Oliver Houser is a New York-based actor and musical theatre writer, hailed as a “talented composer” by The New York Times. Writing: XY (From Page to Stage Festival, London; ASCAP Workshop with Stephen Schwartz); Held Momentarily (NYMF; NY Fringe and Fringe Off-Broadway Encore series); The Seagull (On the Verge Festival, Glasgow); Preschool (FNAM ShowSearch Competition). Training: Dramatists Guild Fellowship; Advanced BMI Musical Theatre Workshop; Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project; selected composer for Jeanine Tesori’s Front & Center Master Class. Oliver is a New Voices Project Winner and his songs have been performed at 54 Below, Lincoln Center and various venues in NY and LA. He is currently developing new work with the Musical Theatre Factory. Select acting: Spring Awakening (Virginia Rep, RTCC nomination), TV: What Would You Do? (ABC). Oliver is a proud member of ASCAP, MTF, The Dramatists Guild and The Bond St. Dojo, where he haphazardly practices aikido. Oliverhouser.com
Sam is a Jonathon Larson Award- winning composer, lyricist, and bookwriter. He’s writing music and lyrics for an adaptation of Eighty-Sixed, which had a developmental reading at Second Stage Theatre and a workshop with Playwrights Horizons and Musical Theatre Factory. His musical Mother, Me and the Monsters (a Boston Globe Critic’s Pick) was produced at Barrington Stage. His children’s musical, The Dot is on a 2017 Theatreworks USA national tour. He wrote book and lyrics for Cage Match (Prospect Theater Company). He’s the creator of Uncool: the Party (CAP21 and MTF). He’s also currently writing music and lyrics for The Homefront, about WWII female factory workers and a modern, queer musical adaptation of Frankenstein. Sam’s work has been featured at Lincoln Center, Ars Nova, Symphony Space, Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, The Town Hall and venues all around the country. He’s an alumnus of NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.
A theater maker and cultural worker, Riti Sachdeva has been creating art in some form for over 25 years. Incorporating text, installation, and dance into her writing and performance, she straddles the conventions of U.S. theater, performance art, and international approaches to theater.
An alum of the The Public’s Emerging Writers Group and the Women’s Project, her plays have been developed by The Civilians, NNPN, U of Hawai’i, Working Theater, PWC, Centerstage, and Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Sachdeva received the Kennedy Center’s Quest for Peace award for Parts of Parts & Stitches, a TCG travel grant to begin adapting Other Farmers’ Fields to the kathakali dance theatre form and a listing on the Kilroy’s List for The Rug Dealer. Acting highlights: National Hispanic Cultural Center, PopUp Theatrics, Honest Accomplice Theater, HBO, Disney, lotsa cool indie films, and Planet Connections Festival Outstanding One Act award for her solo show Scene/Unseen.
Eric Micha Holmes is a playwright whose work has been seen and developed at The New Black Fest, MCC Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, and The Lark among others. Residences, retreats, and fellowships include I Am Soul Playwrights Residency at NBT, Space At Ryder Farm, The Lark / NY Stage & Film Exchange, and LaGuardia Performing Arts Playwriting Lab. His mono-play, “Walking Next To Michael Brown: Confessions Of A Tragic Mulatto,” toured with Barrymore Nominated “Hands Up: 7 Playwrights / 7 Testaments” to theaters including The National Black Theatre, The Brooklyn Museum Of Art, The Red Door Theatre, Crowded Fire Theatre, The Museum Of The Moving Image, The Hansberry Project, and Flashpoint Theatre. A radio adaptation was presented on Afternoon Drama on BBC Radio 4, winning the Sarah Lawrence Audio Fiction Award and The New York Festivals Award. MFA: The University of Iowa.
Morgan Gould is a writer/ director who has previously held staff positions at Playscripts, Inc., Lark Play Development Center, Cape Cod Theatre Project, and Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company. Morgan is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a member at Ensemble Studio Theatre (where she recently directed Leah Nanako Winkler’s KENTUCKY in a 2016 co-production with P73), a New Georges affiliated artist, an alumnus of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, the SDCF Observership Program, the Target Margin Theater’s Institute for Collaborative Theater Making, The Civilians R + D Group, the BAX AIR program, and the Playwrights Horizons Directing Residency Program. In 2012, Morgan started her own theater company, Morgan Gould & Friends, with 8 actors, 3 designers and a filmmaker. Their inaugural film project THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN WEBSERIES is coming soon. Morgan was the winner of the 2016 Beatrice Terry/ Drama League Residency Award for her play I WANNA FUCKING TEAR YOU APART, which had its world premiere at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC in February 2017, with Morgan directing. B.A. in Directing, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, M.F.A. in Playwriting, Brooklyn College. Morgan attends the playwriting program at Juilliard. She is currently at work on her new play about 5 white women in middle America on November 9, 2016 called ALL THE STUPID BITCHES. www.morgangouldandfriends.com
Deborah Yarchun is a NYC-based playwright. Her plays have been developed at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Jewish Plays Project, Jewish Ensemble Theatre, The New Harmony Project. Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Red Eye Theatre, TheatreSquared, Williams Street Rep, and Workhouse Theater Company, and produced at Fusion Theatre, EstroGenius Festival, the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, Playwrights Horizon’s Peter Jay Sharp Theatre by Young Playwrights Inc., and at theaters and universities across the United States and Canada. Deborah’s honors include two Jerome Fellowships at The Playwrights’ Center, an EST/Sloan Commission, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, the Kernodle New Play Award, the Richard Maibaum Playwriting Award, and the Iowa Art Fellowship. Her play Great White was an Honorable Mention for the 2016 Relentless Award. Deborah is the Fall 2017 Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts. M.F.A., University of Iowa.
Keelay Gipson is a multi-disciplinary artist including work as an activist, teaching artist, and award-winning playwright. He is the recipient of the Van Lier Fellowship (2016-2018) at New Dramatists and recently finished work as a Public Artist in Residence for the City of New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Administration of Children’s Services working with LGBTQ foster youth. His work has been seen/developed at the Wild Project, Poetic Theater Productions, HERE Arts Center, The Theater at Alvin Ailey, Pace University, Planet Connections Theater Festival, The University of Houston, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The National Black Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights’ Theater, Amoralists Theater Company, Classical Theater of Harlem, New York Theatre Workshop and Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is a member of P73’s Interstate 73 Writer’s Group. His play UNTITLED RADIO PLAY was recently published in the anthology The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, by Applause Theatre & Cinema Books | Hal-Leonard Books.
Diana Son is a playwright, screenwriter and producer. Her notable stage works include; Stop Kiss, Fishes, BOY, R.A.W. (‘Cause I’m A Woman), and Satellites. Son has taught playwriting at Yale University and New York University. In 2015 Son was named the Playwriting Program Chair of the Dramatists Guild of America’s Fellows Program. Son’s screenwriting credits include; Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Southland, Blue Bloods.
Jeremy grew up in South Jersey, somewhere between the Pine Barrens and the ocean. After graduating from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Theatre Arts (and too many minors), he lived an actor’s life for several years before transitioning to writing. His debut novel, In Stone, was published by Bold Strokes Books in 2012. That, along with Night Creatures (2013) and Dark Rites (2015), have created the Immortal Testimonies series and been listed in Advocate’s “Top 10 Books for Young LGBT Folks and Anyone Who Wants to Understand Them,” recommended by the American Library Association’s GLBT Round Table, and nominated for the Rainbow Award in fantasy. He’s the librettist for an adaptation of David B. Feinberg’s Eighty-Sixed, which had developmental readings at Second Stage Theatre and a Residency workshop with Playwright’s Horizons and Musical Theatre Factory. He’s also working on a contemporary musical (very) loosely based on Frankenstein and several other projects for the stage and screen. He lives in Manhattan. For more info visit www.jeremyjordanking.com
Sheri Wilner’s plays include Kingdom City, Bake Off, Father Joy and Hunger, and have been performed at such theatres as the La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Naked Angels, the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference and Primary Stages, as well the Old Vic/New Voices program in London. Playwriting awards include a Bush Artist Fellowship, two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships and two Heideman Awards, granted by the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Her work has been published in more than a dozen anthologies, which has led to over two hundred productions of her plays worldwide.