Playwrights

Peter M. Floyd‘s play Absence, winner of the Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith PeterMFloyd 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, and has since been produced in Sweden and Italy. 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. Peter’s short plays have appeared in the Smith & Kraus “Best Ten-Minute Plays” anthologies for 2015 and 2017. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and received his MFA from BU in 2012.

Deirdre Girard, whose work focuses on women’s stories, completed her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. She has had dozens of one-act plays and two full-length plays produced nationally and internationally. Deirdre was named a 2012/13 and 2013/14 Playwriting Fellow at New Repertory Theater, and was selected for both the BCA/Company One Play Labs program and the TWSS development program at Central Square Theater. Most recently, she completed a commission from Peabody Essex Museum, and won the Susan Glaspell National Short Play Award for her one-act play In the Buff. She is the founder of Writer’s at Play, a visiting playwright for the Massachusetts Young Playwrights Project, a mentor for North Eastern University’s Silver Masque playwrights, an editor for the New England New Play Alliance, Co-Founder of TideTaken Playwriting Collaborative which operates a rehearsal studio for non profit theaters, and a board member of the Firehouse Center for the Arts.

Colleen M. Hughes is a playwright born and raised in Somerville, MA. She received her BA in English and Theatre from the colleenmhughesCollege 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.

Maggie Kearnan is a playwright, director, performer, designer, and scenic painter. Recent professional work includes the scenic painting for Company One’s Vietgone and Longwood Players’ Pirates of Penzance, as well as scenic design for Boston Theater Company’s Move Your Face. Her 10-minute plays have appeared at the Boston Theater Marathon, Boston College’s New Voices series, the Firehouse Center for the Arts New Works Festival, and the Open Theater Project’s Slam. Most recently, her full length play Idawalley was included in Fresh Ink’s Ink Spot Series in the fall of 2018. Maggie studied theater and English at Boston College, where she graduated in 2014.

John Minigan is a 2019-2020 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow in Dramatic Writing. His plays have been developed with the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Portland Stage Company, New Repertory Theater, the New American Playwrights Project, and the Great Plains Theatre Conference. Queen of Sad Mischance is a 2019 winner of the Clauder Competition and a 2018 O’Neill Finalist. Noir Hamlet—a Boston Globe Critics’ Pick, EDGEMedia Best of Boston Theater 2018 selection, and 2019 Elliot Norton nominee for Outstanding New Script—will be produced at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His work has been included in the Best American Short Plays, Best Ten-Minute Short Plays, and New England New Plays anthologies. He is past winner of the Nantucket Short Play Contest, the Rover Dramawerks Competition, the Longwood 0-60 Contest, Seoul Players Contest, and the KNOCK International Short Play Competition. John is a Dramatists Guild Ambassador for Eastern New England.

Michael Towers is the founder and Artistic Director of Westford Academy Theater Arts and the Summer School for the Performing Arts. Michael collaborates with guest professionalsMike Towers to produce over twenty major works showcasing the artistry and passions of his three hundred theater students each year. In the Summer of 2018, Michael’s collection of ten short plays, SECONDARY ED, was produced by his own emerging Forge Theater Co. Michael’s most recent directorial production of Sarah DeLappe’s THE WOLVES (Boston amateur premiere ) was named the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s State Finals Winner. He is indebted to his colleagues of Writers at Play for continually supporting his work and to Kate Snodgrass for being a lifelong teacher to one of many lifelong learners.

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.

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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 priorPhil pic-0917 018 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.