Sara Jean Accuardi ~ Alan Alexander III ~ Audrey Block ~ Susan Faust ~ Heath Hyun Houghton ~ E. M. Lewis ~ Matthew Miller ~ Holly Richards ~ Rich Rubin ~ Josie Seid ~ Lolly Ward
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Playwright | President
Lolly Ward's plays include GONE (Inkwell's Lerner Fellowship; finalist, Portland Civic Theatre Guild), MATE (Eric Tucker at The Actors' Gang; CalTech), 72 OBJECTS (semifinalist, O’Neill NPC), DO YOU TAKE THIS WOMAN? (Smith and Kraus, Best Ten Minute Plays 2019), BLACK PRESS IN THE WHITE HOUSE (Smith & Kraus), and THE ETHEL PARTY (Silk Road Review). 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 Playwrights. She received her BA and MA from Stanford University in English and Creative Writing. Read her work on the New Play Exchange. Member: Actors' Equity, Dramatists Guild, SAG-AFTRA
E. M. Lewis
Playwright | Vice President
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
Playwright | Treasurer
Audrey Block's first piece for theatre, THE FARM, debuted at Fertile Ground in 2016. In 2017, her 10-minute play, PDX, was chosen by the Majestic Playwright’s Lab in Corvallis for performance at the Majestic Eight Festival. ALASKA, her first one-person play, debuted at Fertile Ground 2018. Her first full-length play, 38 MINUTES, was read at Fertile Ground 2019. In 2020, her still-unfinished experiment, DISASTER SESSIONS, will debut at Fertile Ground. Member: Dramatists Guild
Sara Jean Accuardi
Playwright | Secretary
Sara Jean Accuardi’s plays include THE DELAYS (Theatre Vertigo, Portland, OR; Drammy Award for Best Original Script), THE STORYTELLER (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist; Something Marvelous, Chicago, IL), < 3 (Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, McCall, ID), and PORTRAIT OF THE WIDOW KINSKI (The Blank Theatre, Los Angeles, CA; JAW Playwrights Festival, Portland, OR), among others. Sara Jean is a member of the Dramatist Guild and LineStorm Playwrights. She holds an MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University. Her plays are available on the New Play Exchange. Member: Dramatists Guild
Alan Alexander III
Alan Alexander III is a playwright, composer, producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Alan recently completed the book, lyrics and score for HOMELESS (the musical), which debuted at the 2017 Fertile Ground Festival. Alan’s first musical, ALAN'S CONFECTIONERY, sold out at the 2015 Festival. As a performing musician he has toured internationally, headlining performances and opening for artists such as UB40, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley and Taj Mahal. Alan has composed source music and original scores for several film, television and theatre productions, including: HEAR NO EVIL (20th Century Fox) and ALIEN INVADERS (National Endowment for the Arts). For more information please visit www.dubsquadmusic.net. Member: BMI, Dramatists Guild
Susan Faust is a playwright and director whose background is in devised theatre. Her play CONFABULOUS was a finalist for the 2020 Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award, and her one act STRANGEST YELLOW was published in the Silk Road Review. Susan was a founding member of the San Francisco-based Paducah Mining Company, and has collaborated with Anne Bogart’s internationally renowned SITI Company and with Portland’s Hand2Mouth Theatre. She has been an artist-in-residence with Portland Public Schools and a playwriting mentor with Haven Project. Susan is a co-founder of LineStorm Playwrights and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Heath Hyun Houghton
Heath Hyun Houghton (he/him/his) is a Korean American writer, educator and actor. His plays have been staged as readings in Oregon, California, South Korea and Michigan. His poetry and essays have appeared in Spring Time Magazine, MiGoZine, The Pitkin Review and Korea4Expats. He is an ensemble member with Theatre Vertigo.
Matthew Miller is a playwright and a screenwriter. His short plays have been produced in the San Francisco Bay Area and South Florida. His full-length play, I LOVE YOU/WHO ARE YOU, is the winner of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild 2018 New Play Award. His feature-length film, EXILE, was selected as a semifinalist for the Shore Scripts Screenwriting Contest. He lives in southwest Portland with his partner, Chris, their dog, Paca, and their cat, Mashed Potatoes. Member: Dramatists Guild
Holly Yurth Richards is a playwright, composer, lyricist, poet and performer. Her musicals include WELCOME TO ZION, NO MORE IN DARKNESS, POP! GOES THE BUBBLE, and a new work-in-progress, CESSAIR. She was a featured songwriter at the July 2018 Dramatists Guild National Conference and a panelist at BroadwayCon 2018 in NYC. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and ASCAP. Marylhurst ‘18. Read her work on the New Play Exchange.
Rich Rubin’s plays have been staged throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico. Full-length plays include Swimming Upstream (winner, Todd McNerney Playwright Award; finalist, Reva Shiner Comedy Award); Caesar’s Blood (finalist, Oregon Book Award; finalist, Ashland New Play Festival); Shakespeare’s Skull (winner, Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award); Left Hook (finalist, Woodward-Newman Drama Award); Picasso in Paris (winner, Julie Harris Playwright Award); Assisted Living (winner, Neil Simon Festival New Play Award); One Weekend in October (winner, Playhouse Creatures Emerging Playwright Award); and Cottonwood in the Flood (winner, Fratti-Newman Political Play Award). Member: Dramatists Guild, New Play Exchange
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.
Anya Pearson is an award-winning actress, playwright, poet, screenwriter, producer, and activist. She is the author of the play, Made to Dance in Burning Buildings, (Showcase Production: Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, World Premiere: Shaking the Tree). Anya received the $10,000 Problem Play Commission from Bag&Baggage Productions to adapt Measure for Measure. Her reimagining, The Measure of Innocence, focused on unjust incarceration and its effect on black families, will premiere in March 2020. Anya was a finalist for the 2019 National Black Theatre’s I Am Soul Playwriting Residency. Her best production is her 7-year-old daughter, Aidee, who can be seen, most nights, trying to circumvent bedtime by asking deep philosophical questions. Member: Dramatists Guild
Brianna Barrett is a solo performer named Portland's Best Spoken Word Storyteller in Willamette Week’s Best of Portland awards in 2016 and 2017. Her theatrical work has been seen at the Fertile Ground Festival, HART Theatre, Bag&Baggage, Theatre33, Otherworld Theatre, the Northwest Narrative Medicine Conference, and other stages throughout the Pacific Northwest. For the last 3.5 years, she ran a weekly writing workshop for cancer survivors at Oregon Health & Science University. She is now pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at UCLA.
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.
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.