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Entries in USA (38)


Asher, Sandra Fenichel (USA)

Sandra Fenichel Asher has been honored with Distinguished Play Awards from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education, for A WOMAN CALLED TRUTH, IN THE GARDEN OF THE SELFISH GIANT, and JESSE AND GRACE: A BEST FRIENDS STORY (all Dramatic Publishing Company). 

Her plays have been produced nationwide and in Canada, England, Ireland, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and Australia. 

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Ashizawa, Izumi (Japan/USA)

Izumi Ashizawa is a Japanese playwright/director/actor who is an artistic director of Izumi Ashizawa Performance since 2002.

Her original plays have been produced both nationally and internationally, including The Blue Rocks (presented in New York, Connecticut, Romania, Japan, and Iran), Zahak (presented in Iran, Slovenia, and Romania), Minotaur (presented in Maryland, and Iran), Gilgamesh (presented in Florida, Chicago, Colorado, Maryland, Connecticut, and Slovenia), La Morte de la Fontaine (presented in Australia), Asajigahara (presented in the Cayman Island), Volund (presented in Norway), Bakeneko Kyosokyoku (presented in Russia), Haoma and the Warrior (presented in Iran), and iKilL (presented in Bulgaria and Washington DC).

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Atkins, Rachel (USA)

Rachel Atkins is a Seattle-based playwright and teaching artist. She is the scriptwriter for Living Voices, the educational theatre company with whom she has eleven different multi-media shows in ongoing national tours. She's also a regular adapter for Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre, with numerous mainstage, education and touring productions. In addition, her plays have been seen locally at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children's Theatre, The Empty Space, Annex Theatre, Live Girls! and 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival, and regionally at American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts and the Virginia Theatre in Illinois. Previously, she was the Scriptwriter/Dramaturge and Director of Education for Ardeo Theatre Project in St. Julien l'Ars, France. Rachel has nearly 20 years of writing, teaching and directing experience in Seattle, New York and France.

She graduated from Dartmouth College and holds her Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University. Rachel was honored to be a 2010 Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Awards nominee for Outstanding Playwright.

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Bobbitt, Michael J. (USA)

MICHAEL J. BOBBITT, Producing Artistic Director - Adventure Theatre has directed, choreographed and performed at many theatres in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area. He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theatre and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and NY University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21).

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Brandt, Sarah (USA)

Sarah Brandt is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis where she received a BA in English and Writing. After stints as a magazine and news journalist, she decided to pursue her true love--writing fiction and drama for kids. Works include My Father’s Dragon, A Peter Rabbit Tale (published by Playscripts, Inc.) The Nutcracker, A Gnome for Christmas and The Elves and the Shoemaker. Her plays have received four Kevin Kline Award nominations for Outstanding Production for Young Audiences, and were originally commissioned by The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis for their touring children's ensemble, Imaginary Theatre Company. Sarah is always working on new story ideas and is currently writing an original children's play entitled Cammy Chameleon as well as the new musical, The Tortoise and the Hare. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and Theatre for Young Audiences/USA.


Brooks, Laurie (USA)

Laurie Brooks is an award-winning playwright and young adult fiction author. Awards include: TCG National Theatre Artists Residency, AT&T Firststage, three Distinguished Play Awards and Chorpenning Cup from AATE. Her play The Wrestling Season was featured at The Kennedy Center’s One Theatre World, printed in American Theatre and won “Best of” in Seattle, Kansas City and Dallas. Plays include The Tangled Web, Deadly Weapons, Everyday Heroes, A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas, The Lost Ones, Selkie: Between Land and Sea, Franklin’s Apprentice, Devon’s Hurt, The Match Girl’s Gift, Brave No World: Community, Identity, Stand Up Comedy, Atypical Boy, and Triangle. Former professor at New York University and Artist in Residence at Arizona State University, her novel for young adults is Selkie Girl.


Burgess, Granville (USA)

Mr. Burgess is a playwright, director, actor, producer, lyricist, composer, and teacher with over thirty years professional experience. His plays and musicals have appeared Off-Broadway and regionally. His teleplays have appeared on PBS and in syndication, and he was a staff writer for the soap opera CAPITOL. He is the author of two screenplays and a book of short stories for children. He has directed, produced, or acted in over fifty plays and musicals. Some of his plays include: THE FREAK; THE DEATH OF DRACULA; PLAY IT AS IT LIES; CLOSETS; DUSKY SALLY; CHEESECAKE PROPOSAL; FELIZ CUMPLEANOS. His musicals include: A COUNTRY CAROL(book/music/lyrics); CONRACKI(book); and BATTLECRY(book/lyrics).

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Dean, Gabriel Jason (USA)

Gabriel Jason Dean’s plays have been produced or developed at Theatre Row, Hangar Theatre, ASSITEJ International, The Kennedy Center, Dallas Children's Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Dad's Garage Theatre, Actor's Express, Horizon Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, FronteraFest, Source Festival and Essential Theatre. 

Gabriel received the Kennedy Center’s 2011 Ken Ludwig Prize for a body of work and was Runner-Up for the 2011 Princess Grace Award.  His script for children, The Transition of Doodle Pequeño received the 2011 New England Theatre Conference Aurand Harris Award and was selected for the 2012 Kennedy Center  Conference with People’s Light and Theatre Company.

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Escobar, Georgina (USA)

Georgina H. Escobar  is a Ciudad Juarez, México native currently living in Manhattan via Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Ocean Beach, El Paso, TX, Albuquerque,NM  and Waterford, CT.
Some writing credits include: 
•Ash Tree ( The Kennedy Center National TYA Award, ASSITEJ Festival Denmark/Sweden); 
•The Unbearable Likeness of Jones (Dixon Place, NYC), 
•Coal: The Musical (The Lensic, Little Globe); 
•Sweep  (LTC Carnaval 2015 at De Paul University), 
•The Wayfoot Series (In Development, Originally developed at the National Puppetry Conference 2014), ; &
•The Ruin (Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Words Afire Theatre Festival). 
She's had the pleasure to work with:• The Brooklyn Generator (Writer, 2014)  the HotInk Festival (David Olguin’s Asesinos, The Lark), the National Puppetry Conference, (Writer, 2014); National Playwrights Conference (Playwright Observer, 2011) as Literary Associate and Playwright Lab Instructor at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; American Theatre Magazine (TCG), and the Latino Theatre Commons. 
She has been a contributing writer  for: •Industry Magazine;
•a contributor/editor for American Theatre Magazine;
•contributor/Managing Editor for Cafe Onda and HowlRound;
•contributor/managing editor for TCG Circle FOX/SPARK blogs; and
•contributing writer for Culturebot and Extended Play.




FastHorse, Larissa (USA)

Larissa FastHorse is a playwright and choreographer from the Sicangu Lakota Nation USA. In 2010 she was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Distinguished New Play Development Grant. Her past equity theatre productions are AVERAGE FAMILY forChildren's Theatre Company and TEACHING DISCO SQUAREDANCING TO OUR ELDERS: A CLASS PRESENTATION for Native Voices at the Autry. Commissioned plays include FANCY DANCER for Children's Theatre Company, A DANCING PEOPLE for Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, SERRA SPRINGS for Native Voices at the Autry and LA History Project, and DIFFERENT DOES NOT MEAN THE SAME for Native Voices at the Autry.

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Freeman, Emily (USA)

                                                                               Emily Freeman is a M.F.A. candidate in the Drama and Theatre for Youth and Communities program at UT Austin. She received her B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University. Emily also studied in London with New York University’s Drama Education program. She has worked for The John F. Kennedy for Performing Arts, Imagination Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, and Orlando Repertory Theatre. Emily is an applied theatre artist, director, playwright, and teacher. Her practice and research focuses on theatre and social justice. Her play, "And Then Came Tango," was developed her first year of study at UT Austin and will be featured in the 2012-2013 UT Austin main stage season

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Gregory, Allison (USA)

Allison Gregory’s plays for young audiences have been produced and developed around the country, including GO DOG. GO!, adapted from the P.D. Eastman book and co-written with Steven Dietz; EVEN STEVEN GOES TO WAR (“Zoni” Best New Script; AATE and UPRP awards; Kennedy Center New Visions/New Voices); PETER AND THE WOLF (Seattle Times Best New Play; Natl. tour), THE BREMENTOWN MUSICIANS; and JUNIE B. IN JINGLE BELLS, BATMAN SMELLS!, which premiered at Childsplay.

She has received commissions and development from South Coast Repertory, ACT, The Skirball-Kenis Foundation, Seattle Children’s Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Childsplay, Northwest Playwright’s Alliance, and Hedgebrook Women Playwright’s Foundation. Plays for adults include FORCING HYACINTHS (Julie Harris Playwriting Award; South Coast Repertory Theatre’s California Playwrights Award); FALL OFF NIGHT (Garland Award, L.A); and BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY (Seattle Times Best New Play).

Ms. Gregory lives in Austin and Seattle with her husband, playwright Steven Dietz, and her understanding children Ruby and Abraham.


Gregory, D.W. (USA)

D.W. Gregory is a U.S. based playwright best known for Radium Girls. Her work in youth theatre was launched with a residency at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Md., where she wrote and premiered Miracle in Mudville and four other plays for young audiences. Two of those works, Penny Candy and The Secret Lives of Toads, are available through Dramatic Publishing. A resident playwright with New Jersey Rep, she is best known for Radium Girls, a popular title with high schools in the United States. Other plays include The Good Daughter, which received a Pulitzer nomination in 2003, and October 1962, both produced at NJ Rep.

In addition to writing plays, Gregory has worked as a theatre critic, writing for The Washington Post, and as a teaching artist.

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Hill, Amanda (USA)

Amanda Hill will graduate in May 2013 with her M.F.A. in Theatre for Young Audiences from the University of Central Florida. She is an artist, scholar, and educator who uses theatre and the arts to inspire artistry and creative voice in individuals and diverse populations. Recent accomplishments include articles for Incite/Insight and NEXTBlog, and an upcoming chapter in the book Technology in the Literature Class: Assignments and Materials. She is a 2013 One Theatre World intern with Theater for Young Audiences/USA and has previously presented at the Florida Theatre Conference, Georgia Theatre Conference and the University of Southern Florida and was a winner of the 2012 Jim Rye Fellowship from IPAY. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance from Susquehanna University




Jannuzzi, Luigi (USA)

Luigi Jannuzzi is an award-winning comedic playwright of one-act theater pieces as well as full-length plays, who combines romantic/absurdist comedy with serious themes of love, truth, and the need to rise above it all. His one-act plays, such as A Bench at the Edge and The Barbarians Are Coming, are both winners of the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Play Festival, provide staple fare for college productions, and have received critical acclaim from major publications in the US and abroad.

Additional one-act plays from Mr. Jannuzzi include The Appointment and With or Without You. His full-length plays include Night of the Foolish Moon and For the Love of Juliet!. His themed collections include All the King’s Women and Exhibit This! The Museum Comedies. Mr. Jannuzzi is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Metropolitan Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Theater, Waterfront Ensemble of Hoboken, and Genesis Repertory Theater. His playwriting has won many awards, among them: Goshen College Playwriting Peace Prize (1986); New Jersey State Council of the Arts Fellowship (1987); National Endowment for the Humanities Grants with University of Vermont (1995), Columbia University (1998), and Rutgers University (2001); Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation grants (1995, 2001); Best One-Act in Ireland Designation (1999); Best One-Act in Scotland and the United Kingdom Designation (2001); Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center Grant (2001), and a Perry Award (2006). His plays are published by Samuel French.

Mr. Jannuzzi holds a BA in Philosophy and Theology from Salem University in West Virginia and an MA in Ethics from the University of Notre Dame.

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Jenkins, Jeff (USA)

Jeff Jenkins is a Chicago Playwright and member of TYA/USA and American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE). He is also a Network Playwright with Chicago Dramatists and an Associate Member of the Dramatist Guild.

His plays include Montenegro (Cold Basement Dramatics Secret Stash-2), The Purple Heart (Finalist- New Plays for Young Audiences, Adventure Stage Chicago), Monarch Ashes (AATE-Digital Play Slam). He is a two-time semi-finalist with the Bonderman Playwrighting for Youth National Competition – Write Now (2009, 2011) and a semi-finalist for the Ronald M. Ruble New Play Festival (2012) and. He was also nominated for the Dramatists Guild Writers Intensive-Chicago (June 2011).


Kelin, Daniel A. (USA)

Daniel A. Kelin, II is Honolulu Theatre for Youth’s Director of Education. He has worked with Crossroads Theatre for Youth in American Samoa and JNJIE, a Marshall Islands youth organization. A Fulbright Research Scholar, Dan spent 6 months in India conducting a culture/drama integrated program.  He was named a CTFA Aurand Harris Fellow in 1999. He recently participated as a playwright in the NYU New Plays for Young Audiences series. TYA/USA awarded him the Ann Shaw Fellowship to visit the Aazhi Children’s Theatre in Pondicherry, India. AATE honored him with the 1995 Youth Theatre Director of the Year and 2002 Lin Wright Special Recognition awards.

Kerrigan, Kait (USA)

Kait Kerrigan is a Brooklyn-based playwright, lyricist, and bookwriter. She made her Off-Broadway debut in 2006 with her musical HENRY AND MUDGE, which went on to win her the Kleban Award for Most Promising Librettist. Her work has been developed and performed internationally. Other musicals (all written with Brian Lowdermilk)  include THE FRESHMAN EXPERIMENT, TALES FROM THE BAD YEARS, THE UNAUTHORIZED AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SAMANTHA BROWN, THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS, WRONG NUMBER and the forthcoming REPUBLIC. Other plays include DISASTER RELIEF, IMAGINARY LOVE, and TRANSIT.  Kerrigan is an alumna of Barnard College, and a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, and founding member of For more information, visit


Kornhauser, Barry (USA)

BARRY KORNHAUSER recently joined the staff of Millersville University ( to spearhead the school’s newly formed family arts collaborative.  Prior to this new endeavor, he served 32 years as the Playwright-In-Residence, TYA Director, and sundry other positions at the National Historic Landmark Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Barry is a recipient of the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) Charlotte Chorpenning Cup, honoring “a body of distinguished work by a nationally known writer of outstanding plays for children.”

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La Puma, Deborah Wicks (USA)

Deborah Wicks La Puma is a composer and orchestrator. Her work for young audiences has been seen around the globe, from Australia to Singapore to the East Room of the White House. With playwright Karen Zacarias she created Frida Libre (La Jolla Playhouse), Ferdinand the Bull (based on Munro Leaf’s book), Chasing George Washington (Kennedy Center), Looking for Roberto Clemente (Maryland’s Imagination Stage) and Einstein is a Dummy (Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre). With playwright Doug Cooney she created Nobody’s Perfect (based on Marlee Matlin’s book), a bilingual musical in English and American Sign Language, co-commissioned by Very Special Arts and the Kennedy Center. Arranging credits include Mo Willem's Knuffle Bunny, Ken Ludwig's Tom Sawyer, and Joan Cushing's Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business. A Mexican American with dual citizenship, she grew up in Portugal and Brazil and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. She currently serves the Board of Directors of Assitej-USA (TYA/USA).