Mohammed Saad Ali (writer, The Date) is a Brooklyn native who has trained extensively in and around New York City, acquiring diverse credentials as an actor and writer. A repertory member of Genesis Repertory and Act-Out!, he appeared in Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, Romeo & Juliet, and Hamlet in the park. Leading roles include Juror in Twelve Angry Men, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Caliban in The Tempest, and the title role in Othello, as well as starring in an original play, The Earthmen, at Manhattan Repertory. He’s also worked as a stage manager for numerous stage and musical events, including recent revivals of Guys & Dolls and Peter Pan. His plays Old Men are Full of Sh*t and Canaan have premiered in MITF, the former going on to win several awards. He is currently working on a film based on his poetry
Gina Femia (writer, and this is What The Devil Said) Gina's plays include Super, or, How Clark Graves Learned to Fly (semi-finalist The O’Neill and The Princess Grace Award), For The Love Of (Good Plays Fest at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), The Violet Sisters (MadLab with NY Madness, Lather, Rinse, Repeat), Mahogany Brown and the Case of the Disappearing Kid (The Brick’s Comic Book Theatre Festival), We Are the Gods (The Brick’s Oven Reading Series, Finalist for The Inkwell) and Five-Sided Triangle (Dixon Place’s HOT!Fest, The Downtown Urban Theatre Festival). Gina is a 2014/2015 Audrey Resident with New Georges (Accidental Burlesque) and a member of Lather, Rinse, Repeat Collective, an affiliated artist of New Georges and a Company Member with New York Madness. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College (Lipkin Prize in Playwriting).
Maximillian Gill (writer, House of Satan Spawn) received his Master's in Writing in California and has been living and writing plays in New York for the past decade. His works have been produced by a number of companies and festivals, including the Abingdon Theatre Company in New York City, the InspiraTO Festival in Toronto, Swivel Theatre’s Arab Women in Revolution festival in London, the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival in Liverpool, White Rabbit Productions’ Things that Go Bump in the Night in New York City, the Write Now festival in London, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival in Los Angeles.
Michael Hagins (writer, The Questioning) is an award-winning playwright with his works Hit and Match, Coffee/Evil, The Quest of the Hero, The Vengeance Room, The Renaissance Dueling Play, and The Long Rail North. He is the Artistic Director of C.A.G.E. Theatre Company and an award-winning director and fight director.
Rachel Music (writer, In the Name of the Camera) is a playwright and musician living in Upper Manhattan. Her plays and songs have been performed at La Mama, The Kraine Theatre, The Stella Adler Studio, and The Red Room Lounge, as well as contributing to the 1,000 Nights Podcast with an adaptation of the Arabian Tale of The Ensorcelled Prince. A member of this year’s Pipeline Theatre Company Playlab fellowship, she premiered her most recent work, Hiding in Sanity, a psychological thriller set in Arkham Asylum. She is also the lyricist and vocalist of Oh! Mega!, a rock quintet most recently featured on Obscure Sound.com and the indie music podcast Idiosyncratic Transmissions. BFA NYU. ohmegamusic.com
Michael C. O'Day (writer, Trumpets Sounding Over Harrisburg) is an actor and playwright based in New York. His debut play, Dragon's Breath, was presented as part of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival. He has also had work read at Naked Angels, including his short play Coming Soon to The Dowling Bookstore. As an actor, he has appeared at the Public Theatre (365 Days/365 Plays), Classical Theatre of Harlem (Hamlet, Native Son, King Lear, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Crazy Locomotive, Macbeth, Mother Courage and Her Children, and The Cherry Orchard), Paper Mill Playhouse (The Sound of Music), Theatre 2020 (The Singapore Mikado), and Judson Arts (The Bonus Army). He has also played Shakespearean roles in many odd places around the city, including Prospero in The Tempest.
Ramona Pula (writer, Stalker Nun) is a proud graduate of the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center’s comedy sketch writing program. She also studied writing with Armando Diaz at Magnet Theatre. Her sketches have been performed at Nuyorican Poets Café (Fresh Fruit Festival), The Saint in Asbury Park (Spotlight On) and UCB Chelsea (ok that was a student show, but still, it killed). Last year, she wrote, produced and directed the short film "Coming Out," starring Elyse Brandau and Amadeo Fusca. Ramona won a best producer award at MITF for Bubby’s Shadow and was nominated for a best director award that same year.
Ashley Lauren Rogers (writer, Bite Curious) earned a Bachelor’s of English Literature and Theatre at Fitchburg State College, was invited to the two week summer playwriting intensive at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, had shows produced in New York City as part of Stage Left Studio and the New York Nineteenth Century Society, the Fresh Fruit Festival, and Theatre To Go in Melrose MA. Ashley is a recipient of the ACM Award for Comedy Video for writing the pilot of "Marisa and Rocco," creator of Ashley Rogers Does Something Awesome, and Monthly Tea with Madeline Foxtrot, all through Dogtoon Media. Ashley has written articles for Beyond Victoriana and Steampunk Magazine Online, has been a vlogger and a blogger for NerdCaliber.com. Ashley is a member of the Dramatists Guild. AshleyLaurenRogers.com
Christopher Sirota, (writer, The Beast of Both Worlds) a Brooklynite, began his work in theater as an actor (The Music Man; Midnight Radio Hour; Joe in Spoiled Cherries; Romeo & Juliet; Steam-Punk Hamlet; and Juror #8 in 12 Angry Men. As a cinematographer, his credits include the short films, “Two Families”; “Veronica’s Birthday” (a voice-over/animation film); and “Slings & Arrows”, based on Hamlet’s nunnery sequence produced by Genesis Repertory’s Skaldcraft Pictures. He then turned his attention to playwriting, and joined the M Center’s playwrights workshop to write Pull the Trigger, which debuted at the Midtown International Theater Festival Short Play Lab in 2014, followed by Code Red and Disappear in 2015. His comedy, Stalled, recently premiered at the MITF Mid-Winter Madness.
Eric C. Webb (writer, Tania) is a NYC based writer and dramaturg working as both Director of Creative Development for Davenport Theatrical Enterprises and Literary Manager for March Forth Productions. Writing projects in development include Taking Step Three13 (a rock/rap adaptation of "Crime and Punishment" with composer Matt Doers, developed at the 2015 Johnny Mercer Colony at Goodspeed Musicals and the 2015 Rhinebeck Writers Retreat), Breakup - The Musical (an irreverent new musical with composer Stephanie Bianchi), Thompson/Gifford (a Gothic chamber musical), and Borrowed. Previous writing credits include “Orion” (short film, produced by Second Star NYC), The Angels of Mons (March Forth Productions/Horsetrade at Theater Under St. Marks), Ubu - a twisted puppet show co-adapted from Jarry's Ubu Roi, Playwriting is Easy and Strange Currencies. www.ericcwebbdramaturg.com