Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga
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Steven Korbar (I Understand Your Frustration)

Steven’s full-length and one-act plays have been produced throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. His short plays, Table for Four, Mrs. Jansen Isn’t Here Now and What are You Going to Be?” have all been published in Smith and Kraus' "Best Short Plays" series.  Other productions include Hard at Elephant Stageworks in LA, "Mrs. Jansen..." at The Barrow Group Theatre in NYC, Yellow at Pop Culture Theatre in Melbourne, Mother and Child at the Fury Theatre, Chicago and The Disappearance of Small Objects” at the Odyssey Theatre in LA

Pia Wilson (Mama's Seeds)

Pia Wilson is a 2015 Sundance fellow and the recipient of the 2014 Sarah Verdone Writing Award. She is a 2011 Heideman Award finalist for her short play, TURNING THE GLASS AROUND, and a semi-finalist in the 2011 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.  She is a 2012-13 resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program, a member of the 2008 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, and a 2009 playwriting fellow with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. www.piawilson.com | Twitter & Instagram: @pwilson720

Laura Shamas (The Cumin Guard)

Writer Laura Annawyn Shamas loves theatre. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she currently lives in Los Angeles. Recent full-length theatre projects include a new musical about the Ladies of Llangollen called LADY-LIKE (co-written with composer-lyricist Lisa Donovan Lukas), and her play CIRCULAR, which is on The 2015 Kilroys List, Honorable Mentions. Shamas is married to playwright Jon Klein. Website:  laurashamas.com

Jenny Marlowe (Hanging Up The Stars)

Jenny is an actor and playwright from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, currently living in Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Princeton University (go Tigers!) and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Jenny is a member of Native Voices at the Autry's resident ensemble and the all-Native comedy troupe The Mayflower Welcoming Committee.  Recent appearances include Modern Family on ABC; the web-series Forked Up; the interactive comedy The Last Resort at the Tudor House in Lake Arrowhead; Timestop for Native Voices at the Autry and the La Jolla Playhouse; and the Italian-language role of Costanza in Enchanted April, for which she won Theatre Palisades’ Best Supporting Actress award. Jenny is a also four-time winner of the Philadelphia Young Playwrights’ Festival.  www.jenny-marlowe.com.

Lojo Simon (Ginger America)

Lojo’s plays include ADORATION OF DORA (KOLT Run Creations, Idiom Theatre, U. Idaho, KCACTF/ATHE David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award), CONTROLLED BURN (TheaterWorks, OC-Centric Finalist, Missoula Colony), MOSCOW(Sam French Off Off Broadway Festival, City Theatre National Short Play Award finalist, KCACTF Ten Minute Play Award, Tribal Humor Festival, Best of Tribal Humor), GINGER AMERICA (Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga, T. Schreiber Theatre, Badass Theatre), MI CORAZON (Missoula Colony, excerpt published by International Center for Women Playwrights) and NICE & SLOW (Utah Valley U. Noorda Theatre Center for Children and Youth). Plays written with Anita Simons include J’OY VEY (Florida Rep PlayLab) and HEARTLAND (Dayton Playhouse FutureFest winner, David Mark Cohen award runner up, published by Sense).  Lojo also is a dramaturg, working on new play development and production dramaturgy in southern California.  More at www.lojosimon.com

Alex Dremann (Sally Sock)

Alex studied playwriting at USC and is the producing artistic director of Secret Room Theatre in Philadelphia. Full-length productions include: “Split Pea Pod” (The Brick Playhouse), “Postcoital Variations” (Philadelphia Theatre Workshop) and“The :nv:s:ble Play” (Madlab Theatre & Theatre of NOTE).  Full-length evenings of his collected short plays include:  “Slap Happy” (Madlab Theatre, Columbus, OH) and “B-Sides, Rarities and Unreleased Tracks” (City Theatre, Wilmington, DE).  He has had over 300 productions of his short plays. 

Yussef El Guindi (Picking Up the Scent)

Yussef El Guindi’s most recent productions include Threesome at Portland Center Stage, ACT, and at 59E59 in New York (winner of a Portland Drammy for Best Original Script) and Pilgrims Musa and Sheri in the New World (winner of the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Association’s New Play Award in 2012; Gregory Award in 2011), also at ACT, and at Center Repertory Company (Walnut Creek, CA) 2013

John Freedman (Five Funny Tales From the Heart of Buenos Aires)

JOHN FREEDMAN is an American writer who has lived in Russia for 27 years. His play Dancing, Not Dead won the The Internationalists’ new play competition in 2011, and his short play Five Funny Tales from Buenos Aires was produced in New York by Pop Up Theatrics in 2013. He has published and/or edited 10 books about Russian theatre, including th​e recent​ Real and Phantom Pains: An Anthology of New Russian Drama. He has translated 70 Russian plays, which have been performed in England, the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa.  He frequently collaborates with Breaking String Theatre in Austin, TX, and Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA.