Audrey Block ~ Brianna Barrett ~ Dan Kitrosser ~ EM Lewis ~ Josie Seid ~ Lolly Ward ~ Miriam Feder ~ Naga Nataka ~ Rich Rubin ~ Sara Jean Accuardi ~ Susan Faust
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Brianna Barrett began her career as a screenwriter, developing projects with Stuber Productions, Farah Films, and Hollywood Laundromat. In 2014, she turned her attention to theater and live performance. With the Elaborate Alibi Theater Company, she wrote/directed/produced 36 PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE MEALTIME CONVERSATIONS (2015) and THE NEW VAUDEVILLE (2016). She writes, performs, and teaches workshops for the Portland Storytellers’ Guild and is a recurring favorite in the Affable Gentlemen storytelling series. She’s director of NOTES OF HOPE, an annual charity show benefitting young adults with cancer, and facilitates a weekly writing workshop for cancer survivors at OHSU.
Dan Kitrosser is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and storyteller. He is the founding Artistic Director of Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival (now in its 8th year!), a festival of plays written by teens and tweens from around the country.
Fellowships: Sundance Screenwriting Fellow, TimeWarner 150 Fellow, Harold and Mimi Steinberg Fellow for Playwriting. MFA: The New School for Drama, 2014. He currently splits his time between New York City and Portland, Oregon.
E. M. Lewis is a playwright, teacher, and librettist. Her work has been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French. She received the Steinberg Award for SONG OF EXTINCTION and the Primus Prize for HEADS from the American Theater Critics Association, the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Plays include: MAGELLANICA, INFINITE BLACK SUITCASE, HEADS, APPLE SEASON, and TRUE STORY. THE GUN SHOW will be at Coho in Portland this fall. Works in progress include a big new play set in Oregon, and a family-friendly opera. Member: Dramatists Guild.
Josie Seid’s play, PETITE DAMES, was recently featured at The Reading Parlor. In addition to being a playwright, Josie is an actor who has appeared in several productions in the Portland area. She has performed at Artists Repertory Theatre, Broadway Rose, and was a member of the Drammy Award-winning ensemble of THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS at Portland Playhouse.
Lolly Ward received her BA and MA from Stanford University in English and Creative Writing. Her plays include 72 OBJECTS (semifinalist, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference; finalist, IATI Cimientos), GONE (finalist, Portland Civic Theatre Guild), MATE (workshop, Eric Tucker at The Actors' Gang; CalTech), and THE ETHEL PARTY. She was a member of the LA-based Playwrights Union before moving to Oregon, where she joined the board of PATA and co-founded LineStorm. Member: Actors' Equity, Dramatists Guild, SAG-AFTRA.
Miriam has produced full-length plays with Celebration Foundation grants: EPHEMORY (2012) and THE ONLY WAY OUT IS THROUGH (musical—2010). Her short play COLDER THAN ICE was selected for Portland’s Climate Change Theatre Action, 2015. Several short plays were chosen for PDX Playwrights’ Daisy Dukes Short Nights (2016 and 2015). Miriam produced her musicals for student performance in Portland schools from 2000-2014. She is published in VoiceCatcher 2,3, 4 and 10 and Our Portland Story, Vol 1 and 2. Member Dramatists Guild.
Naga Nataka holds a BA in English & Creative Writing from the University of Montana. His short stories and poems have been published in magazines and anthologies, but he has only recently turned his eye to playwriting. His full-length plays include KALEIDOSCOPE (Fertile Ground Festival of New Works), and RED FLAG (Oregon Play Prize semi-finalist). In 2006, Naga co-founded The Open Field Artists, a Missoula-based multi-media performance art troupe. In 2015, Naga founded the Portland-based theatre company Animal Magic Productions. He is proud to be building his body of work with LineStorm Playwrights.
Rich Rubin’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and internationally in Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada and Mexico. Rich’s work has been selected as a winner of the Todd McNerney Playwrighting Award (SWIMMING UPSTREAM), the Fratti-Newman Political Play Competition (COTTONWOOD IN THE FLOOD), the Long Beach Playhouse Festival (CAESAR'S BLOOD), and the Neil Simon Festival (ASSISTED LIVING). His plays have also been chosen as a finalist for the Julie Harris Playwright Award, Playwrights First Award, Ashland New Play Festival, New American Play Project/Utah Shakespeare Festival, Trustus Playwrights Festival, Oregon Book Award, Heideman Award and the Burbage Prize.
Sara Jean Accuardi
Sara Jean Accuardi’s plays have been read, workshopped, and developed at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Portland Center Stage, Victory Gardens, Chicago Dramatists, Northwestern University, and through Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. Her plays include <3 (Seven Devils Playwrights Conference), LOVE SCENES (Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival of New Works), THAT WATER MOMENT and PORTRAIT OF THE WIDOW KINSKI (JAW Playwright’s Festival). She holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University.
Susan Faust has written and directed plays for the San Francisco Fringe Festival and Fertile Ground Festival, where she directed a new evening of short plays for the last four years. She has been an artist-in-residence with Portland Public Schools and a playwriting mentor for at-risk youth with Haven Project. Susan was a founding member of the San Francisco-based Paducah Mining Company, where her play, STRANGEST YELLOW, was produced, and she has collaborated with Hand2Mouth Theatre and Anne Bogart’s SITI Company. She holds a BA in Theatre from UC San Diego.
Audrey Block has written for both print and television, creating pieces that can be labeled as nonfiction, fiction, or a contortion of both. Her first piece for theatre, THE FARM, debuted at Fertile Ground 2016. She holds a BA in English from Wellesley College and an MS in Journalism from Northwestern University.