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    Sandra A. Daley-Sherif is a playwright, actor, producer, director, and dramaturg.  She is a member of NewShoe and Abingdon Theatre Company’s Playwriting Group and looks forward to writing new and exciting work with Women’s Work Project.  She is currently working on two new plays I Like Mine With Ginger and A Killing in Harlem. Sandra is producing artistic director of Liberation Theatre Company, a home for creative emerging black playwrights.  She is executive producer and dramaturg for the October 2012 premiere of Blacken the Bubble, a new play by Eric Lockley. She is founder and producing director of Harlem9, a collaborative producing organization in Harlem that produced the successful 48 Hours in Harlem, August 2011.  Sandra’s talents as a director has had her assist on Drama Dept.’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin or Life Among the Lowly, and direct the early works of Carl Hancock Rux and Dominic Taylor. As an actress, she is a Signature Theatre alum, has had the wonderful privilege of working at The Old Globe Theatre, at The Humana Festival, with playwrights like Donald Margulies and Lynn Nottage, on Broadway with director Kate Whoriskey, directors Michael Wilson, Mark Brokaw, Tina Landau, and Lisa Peterson.


    Hillary Hawkins is an actor/singer/songwriter/composer and an emerging playwright!  Her full-length 2-woman show Jaded The Musical was accepted into the DC Black Theatre Festival and will premiere in June.  Hillary received her Dual BA in Spanish and Creative Writing from Smith College in just three years on the Dean’s List and completed graduate coursework in Psychology and Diplomacy & International Relations at Seton Hall University.  Hillary strives to make a difference in this world through her writing and her music.  She has worked for Safe Horizon, the Division of Youth & Family Services, Room to Grow, STEPS to End Family Violence and the Arthritis Foundation.  Hillary starred on Nickelodeon, worked as a Host for Radio Disney and recently performed in 2 National Tours.  She is a Denis Johnston Playwriting Award recipient and placed as a top songwriter/suggested artist in the VH-1 Song of the Year contest.  For more on Hillary, please visit


    Lisa Kohn's plays have been developed at IRT, the Lark, and SALAAM.  She has produced and written for documentaries, reality shows, and soap operas and has had her own scripted comedy pilot in developmemt.  Her work has appeared on networks including A&E, Bravo, CBS, Discovery, E!, MTV, Lifetime, Oxygen, and OWN.  Lisa is also a graduate of UCLA film school and Stanford University.  Her short films have appeared in numerous festivals.




    Ming Peiffer is the Co-Artistic Director and Resident Playwright of Spookfish Theatre Company, and a working actress based in NYC. She is the author of WABI SABI! Not Wasabi, the New York Times pick for Theater for the New City’s "Dream Up Festival" in 2010. Other works include: RELAX! ALICE (Under St. Mark’s), TELLMEYOULOVEME (Colgate University), and Spookfish Theatre Company’s Guerilla Theater Series: HOMELESS KITTY, an ongoing public puppet show aimed at raising the awareness of homelessness in NYC. She is a co-author of the play, The Privilege of Death: or how everything went from bad to good (Gene Frankel Theater, The Doctorow Center of the Performing Arts). Upcoming plays include: ADVANCE GUARD (developed with MacArthur Fellow Han Ong), Netizens: a trio of plays, and Lotus Girls.  Ming received two recent commissions from The China Institute in New York City to develop and implement drama curricula for both the StarTalk Summer Language Academy (High School), and the Children’s Summer Program (Pre-K - Elementary). She is an active member of the Asian American Arts Alliance and a Sponsored Artist at The Field. She has training from both the Stella Adler School of Acting, and the Shanghai Theatre Academy where she lived abroad studying Traditional Peking Opera. Ming studied poetry at The New School and holds a BA with Honors in both Theater Arts and Mandarin Chinese from Colgate University


    Lavinia Roberts is an activist, teaching artist, and playwright.  She has published over a dozen plays with various publishers, including Heuer Publishing, Brooklyn Publishers, Contemporary Drama Service, and others.  Her plays been produced across the country.  Her work has been selected for various festivals and performed with various theatre companies, including the Stone Soup Theatre in Seattle, Washington, the Los Angeles Womens Theatre Project, and the Bloomington Playwrights Project, in Bloomington, Indiana, and others.  Her full length play, Counting Skunks, won the 2011 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Playwriting Award at the Castillo Theatre in New York City. She has a BFA in Fine Art from the University of Kansas with minors in Art History and English. Her graduate study was at New York University. 



    Alexis Roblan is a Brooklyn-based playwright and independent theatre producer. She grew up in Coos Bay, Oregon, and is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s MFA in Dramatic Writing program. In 2007, Alexis was one of three American delegates to the World Interplay Festival for young playwrights in Townsville, Australia. Her play, GENESIS, has been developed at The Inkwell in Washington, D.C., and was a Semi-Finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship in 2011. She has worked in the Literary and Development offices at Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, and the Artistic / Literary Department at Roundabout Theatre Company in New York. With Rachel Kerry, Alexis is the co-founder of Brain Melt Consortium, a theatre/media arts group based in New York City. Her producing credits include the 2012 FRIGID New York production of her own play, DAUGHTERS OF LOT, the 2011 FringeNYC production of THE FLOWERS OF FANTASTICO by Rachel Kerry, and several staged readings and performance events. She is incredibly excited to be a part of the NPTC Women's Work Project Short Play Lab.

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