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Eliza Anderson teaches playwriting at the Trinity Repertory Conservatory, Providence, Rhode Island. She has been a resident at the Edward Albee Foundation and the Royal Court Theatre in London. Her stage play The Water Principle won the 1991 New England Clauder Playwriting Competition.  In 1998, Ms. Anderson was awarded the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Fellowship in Creative Writing by Brown University. www.elizaanderson.com


Sara Baker is a novelist, short story writer and dramatist. Her works have been published in The New Quarterly, The Spirit that Moves Us, and The Habersham Review. Her screenplay, Looking for Sylvia, was a winner in the Atlanta Film and Video Contest; her screenplay One of US, was a semifinalist in the Cinestory 1997 Screenwriting Contest. She has written two books, "Second Son", a novel, and "Poised for Departure", a collection of short fiction. She has taught at the University of Georgia and the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is currently working on a play, Vermeer's Daughters.


Kathleen Cahill teaches playwriting at Wesleyan University. She is Senior Editor for Masterpiece Theater, WGBH, Boston, Massachusetts.  Her work includes the original musical The Fifth Season, which premiered at the Olney Theatre Center in Maryland and received the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award. Her stage plays have been performed in New York, and she has received awards from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, the New York Drama League, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.  Ms. Cahill is currently working with Leon Major, Artistic Director of Boston Lyric Opera, on a cabaret about Paris and Berlin in the 1920s.

Kia Corthron, is a New York playwright. Her most recent plays are Slide Glide the Slippery Slope, which premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana Festival and subsequently at Los Angeles’ Mark Taper Forum; and The Venus de Milo Is Armed, which premiered at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Other plays include Breath, Boom, which was performed at the Royal Court Theatre in London, New York’s Playwrights Horizons, Yale Repertory Theatre and the Huntington Theatre in Boston. Her work has been presented at Center Stage, Baltimore; the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London; the Manhattan Theatre Club; the Goodman Theatre, Chicago, Hartford Stage, Connecticut; and the Long Wharf Theatre, Connecticut. Other plays include: Splash Hatch on the E Going Down; Digging Eleven; Seeking the Genesis, and Life by Asphyxiation. Her radio play, Suckling Chimera, was broadcast nationally by National Public Radio. Ms. Corthron has received awards from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, a Joe A. Callaway Playwriting Award, a New Professional Theatre Playwriting Award and in 1998 she was a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize Finalist. In the spring of 2004 her Snapshot Silhouette will premiere at Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre Company and Light Raise the Roof will debut at New York Theatre Workshop. Her publications include COME DOWN BURNING in Colored Contradictions. (Penguin, 1996); Contemporary Plays by Women of Color (Routledge, 1996); and Come Down Burning (Dramatists Play Service, 1995)


Karen Cronacher, a solo performer, playwright, and scholar, has performed her work in numerous venues including the Seattle Fringe Festival. Her play Scavengers won the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award. Her monologues appear in Monologues By and For Women, and her scholarly work has been published in Feminist Theatre and Theory. Her latest play will be produced by Salvage Vanguard in Austin, Texas.


Donna DiNovelli, playwright and librettist, has had work performed at the Mark Taper Forum's New Work Festival in Los Angeles and the Source Theatre in Washington, D.C. She teaches playwriting at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Memorial Theater Center and has taught at Brown University. The BBC recently commissioned her to write a radio play based on the folk song "Sweet Betsey from Pike."  Ms. DiNovelli is a 1997-98 Fellow of the Manhattan Theatre Club. Her opera/music-theater piece FLORIDA (music by Randall Eng) was given a full orchestral reading by the New York City Opera as part of its Vox 2002 series. FLORIDA was also part of the New Works Now! Festival at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Spring 2002, and was a finalist for the Richard Rodgers Award. Ms. DiNovelli teaches bookwriting at the NYU Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.


Laura Harrington  teaches playwriting at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Her plays and musicals include works produced by the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare and Company, En Garde Arts in New York City, The Manhattan Theatre Club, and the Hartford Stage Company.  In 1994 she received a Bunting Institute Fellowship at Harvard/Radcliffe College.  She was the winner of the 1996 Clauder Playwriting Competition and in 1997 received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Award for Playwriting. Ms. Harrington's adaptation of Tolstoy's novel, Resurrection, (score Tod Machover) and commissioned by Houston Grand Opera, will have its world premiere in Houston in April 1999.  She is currently writing a play about the Civil War entitled Hallowed Ground.


Rebecca Johnson is a poet, essayist, playwright, and community activist. She is Lead Organizer of Cooperative Economics for Women and the recipient of a 1998 Boston Neighborhood Fellows award. Her written works include a manuscript of poems, Urban/Ecology, a radio play, Urban Dreams, numerous published essays, and the creative non-fiction essay, New Moon Over Roxbury, which appeared in Ecofeminism and the Sacred. She lives and works in Dorchester, Massachusetts.


Gerry Jones has worked with BBC Television as script editor/writer and with the BBC Radio Drama Department as Senior Editor, Script Department. He has worked with many leading writers and actors including Tom Stoppard, John Gielgud, and Peggy Ashcroft. Mr. Jones has co-directed radio productions for national and international broadcast in the United States for the BBC, LA Theatreworks, and The Radio Play, Boston. He is the author of many radio and television plays and his awards include: The Sony Award, the ONDAS Prize for "Snake," the Giles Cooper Prize for "The Angels They Grow Lonely," "The Three Ring Circus," and "Time-Slip."

Gerry Jones died in February 2005. To mark the anniversary of his death, BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast a new production of one of his classic radio plays “Time After Time.” As with so much of Gerry’s work the play explores aspects of his own physical and mental world following a series of strokes in his early forties. In this play he uses the situation to create a tense thriller. The play is directed by his BBC friend and colleague, Martin Jenkins.


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