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PROGRAMS WOMEN'S WORK FULL-LENGTH LAB
JOAN CASTAGNONE earned her MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of North Dakota. She received an ATA award for an adaptation of The Three Sisters for the Drama Department’s main-stage and had a number of her plays produced throughout the state. A former playwright member of the Women’s Project, she was invited to New York for the development and reading of her full-length, Blackbirds, as part of their Midwestern Voices Project. She has published poetry and short fiction in over twenty quarterlies and literary magazines and was the founder and editor of Bloodroot, a literary magazine dedicated to the publication of women writers and artists. Joan was one of the first abridgers at Random House Audio Books. During a long hiatus from the creative writing life, she worked in corporate communications and, later, as an acquiring/ developmental editor at Church Publishing Inc. She is a member of Charles Maryan’s Playwrights/Directors Workshop. Her new play Bliss Point is currently in development in the WW LAB.
ANN CHAMBERLIN is an early member of the WW Project, with JIHAD, The Play having been developed and produced in 1996 at NPTC, winning the OOBR Award for Outstanding Production that year. NPTC is currently moving the play Off Broadway, after having performed it in the Women On Stage for Peace Festival in Bogotá, Colombia this past August. Ann is the author of many plays which have been produced across the country from Seattle to New York, and of several screenplays. She is also the author of nineteen books. Her trilogy set in the 16th-century Ottoman Empire was on the bestsellers list in Turkey for nearly a year. Another award-winning trilogy is set in the days of early Islam. Ann's novel "Choosers Of The Slain", about the Valkyrie from Norse mythology, is currently being developed as a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for television. She is currently Chair of the Historical Novel Society North America Conference, and works part-time at the Middle East Library at the Univ of Utah as a research consultant. She has returned to the WW LAB with her latest script, The Mind In The Cave.
CHARLOTTE ORTIZ COLAVIN: Full lengths Beautiful Fig and annie & betty: 2 Birds have had staged readings at Performance Space, Santa Cruz, and in New York at the Barrow Group Theatre. Beautiful Fig received honorable mention at Ashland New Play Festival, OR and at Pandora Productions, L.A. One acts, Frankie and Edna and JINX were workshopped at The Barrow Group Theatre; georgie was produced at Festival Ten VIII, at The College at Brockport, Rochester; Pause was produced at MSNBC and Cece at The Performance Works, NY. Charlotte has also been a collaborative playwright for many years both in California and in New York, most extensively with Joseph Chaikin on his Disability Project at the Public Theatre with John Belluso, Bill Hart and Charles Mee. She was a co-founder of Lilitheatre in San Francisco, co-writing 2 premiere scripts at its origin, and she conducts playwriting residencies for teachers and students in NYC Public High Schools, including with incarcerated youth, that culminate in staged readings with professional actors. Her short play Sweet Stuff is being reprised as part of the 2016 retrospective Women's Work Short Play LAB, and Cece and Lulu is in progress in the Full-length LAB.
JENNIE CONTUZZI holds a MFA in Playwriting from the New School for Drama and is the dramaturg/literary manager for Speranza Theatre Company, a Jersey City based women's theatre company. Her play, Body Language received its World Premiere with The Active Theater in June 2012 and her short script MONSTER was developed in the Short Play LAB. She was a member of the now-defunct MCC Theater Playwrights Coalition and continues to work in their literary department as a script reader. Other plays include MY FATHER'S SON, LOVE, ME (MARGARET), and MILLICENT THE MAGNIFICENT, a play for young adults.
TERESA LOTZ is a playwright, composer and lyricist/book-writer whose play She Calls Me Firefly received a showcase production with NPTC and VH Theatrical Development Foundation in April 2015 at NPTC Studio. It was previously performed at Cherry Lane Theatre TONGUES reading series, NYC, dir. Ludovica Villar-Hauser, 2014. Other works include The Bowl (Women's Work Short Play Lab 2014, NYC, dir. Jenny Greeman), Petunia and Fang (West Village Musical Theatre Festival 2014, NYC, dir. Christian Fleming) with composer Kiyun Kim, The Toucan Man (words) with composer Jesse Goldman (reading, NYU, dir. Brandon Ivie, 2013), Grounded; an original One Act Musical (book and lyrics) with composer-lyricist Ryan Korell (Nashville, 2012). She works with VH Theatrical Development Foundation, Works by Women, and is the Executive Director of LezCab. Teresa is a member of the WW Full length Lab, Dramatist’s Guild, ASCAP, and apprentice with the League of Professional Theatre Women. Bowling Green State University, B.M. Music Composition. New York University, M.F.A Musical Theatre Writing.
MICHELE MILLER’S full-length play, Real Estate, was a semi-finalist in the 2002 American Theatre Coop Playwriting Contest and received readings at Women's Project, Word of Mouth and Vital Theatre. Her one-act, Products of Conception, was produced in the Estrogenius Festival at Manhattan Theatre Source in 2003, the Strawberry Festival in 2004, and was a 2012 semifinalist for Eden Prairie Players Collection of One-Acts. Bedtime Stories, was produced as part of the Development Series at Manhattan Theatre Source in 2004. Her short play Power Girls Support Group was part of the inaugural WW Short Play Festival in 2008 and in 2011 NPTC developed and produced her comedy, Mother of God! at the Richmond Shepard Theatre. With that play, Michele was also a finalist in the 2012 Princess Grace Awards. Her one-act comedy, CRAZY FOR YOU, BABY was a finalist in the 2012 Estrogenius Festival where it was given a reading. Other short plays of Michele’s have been seen at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, the Women’s Project, and Blueberry Pond Theatre. She is currently developing a new musical, CHRONIC, with NPTC. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the League of Professional Theatre Women.
YANI PÉRÉZ is an Ecuadorian born, Brooklyn raised poet and playwright. Her work can be found in literary journals and websites such as Brooklyn Paramount, By the Overpass, Having A Whiskey Coke With You, Napalm and Novocain, Jellyfish Whispers, Barbie in a Blender Anthology and Storm Cycle 2012: The Best of Kind of a Hurricane Press. She reads her poetry in literary events throughout the city, and assists with literary workshops and publicity at IATI Theater. Her short play God Don't Exist for Girls From Brooklyn was developed in the NPTC Women's Work Short Play LAB in 2012, and revived in 2016 for THE WORK GOES ON. A Spanish-translation performed in the Alternative Theatre Festival in Bogota, Colombia in March 2016. When not writing plays, poetry or marketing materials, she teaches English at the university level. Her current research entails the merging of American and Hispanic concepts in second and third generations to accommodate the duality of Latinos in America. She received her M.F.A in Creative Writing from Long Island University/Brooklyn. www.yaniperez.com
HOLLY M. EATON is a native of Perth Amboy, New Jersey who has lived in 4 out of 5 boroughs of NYC since 1999. Her play, Pop Life was part of the 2013 Women’s Work LAB Short Play Festival (DEAD RECKONING). Previously, her short play Five Card Stud was included in the show "Going to the River: River Plays" at Ensemble Studio Theatre in Manhattan. Her one-act plays, Front Stoop and Fifteen Minutes Past the Hour were featured at the Playwright's Slam in NYC, and Fifteen Minutes… went on to become a "Wild Card" choice at the Strawberry One-Act Festival in New York City. Holly received her M.F.A. in Playwriting from Adelphi University, where she studied with playwrights Kermit Frazier and Anton Dudley. Upon receiving her M.F.A., her play Swing was presented in a reading at Second Stage Theater. At Cherry Lane Theatre, Holly was the AD for a workshop production revival of The Fabulous Miss Marie, a play by Ed Bullins, directed by Pat Golden, She was chosen as a scholarship recipient for the first national meeting of the Black Women Playwrights’ Group held at Loyola University and earned her B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College. Holly is currently an adjunct professor at ASA College in Brooklyn.
CYNTHIA G. ROBINSON is a Playwright, Educator, Teaching Artist, and Producer. She holds a B.A. in English from Syracuse University and an M.A. in English Education from New York University. She has also studied English Education at Trinity College, University of Oxford in the U.K. Plays include: Nightfall (The Fire This Time Festival); Peola's Passing (Samuel French Off Off Broadway Theatre Festival; New Perspectives Theatre Company); Gold Star Mother (EstroGenius Festival; publication in Book of Estero ); Ascension (National Black Theatre Festival; New York International Fringe Festival), Thunder: A Musical Memoire (New York International Fringe Festival), Dancing on Eggshells (Women’s Work Development Lab, New Perspectives Theatre). Publications include: Ascension (Indie Theater Now) Awards include: State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities; Finalist, Black and Latino Playwrights Conference (Texas State University); Calvin B. Grimes Scholar-in-Residence (New York University). Other honors include: Tribeca All-Access Open Stage, Best New Play IRNE nomination (Ascension), Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwright’s Award, Finalist (The Panacea). Cynthia is a member of The League of Professional Theatre Women, The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and Co-founder/Artistic Director of Robinson Williams Productions. She is Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Westchester Community College.
ALEXIS ROBLAN plays have been produced and developed in New York, LA, DC, New Jersey, Illinois, Maryland, Florida, South Carolina, the UK and Australia by companies such as Angry Bubble, Brain Melt Consortium, The Disreputables, The Dirty Blondes, The Inkwell, INTAR, Over Here Theatre, The Naked Expedition Project, and World Interplay. She grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s MFA in Dramatic Writing program. She has worked in the Literary offices at Center Theatre Group (Los Angeles) and Roundabout Theatre Company (NYC), and is a member of New Perspectives' Women’s Work Project. Her full-length plays include Daughters Of Lot (Edinburgh Fringe), And It Spins Twice (FringeNYC--nominated by NPTC for a Pulitzer Prize), and Sometimes It Feels Like That (Going To Tahiti Productions).