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Kirsten Childs

COURSES TAUGHT: Master Class in Writing for Musical Theatre

KIRSTEN CHILDS is the award-winning writer of the musicals The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin (Playwrights Horizons), Miracle Brothers (Vineyard Theatre), Fly (with Rajiv Joseph and Bill Sherman), and Funked Up Fairy Tales. For her work she has received Obie, Kleban, Larson, Richard Rodgers, Audelco, and Gilman/Gonzalez-Falla awards, as well as Lortel and Drama Desk nominations. She recently collaborated with Charlayne Woodard on the musical Grace for Inner Voices: Solo Musicals. Kirsten has written for Disney Theatricals, the American Songbook series at Lincoln Center, the New Electric Company, Works and Process @ Guggenheim Museum, and City Center Encores! She is a professor in NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, a member of both the Dramatists Guild Council and the Dramatists Guild Fund, and is proud to be a mentor in Theatre Development Fund’s Open Doors program. Her newest musical, Bella: An American Tale, will play at Playwrights Horizons in May, 2017.


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Gretchen Cryer

COURSES TAUGHT: Creating Your Own Solo Performance: From the Blank Page to the Stage

GRETCHEN CRYER is most well known for writing the book & lyrics and starring in I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It On the Road (with music by Nancy Ford) which originated at the Public Theater and then transferred to the Circle in the Square where it ran three years. In Chicago the show won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Musical, Best Actress. The album won a Grammy nomination. Gretchen has written numerous other shows with Nancy Ford - Now Is the Time for All Good Men (Lortel Theater), The Last Sweet Days of Isaac (Obie Award - Best Musical, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Shelter (Golden Theater), Hang On to the Good Times (Manhattan Theater Club), Eleanor (Williamstown), The American Girls Revue (American Girl Place - Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles), Circle of Friends (American Girl Place - Chicago and New York) and Anne of Green Gables (Theaterworks USA). Cryer and Ford's new show, Still Getting My Act Together, premiered at the Laguna Playhouse last fall. Gretchen's new play Changing is slated to be done at the Intiman Theater in 2017. Gretchen has taught "Creating Your Own Solo Performance" at Denison University, Colorado College, and has conducted master classes at various schools around the country. She has taught the course privately for twelve years in New York City. She has won a Kleban Award and holds honorary doctorates from Eastern Michigan and Colorado College. Gretchen is on the Dramatists Guild Council and is President Emeritus of the Dramatists Guild Fund.


John Dietrich

COURSES TAUGHT: The Architecture of Musicals

JOHN DIETRICH has had a career immersed in musical theatre storytelling working as a professional Director, Choreographer, Writer and Educator. This has included a 17-year relationship with Radio City Entertainment, where he was the Director/ Choreographer for the world-famous Rockettes, for Rockette Special Events, as well as for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Other work includes well over a hundred shows in a vast range of entertainment genres: from Television to Off-Broadway & Regional theatre, from Industrial shows to Ice shows. He has created and written for Walt Disney Entertainment, as well as for Dolly Parton & Dollywood Entertainment. He was the creative director for Niles Creative Group, a film production company specializing in large scale theatrically based film and video productions worldwide.  He wrote the book & lyrics for the musical THINGS AS THEY ARE, based on the life of documentary photographer Dorothea Lange. It was a Next Link selection for the New York Musical Theatre Festival and received the “Best of Fest” Award for most popular show. It was also twice nominated for the prestigious Fred Ebb Award in 2009 and 2011. ONLY ANNE, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion, written with composer Will Buck, received development at the Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat and was produced at the 2016 Goodspeed Festival of New Musicals.

John teaches a two-part master class for the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program titled Dance as a Storytelling Device in the Writer’s Toolbox with dance arranger David Chase, and was on the Adjunct Faculty at Marymount College of Manhattan teaching a course in Musical Theatre Performance. He received his MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, in Musical Theatre Writing, and his MA from New York University Gallatin School in Musical Theatre Structure & Directing Theory. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin. He currently continues to freelance as a Director/Choreographer & Writer while being an academic advisor in NYU Tisch Drama for their musical theatre students as well as being the department’s Manager of Faculty Services.


David Faux

COURSES TAUGHT: The Business of Writing for the Stage

DAVID FAUX serves as the Associate Executive Director of Business Affairs for the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc..  In addition to his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School, he holds a Master of Science in social sciences from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts from the University of California-Santa Barbara. As a Fulbright Fellow, he studied local, creative expressions of Buddhism in South Korea.  Dave sits on the Executive Committee that represents the business of Entertainment and Arts lawyers for the New York State Bar Association.


 
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Gary Garrison

COURSES TAUGHT: Master Class: 10-Minute Playwriting WorkshopThe Architecture of Plays, The Architecture of Plays (Online)

GARY GARRISON is the Director of the Dramatists Guild Institute. For the last decade, he served as the Co-Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild of America (alongside Ralph Sevush). Prior to his work at the Guild, Garrison filled the posts of Artistic Director, Producer and full‑time faculty member in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for 30 years, where he produced over 45 different festivals of new work, collaborating with hundreds of playwrights, directors and actors. Garrison’s plays include Ties That Bind, Skirting the Issue, Caught Without Candy, Game On, The Sweep, Verticals and Horizontals, Storm on Storm, Crater, Old Soles, Padding The Wagon, Rug Store Cowboy, Cherry Reds, Gawk, Oh Messiah Me, We Make A Wall, The Big Fat Naked Truth, Scream With Laughter, Smoothness With Cool, Empty Rooms, Does Anybody Want A Miss Cow Bayou? and When A Diva Dreams. This work has been featured at the City Theatre of Miami, Boston Theatre Marathon, Primary Stages, The Directors Company, Manhattan Theatre Source, StageWorks, Open Door Theatre, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Expanded Arts and New York Rep. His recent work as guest artist or master teacher of playwriting involve such institutions as Sewanee Writer’s Conference, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, CityWrights, The Inkwell and Source Theatre in D.C., Baltimore Playwrights Festival, New Hampshire Playwrights Festival, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Southeast Theatre Conference, Northwest Theatre Conference and Boston Playwrights. He is the author of the critically acclaimed The Playwright’s Survival Guide: Keeping the Drama in Your Work and Out of Your Life, Perfect Ten: Writing and Producing the Ten‑Minute Play, A More Perfect Ten and two volumes of Monologues for Men by Men. He is on the Tony Administration Committee for the Tony Awards and the program director for the Summer Playwriting Intensive for the Kennedy Center. A collection of short plays, Verticals and Horizontals, was published last spring by Original Play Publishers in Los Angeles. In April of 2014, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts instituted the National Gary Garrison Ten-Minute Play Award given to the best ten-minute play written by a dramatist.


Adam Gwon

COURSES TAUGHT: Lyric Writing for Playwrights

ADAM GWON is a composer and lyricist whose musicals have enjoyed more than 200 productions worldwide. Off-Broadway: Ordinary Days (Roundabout Theatre), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside Theatre); Regional: String (Village Theatre), Cake Off (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination), Cloudlands (South Coast Repertory), The Boy Detective Fails (Signature Theatre), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); West End: Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios). Adam’s songs have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and more, by such luminaries as Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, and Brian d’Arcy James. Honors include the Kleban Award, Fred Ebb Award, Richard Rodgers Award, Loewe Award, Second Stage Theatre’s Donna Perret Rosen Award, Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, and the MAC John Wallowitch Award. Recordings include: Ordinary Days (Ghostlight Records), Audra McDonald’s Go Back Home (Nonesuch), The Essential Liz Callaway (Working Girl Records), Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Album. Adam has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Dramatists Guild.


Mark Hollmann

COURSES TAUGHT: Musical CompositionMusical Theatre Songwriting for the Composer-Lyricist

MARK HOLLMANN received the Tony Award®, the National Broadway Theatre Award, and the Obie Award for his score to Urinetown the Musical, which had its start in the 1999 New York International Fringe Festival.  It won Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, and Lucille Lortel Awards for best musical in addition to garnering ten Tony Award® nominations.  Other shows as composer/lyricist include Yeast Nation (2011 New York International Fringe Festival, Perseverance Theatre, American Theatre Company, and Ray of Light Theatre), Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls (Atlantic Stage and Perseverance Theatre), The Man in the White Suit (New York Stage and Film), The Girl, the Grouch, and the Goat (University Theatre, U. of Kansas), Alchemist the Musical (Seattle Fringe Festival), Jack the Chipper (Greenview Arts Center, Chicago), Kabooooom! (University Theater, U. of Chicago), I Think I Can and Deal with It! (Berkshire Theatre Festival), and Fare for All (Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden, NYC).  Actor and/or co-writer for the Cardiff Giant Theater (Chicago) productions of The RackTheater of FunnyThe Mercy RipperLBJFKKKLove Me, All Eight Die, and After Taste, the last of which he also directed. TV: songs for Disney Channel’s "Johnny and the Sprites." He has served on the Tony Nominating Committee, serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America, and is a member of ASCAP.  He is also a member of Sure Foundation Lutheran Church in Woodside, Queens, where he serves as a part-time pianist.  He and his wife Jilly live in Manhattan with their sons, Oliver and Tucker.


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Tina Howe

COURSES TAUGHT: Master Class in Playwriting

TINA HOWE’s best known plays include Birth and After Birth, Museum, The Art of Dining, Painting Churches, Coastal Disturbances and Pride’s Crossing - all published by TCG. Among her many awards are an Obie, Guggenheim, Rockefeller, two N.E.A’s, a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Tony nomination, Pulitzer finalist (twice), William Inge Award, Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement and most recently a PEN Master American Playwright Award. Newly retired, Miss Howe taught at Hunter College for 25 years, launching the Rita and Burton Goldberg MFA in Playwriting in 2010. She has proudly served on the Council of the Dramatists Guild for just as long. 


Chisa Hutchinson

COURSES TAUGHT: Writing Workshop II

CHISA HUTCHINSON: Having never even seen a play until high school, Chisa caught up mighty fast by earning a B.A. in Dramatic Arts from Vassar College and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has since been commissioned to write several plays and has even written a few just for kicks, includingDirt Rich (SummerStage), She Like Girls (the Lark Play Development Center, the Ohio Theatre, NJPAC), This is Not the Play (Mad Dog Theater Company, Cleveland Public Theater), Sex on Sunday (the Lark Play Development Center, the BE Company, Trustus Theatre), Tunde's Trumpet (SummerStage, BOOM Arts), The Subject (Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights’ Foundation, Victory Gardens, Partial Comfort, and Rattlestick Theater) , Mama's Gonna Buy You (WorkShop Theater Company, Inge Center for the Arts),  Somebody's Daughter (Cherry Lane, Second Stage), Alondra Was Here (the Wild Project), and Dead & Breathing (the Lark Play Development Center, Contemporary American Theater Festival, National Black Theatre).

Chisa has been a Lark Fellow, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Humanities Fellow, a Resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a staff writer for the Blue Man Group and an ensemble member of the New York NeoFuturists. She has been a two-time finalist for the Weissberger Award, a finalist for the Heideman and a finalist for the highly coveted PONY Fellowship.  She actually wins awards sometimes, too, like the GLAAD Award she got for her play, She Like Girls, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award for Most Outstanding Playwright at the Beginning of Her Career, a New York Innovative Theatre Award, the Paul Green Award, a Helen Merrill Award, a Lanford Wilson Award, and most recently a Thom Thomas Award. 

Chisa just finished her residency as a Tow Fellow at Second Stage Theatre where she premiered her play, Somebody's Daughter. She is a proud fourth-year resident at New Dramatists, teaches creative writing at the University of Delaware, and is about to delve into the world of TV on a project for A&E/Lifetime.


Christine Toy Johnson

COURSES TAUGHT: Acting for Dramatists

CHRISTINE TOY JOHNSON is an award-winning writer, actor, director, filmmaker, and advocate for inclusion based in New York City. Her plays and musicals have been developed/produced at such places as the Roundabout Theatre Company, the O’Neill Theater Center, the Barrow Group, Village Theatre, Prospect Theater Company, Weston Playhouse, Crossroads Theatre Company, InterAct Theater Company, and the Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, and have been published by Indie Theater Now. Plays include The Secret Wisdom of Trees, Guilty Until Proven Innocent, Paper Son, Internal Bleeding, The New Deal, Diary of a Domestic Goddess (with Kevin Duda), Truth Against the World: The Life and Loves of Frank Lloyd Wright, and Adventures of a Faux Designer Handbag. Musicals (book and lyrics) include Barcelona (with Jason Ma), and Till Soon, Anne (with Bobby Cronin).

Screenplays include No Wave Without Wind (with Charles Randolph-Wright), Jumping the Third Rail (winner, 2016 Meryl Streep/IRIS Writers Lab Fellowship), Winning New York (Screenplay and lyrics with composer Bobby Cronin, produced by New York Film Academy), and Food Like Love (screenplay and lyrics with composer Bobby Cronin, produced by New York Film Academy). An anthology of her work was inducted into the Library of Congress Asian Pacific American Performing Arts Collection in 2010.

As a performer, she has been breaking the color barrier in non-traditionally cast roles for over 25 years, and has been featured extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, in regional theatres across the country, in film, television, and concerts worldwide. Highlights include: Broadway - The Music Man, Grease!, Chu Chem; National Tours - Bombay Dreams, Flower Drum Song, CATS. Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along (cast album), Pacific Overtures, Balancing Act (cast album), Philip Goes Forth (Mint Theatre), Genesis (NYSF) etc; Television - nearly 100 appearances including "The Americans" (recurring), "Law and Order: SVU" (recurring), "Mr. Robot", "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "Madame Secretary", "The Blacklist", "Braindead", "Mozart in the Jungle", "30 Rock", "Ugly Betty", "Nunsense", "Nunsense II", 2 years on "One Life to Live", etc.

Christine has given master classes in Song Performance, Scene Study and Mining Character Subtext at such places as the Yale School of Drama, the O’Neill Theatre Center National Theater Institute, The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, New York Film Academy, The Poor Mouth Theatre Company and the National Dance Institute (NDI). 

She is a proud member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild, where she is also chair and initiator of the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Committee, and a member of the Publications Committee. She also serves on the Council of Actors’ Equity Association, where she is chair of the union’s EEOC and Equity News Advisory Committee. She received the Rosetta LeNoire Award for “outstanding contributions to the universality of the human spirit” from Actors’ Equity Association in 2013, is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Certificate of Screenwriting Program at NYU, an alumna of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and the founder of The Asian American Composers and Lyricists Project. www.christinetoyjohnson.com.


Deborah Zoe Laufer

COURSES TAUGHT: Writing Workshop II

DEBORAH ZOE LAUFER's play, Informed Consent, opened at the Duke on 42nd Street, a co-production of Primary Stages and Ensemble Studio Theatre, in August, 2015. An Alfred P. Sloan Foundation commission through EST, it first received productions at Cleveland Playhouse and Geva Theatre Center.  Her works have also been produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Portland Stage, and 80 other theaters around the country, in Germany, Russia and Canada. End Days was awarded The ATCA Steinberg citation and appeared at Ensemble Studio Theatre through a Sloan Grant. It received a rolling work premiere through the National New Play Network, and went on to receive over 50 productions after that. Other plays include Leveling Up, Sirens, Out of Sterno, The Last Schwartz, Meta, The Three Sisters of Weehawken, Fortune, The Gulf of Westchester, Miniatures, and Random Acts. Deb is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award and the Lilly Award and grants and commissions from The Edgerton Foundation, the NEA and NNPN. Her plays have been developed at PlayPenn, The Eugene O’Neill NPC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ojai, The Missoula Colony, The Cherry Lane Alternative, the Dramatists Guild, New Georges, The Lark, Asolo Rep. and the Baltic Playwrights Conference. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and a member of The Dramatists Guild.


Andrea Lepcio

COURSES TAUGHT: Writing Workshop I (Online), Writing Workshop II (Online)

ANDREA LEPCIO is best known for Looking for the Pony, a finalist for the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and for the NEA Outstanding New American Play Award.  It was presented in a "Rolling World Premiere" Off-Broadway at Vital Theatre Company in New York and Synchronicity Performance Group in Atlanta and subsequent productions.  Recent productions include Tunnel Vision at Off the Wall in Pittsburgh, Dinner at Home between Deaths at Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles and The Gold at New York Musical Festival. She is currently working on a EST/Sloan commissioned play about climate change and a new musical Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am with songwriter Tina DeVaron.  Additional plays and musicals under development include Strait of Gibraltar (Geva Theatre Center and upcoming at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta), Central Avenue Breakdown (FwdTheatre) and Lf&Tms (Music Theatre Factory). Andrea is a member of the Dramatists Guild, was a Dramatists Guild Fellow and served as the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director for ten years. She teaches playwriting at College of the Atlantic and was a visiting faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University in Graduate Dramatic Writing.  M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carnegie Mellon University.  B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic. She lives in Maine, which means she travels often.


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Michele Lowe

COURSES TAUGHT: The Art of Rewriting

MICHELE LOWE received the Francesca Primus Prize for her play Inana (Denver Center Theatre) and was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Both Inana and Victoria Musica (Cincinnati Play House in the Park) were finalists for the American Theater Critic’s Association/Steinberg New Play Award, which marked the first time in the ACTA’s 33-year history that a playwright was nominated for two plays in one season.  

Michele is the author of The Smell of the Kill (Broadway debut); String of Pearls (Outer Critics nomination, Primary Stages); Map of Heaven (Denver Center Theatre), Mezzulah 1946 (City Theatre), Backsliding in the Promised Land (Syracuse Stage), and the original one-act musical A Thousand Words Come to Mind (Joe’s Pub) which she co-wrote with composer Scott Davenport Richards.

She has received commissions from the Transport Group, Signature Theater, Denver Center Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Geva Theatre, Premieres: Inner Voices, and Wind Dancer Productions. Her plays have been produced/developed by Primary Stages, Vineyard Theatre, Rhinebeck Writer’s Retreat, Le Pepiniere (Paris), TimeLine Theatre, Williamstown Theater Festival, New York Stage and Film, O’Neill National Music Theater Conference, Lark Play Development Center, Colorado New Play Summit, City Theater, New Harmony Project, PlayLabs, and Hedgebrook.  Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, and Smith and Kraus publish her work.   

Michele’s current play, The Greatest, was developed in the 2016 Keen Company Playwrights Lab. She is currently at work on The Proxy Marriage with composer Adam Gwon. Michele and Zoe Sarnak have been commissioned by Transport Group’s 20th Century Project.  She is the creator of the TV series Clay.

Michele is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, serves on the Publications Committee for the Dramatists Guild and is a member of ASCAP. She has taught at the Einhorn School of the Performing Arts and given master classes at Carnegie Mellon and theatres across the country. Michele works one on one with writers, business execs and clergy, and often writes for The Dramatist magazine.

Websites: mlowewritingcoach.com, michelelowe.net


Austin Pendleton

COURSES TAUGHT: Masterclass in Playwriting

AUSTIN PENDLETON is an actor, director, playwright and teacher of acting.  His most recent appearances in New York as an actor have included the title role in King Lear (at the Secret Theatre) and several productions at the Public Theatre (Straight White Men, and, at the Delacorte, Romeo and Juliet and, with Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline, Mother Courage and Her Children).  As a director he has been represented recently in New York by Between Riverside and Crazy, by Stephen Adly Giurgis, and (at Classic Stage Company) Hamlet, Ivanov, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya, in productions including such actors as Peter Sarsgaard, Ethan Hawke, Joely Richardson, Maggie Gylenhall, Mamie Gummer, and Denis O'Hare.

His plays, produced in New York, around the country and internationally, and all published, include Orson's Shadow, Uncle Bob, and Booth, which starred Frank Langella.  He also wrote the book for the musical A Minister's Wife, presented at the Newhouse at Lincoln Center, with music by Josh Schmidt and lyrics by Jan Tranen, with the whole show conceived and directed by Michael Halberstam.   He has appeared in over 200 movies, and appeared regularly on such TV shows as "Oz," "Homicide," and "Law and Order."  He teaches acting at HB Studio, in New York City.


Ralph Sevush

COURSES TAUGHT: The Artist as C.E.O.The Business of Writing for the Stage

RALPH SEVUSH, Esq., is an entertainment attorney who has been with The Dramatists Guild of America since 1997. As the Guild’s Executive Director of Business Affairs & General Counsel, in addition to administering the organization and advising its 7000+ members, he has co-authored amicus briefs and given expert testimony in cases affecting playwrights; written articles about theater, copyright and free speech for The Dramatist magazine, lectured and moderated seminars for writers, students and academics around the country, and spoken before the Library of Congress. He also co-founded The Dramatists Legal Defense Fund in 2012, to protect copyright and free expression in the theater. Before coming to the Guild, he worked on numerous Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including BIG, the Musical, Fool Moon, God Said `HA!', Blown Sideways Through Life and Philemon. Earlier in his career, he worked for Sony Pictures, Cinema 5 films, and New Line Cinema in motion picture marketing, distribution, and finance. As a writer, in addition to his many essays published by The Dramatist magazine over the past 20 years, his play Little One, Goodbye was presented by the Tada! Theater, the Enchanted Players of NJ, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and the Innovative Stages Company; and his short fiction has been collected in a new book, Spira Mirabilis: Fantastic Tales from the Marvelous Spiral, to be published by taQ’Lut Press in December 2016. He is an alumnus of Stony Brook University and the Cardozo School of Law, and was a member of the BMI/Lehman Engel Librettists Workshop.


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Tari Stratton

COURSES TAUGHT: The Artist as C.E.O.


TARI STRATTON is currently the Director of Education & Outreach for the Dramatists Guild of America, and the Associate Editor of The Dramatist magazine.  She has been at the Guild since 1997, previously serving as the Assistant to the Executive Director. Tari is the administrator of the Dramatists Guild’s Fellows program, produces the Guild’s seminar series DG Academy and DG Conservatory and co-produces programming with Harvardwood. She also produces the annual Guild Awards Night, along with special programming such as the Guild’s National Conferences, Anti-Piracy Blast and Copyright Matters, an event presented at the Library of Congress. Tari serves on committees with the League of Broadway Theaters and Producers and the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts to increase diversity in the performing arts.


Jeffrey Sweet

COURSES TAUGHT: Improvisation for the Playwright

JEFFREY SWEET's plays - including The Value of Names, Flyovers, The Action Against Sol Schumann, Court-Martial at Fort Devens, American Enterprise, and Porch - have been produced in New York, Chicago and stages around the world featuring actors including Jack Klugman, Amy Morton, Jon Cryer, William Petersen, Lindsay Crouse, Judy Kaye, Michele Pawk, Reed Birney, Richard Kind, Nathan Lane, Gary Cole, Dan Lauria, Jill Eikenberry and Megan Mullally. His newest play, Kunstler, opens off-Broadway in February after a warmly-received run at the New York Fringe Festival. He has won lots of awards, but none of them is the Pulitzer. He also has written a lot of TV, winning a WGA Award and an Emmy nomination in the process. His new book is called What Playwrights Talk About When They Talk About Writing.


Roland Tec

COURSES TAUGHT: Music Essentials for Non-MusiciansMusic Fundamentals for Writers, The Artist as C.E.O.

ROLAND TEC is a filmmaker, playwright and composer. Roland scored his last two feature films, All The Rage and We Pedal Uphill, both of which were released theatrically in the U.S.  For twelve years, he served as Artistic Director of Boston’s New Opera Theatre Ensemble, which mounted new operas in such unlikely venues as The Boston Public Library, Danco Furniture Showroom and The Charles Hayden Planeterium.  Since moving to New York in 2000, several of Tec’s plays have been produced, among them: Gratuitous Nudity (co-written with John Yearley), Rapt, The Rubber Room (co-written with Gary Garrison) and The Wreck Behind Us. His play, Kennedy V, about the rise of Teddy Kennedy, was commissioned by Resonance Ensemble. The Curse Of Batvia, for which he composed music to Katherine Burger’s book & lyrics, will be presented this summer at Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, NY. His Music Composition teachers include: Luise Vosgerchian, Martin Boykan, David Lewin, Eric Chasalow, Peter Lieberson and John Corigliano. Tec has taught in the Music Departments of Brandeis University and Harvard College, among others.


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Zack Turner

COURSES TAUGHT: The Artist as C.E.O.

ZACK TURNER, who received a BFA in Theatre from Missouri State University, is the Director of Marketing and Online Media for the Dramatists Guild. In addition to directing all Guild social media efforts, he is diligently working to bring Dramatists Guild members an informative, enjoyable, and user-friendly new website experience. With the power of the internet, every dramatist is an entrepreneur in their own right and does not need a graduate degree in advertising to efficiently market themselves or their work!


Sheri Wilner

COURSES TAUGHT: Writing the Autobiographical Play

SHERI WILNER’s plays include Kingdom City, Father Joy, Hunger, The End, A Tall Order, Relative Strangers, Little Death of a Salesman, The Unknown Part of the Ocean, and Joan of Arkansas and have been performed and developed at major American theatres including the La Jolla Playhouse, Actors Theatre Of Louisville, Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Guthrie Theater and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

She has twice been a co-winner of the prestigious Heideman Award granted by the Actors Theatre of Louisville: in 1998 for Labor Day, which premiered at the 1999 Humana Festival, and in 2001 for Bake Off, which premiered at the 2002 Humana Festival. Bake Off was praised by The New York Times as a “barbed, witty, thoughtful, giggle and snort inducing satire on gender roles. ” She recently co-wrote the libretto for a full-length musical version entitled Cake Off, which premiered at the Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. (nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Original Musical Adaptation); workshopped at the Old Globe in San Diego; and produced by the Bucks County Playhouse this past September.

Her plays have been published in over a dozen anthologies, and Playscripts.com has published twelve of her one-acts, which have received over three hundred productions across the United States as well as in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Japan, United Kingdom and India.

Her playwriting awards include a Howard Foundation Fellowship in Playwriting, a Bush Artist Fellowship and two Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowships.

Also an established playwriting teacher, Sheri is beginning her third year as the Director of the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program.  She recently completed her appointment as the 2016-2017 Rev. J. Donald Monan S.J. Professor of Theatre Arts at Boston College; and has been the Master Playwright for the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs Playwrights’ Development Program, the Fred Coe Visiting Playwright-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University, and a Visiting Assistant Professor in Playwriting at Florida State University’s MFA Dramatic Writing Program in Tallahassee.  In addition she has taught numerous courses at Primary Stages’ ESPA and PlayPenn in Philadelphia.

She attended Cornell University and received her MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.


Stefanie Zadravec

COURSES TAUGHT: Writing Workshop I

STEFANIE ZADRAVEC is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, playwright-in-residence at The Women’s Project, and received a 2015 Helen Merrill Award. Her plays include Colony Collapse (Theatre@Boston Court: 2015 Kilroys List and LA Times Critics Choice); The Electric Baby (Two River Theater, Francesca Primus Prize); Honey Brown Eyes (Theater J, Working Theatre, Helen Hayes Award); and currently – The Boat (The Working Theater Commission) and Tiny Houses (Women’s Project Commission). She has received Fellowships from the Dramatists Guild, the Lark, NYFA, Playwrights Realm, Sewanee Writers Conference, and the Edgerton Foundation. Stefanie has received a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, Women in Arts & Media Collaboration Award, and her work has received developmental and production support from The Ford Foundation, the NEA, NYSCA, The Mellon Foundation, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Kennedy Center, Play Penn, The Women’s Project, San Francisco Playhouse, Quantum Theatre, Epic Theatre Ensemble, The Barrow Group, and New Dramatists. Her plays are published by Dramatists Play Service and featured in Best Women’s Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus). Stefanie teaches playwriting at Primary Stages EInhorn School of Performing Arts and has taught at SUNY Purchase and Occidental College. She has taught multiple writing workshops and seminars at Play Penn, New Dramatists, Connecticut College, Occidental College, and Wright Club. www.szadravec.com