Meet The Playwrights

Spotlight on: Kathryn Walat

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Kathryn Walat, author of See Bat Fly,  is a playwright with an interest in the details and rhythms of contemporary life, as she explores beyond the norms of dramatic structure and language. Her play Creation premiered at The Theatre @ Boston Court (Pasadena), and was nominated for a 2013 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award for Playwriting. Her Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen premiered Off-Broadway at the Women’s Project, and was published in New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1997 (Smith & Kraus) and in Dramatics magazine. Her politically resonant Bleeding Kansas premiered at the Hangar Theatre (Ithaca), and received a Francesca Primus citation from the American Theatre Critics Association.

Other works include This Is Not Antigone (New Georges’ Germ Project); Know Dog (Salvage Vanguard, Austin); Johnny Hong Kong (Perishable Theatre, Providence). Walat has received commissions from MCC Theatre, Yale Rep, La Jolla Playhouse,and Actors’ Theatre of Louisville (On the Road Anthology). Her work has also been developed at The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ars Nova, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center National Playwrights Conference, Sundance Theatre Lab, Voice & Visions, and Bay Area Playwrights Festival.

She is a member of the Playwrights’ Coalition at MCC and is an Affiliated Playwright with New Georges. She is also the co-librettist, with composer Gregory Spears, of the opera Paul’s Case (adapted from the Willa Cather story), which made its New York premiere at the Prototype Festival, and was produced at Pittsburgh Opera in winter 2014. See Bat Fly, developed by MCC and at the Orchard Project, was recently mentioned on the Kilroys’ List. Walat is a professor at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and splits her time between Savannah and New York. BA Brown University, MFA Yale School of Drama.

www.kathrynwalat.com

Spotlight on:  Gregory S. Moss

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Gregory S. Moss, author of Indian Summer is a writer, educator and performer from Newburyport MA. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Brown University’s Literary Arts Program. He is current Head of the Graduate Program in Dramatic Writing at The University of New Mexico.

Plays include sixsixsix, Billy Witch, House of Gold, Reunion and punkplay, among others. Gregory is a 2012 MacDowell Fellow, an Affiliated Artist with Clubbed Thumb, a member of SPACE at Ryder Farm’s inaugural Working Farm writers group, a Playwrights Center Core Member, and the recipient of a 2010-2011 Jerome Fellowship and a 2011-2012 McKnight Fellowship.

His work has been published with Play: A Journal of Playsn+1, Playscripts and The Overlook Press. He is currently working on commissions from Playwrights Horizons and Woolly Mammoth. In collaboration with composer/lyricist Joe Iconis, he’s creating a new musical based on the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson for La Jolla Playhouse.

Recent productions include the world premiere of Reunion, South Coast Rep; world premiere of La Brea, Clubbed Thumb; and punkplay, Capital T Theatre (Austin TX).

Workshops & Development: Hunter S Thompson musical, La Jolla Playhouse, Summer 2014; Indian Summer, Playwrights Center, June 2014; “I promised myself to live faster”, collaboration with Pig Iron Theater Company, June 2014.

Writing, video and audio are archived at www.gregorysmoss.com.

Spotlight on:  Meg Miroshnik

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Meg  Miroshnik’s plays include The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist, 2012; Alliance Theatre, directed by Eric Rosen; Yale Repertory Theater, directed by Rachel Chavkin), The Tall Girls (Alliance Theatre, directed by Susan V. Booth); The Droll (A Stage Play about the END of Theatre), Old Actress, and an adaptation of the libretto for Shotakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki.

Her work has been developed or produced by La Jolla Playhouse, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Center Theatre Group, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, South Coast Repertory, The Sallie B. Goodman Fellowship at the McCarter Theater Center, Alliance Theater, the Wilma Theater, The Kennedy Center, Lark New Play Development Center, Chicago Opera Theater, The Moscow Playwright and Director Center, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Tale Cabaret, Perishable Theatre, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, One Coast Collaboration, and published in Best American Short Plays, 2008-2009 (Applause, 2010).  She holds commissions from South Coast Rep, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and Yale Rep.  She is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel.  She is the recipient of a 2012 Whiting Award.

More at www.megmiroshnik.com