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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 Blaisdell is an M.F.A. candidate at the Michener Center for Writers with a focus on playwriting and screenwriting. She’s a proud member playwright of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater and the Brooklyn-based writers’ collective, Krïstïanïa. In 2013, she received a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant to travel to Vienna and Berlin to research her play, The Silent Woman. Her short plays have been seen at Youngblood brunches, the Cherry Pit, and in a resort on Lake George. 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. After graduation, he remained active in the theatre as a playwright, director, and dramaturg. He served as an assistant dramaturg on Steppenwolf's productions of Detroit and The Etiquette of Vigilance and on Northlight's production of The Whipping Man. His short plays have been produced by Northlight Theatre (Gifts of the Christmas Season) and The Whiskey Rebellion (Move-In Ready), and his ten-minute play Mrs. Paddy Boo won Independent Playwright's National Ten Minute Play Contest. He is currently writing a full-length commission for The New Colony about people who self-identify as magical creatures. He tries to work in a variety of genres, forms, and styles, and his plays have been set in locations that include a cryogenics lab, a utensil factory, and a Kindergarten classroom.
Brian Kettler is a second year M.F.A. Playwriting candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and The National Theater Institute. His full-length plays, Personal and In School Suspension, were workshopped at Portland Center Stage as part of the JAW: Made in Oregon Festival. He is a recipient of the 2012 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama. Brian is also a theater educator, and has worked at several elementary schools throughout the Portland area.
Patrick Shaw writes plays, acts, dances, and makes music. His work has been produced at The Flea, the Drilling Company, Galapagos Art Space, Cherry Pit, Hudson River Guild, Flushnik Art Space, Bradley University (Peoria), Gorilla Tango (Chicago), the Frontera Fest (Austin), and has developed work at Norm’s Fish Camp. A Miracle Study and Autobiography of a Sparrow, and Lushly have all been semifinalists for the National Playwrights Conference, and his play, HAMLETTES, was a finalist for the Lark Workshop and was later published by Playscripts, Inc. A graduate of Kenyon College and the National Theater Institute, Patrick has regularly performed with Spessard Dance, Bakerloo Theatre Project, and the Duplicates and was a founding member of FullStop Collective in NY. www.patrickshawplays.com
Diana Lynn Small
Diana Lynn Small is an M.F.A. candidate in the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin focusing on playwriting and poetry. She writes, acts, and directs for the stage. She is a songwriter and singer. Diana’s made theatre with Westmont College (Muéveme Muévete, Beauty Bomb, They Must Be Wings, Jupiter I Love You, Songs for Girls), UT Austin (Suspicious Dinner, Be Still and Know Nothing), Theatre Masters (Dogfight), the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (We’re Still Kids), Ratatat Theater Group (Nina in the Morning), FronteraFest (Mad & a Goat) and ZACH Theatre (Dream: A Midsummer Forrest Tour). She’s a member of the Lit Moon Theatre Company. She co-formed the music collective, Patience, which premiered its rock-narrative Water Will Rise in 2010. She fronted the Santa Barbara girl-pop band Sheanderthal. Diana returns to stories about the American West, past and present. She grew up in Martinez, California.
Eva Suter is a Northwest based playwright and poet and current M.F.A. candidate through the Michener Center at UT Austin. As a founding member of Portland, OR's The Working Theatre Collective, she worked with the company as a writer, director, and the occasional bicycle-riding-mustached villain. Among other things the WTC produced her trilogy of plays about unfortunate Greek women of myth. In Austin, Eva's work has ranged from haunted shopping malls to action movies for the stage to plays about science, sisters, and rethinks on Othello. Medusa, A Perfectly Normal Girl was awarded the Portland Drammy for best new play in Spring 2011. In January 2013 she was awarded the Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship in Drama. And in Spring of 2014 she will be a participant in the Theater Masters short play conference. Her work has appeared throughout the Northwest, at one East Coast bible college, and as far flung as the UK and Japan. Eva is the host of the Beer and Cookies occasional Cabaret, rides a bike, bakes bread, and probably thinks too much about the comparative merit of different grocery stores.
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.