Michael Yates Crowley is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer whose work has been produced in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, Edinburgh, and elsewhere. His works for theater include Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (American Repertory Theater, Joe’s Pub); temping (premiered at the 53rd New York Film Festival); Evanston: A Rare Comedy (2013 O’Neill NPC selection, 2015 Alliance/Kendeda Finalist); The Rape of the Sabine Women, by Grace B. Matthias (UMASS New Play Lab 2015); and The Ted Haggard Monologues (published by S. Fischer Verlag; filmed by HBO). In New York, his work has been seen at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub/The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Rattlestick, 59E59 Theaters, PS 122, the Bushwick Starr, and Ars Nova. He is a Writing Fellow at The Playwrights Realm, a NYFA Playwriting fellow, a past member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at Juilliard. Together with the director Michael Rau, he founded the narrative technology company Wolf 359.
Amelia Roper is currently writing for Yale Repertory Theater, Marin Theatre Company, Colt Coeur, Berkeley Repertory Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Rose Theatre in Omaha. Roper’s work has been produced by the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Crowded Fire in San Francisco, the Arts Centre Melbourne and NYC’s Prelude Festival. Developments and residencies include the Old Vic in London, the Театр Центр драматургии и режиссуры in Moscow in Russian translation, SOHO Rep.’s Writer/ Director Lab, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor and the MacDowell Colony. She was the 2014 recipient of the National Theatre Conference’s Paul Green Award for Most Promising Young Artist and has an MFA in playwriting from the Yale School of Drama
Charlie Thurston's plays Lifted, A and B, Empire, A Demonstration by Patient Edward, and The History Room have been developed or produced at Trinity Rep, Brown University, Cornell College, and Creede Repertory Theater. He was the 2012 recipient of the Trinity Repertory Company’s David Wickham Memorial Playwriting Prize. He holds an MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep where he studied playwriting under Erik Ehn and Deborah Salem Smith.
Megan Mathews was born and raised in Venice, CA, graduated from Harvard University, and received post-graduate training in Educational Theatre from NYU. She has worked in film and television production for Paramount, Castlerock, Gracie Films, Sony Pictures Imageworks, 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation on such projects as CLUELESS (TV series), MISSION HILL, THE CRITIC, THE SAM SIMON PROJECT, 50 FIRST DATES, BIG FISH, and KUNG FU PANDA. She served as Director of Education at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and is a freelance writer specializing in Youth Outreach and Education materials for Center Theatre Group in L.A.. Megan is the co-founder of LOCAL Theater Company.
Christy Montour-Larson* has directed over 75 productions from Shakespeare to Pinter to musicals to the newest works in America. She is a multiple Denver Post Ovation and Colorado Theatre Guild Henry award-winning director, recently named Top Director by Westword Magazine, 5280 Magazine and CBS4 Denver. A member of the Artistic Company at Curious Theatre, her recent directing credits include SEX WITH STRANGERS, CHARLES IVES TAKE ME HOME, GOOD PEOPLE, TIME STANDS STILL and RED. Christy's work has also been seen in Colorado at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (SHADOWLANDS, THE GIVER, WELL) the Arvada Center (CABARET, ALL SHOOK UP), Creede Repertory (AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, THE LAST ROMANCE), Town Hall Arts Center, Phamaly, Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company and Theatreworks. Nationally, Christy has directed at New American Theatre, Rochester Civic Theatre, the Duluth Playhouse, Dark Horse Theatre and for Seven Devils Playwright Conference, where she sits on the Board of Directors. Christy earned her BFA in Theatre from University of Minnesota, Duluth and her MFA in Directing from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Jill Rafson is the Director of New Play Development for Roundabout Theatre Company, the country’s largest not-for-profit theatre, where she also serves as Associate Producer for the lauded Roundabout Underground for emerging artists. Plays developed with Roundabout include Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate, Sons of the Prophet (Pulitzer Finalist), and The Humans (now on Broadway); Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews and Significant Other; Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days; Kim Rosenstock’s Tigers Be Still; Jeff Augustin’s Little Children Dream of God; Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone; and many more. Jill has worked with The Broadway League, New York City Center, Local Theater Company, and ART/NY and has been a Dramaturg and member of the Artistic Council for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference. Jill has been a Dramaturg for CollaborationTown, The Playwrights’ Center, Fault Line Theatre, the Broadway-bound Beaches: The Musical, Lisa Lampanelli’s Fat Girls, Interrupted, and for the Flea Theatre’s acclaimed 48-playwright epic reimagining of the Bible, The Mysteries. She has lectured for the Commercial Theatre Institute and Explore New York, was a nominator for Off-Broadway’s Lucille Lortel Awards, was a member of NYFA’s Emerging Arts Leaders program, and is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.
Pesha Rudnick* is the co-founder and artistic director of LOCAL Theater Company where she directed the world premieres of Michael Mitnick’s ELIJAH: AN ADVENTURE and James McLindon's FAITH, and PETER AND THE WOLF (in collaboration with Colorado Music Festival). As a freelance director, Pesha has directed over 20 new works nationally, including the world premiere of O.P.C by Eve Ensler at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard. She previously collaborated with Ensler as Associate Director of the world premiere of EMOTIONAL CREATURE at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Signature Theatre Center. Rudnick assistant directed the world premiere of AMERICAN NIGHT by Richard Montoya and Culture Clash at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directed Deborah Zoe Laufer’s LEVELING UP at Florida Stage’s 1st Phase Festival, and directed the National New Play Network world premiere of Quiara Alegria Hudes’ 26 MILES at Curious Theatre Company. Rudnick is a member of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab in New York City, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).
* Denotes that the Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.