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NEW AMERICAN FESTIVAL
OF NEW ONE ACT PLAYS 2016

August 21 at 5pm
August 28 at 5pm and 8pm


New American Theatre Festival of New One Act Plsy 2016

The New American Theatre presents The New American Theatre Studio Ensemble in

Festival of New One Act Plays
After an extensive year-long search, our team of company member volunteers read hundreds of short plays. The plays presented in August, 2016 are our 11 finalists. Congratulations!
 

The Festival offerings are different each date. Please check your preferred cast/plays before purchasing yourt ticket.

AUGUST 21 and AUGUST 28, 2016
Time: 5pm

Tickets: $15


VENUE: VS THEATRE
5453 West Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019 .

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FESTIVAL OF NEW ONE ACT PLAYS
AUGUST 21, 2016
at 5pm

Directed by Jack Stehlin

The Plays:

A Place That Looks Like Davenport
written by Paul Lewis
with John Kassir, Cesar Obregon and Vanessa Waters Kassir

Doing it Birdy Style
written by Stuart Crafton
with Floyd Lewis, Jr. and Colette Rutherford

The Break
written by Bill Leavengood
with Varda Appleton and Jenna Borrenpohl

Backlit
written by John Lordan
with Tania Getty and Jordan Jacinto

A Firework Unexploded
written by Dave Osmundsen
with Chelsea Povall and Mark Richardson

Searching
written by
Owen Panettieri
with Jeff Kongs, Jenny Lerner and Susan Ziegler

Mars

written by Tyler Phillips
with Brendan Brandt, Ioanna Meli and Carly Waldman

Responsible
written by Bara Swain
Kasey Dailey, Jeff Kongs and Frannie Morrison

The Robotics of Sex
written by Jordan Rawlins
with Floyd Lewis,Jr , Brendan Brandt,
Shalimar Garba and Sable Stevens

 


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5pm Performance



FESTIVAL OF NEW ONE ACT PLAYS
AUGUST 28, 2016

at 5pm and 8pm

Directed by Jack Stehlin

The Plays:

Doing it Birdy Style
written by Stuart Crafton
with Floyd Lewis, Jr. and Colette Rutherford

The Break
written by Bill Leavengood
with Varda Appleton adn Jenna Borrenpohl

The Bell
written by Brent Askari
with George Capaceti and Gregory Kaplan

Backlit
written by John Lordan
with Tania Getty and Jordan Jacinto

Searching
written by Owen Panettieri
with Jeff Kongs, Jenny Lerner and Susan Ziegler

Mars

written by Tyler Phillips
with Brendan Brandt, Ioanna Meli and Carly Waldman

Responsible
written by Bara Swain
Kasey Dailey, Jeff Kongs and Frannie Morrison

The Robotics of Sex
written by Jordan Rawlins
with Varda Appleton, Brendan Brandt,
Shalimar Garba and Sable Stevens

A Place That Looks Like Davenport
written by Paul Lewis
with John Kassir, Cesar Obregon and Vanessa Waters Kassir

The Number
written by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrilich
with Ally Gordon and Jade Sealey

Buy NOW to AUGUST, 2018 FESTIVAL
5pm Performance


ENCORE PERFORMANCE ADDED!

Buy NOW to AUGUST 28, 2016 FESTIVAL
8pm Performance

 

 




CAST BIOS  
Varda Appleton

Varda Appleton - (Darla Dorring, The Break)

Varda has had a busy summer, performing in Romeo and Juliet (Sierra Madre Shakespeare Festival), Washed In The Blood (OMR Theatre, Hollywood Fringe Festival), and Opaline (Garage Theatre).  Other recent theatre credits:Solitaire (Underground Theatre), Calendar Girls (California Theatre), All About Harold (Miles Memorial Playhouse), and On Golden Pond  (Glendale Centre Theatre), alongside Salome Jens and Andrew Prine.  Feature film credits include Loves ParkManifesto, and Forever. She can also be seen in TV shows and several web series. Varda is thrilled to be a New American Theatre Ensemble member.

Jenna Borrenpohl

Jenna Borrenpohl

Jenna Borrenpohl originally from a farm in Illinois grew up training extensively in dance which fueled her passion for film, tv, and theater. She received her BA from Loyola University Chicago in Fine Arts and theater.  Recently she was in "Breaking Through” directed by John Swetnam (Writer of Into the Storm, Step Up) which was in theaters for a short time and released on iTunes. She's worked with super star choreographers Gustavo Vargas, Willdabeast, and Tabitha and Napoleon AKA “Nappy Tabs” from So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, and Dancing with the Stars. Theatrically Jenna is represented by Saraphina Monaco at Prestige Talent Agency, BLOC as a dancer, and Clear Talent Group commercially. Some fun facts about her is that she's been to 70 different countries, plays classical piano, studied in Italy as well, and worked at Harvard. 

Brendan Brandt

Brendan Brandt

Previously with NAT: Boy's Life (Phil), Midsummer (Flute), Julius Caesar (Octavius), Getting Out (Carl), Macbeth (Malcolm), Green Eyes, and a whole bunch of one-act festivals. Brendan wrote Exigence for last year's festival. Other local theater includes Wild Geese at the Skylight and Godspell in Glendale.  Film/TV: WorkaholicsCriminal MindsLast Man StandingClose to HomeWorking ClassStarla. Brendan's Documentary, Victor's Last Classhad it's world premiere this summer on Israeli National Television. 
Chlesea Brandt

Chelsea Brandt Gina in A Firework Unexploded

With New American Theatre: Boy’s Life, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Julius Caesar, I Never Sang for My Father, Macbeth, The Women, and 365 Days/365 Plays. Other Theater: Romeo & Juliet (Juliet) The Night of the Black Cat, Brigadoon, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Sound of Music, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Annie Get Your Gun, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and  Oklahoma!. Film/TV:The Drama Club, Boy Talk, The Hunted. She was also a Lead Singer/Dancer for Holland America Cruise Lines.  PCPA Graduate.  New American Theatre Company Member.

George Capacete

George Capacete

With New American Theatre: Fisherman in Loose Ends. He is also a member of The New American Theatre and is looking forward to all upcoming productions.  Thanks to all the wonderful people who made Loose Ends happen and a special thanks to Jack Stehlin.  He hopes you enjoy this play and become a fan of The New American Theatre.  

Kasey Dailey

 

Kasey Dailey

With New American Theatre: Maraya in Loose Ends and Maggie in Boy's LIfe. Kasey Dailey studied BFA Acting and Musical Theater at Marymount Manhattan College before moving to Los Angeles. She most recently has co-starred on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but has also worked with the IFC Channel, MTV, Joel Schumacher, and The Kennedy Center. She is thrilled to be continuing her journey with The New American Theatre.

Shalimar Garba

Shalimar Garba

Shalimar Garba is a creator dedicated to using Art as a tool for social justice and Human Rights. Born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Shalimar moved to the US at the age of ten, escaping the devastation of the “Blood Diamonds” civil war. Through her love of the Arts she found a voice to express her experience as a survivor and her hope for a more just world.

Talented in the creation of inspired art as well as its management, Shalimar has created and directed a variety of multi-media projects. After receiving a Bachelor of Science from St. John's University in TV and Film Production, with a minor in Media Management and Finance she focused her talents behind and in front of the screen. During this time, Shalimar worked with numerous production organizations including the United Nations International Labour Organization, the ABC Network and Val Dean Entertainment.

She continued to hone her talents as an actress by attending the William Esper Studio, a prestigious acting conservatory in New York City; as well as making her NYC theater appearance with a starring role as Delia in the play “Miss Francis”. She is a member of the The New American Theatre Company, in Los Angeles and has co-starred in the online series In Dice We Trust. She is currently striving to make an impact as the Creator, Executive Producer and star, of a series called America Free.

Shalimar also continued to bring her love of Art full-circle, serving as an apprentice to internationally renowned Artist Anthony James. By exploring her long-held passion for drawing, painting and sculptures she has found yet another medium to build her talents as well as share her story, desires and purpose.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, Shalimar dedicates her free time to Human Rights campaigns such as End Ebola Now and volunteering with Inner City Arts.

 

Tania Getty

Tania Getty

Tania Getty is happy to be a part of another show with New American Theatre, after having played Selina in Loose Ends earlier this year.   She is also a member of Pacific Resident Theatre in Venice, where she was last seen as Varya in The Cherry Orchard, as well as in numerous other productions such as Skylight, Closer, Orpheus Descending, Fata Morgana, and Alice Sit-by-the-Fire.  Tania also performs with guerrilla troupe Salty Shakespeare.  Tania studied theatre at the University of Arizona and Goldsmiths College, London.  She is currently working on new TV series Conviction: Murder in the Park and as a playwright on a presentation of new full lengths, Fall Fruit, at Pacific Resident Theatre.

Ally Gordon

Ally Gordon

With New American Theatre: Susan in Loose Ends, Boys' LIfe. Ally is thrilled to be a part of this production. She received her MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama (NSD) in New York as well as her BFA in Acting from UC Santa Barbara. TV: Louie (FX, Dir. Louie CK) Other Theater:A Midsummer Night's Dream (NSD)Caucasian Chalk Circle (NSD), Pygmalion (Shakespeare Santa Cruz)Angels in America (UCSB), Godspell (UCSB) and Three Sisters (UCSB). Ally is so proud to be a member of The New American Theater Ensemble and a part of this fantastic show. For more on Ally, check out allygordon.com

Jordan Jacinto

Jordan Jacinto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gregory Kaplan

Gregory Kaplan

Gregory Kaplan was originally born in Durban South Africa and moved to  Southern  California as a pre teen where he spent his formative years surfing and playing soccer in the beautiful city of Encinitas in north county San Diego. He received a soccer scholarship to play for the San Diego State Aztecs and after one full season he decided to hang up the jersey and break from his studies at SDSU and pursuit a  professional surfing career. After finding some success competing he picked up sponsorships from some of biggest names in the surf industry and was able to travel the globe and compete as a semi pro surfer.  After two long solid years on the road he returned to SDSU to finish  his degree and after one theatre and one film class he had found his true passions.  Gregory graduated in 2009 from San Diego State and 2010 he moved to Los Angeles to pursuit a professional acting and film making career.  He has found success and continues to work both in front and behind the camera. He has acted on tv shows such as Comedy Central the Kroll Show , Geeks and most recent the pilot Confessions of A Hollywood Bartender. He has also acted in numerous feature films such as most recent the New York Indie feature "Addiction A 60s Love Story"  where he played the role of Detective Herman alongside former Oscar nominee Carol Kane , Ian Harding ( Pretty  Little Liars) , Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter) and Leo Fitzpatrick (Kids) .  Behind the camera Gregory's film which he wrote , produced and directed "Through Broken Glass " received the award of Merit at this years 2016 Indie Fest film awards. He absolutely delighted to be part of a such a fantastic group at the New American Theater and looks forward to working with such a great group of talented artists. 

 

John Kassir

Known for unique roles like: The Crypt Keeper on HBO’s “Tales From The Crypt”; Shemp in “The Three Stooges Movie” and Ralph in “Reefer Madness, Movie Musical”, John was Star Search’s $100,000.00 Standup Champion.

Currently Starring in Pete’s Dragon as the voice of Elliot, the Dragon.

Excited to again work with New American and his talented wife, Vanessa, John’s theater credits include: Dottore in The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center); Ralph in Reefer Madness (Winner Ovation / Garland awards); Kenny in Three Guys Naked.... (Drama Desk / Outer Critics Circle award nominations), and Silence! The Musical, LA. (winner LA Weekly Award).

Twitter, Facebook, http://www.IMDB.com/name/nm0440885/

 

Jeff Kongs

Jeff Kongs

Jeff is happy to be back on stage with his fellow New Americans. He was most recently seen in the New American production of Loose Ends at the Victory Theatre. His favorite past film, tv and theatre credits include, Boys' Life, Criminal Minds, Rizzoli and Isles, Ask J, Jerry and Tom, Knockout Mouse, Fighting Mr. Right and The Insider's Guide To Film School. Jeff would like to thank his darling wife Diana for her support and a special thanks to Alexa, for her endless knowledge and inspiration. 


Floyd Lewis

With The New American Theatre / Circus Theatricals: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Sam I Am,The Man with the Tiny Head, Getting Out, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Week 50 of 365 Days/Plays by Suzan-Lori Parks, The Test (Annual Festival of New One-Act Plays), Joey (Annual Festival of New One-Act Plays), Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of The Heart (Great Scenes from Pulitzer Prize Winning Plays), Oscar in Another Part of the Forest (Great Scenes from Classic American Plays), Tuzenbach in Three Sisters (Great Scenes by Anton Chekhov), Norman in Boys Next Door (Ten Great Scenes). Originally from North Carolina, Floyd is a UCLA graduate and proud member of the New American Studio Ensemble.

Jenny Lerner

Jenny Lerner

Jenny Lerner is thrilled to be making her debut with the New American Theatre. She has a BA in theatre from Muhlenberg College and studied physical theatre at the Accademia Dell'Arte in Arezzo Italy. Television credits include "The Middle" and "The Mindy Project". Jenny co-wrote, produced and acted in two short films and sings in Karen Morrow's Singer's Workshop.  She is happy to have met kindred spirits living the LA actor life and is grateful to Jack and the writers for their amazing work.

Ioanna Meli

Ioanna Meli

Born and raised in Athens, Greece, Ioanna is a bilingual actress trained at Goldsmiths College University of London, UCLA School of Theatre, Film & Television and Guildhall School of Music & Drama among others. Favorite film credits include Erika Amariglio in Steven Spielberg's AUSCHWITZ (Tribeca Film Festival 2016), Holly in her own short film A LITTLE PART OF YOU (Best Actress Award-New York City International Film Festival 2014) and her role as theWoman, starring with Dwayne-The Rock-Johnson in ASCENDANCE. She was last scene on stage with fellow NAT-ers as Selina in LOOSE ENDS. Behind the scenes, Ioanna dances swing and cooks Greek goodies! www.ioannameli.com

Frannie Morrison

Frannie is very excited to be making her debut with the New American Theatre in the company’s One Act Festival. A transplant from San Francisco, Frannie has been fortunate enough to be a part of numerous projects here in LA both on stage and film. Recent works include Gruesome Playground Injuries (Chicago Fringe Festival), As You Like It as Cecelia (California Shakespeare Company), and the web series Actor’s Untitled (92ARTIST Prod.). Frannie would like to thank her mom and dad for their continuous love and support, her brother Keller for the reality checks, and the NAT Company for all their hard work and warm welcome.

Cesar Obregon

 

Mark Richardson Mark Richardson
Mark was most recently seen as Doug in the New American Theatre production of LOOSE ENDS as well as their 2012 revival of AS IS. Mark's credits include Mike in CHERRY DOCS, Third Witch in MACBETH (Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum), and Snowbell in STUART LITTLE (Phantom Projects). This Fall he will be playing Trotsky and Milton in ALL IN THE TIMING (Bucket List Theatre). He is a proud member of Actors Equity and a graduate of the University of Virginia. Wahoowa!
Colette Rutherford
Colette Rutherford
Jade Sealey

Jade Sealey

With The New American Theatre: Julius Caesar, Christina Woodman in the world premiere play Bedfellows, Baltimore in Sister Cities (Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Circus Theatricals), Jane in Mooney’s Kid Don’t Cry, Crystal Allen in The Women, Shannon Gosling in Safe, Viola in Twelfth Night, Marian in The Heiress, Genevieve in Weedwacker, Iphigenia in Iphigenia , Debby in Deconstructing the Torah. Other theatre: Janna in Blind Spots, Ruthie in Tsuris (Sidewalk Studio Theatre), Portia in The Author's Voice and Constanze in Amadeus(Steve Dobuzyinski Theatre). Film/TV credits include: “Chasing Eagle Rock,” “How to Cheat,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Bridesmaid #3,” “The Hunger Artist,” “ Cul De Sac” and “Fool's Paradise.” 

Sable Stevens

Sable Stevens

Born and raised in LA by her grandparents, Sable is a multi-ethnic thespian who craves diversity, art and culture.  Having trained for years under the tutelage of Meisner proteges, Sable decided to hone her comedic skills. Improv training at The Groundlings began the road toward fast-paced comedic timing. This was followed by her new-found love for Stand Up Comedy and comedy writing.

When Sable isn't on the stage, or partaking in a writing frenzy, she loves taking in a movie (duhh) and fitting in a jog with her ever-so adorable Siberian Husky, Bruce.

Carly Waldman

Carly Waldman

With New American Theatre: Maraya in Loose Ends, Lisa in Boys' LIfe. Carly was born and raised in the beautiful Bay Area. She recently graduated from Boston University with a BFA in Acting. She also received a certificate of Classical Acting from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Some of her favorite Boston credits include Mary’s Wedding (Mary), The Imaginary Invalid (Angelique), Arcadia (Chloe). LAMDA credits: Julius Caesar (Cassius) and The Country Wife (Lady Fidget). Carly is a recent member of the New American Theatre Company. She is thrilled to be working with such a wonderfully dedicated team.

Vanessa Waters

Vanessa Waters

As a long time company member, plays with The New American Theatre include:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, As Is, The Women, Three Sisters, Macbeth, and seven different productions of One Acts.  With Shakespeare Santa Monica, The Merchant of Venice, and Vanessa recently starred in the premiere of Blind Spots by Colette Freedman.  She has appeared on television shows Battle Creek and House, numerous independent films, and is also a voice over actress. Vanessa is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts (PCPA Theaterfest) and holds a B.F.A. in theater from Ithaca College.  Big thanks to Jack and Jeannine for their dedication to our company.  Vanessa is happy to be on stage with Cesar and her real life husband, Johnny.   

 

Susan Ziegler Susan Ziegler Amanda in Searching

Off-Broadway  includes: Oona & Lurleen (The Public Theatre), Angel City,  Suicide in B Flat, Hamlet, The Duchess of Malfi.  With New American Theatre (company member): Three Sisters, As You Like It, The Women, Macbeth.  Othe rLA theatre includes: Cheyenne, Mercy Warren’s Tea (The Odyssey Theatre), Sister Cities (World Premiere & Edinburgh Fringe Festival).  TV includes: Search Party, Don’t Trust the B* In Apartment 23, Dollhouse, Without A Trace, The Middleman, The West Wing, Days Of Our Lives.  Recent film: Hello My Name Is Doris, Countertransference, Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same (Sundance premiere), The Foxy Merkins (Sundance) and the soon to be released Wild Nights With Emily.  Graduate of NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing.  For Michael and Oona.

   
Playwrights Bios  
   
Barbara Blumenthal-Erhlich

Barbara Blumenthal-Erhlich Playwright, The Number

Full lengths have been produced at Northern Light, Overtime, Trustus, Trinity Rep, the New York International Fringe Festival, the off-Broadway Summer Play Festival, and more. Her plays have been developed in NYC at Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, ARACAworks, Stella Adler, and Rattlestick, and regionally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva, Victory Gardens, Elephant Theatre, among others. She won the 2016 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Julie Harris Award and was a runner up in contests that include the Sundance Playwriting Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Heideman Award and Princess Grace Fellowship. Her play STILL LIFE was named to the Kilroy List and was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award.




Stuart Crafton

Stuart Crafton

I have been writing plays and recently screenplays for almost thirty years.  I love the experience of sitting down and losing myself in a story. Okay, not every day, but enough days to make it count. My first full-length play was produced in Denver in 1989. I have won  four playwriting prizes and my plays have been produced in New York, California, Wales and New Zealand. One of my plays was included in a book of one-acts that was recently published in Wales. I am currently working with a Hollywood company on a screenplay. 

Bill Leavengood

Bill Leavengood Playwright, The Break

Bill Leavengood is a two-time O’Neill playwright and alumnus of Circle Repertory. His Off-Broadway credits include SPECIAL on Theatre Row; LITTLE MARY at the Sanford Meisner Theatre; THE HEAD at the Chelsea Playhouse; THE PRESERVATION SOCIETY, at Primary Stages; and FLORIDA CRACKERS, which premiered as part of Circle Repertory’s 20th Anniversary Season. Leavengood’s short play, STEVE, was presented at the Town Hall Theatre in New York as part of BRAVE NEW WORLD: The American Theater responds to 9/11, and subsequently made into a short film starring Fisher Stevens. Los Angeles productions include THE HEAD at the Matrix and WHAT IS ART? at the Court. Regional productions include WHAT IS ART? at GeVa Theatre; MONEY MAKER at the Heather Theater; WEBB’S CITY: THE MUSICAL at the Mahaffey Theater; CROSSING THE BAY at the Falk Theater, Tampa; AMERICAN ROAD at the Gorilla Theatre; FOOD & SHELTER at American Stage; and LOURDES OF THE FLIES, at the Palladium Theatre. www.billleavengood.com

 

Paul Lewis

Paul Lewis Playwright, A Place That Looks Like Davenport

Paul Lewis is a Seattle-based playwright and composer whose recent projects include The Crossing, A Musical (Theater Schmeater, Seattle); a musical adaptation of the children’s literature classic Caps for Sale (Boston Children’s Theatre); the full-length play Oblivion (Driftwood Players, after staged readings at Atlantic Stage, Raven Players, and HRC Showcase Theatre); and The Hours of Life, A Musical (Theatre22).  His one-acts have been staged at play festivals across the country, winning Best of Festival awards at many of them; these include Timmy Perlmutter Goes Flying; a ten-minute version of Oblivion, published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2014 (Smith & Kraus), My Beautiful VoyageTimmy Perlmutter’s Extraordinary Hanukkah, Music BoxGuess What?, and The Italian Prisoner. Paul is a member of BMI and The Dramatists Guild of America. His website is paullewis.work.

John Lordan Playwright, Back Lit

John Lordan has been a full-time actor - NYC/Chicago/LA - for thirty-seven years. His plays have been honored with 36 national and regional awards and a Full Fellowship from Illinois Arts Council. SAG-AFTRA-AEA and The Dramatists Guild. He is a Life Member of The Players in NYC. Both John and his wife, Nancy Kidder, are happy to fly out for the reading, as they get to visit with their "wunnerful" 18 month old grand-daughter, Genevieve Veronica, who made her first movie this year.

   
Dave Omundsen

Dave Omundsen Playwright, A Firework Unexploded

Dave Osmundsen is a New Jersey based playwright and dramaturge. He holds a BA in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University, where he dramaturged multiple student-written works and department productions. During the summer of 2013, he served as an assistant dramaturge for the New Play Dramaturgy Intensive at the Kennedy Center. His plays include Distance (reading at Access Theatre, October 2014), A Firework Unexploded (Manhattan Rep, March 2015), and Stupid, Fat, Ugly (In the Water Theatre Company reading series, June 2016). More info can be found at https://newplayexchange.org/users/1889/dave-osmundsen

 

Owen Panettieri

Owen Panettieri - Playwright, Searching

Writer of the award-winning Vestments of the Gods (Winner - Overall Excellence in Ensemble. 2014 FringeNYC) and The Timing of a Day (Winner - Outstanding New Play 2010, Talkin' Broadway, Summer Theatre Festival Citations). The Timing of a Day had an additional run at Center Stage, NY in 2011. His latest play, A Burial Place will have its World Debut at the Abingdon Theater in NYC in the fall of 2016.  Short plays and one-acts produced across the country include "More Than a Memory," "Processing," "Our View From Paradise," "Calendar Girl" and "The President is Gay! (And Other Delicious Scandals)." Owen was a contributing Writer/Performer for four seasons with The Nitestar Program (currently known as S.T.A.R. at the Directors Company) creating original health education theater pieces for primary school, secondary school and college audiences in the Tri-State area. He is the co-writer of the web series "Legally Brown: The Search for the Next Piragua Guy" with Lin-Manuel Miranda and writes weekly at Ryan Scott Oliver's Crazytown Blog.Owen is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Conservatory Program at The Actors Center. He is currently a member of the Playwrights Gallery Writers Group. He lives in New York City. www.owenpanettieri.com

  Tyler Phillips
Jordan Rawlins

Jordan Rawlins Playwright, The Robotics of Sex

Jordan Rawlins' is a SoCal native whose plays have been seen in theaters throughout America. Among other projects, he is the writer of the 2016 kid's film, "Rescue Dogs" and the book, "Monsters of the Apocalypse." His free time is divided between fly-fishing and volunteering with his favorite charity, 826LA.

 

Bara Swain

Bara Swain Playwright, Responsible

Bara Swain’s plays and monologues have been performed across the country in more than 100 venues in 19 states.  NYC theatres include the Barrow Group, Abingdon Theatre, Urban Stages, Articulate Theatre Company, Sam French OOB Festival, Artistic New Directions, Project Y Theatre, Rising Sun, Ego Actus, Kaufmann Theatre, Gallery Players, Turnip Theatre and Stage Left.  Give and TakeBeyond a Reasonable DoubtCritical Care, and Prized Begonias are published in the Smith & Kraus Best Ten-Minute Plays anthologies.  Her work is also published by Art Age Press (Senior Theatre), Applause Books, Original Works Publishing, Meriwether, and JAC Publications.  Critical Care, produced on stage and in film, is reprinted in the new college textbook, Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres by Lisa Roney (Oxford U. Press) and serves as a key reading for the craft of playwriting. Honors include Heideman Award Finalist, Aboard the Guy V. Molinari; City Theatre National Award Finalist for Short Playwriting for The Hotel Lobbyist; and, by special invitation from Burt Reynolds, An Evening With Bara Swain, BRIFT, Jupiter, Florida, directed by Burt Reynolds.  Her short plays won first prize at the Birdhouse Theatre Festival, International Jewish Short Play Festival, Dubuque Fine Arts Players, Multi-Arts Playwriting competition, and the Raymond J. Flores Festival.  Bara currently serves at Urban Stages as the Creative Consultant, where she is expanding opportunities for theatre artists through a new play development program, Urban Stages New Pages.  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Articulate Theatre Company, and League of Professional Theatre Women.

   
IMG: Jack Stehlin JACK STEHLIN (Director//New American Theatre Artistic Director) is an award-winning actor/director best known on television as DEA captain Roy Till on the Showtime series Weeds (SAG award nomination). New York/Regional stage credits include Salome(with Al Pacino), numerous productions at New York’s Public Theatre including Richard II (with Steven Berkoff), Henry V (with Kevin Kline), Casanova (with Ethan Hawke), Henry IV, (with Mandy Patinkin), and Julius Caesar (with Al Pacino and Martin Sheen). Los Angeles stage roles include New American Theatre productions of 63 Trillion,  More Lies About JerzyJulius CaesarHarm’s Way (LA/Off Broadway), Titus Redux (Not Man Apart co-production at Kirk Douglas Theatre and RadarLA,) and Odyssey/New American Theatre co-productions of Creditors (LA Weekly Award nomination-Best Actor),Taming of the ShrewThe Misanthrope, Macbeth, Richard III, Tartuffe, and True West. His many guest-starring roles on countless TV fan favorites include NCIS Los AngelesWithout a Trace, Monk, The Practice, Crossing Jordan, ER, NYPD Blue and Fox’s pilot Hieroglyph. Jack can be seen on the big screen in Wilde Salome with Al Pacino.
   

 
 

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