Contributor Bios – Issue 3

Lindsay Adams is an award-winning playwright and essayist, whose work has been published in OxMag and The Door is a Jar Magazine and whose writing has been honored by and performed at The Kennedy Center. Her plays have been produced/developed with Women’s Project Theatre (NYC), Theatre Alliance (DC), Keegan Theatre (DC), This is Water Theatre (TX), The Hub Theatre (VA), Fishtank Theater (MO), and KC Public Theater (MO), among many others. She received her MFA from Catholic University of America and is a member of the Terra Femina Artist Collective.

Francis Bass is a writer currently residing in Philadelphia, and this is his second time appearing in some scripts. His play Classic Cage was produced last year as part of the Underground New Play Festival at Theatre Cedar Rapids, and his work has appeared in Reckoning, the 2014 Thespian Playworks anthology, and Kzine. You can find him online at francisbass.com

Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is a playwright, an Equity actor, and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Diana’s play Ghosts of Bogota, recently won the Nu Voices festival at Actors Theatre of Charlotte. Ghosts was commissioned and debuted at Alter Theater in the Bay Area in Feb 2020. She was in Center Theatre Group’s 2018-19 Writers Workshop cohort. Plays: Sapience, Playground-SF 2020, Winner Latinx Theatre Festival, San Diego Rep 2020, Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2020; Policarpa, Semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Festival 2018, Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2018, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brown Swan lab 2017, Drama League Rough Draft series May 2017, Honorable Mention, Jane Chambers Award 2017, Parsnip Ship 2017; Fabulous MonstersPlaywrights Arena production 2020 (postponed), Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep 2017Festival51 2016 winner; Picture me Rollin 35th William Inge Festival, Inkfest/2cents; Silueta, (about Ana Mendieta)with Tom and Chris Shelton, Listen to the play at play4keeps.org/play/silueta/; Caliban’s Island (TYA2017 Headwaters New Play Festival at Creede Repertory.(Published by YouthPLAYS). The short piece Linda was written for the 365 Women a Year project and has been featured in more that 20 festivals over the last year, including Center Theatre Group’s community library series. Diana recently played Amalia in Jose Cruz Gonzales’ American Mariachi at South Coast Repertory and Arizona Theatre Company, and Marisela in La Ruta at Artists Repertory. You can also see her as Viv the Punk in the cult musical Isle of Lesbos.

Rachel Bykowski is a Chicago playwright. Her full-length, 28 Light Years From Now, is the winner of 2020 Getchell New Play Award and semi-finalist for both Premiere Stages at Kean and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her full-length play, Tight End, has been featured with The National New Play Network (NNPN) in a workshop at the Kennedy Center for the MFA Playwrights’ Festival in 2016, was a top 20 finalist for CulturalDC’s Source Theatre Festival in 2017, and received Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers 2017 Student Playwriting Award. Her full-length play, Rev, was the runner-up for the 2018 Todd McNerney Playwriting Award, the winner of the 2019 SETC/Stage Rights Ready to Publish Award, and is now available for purchase on Amazon. Rachel’s other plays have been produced and featured in festivals across the United States. Rachel is a playwriting alumna with NNPN and a member of the Dramatists Guild. She received her BFA in playwriting from the Theatre School at DePaul University and her MFA from Ohio University. www.rachelbykowskiplays.com

Playwright Rachael Carnes received a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship and a 2020 Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant, and had more than 50 productions in 2019, across the U.S., U.K., Canada and Asia. She’s recently developed work at the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Midwestern Dramatists Center, the Mid-America Theater, the American Association for Theatre in Higher Education, the Sewanee Writers’ and the Lighthouse Writers’ Conferences, the Ivoryton Playhouse Women Playwrights Initiative, the Parson’s Nose Theatre’s Women Playwright Series, the Cambridge U.K. WriteON Festival, the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival. Rachael’s plays are seen in many literary journals. She is a semi-finalist for the 2019 New Dramatists Princess Grace Award, the 2020 O’Neill Conference and International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Award and a finalist for the 2020 Great Plains Theatre Conference. Rachael is the founder and editor of CodeRedPlaywrights, a consortium of writers across the country, responding to gun violence. www.rachaelcarnes.com

Victoria Z. Daly’s plays have been developed/featured at the Actors Studio, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, ATHE Conference, Warner International Playwrights Festival, Short+Sweet Festivals in Hollywood and Dubai, Alliance for Jewish Theatre, Berrie Center, Spokane’s KPBX-FM (NPR,) Supersound Scotland Radio, and the Edinburgh Festival, among other venues.  She is a Faculty Member in the Dramatist Guild Institute’s Plays in Progress Program and the founder of New York City’s 9th Floor Writers and Actors Collaborative. Education: MFA in Dramatic Writing, NYU/Tisch; A.B. and M.B.A. Harvard; Certificat d’Etudes in theater from L’Ecole Jacques Lecoq. www.victoriazdaly.com

John Minigan is a 2019-2020 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing. His full-length Queen of Sad Mischance is a 2020 winner of the New American Voices Festival and a 2019 Clauder Competition Gold Prize winner. Full-length Noir Hamlet was an EDGEMedia Best of Boston Theater 2018 selection, a 2019 Elliot Norton nominee for Outstanding New Script, and was recently produced at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe. His work has been included in the Best American Short Plays, Best Ten-Minute Short Plays, and New England New Plays anthologies. John is a Dramatists Guild Ambassador for Eastern New England. johnminigan.com

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