Caridad Svich • Writer
Caridad Svich received a 2012 OBIE Award for Lifetime Achievement in the theatre, a 2012 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and NNPN rolling world premiere for Guapa, and the 2011 American Theatre Critics Association Primus Prize for her play The House of the Spirits, based on the Isabel Allende novel. She has won the National Latino Playwriting Award (sponsored by Arizona Theatre Company) twice, including in the year 2013 for her play Spark. She has been short-listed for the PEN Award in Drama four times, including in the year 2012 for her play Magnificent Waste. Her works in English and Spanish have been seen at venues across the US and abroad. Her works are also published by TCG, Broadway Play Publishing, Manchester University Press, Playscripts, Arte Publico Press, Smith & Kraus, Alexander Street Press, StageReads and more. Among her awards/recognitions are: Harvard University Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts National Theater Artist Residency at INTAR, NEA/TCG Playwriting Residency at the Mark Taper Theatre Forum Latino Theatre Initiative. She has edited several book on theatre including Innovation in Five Acts (TCG, 2015), Out of Silence: Censorship in Theatre & Performance (Eyecorner Press, 2014) and Trans-Global Readings: Crossing Theatrical Boundaries (Manchester University Press, 2004). She is alumna playwright of New Dramatists, Drama Editor of Asymptote literary journal, associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review (Routledge,UK), contributing editor of TheatreForum, and founder of NoPassport theatre alliance and press (www.nopassport.org), which recently published Todd London’s collection of essays The Importance of Staying Earnest. She is a Lifetime Member of EST, and is on the advisory board for the US-Mexico Exchange at the Lark Play Development Center in New York City. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from UCSD. Learn more at caridadsvich.com
Featured in: AFTER ORLANDO
Crystal Skillman • Writer
CRYSTAL SKILLMAN is an award-winning playwright who will make her Off-Broadway debut in summer 2017 at A.R.T./New York with a new play commission for Project Y Theater. She is the author of the plays Geek, Cut, and King Kirby (co-written with Fred Van Lente), all NYTimes Critics picks. Her new plays include: Rain and Zoe Save the World (2017 Blue Ink Award Finalist Winner, 2016 New Harmony Project, 2016 Oregon Performance Lab), Pulp Vérité (2015 Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission, 2016 BAPF Finalist), and Another Kind of Love, a punk rock play (Chopin Theater with InFusion Theatre Co., 2015, Chicago). Her plays are published by Samuel French. Wild, which includes Welcome to the Now Now just came out from Chicago Dramaworks. She is the musical theater book writer of Mary and Max, and The Cover, both with award winning ASCAP Composer/Lyricist Bobby Cronin. She is honored to be a part of After Orlando and Smash/Cut with this play. Special Thanks to Middle Voice at Rattlestick for their support of this play. Learn more at http://www.crystalskillman.com/
Featured in: AFTER ORLANDO
Zac Kline • Writer
Zac Kline—Co-Artistic Director of Missing Bolts Productions—is a playwright, screenwriter and dramaturge. With Missing Bolts, plays include: Messed Up Here Tonight, Big Star California (developed with Blair Baker), Summit Avenue and the forthcoming Pauline, a short film. He is the co-editor of 24 Gun Control Plays along with OBIE-winning writer Caridad Svich, and his play What are we going to do about little brother? is featured in the collection and has been read and performed across the United States and in Australia. He wrote the book and co-wrote lyrics to the rock musical Together This Time (with Andrew Heyman) which was performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre as part of the 14th Annual NY International Fringe Festival. Other work has been presented and developed by: Emerging Artists Theatre, The University of Oklahoma City, Philadelphia Live Arts and Fringe Festival and The New Group’s Lifestories Youth Ensemble. As a dramaturge he has worked with playwright Caridad Svich on several projects including American Quartet. As an essayist his writing has appeared on Theatre Communications Group’s blog. He is a mentor for the 24 Hour Plays on Broadway Young Writers Contest and has extensively taught playwrighting and screenwriting to New York City youth with Urban Arts Partnership, HBO and The New Group. Learn more at missingbolts.com
Featured in: AFTER ORLANDO
Moya ní Dhúagáin • Performer
Moya ní Dhúagáin is a final year Drama student at Queen's University Belfast. Moya speaks both Gaeilge and English fluently and upon graduation hopes to pursue a career in costume design and manufacturing. The Irish language and culture are a huge part of her life and something she tries to incorporate into all aspects of her life, so she was delighted to be able to help Smash/Cut with this incredible work!
Featured in: The Coast/A Cósta
Matthew Cavan • Performer/Activist
Matthew Cavan is a theatre and drag performance artist. He’s worked with TheatreofplucK on productions both in Belfast and London. As an artist, he focuses on the intersection of activism and performance concerning HIV. He is currently a resident performer at the Cabaret Supperclub and Maverick Bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Featured in: Hi, I'm Mattie or HIM
Gemma Hutton • Performer
Zach is a The biggest export to come out of Northern Ireland since Harp! A lesbian comedienne with a twist. Gemma Hutton is a performer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland with residencies at the Maverick Bar as the emcee of the Sunday Service drag show and the Cabaret Supperclub as a stand-up comic. A graduate of the Queen's University Belfast's drama program, Gemma has created multiple solo-performance pieces with various theatres in the Belfast area (TheatreofplucK, OUTburst Queer Arts Festival, Belfast Pride, and The Black Box). As a comic, Gemma has worked with BBC1, Funny Women UK, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Featured in: Hutton Dressed as Lamb
Zach Eubanks • Sound Designer
Zach is a junior in Performance at Louisiana State University’s College of Music and Dramatic Arts. His previous credits include playing Ethan’s Dad in Based on a Totally True Story, Assistant Stage Manager for Dreamwalker, and Stage Manager of Admissions for LSUs Laboratory Theatre. He has also worked as a projection operator for Swine Palace Regional Theatre.
Featured in: Marksman and A Visual Piece
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