Playwrights

Katherine Ambrosio is the author of numerous full-length, one-act and ten-minute plays which have been produced off-off Broadway as well as in upstate New York.  She is the recipient of the Individual Artist’s Grant, funded by the NYS Council of the Arts. Most recently she wrote the screenplay for the short film, The Train to Moscow, which won First Place, Best in Festival, at the 2021, Lake Placid Film Festival. Last summer her first novel, The House on Sutherland Avenue, was published.

Leslie Bramm is the author of over 20 plays which have been produced, work-shopped and/or developed, regionally, internationally, off-Broadway, and independently by Variations Theatre Group, Three Crows Theatre, The Present Company, The Penobscot Theatre, The Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Emerging Artists, Theatre, Nicu’s Spoon, The Edward Albee Last Frontier Conference, Rattle
Stick, Reverie Productions, Playwrights Horizons/Tisch, Shelter Theatre Group, Gold Coast Theatre, Theatre La Monde, The Province Town Players, IATI Theatre, The Actors Studio and the Colorado Fine Arts Center. Bramm is the recipient of a Stanley Drama Award (Oswald’s Backyard) A Paul T. Nolan Award (Islands of Repair) A Tennessee Williams Literary Award (Big Ball) and is a two-time finalist for the O’Neill Conference. Bramm is a member of the Dramatist Guild, and the Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Workshop. His play A.B.C. was banned from the curriculum at SUNY college.

David BunceRed Maple, winner of Capital Repertory Theatre (the REP) Next Act New Play Summit 2017 and world premiere production at the Rep 2019. Other scripts include a musical adaptation of the Edgar Allan Poe story The Fall of the House of Usher, workshop and reading at the New York State Theatre Institute (NYSTI), an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the one-man show Dogs of War; Shakespeare’s Soldiers, produced at the Theatre Institute at Sage (TIS) and the one act Lunch, produced at Penn State University and at the Actor’s Attic in Hartford CT.Screenplays include Gasoline and Lightning, commissioned for Edgewood Studios, Rutland Vermont, Incisions and Learning to Fly. Writer/ co-director of pilot, The Middle Ages. Director/co-writer of short film, All for The Birds; Pete Dubacher and the Berkshire Bird Paradise. Member Dramatist Guild, SAG/AFTRA, AEA, Society of American Fight Directors.

Richard Caliban has worked as a playwright and director across the country and internationally.  He was Artistic Director of critically acclaimed, award-winning Cucaracha Theatre where he wrote and directed many of his plays, including Homo Sapien Shuffle, at the Public Theatre. Caliban’s MoM – A Rock Concert Musical won “Outstanding Musical” at the NY Fringe Festival and continued with runs at the Actor’s Playhouse, Geva Theatre and many other venues. As a director he is also known for his collaborations with celebrated playwrights Jules Feiffer, Michael Weller and Mac Wellman — for whom he directed the Outer Critics Circle and Obie Award-winning production of Crowbar at the Victory Theatre. His work has also been seen at Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons, Naked Angels, Cherry Lane, Ensemble Studio Theatre, La Mama, HERE, Joyce Theatre, Vineyard Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center Theater, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, RS9 Theater in Budapest, Ilkhom Theater in Uzbekistan and many others. www.richardcaliban.com

Margie Castleman’s (Squirrel) career began as a dancer, segued into acting, choreography, and now works as a playwright. Her three plays, CLOSING THE CHANDLERY, BLEND, WE CAN EAT LOVE, were all semi-finalists in the O’Neill Theatre Conference, and LARK development. WE CAN EAT LOVE was produced at Portland Stage (Studio Series), Maine (2019). Other production credits, THE SWIM MEET, 78th Street Theatre Lab, SheWrites Festival, finalist 10 Minute Plays, Humana Festival, NBC daytime TV. She holds a BA in acting, from Bard College, and a MFA in playwriting from Brooklyn College (Mac Wellman, chair). She is a Lifetime member of DRAMATISTS GUILD, currently developing work with HOWL Playwrights (Rhinebeck, NY), and has been invited to join HONOR ROLL, a national symposium for women playwrights.

Alanna Coby

Alanna Coby (trigger (happy) whisper (hush))  is a playwright, performer, producer, and teaching artist. Her plays have been developed through residencies with SITI Company, Mabou Mines, The Drama League, Dixon Place, and IRT Theater. A proud founding member of The Syndicate, an ensemble theatre company that produces new plays by women, queer and trans+ artists, Alanna is also currently pursuing an MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU, class of 2021, where she is the recipient of a Tisch Graduate Award Scholarship and the Dalio Family Merit Scholarship. 

Paul Coleman (Whispering of the Gods) is a psychologist and author of numerous self-help books including “Finding Peace When Your Heart Is in Pieces.” His previous play “At the Broken Places” was a winner of staged readings in Austin, Texas and In New York City in 2019. Paul is an actor who has appeared in over forty community theater productions in the Hudson Valley. He is married for 38 years. He and his wife Jody have three children and three grandchildren.

Ed Friedman’s (Hiding in Plain Sight) short plays have been produced throughout the NY metropolitan area and around the country. They include Love at Worst Sight, Secret Dreamers, PLACES, The Prism, Sunday in the Park with Will, Diary, and The Keys to Life?, (which was adapted  by the Northern Virginia Film Cooperative as a short  film with the same title). Ed’s monologues are included in the anthologies, Mother/Daughter Monologues: MidLife Catharsis and Urgent Maturity published by the International Centre for Women Playwrights.   His monologue, Hannah, is published in Best Women’s Monologues for 2019. His collection, Short Plays for Long Lives, is published by Blue Moon Plays. Ed is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Danielle Frimer writes for theater, film and new media. Selected credits include: Between Friends (Brick Theater, Brooklyn), The Honey of His Music Vows (CoHo Lab, Portland), Esme & Roy (Amazon Alexa, 2019 Emmy Nomination), Westworld: The Maze (Amazon Alexa, 40+ awards), Bosch: A Detective’s Case (Amazon Alexa). As an actor: Nellie Bly in Bisland & Bly (NYMF, Springworks), Alex in Between Friends (The Brick), Daphna in Bad Jews (Cygnet Theatre), Nell in Indian Ink (A.C.T.). She is a graduate of Yale and American Conservatory Theater, and a member of Actors’ Equity and the Dramatists Guild. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her fiancée, Kelty, and their rescue pooch, Dory.

Monique Giroux graduated from NYU with a Bachelor of Arts and Science and from McGill University (Montreal) with an MBA. She started in theater at The Ensemble Studio Theatre as assistant to Curt Dempster. She founded The Armadillo Theater Company in Toronto, Ontario to produce new American and Canadian playwrights. She worked as associate producer at Les Productions La Fete on the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Memoirs, a six-episode English and French documentary on the late prime minister of Canada which aired on CBC/Radio-Canada. Monique is a regular at Naked Angels Tuesdays@9. She is the runner-up for the Alpine Fellowship Theater Prize 2021 for Sheep’s Meadow.

Melinda Gros writes about women. Many of these women are based on real people: classmates from her all-women’s college, dancers she performed with, women who stitched the clothing she designed, young moms who wore her nightgowns and nursing bras. Some of them she met in passing, or read about, or conjured out of sidelong glances. Their lives interest Melinda: complex, emotional, rational, sometimes all in turn. Melinda started writing plays in 2016, after careers in dance, costume and clothing design and manufacture, and after years and years of going to New York theatre. She gave up waiting to see stories about women she could actually identify with; their lives never made it to Broadway and sometimes – only sometimes – made it Off- or Off-Off-Broadway. It was perplexing: Why was the guy always the hero and why should we care about him? Melinda’s heroines are manipulative or naïve, betrayed or betraying, often drunk or drunk on life. While their actions don’t have broad-reaching impact, within their communities they always make waves. They bitch and complain, connive and support each other. Their stories may not be earth-shattering, but they’re genuine, and if you ever met these women, you’d never stop talking about them.

Willow Kristen Harrington (Finding Genevov) took the name Willow and began acting and playwriting when she turned 60.  Now five years into her “third trimester of life,” she has written her first full length play.  Shamelessly autobiographical, her play Finding Genovev is an amends to her grandmother by that name.  It is also a celebration of Willow’s having “let go” of much of the difficulties of her past and now happily living in the moment.  She still enjoys her life’s work as a psychotherapist in private practice but has scaled down so she can give plenty of time to caring for her health, her mind and her soul.  She lives in the Hudson Valley and enjoys her family, her animals, her garden, her friends, church family, and having fun.  She loves adventure and travels regularly.  She admits, “I’m still pushing the envelope a bit to avoid the calcification of getting older, but I love living now at a gentler pace.”

Terence Patrick Hughes plays include Lines, The Kiss of Caiaphas, Fake Plastic Love, American Yu, A Harmony of Both, and a series of pieces set at the fictional grade school, Our Lady of the Bleeding Heart, Mind, and Spirit – Once Reformed. The New York Times noted that his work “…explores heavy subject matter with humorous dialogue and strong characters”. He has developed and produced plays with the Lark, Horse Trade, Eden Prairie, Panglossian, 13th St.  Rep, Alternative, Ovenbird, Theatre Three, Playwrights Roundtable, Boomerang, Prologue, Santa Cruz Actors, and Sauk theatres. His youth plays are licensed to educators through Drama Notebook and include adaptations of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and a comic spin on Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus. Born in Lawrence, MA, Hughes, his wife, and two children live in Woodstock, NY.

Stephen Kaplan’s (Un Hombre) plays include: Tracy Jones (upcoming: Williamston Theatre); Death Defying (NJ Rep/Theatre Brut); Branwell (and the other Brontës) (upcoming: Loft Ensemble, Blue Room; semi-finalist: O’Neill); Community (finalist: Seven Devils; semi-finalist: Premiere Stages); Exquisite Potential (finalist: Woodward/Newman); A Real Boy (59E59 Theatre; semi-finalist: PlayPenn, Ashland, FutureFest and MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); una casa/a home (finalist: Landing Theatre’s New American Voices, Route 66 New Play Development); For Unto Us (published by DPS); In Mrs. Baker’s Room (Commission: Abingdon); The Seventh Son (semi-finalist: Ronald M Ruble New Play Festival). He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves as Northeastern Regional Representative for the DG National Council and received a 2021 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. For more information visit www.bystephenkaplan.com

Lisa Kimball (Spin the Donkey) has had her plays produced by, The New Jersey Repertory Theater, Axial Theater, Love Creek Productions, The Know Theater, Candy Shoppe Theater, Rhinebeck Performing Arts Center, Half Moon Theater, Midtown International Theater, Permafrost Theater, and participated in The Last Frontier Theater Conference. Her play, Dear Crossing is being adapted to film by Spark Creative Works and will premiere in NYC this fall. She has been published by Smith and Kraus and RipRap Literary Journal. She is part of A Howl of Playwrights.

Jonathan Kravetz is a playwright, novelist, and short story writer. His plays have been produced in New York, Brighton, Edinburgh, and Dallas and he is a two time semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference and a semi-finalist for the annual Reverie Play competition. One of Jonathan’s plays was also selected as a semi-finalist in the annual Reverie Productions Play competition. His fiction has appeared in The Exposition Review, Cardinal Sins, The Furious Gazelle, Wilderness House Literary Review, Narrative Northeast, All the Sins, The Rappahannock Review, and Plasmotica. One of his short stories, “The David,” was adapted into a podcast by Welltoldtales.com. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens College and an MA in Cinema Studies from New York University. Jonathan currently teaches Theater Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He resides in Arverne, New York. 

Anthony Leiner (Keeping Mary)is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz’s 2015 theatre program and his plays include Our Cuckoo Bird (finalist in Urban stages Acronyms play competition), Hearts and Minds (winner in The Manhattan Rep 2017 winter play competition) and The Drive home (published in the Pages Penned in Pandemic collection). He is a member of Howl Playwrights, and very honored to have his work performed in the Round the Bend summer series.
www.anthonyleiner.weebly.com

John T Lewis (A Catchy Song & Shiny Light)isa graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, John T. Lewis is an actor and writer. He is the author of the Amazon Best-Selling book Radio Master – The Life and Times of Sports Broadcasting Great Ted Husing. (Langdon Street Press) His short stories have appeared in such periodicals as Nostalgia Digest and Montana Mouthful.
His critically acclaimed one-man show In the Ballpark was hailed by Time Out New York as “a symmetry of visual arts rarely seen in theater.” John’s work has also been produced by Westbeth Theatre in New York and Talking Horse Theatre in Columbia, Missouri.
Along with performing and producing several one-man shows, John has appeared in various regional theater productions, and several independent films. He is a member of Naked Angels Theater Company. For more please visit JOHNTLEWIS.COM

Erica Mann is a Queens-based playwright originally from Houston, Texas. She was a semi-finalist for a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship, and her play Ditmas Park received special consideration from the subcommittee of readers at the American Playwriting Foundation for the Relentless Award. Her play, Proceed To Highlighted Route received a developmental workshop production at the Acadiana Repertory Theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana in December 2019. She was a member of Pipeline Playlab’s Class of 2020 and Gingold Theatrical’s 2019-2020 Speakers’ Corner Writers’ Group, and most recently completed a residency at Artists Repertory Theatre’s Mercury Lab III, along with her podcast co-creators. MFA in Playwriting from The New School, 2018.

Seth McNeill is a playwright and theatre artist more or less from Mississippi. His plays deal with isolation and social alienation, repressed generational trauma, and whiteness through a quasi-absurdist, darkly comic lens. He is currently developing a play about internet rabbit holes and far-right radicalization, originally commissioned by Gingold Theatrical Group. His other plays have been developed and/or presented at Fresh Ground Pepper, Dixon Place, Fault Line Theatre, Amios NYC, and the Hambidge Center. He has been named a semi-finalist for the O’Neill, the Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries Prize, and Primary Stages ESPA Drills. Seth lives with his wife Lori in a very old house in the Hudson Valley, and is re-learning all of that carpentry stuff his dad taught him.

Michele A. Miller is a writer of plays, screenplays, fiction, and occasional poems whose writing often centers on strong yet vulnerable women trying to thrive in a turbulent world. Michele’s play, Real Estate, was a semi-finalist in the American Okay Theatre Coop Playwriting Contest and her one-act, Products of Conception, was produced in the Estrogenius and Strawberry Festivals, and was semifinalist for Eden Prairie Players Collection of One-Acts. The New Perspectives Theatre produced her full-length comedy, Mother of God!, a Princess Grace Awards finalist, and her one-act Power Girls Support Group. During the pandemic Michele’s plays have been presented virtually by Primary Stages, Naked Angels, Theatre Resources Unlimited, Fringe Black Box Festival, The Drawing Board and ScriptRead. Audio plays of her work have been produced by On Stage/Off-Stage and The Theatre of Others podcasts. Her short film, Change of Plans, has been selected or awarded at various international film festivals, including the 2021 Chelsea Film Festival.

Sean O’Connor (Sean O’Connor–writersean.com): was a member of NYC’s famed Circle Rep Theatre. Nine of his plays have won national Best New Play awards. They’ve all been published by both NextStage Press and JAC Publications, and they’ve all been produced in scores of theatres in NYC, and all across the country. One was produced in Dublin. Two others were translated and published in French, to be produced there by the Baz’Arts Company. He’s written films for USA Network, and Nasser Entertainment. Three of his own screenplays won national awards. His work has garnered many grants and fellowships. He’s also directed his work, as well as acted in it—plus, in scores of other plays, leads on two network TV shows and several indie films.
NEW WORK: He recently directed and acted in his short film, Summer of ’70, based on his award-winning feature script, Imitate the Sun. He will direct the feature next summer. He recently directed his play Broken Birds, winning a 2nd Place award for Best One-Act at the SOOP Theatre Festival in Pelham, N.Y. Miss Hollywood, a new play (full-length like the rest that are mentioned), just won NETC’s esteemed Aurand Harris Playwriting Award. It also was chosen, along with his award-winning plays New Truck for Paulie, World of Sinatras, Who Collects the Pain and the new Teenagers in Love to be distributed throughout the American school and university system for production. His play The Unraveling, recipient of a Puffin grant, and selected for the Actors Studio Elia Kazan Festival, is now also a screenplay. Who Collects the Pain will open again in NYC next year, directed by Chuk Obasi. World of Sinatras, produced in NYC by Project Rushmore (directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga), will open again next summer with Wisconsin’s Future Stars Theatre Company. Teenagers in Love will open in NYC in March 2022, directed by Rob Urbinati. It is being workshopped this September with Saugerties, NY’s Around the Bend Theatre Co. Another new one, Wound, won the nationally acclaimed Writers Digest Award, beating out over 6,000 other new American plays. It was a Semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Sean has just finished a TV pilot, King Dollar. He recently appeared onstage in NYC in Robert Chase’s Let Me Fluff Your Pillow. He received his B.A. from Columbia University, and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Queens College.

Erin Proctor is a writer, actor, and dramaturg based in NYC, but grew up in the Hudson Valley. Her chaotic attitude and queer Jewish identities often permeate through her work. Her play “Alternative Canon” was named Honorable Mention for the 11th Annual Jewish Plays Project. As an actor she has worked with Hartford Stage and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. She has a BFA in Acting from The Hartt School. She is also an Equity Membership Candidate and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Check out her website: erincproctor.com

Matt Reichel studied theatre at Washington and Lee University and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He has participated in many local productions, both on stage and off. His most recent play, Great Humanity, won a Theatre Association of New York State award for playwriting.

Kathryn Ryan’s recent productions include: Three Months To The Day (New Play Lab William Inge Theatre Festival, Independence Kansas), Wallowich @ Home, Alone (York Theater, NYC), Lilli Marlene (June Havoc Theater, NYC), Sisterhood Is Difficult (P.S. NBC at HERE Arts Center, NYC), The Road Not Taken (The Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC), and Hilary Kole In: A Good Man Is Hard To Find (Cabaret Venues).  She has edited film scripts produced for Showtime Networks 30 Minute MovieThe Disney Sunday Movie, and Tales From The Darkside
A native New Yorker, she is a graduate of the NYC High School of Performing Arts and SUNY Purchase.  She studied playwriting at Ensemble Studio Theatre and was a longstanding member of Charles Maryan’s Writer’s – Director’s Workshop.  She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild of America. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in the Bronx. 

David Simpatico is a playwright, librettist, and performance artist whose work has been presented at major theatres around the globe, including London’s Hammersmith Apollo, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the New York Shakespeare Festival. Career highlights include: the stage adaptation of High School Musical (Disney Theatricals); the full-length opera, The Life and Death(s) of Alan Turing (Justine Chen, composer;commissioned by American Lyric Theatre); the sung-thru music drama, The Screams of Kitty Genovese (Will Todd, composer; Edinburgh Fringe Festival); and the libretto for Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Garden Of Light (NY Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, conducted by Kurt Masur). His musical adaptation of Twelve Angry Men, with composer/lyricist Michael Holland, received its world premiere under the direction of Peter Rothstein, at Theater Latte Da, in Minneapolis. David earned his MFA in Creative Writing from the Mountain View Writers at Southern New Hampshire University. David is an alumnus of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater, and a graduate of Northwestern University

Dan Smirlock (Special Needs) retired several years ago, stumbled into the world of Capital District theater, and hasn’t managed to stumble out yet. He is appearing this summer in a staging of As You Like It by Will Kempe’s Players. Last year, he performed his own monologue Merry Chrismukkah to All as part of Confetti Stage’s annual Confetti Fest presentation of one-act plays. A one-act version of Special Needs was presented via Zoom as this year’s selection for Albany Civic Theater’s annual Playwrights’ Showcase. 

Leigh Strimbeck Plays written include: The Queen of Fenway Court: Isabella Stewart Gardner; Poor Bastard, both with Berkshire Voices Writers group at Great Barrington Public Theatre; Yours, 100 year celebration of Russell Sage College; devised plays MIRROR, MIRROR; I’m Not a Feminist But..; Waiting for Joe; plays co-written include: Berwick, America!, with Gerard Stropnicky, Here Be Dragons with Paul Outlaw; Letters to the Editor with the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE). Associate member of The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble (BTE); former artist in residence in the theater program at Russell Sage College; co-founder of WAM Theatre. Other regional theater acting and directing includes Storyhorse Documentary Theater; BTE; WAM; The Rep in Albany, NY; Saratoga Shakespeare; Shakespeare and Co (Understudy for Tina Packer, Mother of the Maid); and Berkshire Playwrights Lab.  Feature films: UnCivil Liberties, Fighting for FreedomLittle BiPeep, Lifetime Movie Network’s Off the Rails; Sleeping with My Student, and the short film Key Transitions and LifeQuest. Proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA. For reel and more info: leighstrimbeck.com

David Weinstein is a Judge of the New York State Court of Claims and an Acting Justice of the New York State Supreme Court.  He previously worked in the counsel’s office for three governors, ultimately serving as First Assistant Counsel from 2009 to 2011.  In his only prior foray into theater, his short play The Dropout was performed in the 2018 Albany Civic Theater Showcase.