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Zoe Bloomfield for The House of Clytemnestra: A Retelling

Zoe Bloomfield (she/her) is a queer director, writer, and performer based in Brooklyn. A Los Angeles native, she trained at NYU Tisch School of the Arts in the Experimental Theatre Wing, specializing in devised work. This training culminated with her self-written, self-directed play titled Home for the Holidays. Zoe also appeared in the 2019 Cleveland Borderlight International Festival in When Farah Cries. A Jack of All Trades, She has also worked as a stage manager, wardrobe supervisor, and production intern.

Email: Instagram: @zoeblooms

About The House of Clytemnestra: A Retelling

The House of Clytemnestra retells the first two stories of Aeschylus’s Oresteia. Years after the sacrifice of her daughter, it’s time for Clytemnestra to face her grief, her ghosts, and her husband. After the fall of Agamemnon, her daughter Electra, angry and grieving, watches her mother slowly lose her mind. They both must reckon not only with their relationship, but with the shadow of death and tragedy that envelops their cursed house.

Ezra Brain for Arden

Ezra Brain (they/them/theirs) is a trans multi-disciplinary artist, activist, and teacher based in NYC. As a theatre artist, their writing has been performed at the Tank, Walking Shadow Readers Theatre, Passaic Preparatory Academy, the New Masculinities Festival, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Studio Theatre at Tierra Del Sol, the Art Garage, Dixon Place, Texas A&M University, and Stay True Theatre. Their play Something’s Coming (co-written with J. Andrew Norris) was a 2020 Finalist for the Jewish Playwriting Contest from the Jewish Plays Project. Ezra’s essays and articles have been published in 10 countries and 6 languages. They contributed to the “Opposing Viewpoints” series from Greenhaven Publishing and contributed a chapter (co-authored with Olivia Wood) to a forthcoming book in the Critical Companions to Contemporary Directors series from Lexington Books. As a filmmaker, Ezra’s work has been accepted into multiple festivals around the world and they are an award-winning teaching artist. Ezra is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the Editorial Board of Left Voice.

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About Arden

A radical re-appropriation of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”, “Arden” follows Rosalind as they discover their gender fluidity, come to terms with the world around them, and accept that we are not all alone unhappy.

Megan Campisi for Malus Domestica

Megan Campisi is a playwright, novelist, and teacher. Her plays have performed in China, France, and the United States. She has been a forest ranger, sous-chef in Paris, and a physical theater specialist around the world. She attended Yale University and the École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq. In 2019 she received a Fulbright Specialist award to travel to Turkey and give master classes at Tatbikat Theatre. Her first novel, Sin Eater, received the Debut Crown award from the Historical Writers’ Association in 2021. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Megan lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family.

Website: Facebook/Instagram: @megancampisiauthor

About Malus Domestica

A modern domestic tragedy about a subject often deemed “beneath” epic storytelling: mom. It’s very loosely based on two ancient myths of rule-breaking women, Eve and Medea. Their stories are known; we think we have their measure, but these two heroines are more than cautionary tales and villains—they have much more to say.

Gloria Bond Clunie for The Poppy

Gloria Bond Clunie is an award-winning playwright, director and educator. She is a founding member of the Playwriting Ensemble at Chicago’s Regional Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater where her plays NORTH STAR, LIVING GREEN and SHOES premiered and the founding Artistic Director of Evanston’s Fleetwood- Jourdain Theatre. Other works by this Northwestern University graduate (B.A. Theater, MFA- Directing) include SWEET WATER TASTE, SMOKE, BLU, QUARK, BUCK NAKED, BANKRUPTCY, MY WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY SUIT, THE LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET and A SHOT#LOVESTORIES INSPIRED BY BLACK LIVES MATTER. Theaters presenting her work include The Goodman, Horizon Theatre Company, Triad Stage, American Blues Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theater, Children’s Theater of Charlotte, Dallas Children’s Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare. This Dramatist Guild Fellow has numerous awards including a Chicago Jeff, Theodore Ward African-American Playwriting Prizes, NEA and Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, a Children’s Theatre Foundation of America Medallion, a YWCA YWomen Leadership Award and the Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts. Currently, she is working on a musical adaptation of GIRAFFE’S CAN’T DANCE co- commissioned by Bay Area Children’s Theatre/ The Rose Theater in Omaha, and inspired by her love of rollercoasters, developing TALL ENOUGH for the 2019/20 Cunningham Commission at The Theatre School of DePaul University.

About The Poppy

On the 100th Anniversary of World War I, a desperate race to the Tower of London forces a medieval mother, a World War I soldier, a World War II veteran, and an artist who crafts memorial poppies to wrestle with war, sacrifice, love and beauty in the modern world.

Malique Guinn for Gang Sines

Malique Guinn (he/him) is a playwright, poet, and screenwriter who hails from Lancaster, CA. His choreopoem Bounty On Our Heads was selected to have a reading at the 2022 KCACTF Region 2 Festival. His screenplay One Hand Washes The Other is the winner of the 2021 Alfred P. Sloan Screenplay Grant. His mathematical hip-hop play Gang Sines has multiple honors such as: 2021 Semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and 2018 Kennedy Center Hip Hop Theatre Creator Award. It has been produced at the Abrons Arts Center via DUAF NYC. His ten-minute play Please Pass On The Syrup was a participant at KCACTF Region 2 Festival in 2021, where it won the Planet Earth Playwriting Award. He is currently a second year MFA student in the Dramatic Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon University, after previously studying playwriting under the tutelage of Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig at UCSB.

Website: Instagram: @goodforyoulique Twitter: @mathlique

About Gang Sines

Carle and his best friend Lincoln live in a world where only math is the key to the great things that await. He comes across the Moscow Enigma, the oldest known math problem in history, and sees it as his way to elevate his life. However, when his old bully transfers to his school, he becomes tasked with confronting old demons and fights against himself to not spiral out of control. This mathematical hip hop tale addresses accountability and fear while also creating a call for action to the tech world and lack of people of color within that space.

Alena Haney for Hunt

Alena Haney is a playwright and actor from Houston, Texas. In the seventh grade, she became enamored with the works of William Shakespeare and she’s never looked back, which led to her passion for writing verse plays. As a lover of history, her playwriting topics of choice center around political intrigue, untold stories of lesser known names, Latinx history, and LGBTQ+ history. When she isn’t writing or acting, she can be found making clothes, browsing old newspaper archives, playing with her dogs, and occasionally officiating a wedding.

About Hunt

Amid the bustling noise of Washington D.C. in 1953, Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt fights against the slandering tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy. However, his political career takes a turn when McCarthy and his henchmen exploit Hunt’s son as a pawn in their political games, forcing Lester to choose between self, family, and country. This true story has palpable implications today as it delves into a history of fear politics and cruelty in government, LGBTQ+ prejudice, family, and sacrifice.

NaTasha Thompson for Day Clothes

NaTasha is a director, playwright and North Carolina native. Much of her inspiration comes from her southern roots. Her work is often grounded in Black History and invites productive discourse. She is committed to amplifying underrepresented voices so that awareness/education is increased. NaTasha holds a BA in Drama from UNC-Greensboro and an M.F.A in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.  

Website: Instagram: @nrthomps1

About Day Clothes

An integration of poetic narrative and movement, Day Clothes is about a young man’s blind pursuit of a dream and his community’s culpability in that pursuit.