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.
Josh Beerman is a playwright/screenwriter and graduate of the New School for Drama in Playwriting. His work been seen at the FringeAct Festival of New Work at ACT and Theater Schmeater in Seattle. In the NYC area he has had work produced at Manhattan Rep, was a finalist at the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival in 2010 and a winner in 2011. His plays have been developed by Urban Stages, The Management, and theNEST. He has worked on the Artistic Staff for Seattle Repertory Theatre, and in Artist Services at The Brooklyn Academy of Music. His screenplay Dark is slated for production by Tandem Pictures in 2015.
Award-winning writer/director/producer Lisa Halpern recently worked with Marta Kauffman (co-creator, Friends) to develop Lisa’s screenplay adaptation of the best-selling novel Broken For You. A two time Hedgebrook alumni, her first play Flying Through Blue was a 2011 PlayPenn Finalist and received a staged readings at the Great Plains Theater Conference (Playlab) 2013, Uprooted Theater’s Playwrights Festival in Milwaukee 2013, the Northwest Playwright’s Alliance 2014, and was a semi-finalist for the Eugene O Neil National Playwrights Conference 2014, Earth Matters On Stage Ecodrama New Play Symposium 2014, and Playwrights Foundation 2014. Intiman Theatre commissioned Lisa to write Metanoia: A Change of Mind which had a staged reading at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and was a semi- finalist for the Bay Area Playwright's Festival 2014. Her documentary Hedgebrook: Women Authoring Change recently aired on PBS. For more info go to: www.thirdeyeproductions.org
Karen Hartman holds the Playwright Center’s 2014–15 McKnight Residency and Commission for a nationally recognized playwright. Her 20 plays and musical works include Goldie, Max & Milk (Nominee, American Theater Critics Association award, best new regional play, Carbonell Award), Gum, Goliath, Leah’s Train, Troy Women, and more. Her plays have been produced regionally and in New York, and published by TCG, DPS, Playscripts, and more. Some of her honors: 2013 Sustainable Arts Grant, Jerome Fellowship, New Dramatists residency, Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, the N.E.A., the Helen Merrill Foundation, Hodder Fellowship, AT & T Onstage Award, Fulbright Scholarship. Her essays are published in the The New York Times and The Washington Post. Ms. Hartman is currently under commission at Yale Repertory Theater and People’s Light and Theater. In Fall 2014 she became a Senior Artist in Residence at University of Washington, Seattle.
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.
Courtney Meaker's first full-length play Buckshot premiered with Macha Monkey Productions in 2013, followed shortly by her second, Chaos Theory, a play seeking order at Annex Theatre. One act works include Apocalypse Soon (Ghost Light Theatricals Battle of the Bards 2012) and That'swhatshesaid (Northwest New Works Festival at On the Boards/Portland’s Risk/Reward 2014). Her short plays have been produced at Spin the Bottle, Theater Schmeater, and 14/48 The Worlds Quickest Theatre Festival. She’s the co-writer on the second season of the award-winning web series “WRECKED” (Honey Toad Studios). Her essay, "Walking While Fat and Female – Or, Why I Don't Care Not All Men Are Like That" was republished by xojane.com and HuffingtonPost.com Her short story "Etymology" was a finalist for the Naked Girls Reading Literary Award. She's a graduate of Knox College.
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.