Holly Arsenault’s first full-length play, Undo, premiered at Annex Theatre in Seattle in January 2013. It was Annex’s best-selling show in a decade and is the recipient of the 2013 Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play and the 2013 Seattle Theatre Writers Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting. Undo was a finalist for the 2014 Princess Grace Award and a short-list nominee for the 2013 American Theatre Critics Association New Play Awards. It was published this fall in Rain City Projects' Manifesto v.4, edited by Chay Yew.
Holly's first play for children, Marvelous, premiered at Seattle Children's Theatre Drama School in August 2014. Holly has been the director of TeenTix, an arts access program for teenagers, since 2005.
Scot Augustson has been living and working in Seattle for over twenty years. His work has been seen all over town. He is the creator of Sgt. Rigsby & His Amazing Silhouettes, and he is a proud member of Printer’s Devil Theater.
Frank Basloe’s plays have received support from Center Theatre Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre, LAByrinth Theater Company and Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Awards: Stanley Drama Award and Kesselring Prize nomination.
Commissions: Center Theatre Group and Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation.
Membership: Alumni of Seattle Rep Writers Group (2012-2014) and current member of New Century Theatre Company Writers Group.
Emily Conbere has had residencies with Youngblood, East River Commedia, Mabou Mines, and ALT Opera in NY. Her play The Scholar is published with S. Fischer Verlag, and Slapped Actress is published in Best American Short Plays 2008-2009. She is part of Sandbox Collective and was a member of Seattle Rep’s Writers Group from 2011-2013.
Vincent Delaney’s plays have been produced, commissioned and developed at the Guthrie, Humana Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, New Harmony Project, Source Theatre Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Florida Stage, the Children’s Theatre Company, the Magic, Woolly Mammoth, Shakespeare and Company, Pittsburgh Public, the Lark, PlayLabs, MAP Theatre, and Orlando Shakespeare Festival, among others.
99 LAYOFFS premiered at ACT Theatre and Radial Theatre Project, and was also produced at Orange Tea Theatre in Amsterdam. The script was a nominee for the ATCA Steinberg Award. THE SEQUENCE, commissioned by the Guthrie, has been produced around the country and in the UK, Canada and Japan.
AMPERSAND won the Reva Shiner Comedy Award from the Bloomington Playwrights Project. Other awards include McKnight and Bush Fellowships, Core Membership at the Playwrights Center, the Heideman, and a Jerome Commission.
THE WAR PARTY was developed through the National New Play Network, and had simultaneous world premieres at Seattle Public Theatre and Philadelphia’s InterAct.
His newest play, THE ANSEL INTIMACY, was just developed at Seattle Rep, Premiere Stages, and the LAByrinth.
Publications: Applause Books, Smith and Kraus, Samuel French, Heineman, Dramatics Magazine, Theatre Forum, and Playscripts.com. Vince writes for Sandbox Radio.
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, Al Frank attended Indiana University before entering graduate school in the film department of The University of Iowa. In 1980, he was sent by the Peace Corps to the West African country of Togo. After completing two years service as an agricultural development volunteer he left the Peace Corps, remaining, on his own, in Togo for more than five additional years, pursuing interests in African languages, culture, literature and indigenous farming methods. He returned to the U.S. in 1987, resuming his career in the Antiquarian Book Trade, opening his third and last bookstore in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood (1989 -2002). Al began his career as a playwright in 2006. He greatly enjoyed being awarded a two year residency in the Inaugural Seattle Repertory Theatre Writers Group (2011-2013). He has completed four plays in his ongoing Seattle Scuffle Cycle, comprised, thus far, of a Dramatic Trilogy; the two act, AIN’T NO PLACE LIKE HOME (2007); the long one-act, IT’S NOT STEALING (2010); the two-act, CARVER’S LAST STAND (2013), and his first Comedy, FUNNY WORLD (2014). He has begun work on a next drama in the Scuffle Cycle, MIRACLE IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT, and is in the early phases of work on his first Tragedy.
Award-winning writer/director/producer Lisa Halpern recently worked with Marta Kauffman (co-creator, "Friends") to develop Lisa’s screenplay adaptation of the best-selling novel Broken For You. A two-time Hedgebrook alumni, her first play Flying Through Blue was a 2011 PlayPenn Finalist and received staged readings at the Great Plains Theater Conference (Playlab) 2013, and Uprooted Theater’s Playwrights Festival in Milwaukee 2013, the Northwest Playwright’s Alliance 2014, she was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference 2014, Earth Matters On Stage Ecodrama New Play Symposium 2014, and Playwrights Foundation 2014. Intiman Theatre commissioned Lisa to write Metanoia: A Change of Mind which had a staged reading at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and was a semi- finalist for the Bay Area Playwright's Festival 2014. Her documentary Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change recently aired on PBS. For more info go to: www.thirdeyeproductions.org.
Brendan Healy's plays have been produced in Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Louisville, Minneapolis, California and Connecticut. His play Picnic (pik'nik'): v.i. received the 2004 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville, and his play The Way it Really, Truly, Almost Was was a finalist for the 2013 Award. Some of his other plays include Relatively We; The Secret Recordings of Lenin to His Lost Love Mary Anne of Topeka, KS; Suffering, Inc.; The Final Tribunal into the Mysterious Death of Mister Senor Salvador Dali; and a children's play, The Totally True and Almost Accurate Adventures of Pinocchio. He is also a co-founder and the Managing Partner of Pony World Theatre.
Arlitia Jones is a poet, playwright and co-founder of TossPot Productions in Anchorage, Alaska. Her short play Tornado was a winner in the 38th Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival and the 2014 National Award Winner Summer Shorts Festival with City Theatre, Miami, Florida. Come to me, Leopards received a workshop production in 2013 at Cyrano’s Theatre. Rush at Everlasting premiered at Perseverance Theatre in 2014. Jones received a 2014 Individual Artists Fellowship from the Rasmuson Foundation. She is a member of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Writers Group. Her latest play Summerland received a workshop production from Seattle Rep in the New Play Festival last October. She is a resident alumna at Hedgebrook and Djerassi Resident Artists Program for 2014. She participated as an emerging playwright in the 2013 Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center. Her volume of poetry The Bandsaw Riots won the Dorothy Brunsman Award for Poetry from Bear Star Press, Cohasset, CA in 2001. Jones recently finished a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol commissioned by Perseverance Theatre for their 2014/2015 and 2016 season. Member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America.
Keri Healey is a playwright, director, and actor living in Seattle. Her plays include Torso, Cherry Cherry Lemon, The IKEA Cycle: Tiny Domestic Dramas, Parrot Fever (Or, Lies I’ve Told in Chat Rooms), Penetralia, and Don’t You Dare Love Me. Her most recent work was a site-specific play performed on a farm called Gentleman Desperado, which was produced in collaboration with 4Culture and the White River Valley Museum. Keri is a Printer’s Devil Theater company member. In 2012, she was shortlisted for The Stranger’s Genius Award in Theater. In 2013, she was awarded the American Theatre Critics Association’s M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award for Torso.
Elizabeth Heffron’s newest full-length work, The Weatherman Project (co-written with Kit Bakke), was part of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s inaugural New Play Festival in February 2013. Her play Bo-Nita was selected for Portland Center Stage’s JAW: A Playwrights Festival in July 2012, and is having its world premiere production at Seattle Rep this fall. Other full-length plays include New Patagonia, produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Mitzi’s Abortion, which received ACT Theatre’s New Play Award and a world premiere production. Since then, the play has been produced across the country, published by Original Works Publishing, and included in the anthology ‘MANIFESTO v.3: Here’s to a Theater of Defiance’, edited by Naomi Iizuka, and published by Rain City Projects. She will be a participant in this year’s Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival and currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, ACT Young Playwrights Program, and Freehold Theatre/Lab. She is a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective and the Dramatists Guild.
Stephanie Timm most recently co-created and adapted The Ramayana with Yussef El Guindi, which premiered at ACT in Fall 2012. She is currently working on a commission for a new musical for The 5th Avenue Theatre. She is a faculty member at Cornish College of the Arts and also teaches playwriting at ACT.
Bryan Willis serves as playwright-in-residence for the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. He’s currently working on two commissioned scripts, including Seven Ways to Get There, which received a workshop and reading at Seattle Rep last fall. His adaptation of Jim Lynch’s novel Border Songs was a critical and box office hit at Book-It Repertory Theatre. Bryan’s work-in-progress Bootleg received an extended workshop at the Rep directed by Jerry Manning. His plays have appeared in the U.K., Israel, Japan, U.S. and Canada, including ACT/FringeACT, New York Theater Workshop, Milwaukee Rep, Unseam’d Shakespeare Co., and Riverside Studios in London. His work has also been featured on NPR and BBC Radio, and he is the proud recipient of a Theater Fellowship from Artist Trust.