Lucy Thurber is the author of ten plays: Where We’re Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, Stay, Bottom of The World, Monstrosity, Dillingham City, The Locus and The Insurgents. The Insurgents was commissioned by Contemporary American Theater Festival and produced at their 2011 Festival. Bottom of The World opened the 2010/11 season at The Atlantic Theater. A reworking of Killers and Other Family played Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in 2009, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Lucy wrote the text for QUIXOTE, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, a site-specific performance with the Psalters made for and with The Broad Street Community; also with Lear deBessonet and produced by 13P, Monstrosity. The Atlantic Theater Company opened its 2007/08 season with Scarcity. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has produced three of her plays, Where We’re Born, Killers and Other Family and Stay. Monstrosity was workshopped at Encore Theatre Company (San Francisco). She was the recipient of the 2000-01 Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellowship. She was a guest artist at Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre twice, where she helped to adapt both Desire Under The Elms and Moby Dick. She has had readings and workshops at Steam Boat Springs, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Group, Primary Stages, MCC Theater, Encore Theatre Company, PlayPenn, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The O’Neill with WET, New River Dramatists and Soho Rep. She was one of three playwrights in residence at The Orchard Project, summer 2007. Scarcity was published in the December 2007 issue of American Theatre magazine. She is published by Dramatists Play Service. Thurber is a member of New Dramatists, 13P, MCC Playwrights’ Coalition. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, and she is currently writing a new play under a commission from Yale Rep. She is the recipient of the 1st Gary Bonasorte Memorial Prize for Playwriting 2008 and a proud recipient of a Lilly Award. Lucy currently teaches at NYU and Sarah Lawrence College.
MIGDALIA CRUZ is an award-winning playwright who has written more than sixty plays, operas, screenplays, and musicals. Her work has been produced across the U.S. and abroad at various venues including: Mabou Mines, Classic Stage Company, Playwrights Horizons, INTAR, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Monarch Theater, En-Garde Arts, HOME, Shaliko Company, New York Shakespeare Festival’s Festival Latino, Theatre For The New City, and the W.O.W. Cafe (New York); Ateneo Puertorriqueño (PR); National Theater of Greece(Athens); Foro Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (Mexico City); Old Red Lion (London, England); Vancouver Players (Vancouver, B.C.); Latino Chicago Theater Company (Chicago); Houston Grand Opera (Houston); American Repertory Theatre (Cambridge); Cleveland Public Theatre (Cleveland); Frank Theatre (Minneapolis); Théâtre d’aujourd hui (Montreal); American Music Theatre Festival (Philadelphia); Intersection for the Arts/LATA (San Francisco); and Cornerstone Theater Company (Los Angeles), among others. She has been nurtured by Maria Irene Fornés’ Playwrights’ Laboratory at INTAR; Royal Court Theatre/New Dramatists Exchange ’94 (London); Steppenwolf Theatre’s New PlaysLab (Chicago); Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival ’94, Festival Latino’93 at Teatro Mision (San Francisco); the Sundance Institute; Midwest PlayLabs; Mark Taper Forum’s New Play Festival; Omaha Magic Theatre; “Songs from Coconut Hill” Theater Festival ’05; South Coast Rep’s HPP ’04, and was writer-in-residence at Latino Chicago Theater Company from 1991-98. Her plays include: Salt, Fur, Miriam’s Flowers, Lucy Loves Me, Dreams of Home, Telling Tales, ¡CHE-CHE-CHE!, Latins In La-La Land, Cigarettes and Moby-Dick, Lolita de Lares, Yellow Eyes, and Running For Blood: No. 3 (a radio play). She wrote book and lyrics for the musicals Rushing Waters, Welcome Back To Salamanca and When Galaxy Six and The Bronx Collide; the libretto for an opera, Street Sense; and lyrics and monologues for Frida: The Story of Frida Kahlo. Her plays and monologues are published by NoPassport Press, Theatre Communications Group, U. of Arizona Press, Routledge Press, Penguin Books, Arte Publico Press, Applause Books, Smith & Kraus Publishers, and Third Woman Press. She taught playwriting at U.of Iowa/Playwrights’ Workshop, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Princeton University, and at Amherst College, and guest lectured at Yale University, Wesleyan University, Mount Holyoke College, and Columbia University. She received commissions from Mabou Mines, NYSF’s Public Theater, Crossroads Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Latino Chicago Theater Company, Arena Stage, WNYC-radio, Ballet Hispanico, DUO and INTAR. Migdalia was awarded the 2013 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award (NYCommTrust), and is a 1996 recipient of the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays award for Another Part Of The House. Her play, The Have-little was the runner-up for the 1991 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and SALT was a 1997 runner-up. She participated in Obsidian Theatre of Toronto’s International Playwrights Festival in 2009, won a 2016 NYFA grant, 2005 Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, and a 1994 Connecticut Commission on The Arts grant for playwriting. At Classic Stage Company, she was a 1994 PEW/TCG National Artist in Residence. Migdalia was a 1997-98 Sackler Fellow at Connecticut Rep/UConn, a 1991 & 1995 NEA Playwriting Fellow, a 1988 McKnight Fellow, and received her MFA degree from Columbia University. She is an alumna of New Dramatists. She was born and raised in the Bronx.
Recent Projects: The Book of Miaou: Don’t Drink Everything Your Mother Pours You @ Princeton University, a commission in conjunction with the Fornés Symposium in April 2018; Macbeth, a new translation for OSF’s PlayOn! Project will be presented at Actors’ Shakespeare Company in Boston & the African-American Shakespeare Company in San Francisco in Fall 2018 & in NYC in 2019; El Grito del Bronx at Brown University(4/14), NYU/Tisch (4/08), at the Milagros Theatre (OR) 4/09, and at the Goodman in a co-production with Teatro Vista & CollaborAction (IL), 7/09; FUR presented at UNM@ Albuquerque, 3/08. She developed Two Roberts: A Pirate-Blues Project at the Lark (NY) with a 2010 NYSCA grant; is inspired by Petronius’ (69a.d.) & Fellini’s (1968) Satyricon to write Satyricoño about 21st C. America; and is at work on a play about Chekhov, his marriage to Olga, & his death by consumption as he wrote the Three Sisters, called Never Moscow. She co-taught with experimental theater artist, John Jesurun, for the Monarch Theater @LaMama (NY) in 2010; Telling Tales was produced in Santurce, P.R., Interacto (1/13); and Lucy Loves Me, was produced by INTAR in 2/13. She was a co-facilitator for Rising Circle’s 2014 INKtank for emerging writers of color. She has also translated four plays for the LARK’s Mexico/U.S. Word Exchange, 2008-2013. 2015: FRIDA @ Michigan Opera Theatre; A Cold Spring Awakening at Half-Moon Theater’s “all you can eat” play festival @ the Culinary Institute of America (Poughkeepsie, NY); Yellow Eyes @ Visión Latino (Chicago); Latins In La-La Land at the College of Wooster (OH). 2016: FUR @ Hero Theatre’s Festival Irene (L.A.) & Venus Theatre (D.C.); Lolita de Lares @ Urban Theater Company (Chicago). Summer of 2018, she will teach her third Fornés Playwriting Workshop in Chicago, June 25-July3 under the auspices Notre Dame’s Latino Studies Program, administered by Anne Garcia-Romero & she will also lead the 2018 LaMaMa/Umbria Playwrights’ Retreat in Spoleto, Italy, August 2-12.
Paulo K Tiról was a corporate professional, liturgical/choral composer, and musical theatre superfan in his hometown of Manila, Philippines, before moving to Boston in 2012 to study at Berklee College of Music. He went on to attend NYU’s Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program on a full tuition scholarship, as a composer; and the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, as a lyricist. Current projects: music and lyrics for On This Side of the World (Access Theater, May 2019, presented by Three Hares, directed by Noam Shapiro); book, music and lyrics for Called; and orchestrations for Felix Starro (Ma-Yi Theatre Co., opening off-Broadway this Fall). His songs have been featured at Joe’s Pub, NAMT’s Festival of New Musicals, Prospect Theater Co., and more. He is thrilled for this opportunity to be a Filipino-American, Asian-American, and immigrant voice in the 2019-20 class of DGF Fellows. www.paulophonic.com.
Nolan Doran is a writer, director, and producer who creates new works across theatre, music and film. He has worked with hit-makers and artists like Desmond Child, Michael Mayer, Neil Patrick Harris, Merce Cunningham and Margo Lion to name a few.
His original theatre works include, “The Lesson”, “Woody – A New Fairy Tale” (Main Street Musicals winner), “The Spectrum” (Azalea Film Festival winner), “The King” (L.A. Indie Film Festival winner) and music for Ayodele Casel’s, “While I Have the Floor” (Spoleto Festival).
He was recently Co-Producer and Assistant Director for the Broadway musical, “Head Over Heels” with songs of the Go-Go’s. Past Broadway: Associate Director for Michael Moore’s, “The Terms of My Surrender”, and Assistant Director of the star studded one night concert, “Hillary on Broadway”.
Doran has also worked as Associate Director for “CHESS” at Kennedy Center, Assistant Director of “Jamboree” starring Sutton Foster & Jonathan Groff at NY City Center, Associate Director for “Wigstock” with Lady Bunny & Neil Patrick Harris filmed for HBO as part of “Wig” and Assistant on the Sony Classics release of “The Seagull” starring Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan.
Current projects include: “The Museum of Broadway” in Spring 2020, “The Secret Life of Bees” at The Atlantic Theatre, “The Golden Girls Musical Parody: Pride Edition” at HERE, and a concert of his original work, “My Eclectic Life” at HERE in NYC.
Doran holds an M.F.A. from from The Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch www.nolandoran.com @nolandoran
Nikhil Mahapatra is a writer from India/Singapore. They are an inaugural member of the Lit Council at the Tank, led by Akin Salawu and Beto O’Byrne, a 2018-2019 Gingold Theatre Company Speaker’s Corner writer, and now delighted to be a 2019-2020 Dramatist’s Guild Foundation Fellow. Latest works include CARNAL, The Fields and the short film SPF, which recently had its premiere at The New York Indie Theatre Film Festival (NYITFF).
Melis Aker is a writer, actor, and musician from Turkey. Her plays have been commissioned by and developed at Atlantic Theatre, NYTW (2050 fellow), Ars Nova (Play Group member), Atlantic Theatre, Noor Theatre, Lark, Golden Thread, LaMaMa, BRIC, Corkscrew Fest and New Group in New York, as well as the Finborough and Park theatres in London. Her plays include: Field, Awakening (2019 Kilroy’s List, Sundance final-round, Berkeley Rep Ground Floor final-round, Van Lier New Voices Fellowship final-round); Manar (Columbia@Roundabout finalist, Theatre503 Playwriting Award semifinalist); 330 Pegasus: A Love Letter (Jerome NY Fellowship final-round); Dragonflies (2019 Sundance finalist); When My Mama was a Hittite (Columbia@Roundabout finalist) and Gilded Isle. Melis’ screenplay “ARI” (“Bee”) was recently at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival as part of Maison des Scenaristes, and her pilot of “Manar” was accepted to Trans Atlantic Partners and Orchard Project’s Episodic Lab. Selected acting credits include: “The Blacklist: Redemption” (NBC), Love in Afghanistan (Arena Stage / Roundabout), We Live in Cairo (New World Stages), Proof (Edinburgh Fringe). Training: Columbia (MFA), Tufts (BA), RADA (Acting). Representation: Kevin Lin at CAA.
KYOUNG H. PARK was born in Santiago, Chile and is the first Korean playwright from Latin America to be produced and published in the United States. Kyoung is author of DISORIENTED, TALA, PILLOWTALK and many short plays including MINA, which is published in “Seven Contemporary Plays from the Korean Diaspora in the Americas” by Duke University Press. Kyoung writes and directs his own work as Artistic Director of Kyoung’s Pacific Beat, a peacemaking theater company, and has been a resident artist at the The Tank, New Ohio Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, BRIC Arts Media, Performance Project @ University Settlement, HERE and La MaMa. He is co-founder of The Sol Project, a member of Ma-Yi Writer’s Lab, NYTW Usual Suspect, and serves on the Board of the Indie Theater Fund. He’s currently a 2018-2020 APAP Leadership Fellow and 2018-2019 ILI Fellow and has been a grant panelist for the NEA, TCG, NALAC and ART/NY. MFA: Playwriting (Columbia University).
Kate Douglas is a theatre-music-plant person seeking to challenge audiences about the limits of their world. Her work has been performed at The Met Cloisters, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub and The McKittrick Hotel and developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm, The Orchard Project, The New Victory Theater, The National Theater Institute and the Writers’ Colony at Goodspeed. Upcoming projects include co-writes with Todd Almond, Matthew Marsh and Grace McLean. Favorite conversation topics include old growth forests, quantum physics and Nancy Drew.
Jessica Kahkoska is a writer, dramaturg/researcher, and performer. Projects include AGENT 355 (with Preston Max Allen, 2019 Chautauqua Theater Company, 2017 Marion International Fellowship Recipient), IN HER BONES (2020 Colorado New Play Summit, Denver Center for the Performing Arts) THE DEATH OF DESERT ROSE (with Elliah Heifetz, Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellowship, 2019 SBR Productions Commission), LETTERS TO THE PRESIDENT (dir. Michael Bello, The Great Hall at Cooper Union), Wild Home (Notch Theatre Company). Her work has additionally been developed/presented at the Roundabout Theatre Company, Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, Village Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Southern Colorado Repertory Theatre, the America Musical Theatre Project (AMTP), and the Drama League. Dramaturgical work includes new play/musical development Off-Broadway and regionally at the Athena Project, Creede Repertory Theatre, and others. She is currently a Regional Vice President for Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA). Graduate of Northwestern University. www.jessicakahkoska.com.
Elliah Heifetz is a first-generation American composer, pop songwriter, and folk singer. Theatrical works include Dust Bowl-era folk romp DUST CAN’T KILL ME (NYC Fringe 2014 – Best Music & Lyrics, NYMF 2016 – Best Music); WE ARE PILGRIMS, a Coachella-esque retelling of the Canterbury Tales (ASTIR Lab Series, Barn Arts Collective); and WILDWOOD, a punk-infused 50’s musical (54 Below), among others. Published by The Brain Music, Elliah has collaborated with hit pop songwriters and producers like Freddy Wexler (Kanye West, Selena Gomez), Dave Kuncio (Dierks Bentley, Steve Aoki), Corey Sanders (Chainsmokers, Callum Scott), and Neff-U (Dr. Dre, Justin Bieber). Elliah also releases and performs his original Americana songs, which have been featured in curated playlists (including TIDAL’s 2018 Best Of: Rising Folk/Country) and heard live from New York to Nashville. The son of political refugees, Elliah strives to write songs that are at once accessible, meaningful, and radical.