Will Arbery is a playwright and filmmaker. This spring, he was named one of Variety’s “110 Students to Watch.” Last year, he was one of the winners of the Samuel French OOB Festival with his play The Logic. He’s part of the Early Career Writers Group at Clubbed Thumb, and next year’s Kendeda finalist group at the Alliance Theatre. He was a 2014 Theater Masters MFA fellow, and he’s enjoyed playwriting experiences at Dixon Place, #serials@theflea, Echo Theatre Company, Road Theatre Company, Communal Spaces, Calliope Theatre Company, iDiOM Theater, Chicago Dramatists, American Theater Company, and more. His play We Were Nothing! was a Flavorpill Editor’s Pick and was featured by TDF Stages. This fall, he’ll be performing with boomerang dance at ArtPrize, directing Sofya Weit’z LADY through the Araca Project, and making his short film Your Resources through a grant from Northwestern. His writing has been published in Better: Culture and Lit, The Awl, D Magazine, Word Riot, decomP, The New Professional, Chronogram, Curbside Splendor, Neutrons/Protons, Howl Round, Timber, and more. He grew up in Dallas, TX, the only boy among seven sisters. WillArbery.com
The Orange Garden
Joanna Garner is a writer and musician based in Austin, Texas. She came to the south by way of Seattle, where she made plays with companies including Seattle Repertory Theatre, On the Boards, Annex Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Center, and Live Girls! Theater. Her country musical, 100 Heartbreaks, was workshopped in Seattle Rep’s New Play Program, with the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, and was presented at the country’s largest arts and culture festival, Bumbershoot. Joanna’s other work has been developed nationally and internationally, including at the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, Tofte Lake Center, and the New York and Hollywood fringe festivals. She will receive her MFA in Playwriting from The University of Texas at Austin this spring.
The Other Genius
Steven Haworth wrote [home] or The Quest for the Lost Tablet of Ur for Zoo District Theatre. He freely adapted Bulgakov’s Flight for the Open Fist Theatre. Little Fishes was produced off Broadway by Abingdon Theater, Dark Age by Project III Ensemble Theatre, and The White Cave by Jesco Productions. Fernando was winner of the 2011 Ashland New Play Festival and the 2010 First Look Festival. Blue/Whitney was winner of Stage Left Theatre’s 10th Leapfest New Play Festival in Chicago. As Associate Artistic Director of the Project III Ensemble Theatre Steven directed Arabal’s The Grand Ceremonial and acted in many productions. Steven is very excited to be a part of NEWvember Fest 2015. He lives in Garrison, NY. StevenHaworth.com
Last Flight of the Mercenary
Karen has worked in theater since the age of 12 when she sewed costumes at the NJ Shakespeare Festival and appeared on stage. As a playwright, her work has been awarded the Maxum Mazumdor New Play Prize, The New Science Driven Play Award, featured in over a dozen festivals, and received numerous commissions and productions. She has also been a writing/acting teacher, TV/screen writer, published journalist, and is trained in using theater to help at-risk teens. She holds a BA in Philosophy, an MFA in Creative Writing and just finished her first novel. She has four fabulous children, 2 cats, a dog and some fish.
LOVE, LOVE: Last Stand at Helm’s Deep
Peter Papadopoulos has had his work published and performed in the United States, China, England, and Australia. LOVE LOVE is the third part of his very loosely-connected love trilogy. Parts one and two each received several festival selections and productions and part one, LAST LOVE: All that Rises Must Burn, was co-winner of Algonquin Productions’ “Project Footlight” and is published by Playscripts. An experienced teacher and coach, Peter has helped artists create original performance pieces that have appeared around the country. He recently moved to San Francisco where he co-founded the Mojo Theatre. Before this, Peter taught playwriting and acting for five years at Indiana State University. He received his MFA in Theatre from Trinity Repertory Conservatory.
The Third Rail
Jacob Perkins is a playwright and actor originally from South Carolina. As an actor, he has developed new work by Samuel D. Hunter (Rattlestick/White Heron), Daniel Talbott (The Tank/Your Name Here), Mat Smart (Guthrie), Lindsay Joy (Gleason’s Gym), Jessica Brickman (Jimmy’s No. 43), Cheri Magid (New Georges), Pia Scala-Zankel (The Wild Project), and many others. His play, The Third Rail, won the 1st annual DVRF/O’Henry Productions Emerging Playwright Contest, and it is a 2015 finalist for the O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference. His work has been featured/developed at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, Makehouse, and Botanica. The Third Rail is his first of four full length plays, and it will receive its first fully produced reading in New York City this autumn.