Nicole Lauren, Artistic Director
Emily Anne Tkaczibson, Literary & Managing Director
Courtny Greenough, Advisory Board
Alexander Miller, Advisory Board
David Viet Nguyen, Advisory Board
PLAYWRIGHT, SPRING 2018
Jacqueline Bircher is a playwright and screenwriter born and raised in New York City. Plays include Another Revolution (2017 Primary Stages ESPA*Drills winner), Webster's Bitch (Clutch Productions, Little Theatre of Alexandria) and The Rule of Thirds. Her short plays Reaction, Thin Ice, and Yesterday Somewhere have been produced in the Detention series at Primary Stages, and her screenwriting work has been featured at the WILDsound Film Festival and recognized by the Creative World Awards and WeScreenplay’s Diverse Voices competition. She studied creative writing and literature at Oxford University and Fordham College at Lincoln Center, where she was the recipient of the Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Prize and the Margaret Lamb Prize for Fiction.
PLAYWRIGHT, FALL 2017
Matthew Kelly studied playwriting at Brown University under the tutelage of Paula Vogel, Oskar Eustis, and Brighde Mullins. He completed graduate research in public health and earned a Ph.D. in the history of medicine from Columbia University. Matthew recently launched Transdemocracy: the Transgender Oral History Project, dedicated to chronicling reminiscences of transgender candidates for public office. Matthew is based in New York City. Playwriting credits include Homegrown Beginnings (Abingdon Theatre), Russian Tea (Metropolitan Playhouse), Turquoise and Cloves (Occupy Wall Street / Occupy the Empty Space), and Pastrami Apparitions (Makor Steinhardt Center). His musical Perfectly Victorian, for which he served as co-librettist and co-lyricist alongside composer Bryan Adam, will receive a production in in Chicago in 2018.
DIRECTOR, FALL 2017
Jonelle Allen has directed for several theatres in Southern California, including The Blue Sphere Alliance, Gallimaufry Theatre Company, and Saddleback College, where she is currently an Adjunct Faculty member leading the New Works and Staged Reading projects. Jonelle writes and directs new work for the theatre, including Blackbird, a one-woman show developed with writing partners Stevi Meredith and David Jayden Anthony. Jonelle is also a seasoned performer on stage and screen. She has received awards from Drama Critics' Circle, Drama Desk, Theatre World, and Outer Critics Circle, as well as a Tony nomination for her role as Silvia in Broadway's 1971 rock musical Two Gentlemen of Verona. Her most notable screen roles include Grace on Dr. Quin Medicine Woman and recurring roles on American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson and Shameless.