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M.F.A. in Playwriting
Kimberly Belflower is an M.F.A. Playwriting candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She comes to Austin by way of New York City, where she wrote plays developed with Primary Stages and Less Than Rent Theatre, conceived and directed work for 54 Below, and studied with an array of artists and companies, including Elevator Repair Service. Kimberly also worked in the Transport Group’s literary department and recently partnered with Writopia Lab in judging submissions for their Worldwide Plays Festival. She graduated from Columbus State University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance and Directing, and is a proud member of the Beehive Collective. Kimberly is originally from a four-stoplight town in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia.
Lydia is a current fellow at the Michener Center for Writers. Her play, The Silent Woman, won the 2015 Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize. Her immersive, retro-future piece, Apocalypse Radio had a workshop production in Austin in spring 2015. In March 2014, her one-act, Old Broads, was performed at the Off Shoot in Austin, TX. In summer 2013, she received a Jerome Travel and Study Grant to travel to Vienna and Berlin. She is a proud member playwright of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater (since 2010) and the Brooklyn-based writers’ collective, Kristiania. Her short plays have been performed in Aspen, Austin, Lake George, NYC and Paris. Lydia received her B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University in 2009.
Elizabeth Doss directs, writes, and performs in Austin, Texas. She has worked with many outstanding theatre companies including Zach: Present Laughter, Physical Plant: Not Clown (toured to Soho Rep), Salvage Vanguard: Cry Pitch Carrols, Americamisfit, Rude Mechs: Dionysus in ’69 (toured to Princeton University and New York Live Arts) and B. Beaver Animation. She is a founding member of the theatre collective Paper Chairs which has produced her original musicals, Murder Ballad Murder Mystery (toured Marfa, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and the New Orleans Fringe Festival) and Hill Country Underbelly and for which she co-directed Woodwork and The Suicide. Paper Chairs will also produce her next play, Mast at Salvage Vanguard Theatre in July 2015. She has also conceived and created two interactive literature experiences: Writer’s Room and Road Show: Four Way Stop which were both featured in the Fusebox Festival in 2012 and 2013. She is a first-year M.F.A. Playwriting candidate at The University of Texas at Austin.
Joanna Garner is an M.F.A. Playwriting candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Joanna comes to Austin by way of Seattle where she made plays as a writer, actor, and country singer with companies including Seattle Repertory Theatre, On the Boards, Annex Theatre, Balagan Theatre, 14/48: The World's Quickest Theater Festival, Macha Monkey, Capitol Hill Arts Center, and Live Girls! Theater. Her country musical, 100 Heartbreaks, was workshopped in Seattle Rep's New Play Program, with the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, and was presented at the country’s largest arts and culture festival, Bumbershoot. An avid cook and eater, Joanna was an original member of the Seattle collective Playwrights Kitchen. Joanna spent nine years as a music writer for the Seattle Times.
William Glick is an M.F.A. candidate at the Michener Center for Writers studying playwriting and screenwriting. He grew up in South Florida and moved to Chicago to study politics and theatre at the University of Chicago. This past year, his play The Winter Farm was a semi-finalist for the 2015 National Playwright's Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and his play Faggot Dolls received a workshop production at the Cohen New Works Festival. Next summer, his play Kin Folk will debut with The New Colony in Chicago.
Megan Tabaque is an M.F.A. candidate at the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin studying playwriting and fiction. She comes to Austin by way of Chicago, where she spent many years working as an actor and writer. Her plays have been developed and produced by InFusion Theatre Company, Tympanic Theatre Company, 20% Theatre Company, and the Courier 12 Collective. She has played a matador, small child, grown woman, teenage Inuit, vampire killer and other roles for the following Chicago theatre companies: InFusion, Tympanic, The Side Project, Stage Left, Premier, Red Tape, The Waltzing Mechanics, Mortar Theatre, Courier 12, and Northlight. She grew up in Palm Harbor, Florida and earned her B.A. in Theatre and Literature from Florida State University.