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A listing of Boston Area Playwrights:

Veronica Barren - Veronica is a graduate of Boston University College of Fine Arts.  Recent projects include an installment for the Fringe Wars hosted by Company One, director of Poe; a fever dreamat 11:11 Theatre Company, and an original work 47 Ways to Die presented at ART's Club Oberon.

Jessie Baxter - Jessie is a recent graduate of Emerson College, where she studied dramaturgy, directing, and gender studies. After winning the LMDA/KCACTF National Dramaturgy Award for her work on the Emerson Stage production of Incorruptible, she spent this past summer at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center as a literary fellow for the National Playwright’s Conference. She is also a Core Apprentice dramaturg for the 2010-2011 season at The Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis.

Jillian Barry - Jillian made her Boston theatre debut in May 2011 as Norski in Guila Kessous’ production of the world premier of Budzyn, and the Show of Shows at the Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA. Jillian has studied Film Acting with Kay Cole and interned with Risa Bramon Garcia Casting in Hollywood. She has recently graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a B.A. in Theatre Studies with an emphasis in Performance and a concentration in Directing. Jillian’s original play The Rat-Man was produced at Emerson College on March 1st, 2011.

Stephen Benson - Stephen holds a BA in Drama and English from Tufts University and also studied for three years at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  Though not an exhaustive list, Stephen has worked with a variety of companies, including Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, St. Louis Repertory, North Shore Music Theatre, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre.

Phillip Berman - Phillip Berman is an actor/playwright/dramaturg from Central NJ who moved to Boston in the fall of 2007. Boston-area professional dramaturgy credits: Underground Railway Theater's Ti-Jean and His Brothers by Derek Walcott and Company One's 1001 by Jason Grote.Phillip is also a freelance lyricist, composing original lyrics and Hebrew translations for Israeli singer-songwriter Lionel Faretein, as well as contributing lyrics to The Long Brothers. He has taught at the BU Summer Theatre Institute and Citi Performing Arts Center and holds a BFA Theatre Arts from Boston University.

Sue Brody - Writer, "Uncharted Territory," 30-minute play read as part of the Arlington (MA)Players' "Playwrights Quadrangle" in Somerville in April 2005 and to be performed as part of "Autumn Premieres" in Arlington in March 2006. Actor, SLAMBoston (Another Country Productions), 2005. Writer/Actor, "Workin' Progress," one-woman show, performed at ImprovBoston and in NYC, 2004. Actor/Director, TBD improvisational troupe, ImprovBoston, 2001-02. Actor/Writer, The Mumbling Prophets sketch troupe, ImprovBoston, 2002-03. Actor/Director, SOCK improvisational three-person troupe, ImprovBoston, 2003-04. Headshot available upon request.

Elliott Burke - Elliott is the Artistic Director of Ishah 'El theatre arts collaborative, a non profit cultural & educational performing arts organization in western Massachusetts.

Kate Carney - Kate is an actor, storyteller, director and coach, has acted on network TV, Off and Off-Off Broadway and in regional theaters. She has directed on Broadway and Off in New York, and in college and summer theaters. She was a member of Joe Chaiken’s Open Theater, studied with the innovative Polish director Jerzy Grotowski, and worked with Joseph Campbell on an Obie-award winning adaptation of Finnegans Wake. She’s performed her one-woman show, OFF OFF-BROADWAY! AN ANTHOLOGY in New York and beyond. Broadway director with 30 years experience.

Andrea Clardy - Andrea is a graduate of Cornell University.  Produced plays include HIDE AND SEEK. a children's play with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, which premiered at the Hangar Theatre in 2001, and numerous ten-minute plays,performed at Boston Theater Marathon, American Globe Theatre, Firehouse Center for the Arts, SLAMBoston, and Six Women Playwrights Festival in Colorado Springs.  A full-length play PERSONAL CHEMISTRY had a first reading at Armchair Theater in Nantucket in June, 2010.

Mickey Coburn - Mickey is a member of the Dramatists Guild NY, NY.  Her plays Yellow Roses andThe Left Bower have been staged by the Carnegie Collaborative, NY, and her original screenplayThe Woman's Voice was a finalist at the Los Angeles Femme Film Festival in 2009.  Mickey has written many other well-received plays, children's plays, children's books, and poetry, and currently resides in the Boston area as an acting coach.

Todd DeMartinis - Todd is the producing director of Moonjumpr Studios, LLC, a Boston-based studio and theatrical space debuting in the spring of 2011. For more info on Todd, please visit the Moonjumpr channel on YouTube.

Charlotte Anne Dore - Charlotte is a member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA.  Charlotte co-founded a new singing/theatrical group in 2010 called Stiletto Singers and in 1993 founded Rosalita's Puppets.  For more information on these groups visit and

James Ferguson - James is a member of the Dramatists Guild.  James' full-length play, Snowbound, will have its world premiere in Los Angeles, CA, in October, 2010 (produced by the Red Brick Road Theatre Co.), after receiving readings at The Abingdon Theatre in NYC and Moving Arts, in Los Angeles. Other full-length plays have received readings at Geek Week (ImprovBoston) and Theatre Asylum in Los Angeles.  James’ short plays have been produced as part The 10 X 10 in the Triangle(2009 & 2010) at The ArtsCenter (N.C.), SLAMBoston, and Turtle Shell Productions’ Summer Shorties series (NYC), among others.  James is also the writer, producer and director of the independent motion picture Happy Holidays ("4 stars" - David Cornelius and  For more information visit

Pat Gabridge - Patrick is an award-winning writer, with numerous productions of his plays for stage and radio in venues across the country. His most recent play, Pieces of Whitey, is a five-person comedy about well-meaning white people.  While Patrick was the Producing Director of Chameleon Stage and President of Colorado Dramatists, he was involved in the development of more than 100 new plays.

Melanie Garber - Melanie is a freelance theatre artist based in the Boston area.  A graduate of Emerson College (2009, B.A. in Theatre Education and Acting) she has worked as a playwright, director, actor, artistic associate, and script supervisor at over a dozen theatre companies in Boston including Huntington Theatre Company and 11:11 Theatre Company.  Recently, her plays The Dearest Joy and Sheila have been produced at the Boston Playwrights Theatre, and her play You Say Tomatoes was produced at the Factory Theatre.

John Geoffrion - John is currently the General Manager of the Small Theatre Alliance of Boston, and is a professional non-union (EMC) stage actor who has performed all over the east coast.  For the past six years he has been based in Washington DC where he received his MFA in Acting from the Catholic University of America, and has worked with the Folger Theater, Studio Theatre 2ndstage, VSA Arts, Washington Shakespeare Company, American Century Theatre, Scena Theatre, and many other DC-area companies.  He wrote and produced an original performance piece, BAD HAMLET, a mashup of the Quarto and Folio editions of Shakespeare's Hamlet, which won Best Experimental Production at the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival.

Mary-Ann Greanier - As a dramaturg, Mary-Ann is especially interested in working with directors and actors to explore racially-interpretive casting and the cultural interrogative in scripts and performances. As a playwright, she writes full-length, one-act, and ten-minute plays, opera libretti, choral pieces, and books for musicals. She is trained as a facilitator in the Critical Response Method for artists developed by Liz Lerman.

Elizabeth Hagerty - Liz is a graduate of Emerson College (2009, BA Theatre Studies: Acting and Directing).  Her plays include Boycott Jim's Tattoos (2011 Script Frenzy winner), Spider-Man Turn on the House Lights: A Mocku-Musical, Sunshine Farm (produced in 2010 at Emerson College),Trophy Hunting, and Cookies.  Li'z directing credits include Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), and The Burial at Thebes (Round House Theatre).

MJ Halberstadt - MJ is a graduate of Emerson College (2010, BA Theatre Studies: Directing and Playwrighting).  During the day, MJ is an Admission Counselor at Emerson College.  His play Video is an Endangered Species was staged at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City and won the Young Playwrights Incorporated National Playwriting Competition in 2009.  His play LethologicaLethologica won the EVVY award for best new play and was runner-up for the Rod Parker Playwriting Contest in 2010.  From December 7, 2009 to December 6, 2010, MJ wrote one play a day culminating in a massive project entitled 365 Plays in 365 Days.  The plays in this project include drafts for two full-length plays The Brothers and The Da Vinci Commission as well as Jick and Dane and Love which is slated to be produced as a film, and There Must Always Be a Karenwhich was produced in Umbrella Theatre Company’s 24/24.

Geralyn Horton - Geralyn has written nearly a hundred short and full-length plays as well as a few books of musicals.  For an exhaustive list of Geralyn's works, visit her website:

Obehi Janice - Obehi graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Culture, Politics, and Theatre & Performance Studies.  Her original work explores the power of voice in identity politics, cultural exchange, and testimony.  She has trained in solo performance, Shakespearean text, and experimental/devised theater.  She has acted in productions in Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York.

Daniel John - Daniel is a dancer, movement & massage therapist, poet, writer, actor, and playwright.  His plays and monologues have been produced by TYG Productions at the Boston Playwrights Theater at Boston University.  For a full sampling of his works, visit

Christopher Kent - Chris is an actor, director, producer, and playwright. He holds a Masters degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in play writing. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Orange County Playwrights Association. He has acted professionally in Massachusetts and California. He received a production of his original full length play Isaac and Ishmael at The Other Space at the Santa Monica Playhouse in the Fall of 2008. He also produced a staged reading of his full length play "Rook: through the Dramatists Guild's Friday Night Footlight Series in 2010. He has over six years of theater teaching experience and is the founder of the Black Wing Theater Company.

Terrence Kidd - Terry is committed to bringing diverse voices to the stage and screen - voices that tap into all the candor, comedy, tragedy, empathy, hypocrisy and humility of life’s rich pageant. Terry's screenplays, stage plays and short films have been presented/screened at Coolidge Corner Theatre, Maine Media Workshops, Lesley University, Boston Playwrights Theatre and The Kennedy Center. Terry earned an MFA at Lesley University in Creative Writing, concentration on Writing for Stage & Screen.

John J. King - John is a Boston-based playwright, musician, and spectaclist whose work attempts to actively involve the audience in celebration and humanity.  His plays have been produced locally by Orfeo Group, Exquisite Corps, and as part of Company One's SLAMBoston.

Daniel Elihu Kramer - is a freelance director, college professor, and playwright. He received a 2007 Elliot Norton Award (the Boston area theatre awards) for Outstanding Production for A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Boston Theatre Works, and has also received awards for Best Comedy and as Most Versatile Director for work in Salt Lake City. Much of his recent work has been divided between Shakespeare and new play development, including recent work at Ojai Playwrights Conference. Daniel holds an MFA in Directing from Yale School of Drama, and is a member of the Society for Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC).

Stephen Kyle - Stephen is a published writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is also a past arts writer for The Boston PhoenixBay WindowsIn Newsweekly, and Lambda Book Report. 

Meron Langsner - Meron was one of three writers in the country selected for the pilot year of the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright Residencies, fulfilling his residency at New Repertory Theatre, where he co-curated Their Voices Will Be Heard: Artists Respond to the Israel/Palestine Situation. His plays have been performed around the country and overseas. His publishers include Smith & Kraus, Applause,, JAC, NorthNorthwest, and Lamia Ink.  His work has been developed at the Lark New Play Development Center in NYC, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska (where he later returned as a featured artist), the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (where he received a regional one act play award), and at New Repertory Theatre.  He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brandeis University and an MA in Performance Studies from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.  Meron is a currently a doctoral candidate at Tufts University, where he successfully defended his dissertation on the representation of martial arts on the American stage in May of 2011, and expects to receive his degree in August 2011.

Ginger Lazarus - Ginger is an award-winning playwright whose work has been frequently produced in her native Boston and beyond. Recent projects include A Blessing and a Curse: A Duet of Plays on Motherhood, an evening of two one-act plays presented by Spiced Wine Productions; and Mary, a short film based on her stageplay, which was screened at film festivals in Connecticut and New Hampshire. Her play Matter Familias received an IRNE nomination for Best New Play of 2004; other honors include the 1999 John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award for MOCKBA: A Play About Moscow and selection as a ten-minute play finalist in the 2002 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Shooting Sparks.

Karen Malme - Karen is a co-Founder, producer, writer, and peformer with Queer Soup Theater. Queer Soup productions include: Buffy The Vampire Slayer's High School ReunionCitizen Queer,Invasion of Pleasure Valley, Home, My Yolanda Love, and lost+found: the anniversary series.  Queer Soup is taking their acclaimed show about gender identity and faith on the road to colleges and conferences.

Walt McGough - Walt is a Boston- and Chicago-based playwright. His plays have been produced or developed by Sideshow Theatre Company, Boston Playwrights Theatre, The Orfeo Group, Chicago Dramatists, Infusion Theatre Company, and The Second City Chicago, among others. He was the recipient of the Kennedy Center’s 2010 Ken Ludwig Scholarship and a playwriting fellowship to the 2010 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. He is a founding ensemble member of Sideshow Theatre Company, for which he serves as Literary Manager. He works on the staff at SpeakEasy Stage Company, and was previously Company Manager at Chicago Dramatists. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University.

Caroline Nesbitt - Caroline is the Founder/Artistic Director of Advice To The Players, an award winning educational Shakespeare theatre that teams teens with theatre professionals in a mentoring capacity to produce full length, text based plays.  She has 30 years experience as a non-union professional in theatre, film, and video.  A list of theatre publications are available on her website.  NH THeatre Awards: Winner 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award for work with Youth; Twice nominated Best Director of a Professional Production.

Beth Newhall - Beth is an accomplished editor and writer skilled at evaluating and responding to a project's unique needs. Adept at working with team members on-site and remotely to produce superior manuscript in competitive time frames. She has been a Dramaturge at Gloucester Stage Company and has also worked with Dublin Theatre Magazine (Dublin, IE).  Writing experience: Just Like That (play) produced in Devanaughn Theatre’s Dragonfly Festival, May 2006; Earth Move(play) produced in "Gone in 60 Secs.," Harrogate Theatre, June 2005; Irish Theatre Magazine: Reviews and event coverage (winter 2003 to autumn 2004).

Lance Norris - Lance has been teaching, directing, acting and writing for the stage, screen, TV and radio for over 30 years. He holds a BA in Theatre from Whitman College and is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Education to teach both Theatre and English. A former Adjunct Professor at UMass and The Chengdu University of Science and Technology in The People’s Republic of China, Norris is currently a Dialect Coach at Company One (A Resident Theatre at the Boston Center For The Arts). He has also taught acting workshops at Maura Tighe Casting in Boston, The Shakespeare Ensemble at M.I.T., The John Robert Powers Academy and The Neverland Theatre in Beverly, MA.

Melissa Nussbaum-Freeman - Melissa is a graduate of The Morelos Center for the Arts, Cuernavaca, Morelos, B.A. in Theater Arts.  Besides enjoying wacky comedy and dense drama, Melissa's writing and one-woman shows have a lot to do with bridging cultural gaps (The Doña of Santa Cruz: the true story of how a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn became a curandera´s apprendice), addressing women's health/rights (My Days For My Days: abortion rights) and new takes on old idols (Marilyn Monroe, Communist).

Beth Peters - Beth is a theatre artist, educator and author available for actor coaching, curriculum consultation, and mentoring new directors of theatre for youth. Beth has directed over 30 productions for and with youth, and worked on over 65 plays and musicals.  She has been an active member of the theatre community since she was eight years old,  enjoying a variety of roles in the theatre as a Director and AD, Mentor, Actor Coach, Stage Manager and ASM, Playwright, Production Assistant and Administrator.

Ron Radice - Ron's first play, Pickpocket, was written in 1969 and produced in Woodstock, NY by the Performing Arts of Woodstock. In 1972, the play was produced by the New York Theater Ensemble in New York City and was reviewed favorably by various newspapers and magazines in New York City. He wrote a number of plays through 1976 that were produced or given stage readings. He stopped writing for the theater in 1976 and resumed in 2005. In 2007 and 2008, he was accepted into the Playwright´s Intensive workshop under Arthur Kopit's guidance at the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, Kansas City, MO. Two new full-length plays are in development;8thavenue and Shaking Off Bob Dylan.

Carl A. Rossi - Carl is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and is the online theatre critic for Larry Stark's Theatre Mirror.

Stephen Russell - Stephen is the author of fantastic, jolly plays for young audiences, including The Fool of the World and the Flying ShipDaisy CrockettFrontiersperson!Xenia Hedgehog's Academy of Etiquette for Naughty Boys and GirlsThe Very Sad Tale of Mr. StiltskinThe Three SilliesThe Colony of the CatsMarion of SherwoodThe Wild SwansThe Time MachineRapunzel and Beauty and the Beast.

Jay Scheib - A 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, Jay Scheib is a writer, director and designer of plays, operas, and installations. His work has been presented throughout Europe and the United States. He is Associate Professor for Music and Theater Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a frequent Guest Professor for Acting and Directing at both the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and the Norwegian Theater Academy in Fredrikstad. Based dually in Cambridge, MA and New York City, Scheib's recent works include a mulitmedia staging of Evan Ziporyn's new opera A House in Bali as part of Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival, a sold-out run of Bellona, Destroyer of Cities at The Kitchen in New York, Beethoven's Fidelio at the Saarlandisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, and a new production of Bertolt Brecht's Puntila und Sein Knecht Matti at Theater Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany.  Scheib is a recipient of the MIT Edgerton Award, The Richard Sherwood Award, and the NEA/TCG Program for Directors.

David Schrag - David is an award-winning playwright whose work has been featured in the Boston Theater Marathon, Dragonfly Festival (Boston), International CringeFest (NYC), 15-Minute Play Festival (NYC), Asphalt Jungle Shorts (Kitchener, Ontario), ACToberfest (North Hollywood, CA), and other festivals around the country. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Shadowboxing Theatre Roundtable.

Cassie Seinuk - Cassie's recent successes include the title of "Best Play" for her 10-minute playRobin's Nest at SWAN Day March Madness Festival in Boston.  Her one-act The Muse will be performed at the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival, directed by Kenny Steven Fuentes.  Cassie is currently an MFA student in Writing for Stage and Screen at Lesley University.

Victor Shopov - Victor is a local actor/director/playwright living and working in the Boston area.  He is a graduate of Emerson College with degrees in Political Communication and Broadcast Journalism and a current graduate student at Northeastern University.  Victor has worked with Huntington Theatre Company, Zeitgeist Stage, Happy Medium Theatre, Gurnet Theatre Project, and Bad Habit Productions.  He serves on the board of Holland Productions as the Director of Finance and Operations.

Dawn Simmons - Dawn is one half of the Artistic Directing squad for New Exhibition Room as well as a director and writer living in MA. Locally Dawn has directed or assistant directed for: The Theatre Offensive, Holland Productions, FeverFest(Small Theatre Alliance of Boston), The Boston Theatre Marathon, Mill 6, Actors Refuge Repertory Theatre, Fort Point Theatre Channel, Actors' Shakespeare Project, Another Country Productions, Company One, Boston Theatre Works, and As Yet To Be Theatre. In New York State, she spent 3 years with Irish Classical Theatre Company as their Resident Assistant Director. Simmons studied playwrighting at Boston University and earned her BA from The University at Buffalo. Dawn is the Director of Programs for StageSource and a founding member of The Small Theatre Alliance of Boston.

George Smart - George is a Boston-based playwright and a member of Playwright's Platform and the Dramatists Guild of America. Produced plays include IDWYT (10-minute play) in Plays on Tap by CentA stage Theater Company in 2008 and in the Boston PlaySlam also 2008; Bottom and the Big Bad Bat (10-minute play) Boston PlaySlam 2009; You Don’t? produced by Boston PlaySlam 2010, the Acme Theater Company in 2009 (winner of audience choice award); A Dog and His Boys (a staged reading) 2010 as part of the Three Ring Reading Series by CentAstage and the current production of You Don’t? as part of the Boston Playwrights Platform Summer Festival 2010 which won the audience choice award for Best director and Best Actor. He has written two full length plays which are awaiting production.

Peter Snoad - Peter has had over 65 productions and staged readings of his plays in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Australia and Singapore. In the U.S., his full-length drama, Guided Tour, earned me the Stanley Drama Award and the Arthur W. Stone New Play Award. Peter is a two-time winner of the New Play Festival of Centre Stage–South Carolina with Guided Tour and Identity Crisis. In 2009, Peter received a Playwriting Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  In Australia, Short+Sweet Theatre awarded Peter an Artist Recognition award for his most popular short play, My Name is Art. The piece has been performed at Short+Sweet festivals in four Australian cities and in Singapore.

Donna Sorbello - Donna has spent many years acting in professional theatres, in film and television, and has taught steadily for the past 10 years alongside her acting and writing work.  Donna received her undergraduate degree from Emerson College and holds a Masters in Playwrighting from Boston University.

Elinor Teele - Elinor's full-length comedy/drama Waiting Room received a staged reading at The Actor's Studio in Newburyport, MA, in 2010.  Her 10-minute play The Baby was produced at Salem Theatre Company (Salem, MA), Blackburn Performing Arts (Gloucester, MA), and The Actor's Studio.  Elinor is a freelance writer for everything from plays to web columns. Visit her website to find out more.

Ken Urban - Ken is the recipient of the prestigious 2008 L. Arnold Weissberger Prize from the Williamstown Theatre Festival for his play Sense of an Ending. He is also the recipient of a 2007-2009 Huntington Playwriting Fellowship, two summer MacDowell Fellowships, a 2010 Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Writers' Room of Boston, a 2006 Tennessee Williams Fellowship at the Sewanee Writers Conference, and he is the winner of the 2004 Moving Arts Premiere One Act Competition. In 2007, he was named one of's People of the Year.

Debra Wise - Debra combines freelance work with being the Artistic Director of Underground Railway Theater. She has participated in the collaborative creation and performance of over 20 original productions combining actors and puppets, including: Alice Underground (adaptation of Lewis Carroll's books); Twisted Figures; and Christopher Columbus Follies. Currently creating new piece based on writings of Grace Paley. Globe Award for Best Solo Performance: Spackling, by Deborah Lake Fortson, produced by Women on Top Theater Festival of New Works. NYC projects include: The Hagaddah (Public Theatre, Julie Taymor/Liz Swados) and Way of Snow (The Ark Theatre, Julie Taymor).

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