MEMBERS


04.30.2014

May 17-18, 2014
Playwrights Union FIRST PEEK
Reading Series

SATURDAY, MAY 17:


2pm
Burners/From Our Ashes by Terence Anthony


3:30pm
Building The Perfect Chair by Lisa Kenner Grissom


5:30pm
Tara Obernier by Carrie Barrett


7pm
When We Could by Cory Hinkle


8:30pm
Reception with Chef JC and DJ Mad Joint



SUNDAY, MAY 18:


1:30pm
Gone by Lolly Ward


3:30pm
After and Before by Eric Loo


5:30pm
Sisters Three by Jami Brandli


7pm
Currency by Jennie Webb


Readings Free, donations welcome
All readings at Monk Space in Koreatown
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10.13.2013

The Playwrights Union is proud to introduce its newest members!

Terence Anthony
Sarah Gubbins
Cory Hinkle
Megan Mostyn-Brown
Victoria Stewart


And thank the new Alum!

Marek Glinski
Brett Neveu
Jeremy Soule

05.6.2013

May 18-19, 2013
Playwrights Union Reading Festival
of New Work

SATURDAY, MAY 18:


3pm
Crazy Bitch by Jennie Webb


5pm
The Plague by Jihan Crowther


6:30pm
He Thinks I'm Amazing by Deron Bos


8pm
72 Objects by Lolly Ward


9pm
Reception



SUNDAY, MAY 19:


3pm
Hatchlings by Eva Anderson


4:30pm
Quitter: A Comedy by Larry Pontius


6pm
¡SOLDADERA! by Jami Brandli


$5 Donation per reading / Reception Saturday night!
All readings at Son of Semele on Beverly near Virgil
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No reservations necessary

9.4.2012

The Playwrights Union is proud to introduce its newest members!

Carrie Barrett
Jami Brandli
Jonothan Ceniceroz
Larissa FastHorse
Sigrid Gilmer
Prince Gomolvilas
Meg Miroshnik
Brian J. Polak


And thank the new Alum!

Ellen Fairey
Gina Gold
Paul Grellong
SJ Hodges
Rolin Jones
Lila Rose Kaplan
Aurorae Khoo

04.15.2012

May 12-13, 2012
Playwrights Union Reading Festival
of New Work

The Fisherman's Wife by Steve Yockey

Space Available by Jennie Webb

Analogue by Larry Pontius

Partners by Dorothy Fortenberry

Carte Blanche by Eric Loo

Before The Moment by Jihan Crowther

Theory of Nothing by Lolly Ward


$5 Donation per reading / Complimentary refreshments between shows!
All readings at The Actors' Gang in Culver City
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No reservations necessary

Eva Anderson

Eva Anderson was a winner of the YPI's National Playwriting Competition. Her winning one-act play From the Mouths of Babes, was performed at the Cherry Lane Theater, and has since been published by Playscripts, Inc. Eva's first full-length play, The Epic of Gil, opened at the McCadden Theater in Hollywood, in 2004. It received a LA Weekly Award nomination for Playwriting. Her play, Eddie Legs, opened at the Lillian Theater in Hollywood in May of 2005. Wildboy '74, appeared at the Soho Rep as part of the New York Intl. Fringe Festival in the summer of 2008. Most recently, Eva is the co-author (with Keythe Farley and Tony Bollas) of Stranger, a spaghetti western play in the style of Sergio Leone, which received its world premiere at the Bootleg Theater in the summer of 2009. Currently, Eva is a member of Zach Helm's Los Angeles-based company Teatro De Facto. Eva has spent the last three years performing, writing and directing a number of shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Hollywood, where she is a member of the popular sketch comedy group A Kiss From Daddy. She is a contributing writer for the Onion News Network, and wrote for the Comedy Central sketch pilot "This Show Will Get You High".

Terence Anthony

Terence Anthony has been awarded writing fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation and the Santa Fe Art Institute. Anthony's play Euphrates was awarded the Max K. Lerner Playwriting Fellowship in 2013. His play Tombolo was a 2012 Finalist for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Described by Backstage as "tautly written," Anthony’s play Blood and Thunder enjoyed an extended five-month run (2009-2010) in a production recommended by the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Voters. Terence wrote, directed, and produced the animated web series, Orlando's Joint. He is a member of the Chicago Dramatists and Moving Arts theatre company. www.terenceanthony.com.

Carrie Barrett

Carrie Barrett is a 2009 graduate of Northwestern's MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program where she studied under playwrights Rebecca Gilman and Laura Schellhardt. Most recently, her dark comedy Focus Group Play premiered to critical success at Katselas Theatre Company after a successful run in their LAb Works New Play Festival. Her play, The Burden of Not Having a Tail, was selected for the 2010 National Playwrights Conference at The Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center and will be produced by Sideshow Theatre Company in Chicago in Summer 2013. The Fabulist was the 2009 recipient of Northwestern's Agnes Nixon New Play Award. Her plays also have been workshopped and developed at Gotham Stage Company (NYC), Steep Theatre (Chicago) Northwestern University, Chicago Dramatists, American Theatre Company (Chicago) and through Remmy Bummpo Theatre Company (Chicago). Her improv and sketch comedy has been produced at i.O Theatres (Chicago and Los Angeles), Second City and various national and international festivals. Carrie currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband where she is a member of Katselas Theatre Company's PlayLab led by Shem Bitterman.

Mickey Birnbaum

Mickey Birnbaum's play Big Death & Little Death inaugurated Woolly Mammoth's new Washington D.C. theatre in 2005. It has been produced subsequently in Providence, San Francisco, Los Angeles; and Houston . The play was nominated for a 2006 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, and was a 2006 PEN USA Literary Awards Finalist. His play Bleed Rail premiered at the Theatre@Boston Court in Los Angeles in 2007, and won a 2008 Garland Award for Playwriting. In 2006, Mickey spent two months living in William Inge's boyhood home in Independence, Kansas as the recipient of a Inge Fellowship. He has written numerous children's plays for L.A.'s celebrated non-profit, Virginia Avenue Project. He has written screenplays for Universal, Paramount, Columbia/Sony, DreamWorks, Interscope, Warner Brothers, and Leonardo di Caprio's Appian Way Productions, and recently completed a screenplay in collaboration with director Steven Shainberg (Secretary, Fur). He is a member of the 2009 Center Theatre Group Writer's Workshop.

Deron Bos

Deron Bos' plays include Very Simple, The City She Wants Me, Putting the Days to Bed, Kate and Anne Marie, Little America, Flagstaff, 707 Pine, and 21 SHOTS. He developed Very Simple as part of Page 73's Residency at Yale (2012.) His work has been produced and developed at Circle X Theatre in Los Angeles, Page 73 and Soho Rep in New York, and Printer's Devil Theatre in Seattle. He has been published by The Brooklyn Review and Rain City Projects. He earned his MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, where he studied with Mac Wellman.

Jami Brandli

Jami Brandli's play Technicolor Life was awarded the 2010 John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award and developed at WordBRIDGE and the Ashland New Plays Festival. A finalist for the Princess Grace Award and the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Technicolor Life will receive a reading at New York Theatre Workshop this fall (2012). The Sinker premiered at HotCity Theatre and was nominated for a Kevin Kline Award for "Outstanding New Play." This spring, BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) was a MainStage selection at the 2012 Great Plains Theatre Conference and received a Holland New Voices Award. Her latest play, M-Theory, is being developed at Rogue Machine Theatre. She is also an ongoing contributing writer for Loyola Marymount University's productions of "Hidden Heroes: Service to the World." In addition, she was a contributing writer for the Elliot Norton Award-Winning production of PS: Page Me Later, a finalist for the Disney ABC's TV Writing Fellowship, and a Visiting Playwright for the 2009 ATHE Conference. Her short plays are published with Smith & Kraus. Jami lives in Pasadena, CA, with her husband, Brian Polak, where she's at work on scripts for both stage and screen and a novel. For her day job, she teaches dramatic writing at Lesley University's low-residency MFA program in Boston. www.jamibrandli.com

Jonathan Ceniceroz

Jonathan Ceniceroz is a native of Los Angeles and grew up in the San Gabriel Valley, the setting for a number of his recent works. Past theater productions include "Burning Palms" and "BIG BRO/lil bro" at Company of Angels and the short films Der Fisch and Mousy Brown. He is developing a new play "The Former Mrs. Janeway" in the CTG Writers Group 2012/3. Holds ba/mfa from UCLA and Brown University.

Jihan Crowther

Jihan Crowther's plays have been read, produced and developed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New Georges, 52nd Street Project and New York Theatre Workshop in New York; the Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival in Scotland; Theatre 503, The Oval Theatre, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, The Actors' Centre, The Space, University of London – Goldsmiths College in London and Eastern Bloc in Montreal, Quebec. She was a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellow, a former New York Theatre Workshop Emerging Artists Fellow and an alumna of Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood. She has an EST/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation commission and is an Affiliate Artist at New Georges Theater as well as a member of their multidisciplinary artists' collective, The Jam. She received her MA in Writing for Performance at the University of London – Goldsmiths College and her BA in English/Creative Writing from James Madison University. Jihan is a proud member of the Playwrights Union.

Padriac Duffy

Padraic Duffy has worked at theaters throughout L.A., including The Met Theater, The Echo Theater Co., Sacred Fools Theater Co., Theater of Note, Cypress College, The Road Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre LA. His full-length plays include The Illustrious Birth of Padraic T. Duffy, Feet, The Mechanical Rabbit, Tell the Bees, Something is Hidden Inside the Couch, Past Time, Beaverquest! The Musical!, Puzzler, and Copy, which received its world premiere at Theatre of N.O.T.E in May 2012. He is a proud member of the Playwright's Union and The Sacred Fools Theater Company, serving as the Managing Director of the latter.

Larissa FastHorse

Larissa FastHorse's produced plays include Average Family, Teaching Disco Squaredancing to Our Elders: a Class Presentation, and Cherokee Family Reunion. She has been under commission with Cornerstone Theatre Company, Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, AlterTheatrer, Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, Native Voices at the Autry and Mountainside Theatre. Larissa developed new plays with Arizona Theater Company and the Center Theatre Group Writer's Workshop. Larissa was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished New Play Development Grant, AATE Distinguished Play Award, Sundance/Ford Foundation Fellowship, Aurand Harris Fellowship, and numerous Ford Foundation and NEA Grants. She is published with Dramatic Publishing and Plays for Young Audiences. In her spare time, Larissa returns to her previous life as a ballet dancer through choreography. www.hoganhorsesutdio.com

Dorothy Fortenberry

Dorothy Fortenberry is a Los Angeles-based playwright, originally from Washington, DC. Her work has been developed by Arena Stage, Ars Nova, Geva Theatre, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Page 73 among others, and produced by Center Rep, Chalk Rep, Red Fern Theatre, and The Management. She is a winner of the 2011 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, and a two-time Finalist for the O'Neill Conference (for her plays Status Update and Mommune). She has received an EST/Sloan commission, a fellowship to the MacDowell Colony, a residency at the Djerassi Program, and a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She is currently working on a commission from Yale Rep. Dorothy is an alumna of Youngblood and a founding company member of Tilted Field. MFA, Yale School of Drama. More info and the occasional soulful photograph at www.dorothyfortenberry.com

Sarah Gubbins

Sarah Gubbins’ plays include Fair Use, In Loco Parentis, The Drinking Problem, The Kid Thing (Jeff Award and Edgarton Foundation New American Play Award), fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life, I am Bradley Manning, A Sense of Things and Cocked. Her plays have been produced at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Actor’s Express, Next Theater, About Face Theater and Chicago Dramatists among others. Her plays have been developed at the Public Theater, New York Theater Workshop, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theater, and The Plawrights’ Center and the O’Neill Theatre Center among others. She’s a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate at About Face Theatre, the 2010-2011 Carl J. Djerassi Playwriting Fellow and a 2011-2012 Jerome Fellow. She is a current member of the CTG 2013-14 Writers’ Workshop. She holds a M.F.A. from Northwestern University.

Jennifer Haley

Jennifer Haley is the winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for The Nether, which will see a world premiere by Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Spring 2013. Her other plays include Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, which premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville 2008 Humana Festival and continues to see productions nation-wide, Froggy, a graphic novel play in development with The Banff Centre and American Conservatory Theatre, and Sustainable Living, which recently appeared at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Her work has been developed and presented at the Sundance Theatre Institute, O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Lark Play Development Center, Summer Play Festival in New York, PlayPenn Playwrights Conference, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and the Page 73 Productions Summer Residency at Yale, among other venues.  She is a former fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Millay Colony for the Arts, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. Her work is published by Samuel French, Playscripts, Inc and Espace 34. www.jenniferhaley.com.

Cory Hinkle

Cory Hinkle's plays include The End of Beauty, A Disappearance in Two Parts, Little Eyes, Cipher, Phosphorescence, The Killing of Michael X, and SadGrrl13. Little Eyes premiered at the Guthrie Theater's Dowling Studio in 2011 and Cory has been commissioned twice by the Guthrie to write plays for their BFA students. He was one of several writers from Workhaus Collective, company-in-residence at the Playwrights’ Center, to co-write Fissures (lost and found), which premiered at the Humana Festival in 2010. Other plays have been produced or developed at Ars Nova, New York Theatre Workshop, Red Eye, Workhaus Collective, Rattlestick, HERE Arts Center, SPF Summer Play Festival, Williamstown, P73 Productions, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival among others. He is the recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant, two Jerome fellowships at the Playwright's Center, a MAP Fund Grant and a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theaters for Rehearsing Failure (co-created with Lisa Channer and Annie Enneking and workshopped at Red Eye Theater), He is a former MacDowell Colony fellow, resident at the Hermitage Artist’s Retreat and the Tofte Lake Center. His work is published by Heinemann, Playscripts Inc. and Dramatic Publishing. He is an affiliated writer at the Playwrights’ Center and he earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University. More info at www.coryhinkle.com.

Aaron Henne

Aaron Henne's plays include King Cat Calico Finally Flies Free! (published by Original Works Publishing), Record Storm Spreads Ruin! (commissioned by the Los Angeles History Project) and Sliding Into Hades, which received the 2008 LA Weekly Awards for Playwriting and Production of the Year. Aaron has served in script development capacities for Culture Clash, The Colony Theatre, Center Theatre Group and The Theatre @ Boston Court, where he serves as Co-Literary Manager. His exploration of machines and their relationships to humanity, Body Mecanique, was developed and produced by LA Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC). Aaron's work has also appeared at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. His multimedia adaptation of a 12th Century epic poem, collision/theory's Blood Red Lost Head Dead Falcon: The Nibelungen, was a partner in the LA Opera's Ring Festival LA. Mr. Henne's exploration of Kafka's "The Castle", A Man's Home, and his clash of science and mysticism, Mesmeric Revelation, were both developed and produced by Central Works in Berkeley, CA. His playwriting process book, You Already Know, is available through Writ Large Press. He teaches writing for the Playwrights' Program at The Robey Theatre Company, runs the writing studio, Wordstrut, and is the Artistic Director of theatre dybbuk. Aaron is a proud member of The Playwrights Union. www.aaronhenne.com

David Holstein

David Holstein's plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sydney, and Edinburgh. His new musical adaptation of The Emperor's New Clothes (with Alan Schmuckler) recently premiered to rave reviews at Chicago Shakespeare. His comedy The B-Team premiered at Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta in 2009 with upcoming productions in Denver and Washington, DC. It is also available in print with Original Works. His one-act Anne Frankenstein: The Musical won audience and finalist awards at Sydney's 2008 Short and Sweet Festival. His Edinburgh hit True Genius went on to productions in New York and Los Angeles and is now published with Original Works. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and is currently writing for two television shows: Showtime's hit series Weeds (Writers Guild Award nomination) and TeenNick's Gigantic.

Lisa Kenner

Lisa Kenner Grissom is a Boston native living in Los Angles with bi-coastal tendencies. Her play Tattoo You (National 10-Minute Play Award winner, The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival) has been seen by audiences in D.C., Boston, New York and LA. Tattoo You won the 2013 Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival and will be published in an upcoming anthology. Short plays include: Asshole (Collaboraction’s Sketchbook 2014); the girls (Boston Theatre Marathon); Drinks Before Flight (Boston Theatre Marathon), Orangutan & Lulu (Estrogenius Festival). Full lengths: MOTHERLAND (semi-finalist: Jewish Plays Project); Chambers (finalist: O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, The Lark, WordBRIDGE; semi-finalist: Ashland New Play Festival, PlayPenn); Shelter (semi-finalist PlayPenn). Lisa attended The O’Neill Playwrights Conference as a Playwright Observer and was a finalist for the Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice Program. Her work has been presented and/or developed at The Kennedy Center, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, The Clurman Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, The Blank Theatre, Road Theatre Company, Theatre of NOTE, Theatricum Botanicum, Santa Monica Rep and Jewish Women’s Theatre. B.A. Wesleyan University; MFA Lesley University. Member: Dramatist Guild, Fell Swoop Playwrights, The Playwrights Union. More at www.lisakennergrissom.com

Eric Loo

Eric Loo was born in Los Angeles, attended college at Santa Clara University and has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His play On the Subject of Lilla was a finalist for the O'Neill in 2011 and a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award. His play The Snake Charmer had a workshop at Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice in June 2011. His plays have been developed and produced in both New York and Los Angeles. Eric has also developed TV pilots at various production companies. He's also an adjunct professor in playwriting at Santa Clara University. In his spare time, Eric does P90X, Groov3, Insanity and takes hip hop dance classes to get rid of his writer's body.

Ruth Mckee

Ruth McKee's plays include Hell Money, a runner-up for the 2009 Yale Drama Series Award; Stray, winner of the 2008 Stanley Drama Award, recent readings at Abingdon Theatre, New York, Black Dahlia Theatre, Los Angeles, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New York; The Nightshade Family, produced in the 2007 Summer Play Festival (SPFNYC), readings at Playwrights Horizons, NY and Alliance Theatre, Atlanta; Otherwise Engaged, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Full Disclosure, Security Check and Mail Returned, Six Figures Theatre Company; The Noise Room, HB Playwrights Foundation; 500 Words and Long Term Parking, published by Playscripts Inc. Originally from Canada, by way of Bangladesh and Kenya, Ruth has a BFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU, an MFA in Playwriting from UCSD, and currently lives in Los Angeles where she is a founding member of Chalk Repertory Theatre.

Meg Miroshnik

Meg Miroshnik's plays include The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Or, девушки), The Droll {A Stage-Play about the END of Theatre}, and The Tall Girls, a play about high school girls' basketball in the 1930s. The Tall Girls was presented as part of the 2012 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference (directed by Hayley Finn). The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls was a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the winner of the 2011-2012 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award, and premiered at the Alliance Theatre in February 2012 (directed by Eric Rosen); in a Russian translation by Maria Kroupnik, the play is the winner of the Masterskaya na Begavoi and was produced by the Moscow Playwright and Director Center (directed by Ilya Shagalov). Her adaptation of the libretto for Shostakovich's opera Moscow, Cheryomushki (re-orchestrated by Gerard McBurney, conducted by Alexander Platt, and directed by Mike Donahue) premiered at Chicago Opera Theater in April 2012. Her work has been developed or produced by the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, Center Theater Group, Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Rep, the Sallie B. Goodman fellowship at the McCarter Theatre Center, Alliance Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Lark New Play Development Center, Yale Cabaret, the Carlotta Festival at Yale, Perishable Theatre, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, One Coast Collaboration, and published in Best American Short Plays, 2008-2009 (Applause, 2010).

Megan Mostyn-Brown

Megan Mostyn-Brown's plays include: The Bends, Girl, The Secret Lives of Losers, Going After Alice, Lizards, Objects Are Closer Than They Appear, Edie & Alexander, Nora Gets a Boyfriend, Nancy Blue: Girl Detective and The Rest Of Your Life. Her work has been seen at: Axial Theater, Flashpoint Theater, The Guthrie Theater, The Cherry Lane Theater, NY Stage & Film, Union Station Theater, Rising Phoenix, Perry-Mansfield, NYC International Fringe Festival, The 52nd Street Project, The Actor’s Theater of Louisville apprentice program and the HBO Aspen Comedy festival. Megan was the inaugural winner of the Leah Ryan FEWW award and the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan commission. Her plays are published by Samuel French and Playscripts. She is a member of Labyrinth Theater Company and a graduate of Northwestern University. You can find her essays on Medium.com and her musings on fashion at DailyCandy.com.

Brian Polak

Brian James Polak is a transplant from Boston, where he was a founding member of the award winning Alarm Clock Theatre Company. In 2006 he won an Eliot Norton Award as co-writer of PS Page Me Later. His short play Reverse Evolution is published by Smith & Kraus in the anthology Best 10-minute Plays of 2009. He has a short story in the anthology "The Commonplace Book of the Weird" and embarrassing childhood poetry in "Mortified: Love is a Battlefield." His play Painkillers appears in "What It Means To Be a Grown-Up: The Complete and Definitive Answer." Brian's play Underground was recently part of PLAY/ground, Boston Court's New Play Festival. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Dramatic Writing at the USC School of Dramatic Arts.

Larry Pontius

Larry Pontius is a playwright whose work includes multiple New York productions, produced plays in Chicago, throughout the Midwest, and internationally. Recipient of the Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received an MFA in Playwriting, Pontius' produced work includes an Off-Broadway production of Umbrella by Alchemy Theatre Company of Manhattan; Fallout by Working Man's Clothes Productions and The Lunar Adventures of Dar and Matey by Stolen Chair Theater, On The Night of Anthony's 30th Birthday Party, Again at the Manhattan Theatre Source, On Sunday Morning, by Collaboraction in Chicago; American Autobahnics at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The Connection is Made and Running Out of Time were both ACTF Regional Ten-Minute Play Finalists. He was a 2009-2010 Dramatists Guild Fellow. He studied at Dell'Arte, The International School of Physical Theater, and received the Nicholas Meyer Scholarship for Playwrighting from the University of Iowa, where he received a BA with Honors. Pontius' work as television writer includes the international version of the acclaimed anthology series New York Stories, the international production of Qaatil, a 13-part murder mystery, and international drama series Khaandaan (Family) going into production in early 2011.

Steve Serpas

Steve Serpas' most recent work includes Smoke the Baby, semi-finalist in the 2012 Ashland New Play Festival; Andrea Lane, presented in Ensemble Studio Theatre L.A.'s Winterfest 2012; Touching Delilah, produced by Sacred Fools Theatre's "Fast & Loose" series, July 2011; and The Last Look Back, presented at Ripe Reads at L.A.'s Lounge Theatre, May 2012, and The Playwrights Union's 2010 New Works Festival. Credits include Xenogenesis (Garland Award for Best Play, Backstage West), Sweet Colinda (Native Visions/Native Voices Award at LSU), and Dogtown (Jeff Award-winning production.) A BFA graduate of NYU's Dramatic Writing Program, Steve has worked with American Blues, The Blank Theatre Company, CAP 21, Eclipse Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Prop Theatre, The Road Theatre, Shattered Globe, Strawdog, Victory Gardens, and Point Zero Pictures, which produced his 2008 short film, La La Loco Baby. Current projects include the web series, Before We Go To Sleep, debuting Fall 2012. In addition to The Playwrights Union, affiliations include founding member of The Naked Theater Project; Member of the Playwrights Unit, Ensemble Studio Theatre LA; former resident playwright of Chicago Dramatists; and member of The Dramatists Guild. www.beforewegotosleep.com

Victoria Stewart

Victoria Stewart was a professional stage-manager before graduating from the Playwrights Workshop at the University of Iowa, working with David Rabe, Anne Bogart and Peter Sellars among others. She has received the Francesca Primus Award, a McKnight Advancement Grant, the Helen Merrill Award, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award (finalist), and the Jerome Fellowship as well as residencies at Ucross/Sundance, Hedgebrook, Hermitage, Tofte Lake, Sewanee Writer’s Conference and the Donmar Warehouse. Her plays include Rich Girl (George Street Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Lyric Stage), Mercy Watson to the Rescue! (Children’s Theatre Company, Marin Theater Company), Hardball (Live Girls Theatre!, SPF), Fissures (Lost and Found) (Actors Theater of Louisville), Clandestino (Mixed Blood), Live Girls (Urban Stages, What, Stage Left, Eternal Spiral Project), Nightwatches (Overlap Productions), 800 Words: The Transformation of Philip K. Dick, (Caravan Theater, Live Girls Theatre!, Workhaus Collective), The Last Scene and an adaptation of Henry James’ The Bostonians. Recently, she finished a screenplay for HBO, Appetite for Self-Destruction and a short play Planet X, presented in Russian via satellite at the Moscow Art Theatre. She was a founding member of the Workhaus Collective and is an Affiliated Writer with the Playwrights’ Center and a member of WGA West.

Julie Tosh

Julie Tosh holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University where her thesis play Skirt won the Mary Marlin Fisher Playwriting Award. She is a two-time recipient of the Shubert Foundation Fellowship, an ANA Alliance Scholar, and a finalist for the Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Award for Program Rose, her screenplay on robotics, which was also awarded the 2012 Djerassi Residency Award/San Francisco Film Society Screenwriting Fellowship. Her feminist manifesto Lifeboat won first runner-up in the One Minute Play Contest hosted by The Playwrights' Center/Ameriprise Financial Ivey Awards and was aired on NPR. Tosh has been a fellow at Sewanee Writers' Conference and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and she was a Core Apprentice at The Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis. She is published by Samuel French. Tosh lives in Southern California and makes her living writing film adaptations for published books. For the latest see www.julietosh.com.

Lolly Ward

Lolly Ward's recent play Mate: the Untouchable Bobby Fischer was developed at the Actors' Gang theater in Los Angeles. As a member of The Actors' Gang since 2000, Lolly has collaborated with George Bigot, Simon Abkarian, and Tracy Young, among others, and won an LA Weekly Award for The Seagull. After opening Tim Robbins' Embedded in Los Angeles, she toured with it to London and New York, where Robbins also directed a film of the play at the Public Theater. She won Stanford Magazine's 2008 fiction contest with her short story, "How to Change Someone's Life, Not Your Own." She has a Bachelor's and Master's in English and Creative Writing from Stanford University, where she studied with John L'Heureux. More at www.lollyward.com.

Jennie Webb

Jennie Webb is an independent Los Angeles playwright whose plays, including Yard Sale Signs, Remodeling Plans, The Complete Story of the War, Men & Boxes, Tilting, Buying a House and Unclaimed Assets, have been presented on stages and in/at/around alternative venues throughout the U.S. and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Her works have been published by Heinemann Press and International Centre for Women Playwrights, and supported by the now defunct A.S.K. Theater Projects, The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis' PlayLabs, the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga, California, where she is currently playwright-in-residence and runs "Botanicum Seedlings: A Development Series for Playwrights." She is a resident playwright at LA-based Rogue Machine Theatre (where Yard Sale Signs premiered), co-founder and an instigator of the LA Female Playwrights Initiative (LA FPI), and a member of the EST-LA Playwrights Unit. She also works as a freelance arts writer, and was chosen to receive a 2010 Women in Theatre Red Carpet Award. More at www.jenniewebbsite.com.

Wendy Weiner

Wendy Weiner's play about Hillary Clinton, Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy with a (Somewhat) Happy Ending received its New York premiere in 2008, produced by the Obie-winning theater company New Georges. Previously, Hillary had a workshop at New York's Public Theater and a staged reading in Los Angeles. Great Highway, a play she wrote with Octavio Solis, was a finalist for the O'Neill Theater Conference and received its premiere at the ArtAttack Theater in Ashland, Oregon. Major Label, her play about a female punk rocker, has had readings at Ensemble Studio Theater and NYU's Hot Ink Festival. Wendy's four solo pieces: Give Me Shelter, Searching for the '60s, Defying Freud and Elements of Style (all directed by Julie Kramer), have been presented at many venues in New York and San Francisco, including HERE's American Living Room Festival, the New York Fringe Festival and PSNBC. Her plays have been published by Dramatists Play Service and Smith & Kraus, and her writing has appeared in magazines such as American Theatre, Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture, and Theatre Bay Area. Wendy received her MFA in dramatic writing from NYU in 2007. She is currently working on a new play, writing a TV movie about teen girls for the Disney Channel and Alloy Entertainment (the producers of TV's Gossip Girl and Vampire Diaries), and developing a new romantic-comedy webseries with Alloy Entertainment.

Steve Yockey

Steve Yockey is a roaming member of Atlanta-based Out of Hand Theater. His projects with the company include HELP! and Cartoon. In 2008, Octopus opened at Actor's Express and then in an extended run in San Francisco, co-produced by Encore and Magic Theatre. He has been a regular fixture at Dad's Garage including the short play cycle Sleepy and the adults-only Skin - both commissioned & directed by Kate Warner. Dad's Garage and Berkeley's Impact Theatre produced Large Animal Games in late 2009 and this season Impact rolls out the dark comedy Disassembly directed by Desdemona Chiang. Large Animal Games, Octopus, Cartoon and subculture (short plays) are available from Samuel French. Steve is currently developing The Thrush & The Woodpecker with South Coast Rep and afterlife - a ghost story that will receive a National New Play Network rolling world premier across the season at Southern Rep, New Rep and Edgemar. Other plays include: Wonder, Heavier than... and Phaedra. Steve holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (2008). He is a recipient of a Coca-Cola Artist Residency to teach dramatic structure at Emory University. After completing a yearlong NNPN playwriting residency at Marin Theatre Company, Steve now lives/works in Los Angeles, CA.