Peter M. Floyd‘s play Absence, winner of the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Award, has had readings in New York , Atlanta and South Orange, NJ (the last of these featuring Olympia Dukakis), and had its first production in early 2014 at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre with Joanna Merlin in the lead role. It received its European premiere in the fall of 2015 at the Oslo Nye Trikkestallen in Norway. Peter was a New Voices fellow with the New Repertory Theatre in 2012-13, during which time he wrote Protocol, and he developed his play The Centipede King at the Kennedy Center in the summer of 2012. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and received his MFA from BU in 2012.
Deirdre Girard, who has an artistic passion for creating distinctive stage roles for women, completed her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. She has had dozens of one-act plays produced in national and international festivals, and her first full-length play The Christina Experiment was produced by the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport. Deirdre was named a 2012/13 Playwriting Fellow at New Repertory Theater in Watertown and a Returning Fellow in 2013/14. During the Fellowship, she developed her historically based play Reconsidering Hanna(h), which received a full production at Boston Playwrights Theatre in 2014. Most recently, Deirdre was chosen as a BCA/Company One Play Labs participant for 2015, where she is developing a new Boston-based play, Little Jewel. Her extensive volunteer work in theater includes being a member of the Arts Emerson Founder’s Council as well as a co-owner of TideTaken studio, which provides rehearsal space free of charge to non profit production companies.
Colleen M. Hughes is a playwright born and raised in Somerville, MA. She received her BA in English and Theatre from the College of the Holy Cross and her MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Colleen’s work has been produced and developed at the Boston Theater Marathon, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, New Repertory Theatre, and the College of the Holy Cross. Her play The Mouse was a national semifinalist for the 2011 KCACTF Ten-Minute Play award, and Directive 47 was an O’Neill semifinalist. Colleen was a 2011–2012 New Voices Fellow at New Rep and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Colleen was a 2011–2012 New Voices Fellow at New Rep, a 2015–2016 member of the C1 PlayLab Unit at Company One, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Michael Towers is the Artistic Director of Westford Academy Theater Arts (WATA), a thriving public high school theater department in Westford, MA. In conjunction with guest professionals from the Boston area Michael produces four mainstage and four black box productions each year showcasing the talents of his one hundred and fifty theater students. Michael’s productions of Dancing at Lughnasa, Chamber Music, J.Caes: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, The Hairy Ape, My Name is Asher Lev and Melinda Lopez’, Sonia Flew were each named the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s State Finals Winner. In 2009, Michael earned his MFA in Playwriting from Boston University under the instruction of Richard Schotter, Melinda Lopez, Ronan Noone and Kate Snodgrass. His full length comedy Five Down One Across premiered at The Boston Playwrights’ Theater in October of 2010. His short plays have been read and produced by the Munroe Saturday Night Reading Series, the Boston Theater Marathon, and most recently: Station Nation-A National Reflection on the Station Nightclub Fire.
John Zakrosky, Jr. is the author of the play Once Upon a Mattress which was part of Boston Public Theatre’s Ground Floor reading series. His short play Ten Minutes of Sleep was selected for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1. He is a graduate of Boston University’s Master of Creative Writing in Playwriting. He currently teaches in Boston.
Emily Kaye Lazzaro is a playwright and actor based in Boston. She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. Her plays have had readings and productions in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Seattle. Past acting roles include Priscilla Dreams the Answer, Murph, A Dream Play, and What Once We Felt. Emily will appear in the upcoming HBO miniseries Olive Kitteridge. Fresh Ink Theatre produced Emily’s play, Girls’ Sports, in 2013. Emily is a member of Boston Public Works, who will produce her new play, Three, in spring 2015. Emily was a 2011-2012 New Voices @ New Rep Playwriting Fellow, and was a semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in 2012 and 2013.
Phil Schroeder composed music professionally in San Francisco for twenty-five years prior to moving to Boston to begin his second life as a playwright. Currently finishing the MFA in Playwriting at Boston University, he spends a great deal of time sitting in a comfy chair reviewing noun-verb agreements and then twisting them all back up. He has had three short plays produced at the Boston Theatre Marathon, including Rogue River, Oregon – a thriller-sleeper about two grumpy men, explosives and a television; Bad Dogs and Best Friends – a not-so-love story about psychiatric seduction; and The House of All Alone – a musical on aging written with Richard Schotter. The transition from composing to the written and spoken word has been an interesting challenge. “Music teaches you about cadence, arc and even denouement, but it’s not a great forum for a three-way plot twist and deep character needs,” he says. “It seems like I’m starting from scratch every day.” Phil spends his waking hours in pursuit of a good story, the perfect bike route, a robust glass of wine and precious time with his incredible family.