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Playwrights Foundation Staff


Amy Mueller (Artistic Director) is an award-winning director. Since taking the helm of Playwrights Foundation ten years ago she has transformed the scope of the organization into a year-round center for new plays and playwrights. Recent credits include: ...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi by Marcus Gardley, One Big Lie by Liz Duffy Adams (dramaturg), Mr. Fujiyama's Electric Beach by Kevin Oakes (dramaturg), and co-creator of The Mandala Olive Project at the Exit Theatre. Director: Voices Under Water by Abi Basch, Between The Eyes by Naomi Wallace and No Good Deed by Mollena Williams. She has directed at Cutting Ball Theater, Berkeley Rep, San Diego Rep, A.C.T. Seattle and Arizona Theatre Company. She is the mother of two beautiful children.

Jericha Senyak(Business Manager) is arts administrator specializing in business and office management, bookkeeping and database systems for nontraditional performance artists and companies. A Bay Area native, she brings to PF her experience with data systems, multimedia, and office management for arts organizations such as the innovative Oakland-based theater company Ragged Wing Ensemble and San Francisco’s beloved Exploratorium. She is also a multi-disciplinary artist. She has won awards for her work on Ethics and Appropriation in Global Fusion Dance, and she creates and performs transnational fusion dance works with Adara Dance Company. When she’s not teaching PF interns to appreciate the niceties of nonprofit accounting, she runs The Museum of Joy, a local arts group dedicated to bringing unique pop-up performance to San Francisco public spaces.

Rachel Finkelstein (Public Engagement Manager) graduated from Bard College in 2013 with a degree in Studio Arts and a Concentration in Mind, Brain, & Be-havior, and comes from a background in marketing, advertising, research, and new media. As Public Engagement Manager for Playwrights Foundation, she focuses on the areas of marketing, partnerships, community outreach, graphic design, and website management. She is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and digital art.



Karen Piemme, Artistic Associate - Literary Manager/Resident Playwrights Initiative Director/Bay Area Playwrights Festival Executive Producer
Christina Novakov-Ritchey, Literary Associate
Susan Shay, Social Media Marketing Coordinator
Dena Martinez, Casting Director
Nancy Quinn, Grant Writer
Liz Pavlovic, Graphic Designer
Bolthar Garcia, Videographer
Alice Ly, Arts Administration Fellow

2014 Bay Area Playwrights Festival Literary Selection Committee


Caitlin Bartow
Paul Cello*
Desdemona Chiang*
David Clark
Alicia Coombes
Caitlin Cox*
Celine Delcayre
Jacob Devine
Amy Dorman
Jessie Drake
Noëlle Gibbs
Jonathan Green
Jessica Heidt
Alexandra Juckno
Jeffrey Lo*
Margot Manburg*
Elana McKelahan
Erin Merritt*
Paul Miller
Amy Mueller*
Evren Odcikin*
Dave Osmundsen
Carla Pantoja*
Cara Phipps
Karen Piemme*
Andrew Rich
Cassy Sanders
Mary Lou Torre
Rebecca Udden
Irene Van
Jimmy Walden
Tracy Ward*
Valerie Weak*
Jayne Wenger*
Joe Zarrow
* Denotes LiteraryCouncil

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