2013-2014 Ingram New Works Playwrights
Welcome to Nashville Rep's 2013-2014 Ingram New Works Project! We've spent our summer reading an overwhelming number of new play submissions. We are confident that the perfect formula of emerging playwrights has been distilled for this year's Project. We ask that you please help us welcome this year's Playwrights to our Nashville, TN theatre family.
Nate Eppler is a playwright and teaching artist based in the southeastern United States. Eppler's plays are fierce and funny field trips into our most fundamental anxieties. Full of surreal imagery and constantly surprising invention, Mr. Eppler's plays are roller coaster rides that delight and frighten in equal measure. His plays include Long Way Down (2011 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award semi-finalist), Larries, Sextape (& Other Stories), and Keeping Up With the Joneses. Mr. Eppler is a passionate supporter of locally grown theatre in his adopted hometown and is proud a recipient of both the Tennessee Arts Commission Professional Development Support Grant and the Individual Artist Fellowship. 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 currently serves as the first Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre. www.nateeppler.com
Andrew Kramer is a current member of the Emerging Writer's Group at The Public Theater (NYC), where he is developing his play, Armature, which will be produced as part of Cleveland Public Theatre’s 2014 Big Box New Play Series. He is also currently involved in Horse & Cart Theatre’s playwriting competition, The PlayOffs in Denver. He is a 2010 graduate of Ball State University's Department of Theatre & Dance in Muncie, Indiana. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, he moved to NYC when he was accepted into the Groundbreakers Playwrights' Group with the terraNOVA Theatre Collective. He was a 2012 member of the Ingram New Works Lab, where he developed his play, Crying for Lions, which has gone on to have readings/development in Nashville, Cleveland, NYC, and Williamsburg, VA. He was a Core Apprentice Writer at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis as well as a two-time semi-finalist in the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Play Festival in both 2010 and 2011. Also in 2011, Andrew served as Playwright-in-Residence at the Cairns Arts Festival in Queensland, Australia, where Whales & Souls saw its world premiere. Most recently, he was a finalist for the 2050 Playwriting Fellowship at New York Theatre Workshop, as well as on the shortlist for the Old Vic, New Voices US/UK writer’s exchange.
Dean Poynor is an emerging award-winning emerging playwright, whose work explores the crossroads of religious calling and the daily grind. His plays has been developed and produced with the Great Plains Theatre Conference (Holland New Voices Playwright Award winner) Playwrights’ Center (Core Member Apprentice), Kennedy Center, Centre Stage Greenville, The Puzzle Festival NYC, Carnegie Mellon University, Trustus Theatre, Arena Players Repertory, Hyde Park Theatre, American Theatre of Actors, Cairns Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and in residency at The Studios of Key West. Mr. Poynor has received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation screenplay award, the Helford Prize for Drama, two Shubert Foundation fellowships, and been nominated for 3 Iden B. Payne Awards, a Semi-Finalist for the Princess Grace Award, O’Neill Theatre Conference, and a finalist for the Lark Playwrights Week, among others. Mr. Poynor's newest adventure is being a full-time dad. www.deanpoynor.com
Jeremy Sony is a Midwest-based playwright, screenwriter, and recipient of the 2012 Scott McPherson Playwriting Award. His independent feature Separation Anxiety (Best Drama, 2012 Riverbend Film Festival) was produced by Glass City Films, starring Emmy-winner John Wesley Shipp and Drama Desk nominee Polly Adams. Mr. Sony is co-founder of Theatre Daedalus where he has produced numerous short play festivals including the PROJECT 10 series, CAUGHT IN THE ACT!, CAUGHT IN THE ACT…AGAIN!, and TRIPLE PLAY. Sony's latest play, Ichabod: Missing in Sleepy Hollow, was commissioned by Street Theatre Company’s ClassAct Dramatics and Playhouse Nashville and will premiere in October 2013. His play Frackture has received staged readings through the TAGS New Play Project and Ohio University Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights Festival, and was developed thanks in part to support from the 2012-2013 Anthony Trisolini Graduate Fellowship. His other plays include Advice to the Happy Couple (MadLab Theatre), The Cosmonaut in Human Resources (Luna Theatre), Spin Cycle (2010 Heideman Award Finalist, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Against the Pane (Penobscot Theater), Meeting God on a Tuesday Morning and Do They Expedite There (Curtain Players Theater), The Physics of Tiny Bubbles, The Face of Contrition, and The Death of Edward Fox. Mr. Sony's plays have also been seen at Western Michigan University and The Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Other writing credits include Hard Stop (published by Outskirts Press under the pseudonym Jamie Rotham). Mr. Sony holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Ohio University and a B.A. in Film & Television from the University of Notre Dame. He has studied under playwrights Charles Smith, Erik Ramsey, and Kara Lee Corthron. Mr. Sony is founder of submissioncalendar.com and is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild. Find him on Facebook, Twitter, and many social media sites under the handle @JeremyWrites; and please follow his projects and blog at www.jeremysony.com.