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Anyika McMillan-Herrod / 11.30.2020 Season 1: Episode 6
CQ (Christina Quintana) / 11.15.2020 Season 1: Episode 5
Playwright... Television Writer... Consultant... Poet... Queer with Cuban and Louisiana Roots... SCISSORING via Dramatists Play Service... CQ's poetry, fiction, and lyric nonfiction are published in Santa Clara Review, Wildness Journal, OnCuba, Nimrod Journal, Foglifter, great weather for MEDIA, and beyond... Author of poetry chapbook The Heart Wants (Finishing Line Press)... fellowships and residencies from WP Theater, MacDowell (Ernest and Red Heller Fellow), Playwrights Realm, Van Lier/New Voices at The Lark, CubaOne, Queer/Art, and Lambda Literary, as well as commissions from Audible, The Civilians, Palo Alto Playhouse, EST/Alfred P. Sloan Project, Peppercorn Theatre Company, and more. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University.
There is "other" and "in-between" in all of us; CQ tells stories that mine the misconception of dissimilarity and proclaim, "You are not alone." (In 2021, the Echo Reads play reading series will present her play THE GREAT LONELY ROAMER AND THE NIGHT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING.)
Deborah Zoe Laufer / 10.31.2020 Season 1: Episode 4
Playwright... Director... BFA in acting from SUNY Purchase... Graduated Julliard Playwriting program under Marsha Norman… Plays produced at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Portland Stage, and The Humana Festival…Recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the Lilly Award, grants and commissions from The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Edgerton Foundation, The National New Play Network, the NEA, and the LeCompte du Nouy grant (Lincoln Center Foundation.) Echo Theatre has produced Deb’s plays: End Days (2010) and Leveling Up (Echo Reads play reading series.)
On writing during the COVID pandemic: “With playwrighting, these are very tough times, and I know a lot of writers who are saying, ‘Why write right now; what do I have that’s important enough to say, am I of service in writing this?’ ...I don’t know my place in the world and can’t understand what’s happening around me unless I start writing about it, so it’s not even a choice anymore.”
Rhiana Yazzie / 10.15.2020 Season 1: Episode 3
Navajo playwright... filmmaker... director... performer... producer...based in the Twin Cities and founded New Native Theater in 2009...2018/19 Bush Leadership Fellow...2017 Sally Award Winner for Vision...2016/2017 Playwrights’ Center McKnight Fellow, 2010/2011 and 2006/2007 Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellow...Playwrights’ Center Core Member for three years. She is in post production with her first feature film, A WINTER LOVE (writer/director/starring).
New Native Theatre is a new way of looking at, thinking about, and staging Native American stories. NNT produces, commissions, and devises authentic Native American stories for the stage which means NNT’s artists are intricately connected to the concerns and voices of their communities. Meant to be played for its most vital audience, Native people, because stories made for the Native community become undeniably powerful for the broader community too, no translations required.
Ann Timmons / 09.30.2020 Season 1: Episode 2
MFA in Acting, University of Illinois...NYC to seek her fortune...honed playwriting skills at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School. Produced one-woman show, Off the Wall: The Life and Works of Charlotte Perkins Gilman Off-Broadway; toured it nationally for 16 years. Other productions explore accepted history, featuring protagonists who upend the status quo. …actor…director…playwright...communication coach...producer.
Ann is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, the Dramatists Guild, Honor Roll!, The Playwrights Circle, and is a founding producing playwright of the Pipeline Playwrights, a collective of five women committed to supporting, promoting, and presenting each other’s work, with the goal getting more women’s stories onstage and into the local and national theatre pipeline.
Caridad Svich / 09.15.2020 Season 1: Episode 1
2012 OBIE for Lifetime Achievement Playwright… 2018 ATHE Ellen Stewart Career Achievement in Professional Theatre… 2018 Tanne Foundation Award… songwriter…translator…editor…educator.
Born in the US of Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian parents.