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    Please help support the Short Play Festival, August 7-12, 2017!

    This program is completely free of charge to the writers, and they receive the UNIQUE opportunity to have their plays produced at the end of the writing process!



    KENDRA AUGUSTIN is an actress and playwright with a BA in theatre from Nova Southeastern University. Short plays include Dying is an Art (InspiraTO Festival, 365 Women's Festival); Black Star (LIC One Act Festival, Short Attention Span Festival) All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go (Thespis Theater Festival); Stranger (Stage Black Festival). She has studied improv at The Peoples Improv Theater and sketch at The Upright Citizens’ Brigade. Kendra is also co-founder of The Leela NYC Theatre Festival and co-managing director of the Brooklyn reading series: One Acts and Snacks.

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    RAE BINSTOCK was raised in Cambridge, MA and earned her BA from Columbia University, where she was mentored by Ellen McLaughlin and David Henry Hwang. Rae’s full-length plays include Watch Me Burn (LezPlay – Pride Films & Plays, Idle Muse Theatre’s Athena Festival, The Fresh Fruit Festival), Expedition (Monster Piece Theatre Collective, National Theater for Student Artists, Seymour Brick Memorial Prize for Playwriting), We Are The Light Of The World (Red Theater’s National Playwriting Prize, winner of the 84th National Writer's Digest Writing Competition) and The Snowstorm (2016 Historic Elitch Theatre New Works Festival, Harold Clurman Playwright’ Division Pick). Rae is a contributing writer at, a co-creator of the webseries Rejected, and chief writer of Tapes From Jane Street, an upcoming serial radio-drama. She is a semifinalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and the recipient of a 2017 artistic residency with The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Rae lives in Brooklyn, NY. (Allison Schwartz, Paradigm Talent Agency;



    CAYENNE DOUGLASS is a New York City based writer. She attended CalArts in the theater department and graduated from Goddard College with a Bachelor of Individualized Studies. She’s studied Essay and Opinion Writing, Humor Writing, and Poetry, at Gotham Writers, and Playwriting with Webb Wilcoxen, Richard Caliban, Rogelio Martinez, and Leah Nanako Winkler. Previously her short play Thrown was featured in the CalArts New Works Festival and last spring her short play, If You See Something Say Something was produced by Primary Stages as part of their Detention Series. In 2016 Cayenne had her first essay published in Entropy Magazine and her short play The Architects of Time was produced at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. We All Begin Again was accepted into the Midtown International Theater Festival short play contest and will premiere in July 2017. She recently finished her first full length, What’s Left Standing and is honored and excited be awarded a spot in The NPTC Woman’s Work Lab.


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    CARA HALL is a Manhattan-based writer, attorney and TV/film professional. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America, East and earned her MFA in Writing and Producing for Television from Long Island University – Brooklyn. Cara is represented by Albert Bramante of Emerging Talent Agency. Recent playwriting credits include Sins (Theater at St. Clement’s), The Reckoning, Olivia Sherwood  and A Conversation from the Edge (Manhattan Repertory Theatre). She has worked in TV and film production for several years on projects such as John Wick (feature film), Elementary (CBS TV series), The Breaks (VH1 TV series), The Young Pope (HBO miniseries) and Limitless (CBS TV series). Cara is currently the Clearance Coordinator on the CBS drama Bull while continuing to develop her writing projects. She considers herself incredibly fortunate to receive this opportunity and is extremely grateful to the talented team at NPTC.


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    HOLLY HEPP-GALVÁN’s plays have been presented or developed at Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Core Artist Ensemble, the cell, The Bechdel Group, Wide-Eyed Productions, The NY International Fringe Festival, The Brick, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, 52nd Street Project, and more. Full length plays include Oddities (Irv Zarkower Award, Brass Tacks Theatre Collective), Andrea’s Esophagus (Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Prize), Cardinia’s Calling (Hunter Playwrights, The Bechdel Group), Tamed (Pioneer Playhouse) and Lakshmi Counts Her Arms And Legs (Wide-Eyed Productions). Children's productions include Sprites (Ballet Austin) and Peter And The Piper, THE BIG BOLT!, Trouble On The Double, and Playing Possum (Pollyanna Theatre Co.) and Revenge Of The Monster Hands (52nd Street Project). Holly holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hunter College where she studied with Tina Howe and Mark Bly. She is a two-time winner of the Irv Zarkower Award and the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Prize; the 2012 Playwright-in-Residence for Voices Inside/Out, a program for male inmates; and a finalist for City Theatre’s National Short Play Contest and the Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwrights Award. She is on the faculty of Hunter College teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Playwriting, Creative Dramatics, and Theatre for Youth.



    ALISA ZHULINA is a playwright and Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow in the Department of Drama at NYU. Her plays have been produced at Dixon Place, the Exquisite Corpse Company, the Theatre Project, and Manhattan Repertory Theatre. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University and is the founder of Cacolet Collective, a performance group dedicated to exploring alternative economies through performance and public art.




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    TERESA FISCHER is a director, actress and cabaret performer.  She appeared in Night of the Working Dead at New Perspectives in 2014 and is excited to be a part of the Women’s Work Short Play Festival. Teresa recently directed Stillwater for the Venus/Adonis Play Festival. She has directed several cabaret shows featuring Paul and Rochelle Chamlin including: Gems by Jule, Fine and Dandy: The Ladies of Tin Pan Alley and Let’s Get Away From It All. She has worked with Spotlight On Festivals and the Fresh Fruit Festival both on stage and behind the scenes. Her recent cabaret shows include: What’s Next?, Comedy Roulette, Destinations and Detours, Hip To Be Happy and Scene Of The Crime. She released her debut CD Let It Go in 2012 and a holiday CD Christmas Is… in 2013. Teresa was featured in Andy Warhol’s Secret Girlfriend at Theatre de Neslé in Paris, France. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theater Directing from the University of South Carolina.




    MARY E. HODGES is a mom, actor, director, dramaturge, and teacher.  She has been at the craft  for 25+ years, mostly onstage, from Berkeley, California to The Berkshires of Massachusetts. Mary received the "Best Director" Award for Cheryl Davis' The Maids in the 2014 Estrogenius Festival, and was a runner-up for that award in the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival 2010. Most recently she staged two original short plays at The George Bruce Library in Harlem, both written by Cesi Davidson, with whom she has collaborated since 2008.  In the past few years she has directed works at Negro Ensemble, National Black Theatre, Astoria Performing Arts Center, to name a few, and in the In Her Name, Dream Up and other festivals. She has directed work by Michael Bradford, Cheryl Davis, Kim Porter, Michael Green’s Shades of Truth Theatre, among others, and prisoners from the writing circle at North Point Prison in Kentucky (Voices Inside/Out). She previously was a Guest Instructor at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and is currently a Guest Instructor at New Federal Theatre. Mary has a BFA in Acting from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MFA in Acting from The University of Connecticut at Storrs.



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    ALEX KEEGAN’S directing includes Margot Connolly’s Tough, Krista Knight’s Baja Selkie (Williamstown), Gracie Gardner’s Primary (Sanguine / IRT), Paula Caplan’s Shades (Cherry Lane Theatre), Jessica Dickey’s The Amish Project (Circuit Theatre) and new work with O’Neill Theater Center YPF, Fresh Ground Pepper, The Flea, UglyRhino, Dixon Place, Judson Memorial Church, The Wild Project, Stable Cable, The Gallery Players, and NYU Tisch. Recent assistant directing – Broadway: 24 HOUR PLAYS; Williamstown: Boo Killebrew’s Romance Novels For Dummies (dir. Moritz von Stuelpnagel), Sam Hunter’s A Great Wilderness (dir. Eric Ting); Woolly Mammoth: Clare Barron’s BABY Screams Miracle (dir. Howard Shalwitz). She is a member of Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre’s Middle Voice Company, The Habitat Directors Playground, and a 2017 Drama League Artist-in-Residence. Alum of Williamstown’s Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, The Civilians R&D Group, Women’s Project & New Dramatists Internships, and the O’Neill’s National Theater Institute. Alex holds a B.A. from Brown University where she received the Weston Award for Excellence in Directing. Associate Member, SDC. 




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    MELISSA SKIRBOLL is thrilled to be one of the directors for NPTC's Women's Work Short Play Lab. Melissa is a strong presence in the New York Indie Theater scene. At the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity she has won both the outstanding playwright and outstanding direction awards – and received numerous other nominations for her work there as director, producer, and actor. She is a current member of NY Madness and has directed for various companies including NyLon Fusion Theater Co, Urban Stages, Abingdon Theatre and Estrogenius Festival. Her plays have been staged by Ego Actus, Abingdon Theatre, Urban Stages here in New York. With her producing company, LifeDream Productions, she produced Hell is Where the Heart Is, (4 Nominations, 2 Wins), Blizzard: A Love Story, (6 Nominations, 2 Wins), and The Closet (5 nominations, 1 Win) at Planet Connections. Melissa also teaches acting for the Sande Shurin Acting Studio and works with individuals as a private coach.