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Lee Blessing | Adam Bock | Thomas Bradshaw | Eugenie Chan | Anthony Clarvoe | Steve Cosson | Liz Duffy Adams | Erik Ehn | Nakissa Etemad | Christine Evans | Stephanie Fleischmann | Leigh Fondakowski | Marcus Gardley | Lauren Gunderson | Chinaka Hodge | Julia Jarcho | Lisa Kron | Dan Milne | Peter Sinn Nachtrieb | Kent Nicholson | John O'Keefe | Dominic Orlando | Aaron Posner | Ken Prestininzi | Annie Smart | Octavio Solis | Brian Thorstenson | Naomi Wallace

About Lee Blessing
Lee Blessing has an international reputation as a playwright, with productions of his work in countries as far-flung as Japan, South Africa, France and Brazil. His play A Walk in the Woods was produced on Broadway and in London's West End. Off-Broadway productions include A Body of Water (Fall, 2008 at Primary Stages), Going to St. Ives, Thief River, Cobb, Chesapeake, Down the Road, Patient A, Two Rooms, Lake Street Extension, Fortinbras and Eleemosynary. The Signature Theatre dedicated a season to Blessing's work. Recent major regional premieres include Great Falls, Lonesome Hollow, A Body of Water, The Scottish Play, Flag Day and Whores. He is the author of the Perilous Night Trilogy, three plays about racism in America. Productions of Blessing's plays have earned numerous awards including an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, an L.A. Critics' Circle Award and the Steinberg/ American Theatre Critics Award. He has also received nominations for the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony and Olivier Awards. Blessing lives in New York, is head of the graduate playwriting department at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and is married to playwright/TV writer Melanie Marnich.

About Adam Bock
Adam Bock's plays include The Receptionist (MTC, Trinity Rep, Studio Theater, Outer Critics nom.) The Drunken City (Playwrights' Horizons, Outer Critics nom), The Thugs (Soho Rep, OBIE Award), Swimming in the Shallows (Second Stage, Shotgun Players, 3 BATCC Awards, Clauder Award), Five Flights (Encore Theater, Rattlestick, Glickman Award), The Typographer's Dream (Encore Theater), The Shaker Chair, Three Guys and a Brenda (Heideman Award) and We Have Always Lived in a Castle, a musical with Todd Almond. His plays have been commissioned, developed and produced in NYC by Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, SoHo Rep, Primary Stages, The Vineyard, Rattlestick, Clubbed Thumb, and regionally at the O'Neill, the Humana Festival, Yale Rep, and in San Francisco, Berkeley, LA, Seattle, Salt Lake, Montreal, Toronto, London, and Edinburgh, among others. He is the resident playwright at Encore Theater, a Shotgun Players artistic associate, and a New Dramatist member playwright. He is currently writing a screenplay for Scott Rudin/Miramax.

About Thomas Bradshaw
Thomas Bradshaw's newest play, The Bereaved, premiered in New York in September 2009 at The Wild Project, and will be produced at The State Theater of Bielefeld in Germany in January 2010. The Bereaved was named one of the Best Plays of 2009 in Time Out New York. In 2008, two of his plays were premiered: Southern Promises, at Performance Space 122 in September, and Dawn, at The Flea Theater in November, and both were listed among the Best Performances of Stage and Screen for 2008 in The New Yorker. His play entitled Purity was produced at Performance Space 122 in January 2007, and Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist and Cleansed were produced on a double bill at The Brick Theatre in February of that year. Strom was also produced in Los Angeles in the spring of 2008. Recently his play Mary was presented in a Staged reading at The Goodman Theater and his play Job was presented at The Wilma. He is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Prophet, Strom Thurmond Is Not A Racist, Cleansed, and Purity are all published by Samuel French, Inc. Dawn and Southern Promises will be published by Samuel French in the fall of 2009. A German translation of Dawn was presented at Theater Bielefeld in Germany in October 2008 and published by Theater Der Zeit in that same month. Purity was published by Theaterheute in Germany in April 2008.

Mr. Bradshaw received his M.F.A. from Mac Wellman's playwriting program and is an Assistant Professor at Medgar Evers College. He has been featured as one of Time Out New York's ten playwrights to watch, as one of Paper Magazine's Beautiful People, and Best Provocative Playwright by the Village Voice. Currently he is a Fellow at The Lark Play Development Center as well as the 2008-2009 Streslin Fellow at Soho Rep, where he has been working on his adaptation of the book of Job, which was workshopped with the Playwrights Foundation at Stanford and Berkeley Rep in spring 2009. He was a Fellow at New York Theater Workshop in 2006-07 and is now a Usual Suspect. He will be the Playwright in Residence at The Soho Theater in London in February 2009.

Thomas Bradshaw is currently under commission from The Goodman Theater, The Flea Theater, Theater Bielefeld (Germany), and Partial Comfort Productions. During his Guggenheim Fellowship term, he will be working in England and Germany on his new play about Queen Charlotte.

About Eugenie Chan
Eugenie Chan's plays include Kitchen Table; Daphne Does Dim Sum; Rancho Grande; Emil, A Chinese Play; Bone To Pick; Novell-Aah!; Pilgrim; Consent; Tour Sino, a radio play; and the original story and libretto for Snakewoman, an opera. Her work has been produced or developed on the East Coast at the Public Theatre, Ma-Yi Theatre, Pan Asian Rep, Perishable Theatre, Centenary Stage, Duke and Columbia Universities; in the Midwest at PlayLabs; in Seattle at the Northwest Asian American Theatre, the Group Theatre; Los Angeles at East West Players; and in San Francisco at the Magic Theatre, Cutting Ball, Thick Description, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Brava! For Women in the Arts, Opera Piccola/StageBridge, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. DAPHNE was produced this February at Centenary Stage. Bone to Pick was part of Cutting Ball's 2008 Avant-Garde-a-Rama, and will be remounted during their current season. Current commissions: the Magic Theatre/Sloan Science Initiative, Cutting Ball/SF Foundation. Education: B.A., Yale in Literature. M.F.A., NYU in Dramatic Writing. She is a Resident Playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, New Dramatists, and an Associate Artist at Cutting Ball Theatre in San Francisco.

About Anthony Clarvoe
Anthony is a veteran playwright and Bay Area native who recently, very happily, returned home to San Francisco. His plays include the award winning Pick Up Axe, The Living, Let's Play Two, The Brothers Karamazov, Ambition Facing West, Ctrl+Alt+Delete and The Art Of Sacrifice are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc. While living and working in the Bay Area he received the Will Glickman, Bay Area Drama Criticsí Circle and Dramalogue Awards and an American Theatre Critics Awards Citation for Pick Up Axe, as well as the Stavis Award from the National Theatre Council as the promising playwright of the year. Since then he's been roaming the country, writing plays and raising a family. He has received a dozen commissions from South Coast Repertory, the Mark Taper Forum, Playwrights' Horizons and others; fellowships from the Guggenheim, McKnight, Jerome and Irvine Foundations, National Endowment for the Arts, TCG/Pew Charitable Trusts and Kennedy Center/Fund for New American Plays; the Berrilla Kerr Award in recognition of his contributions to the American theater; and critics' awards from LA to New England. His play Show and Tell recently played to rave reviews in San Francisco in a production by the newly formed Symmetry Theatre Company.

About Steve Cosson
Steven Cosson was described in a recent Time Out NY profile as follows: "Cosson is on your brain-wavelength if you enjoy the referential layering of Robert Rauschenberg's paintings, the eclectic Readings section of Harper's and the gently off-center observational wit of NPR's This American Life."

Cosson is the founding Artistic Director of The Civilians, a New York based company dedicated to creating original theater from creative investigations into real life. Cosson has co-written and directed the majority of the company's plays which have been produced Off-Broadway at theaters including The Public Theater, The Vineyard and Barrow Street Theater among others; Regionally at Center Theatre Group (Mark Taper Forum), La Jolla Playhouse, A.R.T., Actors Theatre of Louisville, HBO's US Comedy Festival and others; and internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe, London's Gate Theatre and Soho Theatre. His plays with the company include Brooklyn at Eye Level, This Beautiful City, Paris Commune, (I Am) Nobody's Lunch (Fringe First at Edinburgh), Shadow of Himself by Neal Bell, the long-running hit Gone Missing which was included in New York Times critic Charles Isherwood's 10 Best of 2007 list, and the company's first show Canard, Canard, Goose? His plays have been published by Dramatist Play Services, Oberon Books and a forthcoming anthology from Playscripts, Inc. As an independent director he has developed and directed many new plays, musicals and classics including Jill Sobule and Elise Thoron's Prozak and Platypus, Mat Smart's 13th of Paris, Tommy Smith's Air Conditioning, Anne Washburn's Communist Dracula Pageant, world premiere of Peter Morris' Square Root of Minus One, U.S. premiere of Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life, U.S. premiere of Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love. He wrote and directed Close to Shore, a community-based musical for the San Diego Rep. Also The Time of Your Life at Williamstown, Serious Money and Guys and Dolls, both at Carnegie Mellon. Steven has been a Fulbright Scholar in Colombia, a MacDowell Fellow, and Resident Director at New Dramatists.

About Liz Duffy Adams
Liz Duffy Adams is a New Dramatists Resident Playwright and a recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Award, the Frederick Loewe Award in Music-Theatre, and the Will Glickman Award. Her work has been written, produced, or developed at the Humana Festival, SPF, Portland Center Stage, Portland Stage Company, Syracuse Stage, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Millay Colony for the Arts, Shotgun Players, Cutting Ball, Moxie Theater, and Crowded Fire among other organizations. Publications include Poodle With Guitar And Dark Glasses in Applause's "Best American Short Plays 2000-2001," numerous short plays and monologues in anthologies from Heinemann and Smith & Kraus, and several plays published by Playscripts, Inc. Adams' play Or recently had its world premiere with The Women's Project in New York. Adams is a graduate of NYU's Experimental Theater Wing and Yale School of Drama.

About Erik Ehn
Erik Ehn is currently Dean of the CalArts School of Theater. His work includes The Saint Plays, Heavenly Shades of Night Are Falling, No Time Like the Present, Wolf at the Door, Tailings, Beginner, Ideas of Good and Evil, Maria Kizito, and an adaptation of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. He is an artistic associate at San Francisco's Theatre of Yugen, for whom he recently wrote and directed The Cycle Plays (a series of six new Noh presented as a single, day-long event). Plays have been produced in San Francisco (Intersection, Thick Description, Yugen), Seattle (Annex, Empty Space), Austin (Frontera), New York (BACA, Whitney Museum, Lincoln Center Festival), San Diego (Sledgehammer), Chicago (Red Moon), Atlanta (7 Stages); elsewhere. He is a graduate of New Dramatists.

About Nakissa Etemad
Nakissa Etemad holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from UC San Diego and has worked as a professional dramaturg and literary manager for over twelve years, providing dramaturgy for such companies as Arizona Theatre Company, O'Neill Music Theater Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival in 1999 and 2000. She has worked with such playwrights as Tom Stoppard, Doug Wright, Lynn Nottage, Dael Orlandersmith, Arthur Miller, Charles L. Mee, Polly Pen, Luis Valdez, Culture Clash, D.W. Jacobs, Julie Hébert and Octavio Solis. She has been the staff Dramaturg & Literary Manager for The Wilma Theater, San Diego Rep, and San Jose Rep, for which she also served as Festival Director for the 5th Annual New America Playwrights Festival. Nakissa served as Festival Coordinator for the 30th BAPF, was Co-Chair for the 2004 Annual Conference of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) in Philadelphia, and is a translator of French Plays.

About Christine Evans
Christine Evans' plays have received awards and been widely produced in her native Australia at venues including Belvoir St. Theatre (Sydney) and the Adelaide International Festival of the Arts. In the U.S., her work has been seen in New York, Providence, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Atlanta, San Francisco, Santa Rosa and Boston. Selected productions include All Souls' Day (Boston Theater Marathon, 2008); Weightless (Perishable Theatre, RI 2007); Mothergun (Perishable Theatre; Emergency Theatre Project, NYC, 2007) Slow Falling Bird (Crowded Fire, CA, 2005) and My Vicious Angel (Belvoir St. Theatre, Sydney.) Awards and honors include a Fulbright Award in Visual and Performing Arts, the Rella Lossy Playwriting Award, the Monash National Playwriting Award (Australia), the Weston Award for Dramatic Writing and Perishable Theatre's Women's Playwriting Festival (WPF) award (2000 and 2001). In 2007, Trojan Barbie won the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award; in 2009 it receives its world premiere with the A.R.T. (American Repertory Theater). Christine holds an MFA (Playwriting) and Ph.D. (Theatre & Performance Studies) from Brown University. She is the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Playwriting at Harvard.

About Stephanie Fleischmann
Stephanie Fleischmann had a recent play produced by Crowded Fire and the Playwrights Foundation, and directed by Octavio Solis. Coming up: she will workshop her play with many songs, The Secret Lives Of Coats, at the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis; devise 15 song lyrics for The Greeks, Part 3, at Juilliard (February '08); premiere her multimedia music-theater work Red Fly/Blue Bottle (music by Christina Campanella), at HERE Arts Center in NYC next April. Her work (seen at venues across the country and abroad) has received grants from NYSCA, NYFA, NEA, NY State Music Fund, the Greenwall Foundation, and Pew Charitable Trust, and awards including the Frederic Loewe Award and the Whitfield Cook Award. Residencies/fellowships/development opportunities include: Playlabs, MacDowell, Hedgebrook, HARP, DPI/Gertrude Stein Rep, Mabou Mines/Suite, Tennessee Williams fellowship. She is published by Playscripts.com, among others. She is a core writer at the Playwrights Center and an alumnus of New Dramatists.

About Leigh Fondakowski
Leigh Fondakowski was the Head Writer of The Laramie Project and has been a member of Tectonic Theatre Project since 1995. She is an Emmy nominated co-screenwriter for the adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO. Her latest work, The People's Temple, has been performed under her direction at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Perseverance Theater, and The Guthrie Theater, and received the Glickman Award for best new play in 2005. Another original play, I Think I Like Girls, premiered at Encore Theater in San Francisco under her direction and was voted one of the top 10 plays of 2002 by The Advocate. Other directing credits include: 3 Seconds in the Key by Deb Margolin (San Francisco Playhouse), The Laramie Project (Berkeley Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Perseverance Theatre), La Voix Humaine by Jean Cocteau (Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh), Agatha by Marguerite Duras (French Alliance, New York), Gwen John adapted from the novel by Jane Warrick (HERE, New York), and readings and workshops of new plays by Jeff Baron, Stephen Belber, Colman Domingo, Laura Eason and Lisa Ramirez. Leigh is currently developing a play about 19th century actress Charlotte Cushman with Tectonic Theatre Project and About Face Theatre.

About Marcus Gardley
Marcus Gardley is a multiple award-winning poet-playwright who recently won the prestigious 2008 Helen Merrill Award and a Kesselring honor. His two most recent plays, This World in a Woman's Hands (October 2009), and Love is a Dream House in Lorin (March 2007), both received outstanding critical acclaim and sold-out runs in Berkeley, California. The latter was nominated for the National Critics Steinberg New Play Award. He has had six plays produced including: dance of the holy ghost at Yale Repertory Theatre (now under a commercial Broadway option), …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi at Brown University, Georgetown University and Umass Amherst; (L)imitations of Life, at the Empty Space; and like sun fallin' in the mouth at the National Black Theatre Festival. He is the recipient of the San Francisco Bay Area's Gerbode Emerging Playwright Award, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Award, a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Grant, a NEA/TCG Playwriting Participant Residency, the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Scholarship, and the ASCAP Cole Porter Prize. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale Drama School and is a member of New Dramatists, The Dramatists Guild and the Lark Play Development Center. Gardley, a native of West Oakland, was recently chosen as one of 50 writers to watch by Dramatists Magazine. The premiere of his new play, On the Levee, will premiere at Lincoln Center in July. He teaches Playwriting and African-American studies at Umass Amherst.

About Lauren Gunderson
Lauren is playwright, screenwriter and short story author. She received her MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch, is a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship and is the first Playwright in Residence at the Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics (2010). Her work has received national praise and awards including the Berrilla Kerr Award for American Theatre, Young Playwright's Award, Eric Bentley New Play Award and Essential Theatre Prize. Her science-history play Emilie: Le Marquise Du Ch√Ętelet Defends Her Tonight premiered at South Coast Rep April 2009 and will be published this winter by Samuel French. Fire Work was developed at The O'Neill National Playwrights Conference Summer 2009. She is developing a musical with Harry Connick Jr. and two new plays with The Kennedy Center.

She has been produced off-Broadway, Parts They Call Deep, off-off Broadway, Sus Manos, and recently had many new plays produced in Atlanta, including Class, The Van Gogh Café, Leap, and Background, as well as regionally, A Short History of Nearly Everything and Embody. She is currently working on her second commission for South Coast Rep, and her first for Marin Theatre; and has been commissioned by The Alliance Theatre's Collision Project, Actors Express Theatre, Dad's Garage Theatre, Theatrical Outfit, City University of New York and Synchronicity Performance Group. Leap was published with Theatre Emory's Playwriting Center (2004), and her first collection of plays, Deepen The Mystery: Science and the South Onstage, is published with iUniverse (2006). She has developed plays with Second Stage and Primary Stages in NYC, New Rep in Boston, Marin and The Magic Theatre in San Francisco, Kitchen Dog Theatre in Dallas, Actor Express and Horizon Theatre in Atlanta, JAW/West in Portland, WORDBridge, Brave New Works, and others. She received a Sloan Science Script Award (2008) for her screenplay Grand Unification. Her short story, The Ascending Life, won the Norembega Short Fiction Award and was published in the anthology, The Shape of Content; and her science play Background was published in ISOTOPE: A Journal of Nature and Science Writing. Her string theory poem "Hook of a Number" was published in the anthology Riffing On Strings. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the intersection of science and theatre and Arts Activism. Read more about her on her website at www.LaurenGunderson.com.

About Chinaka Hodge
JChinaka Hodge is a poet, playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, California, Chinaka received her BA from NYUís Gallatin School and her MFA from USCís School of Cinematic Arts. She was a member of the U.S. Artist Delegation to the World Social Forum in Narobi, Kenya in early 2007. She was the Assistant Director of Suzan Lori Parksí 365 Plays, 365 Days, at its San Francisco debut in November 2006. Her first independently written play, Mirrors in Every Corner, commissioned by SFís Intersection for the Arts, is a 2010 Rockefeller MAP Fund grantee. Her work has been featured in Teen People Magazine, Newsweek, The San Francisco Chronicle, Theater Bay Area Magazine, San Francisco Magazine, Scholastic Magazine, Current Magazine, The Annual Women of Color Film Festival, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBOís Def Poetry.

About Julia Jarcho
Julia Jarcho is a playwright, director and performer. Her plays include American Treasure (13P, New York, 2009 and Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2009), The Highwayman (NTUSA performance space, Brooklyn, 2004; published in The Best American Short Plays of 2005-2006, Applause Books), A Small Hole (Performance Lab 115, FringeNYC, 2006), All I Do Is Dream of You (Sophiensaele and English Theatre Berlin, 2006), Take Me Away (Il faut brûler pour briller festival, Paris, 2007), The Whole Tree (Electric) (Playwrights Foundation Rough Reading Series 2008) and Nursery (Young Playwrights Festival, Cherry Lane Theater, New York, 2001). She was a writer-in-residence at the 2002 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and won a Berrilla Kerr award the same year. She is a Resident Playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, a board member of Young Playwrights Inc. and a member of the New York-based playwrights' collective 13P.

About Lisa Kron
Lisa Kron has been writing and performing theater since coming to New York from Michigan in 1984. Her play Well opened to critical acclaim on Broadway in March of 2006 and received two Tony nominations. It previously premiered at the Public Theater in Spring 2004 and was listed among the year's best, followed by an acclaimed run at San Francisco's A.C.T. in 2005. It is included in the anthology, "Best Plays of 2004-2005." Her play, 2.5 Minute Ride premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in 1996 and then in New York at the Public Theater in 1999. It has also been presented by theaters including the London Barbican, Japan's Rinkogun Company, Baltimore Center Stage, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, American Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, and Trinity Repertory Company/Perishable Theater. 2.5 Minute Ride received an OBIE Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations, an L.A. Drama-Logue Award, and the GLAAD Media Award for best play on or Off Broadway and was named the best autobiographical show of 1999 by New York Press. Kron's other plays include 101 Humiliating Stories (Drama Desk nomination), Charity and Montecore, two short plays included in the anthology "Neon Mirage" and presented at the 2006 Humana Festival and the New York Fringe, 43/13, produced by Dad's Garage Theatre in Atlanta, and Martha, which she co-wrote with and for choreographer/performer Richard Move. Kron is also a founding member of the OBIE and Bessie Award-winning theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers, whose plays, Oedipus at Palm Springs, Brave Smiles, Brides of the Moon and The Secretaries have all been produced by their theatrical home, New York Theater Workshop, and have been performed widely throughout the country both by the Brothers and by other companies. Lisa is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Cal Arts/Alpert Award, an NEA/TCG playwriting fellowship and grants from the Creative Capital Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts. She teaches playwriting at the Yale School of Drama.

About Dan Milne
Dan Milne is an award-winning British theatre director. As a member of the Young Vic, he collaborated with Tim Supple to originate the ground-breaking GRIMM TALES, which toured internationally, culminating in a Broadway run at the New Victory Theatre. Since that time he has collaborated on more than seven major new works, including TWO MEN TALKING, which has run for the past six years to great acclaim in various cities across the world.

About Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Peter Sinn Nachtrieb is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include boom (TCG's most produced play 2009-10), T.I.C. (Trenchcoat In Common) , Hunter Gatherers (2007 ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, 2007 Will Glickman Prize), Colorado, and Multiplex. His work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, SPF, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Public Theatre, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theatre, Dad's Garage, and in the Bay Area at Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre, and The Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He is under commission from South Coast Rep, A.C.T., and is a Resident Playwright at the Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco. Peter holds a degree in Theater and Biology from Brown and an MFA in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He likes to promote himself online at peternachtrieb.com.

About Kent Nicholson
Kent Nicholson is co-artistic director of Crowded Fire, for whom he directed the World Premiere production of We are not These Hands by Sheila Callaghan. He also serves as the New Works Director at TheatreWorks, where he created The New Works Initiative, TheatreWorks' program to develop musicals and plays for World Premiere Production. Among the many projects he has developed are TheatreWorks successful productions of Striking 12, Memphis, and Baby Taj. He also directed the critically acclaimed productions of All My Sons, Vincent in Brixton, and Ambition Facing West for the company. In addition to his work for TheatreWorks, Nicholson has distinguished himself as one of the regions most prominent directors of new plays. His credits include the Off-Broadway productions of Five Flights by Adam Bock and Wet by Liz Duffy Adams. Locally his credits include: Five Flights and Thursday for Encore Theater; Stones in His Pockets for Magic Theatre; Dog Act, and Swimming in the Shallows for Shotgun Players; Small Tragedy for the Aurora Theater Company; and Tenders in the Fog for San Jose Stage Company. He also co-adapted and directed the long running hit Sacrament! with Dave Eggers and Campo Santo theater company, and The Good German at Marin Theater Company. His work has been seen in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Tucson, and Portland. He currently serves on the board of directors for The National Alliance of Musical Theater.

About John O'Keefe
John O'Keefe came to San Francisco in the early 1970s, beginning an affiliation with Magic Theater that continues to this day. O'Keefe also co-founded the Blake Street Hawkeyes, a performance-lab ensemble based in Berkeley. In 2000, O'Keefe embarked on a residency with Cinnabar Theater to create a trilogy exploring the ethos and personal traumas of the World War II era. Four of his plays have premiered at the Cinnabar: Queer Theory, Glamour, Times Like These, and Spook. The relationship allows O'Keefe to test his new works before producing them in larger venues and cities. Internationally renowned, his works have toured the country and abroad. O'Keefe has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including winning the Bay Area Critic's Award for his play All Night Long, a Bessie Award for Shimmer, and residencies at the Sundance Film Institute and the University of Iowa. Most recently, O'Keefe has been awarded a Gerbode Foundation grant to write a libretto for the Berkeley Opera for 2004 and a 2002-2003 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Times Like These.

About Dominic Orlando
In 2009 Dominic was commissioned by Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Nautilus Music-Theater and Teatro Del Pueblo, and was awarded his second Jerome Fellowship through The Playwrights Center and his fourth fellowship to The Macdowell Colony. He is a co-creator of Fissures (lost & found) which premieres at The Humana Festival of New American Plays February 2010. He has twice been featured in The Bay Area Playwrights Festival—his Juan Gelion Dances for the Sun went on to be produced by Crowded Fire, his Danny Casolaro Died for You was selected in December 2009 for The National New Play Network's Festival of New Works. Dominic has worked with The Aurora Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, The Guthrie Theater (commission), Kitchen Dog (multi-year), The Pasinger/Fabrike (Munich), The Prague International Fringe Festival and The Tokyo International Festival for the Arts. He is a founding producer at The Workhaus Collective, company-in-residence at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis.

About Aaron Posner
Aaron Posner is a co-founder and the Resident Director of Philadelphia's award-winning Arden Theatre Company where he has directed more than 40 productions over the last 16 years. He has directed nine plays by Shakespeare, three by Craig Wright, two by Shaw and a bunch of others, too. He is now enjoying a robust free-lance career. His career has been greatly propelled by his work in the art of literary adaptation. His adaptation, with Chaim Potok, of The Chosen was originally presented by The Arden and Pittsburgh's City Theatre and won the 1999 Barrymore Award for Best New Play. It has since been produced all around the country. Similarly, his adaptation of Potok's My Name is Asher Lev was originally produced by The Arden Theater and has been produced to great acclaim at major regional theaters throughout the country. His adaptations of literature also include Who Am I This Time? by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., What Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse, Echoes of the Jazz Age by authors from the 20's, Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons and Third & Indiana by Steve Lopez. Aaron also directs at theatres across the country (The Folger Shakespeare Library, Actors Theatre of Louisville, etc.), teaches at the University of the Arts, is a philanthropic consultant, and even acts occasionally. He is originally from Eugene, Oregon and graduated from Northwestern University. He is also proud to be an Eisenhower Fellow.

About Ken Prestininzi
Ken Prestininzi is the new associate chair of playwriting at the Yale School of Drama and works closely with Chair Paula Vogel. His play As American As (BAPF 2005) recently premiered in Washington DC at the Journeyman Theatre this October. His plays Amerikafka and Beholder were recently produced at Chicago's experimental Trapdoor Theatre to critical acclaim. Ken is also a dramaturg and director of new plays and recently directed/dramaturged Boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb at the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory where he also served as the associate artistic director. He is currently directing Nachtrieb's new play Trenchcoat in Common for Encore Theatre this coming January at the Magic Theatre. He has taught playwriting and theatre at ACT, Intersection for the Arts, Brown University, Cornell University, and the University of Iowa, as well as in Prague and Mexico. As a teacher and writer, he has studied with Maria Irene Fornes and Paula Vogel. His plays have been produced in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and in England and Scotland. He has received awards from ACTF, the California Arts Council, Djerassi Artist Program, Gerbode Foundation, the Goethe Institute, LEF Foundation, Millay Arts Colony, National Endowment of the Humanities, Rockerfeller Foundation and the San Francisco Cultural Equity Office.

About Annie Smart
Annie Smart is originally from England, where she designed the premieres of Caryl Churchill's Fen, Ice Cream and Hot Fudge and A Mouthful of Birds. She also designed for the Royal Court Theatre and Joint Stock Theatre Company, numerous regional and London companies, and four plays at the National Theatre: Black Snow, Say It with Flowers, The Father, The Mountain Giants and Churchill's The Skriker. In the U.S., Annie has designed for Arena Stage, BAM, The Guthrie Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, The Public, Steppenwolf and others. Her California productions include A Doll's House, Night and Day and The Threepenny Opera at A.C.T; Othello and The Tempest for Cal Shakes; Going to St. Ives, The Importance of Being Earnest, Norah, Sheridan and Wintertime for La Jolla Playhouse; and Big Love, Fêtes de la Nuit, Finn in the Underworld, Honour, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Passing Strange, Suddenly Last Summer and Yellowman at Berkeley Rep. Annie has served as chair of the master's program in theatre design at London's Wimbledon Art School, professor of stage design at UCSD and a costume lecturer at UC Berkeley.

About Octavio Solis
Octavio Solis is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. His works, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, The Seven Visions of Encarnacion and Bethlehem, have been mounted at Intersection for the Arts, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Dallas Theater Center, the Magic Theatre, South Coast Repertory, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Teatro Dallas, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, New York's Imua Theatre Company, El Teatro Campesino and Thick Description. Burning Dreams, co-written with Julie Hebert and Gina Leishman, was produced by the San Diego Repertory, and his collaborative project with Erik Ehn, Shiner, was mounted by Dallas' Undermain Theatre. Solis has received NEA Playwriting and McKnight Fellowships, a National Theatre Artists Residency, the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwrights Award, a Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Grant, a TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant and a grant from the Pew Charitable Trust.

About Brian Thorstenson
Brian's plays include: The Horses (Alter Theater Ensemble), Over the Mountain (Brava Center for Women in the Arts, The Global Age Project, 2003 Bay Area Playwrights Festival), Wakefield; or, Hello Sophia and Shadow Crossing (Central Works Theater Ensemble), Drop (Alter Theater Ensemble), Heading South (The Studio at Theater Rhinoceros, The 450 Geary Theater), and Summerland (Alternative Theater Ensemble, 2000 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Wings Theatre Co., NYC). He has collaborated on two dance theater pieces, Tuesday and Sugarfoot Stomp, with Stephen Pelton Dance Theater. His radio adaptation of Sinclair Lewisí It Canít Happen Here was broadcast nationally on the Pacifica Radio Network. He was an artist in residence at the Blue Mountain Center in 1999 and 2001, and the Djerassi Resident Artistís Program in 1996. Brian is a member of the Resident Playwrights Initiative at the Playwrights Foundation, San Francisco, playwright in residence with Stephen Pelton Dance Theater and a member of the Dramatists Guild. He teaches at San Francisco State University and Santa Clara University. Brian received a B.A. in Theater from Willamette University, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He lives in San Francisco.

About Naomi Wallace
Naomi Wallace's work has been produced in both the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. Her work has received the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Kesselring Prize, the Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, and an Obie. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. Her plays include One Flea Spare, In the Heart of America, Slaughter City, The Inland Sea, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours and (forthcoming) The Hard Weather Boating Party. Her award-winning film Lawn Dogs is available on DVD. Her new film The War Boys, co-written with Bruce McLeod, will be released next year.