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    PROGRAMS — WOMEN'S WORK PROJECT


    INTRODUCING THE 2018 SHORT PLAY LAB MEMBERS!

    Please help support the Short Play Festival, August 6-11, 2018!

    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!

    BAINDU KALOKOH, a native Brooklynite, enjoys using various mediums of the performing arts to conduct storytelling. She has performed for sold out audiences and won numerous awards. Some of her playwriting credits include: Corporatesthenics (Downtown Urban Arts Festival 2018); Tenneh” (Princess Grace Awards 2017 Finalist); Platform Griot (Midtown International Theatre Festival 2017), and Hair Ye, Hair Ye... (Short+Sweet Dubai Theatre Festival 2016). Baindu enjoys sharing her spoken word and original songs; as well as choreographing, and she holds New York State teaching certification in Mathematics and Theater. Currently, she spends much of her time planning the launch of her own arts and education non-profit company. She is extremely grateful to God for all gifts bestowed upon her and every opportunity presented. Examples of her artistry can be found at TheRealBaindu.com.

    ALISON LOWENSTEIN is a Brooklyn based writer. Her plays have been performed at the Abingdon Theatre’s Benefit Challenge, LIC One Act Festival, San Diego Center for Jewish Culture Short Play Festival, Ocean County College’s Comic Shorts, Hudson Warehouse Theater’s Monologue Festival, Gi60, Gi60 #NextGen, Teatro Moz, The Wild Project, NYWinterfest, and The Apron Strings Project. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild.In addition, she has an MA in Creative Writing from CCNY, and has authored NYC guidebooks, children’s books, and has written for a variety of publications and websites including The Washington Post, National Geographic Traveler, NY Daily News, Newsday, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Gothamist, TravelandLesiure.com, The Hairpin and many others. She is excited to be a part of the NPTC Women’s Work Play Lab. You can find her at www.brooklynbaby.com

    LYNN MARIE MACY – Recent: Sister Resisters, (Luna Stage Short Play & Equity Library Theater Festivals), Three Seasons NJ 1 Minute Play Festival, Lady Susan, A Jane Austen Bodice Ripper (Reading, Theater 2020), Doubt & Deliberation (Reading, Theater for the New City), script commissioned by JASNA. Productions: Northanger Abbey, A Romantic Gothic Comedy (Distilled Spirits, Blue Room Theatre & Theater Ten Ten, published by New York Theatre Experience in Playing with Canons, Explosive New Works From Great Literature); Innocent Diversions, A Christmas Entertainment with Jane Austen & Friends (Distilled Spirits, Theater Ten Ten), A Thousand Merry Conceits, A Private Audience with Nell Gwyn (Theater Ten Ten, Bedlam Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe), Crunching Numbers (Distilled Spirits, published in Plays and Playwrights for the New Millennium), and a translation of Schiller’s Intrigue & Love (Jean Cocteau Repertory). Macy is Resident Playwright at Theater 2020 and a Member of the Dramatists’ Guild.

    MJ. PERRIN has had her plays produced in several states and internationally at festivals. She is a former member of Playwrights-in-the-Schools for Center Stage Theater in Baltimore, has served on the Arts in Communities Advisory Panel for the Maryland State Arts Councils, and on the Board of Directors for Baltimore Theatre Project. She received her MFA from Towson University where she currently teaches acting for non-majors. Ms. Perrin is a thief, regularly stealing and practicing the good ideas of creative thinkers and visionaries that she admires. She contemplates regularly the behavior motivating violence in all its many forms. She is fascinated, baffled and intrigued with human nature; how good and bad can concurrently exist in one thought, one person, one moment in time. As a playwright, she seeks to capture the history of human behavior as she has come to know it, recording both relevant and mundane events that affect the lives of “others” and “those people” around the world.

    RACHEL SCHROEDER collaborates on international multi-disciplinary projects. U.S.: P.S. 122, DTW, JoyceSoho, 92nd St. Y, Here, Dixon Place, Food For Thought at Players Theater, Goldberg Theater, NYU, Musical Theater Dept., NYU, Berkshire Theater Festival, Simon’s Rock College, St. James Place, The Underground @ Duluth Playhouse; U.K.: Plaisance Theater, Battery Arts Center, Penrhyn Castle; Zimbabwe: Harare Festival of the Arts. Works include: Bull Rider: semifinalist WordBridge; Five Carat Queen: Brown Fish Short Film Festival Official Selection. Heliantha, a solo movement-theater piece: two MCAF Grants from LMCC and NYSCA. MFA: NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing Program. Teaching: Dartmouth, Wellesley, Hofstra, Pace, CAP21, Berkshire Theater Festival, Wingspan Arts at NEST +M School, Create-a-Play at PS 11, Ecole de Mime Corporel Dramatique (London), University of Bangor (North Wales), the Creative Center and Duluth Playhouse. Rachel facilitates an NYC writer’s group and mentors for PEN America’s prison writing program.

    JANE DENITZ SMITH has been Playwright-in-Residence for Barrington Stage Company's Playwright Mentoring Project since 2013. Recent full-length play readings include: The Backyard Farmer’s Guide to Care and Feeding, Death by Chocolate, and Barbecue. Jane’s one-act, The Marrow in the Bone, was part of the 2017 365 Women a Year Playwriting Project and produced as part of the 2017 Berkshire Festival of Women Writers Women's Shorts. Additional credits:  Capital Region 24-Hour Theatre Project at the University at Albany, the Boston Theatre Marathon, Philadelphia Primary Stages, Curio Theatre (Philadelphia), Hubbard Hall Winter Carnival, and Made in the Berkshires festival. In addition to writing plays, Jane has published three Young Adult novels with HarperCollins and a picture book with Workman Publishers. A proud former resident of Brooklyn, Jane and her family have traveled throughout Latin America; resided in Guadalajara, Mexico; and call Williamstown, Mass. “home”. www.janedenitzsmith.com

     

     

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    SARA BERG has worked as an actor, director, dramaturg and producer in professional theater and cabaret, and was Co-Artistic Director for 5 years of Titans Theatre Company in NYC. Sara’s producing/directing credits include Prince & Cinderella at Penumbra Theater, and many productions for Six Figures and Titans Theatre Company including Julie Flanders’ Living in Pieces, Food for Life  and No Vacancy by Clea Rivera at LaMaMa Theatre ETC and Esther: A Feast of Masks by Ellen Kushner, A Brief Night Out  & SPEAK, a concert rock and roll theater piece for Summerstage, by Marla Mase and Tomas Doncker. Sara also directed numerous plays for Cesi Davidson in her “Short Plays to Nourish the Mind and Soul” series in Harlem, and Duck Sauce, Entonces Vivamos and Nursery Rhymes in the 99 for Artistic New Directions Ensemble's Eclectic Shorts Festivals.  

     

     

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    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.

     

     

    LORI KEE  is a frequent collaborator on new work. Currently working with Maggie Bofill (EST, LAByrinth) on a new play with music (Swipe)commissioned for her students at CUNY BMCC (premieres April 2018, Tribeca PAC.)  Chaplin  by Don Nigro, A Light in the Dark*  by Wendy Mae Shelton , Blizzard* by Melissa Skirboll; Vacation...* by Bricken Sparacino, The Fairy Tale Project by Webb Wilcoxen (TPAC); The Big Funk  by John Patrick Shanley  Paper Dragon  by Alisha Silver; New works by: Lyle Kessler, Craig muMsila Grant, Kristina Poe, Jack Karp, Matt Crowley, Janet Bentley, Matt Jordan,  Steven Young, Elizabeth Irwin, James McLindon, Joseph Samuel Wright, Christine Toy Johnson, Don Nigro and John Patrick Shanley (Tennessee  premiere – NYLON -Gene Frankel, Labyrinth & Signature Theatre).  Death Happens* (USM), & Male Man* (Medicine Show) * award outstanding direction. Resident Director- Nylon Fusion Theatre Company, Associate Member SDC, Actors Studio PDU, Assistant Professor CUNY-BMCC Theatre/Acting. www.lorikee.com

       

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    NICOLE MILLER MARKS  has worked with Lantern Theater Co., Revolution Shakespeare, Revamp Collective, Pig Iron Theatre Co., Delaware Theatre Co., and is founder of 21st Ward Theater Company in Philadelphia. She is a producer for Directors Gathering and a proud member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Directors Lab North, the Dramatist Guild, and now New Perspectives Short Play Lab. For the 2017-18 season, Nicole is serving as an Apprentice for the League of Professional Theatre Women and a Barrymore Judge. Upcoming: Maria Marten with Philadelphia Artists Collective.

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    MICHELE O'BRIEN is a director, writer, and performer based in Brooklyn. Credits include: Queens Theatre’s Park Plays (Afternoon Prayers by Jenny Lyn Bader), NY Madness (new plays by Joshua Young, Jessica Moss, and Matthew Barbot), LOVE DRUNK (Sightseeing by Elena V. Levenson), The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (Delayed by Piper Werle). She's a member of the NY Madness directing company and has assisted off-Broadway (F#%king Up Everything, dir. Jen Wineman) and at the New York Theater Festival (Rachel, dir. Ari Laura Kreith). She’s also an improviser and sketch comedy writer whose work has been performed at Upright Citizens Brigade and the PIT. B.A., Vassar College.

     

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    JEN WILLIAMS is a director and writer based in NYC & DC. Most recently she directed A Bad Date at The Barrow Group Theatre, and has directed and written several sketch comedy productions for the Next Day Theater and Rabble Crew Productions in DC. Her screenplay, Extra Virgin, was a finalist at both the Hollyshorts Film Festival in LA and the Oaxaca Film Festival in Mexico. Additionally, Jen is a script reader for the Source Theater, and avolunteer for the American Film Institute (AFI) and The Bushwick Starr. She is a graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) improv comedy program and received her BA in Theatre from American University.

       

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