2014-2015 Ingram New Works Playwrights


2014-2015 Ingram New Works Playwrights Welcome to Nashville Rep’s 2014-2015 Ingram New Works Project! We’ve spent our summer reading an overwhelming number of new play submissions. We have the perfect formula of emerging playwrights for this year’s Project. Please help us welcome our 2014-2015 playwrights to our Nashville, TN theatre family.

Nate Eppler

A playwright couldn't ask for anything better than getting to build new plays from scratch with the phenomenal support of the artists and audiences of Nashville Rep. The Ingram New Works Lab has been a wonderful artistic home for me and I can't wait to share it with our three new Lab playwrights. Wait 'till you guys see what they have in store for you. - Nate Eppler -

Nate Eppler | Ingram New Works PlaywrightNate Eppler currently serves as Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre. His plays include Long Way Down (3Ps Productions, Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award semi-finalist 2011), Larries (Nashville Repertory Theatre 2013), and Sextape & Other Stories (Playhouse Nashville 2013). Mr. Eppler is one of the curators of The Ten Minute Playhouse, a quarterly festival of new plays by Tennessee Playwrights, and is co-founder of Playhouse Nashville, an organization devoted to producing new works for the stage and elevating the voices of playwrights in the south. Mr. Eppler is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. For more information visit www.nateeppler.com

Tori Keenan-Zelt

I’m shamelessly delighted to be part of this year’s lab. It's a rare gift to build a play from first spark through audience-hearing in a community that embraces so fully the messy work of uncovering great stories. I can’t wait to see what we turn up. - Tori Keenan-Zelt -

Tori Keenan-ZeltTori is an internationally-produced playwright from Pittsburgh, by way of Singapore, Virginia, and New York. She writes question-based plays. Recent work includes The Egypt Play (Dev: Lark, WTF, Somersault, Sanctuary), Truth Dare… (Best Ensemble, Pittsburgh Fringe), Everything You Were Looking For (NYMadness), Beautiful Tomorrow (5D), Burning Lines (Cold Basement), Times Square Tango (Arthur Seelen Theatre), I Didn’t Know I Was the Antichrist (#serials@theflea), and others. She writes for Colonial Williamsburg’s Emmy Award-winning series and was recently a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice, Lark Dramaturgy Fellow, Jerome Finalist, PoNY Nominee, Kilroys List Nominee, Lark Playwrights Week Finalist, Princess Grace Semifinalist, and two-time O’Neill Semifinalist. She is a proud member of Bastard Playground, Part-Time Box, Propulsion Lab & the Dramatists Guild. Currently, she is developing an original web series with Stage17TV and is a 2014-2015 member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. Several of her short plays are published by Next Stage Press. Tori is also founding Co-Artistic Director of Panglossian Productions, a non-profit developing new work in Williamsburg, VA. BA, Harvard. MFA, NYU Tisch. www.tk-z.net

Bianca Sams

I am so thrilled to be a 2014-2015 Playwright-in-Residence with Nashville Repertory Theatre. I felt like I was walking on air when I got that phone call saying I was one of the lucky four playwrights. And how could I not be thrilled? I mean I get  to break ground on a brand new play, work with amazing artists, and join the Nashville Rep family for a year. I can't wait to get started! - Bianca Sams -

Bianca SamsBianca Sams is an Actor/Writer hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area. Her plays are lyrical investigations of found stories out of today's headlines or the pages of history, that ask audiences to face their own complex love affair with misery. She recently finished her MFA in Playwriting at Ohio University. She received her BFA from New York University's Tisch School, where she earned the distinction of being Tisch's first ever Triple Major (Acting, Dramatic Writing, Africana Studies). Awards and honors include KCACTF Lorraine Hansberry (2nd place), Rosa Parks Award (2nd place), Kennedy Center/Eugene O’Neill New Play Conference fellow, Jane Chambers Student Playwright Award/Athe (2nd Place 2013 & 2014), Scott McPherson Award, The Playwright Center Core Apprentice (2014), Playwright Foundation BAPF (finalist), Eugene O’Neill NPC (semi-finalist), TRI Research Fellowship at Ohio State University, and T. S. Eliot Acting Fellowship. For more information and samples of her work please go to www.biancasams.com or check out her food blog at www.fingerlickinkitchen.com 

Gabrielle Sinclair

I am so excited and honored to be a writer in this year's New Play Lab. Writing a play can be like meeting someone new and falling in love. The creative support at Nashville Rep empowers us with the freedom to say, with abandon – yes! to impulses and to daring. I can't wait to walk into the unknown, to embrace the impossible, to get lost, and to play. - Gabrielle Sinclair -

Gabrielle SinclairGabrielle Sinclair is a playwright and teaching artist based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her plays have been developed or presented through the Actors Studio Playwright-Directors Workshop, The Annoyance Theater, the chashama Performance Series, the Sweat Shop at The Paradise Factory, Horse & Cart’s PlayOffs, The Metropolitan Playhouse Living Literature Festival, as a fellow with America-In-Play, and as resident playwright of Lonesome George Productions. Gabrielle is also an improviser and sketch writer, and performed with The Annoyance in Chicago, iOWest in Los Angeles, and in festivals around the country. She's a graduate of The Second City writing program, and also studied devised theatre and Lecoq at the Celebration Barn in South Paris, Maine. Gabrielle is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild. BA - University of South Carolina. MFA Playwriting - Actors Studio Drama School. www.gabriellesinclair.com

Ingram New Works Fellow - Donald Margulies

Donald MarguliesDonald Margulies' plays include Brooklyn Boy, Time Stands Still, Dinner with Friends, Sight Unseen, Collected Stories, The Loman Family Picnic, God Of Vengeance, The Model Apartment, What's Wrong with this Picture?, and Found a Peanut.

He has won a Lucille Lortel Award, an American Theatre Critics Award, two Los Angeles Drama Critics Awards, two OBIE Awards, two Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Awards, five Drama Desk Award nominations, two Pulitzer Prize nominations and one Pulitzer Prize. His works have been performed on and off Broadway; at major theatres across the United States including South Coast Repertory, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Old Globe Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse and Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival; and in Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Sydney, Berlin, Vienna and many other cities around the world. Mr. Margulies has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. In 2005 he was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an Award in Literature and by the National Foundation for Jewish Culture with its Cultural Achievement Award, and was the recipient of the 2000 Sidney Kingsley Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Theatre by a playwright.

Mr. Margulies is an alumnus of New Dramatists and serves on the council of The Dramatists Guild of America. He is an adjunct professor of English and Theatre Studies at Yale University.