Jonathan Alexandratos is a New York City-based playwright. His work has been presented at the NY Fringe Festival (2012), the Last Frontier Theatre Conference (2013), the Pop Culture Association Conference (2013), and other venues. He has received commissions from the Abingdon Theatre Company and Truant Arts. An avid comic book and action figure fan, Jonathan is always looking for ways to combine comics and pop culture with the stage. His most recent play, Duck, uses comic book tropes to craft an animal allegory about the nature of abuse. This play was completed at Mission to (dit)Mars, a playwrights’ lab in which Jonathan is a member. Jonathan holds an MFA in Playwrighting from Queens College, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Beyond the stage, Jonathan co-programs Page 23, an academic literary conference centered on comics and pop culture that operates under Denver Comic Con. He is currently editing a collection of scholarly essays on action figures, which will be out late next year. Jonathan hides out at Queensborough Community College, where he teaches English. He also speaks Klingon.
Helen is a Manhattan based playwright. She grew up in the British Channel Islands and studied at Cambridge and the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, where she completed her MFA in Dramatic Writing and was awarded the John Golden Graduate Playwriting Award.
Helen is an associate artist with New Georges and a member of The Jam and the Inaugural Writer/Director Lab at Everyday Inferno Theatre Company. Her work has been developed at New Georges, the Wild Project, Dixon Place, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Lark, the Great Plains Theatre Conference and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Helen has been a Finalist for a 2015 InterACT 20/20 Commission and a Semi-finalist for the Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival 2014 and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2014. Her play Soldier Love was a Semi-finalist for the Stanley Drama Award 2015 and a Finalist for the Newman/Woodward Prize 2015.
Edith Freni holds both her BFA and MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing. Her work has been produced, read and developed by theaters around the country. Edith is a two-time nominee for the prestigious PONY award, has been a finalist for the Jerome Fellowship and the Heideman award, and was a semi-finalist for the 2015 P73 Playwriting Fellowship. Her work has been nominated for L. Arnold Weissberger Award, the Humanitas Prize and the Francesca Primus Award. She was a Kilroy’s List Honorable mention in 2014 (Total Power Exchange) and 2015 (The Stroke). Edith was a long-time member of Youngblood and is also a member of Obie-winning Partial Comfort Productions. Her work is published by Playscripts, DPS, Smith & Krauss and Applause. She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she is the inaugural Emory University Playwriting Fellow.
Kyle John Schmidt
Kyle John Schmidt is a writer from Montezuma, Iowa. His plays have been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville (Take 10 Apprentice Showcase and the Humana Festival), Crashbox Theatre, the Kid Magicians, Play-in-a-Bar, the Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival, Theatre Southwest, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, University of Texas New Theatre, the David Mark Cohen New Works Festival, and read at the Stage West New Play Festival. He has been a finalist for the Humana Festival, PlayPenn, the Lark’s Playwrights’ Week, and the Princess Grace Award. Furthermore, Kyle is a winner of the Heideman Award and a recipient of the Theatre Masters Award. He received his MFA from the Michener Center for Writers.
Ingram New Works Fellow
Ms. Gilman’s plays include Luna Gale, A True History of the Johnstown Flood, Dollhouse, Boy Gets Girl (Oliver nominee), Spinning Into Butter, Blue Surge, The Glory of Living (Pulitzer Prize nominee), The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, and The Crowd You’re in With.
Ms. Gilman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Harper Lee Award, The Scott McPherson Award, The Prince Prize for Commissioning New Work, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, The George Devine Award, The Theatre Masters Visionary Award, The Great Plains Playwright Award and an Illinois Arts Council playwriting fellowship. She is a member of the Council of the Dramatists Guild of America and a board member of the ACLU of Illinois. She received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Iowa. Ms. Gilman is an artistic associate at Goodman Theatre in Chicago and is an associate professor of playwriting and screenwriting at Northwestern University as part of its MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage program.