Vinecia Coleman is a Twin Cities based playwright and actor. Her plays have been developed at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab, id Theater’s Seven Devils Playwrights’ Conference, Live Girls! Theater, and several others. Her awards include KCACTF National Partners of American Theatre nomination (The Red Pen), KCACTF invited production and John Cauble Short Play award national semifinalist (Home: The Place Where My Stuff Resides), and John Cauble regional semifinalist (But What Am I?). As an actor, she has worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pillsbury House Theatre, The Playwrights’ Center, Frank Theatre and more. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Iowa State University and a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Dramatic Writing and Directing from the University of Idaho.
Katherine Glover is a Minneapolis-based playwright and lyricist. Her first musical, Us Against Us (with composer Ben Emory Larson), was a semifinalist for the 2019 O’Neill National Music Theater Conference. Other plays include Ronald Reagan: Time Traveler, Celebrity Exception, and The Sweeter the Crime, as well as solo shows Dead Wrong, Burning Brothels: Sex and Death in Nevada, and A Cynic Tells Love Stories. She won a 2013 Ivey Award for her one-act, Alien Love Triangle, produced by Freshwater Theatre Company, and she was a 2015 Br!nk playwright with Renaissance Theaterworks in Milwaukee. Her plays have been produced by This is Water Theater in Bryan, Texas; Black Sheep Theatre in Ottawa, Ontario; and the Colonial Players in Annapolis, Maryland. For more info, visit katherineglover.net.
Kayla Hambek is a Minneapolis-based playwright and actor whose work has been produced across the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, as well as in Portland, OR, Buckingham, PA, and Washington D.C. Her work explores familial and other important, non-romantic relationships through a feminist, asexual lens; plays include butterfly(n.), The Dragonflies, Persuasion, Emma Abridged, Splinter, and Sprinkles. Kayla is the co-founder and Managing Director of Aethem Theatre, and has an MFA in Playwriting from Augsburg University.
Gemma Irish is a playwright, leader of workshops, and sometime performer from Minneapolis. Her plays, which explore everything from gay marriage to hellish workplaces to antique chairs to sugar daddies, have been seen in Minneapolis with Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Normandale Community College; Catalog Models; One-Minute Play Festival; BOOM! Theater; the Minnesota Fringe Festival; Transatlantic Love Affair; and the Bryant-Lake Bowl. Her work has been seen in New York at the Manhattan Theatre Source; Galapagos Art Space, and The New School. She has also written for Minnesota Playlist. She holds a BA in playwriting from Eugene Lang College, New School University.
Alayna Jacqueline is a Twin Cities-based playwright, director, and educator, born and raised in Buckeye Nation (Columbus, Ohio). Her plays include Empty Houses, One Tunneled Under the Looney Bin, Persephone’s Spring, Drapetomania, and Hope Won’t Escape the Box. Alayna’s work has been produced and/or developed at MadLab Theater (Columbus, OH), Garden Theater (Columbus, OH), Lincoln Theater (Columbus, OH), Pythian Theater (Columbus, OH), and Haybarn Theater (Plainfield, VT). While teaching at CATCO professional theater company, Alayna adapted fairy tales and children’s stories for Kabuki theater. In January she will receive her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.
Heather Meyer is a playwright in Minneapolis, MN. Her work is frequently seen at Brave New Workshop, most recently in the current show The Polarizing Express. Her plays have been performed in LA, NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis and Madison, WI. Heather is a frequent playwright at the Minnesota Fringe Festival and she is the creator of the sketch comedy game show Women’s History Month: The Historical Comedybration (with fabulous prizes) which has run since 2013 each March in Minneapolis. She has an MFA in Playwriting from Spalding University.
Nissa Nordland Morgan
Nissa Nordland Morgan is a playwright, actor and musician in Minneapolis, MN. Her plays The Fae and Incarnate were performed as part of the Twin Cities Horror Festival; The Fae was nominated for Best Original/New Work through TC Broadway World. Her Minnesota Fringe play Xena and Gabrielle Smash the Patriarchy was awarded the TC Arts Reader Critic’s Choice Award and won the Theatre in the Round Venue Pick. She’s been a mainstage cast member and writer at the Brave New Workshop. Her ten minute play Catnipped won second place at the MN Shorts Festival and her play What They Don’t Know was produced by Art’s Nest at the Phoenix Theatre. She has collaborated in devising new works with Umbrella Collective, The Winding Sheet Outfit, nimbus theatre and Four Humors. Nissa earned a BA in Theatre Arts from Southwest Minnesota State University.
Rachel Teagle is a playwright, director, and comedian who grew up in the Silicon Valley and graduated from Carleton College. While living in Georgia, she helped found the Atlanta Fringe Festival. She was awarded the Leah Ryan’s Fund for Emerging Women Writers prize in 2012 for The Ever and After. She currently resides in St. Paul. More at rachelteagle.com
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