Holly Arsenault’s first full-length play, Undo, premiered at Annex Theatre in Seattle in Jan. 2013. It was Annex’s best-selling show in a decade and is the recipient of the 2013 Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play and the 2013 Seattle Theatre Writers Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting. Undo was a finalist for the 2014 Princess Grace Award and a short-list nominee for the 2013 American Theatre Critics Association New Play Awards. It will be published this fall in Rain City Projects' Manifesto v.4, edited by Chay Yew. Holly's first play for children, Marvelous, premiered at Seattle Children's Theatre Drama School in August 2014. Holly has been the director of TeenTix, an arts access program for teenagers, since 2005.
Lisa Halpern is an award-winning writer/director/producer who has optioned several original screenplays and gotten the attention of Flower Films, GoldCrest Films, and Marta Kauffman (“Friends”). Lisa has produced several short and feature films including the documentary Inlaws & Outlaws, which won Best of Fest at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and was picked up by PBS affiliate stations across the country. A two-time Hedgebrook alum, Lisa's first play Flying Through Blue was a 2011 PlayPenn Finalist, was selected for the Great Plains Theater Conference 2013 Playlab, as well as Uprooted Theater’s 2013 Playwright’s Festival in Milwaukee. Last year Intiman Theatre commissioned Lisa to write her new play Metanoia: A Change of Mind.
Brendan Healy's plays have been produced in Seattle, Chicago, Miami, Louisville, Minneapolis, California, and Connecticut. His play Picnic (pik'nik'): v.i. received the 2004 Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville, and his play The Way it Really, Truly, Almost Was is currently a finalist for the 2013 Award. Some of his other plays include Relatively We; The Secret Recordings of Lenin to His Lost Love Mary Anne of Topeka, KS; Suffering, Inc.; The Final Tribunal into the Mysterious Death of Mister Senor Salvador Dali; and a children's play, The Totally True and Almost Accurate Adventures of Pinocchio. He is also a co-founder and the Managing Partner of Pony World Theatre.
Arlitia Jones is a playwright/poet/director, as well as co-founder of TossPot Productions in Anchorage, AK. Her latest play Come to me, Leopards had a workshop production in Oct. 2013 at Cyrano’s Theatre Company in Anchorage. Her play Rush> at Everlasting will be produced at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau in Jan. 2014 and Anchorage in Feb. 2014. Her short play Tornado was selected as a winner in the 38th Annual Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival in July 2013. In addition to her theatre work, Jones is also a published poet and author of The Bandsaw Riots. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and publications and were featured in The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.
Bryan Willis serves as playwright-in-residence for the Northwest Playwrights Alliance. He’s currently working on two commissioned scripts, including Seven Ways to Get There, which received a workshop and reading at Seattle Rep last fall. His adaptation of Jim Lynch’s novel Border Songs was a critical and box office hit at Book-It Repertory Theatre. Bryan’s work-in-progress Bootleg received an extended workshop at the Rep directed by Jerry Manning. His plays have appeared in the U.K., Israel, Japan, U.S. and Canada, including ACT/FringeACT, New York Theater Workshop, Milwaukee Rep, Unseam’d Shakespeare Co., and Riverside Studios in London. His work has also been featured on NPR and BBC Radio, and he is the proud recipient of a Theater Fellowship from Artist Trust.