Liza Birkenmeier is a current Audrey Resident at New Georges and was a recent member of The Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group. Her play Radio Island was a finalist for the Relentless Award and on the Kilroys List. She is a commissioned artist at Ars Nova and Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has also been developed at The Public, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, University Settlement, The Playwrights Realm, Rattlestick, San Francisco Playhouse, The San Diego Museum of Art, City Theatre, and elsewhere. She has been a Yaddo, Millay, and MacDowell Colony fellow. Her play the hollower will premiere this spring with New Light Theater Project. She received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon.
Kathleen Coombs is a writer, director, composer, and performer who holds an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA as well as a BA in theatre from Emerson College. Kathleen co-wrote “8, The Play” with Dustin Lance Black which has now been performed in hundreds of cities across America. As supported by a Lincoln City Fellowship Grant, Kathleen is currently writing the book for the new musical “Life Sentence” along with composer Patrick Burns. Her play, “click” will be performed at this summer’s She LA Arts Summer Theatre Festival in Los Angeles. Other written works include the original musical, “Sat Nam,” (LA Workshop), “The Great Buford Fire Funnel” (UCLA Coppola Festival), and “Cuore Mio – My Heart” (DC Source Festival). www.kathleencoombs.com
Amy Gijsbers van Wijk
The Princess Musicians of Maple Street
Amy Gijsbers van Wijk is a first-generation American playwright & performer from Pasadena, TX, now based in New York. Her work has been developed with The Flea, Pipeline Theatre Company, Fresh Ground Pepper, New Light Theatre Project, Red Caravan, and elsewhere. BA, Brooklyn College. MFA, Carnegie Mellon University. www.amygvw.com
Snow White and the Magic Mirror
Gina Femia’s plays have been seen all over the country and world. She likes writing about Brooklyn, the working class and sometimes magic. Find out more: www.femiagina.com
Jahna Ferron-Smith is a Philly-born but currently New York based playwright and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Obie Award winning playwrights collective, Youngblood. Her work has been presented at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Cherry Lane Theatre and the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival. They include, SIR., SALT: A Rom Com, and could(n’t) you just.
Elisa and the Swans
Lea is so excited to be involved in such an inspiring and awesome podcast. Lea is an actor, writer, and singer, based in New York. She trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, and has performed at regional theaters across the US, and all around NYC. She studied playwrighting with Arlene Hutton at the prestigious Barrow Group. Thanks to the wonderful cast and crew—and to you, dear listener!
The Literate Mermaid
Christina Quintana is a writer with Cuban and Louisiana roots. She is a current Van Lier New Voices Fellow at the Lark, volunteer playwright for The 52nd Street Project, and proud member of EST/Youngblood. For more, visit cquintana.com
Rudy the Female Reindeer
Delaney Yeager writes for TV and – occasionally – the stage. Her television credits include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (for which she won 1 Emmy and 1 Peabody), The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Approval Matrix, and a kids’ sketch show – The Who Was? Show – coming to Netflix in January! She is currently looking for work. If you know of anything, slide into her DM’s. Twitter: @delaney_yeager