Val Dunn is a Philadelphia-based playwright who creates plays, performance art, and rituals. She is a member of the Foundry and Writers on the Rocks with whom she has developed A Shock of Wheat, I Know The Wind for the Things It Touches, and Down in the Holler (semifinalist, Bay Area Playwrights Festival). Val’s work has been supported by the Orchard Project, Centrum, Juniper Productions, The Bearded Ladies Cabaret, Azuka’s Spotlight Series, SANDBOX, and Philly Plays @ The Drake. B.A. Washington College.
Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/her/hers) is a playwright, dramaturg, and co-Founder of The Foundry @ PlayPenn. She grew up in the rural South and prefers all things fried. You can read most of her work on the New Play Exchange. She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. She’s been nominated for the Weissberger Award, Blackburn Prize, and Foote Prize. Her upcoming book, Bottle Fly, was a Finalist at the 2018 International Book Awards. Her plays have been developed by theaters including: New Georges, The National Theatre/London, Wilma Theatre, The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Disquiet/Lisbon, Florida Studio Theatre, Westport Playhouse, and Kansas City Rep. Her plays have been produced by theaters including: Perseverance Theatre, Capital Stage, Azuka Theatre, Seattle Public, Manhattan Theatre Works, Flashpoint, and the NYC International Fringe Festival. She has collaborated on public art projects with Philadelphia FringeArts/Reading Terminal Market, Missing Bolts/After Orlando, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Her plays are published by Yale Press, Samuel French, Playscripts, and others. Her work has been supported by Yaddo, NEA, Audrey Residency, The Lark, The Drama League, Independence Foundation, Emerson Stage, PlayPenn, Sawanee Writers Conference, and The Mitten Lab, among others. As a dramaturg she has worked with companies including PlayPenn, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Arden Theatre, North Coast Rep, Native Voices, and La Jolla Playhouse (assistant dramaturg). She teaches undergraduate playwriting at University of Pennsylvania and in the MFA Playwrighting Program at Temple University. SHe sits on the Boards of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) and The Directors Gathering. She is a member and former Rep of The Dramatists Guild. She is represented by Abrams Artists Agency. For more information, go to: www.jacquelinegoldfinger.com
James Ijames is a Philadelphia based performer and playwright. He has appeared regionally in productions at The Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, The Wilma Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, and People’s Light and Theatre. James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theatre Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre (NYC), Ally Theatre (Washington DC) and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright’s Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Wilma Theatre, Azuka Theatre and Victory Garden. James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, and he also won two Barrymores for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for Superior Donuts and Angels In America and one Barrymore for Outstanding Direction of a Play for The Brothers Size with Simpatico Theatre Company. James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwrighting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ….Miz Martha and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award. James is a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright producing collective and a mentor for The Foundry. He received a B.A. in Drama from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. James is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and resides in South Philadelphia.
Erlina Ortiz is a Dominican-American playwright, actor, and theater maker from Reading, PA based in Philadelphia. She graduated with a B.A. in Theatre from Temple University #templemade. Erlina wrote and directed Power Street Theatre Company’s first production MinorityLand, and has since had three other works developed and presented to positive reception with PSTC where she is proud to be resident playwright. Erlina is a member of The Foundry, a Philadelphia Emerging Playwrights Lab. She has received the Amtrak Writer’s residency, Signal Fire Outpost Residency, her play She Wore Those Shoes had a developmental reading at Theatre Exile’s Studio X-hibition Series, and she has received the Bartol Grant for her bilingual playwriting course with PSTC. Erlina believes being an artist is a superpower, she believes in using her powers for good.
Bruce Walsh received an MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University in 2017. Before attending IU, he lived in Philadelphia for over a decade, writing and devising theater, predominantly in the Philly Fringe, Live Arts, and FringeArts Festivals. He also worked extensively as an arts journalist for the Philadelphia Metro and City Paper. His short play, Grown-Ass Louis, won the 2017 Heidman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Full-length plays for the stage include Berserker (Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop), Prospect Hill (IU Theatre), and Whisky Neat (Azuka Theatre). His site-specific works include Holly’s Dead Soldiers, co-written with Douglas Williams and Chris Davis (FringeArts), Chomsky vs. Buckley, 1969 (Philly Fringe), The Guided Tour (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival). Other recent honors include The Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award, The BETC Generations Residency (finalist), and the Seven Devils Playwrights’ Conference (finalist). His site-specific works have received numerous Phindie.com Best of Fringe Awards, and a City Paper Barryless Award for political theater. He is a proud alumnus of The Foundry, a Philadelphia Emerging Playwrights Lab.
Douglas Williams is a playwright based in Philadelphia. Williams is the Playwright-In-Residence at Azuka Theatre and a co-founder of the acclaimed playwrights producing collective Orbiter 3. His play Shitheads (Azuka Theatre) was the winner of 4 Philadelphia Critics’ Awards including Best New Play & Best Overall Production and was recommended for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. Other plays include Moon Cave (Azuka Theatre) and Breathe Smoke (The Painted Bride & Orbiter 3). Williams has had two plays developed at PlayPenn (Moon Cave, Shitheads). Plays have also been developed at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Bristol Riverside Theatre, New York Theatre Experiment, Act II Playhouse, and the Philadelphia New Play Initiative. He has been a finalist for the Lark’s Playwrights Week, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and InterAct’s 2020 Commission. Williams’ experimental and collaborative work has been produced in the SoLow Fest (Four’s the Floor, Solstice) and the FringeArts Festival (Bon Iver Fights A Bear, Holly’s Dead Soldiers, Safe Space). Playwright Sam Shepard presented him with the Silver Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Williams is a former member of The Foundry, a lab for new plays, and a graduate of Temple University. www.douglaswilliamsplaywright.com