2014 Playwrights

CASEY PIC - Newvember Fest

Shawna Casey

Strong Force

Shawna Casey is an emerging playwright born of her experience as an actress performing new works by top playwrights in Los Angeles, New York and Europe. Her first full-length play, Night Becomes Day, was awarded 2nd place in The Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize competition in April 2014. Aurora Theatre’s GAP competition recognized an early one-act version of her Strong Force as a finalist in 2013. Produced short plays include The Aegean, SAP, and Animal Style, directed by husband Jack Kehler in Los Angeles. She graduated with an MFA in Writing from the Spalding MFA program in 2012 and is so happy to be here. https://pwcenter.org/profile/shawna-casey
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Samantha Charlip


Samantha Charlip is a New York based playwright and Writer/Producer for television networks including A&E, Turner and Viacom. Her plays include: Futurama (Winner: NEWVember New Plays Festival; Finalist: O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Ingram New Works Lab at the Tennessee Repertory Theatre; Semifinalist: Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship, Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship, nuVoices Play Festival, Trustus Playwrights Festival, Nominations: Kennedy Center Mark Twain Comedy Award, Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award for People with Disabilities, Readings: Glass Eye’s Fresh Produce’d Series, Obligatory Theatre); Below (Reading: Rita and Burton Goldberg Theatre), Love in the Time of Gonorrhea (Tiny Rhino), One Universal You (The Piney Fork Theatre). Her work has also been performed as part of NYU’s Graduate Monologue Competition (2013, 2014) and Tisch’s New Works Festival (2013). Samantha is also a television writer whose original pilots were selected as semi-finalists in Storyboard TV’s 2011 and 2012 pilot competition and as second-rounders at the Austin Film Festival. She is recent graduate of NYU’s Tisch Dramatic Writing MFA program where she studied playwriting under Pulitzer Prize Annie Baker (The Aliens, The Flick, Circle Mirror Transformation), Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), Eduardo Machado (The Cook, Broken Eggs, Hung) and Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater. Samantha was awarded the Tisch School of the Arts Full Tuition Departmental Fellowship.
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Jessica Moss

Next to Him

Jessica Moss is an actor/playwright from Toronto. She has written and performed the solo-shows Modern Love (Next Stage Festival) and Polly Polly (Toronto/Edmonton Fringe, recipient of Best of Fringe, Patron’s Pick, Ed Mirvish Award for Entrepreneurship), and been a contributing writer/performer with the collectively created Swoon! (Toronto Fringe) and TEASE (East End Performance Crawl). Next to Him was shortlisted for the Tarragon Emerging Playwright’s Contest in 2012 and came second in the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Contest in 2013. Acting credits include To Kill a Mockingbird (Young People’s Theatre), Was Spring (Tarragon), The Clockmaker, Alice in Wonderland (Sudbury Theatre Centre), and Tout Comme Elle (Necessary Angel).
Jan Rosenberg

Jan Rosenberg

Do Not Leave Unattended

Jan is elated to be included in the 2014 Newvember Festival. She received her BA in Playwriting and Fiction from Eugene Lang College at The New School. Do Not Leave Unattended was one of four selected for a professional reading and development workshop through ESPA at Primary Stages, directed by Daniella Topol. DNLU was recently featured as part of Wide Eyed Production’s ‘Seven Deadly Winks’ reading series. Other plays include The Discarded (Vertigo Theater Company), TACT: AN Apocalyptic Love Story (Manhattan Rep, SANDRep), Sweet (Midtown International Theatre Festival), Upside Down Town, Loosely Based, Pretty Names For Ugly Things, Nice Monsters, and The Preservation of Mythical Creatures. In 2010, she was a member of LAByrinth Theater Company’s Summer Intensive Ensemble. She acted as a production assistant to Adam Rapp on The Amoralists’ production of Ghosts in the Cottonwoods. She is a staff writer for Show Business Weekly and Theatre Is Easy. Jan is a proud founding member of the The Beehive Collective: an all female writers group.
Ryan Sprague

Ryan Sprague

The Soldier’s Daughter

Ryan is an NYC- based playwright and screenwriter. His plays include: Somewhere in Between (Atlantic Theatre, 2010), Some Just Do It Naturally (Published by Black Box Theatre Publishing, received the 2006 Norma Jean Yembreck Award), Reach (Theatre for the New City, 2013), East in Red (Kraine Theatre, 2014) His films include: ‘Reverie Lane’ (2015 release) and ‘In a Forest’ (2nd place for Best Sci-Fi Short Script, Nashville Film Festival, 2014) His first book, When Logic Fails will be released by Richard Dolan Press in 2015. He has also written for MTV and A&E television. For more information, please visit www.ryandsprague.com.

Caitlin Saylor Stephens

Two Men Missing in the Hudson River

Caitlin Saylor Stephens is a Brooklyn’based performer and playwright. Plays: Nesting, I LOVE DEAD THINGS, WHEN WE WENT ELECTRONIC, TWO MEN MISSING IN THE HUDSON RIVER, In The Basement of My Heart, and The Unofficial Race Time of A. Pineda. Development: The Lark, Labyrinth, New Georges, The Flea Theater. Residencies: Orchard Project and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Finalist/Semi: Mabou Mines Resident Artist, NYTW2050 Fellowship, Terranova Groundbreaker’s, WorkingFarm@SPACE, 2014 NPC at The O’Neill. Workshops/Productions: SoHoRep, Dixon Place, Labyrinth, and The Flea Theater. Acting: St. Ann’s Warehouse, EST, SoHoRep, Studio42, Labyrinth, Incubator, Deitch Projects, Hiro Ballroom, Ars Nova, LaMaMa. Collaborations: ArtParty, CitizensBand, Robert Schenkkan, Bluemouth Inc, The Wooster Group, The Civilians, Sarah Frances Cagianese, Adam Rapp and Karen O. Dramatists Guild, New Georges Affiliated Artist and Member of The Jam. BA Sarah Lawrence College.