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A.D. Hasselbring

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Author and lyricist A.D. Hasselbring attended high school in Lexington, KY and received a B.A. in Literature and Composition from Pepperdine University. In Los Angeles, he established Common Man Stories and co-founded Fifth Talent Productions. His written works include the one act works Kendra and Sometimes We Sleep as well as numerous children’s stories and prose. Among his full length works are Passing Time and the new rock drama Here.I.Am. His most recent productions have been seen at such California venues as the Chance, Curtis, Complex, and Falcon Theatres. His lyrics have been sung READ MORE...

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Adrienne Dawes

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Adrienne Dawes in an award-winning playwright and producer originally from Austin, TX. Her full length plays include: Denim Doves (2016), Am I White (2014, B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Script; David Mark Cohen New Play Award; O’Neill NPC finalist, Kilroys honorable mention), and You Are Pretty (2004, Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting). Adrienne is a member of the Dramatists Guild, ScriptWorks, and a company member of Salvage Vanguard Theater.

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Allison Fradkin

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Allison Fradkin delights in applying her Women's & Gender Studies education to the creation of satirically scintillating stories for the stage. Scriptly speaking, her plays (sur)pass the Bechdel Test and enlist their characters in a caricature of the idiocies and intricacies of insidious isms. Allison's short plays have been presented by Accidental Shakespeare Company, Almost Adults Productions, American Blues Theater, Broken Nose Theatre, Clutch Productions, Dragon Productions, Experimental Theatre Cooperative, Kansas City Public Theatre, The Kennedy Center, The Majestic Theatre, Muhlenberg C READ MORE...

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Austin Hawkins

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Austin lives in the South West of England. He first took to writing in the 1960‘s to provide press release copy and magazine articles for the art gallery business in which he was a partner. This led to invitations to contribute editorial about maritime artists and boat builders for Classic Boat, and later for The Boatman for which he also wrote book reviews and developed his own regular column.

In the 1980’s Austin wrote the biography of celebrated maritime artist John Chancellor for the David and Charles title, “ The Maritime Paintings of John Chancellor” and made a substantial c READ MORE...

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Becky Cummings

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Becky Cummings has been writing plays since the 4th grade when she rallied friends to help her put on the Mystery of the Missing Tooth. She studied writing, media and theater at the University of Montana in the 90's. She graduated with an MFA in Media Arts with an emphasis on writing. As a theater teacher for students of all ages and backgrounds, Becky finds great delight in getting to know the people in her class and then writing a performance piece to reflect their personalities.

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Bella Poynton

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BELLA POYNTON is an MFA Playwright from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. She holds a BFA in Acting from the Boston University School of Theater, and has also studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. She is the winner of the Amelia Bassano Lanier Short Play Competition at Manhattan Theater Source in 2009, and was nominated for the Christopher Brian Wolk Playwriting Award in 2010. In 2009 Bella was a core member of the Women’s Work Lab at New Perspectives Theater Company. Her play, Pope Joan was a regional finalist at KCACTF, and then produced at New World Stages as part of the In READ MORE...

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Beth Dotson Brown

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When I was a girl, someone introduced me to the idea that you can never truly understand another person’s experience unless you’re able to walk in his or her shoes. I wish I could remember who planted that idea in the malleable mind of my youth because in many ways it has formed who I am and the kind of work I do.

I wanted to try on all sorts of shoes, so I began writing fiction. In a short story, play or novel, I can become a person I am not and, through my characters, see the world through different eyes.

Writing creatively wasn’t enough for me. I decided to also delve READ MORE...

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Bob May

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Bob May has been active in the theatre for more than fifty years. He began as an actor and moved on to directing, and over the years, he has directed more than 450 productions. Directing took a backseat to playwriting after earning an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.He taught Playwriting and Screenwriting for thirty-five years at Brainerd (MN) Community College, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and the University of Central Arkansas. Forty-one of his plays have been published and produced around the world. His book Post READ MORE...

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Bonnie Cohen

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Bonnie Cohen is an actor, director, teacher and playwright. She began her career at the age of fifteen at The Pittsburgh Playhouse and has performed off Broadway, in regional theatres, TV, radio and film. In New York, she acted off Broadway at The Direct Theatre, Perry St. Playhouse, and Soho Repertory Theatre, and regionally with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Group Theatre, Oregon Repertory Theatre, and Hangar Theatre. She was a member of None of the Above, an improvisational theatre company that performed at the Seattle Repertory Theatre, Group Theatre, Bumbers READ MORE...

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Brown Cardwell

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Brown Cardwell worked for many years in theatre and film in the Washington/ Baltimore/ New York areas.  Original plays, dance concerts, and cabaret work have been seen at the Washington Theatre Festival, the Source Theatre, d.c. space, The Helen Hayes Gallery of the National Theatre, the Pavilion, the Western Plaza Performance Project, and the Wolftrap International Children’s Festival. She served as Artistic Director of Panda Productions Inc. of Washington, DC and Northern Virginia.

Writing credits include work-for-hire industrial videos and stage productions.  A children’s story READ MORE...

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Cavan Hallman

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Cavan Hallman's plays have been performed at the National WWII Museum, National Czech & Slovak Museum, Strawdog Theatre, Donny’s Skybox, The Artistic Home, RhinoFest, KAPOOT, The Elm, Seattle Fringe, and Columbia College Chicago. As writer/director for the Windy City Players his plays for young audiences have received over 15,000 performances in elementary schools across the country for an audience of over 5 million students and teachers. He has performed Off-Broadway, along with other roles in New York, Chicago, New Orleans, and Cork, Ireland, where he presented his solo show "Not Easily Forg READ MORE...

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Chantal Marie

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Chantal Marie is originally from New York, but spent many years living in the Los Angeles area. She has a background in film production, including everything from script supervising to development, and has written, directed and produced a number of short films and commercials. Ms. Marie is quite pleased to see the recent long-overdue strides made by female directors in the film/television industries.

Ms. Marie presently lives in Montana, USA and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

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Charles Caratti

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Charles Caratti is a multiple award-winning journalist, author, and nationally published playwright. Charles has written literally thousands of newspaper articles, magazine stories, and columns for dozens of publications (usually under the name Charles Carr). Charles' background in the world of journalism has created an excellent basis for penning stage plays and scripts, most of which have a classical literature or historical footing. His theatrical works have been produced at many prestigious venues and attended by thousands.

Caratti's works include Passage Into Fear, Mark Twain's

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Charlotte Nixon

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Charlotte Nixon’s love of teenage drama inspires her to write plays for today’s modern adolescent. Her published works include: Silver's Secret, Bippity, Bobbity BAAM, One Bad Apple: The Queen, Snow White and the Evil Red Delicious, and Under the Bed: A Fanciful Adventure with Bed Bugs, Dust Bunnies, Broken Toys, Monsters and Mismatched Socks. In addition, she has written commissions for StageWest Kids, Alberta Dance Theatre, Calgary Young People’s Theatre, SideNote Theatre, and Goodger-Pink Family Theatre. Charlotte is a member of the Alberta Playwright's Network and a member of the Playwrigh READ MORE...

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Charmaine Spencer

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A career puppeteer and playwright, residing in suburban Chicago, Charmaine Spencer was writer-in-residence for the touring Children's Theatre Institute of Indianapolis and, as a member of the faculty of The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs, Illinois wrote for the student theatre. A commissioned one-man show, “Be My Love, an Evening with Mario Lanza” was twice produced at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. and a production of her recently published play, “Fireflies,” about the young artists of Terezin concentration camp, received the Outstanding New Play award from the National Youth Theatre READ MORE...

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Chelsea Frandsen

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A native of Utah, Chelsea Frandsen was bitten by the theatre bug at age three, and has never recovered. She has worked in design, dramaturgy, fight choreography, and directing in addition to her script scribbling. When Chelsea was in high school, she started a neighborhood and after-school children's theatre company, where she adapted and directed works of Shakespeare and other classics for her students for the next ten years. In 2012, she decided to follow the Bard's example and turned to writing original works, the first of which, Angel's Alley, premiered in 2015. Her work as a theatrical ar READ MORE...

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Chloe Bolan

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I consider myself primarily a writer with published short stories, essays, poems, articles and a long science fiction novel (in search of a publisher). However, most of my awards and honors have come from scriptwriting. I’m a board member of Chicago’s Writers Bloc, which has our play synopses online, and am a past member of Glencoe Writers. Currently my play, Love in the Time of Dementia, was a semifinalist for the O'Neill Conference 2016.

M. Kiki is a play dear to my heart. I wrote, produced, and directed it, and along the way received a grant from Target Corporation. Of course, no READ MORE...

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Christina Hamlett and Jamie Dare

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Former actress and director Christina Hamlett is an award winning author, media relations expert, and performing arts instructor. Her credits to date include 34 books, 163 stage plays, 5 optioned feature films, and hundreds of articles and interviews that appear online and in trade publications worldwide. She is also a script consultant for the film business (which means she stops a lot of really bad movies from coming to theaters near you) and a professional ghostwriter (which does not mean she talks to dead people).

Jamie Dare is a freelance writer who in a former lifetime drafted READ MORE...

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Christopher Miller

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Christopher Miller is a playwright, screenwriter and educator. His plays have been produced in numerous venues around the United States. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Arizona State University and currently teaches theatre and film at Northeastern State University.

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Cynthia Dettelbach

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Cynthia (Cindy) Dettelbach was the longtime editor of The Cleveland Jewish News before retiring in 2009. A lifelong theatregoer, (She saw her first Broadway play at age six), Cindy has tried her hand at writing plays in her retirement. Cindy is a member of Stagewrights, a playwriting workshop sponsored by Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland. Two of her plays have been produced at Ensemble as part of the Colombi New Plays Festival.

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Claire Caviglia

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Claire Caviglia is a published playwright (Boy 1) and a student at the University of Denver. Passionate about writing since she can remember, she fell in love with theatre in the second grade. She now enjoys combining the two and is currently working on several different projects—in addition to drinking lots of coffee. Claire is majoring in hospitality management and plans to pursue work in the industry while developing her writing career. She can be reached at

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Collin Andrulonis

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Collin Andrulonis attended college at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Theatre Education and his Masters Degree in Secondary Education. While at UCO, he turned his attention to directing and writing. He directed Dog Sees Good, for which he was awarded the College of Arts, Media, and Design Award of Excellence. His one-act play entitled Rehab also won first place in the university’s playwriting contest. Collin has been a middle-school theatre teacher for the past six years. He currently lives in New York City where he continues to teach middle s READ MORE...

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Constance Humphrey Egan

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“Separated at Birth”

Constance Humphrey Egan’s plays have appeared at Wingspan Arts (NYC), The Eclectic Theatre (LA), Actor’s Rep (VT), and Pittsburgh Playwright’s Theatre (PA), to name a few. GENETIC FUNK was a 2010 semi-finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference. THE BAD HABIT is published by Original Works Publishing. She moved to NYC as an actor after receiving a theatre arts degree from Bennington College. She now works and resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her family.

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Craig Kenworthy

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Craig Kenworthy’s plays have been staged at theatres across the country. “But That’s Not What We Ordered” won the Best Script Award at Equinox (MT) Theatre’s 5th Annual One Act Festival. It, “Line” and “The Blue Book Value of Small Things” were all finalists in the prestigious Ten by Ten in the Triangle competition at the ArtsCenter in North Carolina. “Line” and “So Much for Seatbelts” also received recognition from the Lakeshore Players (MN) Ten Minute Play Festival. All four of these award-winning plays are included in his collection of short plays, “Life’s Little Exams.”

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Bruce (D.B.) Williams

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D.B Williams has logged thirty years as a speech and general-purpose writer for various political candidates, Governors and other interest groups in Kentucky. He is currently head lobbyist for the Kentucky Conservation Committee, a consortium of environmental groups. He has written feature articles for the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader and also served as film critic for the Lexington Herald-Leader for four years. His short story “Winter Eyes” published in the November 2007 Literary House Review was nominated for a Pushcart Series Prize. His play, “TIM: A Christmas READ MORE...

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Dan Borengasser

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Crisis Line has had two staged readings – First Night in Fayetteville, AR and the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, CA. It was performed as a radio play by Shoestring Radio Theatre in San Francisco.

In addition to stage plays, Dan Borengasser has written science fiction stories, screenplays and children’s fiction, and was a syndicated humor columnist. He blushes to admit that one of the science fiction stories was nominated for a Hugo and that he’s won numerous awards for stage plays and screenplays.

Borengasser, who enjoys speaking of himself in the third p READ MORE...

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Daniel Haughey

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Dan Haughey, [hoi] (Playwright). Dan is an actor, singer, director, and playwright from East Moline, Illinois. Recently Dan co-authored a new Irish-American musical, AARON POWER!, with Michael Callahan of Moline. Haughey also is a theatre professor (Emeritus), and holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting and Play Production from Southern Illinois University. Beyond his new short farce-- THREE URNS AND A PRAYER—a finalist in the 2020 Quad City Playwrights’ Festival--his one-acts include THE DELIVERANCE OF BETSEY REED, LABOR DAY, and a long one-act play entitled RUN WITH ME, a social drama for high sch READ MORE...

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Dan Morra

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I am the author of more than a twenty produced plays, including contest winners staged in Chicago, New York, Virginia, Oregon, and the UK. (Plays produced as part of GI 60 International are accessible on YouTube.) I have also had essays and/or short stories published in Liguorian, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Central Pennsylvania Magazine, and Quality Living.I retired from higher education in 1995 to be a stay-at-home dad for an infant daughter (and two years later a son). My “checkered past” includes stints as a radio copywriter, a college grants writer, and a tutor in a community college writi READ MORE...

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Dan Weatherer

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Award-winning author Dan Weatherer was first published by Haunted Magazine in Spring, 2013. "The Legend of the Chained Oak" was an immediate success and was mad into a short film which won the award for 'Best Horror' at the Portobello Independent Film Festival (2014), 'Best Short' at the Bram Stoker International Film Festival (2014) and also the 'Best UK Short Film' award at the Stoke Your Fires Film Festival 2014. The film featured at numerous film festivals around the world during 2014. The premiere screening took place in his hometown of Cheadle, Staffordshire, where he kindly donated all READ MORE...

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Dan Weatherer

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Dan Weatherer is represented by The Cherry Weiner Literary Agency (Author) and by Julie Fox Associates (Playwright)Award-winning author Dan Weatherer was first published by Haunted Magazine in Spring, 2013. “The Legend of the Chained Oak” was an immediate success and was made into a short film which won the award for ‘Best Horror’ at the Portobello Independent Film Festival (2014), ‘Best Short’ at The Bram Stoker International Film Festival (2014) and also the ‘Best UK Short Film’ award at the Stoke Your Fires Film Festival 2014. The film featured at numerous film festivals around the world d READ MORE...

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David Swanson

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David J. Swanson works professionally as a strategy analyst in Wichita, Kansas. He has degrees in aerospace engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University. When not working his day job he is an author, pilot, playwright, and musician. He is the author of Theater for Church: Vol 1, a collection of scripts, and the novel The Julian Ark: A Madison Dawn Adventure. He is a featured author at and writes for In 2012 he wrote his first full-length play A Paper Tiger in the Rain which won the 2014 Panowski Play Prize at Northern Mic READ MORE...

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David Toth

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Born in Hungary, David moved to the U.S. at the age of 13. Writing consistently, he has published several short stories and two novels. Although he has written many screenplays, Dial A for Agatha is his first work for the stage. He teaches Film & Digital Media in a Bronx charter high school. For more info:

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Dennis Bohr

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Dennis Bohr is a playwright, actor, producer and director who co-founded Black Sheep Theatre in 1995 with Mary Anne Maier and Georgia Rhoades. Black Sheep, dedicated to producing original political theatre, has produced Bohr’s plays in London, Ireland, and various venues in the United States. Bohr has a long-term relationship with The Playhouse in Derry, Northern Ireland, which premiered his Pope Joan: The Hiss of the Snake (about the only female pope) in 1996. Bohr’s other plays include Old, Out-of-step, Anti-war Peacenik Hippies (a reaction to the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq); Dark READ MORE...

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Donald Dewey

Donald Dewey has had some 30 plays staged in the United States and Europe. He has been a member of New York's Actors Studio and the Edward Albee Theater Group, among other organizations. He has also published 31 books of fiction, drama, and nonfiction, including widely translated biographies of actors James Stewart and Marcello Mastroianni. His literary awards include those named after Nelson Algren and Tennessee Williams.

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E. Michael Lunsford

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E. Michael Lunsford is something of a Renaissance man: a poet, playwright, lyricist, composer, pianist, guitarist, non-fiction writer, children's book author, inventor, entrepreneur, UI designer and mobile app developer. He has written 14 books, holds 27 patents, and has held positions as Sr. Product Manager for Palm Inc., VP of Product Management for EverNote Inc., and most recently Head of Innovation and Strategy for HP. He lived and worked for five years in England, studied physics in Germany, and received his B.A. In Literature after two years of university study in Spain before joining th READ MORE...

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Edward J. Walsh

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Playwright, editor and journalist, Edward J. Walsh has worn many hats during his career as a writer. At publications such as “Business Week,” “The Plain Dealer” and “Cleveland Magazine,” he has served as a general assignment reporter, business reporter and editor.

In addition, he has written and produced programming for National Public Radio, and contributed to, or served as editor for, several books. His efforts also include work with film, as well as a stint as a travel writer. Yet, in the midst of all this, Walsh has always returned to writing for the theater.


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Ellen West

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Ellen West has had over twenty productions of her plays since she began writing for the stage when she moved to Portland in 1992. First she wrote sketches for Northwest Senior Theatre. Encouraged to begin a professional career as a playwright by having her earliest plays accepted for the New Rave Festival in 1995 and 1996, she went on to receive a first prize for her short play Bertha, Helen, Vivian, or Jane in 2004 and another first prize for her full length comedy, Losing Things in 2006. The plays were produced in New York and Seattle, respectively. In 2009 Losing Things was a semi-finalist READ MORE...

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Eric Domuret

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Eric Domuret received his MFA in Theatre Directing at Middlesex University in London where he studied with Dame Janet Suzman, Royal Shakespeare Company director Leon Rubin, and the late National Theatre scholar John Russell Brown. He is a director and workshop leader both in the United States and abroad. Some original works include 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Lord of the World', 'Ismay's Inquiry' as well as a number of short one act plays. Eric was a speaker and workshop leader at the IUGTE conference in Carrara, Italy where he conducted his workshop on Greek Theatre Performance techniques. This READ MORE...

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Evan Gulford-Blake

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Evan Guilford-Blake is the author of about 35 produced plays which have received more than 120 productions across the U.S., in Canada, Australia, the UK and Israel. He has won 31 playwriting competitions (among them: the Utah PlayFest for Ceremonies of Prayer [published by Heartland Plays]; the Aurand Harris/New England Theatre Conference and the Jackie White Memorial awards for Telling William Tell [TYA Scripts]; and the Texas Nonprofit Theatres and Saints and Sinners competitions for Nighthawks [neoNuma Arts]. He is the only two-time winner of the Tennessee Williams one-act competition, for READ MORE...

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Everett Robert

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Hailed as “one of our best new children’s authors”, Everett Robert is an award winning author, playwright, actor, and director with over 20 years of experience. A Kansas native, he graduated from Colby Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Radio and Television Communications and an Associates of Applied Arts in English with a Drama Emphasis. Everett is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwright’s Center, The Kansas Writer’s Association, and the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation.Everett’s plays have been performed by several schools and theaters across the READ MORE...

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Floyd Alexander

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Floyd Stephen Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1956. A self-proclaimed “Philly Kid”, Floyd got bit by the stage bug in high school and attended Upsala College to study Theatre and Speech Communications.

After graduation, Floyd signed up with HB Studios for acting and studied Cold Reading Preparation. A few acting jobs followed, but he got homesick and headed back to Philadelphia. Floyd won admittance into Society Hill Playhouse and performed with the historic theatre company in some daring stage productions.

Floyd moved with his wife, Nikki, across c

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Fred White

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My plays have been showcased off-off Broadway, on the campuses of the University of Minnesota and Santa Clara University, and at the Last Frontier Theater Conference in Valdez, Alaska. In 2014 Heartland Plays published my one-act play, "The Psychopathology of Everyday Life." I have also published children's plays, the most recent of which are "The Chess Mess" (Heuer Publishing, 2015) and "Beowulf & Grendel" (Big Dog Plays, 2007). My most recent books are _The Writer's Idea Thesaurus_ (Writer's Digest Books, 2014) and _Writing Flash_ (Quill Driver Books, 2018). I am a professor of English, Emer READ MORE...

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Fred Abbate

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Fred. J. Abbate holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University, a Master’s degree from Boston College and an A.F. from Fairfield University. He has taught on the Philosophy faculties of Rutgers University, Iona College, and the City University of New York system. He has been teaching philosophy at the Pennoni Honors College of Drexel University for the past several years, including classes on the Philosophy of Shakespeare. He was given the Award for Outstanding Teaching by the College in 2010.

Fred has published two books on philosophy—The Philosophic Impulse and Preface to the Philosoph READ MORE...

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Fred Perry

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“The Ascension of Twyla Potts”

Fred's two-act comedy, THE ASCENSION OF TWYLA POTTS, won 1st place at the 2015 Moondance International Film Festival (Stageplay category), the Special Marquee Award at the 2013 American Movie Awards, and was a winner at the 2013 London Film Awards.

Fred has worked primarily as a screenwriter in Europe, Latin America and the U.S., co-authoring six feature films for Omega Entertainment, Athens, Greece, as well as collaborating on multiple projects with Alfonso Arau (director READ MORE...

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G Bruce Smith

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G. Bruce Smith is the author of 20-plus plays of various lengths and two screenplays and has production credits in California and Minnesota. His most recent full-length play, BUTTERFLY WINGS, which was commissioned by Santa Monica College (Calif.), was produced in 2008.

He has won several playwriting awards from such organizations as the Ashland (Ore.) New Plays Festival and the Long Beach (Calif.) Playhouse. Most recently, his play CANVAS won the 2007 New Play Festival (One-Act category) at the Chameleon Theatre Circle in Burnsville, Minn. READ MORE...

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Gary Britson

Attorney Gary Britson, a graduate of U. of Iowa and Drake Law School, resides in Des Moines, Iowa. His literary works include a novel, "The Courthouse Record Store" and a short story collection, "Modern Communication Techniques in Des Moines" which were published by Murphy's Law Press. “Booger Jones” is his first published play.

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George A Freek

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George Freek's plays have been produced by the Organic Theater in Chicago, the Milwaukee Repertory, the West Coast Ensemble in Los Angeles, and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival, as well as the 13th Street Theater, Love Creek Productions, and the Theater-Studio in New York. He has been playwright-in-residence at the New American Theater in Rockford, Southern Methodist University, and Southern Illinois University, and has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Becoming Strangers was first produced at Southern Illinois University, and r READ MORE...

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Gerald Arthur Moore

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Gerald Arthur Moore (Art) is a Canadian from Ancaster, Ontario. He currently lives in Moncton, New Brunswick where he teaches high school English and History and coaches rugby. Moore, a poet and playwright, was formerly an Officer in the Army. He studied at Oxford, University and graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree from Crandall University. His plays include Youth Criminal Justice Act – The Play, My Five Near-Death Experiences, and Just Another School Shooting. These plays received grant funding from Arts New Brunswick. Moore recently participated in a humanitarian mission in H READ MORE...

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Gerald Cole

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“The Quiet Woman”

Gerald Cole is the author of “Acting for Children”, a series of classes each containing an original play geared for all ages. He was pleased to study acting and theater at Chicago’s Second City as well as New York’s National Shakespeare Conservatory, and has performed on stage in both Chicago and New York. The perpetual optimist, Gerald Cole works with children and adults as a director, writer, and teacher and writes plays and books that hold messages of promise interwoven within conflict.

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Gordon Bennett

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Professor Bennett taught Communication Arts and supervised the theatre Program for 30 years at Eastern College/University in St. Davids, PA (USA). His first published play ("God is My Fuhrer") examined the turbulent life of Martin Niemoeller, one of the heroic figures in Nazi Germany. Since then he has published many one-act plays with both secular and church-related publishers, and three books on church-related theatre.

Off-stage, Bennett has a passion for peace and justice issues, and he has written many op-eds, parables and plays on political affairs. In 1987 he published a book READ MORE...

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Greg Freier

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Greg is the author of six full length plays, numerous one acts, and was a finalist in the 2009 Samuel French playwright contest. His plays have been produced from Sydney to off Broadway, and have won numerous awards. His full length plays, “Trapped In My Own Life,” and "It's The Beginning of the End," and "By The Way, I'm Dying," are available at Heartland Plays, along with twelve other one acts. Ten more of his one acts plays are published by the One Act Play Depot. His play, “Intentional Deception,” is in an anthology of the best 50 ten minutes plays of 2013, by Smith and Krauss in Decemb READ MORE...

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Greg Younger

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Greg Younger is a theater artist and educator. As a writer, his plays have been produced in Seattle, NYC and Phoenix, AZ. Publications include a short play, Sharp Intellect, in the literary journal Backbone Mountain Review, and Snowfield in the fall holiday issue of Allegany Magazine. Recently, his play, ENTR'ACTE, was read in Summer Shorts, readings of short plays at Camelot Theater in Talent, Oregon. Directing credits include MAN AND SUPERMAN by George Bernard Shaw, THE ROOM by Harold Pinter, and two of his own plays, MIRAGE and BLUT. BLUT was produced at Toto Con Nada on the lower east sid READ MORE...

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Gregory Samuels

Gregory Robert Samuels is a retired US Army Captain and veteran of the Iraq War. During Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF1) he commanded the 143rd Military Police Company in Baghdad, Iraq April 2003 to April 2004, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart. Greg has a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Connecticut, 1993 and a Master’s degree in military history from Norwich University, 2009. His previous published writings include a book of poetry titled War Poems from Iraq and children’s book titled Mommy, Where Does Everything Come From? He lives in Mansfiel READ MORE...

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Guy Fredrick Glass

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Guy Fredrick Glass is a playwright who is also a psychiatrist. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Guy maintained a gay-affirmative psychotherapy practice in New York City and New Jersey for more than two decades. He served on the executive board of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, and spoke at national and international conferences on topics related to LGBT mental health. Since closing his practice in 2013, Guy works as a temp psychiatrist in underserved areas, lectures READ MORE...

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Harold Kimmel

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Harold Kimmel has had sketches performed and short stories performed and published in South Africa and the UK where he has been living for over 32 years. His play, “The Cell”, was published by Heineman, and during the dark days of apartheid was produced in London, Durban and at the Divine Theatre, Off –Broadway. It was also heard in Italian on RAI. In addition to "Dear Comrade Frikkie" and "The Cell", Mr Kimmel has authored the play "Dice". It is with great regret that we announce Mr. Kimmel passed away in December of 2020. "Dear Comrade Frikkie" published by Heartland Plays, Inc. along with READ MORE...

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Heath Houseman

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Heath Houseman was born in Canada and raised by South African parents who eventually moved the family to the States. He's a screenwriter, produced and published playwright, author and actor. His two-act play, "Burning Vonnegut," won the Limelight Theatre’s 2nd Annual Playwright Festival in Florida and received an AEA production. Two of his screenplays, "Trident" (2016) and "Killing Santa" (2015), placed as Second Rounders in the Austin Film Festival Screenplay Competition. He holds a BA in Theatre and an MFA in Creative Writing/Screenwriting. He's worked on the stage and in the television and READ MORE...

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Ian Lepine

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Ian Charles Lepine is a playwright, a novelist, a classical pianist, and a most eligible bachelor of arts. He has been published in the U.K., France, Colombia, and Mexico, and has written over a dozen books across all genres of fiction. His writing, comical and tragic, mixes a 19th-century sensibility with a taste of the theatre of the absurd. Furthermore, he has worked as a translator of Shakespeare, bringing the Bard’s work into the tongue of Cervantes. His first play The Paths of Formless Love was a finalist in the 2018 Shakespeare’s New Contemporaries International Competition organized by READ MORE...

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J.C. Svec

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J.C. has always been intrigued by what he considers a blip on a timeline or the “slice of life,” examining and interpreting that moment, and then re-presenting it, in some form, for mass consumption. The ability and opportunity to investigate the off-handed comment that changes the dynamic of a relationship is a process he personally relishes. For J.C., the researching of a long forgotten period of time and the history that accompanies it presents the ultimate challenge to the details of language, setting and character. Then the ultimate reward is for a reader or an audience to savor the eff READ MORE...

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Jack Neary

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JACK NEARY’s plays have been produced all over the United States and in Canada. His most recent play, TRICK OR TREAT, will be produced in January, 2017 at Northern Stage in Vermont, and will feature Emmy Winner Gordon Clapp, who also starred in Jack's AULD LANG SYNE, produced by the Peterborough Players, where it was the winner of five New Hampshire Theater Awards, including Best Professional Production of 2012. It has since been produced by New Century Theatre at Smith College and Gloucester Stage. Other recent plays are THE PORCH, produced by the Lyric Stage Company of Boston, CityStage in READ MORE...

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Jane and Jim Jeffries

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Jane and Jim Jeffries have been writing plays together since 1995, and they are still married. (When your spouse kills your favorite protagonist . . . .) We have several plays published with Pioneer Drama Service and are pleased to be published with Heartland Plays. We also sell madrigal dinner scripts online at Our madrigal dinner scripts have been performed in 38 states, Canada, and Guatemala. (Those 12 holdouts are really bugging us.)

Jane earned her B.A. from the University of Evansville in Indiana and her M.A. from Penn State University. Besides READ MORE...

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Jason Haskins

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Jason Haskins is a 2001 graduate of Boise State University in which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Dramatic Writing. While at school, Jason’s ten minute plays The Last Hit and Pandora’s Box were produced for the Boise State Theatre Majors annual showcase productions. The Last Hit was adjudicated by the American Conference Theatre Festival. Shortly after graduating, Jason’s first full length play Poison was produced and premiered at Boise State.

Jason decided to take a small break from the theatre world and embark on a journey to Los Angeles to try the movie industry. W READ MORE...

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Jean-Pierre Bongila

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Dr. Jean-Pierre Bongila, Ed.D, is associate professor of leadership, policy and administration in the college of Education, Leadership and Counseling (CELC) at the University of St. Thomas, MN. He is the founding and current director of the International Leadership Program at the same institution. Dr. Bongila won the 2012 Council for Advancement and Support of Education's (CASE) award for the most outstanding dissertation in communication for educational advancement. He is the recipient of the 2011 UST Global Citizenship Award. His primary field of research is Global Leadership Ethics, which u READ MORE...

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Jeffrey Heyer

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Jeff is a Screen Actors Guild Eligible veteran of eighty-odd entertainment industry employers and an Artistic Associate with The Western Stage at Hartnell College where he serves as an Adjunct Faculty Member. Jeff also freelances as actor, director, writer and consultant for other theaters, including the Actors Collective Media Entertainment, of which he is a co-founder with Nina Capriola.

Jeff studied theater at nine colleges and universities as well as with various coaches, along the way earning a BA in Drama from the University of California, Santa Cruz; and an A.A. in Theatre READ MORE...

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Jill Elaine Hughes

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JILL ELAINE HUGHES’ plays have received productions and staged readings in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Atlanta, Boston, Phoenix, Ohio, Toronto, the United Kingdom, and elsewhere. Her short plays are particularly popular, receiving productions at professional theatres nationwide as well as numerous colleges and universities. Ms. Hughes also founded the nationally renowned Stockyards Theatre Project, Chicago’s only theatre company dedicated exclusively to women’s theatre and performance art in 1999, and served as its artistic director/producer for five years. She served three y READ MORE...

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Jim Curran

James Joseph (Jim) Curran graduated Suma Cum Laude with a BA Degree in English at the American International College followed by a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Springfield College. Throughout his professional career he worked as a Tech Writer for the Lytle Corporation in Albuquerque, NM in the Aerospace Program as well as a rehabilitation counseling Psychologist and Adult Probation Officer in the State of Connecticut. While living in New Mexico he suffered a serious injury in a skiing accident at Taos and returned to Massachusetts for surgery. During that time he received an invitatio READ MORE...

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Jim Inman

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JIM INMAN, whose new play, ‘The Room’ was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2012 Kentucky Theatre Association’s 1st Annual Playwrights Competition and was a Finalist in the Chesterfield Writers Project $20,000 Fellowship Competition. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree and the first 'Outstanding Actor of the Year' award ever to be conferred by that school.

Soon thereafter, Jim met Flora Roberts, Steve Sondheim’s agent, who encouraged him to write. His first full-length play, THE ORIGINAL SONG AND DANCE MAN, was read by Barbara S READ MORE...

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John Byrne

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John Byrne lives in Albany, Oregon, with his wife, Cheryl, an artist, and their teen-age daughter. He writes plays for puppets, adults and children. He also writes short stories and short, mostly formal, poems. His theater work has been staged in New York City (off-off-Broadway), Seattle, Fremont (California) Independence (Missouri), Fairfax County (Virginia) and locally in the Willamette Valley. He has worked as a grocery clerk, teacher, lawyer (for unions and employees), arbitrator, and journalist. He volunteers in the Albany Schools helping with poetry and play productions.

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John F. Green

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Plays Published by Heartland Plays, Inc.:
You Can’t Dance to Mozart
ref: 2021

John F. Green’s You Can’t Dance to Mozart premiered at Class-Act Dinner Theatre in Whitby, Ontario followed by his play, What Mildred Did! (Two Writes Don’t Make a Wrong) which went on to be published by Next Stage Press in 2018 along with his plays The House on Geoffrey Street and The Ghost of Dunsford Hall.

John F. Green, born and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, worked as a part-time news and feature writer for a local radio station. He went on to READ MORE...

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John Kelly

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BIOGRAPHY – Currently the Director of the Theatre program at Elmira College, Elmira, NY, John Kelly has served as actor, director, or producer of over 250 professional and educational theatre productions. He has done it all – plays, musicals, and opera – and has worked with them all – from Milton Berle, Donald O’Connor, and Burt Reynolds to today’s Broadway stars – Nancy Anderson, Felicia Finley, Lane Davies, and Angie Schworer. Awards range from a Carbonell nomination for Best Musical to a listing in Who’s Who in America. EDUCATION MFA – Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, Acting/Dir READ MORE...

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John Morogiello

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John Morogiello is a Playwright in Residence with the Maryland State Arts Council and the Artistic Director of Best Medicine Rep Theater Company. His plays include Engaging Shaw, Blame It On Beckett, The Consul, The Tramp, and America's Sweetheart, Play Date, Stonewall's Bust, Irish Authors Held Hostage, In the Gutter, Roaring, Die, Mr. Darcy, Die!, Gianni Schicchi, and Men and Parts. His one-person show Stories I May Not Tell is available for tours. For more information, please visit

“Play Date is a new step in theatrical evolution — a serio-comic far READ MORE...

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John Patrick Bray

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John Patrick Bray earned his Ph.D. in Theatre Studies at Louisiana State University, having earned an MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama (during its Actor Studio Drama School days). He has written plays under grants from the NEA, the Acadiana Center for the Arts, Acadiana C.A.R.E.S. (an HIV/AIDS outreach organization); and has earned commissions from the re:Directions Theatre Co. (NYC/OOB), Rachel Klein Productions (NYC/OOB), the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (LA), The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission (LA), The Dancing Project (LA), and the Brooke Point Players (VA). READ MORE...

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John Twomey

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John Twomey’s full-length comedy "All My Raisins in the Son" won both the Theatre Conspiracy 2013 New Play Award, where it also premiered, and the Neil Simon Festival 2013 New Play Award. The most recent production was at First Avenue Playhouse (Atlantic Heights, NJ).

An early version of the play, "Teachers’ Lounge", premiered at the Laguna Playhouse and went on to eight subsequent productions.

Other recent works include one-act comedies "Cake Top Follies", "Biff & Blanche", and "Garlic & Gasoline", which have been presented at BrooklynONE (Brooklyn, NY), Villagers Theat READ MORE...

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Jon Jory

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As the Producing Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Jon Jory directed over 125 plays and produced over 1,000 during his 32-year tenure. He conceived the internationally lauded Humana Festival of New American Plays, the SHORTS Festival, and the Brown-Forman Classics-in-Context Festival. He was also the Artistic Founding Director of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, and he has been inducted in New York’s Theatre Hall of Fame. Mr. Jory has directed professionally in nine nations, and in the United States has directed productions at many regional theatres including Washington’s READ MORE...

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Jonathan Graham

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Jonathan Graham is the author of 25 produced plays. His work has been seen at American Globe Theatre (NYC), Bloomington Playwrights Project (Bloomington, Ind.), Love Creek Productions (NYC), New Plays For Dog Days (Norfolk, Va.), Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis, Ind.), The Writer’s Center (Bethesda, Md.) and at other theatres in the U.S., England and Canada. His plays have been developed through readings at such venues as Chicago Dramatists Workshop (Chicago, Ill.), Great Plains Theatre Conference (Omaha, Neb.), Mill Mountain Theatre (Roanoke, Va.), Theatre J (Washington, D.C.) and Utah Shakesp READ MORE...

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Jonathan Smith

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I recently retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District as a high school English/theatre teacher. I loved teaching and won several awards during my career. I was named the Texas Classroom Teacher Association Representative of the Year and was a Finalist for “You’re the Best Teacher” Award. I was also twice nominated for Teacher of the Year for the Los Angeles Unified School District and was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American High Schools.

Now, however, I have decided to continue where I left off 33 years ago and pursue my love of acting, writing, and producing.< READ MORE...

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Joseph Krawczyk

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Joseph P. Krawczyk is an award-winning, published playwright. His latest play, Guns, God and Gomorrah was produced at New York City’s American Theatre of Actors. In 2019, NYC’s International Theater Arts Institute (IATI) produced an equity showcase of his full-length play, The Treatment. His one-act play, Henrietta, was produced at the Neil LaBute Festival in St. Louis, July, 2019. Pittsburgh’s New Works Festival produced The Gap in August, 2019. Gender Wars was produced Off Broadway at the Samuel Beckett Theater. It’s All About Lorrie won Best Play in NYC’s 2016 Thespis Theater Festival and a READ MORE...

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Joseph Sorrentino

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Joseph Sorrentino is an accomplished playwright and photographer. His one-man play, “Louis’ Lottery” was published by ScriptWorks and was selected by the Philadelphia Inquirer as one of the ten best productions in 1994, when it premiered at The Independent Eye in Philadelphia. Eight of his ten-minute plays, called “The Frankenharry Plays”, have been published and have received numerous productions in the US, Canada and England. His articles, individual photographs and photoessays have appeared in a number of newspapers and magazines. Sorrentino was awarded a Pennsylvania Council on The Ar READ MORE...

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Julie Cullings

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Julie Cullings has been writing plays for over five years. Her first completed work, a full-length comedy entitled Shared Assets, is the winner of the 2008 York Little Theatre PA Original Playwright Contest. As such, Shared Assets will premiere at YLT in York, Pennsylvania on June 18-27, 2010.

She also recently completed two, ten-minute plays. The first, a drama entitled Advert Here, had a table reading at Eastern Illinois University in January 2010. Play Nice is a new ten-minute comedy that examines the competition and comparisons often experienced in motherhood.


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Karen Blomain & Michael Downend

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The highly creative Karen Blomain and Michael Downend let their feet touch the ground on occasion and some of the time it is here in Northeastern Pennsylvania that their soles hit the dirt.The couple is enjoying the success of a few collaborations over the past couple of years. Blomain's first novel "A Trick of Light" was recently purchased by Barbra Streisand's production company, Barwood Studios. The studios also requested a screenplay version of Blomain's earlier story, "An American Wife." Additionally, "An American Wife" is set to be staged at The Northe READ MORE...

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Kay Thomason-Vardy

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Kay Thomason-Vardy of Nottingham studied Drama in the Community at university. Shortly after graduation, her first work, a teen novel, The Anecdotal Drama Teen, was published in 2012. Kay now concentrates on writing one acts or full-length dramas to order for a local troupe, mostly females. This has been appreciated through sell out shows and money raising opportunities for several different charities over the years.

Kay writes to entertain and engage, using comedy, drama and tragedy to heighten the impact of her stories as these often include hard-hitting subjects. When working w READ MORE...

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Kev Salter

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Kev Salter is a writer based in the UK. With over 25 years of experience, he has written poetry, short stories, plays and screen plays and feels fortunate to have seen some of his work published and translated to stage. Salter is currently involved in writing musicals and says “My real dream,” is to either write crime thriller screenplays for film and TV or to write and produce musicals for the west end.”If you want me to produce any work of a good standard then please email me at

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Kevin Daly

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Kevin Daly lives in New Haven, Connecticut where he serves as Director of the Theater Program at Quinnipiac University. He received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University ('08). To date, he has written sixteen full-length plays.

Kevin is represented by Marta Praeger of The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.

His full-length drama, In Kings and Fools (a finalist for the 2011 Woodward/Newman Award) received a world premiere production in May 2017 as the winner of the Panndora’s Box New Works Festival in Long Beach, California. The script was initially developed READ MORE...

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Kevin Drzakowski

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Kevin Drzakowski, originally from St. Louis, now lives in Menomonie, Wisconsin, where he is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He earned his BA in English from Truman State University and holds graduate degrees in creative writing from Missouri State University and Western Michigan University. His plays have been performed in various venues around the Midwest and in New York City. Along with teaching and writing, Kevin remains involved with his local community theater group, the Menomonie Theater Guild, for which he acts (poorly) and directs (nearly as b READ MORE...

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Kevin Mitchell

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Kevin M. Mitchell was born in St. Louis and graduated from the University of Missouri—Kansas City Conservatory of Music. As managing editor for the campus paper, he wrote news, features, and humor pieces. This led him to the hilarious position as obituary writer for the Kansas City Star. He moved to Los Angeles, where several one acts and musicals he wrote or co-wrote were staged. One of his musicals, Beanstalk! The Musical! has been staged twice in St. Louis.

Kevin has published more than a dozen books including How to Put a Band Together, Making a Great Demo, Songwriter’s Rhyming READ MORE...

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Kevin McGovern

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I have worked in television production for over 28 years, and am currently an associate producer with West Virginia Public Television. I have written over a dozen screenplays and stage plays. Three of my plays have been produced in local and community theater venues; a fourth play, “The Gambling Man,” received, in 2008, the first-place drama award in the West Virginia Writers writing contest, which is open to entrants nationwide. I hope to continue developing my drama writing skills and remain active in theater, television and film.

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Kimberly Barger

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Kimberly Barger is a writer from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. A lover of all things theatre, she began writing for the theatre in 2018. Within her first year of playwriting, her work was produced in theaters across the country. She has completed the Core Curriculum program with Los Angeles-based New Musicals Inc. as a bookwriter, and she is also an alumna of the Commercial Theater Institute’s Producing Intensive in NYC.

Kimberly holds a degree in Journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Prior to writing for the theatre, she worked for over 10 years in public relations, writi READ MORE...

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L. Don Swartz

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L. Don Swartz holds a BA in Theatre Education from Concordia University Chicago and a MAH in Theatre & English from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Don has over 25 published plays that have been produced in 47 states, as well as in Canada, England, Ireland and India. He has served as Artistic Director for the Ghostlight Theatre in North Tonawanda, New York since 1982 and has directed over 150 productions. Don's play “Halloween Dreams” was the winner of the Fourth International Playwriting Competition sponsored by Elmira College, Elmira, New York. He enjoys noisy evenings at home w READ MORE...

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Larry Damico

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Larry Damico is a retired English teacher who, along with teaching, spent many years directing for schools, community, churches and summer camps. His experiences included founding and directing a popular program called Stages, which created theater experiences for children in those hard-to-reach places of northern Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. He wrote usually out of necessity, "filed away" his plays, and now in retirement is enjoying taking them out, dusting them off and getting some of them suitable for publishing. Little Red, The Riding Hood was written to be performed by most READ MORE...

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Laura Lewis-Barr

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Laura Lewis-Barr has been writing, directing, performing and teaching theatre for over 15 years. Her children’s play, Marvelous Tales, was recently published by YouthPlays. Cloistered Honey (early draft) was seen as part of “The Next Big Thing Festival” in NY. Darwin’s Dilemma was seen in Circle Theatre’s New Play Fest. Darwin was also featured in the St. Tammany One-Act Competition and Steel Beam Theatre’s “New Play Series.” Chernobyl’s Fire and Abelard and Heloise (Cloistered Honey) were named Finalists in the Metropolis New Plays Contest. Chernobyl's Fire won the Playwrights First Awar READ MORE...

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Lauren Johnson

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In addition to Masque, Lauren Johnson's plays include The Princess and the Stableboy, Visiting Tennessee and This is Done. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was the recipient of the Audrey Skirball-Kenis playwriting fellowship.

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Lawrence Cahoone

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Lawrence Cahoone is a professor of philosophy at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He went to high school in Providence, Rhode Island, received his B.A. from Clark University, and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University in 1985. Since then he has been teaching for three decades, in the New York area, at Boston University and Holy Cross, authored several philosophy books and recorded lectures for The Great Courses. He and his wife, the philosopher Elizabeth Baeten, have two children and live in southeastern Massachusetts.

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Lew Riley

Lew Riley is a successful comic playwright with several major successes under his belt. His most published and produced work is "Game Show," which is available at

Lew also writes screenplays, and in his spare time, Lew is a college writing instructor. He lives in Yorba Linda, California (only a stone's throw from the Richard Nixon Library), with his wife, Cindy, who is a risk manager at Disneyland, and 18-year-old daughter, Shannon, who is a freshman attending Fullerton College.

Lew's 22-year-old son, Christopher, attends the University of Califo READ MORE...

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Lisa Stokely

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Lisa Like-Stokely holds a JD from Quinnipiac School of Law, an MBA from the University of Bridgeport, and a BA from Manhattanville College. She is a member of the Bar in the jurisdictions of New York, Connecticut and Ohio. Lisa works professionally as an attorney in Dayton, Ohio. She was bit by the community theatre bug over a decade ago and has since produced multiple youth shows. There she discovered her passion for writing stage plays, screenplays, and biopics. As an aficionado of old movies and screen legends, she wrote a stage play for youth that intertwined her love for classic character READ MORE...

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Lynn Snyder

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Lynn Snyder's plays have been produced in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Roanoke, Lansing and abroad, in Toronto, Edinburgh and Bologna. She has received playwriting fellowships and grants from the Playwrights Center of Minneapolis, the University of Massachusetts, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation. Formerly a journalist, Lynn was a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and London and a publicity and speech writer in Los Angeles for candidates in state and local political races. Lynn holds a bachelor's degree in political scienc READ MORE...

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Lynn-Steven Johanson

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Lynn-Steven Johanson holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and he is retired from Western Illinois University. He has worked with Edward Albee at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and has directed over fifty productions in theatres and universities throughout the Midwest. In 1996, he began redefining himself as a playwright, and he has been writing plays ever since. Lynn is a past president of the Mid-America Theatre Conference and initiated its Playwriting Symposium, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Chicago Dramatists, and the Playw READ MORE...

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Maria Brandt

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Maria Brandt teaches literature and creative writing at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. Her short plays have been finalists with the Boston Theatre Marathon, Los Angeles’ Moving Arts Festival, and Buffalo’s Subversive Shorts Festival; produced by The Bridge Theatre Company in Boston and Boog City in NYC; read by Geva Theatre in Rochester and the Last Frontier in Alaska; and published by Shark Reef and Chamber Four. She currently is finishing a novella and short-play cycle, editing Pamela Mills’ forthcoming posthumous memoir Kamastone (Jaded Ibis Press), and working with a Roch READ MORE...

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Marjorie Bicknell

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Marjorie Bicknell is a founding member of The Playwrights Alliance of Pennsylvania and the author of a number of full-length plays including, "The Family Room," "Joint Custody," and "The Boys Club." She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Speech from Northwestern University and also works as an actor and director.

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Mark Rigney

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Mark Rigney’s stage plays have been produced in twenty-two U.S. states plus Australia, Canada, and Nepal. He is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild and has won multiple national playwriting contests, including the 2017 John Gassner Award, the Panowski Playwriting Award (twice), and the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. Besides here at Heartland, his published plays are available from Playscripts, Inc. and Smith & Kraus’s The Best Ten-Minute Plays. Over fifty of his short stories have found print, in venues ranging from literary (Witness, The Best of the Bellevue Literary Review) to fantasy an READ MORE...

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Mary Schaller

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MARY W. SCHALLER is a native of Washington, DC [remaining staunchly non-partisan for survival]. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of San Diego and she worked as a messenger and VIP Tour Guide at Metro-Goldwyn-Studio in Culver City, CA. before her marriage. She is the award-winning author of four plays, [Dramatic Publishing Co.] three non-fiction books [University of South Carolina Press] and ten historical novels [written as Tori Phillips for Harlequin Ltd.]. Publisher’s Weekly Magazine praised her work, saying, “She’s literate, witty and tells of good story. READ MORE...

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Michelle Lema and Melissa Scher

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Michelle, based in Los Angeles and a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Theatre, joined The Open Fist Theatre Company in Hollywood where she is currently a member and Fundraising Director. With the Open Fist, Michelle has had the opportunity to perform in and assistant direct a wide array of productions including stage managing for Neil LaBute in the Open Fist First Look Festival. She has also studied at Oxford University with the British American Drama Academy. Continuing to work with various theatres in LA, she has performed at Ultimate Improv in Westwood, CA and h READ MORE...

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Mike Willis

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Mike is the author of over sixty plays. A professional actor director and playwright, his acting credits include fourteen seasons of classical theatre with either the Wisconsin or South Dakota Shakespeare Companies. He has been the recipient of numerous writing and acting awards and is a fourteen-time winner of the Village Playhouse of Wauwatossa's One Act Play Writing Contest for Wisconsin playwrights. He currently has forty-five plays in publication. His plays have been produced throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada and Australia, with many of his high school plays winning awards in h READ MORE...

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Nancy Rechtman

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Nancy Machlis Rechtman
Plays Published by Heartland Plays, Inc.:
The Emperor’s New Threads and Stiltz
From the time Nancy could hold pencil to paper, she knew she wanted to be a writer. She was also a voracious reader, coming home from the library every few weeks with a stack of books in her arms that was taller than she was. She was an English major in college, took numerous writing courses over the years and continued working on plays, screenplays, songs, short stories and novels. She had several children's plays produced, stories published (including two published in Highligh READ MORE...

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Nathan J. DiPerri

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Nathan J. DiPerri is an illustrator, cartoonist, and playwright who specializes in charming and whimsical entertainment for all ages. His illustrations and cartoons have appeared in magazines such as Cruising World, The Spectator, Phi Delta Kappan, and Weekly Humorist among others.

Nathan’s popular newspaper comic strip — My Guardian Grandpa — was published daily from 2011 to 2015 and is compiled in four books. He wrote six of the 15 high school theatre productions that he has directed including his first play, Miss Wallace Rhymes With William, which is published by Heartland Plays, READ MORE...

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Neal (Mike) Donohue

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Neal is an Air Force veteran, and has traveled the world both for the military as well as in private life. He has taught English as a Second language in both Mexico and Korea, and worked in London, Spain and Ibiza. His educational background was grounded in Kansas and still holds dear the bright memories of the State who honors John Brown. Though versed in communication, English and world history, Neal's vast and notable experience encompass the panorama of human psychology; its detailed implications as well as cultural affects. Through travels and work he has met and known American icons as v READ MORE...

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Nicholas Thurkettle

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Nicholas Thurkettle is a writer, actor, and filmmaker based in Orange County, California. His short plays have been staged at companies in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois, and he has written several commissioned green shows for On the Edge Theater Productions and their summer Shakespeare in the Hills festival. He writes audio dramas for award-winning sci-fi/horror anthology podcast Earbud Theater, sometimes presenting them live on-stage with radio drama sound effects. He wrote the teleplay for the Crunchyroll anime Children of Ether, which debuted on over 300 movie screens on A READ MORE...

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Nikki Harmon

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Nikki Harmon's plays have been produced in England, India, China, Botswana, So. Africa, Australia, and throughout the U.S. and Canada and run the gamut from political satires to murderous comedies to children's theater. She's been a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and has won, among other awards, University of Central Missouri's Theatre for Young Audiences National Playwriting Award (three times) and Minnesota Association of Community Theatres' award for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting (the only time it had been awarded in 40 years). Along with her writing, she’s also a st READ MORE...

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Pamela Noll

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PAMELA V. NOLL has won awards for her dramas and comedies, and has plays produced off-off Broadway, at the Cleveland Play House, at Actors’ Summit in Akron, at Cleveland Public Theatre and at The Roxbury Center for the Arts in Boston. She has many works published including five plays, and one book. As a film writer, she’s written and produced one film. She was also a finalist at the British Filmmaking Institute competition in London and won the first place award from the Gloria Film Festival in Utah. Her love of writing developed after writing her research-of-literature for her dissertation, READ MORE...

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pat pattan

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Pat Pattan has been a writer since her school days. She was hooked on writing ever since elementary school in her native Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, when she got a few "yuks" with her short stories. Her first published piece was a poem in her high school yearbook. Settling in New Jersey, she chose a career in advertising where she honed her skills by writing humorous radio commercials, ad copy, and feature articles for local newspapers.

In 2009 she published her first book, WHEN WE WERE GROWING UP: Stories of Families That Turned Hard Times into Good Times. It is a collection of i READ MORE...

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Patti Veconi

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Patti Veconi is a Brooklyn-based music and drama teacher, director of youth theater, dramaturg and playwright. Though her niche is writing in the adolescent voice, her plays for adults have also been produced in theater festivals around the country. Patti holds a BFA in music theater from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree in educational theatre from New York University. Her latest play, Hamlet-lette is the 2019 winner of the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild’s national competition for youth theatre. In addition to theatre and writing, Patti is an avid vegetable gardener and awar READ MORE...

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Paul DiLella

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Paul grew up in Syracuse, NY, and attended George Washington and Syracuse Universities, majoring in speech and theatre; he served in the Navy during the Vietnam conflict and worked retail jobs until he became a teacher of English and theatre in Arizona and Nevada. He has plays published with Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer, Big Dog Plays, ArtAge Senior Theater, Smith & Kraus, and Heartland Plays. Every summer, he enjoys going to the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, UT.

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Peggy Aultman

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As an adult, Peggy became involved with community theatre, but when the birth of her daughter sidelined her as an actress, she combined her love of theater with her love of writing and wrote her first play, Best Kept Secrets, which won Congress Jeweler’s Playwright’s Award. Her one-act play, Motherless Child, has been presented in several festivals and was eventually produced. Her most recent play, Trying to Get to You, about two teenage girls coming of age during Beatlemania, will be published by Heartland Plays, Inc. in the summer of 2010. Peggy has also written several children’s plays. READ MORE...

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Peter Nunan & Paul Tumilty

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Peter Nunan

Plays Published by Heartland Plays, Inc.:
If You Go Down to the Bank Today… (with co-author Paul Tumilty)

Since completing a Directors course at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2000, Peter has been working as a freelance director around the United Kingdom. Credits include:
A Christmas Carol; Washington Square; The Boundary; Fly Me to The Moon; By Jeeves; Improbable Fiction; An Inspector Calls; Run For Your Wife; Noises Off; Snakes and Ladders; Role Play; Natural Causes and the operas: The Marriage of Figaro and La Pericole.

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Philip Vassallo

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Philip Vassallo

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Philip Vassallo’s produced plays include What Do You Charge for Cure?, How Silent Do I Sound?, Do I Bleed in the Dark?, Isn’t This the Way You Wanted Me?, How You Get to Main Street?, The Spelling Bee, Ask Me, Everything Means Something Else, The Phoenix, The Community Service, Family Secrets, The AFI’s Top 10 Movie Quotes, Waiting, and So What If Life Is a Cliché? His licensed plays are The Spelling Bee (Concord Theatricals), Everything Means Something Else, The Phoenix, and So What If Life Is a Cli READ MORE...

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R.J. Ryland

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Randy Wall

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Professor and writer Randy Wall is a newcomer to writing for theatre. A graduate of the University of Southern California's Master of Professional Writing Program, he has published short stories, poetry, and articles. For the past 25 years he has taught an array of college English courses, but his experiences in teaching the occasional community college developmental English course resulted in the play Remediating Ripper, runner-up in the Cordell Green Playwriting Festival. "The complexity of these students' lives is astounding. They are juggling school, work, and complex personal situatio READ MORE...

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Rebecca Ryland

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REBECCA RYLAND has had her published plays produced in theatres throughout the U.S. and abroad for over 15 years. She is the founder of Heartland Plays, Inc. and The Last Chance New Play Fest now held annually in Helena, MT. Ms. Ryland, who holds an MFA in Acting/Directing, began writing as a child, completing her first novel at age nine. She has been mentored in her work by the legendary Zoe Caldwell and the late Horton Foote who once likened her work to Strindberg. Ms. Ryland moved from New York City to rural Kentucky where she founded a non-profit arts organization that specialized in t READ MORE...

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Richard Davis jr

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Richard (Rick) Davis, Jr. is the author of 39 plays – seven full lengths, many one-acts, several musicals for children – all of which have been produced on various stages: off-off-Broadway, in Los Angeles, and in theatres throughout the country. Davis has won many play writing awards and has twice received grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts and as well as a grant from the Georgia Department of Human Resources in support of his work. Eight of his plays have been published, including most recently two one-acts in the anthology Short Play Festival Collection (from the San Luis Obispo READ MORE...

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Robert McCarthy

Robert E. McCarthy is an experienced playwright and actor. He has written several full length, one-act, and children’s plays. In 2016 he had his one-act play The Vermont Way produced as a staged reading by the Phoenix Theatre(AZ), and his one-minute play Old News produced as part of the Gi60NextGen Festival for youth at Brooklyn College(NY). In 2015, he had his ten minute play Summer Suit For Santa produced at TenFest, a festival of ten minute plays in Waitsfield, Vermont.

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Robert Kinast

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During my twenty-five year academic career in the field of practical theology (Ph.D., Emory University), I published ten books and over fifty journal articles. In much of this writing, I developed role play situations and verbatim dialogue to communicate more general principles and themes.

When I semi-retired in 2002, I began indulging my lifelong love of theater by writing stage plays, using the experience I gained in my professional work. Since that time, I have completed twenty three one-act plays, twelve of which have been produced as part of short play festivals. Two others hav READ MORE...

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Robert Lehan

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Bob Lehan’s very first script, THE PROCEDURE, was produced on Cape Cod in 1962, at the now vanished Provincetown Playhouse. He holds both a BFA and MFA in Directing from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts and is a long-time member of DGA, the playwrights’ guild. He has retired after thirty-two years of college theater teaching and now spends more time writing new plays and judging contest plays. Aside from ASHES and STONESKIPPERS the two works published by Heartland as BEACH PLAY, Bob has another five plays with Pioneer Drama Service. Look for them at

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Robert Noll

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Robert Thomas Noll has spent many years in professional theater, TV and film, as a writer, producer, director, stage manager and actor. He has won over 34 national and international awards including nine Emmys and a Silver Medal at the International Film and Television Festival of New York.

He has written 32 produced plays (many written with Edward J. Walsh). His plays have been performed throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. He has had six off-off Broadway productions. Eleven of his plays have been published. In TV, he is best known for producing and writing the NBC nationally READ MORE...

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Ron Schaefer

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Ron Schaefer is the founder and president of Solar Wind Media Group and the Editor of Nimbus Arts & Sciences Magazine, as well as the creator of the Spirit Arts Festival and the Space Symposium (now Science-Art Forum) in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is the director/producer of some 2 dozen films, and the author of several novels, story collections, poem collections, and dozens of plays and screenplays.

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Ronan Pirkle

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As an alumnus of the University of Washington’s School of Drama, Ronan is fascinated with stories of human connection and the odd, ever-changing motives that drive us. While they are an avid and passionate writer, “Snowballing” is their first published work. Ronan resides in Seattle, WA, and is constantly on the hunt for the best new breakfast spot.

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Ross Peter Nelson

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Ross Peter Nelson earned his MFA in Playwriting from the University of New Orleans. He is the author of several plays and short stories, as well as two books on computer technology. His plays have been performed in locations as diverse as Santa Monica, Singapore, and Sydney, Australia. His most recent full-length productions are the eco-fantasy "Colter's Hell," and "Becoming Number Six," a dark comedy about internet surveillance.

For many years he was a company member and writer for Playground San Francisco, which honored him with their Emerging Playwright Award in 2006. He has also READ MORE...

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Rusty Harding

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Plays Published by Heartland Plays, Inc.:
“Painting Over the Poop”

Rusty Harding is a Dallas, TX writer.  He is the author of two published novels: “Instrument of Darkness” and “Murphy’s Law” (The Fiction Works); and three stage plays: “There’s No Place Like Homer”, "Romeo & What's Her Name" (Heuer Publishing), and "Never Call Me a Lady" (Brooklyn Publishers).  He has also optioned two screenplays: "Instrument of Darkness", and "Nevermore", with Misty Mountain Productions. He is also a member of the Lunatic Theatre Company of Richardson, TX, and, together with LTC, is currently READ MORE...

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Ruth Pearl

Bio of the late Ruth Pearl, written by her daughter, Sydelle Pearl:
Ruth Pearl died at the age of 83 in January of 2009.  A playwright and also a poet and novelist, she left behind full-length as well as one act plays, comedies and dramas.  Her favorite playwright was Gerhart Hauptmann and I have the book she read again and again—the pages are worn and loosened from the binding.  Like him, she was a social dramatist who wrote about issues facing society.  Some of her themes have been homelessness—SUNSET; domestic violence—TRAPPED; abuse of the disabled—BOARDERS; the hippie drug culture—TH READ MORE...

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Ruth Baker

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Ruth Tyndall Baker has written several dozen plays, most of which are rooted in her Indiana childhood memories or in social problems. On Bethel Road includes her mother’s joyful experience of Christmas on the farm. A graduate of Indiana University, Baker taught high school drama and creative writing at Purdue University, Fort Wayne. Her awards include the Best Drama in Indiana, playwright-in-residence at Choate-Rosemary Hall, and a commission by Barter Theater as well as community theater awards. She has also written a play and a book, A Desert Surprise, based on her weeks of solo hiking in READ MORE...

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Sage Golding

Sage Golding has been a theater artist and educator for over twenty-five years. Sage has directed several productions for young audiences at various theaters across the country. Golding has taught on a variety of theater topics including playwriting, improvisation and directing theater for young audiences. Sage has a Master of Fine Arts in Theater as well as a degree in Theater Education. Sage specializes in writing theater for young audiences and often focuses on adaptations or “underdog” stories. Sage strongly believes that theater has the power to transform lives not only for audiences but READ MORE...

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Scott Gibson

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An award-winning playwright, Colorado native, Scott Gibson has had the privilege of seeing his works performed in obliging theatres in New York, St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Miami, Dallas, Denver, Memphis, Seattle, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Long Island, and in Cornwall, Leeds and London, UK.

“The Restaurant Play” was the 2023 winner of the Riot Act Short Play Festival in Jackson, Wyoming. His script, “The Last Good Day,” won the 2008 Long Island Public Access Television Playwriting Competition, and his play “Someone Else’s Life” co-won the Steven Dietz Original Play Award in 2005.

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Sean David Bennett

SEAN DAVID BENNETT is an Edward F. Albee Playwriting Fellow. In 2009, he was awarded a scholarship to the Charles University Writers Program, in Prague, Czech Republic, where he will return this summer. He has previously been a member of the Montana Artists Refuge and three Kennedy Center Playwriting Intensives. He studied playwriting with Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman, Lee Blessing, Arthur Kopit, and Ken Ludwig, among others. His plays have been staged in the United States, Europe and Australia. Last fall Syracuse University Press published his monologue, "Eleanor" in The Actors Aud READ MORE...

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Sherrie Pesta

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Sherrie Pesta, Ph.D. lives in Tallahassee, Florida with her husband and two lovely daughters. She holds a doctorate in Theatre from Florida State University, a master’s in Theatre from the University of Georgia, and bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Drama from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A theatre educator for more than 30 years, Sherrie has taught college-level Theatre and Communications courses for FSU, TCC, DePaul University, Mount Marty College, and UGA. For nearly 15 years she taught high school and middle school drama students, coaching award-winning Thespians at dis READ MORE...

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Steve Palmer

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Steve Palmer is an artist, performer, playwright and a 4th generation resident of Montana, graduating with a degree in Art/Theater from Montana State University in Bozeman. Palmer has written and performed a number of one-man shows - anywhere in length from 10 to 90 minutes - including, BOXED, which was performed at the United Solo Festival in New York City in 2017. Somewhere Before Act V was awarded both the juried and Audience Favorite award at the 2022 Last Chance New Play Fest in Helena, Montana where a number of his plays have premiered before going on to be performed in other festivals READ MORE...

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Susan Surman

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Actress turned writer, Boston-born Susan Surman (aka Susan Kramer / Gracie Luck) lived and worked as an actress and writer in London and Sydney for 23 years. Fiction includes Max and Friends; Sacha: The Dog Who Made it to The Palace; award-winning West Palm Gig; and The Would-Be Virgin. Plays include In Between; The Nightgown; George; The Australian Featherweight; and West Palm Gig.

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Talya Daie and Lili Daie

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Talya Daie was born in Soviet Russia, but chose to live in Israel, and her two novels - ‘The Naïve Scenario’ and ’The Golden Ring of Nicodema’ were published in Hebrew. She also translated to Hebrew such well-known books as ‘Anne of Avonlea’ by L.M. Montgomery, ‘Lorna Doone’ by R.D. Blackmore and many others. ‘PLEASE, NOT THAT SHOE AGAIN!’ is her very different version of Cinderella’s story. The Author believes that some of the funniest lines in this romantic comedy belong to the sub-writer, her daughter, Lili Daie, who took a break from writing sci-fi to mess with Cindy’s head. READ MORE...

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Timothy Starnes

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Plays Published by Heartland Plays, Inc.:
Gravestone Lickin’ Good

Timothy D. Starnes is originally from the small town of Waxhaw, North Carolina, a place consisting of aging train tracks and a few overpriced antique stores, and now resides in the bustling city of Charlotte, North Carolina in order to pursue his college education, where he studies Political Science and Criminal Justice in order to go on to law school, only to be able to chase that hazy, feverish “American Dream” that preaches that he can have it all if he works hard, and so following this equation, he juggles hi READ MORE...

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Tom Coash

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A New Haven, Ct. playwright and director, Mr. Coash also worked as the Director of New Play Development at Stageworks/Hudson for the last four years. Prior to New Haven, he spent three years in Bermuda and four years teaching playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. Coash was a Co-founder of the Offstage Theatre in Charlottesville, VA and has worked for such theatres as the Manhattan Theatre Club and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Coash has won numerous playwriting awards including Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Hammerstein Award, The Kennedy Center’s Lorraine Hansberry Award, and a J READ MORE...

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Tom DeMuro

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Tom DeMuro is a recently retired educator who credits his 34 years in the field and the countless number of students he has had the pleasure of working with for the inspiration for his plays. He is the co-founder and director of JAG (Jefferson Actors Guild), a unique drama experience for elementary aged students renowned in his community for including students of all learning styles. As a director, he has staged over 15 productions, three of which he has written. When he began to find it increasingly difficult to find scripts suitable for large cast school plays, he decided to take a colleag READ MORE...

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Thomas Jamerson

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Toni Thayer

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Toni K. Thayer is a writer in many disciplines. Her plays include The Floating Dolls, Ten in One, and Angst:84, along with a 10-minute play, Kali’s Beautiful Secret, and contributions to collaborative play projects Seven Ages, This Vicious Cabaret, and Cole Cuts. Her work has been commissioned by Cleveland’s Talespinner Children’s Theater, Great Lakes Theater, and Dobama Theatre’s Night Kitchen project. Ms. Thayer was also a founding member (1995-2000) of Cleveland's Red Hen Productions, where she performed a number of functions, from actress to costumer, reading series curator, and board memb READ MORE...

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Verna Safran

VERNA SAFRAN, of Sarasota, Florida is the author of three successfully produced musical shows for children; The Legend of Paul Bunyan, Hiawatha and The Prince and the Pauper, which was recently optioned by Music Theatre International for distribution worldwide. Ms. Safran’s A Wedding at the Brothers and Sisters Coffeehouse won the 2007 Best Play of the Year award at Players Theatre of Sarasota. In addition, Ms. Safran, who holds an MFA degree in Dramatic Literature from Columbia University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, has had two one-acts published; Musical Chairs in Mayorga’s Bes READ MORE...

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