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Cristina Florencia Castro

Cristina Castro is a playwright/performer who hails from San Antonio, Texas and has been based in Minneapolis since 2007. Her recent honors include the Jerome Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwrights' Center, Silver Award in Playwriting from the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami, Fl.  As a performer she has acted in the Twin Cities with theaters such as The Jungle Theater (Anna in the Tropics), Artistry (W;t), Mixed Blood (The House of Spirits), Park Square (August: Osage County), Daleko Arts (The Shape of Things), Market Garden Theatre (Three Days of Rain), Theater Coup d'Etat (Romeo in Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet), the Playwrights’ Center, Teatro del Pueblo (Quita Mitos), Little Lifeboats (Parhelion), and History Theater (RAW STAGES New Works Festival). Cristina is a 2011 alumna of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program

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Nate Eppler

Nate Eppler is a playwright and new play advocate currently serving as Playwright-in-Residence for Nashville Repertory Theatre.  His plays include Long Way Down (Semi-Finalist Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award 2011), Larries, Good Monsters, and The Ice Treatment (Finalist Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award 2017, Winner 2017 M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award) His plays have been produced in New York City, Nashville, London, and Los Angeles. Mr. Eppler is a vocal advocate for new artists and new works in the American theatre with an emphasis on developing the creative capacity of his adopted hometown of Nashville. In addition to his work as a playwright, Mr. Eppler serves as Director of the Nashville Repertory Theatre Ingram New Works Project, a nationally recognized and locally valued program designed to empower new voices in the American theatre with transformative support and expand the creative capacity of the city by connecting artists and audiences across extraordinary new works. He is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. Mr. Eppler is represented by The Gersh Agency.

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Tori Keenan-Zelt

Originally and proudly from Pittsburgh, Tori writes curiosity-chasing plays that sniff out in-between spaces in big theatre to change the world. Many of them decide to be comedies.

Her current and recent work includes [nbd]SephAir Space (Kilroys 5 Most Recommended Plays, Ingram New Works Lab, Princess Grace Finalist), Egypt Play, or The Misses Blake on a Holiday Jihad (InterAct 20/20 Finalist), Truth Dare... (Best Ensemble Pittsburgh Fringe, Kilroys Long List, Princess Grace Finalist), Episode #121: Catfight! (Yale Cabaret), and others.

She has developed/presented work around the country, including at The Lark, The O’Neill, Yale Cabaret, Nashville Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, NMSU/High Desert, Fresh Ground Pepper, #serials@theflea, Pittsburgh Fringe, The Drama Book Shop, Cold Basement, and beside unsuspecting Chipotle patrons. An alumna of the Ingram New Works Lab, Fresh Ground Pepper's PlayGround PlayGroup, Bastard Playground @ The Drama League, and Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab, she has recently been a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice and Lark Dramaturgy Fellow and has written for Colonial Williamsburg’s Emmy Award-winning PBS education series. She has been named an Emmy Nominee, Kilroys Lister, Jerome Finalist, Princess Grace Finalist, Playwrights of New York Nominee, and some other things. Right now, she is a member of the Ingram New Works Lab, Super Secret Play Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit, The Actors' Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit & the Dramatists Guild. Some of her short plays are published by Next Stage Press. AB, Harvard. MFA, NYU Tisch Asia (Singapore).

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James Anthony Tyler

James Anthony Tyler’s plays include Dolphins and Sharks (LAByrinth Theater Company and the Finborough Theatre in London), Some Old Black Man (Berkshire Playwrights Lab, forthcoming NYC premiere in Feb 2018), hop tha A (Texas State University’s Black and Latino Playwrights Conference, Ars Nova, The Drama League and Asolo Rep), Artney Jackson (The New Black Fest), Talkin’ to This Chick Sippin’ Magic Potion (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, SPACE on Ryder Farm) The Drop Off (Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Playwrights Center, The Juilliard School). He was a member of Harlem’s Emerging Black Playwrights Group, a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2015-2016 The Playwrights Center’s Many Voices Fellow, a 2016-2017 Ars Nova Play Group Resident, a 2016 Working Farm Playwrights Group Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a 2016 Theatre Masters Visionary Playwrights Award recipient. He holds a MFA in Film from Howard University and a MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, where his concentration was Playwriting, and is a graduate of The Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program

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Photos by Bralyn Stokes.