favorite theatre credits include Soft Power (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk, Lortel, and Grammy noms), Wild Goose Dreams (Obie Award), Yellow Face (Obie and Lortel Awards, Drama Desk and Drama League noms), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Coraline, Falsettoland, A Language of Their Own, The Language Archive (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), King of the Yees (BATCC), In the Next Room… (AriZoni Award), Cabaret (BATCC), Red, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Drama-Logue Award), A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Film/TV: Joyful Noise, “Madam Secretary,” “New Amsterdam,” “Hightown,” “Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU.”
Denise Manning Denise Manning AKA “The Lizzo of the American Theater” is a New-York City-based Actor-vist, Comic, and Musician. Her recent credits include starring in God is A Comedian, a written and self-produced comedic short film (2021), 2021 DramaLeague Nominated G.O.A.T by Ngozi Anyanwu, Drama Desk-nominee, NYT Critic's Pick and World Premiere and tour of What to Send Up When It Goes Down written by Aleshea Harris. Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England by Madeleine George (Two River's) Rosie written by Lily Houghton at EST's 2019 Marathon of One-Act Plays. The World Premiere of Daddy written by Jeremy O. Harris directed by Danya Taymor. The Chronicles of Cardigan and Khente (Soho Rep), White Girl in Danger! (Vineyard) and Whitney White's Three Sisters (DramaLeague/Directorfest) and 60+ readings/workshops of developmental work across the tri-state area. She'd like to thank all the Black folx, especially Black women, past and present who single-handedly save America, The world, and the arts with little to no thanks. #Blackwomenmatter #Blacktranslivesmatter #AllBlacklivesmatter
Kenita Miller Broadway: Come From Away (Hannah), Once On This Island (Mama Euralie) Grammy Nom./Drama Desk Nom., Xanadu (Erato, Kira u/s), The Color Purple (Celie) OBC. Off-Broadway: Ave Q, Bella: An American Tall Tale (Miss Cabbagestalk, Mama); Merrily We Roll Along, Wild Party, Prospect Theater Company’s production of WORKING, Drama Desk Award for best ensemble, Langston In Harlem (Zora Neale Hurston) Drama Desk Nom., Audelco Award. Film/ TV: Odd Mom Out, Blacklist, Hostages, Kimmy Schmidt, Bruce Webber’s Liberty City Is Like Paris To Me. Band: The Hawtplates
Lisa Ramirez Lisa Ramirez is an award winning playwright and actor whose plays include Exit Cuckoo (nanny in motherland), produced by the Working Theater, NYC (Colman Domingo- director), Art of Memory, 3-Legged Dog, NYC; Pas de Deux (lost my shoe), Cherry Lane Theatre, NYC; To The Bone, produced by the Cherry Lane Theatre (Lisa Peterson-director), Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Winner of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, Kilroy List, Drama Desk Nominee; Down Here Below, an adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s, The Lower Depths; produced by the Oakland Theater Project; In The Mountains, Workshop Theater, NYC; More Than Grapes; TheatreFIRST (Sean San José- director). Currently working on an adaptation of, sAiNt jOaN (burn/burn/burn), for Oakland Theater Project, adapting, To The Bone into a screenplay and writing the pilot, Fifty. She has performed extensively at theaters on both the East and West Coast such as the Cherry Lane Theatre, Vineyard Theatre, Atlantic Theatre, Oakland Theater Project, Magic Theatre, Berkeley Rep amongst others. Lisa was the first Latina Angel in a major U.S. production in Angels in America at Berkeley Rep and recently completed a sold out run of TS Eliot’s, The Waste Land in a drive-in theater version at Oakland Theater Project, marking the first professional live theater performance in California during the pandemic.
Samy Younes Samy Younes (he/him & they/them) is a proud multi-hyphenate: Lebanese-American, Puerto Rican, actor, activist, aerialist, consultant, pianist, public speaker, puppeteer, singer, and more. Their theatrical credits include Into the Woods (Ford's Theater), The Triumphant and Pay No Attention to the Girl (Target Margin Theater), and Well-intentioned White People (Barrington Stage Company). Samy can also be seen on the fourth season of Transparent (Amazon). In addition to their freelance work as a consultant and public speaker, Samy is an Inclusivity Trainer for the Ackerman Institute's Gender & Family Project; and a Consultant and Public Speaker for Collaborate Consulting. Online, Samy is best known for being a TED resident in the fall of 2018, where they gave a TED talk on the importance of transgender history. In all their endeavors, Samy aims to highlight the diversity of the trans experience: not just in their struggles, but also in their triumphs.
Liza Colón-Zayas Liza Colón-Zayas - is an original member of The LAByrinth Theater Company. She is an Obie, Drama Desk, Lortel, Audelco, Hola Award, and Outer Critics Circle award winning actress. She can currently be seen on HBO’s critically acclaimed series In Treatment.