Val Dunn is a writer/deviser who creates plays, performance art, and rituals. Her work possesses a strong sense of place and tackles issues of feminism and queerness while pushing against the limitations of form. Plays and theatrical texts: Down In The Holler (PlayPenn, semi-finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival), A Shock Of Wheat (Philly Plays @ the Drake), Now More Than Ever (Philadelphia Fringe Festival), Johnny Depp: A Retrospective On Late-Stage Capitalism (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Philly SoLow Fest, Philly Theatre Week), The Beauteous Majesty Of Denmark (Washington College), and tiny works such as 100 Ways The World Could End and Fuck Me Be Me Bette Porter. She is a member playwright of New Pages, Writers on the Rocks, and an alumna of the Foundry @ PlayPenn. She has received developmental support from the Orchard Project (Core Company), Signal Fire, Centrum, the Bearded Ladies Cabaret, and SANDBOX. Val holds a B.A. with honors in drama and English from Washington College where she received the Stewart Award for Drama, The Mary Martin Prize, The Jude & Miriam Pfister Poetry Prize, The William W. Warner Prize for Writing on the Environment, The Literary House Genre Fiction Prize, and was a finalist for the Sophie Kerr prize in Literature. Val has also created zines about depression, the border crisis, and late-stage capitalism. With New Pages, Val is currently developing O, Possum! — a bleak comedy about climate change. valdunn.com
Alexandra Espinoza is a theatre artist whose work aims to connect creative power to community voices. As a playwright, this is her first year in New Pages and she is a second-year member of the Foundry at PlayPenn. Her play Homeridae has been developed at the Great Plains Theatre Conference and id theatre’s Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, and received a PlayPenn Education reading in Philadelphia. She has had short plays and solo performance work produced by Juniper Productions and Power Street Theatre Company. This past summer she served as a lead artist at the HATCH residency in Harrisville, New Hampshire where she began working on her next full length play, an exploration and combination of heritage and magic. Performance credits include Carina in Eureka Day (upcoming at Interact) Mary in Boycott Esther at Azuka (directed by New Pages' indomitable leader Maura Krause), William Penn in Peaceable Kingdom (Orbiter 3) and Breezy in Now More Than Ever (written by New Pages' fearless Val Dun and directed again by Maura Krause). She has an MA in Theatre from Villanova University where she appeared as the Angel in Marisol and Don John in Much Ado About Nothing, both directed by the illustrious New Pages member James Ijames. She also appeared as Mayme in Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage. She was also the 2018 recipient of the Barbara Wall Award for Feminist Praxis for her performance as research work on introducing Brechtian aesthetics to Intimate Apparel. Alexandra is also a director, dramaturg, and teaching artist around town. She's looking forward to bi-weekly reunions with some of her favorite collaborators in Philly at the New Pages table!
Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/they) is a playwright and dramaturg. She co-founded The Foundry @ PlayPenn and curates Page By Page, a monthly resource for new play makers. She teaches playwriting and dramaturgy in the MFA Theater Program at Temple University. She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She is a member of the writers’ labs at The Barrow Group and Azuka Theatre. She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Generations Award, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. She was a Finalist at the 2018 International Book Awards. Her plays have been on The Kilroy’s List. Her work has been developed and/or produced by theaters including: The National Theatre/London, The Kennedy Center, La MaMa, Disquiet/Lisbon, Florida Studio Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare, Kansas City Rep, Perseverance Theatre, Capital Stage Company, The Seattle Public, Manhattan Theatre Works, and the NYC International Fringe Festival. She is currently adapting Madeline L’Engle’s work for the stage and working on newly commissioned plays for the Arden Theater and the Wilma Theater. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and LMDA. She is represented by The Gurman Agency. For more information: http://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, performer, and theatre maker from Reading, PA based in Philadelphia. She graduated with a BA in Theatre from Temple University. Her heartfelt and difficult plays on gentrification, domestic violence, and rape culture have been produced with Power Street Theatre where she is proud to be resident playwright. Erlina is a member of New Pages, a professional writer’s group with Azuka Theatre Company and an Alumni of The Foundry @ Playpenn. She has received the Amtrak Writer’s residency, the Signal Fire Outpost Residency, and her play She Wore Those Shoes had a developmental reading at Theatre Exile’s Studio X-hibition Series in 2016. She has twice been a finalist for the Leeway Transformation Award. In 2018 Erlina’s play Las Mujeres premiered with Power Street Theatre Company to sold out houses and rave reviews picking up a Bonaly Award for Creation of Community Joy, and Spring 2019 her play MorirSonyando was Barrymore Recommended. 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. Since then his plays have been presented by Azuka Theatre, Outpost Repertory Theatre, Fat Turtle Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, where he won the 2017 Heideman Award, and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where he won the Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award. 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. Bruce currently lives in Elizabethtown, PA, where his wife, Jennie, is a mental health counselor at Elizabethtown College, and his son, Henry, enjoys cupcakes, Robocar Poli, and waving at fire trucks.
Douglas Williams plays have been produced and developed at PlayPenn, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Azuka Theatre, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon, The Foundry & The Painted Bride, among others. He is the Playwright-In-Residence at Azuka Theatre who has produced three of his plays, including the upcoming Ship. His play Shitheads was recommended for the Harold & Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award and was the winner of 4 Philadelphia Critics' Awards including Best New Play & Best Overall Production. He is represented by WME. douglaswilliamsplaywright.com