ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND PLAYWRIGHTS OFF THE WALL PLAYS
OUR BEST SELLING AUTHORS
Alex Emerson Acuff
Gene Franklin Smith
Richard Van Den Akker
Alex Emerson Acuff
M. Robert Grunwald
Evan Guilford Blake
Michael Holtzhauer and Shirley Gambrell
Mark aloysius Kenneally
Agustin D. Martinez
Viney Loretta Moore
Jayaprakash Raghavan Pillai
Gene Franklin Smith
William Stephen Taylor a.k.a. T.J. Edison
Richard Van Den Akker
Jessica Abrams is a playwright, television writer, storyteller and actress. Her plays have had productions and readings all over Los Angeles, with “The Laughing Cow” receiving Pick of The Week by LA Weekly. In addition to performing storytelling events around town, she writes dance reviews and blogs for the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative. Her most recent project is KNOCKING ON DOORS, a web series she wrote, directed and starred in.
Jessica is thrilled that Off The Wall Plays has published “The Laughing Cow”.
Alex Emerson Acuff has been acting and writing since his junior year of high school, almost four years ago. His favorite roles as an actor include Benvolio/’Romeo and Juliet’, Schroeder/’YABMCB’, Mr. Sands/’The Room’(UNCW), Cinderellas Prince/’Into the Woods’ and Laurie/’Little Women’. Other plays of his include ‘The Actors’, ‘Downfall’, ‘Enlightenment’, ‘The Play Within’, ‘A Sunny Day in Seattle’, and his personal favorite ‘Trinculo and Stephano are Alive’.
Rita Anderson holds an MFA Creative Writing and an MA Playwriting. Early Liberty was performed at Texas State University in 2012, and Rita has had several plays produced at national conferences and festivals. A winner at the Kennedy Center (KCACTF), she went on scholarship to the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Writing Intensive (CF 2012). Her full-length, Frantic is the Carousel, was the National Partners American Theatre (NAPAT) nominee for 2013, and she is this year’s recipient of the Ken Ludwig Playwriting Award and Scholarship for best body of work. Her play “Crying Room” will be produced at the Yolo Solo Fest in February 2014, and her full-length, Saint Somebody, made Harvard-dramaturg Heather Helinsky’s published list, “Plays I’ve Been Privileged to Read that I Hope Find an Artistic Team in ’14.”
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Jacob M. Appel is a physician, attorney and bioethicist in New York City. He is the author of the novel, ‘The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up’ (Cargo, 2012), and more than two hundred stories that have been published in literary journals including ‘Missouri Review,’ ‘Southwest Review’ and ‘Virginia Quarterly Review.’ His fiction has been short-listed for the O. Henry Award, Best American Short Stories, and Pushcart Prize anthology on numerous occasions. His collection, ‘Scouting for the Reaper,’ won the 2012 Hudson Prize and is forthcoming in November 2013. Dr. Appel also writes about the nexus of law and medicine, contributing to The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and many other leading periodicals. He is a graduate of Brown University, Harvard Law School, Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the MFA Program in Creative Writing at New York University.
Elliot Baker is a retired Clinical Psychologist with a Ph. D from Pennsylvania State University.
His second career is now Playwriting.
CREDITS include the following:
“A BLIND DATE”… 13th Street Repertory Theatre, NYC
“THE SHADOW”…Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA
“THE ANSWERING MACHINE”… Channel 34, Public access TV, Tarrytown, NY
“A GLIMMER”…Culture Park, New Bedford, MA
Staged Readings of two short plays at the Mountain Stage Co. Hendersonville, NC
Semi-finalist in 2008, 2009 and 2011 for ten minute plays at the Boston Playwrights
Theatre Marathon, Boston, Massachusetts and in 2011 for the Drury University One-Act
Playwriting Competition, Springfield, Missouri and 2012 semi-finalist at Lakeshore
Players, St. Paul, MN
Awards for two children stories from the Manatee Writer’s Guild, Bradenton, Fl and for
two children’s stories from the Mt. Dora Festival of Music and Literature, Mount Dora,
A chorale “WANDERING WONDERING” was accepted by the Alfred Publishing
Company and performed at Nasson College, Springvale, Berklee College of Music,
Brett Baxter currently lives in Cape Town, in South Africa. He’s a writer and he likes reading, writing, films and nature. He avidly dislikes computers and ignorance. Oh, and tomatoes.
Steven Bogart is a playwright, stage director, teacher and visual artist. He also leads workshops in collaborative playwriting around the state of Massachusetts and has created over 50 devised theatre pieces. Bogart has directed for the American Repertory Theater(Cabaret), (The Boston Abolitionist Project), Boston Playwrights’ Theater(Ginger Lazarus’s, Burning, Dan Hunter’s, Legally Dead), Liars and Believer’s(Lunar Labyrinth), and Brandeis University (Cabaret). He has collaborated on projects with Neil Gaiman, James Carroll, Kate Snodgrass, and Amanda Palmer. This year he has joined Company One’s new play development as a director for a new play by Obehi Janice, FuFu and Oreos.
Bogart’s plays have performed in Boston(Boston Theater Works, Boston Theater Marathon), NYC (SPFNYC,2007), and Chicago(Stage Left Theater, Leapfest). He was a a 2009 Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant recipient in playwriting. His play, Pigcat was the recipient of the Holland New Voice Award at the 2010 Great Plains Theater Conference, and his play, The Last Skywriter in the Universe received a reading at the 2012 Warm Laps at the Boston Center for the Arts. He has participated in the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive, and The Freedom Art Theater Retreat where he worked with other playwrights, designer and dramaturges. Bogart is an Artist-in-Residence in theater at Southern New Hampshire University, and has taught acting for Emerson College
Sean Carthew is a Canadian Boy. He lives near Toronto, Ontario. He has a degree in acting from the University of Windsor and acted professionally for 14 years. During that time he got into writing and wrote a feature film, a little book and this play SHAPELESS.
SHAPELESS was produced by Weird Sister Productions at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto and had a very successful run there. Then it was produced again for the National Eating Disorder Awareness Week at the Robert Gill Theatre in Toronto.
I, Sean always thought it would make a great touring play. Little set, few actors, a good message while be entertaining at the same time.
Born in England and raised in South Africa, James has always been drawn to the arts, culminating in him receiving a diploma in Graphic Design. Relatively new to the dramatics scene, James stumbled into amateur theater, and was immediately captivated. He has acted in several plays and gone on to write, direct and act in his own award winning production within less than 12 months of starting out.
Eldad Cohen is an Israeli psychologist, playwright and author.
His first book Look at Me, published in 1998, won the Ministry of Culture and Art prize for début novels. Look at Me has also been turned into a play that ran for over two years on “Zavta” stage in Israel.
His second book At Least You Would have Died in an Orderly Fashion was published in Hebrew Yediot Ahronot at 2003.
A collection of his monologues have been performed by various artists, ranging from students to professional performers.
Ash Crestfelt has been writing since a young age. Her hobbies in writing include: poetry, plays, short stories, and children’s books. Her first major play publication, ‘Someone to Remember,’ was penned at the age of 15. Being a theater fanatic, Crestfelt continues to pursue writing and acting with hopes that her work will inspire others someday.
Sterling Cullipher was born and raised in North Carolina. He has worked in higher education since 1999 and has also served in the United States Air Force. Although not previously trained or active in Theatre Arts, since 2005 he has found playwriting an appropriate method for exploring historical narratives and personalties often overlooked in conventional scholarship.
Among other things, his work is influenced by a book-per-week reading habit, memories of his bucolic childhood, failed aspirations in music, as well as the love and support of his wife Lynn, and the couple’s three children.
Jim Curtis has a PhD in Russian studies, and taught Russian at the University of Missouri for 31 years. He is now an art educator and screenwriter living in Chadds Ford, PA.
Damien is a playwright, actor and musician that currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga, California. He attends California State University Fullerton where he is pursing a bachelors degree in Theatre Arts.
Claire was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She studied drama from a young age, and has been heavily involved in community theatre since 2005. Leading roles include “Edith” in “Allo Allo,” “Mrs Clackett” in “Noises Off,” the evil Augusta Stern in the Pantomime “Sleeping Beauty,” and the role of Alice in the award winning one act play, “My Middle Name is Angry”, for which she won best supporting actress.
Claire has been writing plays since she was a small girl, but only seriously began writing in 2009. Most of her plays are dark comedies or farces, and there is usually a dead body in there somewhere. She has won best original script for “Death of a Gerbil” in 2009 and “Stirred, not Shaken” in 2010. She attained an Honours in Veterinary Science to satisfy her serious side, and also runs a veterinary website called Your Own Vet.
Dewan Demmer was born in South Africa and is now living in the U.K. in London. His plays include the festival best script winner, “Death of a Gerbil,”the Film Noir style comedy, “Ralph” and “Guy meets Girl.” He is also a community theatre director, having directed “The Odd Couple” in 2011 and is a full time wedding photographer based in London; the owner of Dewan Demmer Photography
I have had some 30 plays staged in the United States and Europe, as well as published 33 books of drama, fiction, and nonfiction. My books have included widely translated biographies of James Stewart and Marcello Mastroianni, and at the moment I am working on a biography of Lee J. Cobb. Among the groups I have belonged to are the Actors Studio in New York, the Edward Albee Theatre Group, and the Dramatists Guild.
Lee Dorsey, the author of “Mercenaries of Panama the Trilogy” began his professional career to be an actor. After serving time in the military, he auditioned and was cast in a Summer Repertory Company in West Virginia the “Hilltop Players.” After a summer of doing seven plays, he entered college. After two years attending Baltimore Junior College and receiving his Associate Degree, he entered The American University in Washington, DC to take a degree in communications. While attending college, he worked part-time at WFBR Radio on weekends writing news. Eventually, he auditioned and landed an on-the-air position with Radio WANN. After college, he went to work for a Radio Station in Towson, Maryland WAQE. After a few years, he was recruited back to WANN and spent the next ten years doing a variety of work that included doing a nightly Jazz program five nights a week. He also wrote and announced news and did relief work doing Rhythm and Blues during the day.
Lee went to work for the United States Naval Academy in 1974 to manage their Student Union facilities. After twenty three years, he was promoted to Director of Human Resourses for the Brigade Services Division. He served the needs of over five hundred civilian employees for the next ten years. He retired in 2008.
During nineteen sixties, Lee continued he passion for the theater. He has acted, directed and worked on over one hundred productions. He has served on the board of “Colonial Players, Inc.” one of the oldest and affluent little theatre companies in America.
Lee began to write plays in the seventies. He has had his plays produced in Baltimore, Annapolis and Miami Beach. Several of these productions were done professionally.
His play “Marriages” was a successfully professionally produced play that became the basis for his first novel. As of this writing, the novel has not been published.
During his tenure at the USNA, he obtained two more academic degrees, a BS in “Leadership and Management” and a MS in “Human Resourses Management.”
At this time, has just completed an historical novel entitled “Les Descente’s” (Deadly Raids) as well as two new novels entitled “A Forbidden Love” and “A Search for Love.” Mr. Dorsey now writes full time.
Denis Emorine is the author of short stories, essays, poetry, and plays. He was born in 1956 in Paris and studied literature at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). He has an affective relationship to English because his mother was an English teacher. His father was of Russian ancestry.
His works are translated into several languages. His theatrical output has been staged in France, Canada ( Quebec) and Russia. Many of his books (stories, drama, poetry) have been published in the USA.
Writing, for Emorine, is a way of harnessing time in its incessant flight. Themes that re-occur throughout his writing include the Doppelgänger, lost or shattered identity, and mythical Venice (a place that truly fascinates him). He also has a great interest for Eastern Europe.
Denis Emorine collaborates with various other reviews and literary websites in the U.S., Europe and Japan both in French and in English..
In 2004, he won first prize for his poetry at the Féile Filiochta International competition.
His poetry has been published in Pphoo (India), Blue Beat Jacket (Japan), Magnapoets (Canada), Snow Monkey, Cokefishing, Be Which Magazine, Poesia and Journal of ExperimentalFiction(USA)
His texts also appear on numerous e-zines such as: Anemone Sidecar,Cipher Journal, Best Poems, Mad Hatters’ Review, Milk, The Salt River Review, Istanbul Literary Review, Like Birds Lit,Wilderness House Literary Review, Sketchbook ,Literary World.
Emorine’s webpage is http://denis.emorine.free.fr/ul/english/accueil.htm
Steven G. Farrell was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he was a member of a large Irish-Catholic family. He currently is an Associate Professor of Speech-Communication at Greenville Technical College in Greenville, South Carolina. He has also taught in Japan and Saudi Arabia.
Professor Farrell’s stories, reviews and articles have been published in numerous publications. Two of his essays, Mickey Machine Gun Is Back! The Return of the Irish-American Gangster to the Silver Screen and Galloping Gallagher Deserves the Gallows! The Irish Rogue on Film, were formally inducted into the Irish Film Archives in Dublin, Ireland in March of 2009.
Steven G. Farrell’s Beatles’ novel, Mersey Boys, has gone through four editions; and it is currently available through Celtic-Badger Publishers of Greenville, South Carolina. He most recently completed the screenplay version of Mersey Boys. His other novels include Zen Babe and Bowery Ripper on the Loose.
George Freek’s plays have recently been produced in New York, San
Francisco, Baltimore, South Carolina, Canada, Australia, India and the
UK. He has spent playwriting residencies at the Milwauke Repertory
Theatre, Southern Methodist University and Southern Illinois University
and has received playwriting grants from the Illinois Arts Council and
the National Endowment for the Arts.
Read What’s on your mind? A comedy of the absurd by George Freek.
I grew up in Arizona and Alaska, have an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Louisiana State University and an MFA in fiction from the University of Arkansas. I’ve published stories and poems in various literary journals and have optioned two screenplays. I am currently working on a long novel, about a third of the way through. For money, I make porcelain jewelry and sell in numerous galleries around the US. www.bluebusstudio.com
Lianne Gill has been involved in amateur dramatics for 30 years. She was a member of the Albert Players, a popular amateur dramatic group for 20 years, acting on stage, as well as working backstage as stage manager and prop mistress and doing make-up.
In 1990 she obtained an International Diploma in Theatrical Make-up and worked as a professional make-up artist in both the Roodepoort and the Johannesburg Civic theatre. At present she is a member of the Franklin Players, a dramatic group that is well known for the professionalism with which it approaches all projects, despite having amateur status.
Lianne has been writing plays for over 20 years in various styles and genres. In 2010 she won best original script and the adjudicators special merit award for scriptwriting at the EADS play festival, and a medal of commendation for her acting role in the Franklin festival as well as an award for best lighting in 2012.
Lianne is an active Christian and writes Christian plays ad skits which have been performed at many different churches as well as acting in a Christian production at the Crossroads church in 2011.
Leonard has been writing all his life in many different genres including plays, short stories, novels, science fiction, children’s books and nature. Writing for theatre is his first love; besides creating plays, he’s enjoyed producing, directing, acting and providing technical support to productions.
Leonard has written about a dozen full length plays and somewhat more one act plays. Some have won prizes. Full length plays “Laramie, Equal Rights” and “Clara” won awards at the Shoreline Readers Theater, 2009 and 2010, in Washington State. Laramie was produced by the Little Victory Players in Hancock, NY. Several of his one act plays have appeared in festivals and competitions. “Road Rage” won both Audience Favorite Award and Judge’s First Place Award at the Driftwood Theatre Festival, 2011, in Edmonds, WA and was also produced in the Bremerton Summerplay Festival, WA and elsewhere. “Road Rage” and “Apartment 4G were winners in 2011 Wildfire Festival, CO. Other plays have been produced locally or at festivals or read at writers’ workshops in 2012 and 2013..
Leonard is a primary participant in the Women In History Theater Project, with several plays that explore and celebrate the role of women in history: “Laramie, Equal Rights”, “Clara”, “Foils”, “Will The Rodins Wed?”, and “The Empress Theadora.”
David Greenberg, 61, lives on 20 acres of forest and farmland in southern Indiana with his wife of 41 years, Dr. Miriam Greenberg, awaiting the end of civilization as we know it. A former newspaper editor, reporter, long-distance truck driver, carpenter and worm picker, he has been writing most of his life. His play, A KITE CUT LOOSE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SKY, premiered in New York, 2008, off-Broadway. BAD SEED was performed in part in Chicago, 2010 and BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON is scheduled for a dramatic reading in Cincinnati, this November. His CD: THE END OF THE WORLD, a music collection of folk and American, was released in 2012. He has one daughter, Jordana, a professional musician with the band Harpeth Rising; three cows and a bull; two horses; four sheep, five goats, eight dogs and a pair of rescued cockatiels. Yes, and a pear tree.
M. Robert Grunwald is a San Diego, California native whose diverse credits include advertising copy, nonfiction articles, poetry, film criticism and even a cookbook. An avid writer since childhood, he was a published, award-winning poet while still in his teens and at 17 became the youngest professional member of the St. Louis Writers Guild. After receiving a BA in English and Writing Certificate from the University of Missouri, he worked as a professional copywriter while pursuing other projects on the side. More recently, he edited and wrote for “The Writer’s Life,” the magazine of the San Diego Writers & Editors Guild, and “Sketches,” the newsletter of the San Diego chapter of the National Audubon Society. He also serves as a nonfiction judge for the San Diego Book Awards Association. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), he is currently completing “A Cat Named Turtle,” a fantasy novel for children, which early reviews have called “brilliant,” “charming” and “unexpectedly funny.”
“Cancelled,” his first play, draws on his affection for screwball comedies of Hollywood’s Golden Age and the works of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. It was selected as a finalist by New York’s Riant Theatre for their Strawberry One-Act Festival in 2008 and placed second in the Little Theatre of Alexandria’s 2009 one-act competition. It is the first in his planned trilogy of one-act comedies set in Los Angeles in 1940.
M. Robert Grunwald lives in San Diego with his wife.
Evan Guilford-Blake’s plays have been produced internationally. He’s written more than 40 for adults and children. Collectively, they’ve won 42 playwriting competitions and 30 are published (seven by Off the Wall). He also writes long and short fiction for kids and adults. His comic/fantasy/mystery novel Noir(ish) is published by Penguin and available on Amazon. Visit his Amazon page. In October, 2014, Holland House will issue his short story collection American Blues.
He and his wife (and inspiration) Roxanna, a healthcare writer and jewelry designer, live in the southeastern U.S. with their two doves, Quill and Gabriella, and their sort-of Westeke Terrier, Winnie Words. Read Evan’s award wining play – The Investigation
Ana Holmes was born in Lourenco Marques, Mozambique, and raised in South Africa. She acted in many plays throughout her school years, and went on to qualify in architecture.
She joined Franklin Players in 2010, where she won ” Best Supporting Actress ” for her role as an eccentric mother, in “L.A.” This play was followed by a role in “Shriek – a tale of not 1, but 2 wicked witches.”
Towards the end of 2010 she wrote “The Gold Locket” and in January 2011 she produced and directed the same play, which won “Best Original Script” at the one act festival.
Shirley Gambrell and I met in a parking lot across the street from where her husband Tim works as head electrician at a major construction site in Gainesville, Florida. Shirley drives a burgundy van decorated with references to her book. I approached Shirley bragging that I was a writer too and, well, our friendship was immediate. Shirley suggested that we collaborate on writing something. I was flattered and agreed. What did she have in mind, I wondered? Shirley wanted to write a play. Shirley had some ideas but we soon decided that the play would be based on her book. I can’t remember who came up with the idea and I suppose it doesn’t matter. We became equal partners.
I have always enjoyed writing but writing a play was something I never considered doing. In high school I cheated my way through Shakespeare with Barnes and Noble and Cliff Notes. And in college I just bluffed my way through English Lit. I have been to very few plays and went only because a teacher or some girl had forced me to go.
Years later I worked at a high school in Southern Maryland and during my breaks I became a regular in the auditorium watching the kids rehearsals. It was then that I fell in love with theatre.
Shirley had dreamed of writing books for children and with the support of her husband, Tim, her dream became a reality.
Shirley and Tim live near Gainesville, Florida on Lake Lochloosa and really do have a dog named Moe Joe and a cat named Snowie. Shirley is a talented photographer and had taken photos of Moe Joe and Snowie. One day Shirley laid out the pictures played around arranging them in different ways and a wonderful story came to life and that became her storybook for children.
A 1992 graduate of Harrisburg High School where he also attended the Harrisburg Arts Magnet school, Paul Hood studied creative writing at Wilkes University with notable writers such as playwright Lori Myers, Bonnie Culver, and fiction novelist Kaylie Jones. He discovered writing as a teen in high school and after graduating briefly attended Edinboro University as a film major. His work in playwrighting, as well as fiction writing and writing for the screen often involves humorous, dark tales involving mystery and romance, and intriguing nuances of the human condition. He is also an online film critic and freelance reviewer of local theatre for The Patriot-News located in The Pennsylvania Capital city of Harrisburg. He has directed and produced plays such as Cirrius, Nebraska; Web of Murder; Feed Us To The Woods, and That Championship Season which was performed at Hershey Area Playhouse and was an Assistant director for the staged-reading of SNAP!, written by Pennsylvania playwright, Cindy Dlugolecki. Recently he was Assistant Director for a production of the Martin McDonagh dark comedy, A Behanding in Spokane for Little Theatre of Mechanicsburg. A member of PAPA (Playwrights Alliance of Pennsylvania), his film reviews can be found on at Pennlive.com and he’s on the jury for the Harrisburg’s Arts-FestFilm Festival sponsored by Moviate. He has conducted film lectures and discussions at Harrisburg’s infamous Midtown Cinema and has spoken at Central Penn College and Harrisburg University on the craft of film critique and theory. His fictional and nonfiction work have appeared in several web and print publications, such as: Skive Magazine; Coffecramp-Ezine for writers; The Central Pen; and Long Riders Magazine.
Jeremy is a playwright whose staged work includes “Car Play: She & Him”, “Killing Russell Crowe”, “Ready, Aim, You’re Fired”, “A Few Good PB&Js” and “Banana Intervention”. Jeremy has had multiple stage readings and workshop productions of plays in Los Angeles and New York. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and a former newspaper editor and reporter, where he earned awards from the NAACP and the New England Press Association.
Roberts Publishing named him a Silver Quill Award winner for his poem, “I Suck At Yahztee”. He has also published byline articles for national newspapers and magazines and written speeches, press materials, and award-winning print materials.
As a freelance writer, he has published articles in numerous national newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Sacramento News & Review. As a public relations executive Jeremy led media, marketing, advertising, employee, analyst, investor, shareholder, corporate restructuring and crisis communications campaigns for Internet start-ups to Fortune 500 firms.
In his previous life Jeremy led the launch of multiple consumer and investor relations Web sites, managed investor, analyst, employee and media outreach campaigns, wrote and created online and offline marketing and advertising materials, edited online editorial copy and served as lead media spokesman. As a vice president at a top-five public relations firm, he provided strategic counsel and directed media, brand identity, crisis and community relations campaigns for such clients as FedEx, IBM, Visa, and Nextel.
Jeremy received a BA/Journalism from Boston University’s College of Communication.
See Jeremy’s new play God help us!
Mark received his M.F.A. in Playwriting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His play, Slipping Him the Tongue first received production at UNLV’s Paul Harris Theatre where it won the award for Best Original Play. It was performed at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival where it received the Dramatic Publishing Publication Award for Best Original Play. Then it was performed at the International Fringe Theatre Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and then the National Theatre Festival on the Island of Malta where it also won the award for Best Original Play. Other productions have occurred in New York City and Los Angeles as well as at theatres in over a dozen other states. Most recently, it was performed as part of the Wexford Irish Fringe Festival. Mark’s full-length comedy, Suffer Fools Gladly received staged readings in Sarasota and DeLand, FL and in New York City. It received its first full production in DeLand, FL in 2010. It was also a finalist in the McLaren International Playwriting Contest in 2009. Mark has also had over twenty other plays workshopped and performed across the country.
James Kent is half Canterbury, half Venetian and writes from his home in Manhattan. Between
1998 and 2008 three of his full-length plays were staged Off-Broadway by Merely Players
Productions at the Harold Clurman Theatre on Theatre Row/42nd Street.
“We’ll Always Have Bronxville” explores the madness of a Manhattan married couple who want
it all, careers, a bit of fame and children squoze in a Park Avenue one-bedroom apartment.
Michael is a film reviewer, booted from one cheesy local New York television network to
another. Tyra sells cosmetics at Saks yet is easily still the breadwinner. His concentration to
complete a screenplay is interrupted by her chatter and his profound inability to write formula.
They revisit all the apartments they lived in while “struggling.” Her chattering Flatbush
background and his flaky LA style often clash yet they are able to communicate through shorthand
analogies of 1940s Golden Era movies they secretly live in.
“Only Me” are two connected plays set at the same time in different locations. “The Geography
of Me” is a puzzle about a shy woman who secretly writes successful bodice rippers in the office
at home of her husband, a Sarah Lawrence College professor of literature. The play opens
during a cat-and-mouse game with the novelist and the perfect man who of course turns out to
be pure fiction. A bizarre glimpse at the writing process, this phantom’s discovery of her
anatomy is interrupted by a phone call from her husband whom we meet in the second play,
“Me and Leo.” Leo House is a Catholic hospice in Midtown Manhattan where, one character
observes, all nuns of a certain age bear a resemblance to Adolfe Menjou. Close to retirement,
the professor has not yet published and is about to perish. He stands on the ledge of a tall
window calculating whether death will embrace him if he jumps from only the second floor. His
sister, also a nun, is with him, darkening his thoughts to brighten hers, in joyous remission from
cancer, now knitting a gun cozy for her brother in a stab at reverse psychology. Everyone is
talked down to the quotidian now, the happier and more middle-aged managed for it.
“The Girls From Girton” pairs two lovers who met at Girton College, Cambridge. Lolly is a
downtown actress who is so arch on stage that her performances compete with drag queens.
Her toff British accent doesn’t help. She is adored by a collection of warring East and West
Village subcultures. Her mate is Dot, an American reporter for The New York Times. They
decide to quit the city for the backwater of Minnesota since it is January, 1981, and it is the only
state that did not vote for Ronald Reagan. Lolly’s son Jamie pops up at the mountain lodge with
his new, very pregnant, homophobic wife. Twins are born assisted by Petesie, midwife and
refined crook who sees herself an entrepreneur. Her plaid husband, Darren, falls asleep with
Jamie, both dead drunk. An avalanche confines them. Locals step in to assert their ignoble
localness, threatening everyone’s lives. However the “girls” are determined to see it through
until a Democrat who enjoys sex is voted into the White House.
“Foulweather Friend” is James Kent’s newest play.
Anton Krueger’s recent books include Sunnyside Sal (2010), Experiments in Freedom: Issues of Identity in New South African Drama (2010), Shaggy (with Pravasan Pillay, 2011) and Everyday Anomalies (2011). His plays have been performed in eight countries and have been nominated for numerous awards nationally and abroad, including the FNB VTA and Olive Schreiner. Five of them have been published, by Playscripts (New York) and Stagescripts (London). Anton was a runner up for the Dalro Poetry prize for 2010 and Experiments in Freedom won the Rhodes Vice Chancellor’s Book award for 2010.
Mattie spent the first 25 years of his life at home on a small farm in County Wicklow. He says he can identify with Patrick Kavanagh’s “burgled bank of youth” (being one of the few of my generation who knows how to make a bush-harrow). As a young fellow whenever he was blamed in the wrong, he would compose a derogatory ballad about his accuser. There weren’t many false accusations so he wasn’t very prolific. He has been writing since 1961 and was nicknamed “the Poet” but the term wasn’t always complimentary.
Mattie has written articles (mostly humorous) for The Sunday Independent, The Irish Times, The Irish Post, Ireland’s Own, Ireland’s Eye, Kerry’s Eye, The Wicklow People, The Leinster Leader as well as numerous on-line publications. He has produced a DVD of Wicklow songs – “Sunrise on the Wicklow Hills” and has edited two books or Transport Workers’ writings – “There’s Love and There’s Sex” and “There’s the 46A and It Happens Between Stops.” He has written two plays - “And All his Songs Were Sad,” (based on the life and works of Kerry songwriter the late Sean McCarthy) which was staged by the Pantagleize Theatre Company in Fort Worth, Texas in 2010 and a One-Act “A wolf by the Ears,” which hasn’t been produced to date. He was once told; “You have the perfect face for radio” and he compiled and presented his own programmes in the “Voiceover” series on RTE Radio One. He has presented ballad programmes on KIC FM, Liffey Sound and Radio Dublin, co-presented a Saint Patrick’s Day Ceol na nGael programme on WFUV 90.7 in the Bronx and done pre-recorded programmes for other stations. One such programme is “The Story And The Song” in which he play as number of ballads, having first told the story behind each one. He also does a bit of Mceeing and storytelling at festivals etc.
Rob is an actor-writer-filmmaker and has worked in the industry for several years.
Among his writing credits are full-length plays: Nuns,“ “The Bold and The Reckless” and a Co- writer for “ I Dream of Johnny “, a political, musical satire.,,
Features such as Twists of Fate”, Phobos. &. The Coven (an adaptation of his published play. He has also written & produced two video documentaries, “Guardians: Angels on Patrol” and “Little Army Big War”, and was Co-writer & Co-Director for a TV pilot “Real World.” His six published works include Angry Dreams, The Coven, Custody, 3 families, the birthday club, and The Unexplained Files. One act plays include Separate Ways, Custody & Empty Places of the heart.
His short plays include Nuns (10 minute version) for short & sweet Times variable (winner of conflux award 2004) All a twitter for the Imagine festival & more recently Expiry Date & Tea for Terror for short and Sweet 2011. Recently he has written & produced three comics. An adaptation of the Coven & Angels of the alley, Cheer Up the world ends tomorrow.
Agustin D. Martinez was born in Panama after his family fled post-revolutionary Cuba in the spring of 1960. The family eventually found their way to Miami where Martinez grew up in a bilingual household. He has worked as a teacher, translator, and school administrator.
He has published work in the Arcadia Literary Journal, The Binnacle, The 34th Parallel Magazine, The Write Room, Apropos Literary Journal, The Adirondack Review, Press 1, Review Americana, and Hinchas de Poesia. He has two one-act plays to his credit: Blasphemous Rumors and Ham and Eggs.
Monde’s involvement in theatre started in 1991 to date. He has been an actor, writer, teacher, director and workshop facilitator. His plays have performed at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg Civic Theatre, The Windybrow Theatre and Festivals around the country including The Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Two plays that he has written The Pen and Play Me were nominated for best new plays for the Naledi Awards. Monde has training in Theatre for Development, Forum Theatre, Integrated Arts and Culture with The Royal Opera House (London, Covent Garden) and Arts and Culture Management with Witwatersrand Business School. He has also travelled to all nine provinces and African countries conducting workshops with Market Theatre Laboratory’s outreach program, where he is also a writing teacher. He is also working for Drive Alive where he is an actor in a show creating awareness in road safety since 2007. Monde is the Managing Artistic Director for Rare Arts Productions (R.A.P).
Mike Maxwell has been writing plays for the past 10 years. He has written 13 plays and had 11 of them produced both domestically on the community theater level and internationally at schools for English language programs. He has also written close to 60 “Saturday Night Live” style skits for a live sketch comedy show that performs in the Inland Empire. His show “Like Clockwork” won the Desert Theater League of Palm Springs’ Best Original Writing Award in 2001 and his show “Jack Masterson & The Case of Absurdity” was nominated for the same category in 2002.
Since 2007, Dave has led the Theatre – now Dramaturgy – program within the English major at Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida, USA. A member of the Dramatist’s Guild of America, the American guild for professional playwrights, Dave completed his MFA in Theatre/Playwriting at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2005. Dave’s professional pursuits have included playwriting, directing, dramaturgy, and performance. He has provided dramaturgical service for WordBRIDGE playwright’s lab, hosted by the Generous Theatre Company, the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, The Asylum Theatre (Las Vegas), and privately for independent playwrights. Aside from these, Dave’s plays have been published or accepted for production around the world, and he has worked with such companies as Stage Right, Cockroach Theatre, Stark Theatre, The Working Group, Artspark Theatre Festival, Axtravaganza Films, Blotter Productions, Working Man’s Clothes, and more.
Mark Mc Quown is an award winning/Produced playwright/Screenwriter “PJ” the film, starring John Heard, Vincent Pastore, Robert Picardo and Hallie Kate Eisenberg is now available on Netflix and Blockbuster. This film is partially based on Mc Quown’s play, PJ.
Mark has been honored as a Quarter Finalist in the 1997 Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellowship with “Pier 21”, as a Semi-Finalist in the 1998 Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellowship with “The China Tiger” and a Quarter Finalist in the 2000-2001 Scriptapalooza with “Jane, The Legend of Mountain Charley” and “Graduate School” , named the fourth place winner in The 2006 Winter Script Network Contest in Los Angeles.
Mr. Mc Quowns produced plays include PJ; voted Best New Play in
Colorado and winner of The Colorado First Annual Playwright’s Festival with
a production in Littleton, Colorado, 1984, The String Game was presented at Nomad’s Playhouse in Boulder, Colorado in the middle 1980’s and The Keys To The Kingdom was presented with critical success by Theatre Unlimited in North Hollywood in 1997 as a Dramalogue critics ‘Pick of The Week’ with a respectable review in the Los Angeles Times. The Theatre Department of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California
produced Mark’s new play, A Contemporary Christmas Carol,, to sold out audiences
in December of 2008.
Mark Mc Quown has worked as a professional educator in the Theatre Departments of The University of Colorado at Boulder, California Institute of the
Arts in Valencia, California , Pasadena City College, Scripps College in Claremont, California, Santiago Canyon College in Orange, California and Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California. Mark is a long time member of the Screen Actor’s Guild/AFTRA in Los Angeles, Actor’s Equity in New York City along with The New York Dramatist Guild.
I am a mother of five, I am a military wife, a counselor, a small business owner, and an author. I was raised with my great grand mother since the age of five. We lived in the ghettos of South Central, but it was there that I learned to write. It was there that I met life’s hardships and found God. The books I write are to inspire women to live their best life now, I want women to know it’s not where you come from but where you are going that matters!
Brian lives in Iowa and works as a bookstore assistant at Grinnell College. He is married and has two children. Brian has been active in theatre for over eighteen years as actor, director and playwright.
I am an African American female writer of many genres, residing in Dover, Delaware. Of the ten dramas, comedies and musicals that I’ve written, several have been stage productions. My publishing credits include novels, poetry, essays, short stories and other creative works. Ghostwriting is another area in which I work. I have a college Degree in English, have received literary and theatrical recognition, I belong to an honor society and other laudable organizations, and I volunteer in my community and my church. I frequently speak at venues doing readings of my work. My next writing project keeps me busy. (I’ve also been published in several journals and magazines, and I contribute to a church newsletter).
Jack Moskovitz is, in his own words, “A retired civil servant, sixty years a scribbler of prose and poetry, and still learning.”
Ashley was born and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. He enjoys acting and found an outlet with Franklin Players. He then discovered writing and putting down his reality and warped sense of humour for audiences to enjoy and see a new side to the world. Started writing plays in 2009. Ashley likes to take on the more Risqué subjects and add a comical humour to deeper topics. He hates predictability and believes in living completely out the box.
I started writing poetry in 2004 and so also began a new chapter in my life. In 2007 I got on stage for my first performance in the theatre world and the passion only grew ever since. Then we got down to play writing and together with Pilar Pringiers we completed our very first play; After ever After. I still write poetry with the dream to publish my own poetry booklet one day. I have acted and I have written and still I find myself looking forward to all the unwritten words and unperformed plays that the future holds for me.
Jim Pangrazio was drafted in the US Army in 1968 and served primarily in Germany. He graduated from the University of Connecticut with degree in philosophy. Jim did some work with the Nucleo Eclettico, a very active theater group in Boston, in the 70′s and 80′s. Continued to work with Marco Zarattini, founder of the Nucleo in the following years. He got interested in writing plays with the encouragement of Marco after observing him stage a play at Boston University in 2006. Band of Brooders was written with much guidance from Marco. His play FreeDumb was staged at the Palazzo Casotti (Reggio Emilia Italy) April 2011. In New York City a staged reading of his play On Top of Mount Zion was presented at the Kraine Theater March 2012, and a workshop production of Band of Brooders and Abstinence Only at the 45th Street Theater May 2012. In September both plays were presented at the La MaMa ETC.
Keith is a retired Drama teacher and lives in Auckland, New Zealand. He has written and directed a number of plays for children, teenagers and adults. He has also been an active member of amateur dramatic societies and many years ago was involved in professional theatre, albeit briefly. However, life has been far from brief and he continues to submit his theatrical plays and contributes creative ideas in English to a well known UK educational agency. In the 1960’s and 70’s he was a devout follower of the Theatre of the Absurd and appeared in a number of plays by Eugene Ionesco, N.F.Simpson and Samuel Beckett, hence his strange sense of humour!
In his writing, Jayaprakash Raghavan Pillai reflects the experiences that he had while he was an expatriate teacher in foreign countries like Ethiopia, Africa, Maldives and Malaysia. He is a post graduate lecturer in English and an IELTS instructor. He had his secondary education in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Three books of Jayaprakash Raghavan Pillai have been published by ‘Publish America.’ They are ‘Life blossoms like a rose in thorns,”Poems that thrill’ and ‘Eerie Moments.’
A short story by the author titled, ‘The Young Princess’ has been published by the Latin Heritage Foundation along with a collection of stories in ‘The Smartest Kid in the Bronx’ written by distinguished authors around the world. Many articles and poems have also been published on different websites.
JOHN J POWERS, born and raised in New York City, received his BA degree in Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University in 1992. He lived in San Francisco in the 90s, moved to London UK in the year 2000. He has participated in the founding and development of a couple of theatre companies in San Francisco and London, and continued his ‘mature’ education today, studying the ancient Greek language. His first full-length play, GRYNSZPAN, was performed in 1987 in San Francisco, and DISNEY IN DEUTSCHLAND was performed in 1998. He also has directed plays by Samuel Beckett, both at university and through a local theatre company in San Francisco, where he also co-wrote several short one-acters with the New People Theatre Company. He continues to write plays largely derived from historical events.
S Rob is a writer from the north of England. I take my inspiration from what I see in all my senses and all ways. I therefore am inspired constantly by this fascinating world in which we all live. I have a BA(Hons). I am a member of the world’s oldest paranormal research society founded in 1962. I am a winner of an outstanding achievement award. As well as being a writer I am also an occult consultant and you can see me on Oranum as Simon Rob. What we see in this world is but the outside of an onion: with many other skins below this one. We just need to search and all manner of wonders will become clear. Or better still buy one of my books and let me do it for you.
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Pilar Spinnox-Pringiers studied drama at Hermann Teirlinck college in Antwerp, Belgium back in the 80’s. It took however 20 years, the upbringing of 5 kids and an emigration to South Africa before she took up theatre again. From 2007 onwards she has been seen in several plays and shows throughout the Cape Town area including ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘ le Moulin Rouge’ at Artscape and ‘St Joan’ and ‘Hedda Gabler’ at the Masque theatre . Pilar is also a gifted costume maker and designer for which she was rewarded with a CATA nomination for 2012. ‘After ever after’ is her first published play but more are to come from her hand in coming seasons.
He was born and raised in Newcastle-KZN but grew up in Duduza where he is based. He is a journalist graduate from Birnam Business College. He enjoys writing fiction and stage plays. Currently he has published a novel titled, “the Venom of your mixture” by SBP (Strategic Book Publishing,) a company based in America, and a short story titled “The meeting,” published by QACE Publishing, a company based in the Free-State.
He is a part time actor with an interest in theatre, directing and stage plays writing. He has been featured in television Ads but mostly international based ones. He spends his time working as a director for a community theatre society known as Duduza Serenade Youth Development.
He would love to establish his name in theatre as a writer/director and actor.
Paden Reilly was born in Arizona and raised in New Jersey. He has been acting since high school and has a BA in Communication and Theatre arts from St Andrews University in Laurinburg North Carolina. He is currently a non-union stage actor and working on screenwriting as well as play writing.
Revelly Robinson is a theatre reviewer and ferocious critic. While trying desperately not to stick a pen in her eye when pretending to be a normal human being in her day job, Revelly frequently imagines absurd situations and attempts to articulate these in scripts or stories with varying degrees of success. Revelly is also a keen political commentator and dreams of a utopian society in which politicians didn’t exist. Her penchant for the absurd has led her to pursue some questionable vocational choices based in Canberra, Melbourne…and Afghanistan. Revelly is now safely burrowed away in Sydney where she gathers most of her inspiration for writing about ridiculous situations.
Terry Roueche lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina and is an award-winning playwright. His plays have been produced across the United States, Off-Off Broadway, and as well as in Canada, England, and Croatia. His short stories have been published by the South Carolina Fiction Project, American Fiction, and by River Poets Journal.
In addition, he is a documentary filmmaker and an award-winning photographer. He has taught playwriting and photography at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. He is the founder and the executive director of Main Street Theater in Rock Hill. He has been a newspaper reporter and has published nonfiction articles.
Gilbert Sarabia was born and raised in a Southwestern setting called Las Cruces, New Mexico. He never believed he’d be a playwright because he began learning violin at the age of twelve. This lead to studying music, broadcast journalism, military science, English literature and theatre at New Mexico State University. He earned a B.A. in English Literature. While doing post bacc work in theatre he was fortunate to have studied Playwrighting briefly with Dr. Tom Earhardt and Mark Medoff. Later, at the University of Florida at Gainesville he briefly studied broadcasting and acting. While in Florida he worked atWRUF AM 85, and WGGG AM 1230. He also performed, was weapons master and public relations for the Across Town Repertory Theatre at the Star Garage. Returning to New Mexico, he studied directing and English literature at Eastern New Mexico University, and finally received a Master’s Degree in Education at New Mexico State University. Since 1995 he has taught Language Arts, Theatre, and Creative Writing at Deming High School in Deming, New Mexico.
David Schmidt currently resides in Binghamton, New York home of Rod Serling creator of “The Twilight Zone” and “The Night Gallery.” He shares an apartment with his mother and his cat Tyler. David graduated from SUNY Broome in 1990 with a degree in Marketing Management and a minor in theatre. He performed with the Off-Broadway Theatre Company The Leonard Melfi Repertory Theatre Company and was also Chairman of the Board for The Endless Mountains Theatre Company from 2007-2010.
David began performing and writing from the time he was in 8th grade and has been involved with theatre ever since. He has experienced all aspects of the theatre from on-stage work to backstage work and continues performing to this day at age 52.
In addition to “Parlor City Noir” David has written three more Nick Holliday plays, an Arthurian Murder Mystery titled “The Lady of the Lake Murder,” a fairy tale romance for Junior High and High School students titled “The Robber Baron Bridegroom” adapted from the story “The Robber Bridegroom” by the Brothers Grimm and a series of horror one acts entitled “Tales of Dark Imagination,” based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe with one original titled “The Demon Hound Of Dreary Lane.” All of which have been performed by The Endless Mountains Theatre Company. In 2012 David won a NEPTA (Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatre Alliance) Award for best original script “Tales of Dark Imagination: The Dark Chronicles of the Golden Raven Society.”
Read the script for Parlor City Noir.
Morley Shulman was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Former standup comedian turned Copywriter turned Playwright/Screenwriter, he’s written two plays to date which of course were Naked and Ad Hoc. Naked won for Best Runner Up Play in the Franklin Players festival (as well as Best Actor and Best Set).
He’s also written a screenplay entitled, A Mile in His Soul (www.amileinhissoul.com) as well as a sitcom about a telemarketing office called Hang Ups and is currently writing a one-act about two brothers whose mother is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Gene Franklin Smith has enjoyed a theatrical career in both Canada and the U.S. His produced plays are: Boise, USA (2008), The Matrix Theatre, Los Angeles; Haunted Masters (2004) and More Haunted Masters (2005) (both at Spadina Historic House and Garden, Toronto); Transports of the Heart (2002); Charles Dickens’ Bleak House (2001); Devil’s Consort (1999), all produced at Write Act Repertory Company, of which he founded and served as Artistic Director; Rubicon (1997, The Coast Playhouse, Los Angeles; and in 1999, Wings Theatre, New York); Life Beneath the Roses, which has been performed in several regional theatres and in New York and won the Great Platte River Playwrights Festival Award, Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest Award and Theatre Americana’s David James Ellis Memorial Award; Adults in Love (Lone Wolf Theatre, New York); Created Equal (John Houseman Theatre 2, New York).
Rico Smith was born in Covington, Georgia, USA and was a “Military Brat’” attending over fifteen different schools. He moved around the world a lot, spending time in Tokyo, Japan and quite a few US states and spent three years in New York City. He currently resides in Roswell, Georgia.
He is a standup comedian, and a writer of short stories, plays, screenplays and articles. His screenplay “Click/Clique” has been optioned twice for production by actor Kevin Conroy in the 1980′s, as well as actor Michael York. David Irving – director, professor and brother of Amy Irving is interested in producing his His screenplay entitled “Sherilyn.”
His 2 act play, “Bourgeois Behavior” has been given a staged reading at the Art Station, Stone Mountain, Georgia in 1995. His 1 act play, “Call me Pitiful” was staged in the Decatur Arts Festival in Georgia in 1996.
He is currently updating a few screenplays, as well as submitting short stories for publication, and plays for contests or productions.
Timothy D. Starnes is originally from the small town of Waxhaw, North Carolina, a place consisting of aging train tracks and a few overpriced antique stores, and now resides in the bustling city of Charlotte, North Carolina in order to pursue his college education, where he studies Political Science and Criminal Justice in order to go on to law school. His plays have been featured internationally in Scene 4, a monthly arts and culture e-magazine by the Aviar Center for Preforming Arts, and have seen performances at events including the 24/7 Play Festival at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is currently writing new works during every moment of his spare time, an oversized martini glass of sweet tea in one hand and typing with the other. His works are best described as “realistic characters in impossible situations.” He draws inspiration from real life, scalping stories from his closest friends, family and even his own life experiences, turning them into pieces of art one stage direction at a time. Having studied endless books on history and watched more period dramas than would be considered advisable by the Department of Health, this research has allowed him to explore history through different colored lenses in his work. His theatrical series, the “Empire” series, based on post-Civil War America in an alternate universe setting is currently being written, with more plays being added to the series as time goes on. His personal knack for the odd, outrageous and macabre also shines through in his work, spicing scripts with odd occurrences, invasive visitors from outer space, drag queens, the mishaps of suburbia, small town politics, underground societies, hand puppets with PTSD, hauntings and more.
Read Timothy’s new play, If God Ate Fried Chicken now.
At the age of 26, Timothy Tarkelly is a published and produced playwright. His short stories have appeared in anthologies, such as Zombie Tales, Cover of Darkness, and several online publications. He is also an active musician and he runs a DIY record label called Deathstyle Records.
Currently, he is studying theater and music at Fort Hays State University and has his Associates degree from Neosho County Community College. He is the president of the Lambda Xi chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theater honors society. He has been in nine collegiate productions, has directed plays by Sam Shepard and Euripides, and was also an Irene Ryan nominee on two occasions.
William Stephen Taylor, retired photographer, born Monday 13th of March 1944 in Crumpsall, Manchester.
Ex-karate instructor, ex-Royal Air Force, ex-HGV driver, ex-baseball trainer, artist, actor and comedian.
Location: Wegberg, Germany.
Moderator on www.softeampact.com under the pseudonym - ‘Thomas’.
Present occupation, playwright, screenplay writer and Author of numerous science-fiction and thriller novels, novellas and short stories and poems, under the pseudonym: T. J. Edison.
Working at present on the stage play, “Two Many Witnesses”.
Mbasa Tsetsana was Born in East London on the 1st of November 1991. He is a theatre actor, writer and director and also acts and writes for the screen. The match was lit in 2004 by his then drama teacher, life coach and mother from another….Something!! Mrs. Joan Pike (bless your AMAZING soul). He was invited to audition for the 2004 Guild Theatre Pantomime CINDERELLA which was being directed by Amanda Bothma. He was cast as a palace footman and that day, his deep love and passion for the performing arts and drama was born.
Since then, Mbasa has acted in 12 stage productions including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT 2006 where he acted as Benjamin (directed by Michele Brandenburger), MOROUNTODOUN 2010, Mbasa’s first show in his first year at Rhodes University, which was directed by the nationally and internationally renowned Professor Andrew Buckland at the Rhodes Main Theatre, as well as his first female role and his debut at WITS University in RED SHOES 2012 which was staged at the WITS Main Theatre, devised in collaboration with the director, the internationally acclaimed Leila Henriques. He also had the honour of working with writer extraordinaire, Craig Higginson. Mbasa has also written shows, 5 to be exact, namely DID LITTLE RED REALLY RIDE THE HOOD (2006), PONDERELLA (2007), THE CHRONICLES OF JACK (2008) which is one of his more successful shows which was staged at The Arts Theatre Club in his home town of East London in the Eastern Cape, selling out to crowds for 3 of the 5 nights that it was on. In 2009 he also wrote and directed SIPHO AND ANTOINETTE, his South African twist of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”, a show that dealt with cultural and traditional differences and how these difference can cause certain social and political trials and tribulations. In 2010, he directed, yet again, a portion of his THE CHRONICLES OF JACK at Rhodes University’s yearly artistic showcase INNOVATIONS. In 2011, his concept was once again selected to be staged at INNOVATIONS 2011 and this piece was entitled NDI NJE NJE, which was a collaboration between himself and the cast. Mbasa bid farewell to Rhodes University in June of 2011 and in 2012 started a new journey in Johannesburg at WITS University.
Mbasa has also written for and acted on the screen. His first role in front of camera was in 2006. He was a supporting actor in Mlandu Sikwebu’s UMALUSI. This South African movie is set in a township in East London. In 2008, Mbasa wrote and directed his first short film having entered the 2008 Nab’Ubomi – This is Life! Eastern Cape School’s Short Film competition. The film was nominated for the best crowd scene, and won an award for the best supporting actor – Kevin Orpen. Mbasa then went on to write a screenplay entitled FALLEN ANGEL which was selected in 2013 by ETV’s EKASI: OUR STORIES series. In 2013, he also wrote and directed his most popular play, WAITING FOR NELSON, which was staged at the WITS School of Arts and WITS Theatre Orientation Week programme, a show that was well received by the WITS community and the greater Johannesburg area, filling the venue (The WITS Nunnery) 4 of the 5 nights and received 4 standing ovations. The play was again performed for the Drama For Life Master’s Class in April of the same year, where by there was a discussion of the play afterwards. Mbasa then received a publishing offer from OFF THE WALL PLAYS and has signed with the company.
Mbasa Tsetsana has worked with and studied under/ taught by nationally and internationally acclaimed theatre and television practitioners. He has had the pleasure and honour of working with the likes of Professor Andrew Buckland ( award winning writer and actor), Janet Buckland (award winning writer and director), Juanita Finestone-Praeg, Anton Krueger (award winning writer), Leila Henriques, Craig Higginson (internationally acclaimed award winning writer), Greg Homann (internationally acclaimed and award winning writer and director), Tsepo Mamatu, Associate Professor Kennedy Chinyowa, Associate Professor Sarah Roberts, Dr. Samuel Ravangai, Professor David Peimer (Internationally acclaimed award winning writer and director), Mpho – Osei Tutu (award winning actor and writer), Bailey Snyman (Award winning Choreographer and Physical Theatre practitioner), Alexandra Halligey, Akin Omotoso (award winning writer and director), and Dj Fresh.
Please do keep an eye out for this man. He humbles himself in everything that he does and ALWAYS puts God first. Life is a gift, but living it is a choice. Furthermore, we regret the things we don’t do more than the things we do and we should always remember that in the end it’ll be OK, and if it’s not OK, then it’s not the end.
Read Waiting for Nelson now.
Barbara Tuttle’s stories, articles and devotionals appear regularly in numerous Christian periodicals, of various denominations. She was a participant in the University of Iowa Poet Writer’s Workshop.
When serving as Children’s Director in an inner city church, Barb wanted the kids to understand what it means to be doers of the Word. One Sunday morning, she ushered the children into a mock courtroom, where they found one of the beloved Sunday School teachers ‘on trial’ for being a Christian.
It made a big impression on the kids, and left a fire burning in Barb’s heart. The fire burned its way onto the pages of “Six Accusers,” – her first play! She has always loved the theater, and is so excited to explore this venue.
Richard Van Den Akker lives in Vicksburg Mississippi and works as an Emergency Planner for Entergy Operations. Married to Sue for thirty two years they have three sons; Cory 31, Ryan 20 and Noah 16. In his spare time Richard fishes, acts, writes and is a Boy Scout Leader. Richard has been performing mainly at Vicksburg Theatre Guild in Vicksburg, Mississippi for fourteen years, and writing for ten. Richards writing is mainly comedies and Christian themed plays and skits. He has had eight dinner theater plays produced by Hawkins United Methodist Church to raise money for missions, and three full length children’s plays produced by the VTG Fairy Tale Theater.
Chris Welzenbach’s biggest hit play is “Downsize” which was first produced in Chicago and later in St. Louis and following that was produced in translation in Buenos Aires, and later still produced in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It was “site specific” and performed in a men’s room. This was while he was a member of Walkabout Theater in Chicago. he also collaborated on a later piece they produced that was set in a Laundromat. ‘The Any Key‘ premiered at the Mary Arrchie Theater in Chicago.
Over the last few years he’s had a number of health setbacks, including a near-fatal brush with a rare blood disease, and now live in Moline, Illinois where he resides near my extended family. He has short stories published and am presently marketing a couple of novels to publishers and literary agents.