Flush Ink Performing Arts Presents





It also takes an entire village to put on a show.  Ours is growing…


DORI APPEL is an award-winning playwright, poet, and fiction writer.  More than a dozen full-length plays, plus many one-acts, shorts, and monologues have been staged as full productions or readings in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Several have also received awards, including the Oregon Book Award in Drama in 1998, 1999, and 2001.


Girl Talk and Hot Flashes, both co-authored with Carolyn Myers, are published by Samuel French, and a number of monologues are included in anthologies.  Dori's collection of poems, Another Rude Awakening, is forthcoming from Cherry Grove Collections in 2008.


Dori’s play, Treasure Hunt, was performed on the sidewalk in AJS III, and we were thrilled to have her here from the State of Washington to see the show.  Her monologue, BALANCE, was part of She Speaks 2011.



RICHARD BALLON’S work has been performed in New York City at Manhattan Theater Source's Sola Voces / Estrogenius Festival, Stage Left's Women at Work, MamaDrama and Left Out Festivals, and NativeAlien's Short Stories 5. Other work has been performed at Universal Theater, Provincetown; University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Devanaughan Theater, Boston; Dylan Thomas Festival, Chicago; Walking the Wire Festival, Iowa City; The Inspirato Festival, Alumnae Theater New Ideas Festival, Toronto; Asphalt Shorts, Kitchener and ArtHotel, Montreal. 


Richard’s plays, DESERT STORM & THE PERFECT MATCH were part of AJS VI, SWANANOA and LAST WORDS were part of AJS VII and THAT BENCH, OVER THERE was in AJS IX.



SHIRLEY BARRIE is a playwright from who has received two Chalmers Awards and a Dora Award for her work. Her newest play, Beautiful Lady, Tell Me…, a vaudeville musical murder mystery, will be produced at 4th Line Theatre, Millbrook in August, 2007.  Other recent productions:  the award winning one-act, Revelation (Alumnae New Ideas, Toronto Fringe), Possession (Alumnae New Ideas) and two new adaptations of old tales:  Hansel and Gretel (Geordie Theatre) and The Girl in the Flower Basket (Japanese Folklore Theatre Productions).  She was in South Africa for much of 2005/06 working as Senior Story Editor on Jozi-H (short for Johannesburg Hospital) , a 13 x one-hour TV medical drama series broadcast on CBC TV in Canada and SABC in South Africa. Shirley was a co-founder of the Tricycle Theatre in London, England and of Straight Stitching Productions in Toronto.


BRIANNA’S QUEST (Act: I  Scenes I&II), was read for She Speaks 2007.



MENY BERIRO was born in Gibraltar and raised in Queens, New York.  He studied playwriting at PLAYWRIGHT’S HORIZONS THEATRE SCHOOL. His works include Grosso Is In Jail (presented at the Samuel French Short play Festival in 2005), A Love of Music (Creative Mechanics Stage This! Semi-Finalist 2005), Climbing the Unisphere (public reading October 2006 at Queens Theatre in the Park) and Twenty Broken Legs (staged reading by Mid Life Productions, March 2006).


Most recently his monologue, Worn, was presented by This Woman’s Work Theatre Co. in January, 2007, and in February 2007, The National Anthem of Mercury was presented by EndTimes Productions.      


Meny’s play, SHOCK, was performed in a make-shift art gallery in AJS II.





MICHAEL BETTENCOURT is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter.    He writes a monthly column for Scene4 – an online arts journal.  Michael’s scripts can be found HERE.  Many thanks to his wife, Maria-Beatriz, and to Elfin Vogel, his theatre partner.


AIN’T A DATE IN EIGHT GREAT was part of AJS VII and Asphalt Jungle Hot Pants and also part of AJS X – The Deca Dance


WILLIAM BOLDEN’s plays have won over 100 national playwriting competitions and have had over 300 productions, at Actors Theatre of Louisville and in New York, Los Angeles, India, South Africa, Spain, Canada, Germany, Norway, and elsewhere. The film adaptation of his play, The Last Prostitute, starring Sonia Braga and produced by Universal Studios, was shown on Lifetime Television and in Europe. His play Reunion, retitled I Remember You Now and starring Deborah Harry, was filmed for theatrical release by Darinka Productions and has been shown in New York, Paris, London, Croatia, Romania, and Wales. His plays have been published in Scenes and Monologues from the Best New International Plays, The Best Stage Scenes 1998, The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2007, The Playwrights' Center Monologues for Women, and many other anthologies.  His novel, Dancing with Bears, is forthcoming from Livingston Press. His novel, Superstoe, was first published in the U.S. by Harper & Row and in England by Victor Gollancz, was reissued by Orloff Press. A Core Alumnus Playwright at The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis, he is a member of PEN, The Dramatists Guild, ASCAP, and the Authors Guild.


Sadly, we lost William a few years ago.  He was wonderful to work with, and we have projects planned that have been left undone.


William’s play, QUARKS, was performed in AJS IV, in the Rum Runner.




BRYAN BOODHOO has appeared in a number of Hamilton Urban Theatre produxtions: Rosencrantz in Hamlet, Lennox in MacBeth and Theseus in a Mid-Summer Night's Dream. His short play "The Bird's Nest" was recently produced by Rabid Marmot Productions in Edmonton. When not acting or writing, Bryan practices law.


In the first Write or Flight and in 24 hours, came out with the dark and twisted, NIGHT WATCH, and a beautiful play in 2012.  His play, THE QUESTION was performed in a car in Asphalt Jungle Shorts VIII.  Bryan is part of Urban Scrawlers and has written some wonderful plays while sequestered in strange places during UnHinged’s Write or Flight.  WHITE WATER was part of UnHInged 2013.




As a freelance writer, MICHAEL BURGAN has written more than 100 non-fiction books for kids. He studied playwriting for one year in Emerson College's MFA writing program and is currently a network playwright with Chicago Dramatists and a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Playwriting Center.   Credits include:


Alternate selection, 1999 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival (GIGO)

Curtain Players 2005 Playwrights’ Festival, Westerville, Ohio (Mayor Mac)

Appetite Theatre 2005 Bruschetta Festival, Chicago (Bob’s Head and Toys in the Attic)

Theatres Against War 2005 Freedom Follies, New York (Truth, Justice, and…)

Around the Coyote 2006 Play Reading Series, Chicago (Last Refuge)


Michael’s play is Can Can’t was performed in a garbage dumpster AJS II.


VIRGIL BURNETT was born in Kansas (1928 – 2012), Virgil Burnett is an author and illustrator whose work has been widely published in Europe and North America. He received his undergraduate education at Columbia University in New York, where he studied with Edward Melcarth, a Social realist painter. In 1950 he was drafted, trained as a combat engineer and sent to Europe where he served for two years in a propaganda company as an artist-illustrator. After his military service he attended graduate school at Berkeley, taking a master's degree in art history. When a Fulbright scholarship took Burnett to Paris in 1956, he encountered other expatriate artists including David Hill, who remained a close friend until his death in 1977. Burnett also met Maurice Darantiere, a French publisher, who made him aware of the expressive possibilities of the book arts. By 1960 he was working primarily as an illustrator. A professor in the Fine Arts Department at the University of Waterloo since the early 1970's, Burnett has created an artistic oeuvre of extraordinary scope and breadth.


ENIGMAS was part of AJS VI (written with Paddy GB) and TRANCE FIGURATION was part of AJS VII and AJS X.


Thank you, Virgil, for allowing us to use your amazing artwork, Muse, for She Speaks.



MARK. L. BURRIS lives and plays in Missouri.  Banter is his first play. Aside from his work in finances, Mark has an organic landscaping business.

He finds solace in nature and spends much of his time outdoors.  He is an armchair philosopher with a fascinating, albeit cynical view on life.


Mark L. Burris’s play, Banter, co-written with L.D. Garver, was performed throughout Asphalt Jungle Shorts I.



ASHLEY BURTON is an actress, singer, dancer and educator who is an active member of the Canadian Theatrical community. Ashley is a graduate of the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts where she was the recipient of the Eileen Farrell Triple Threat Award.


Ashley plans to continue to write and perform in her own shows while continuing her work in theater, film and television. She also takes great pride of her continual work with the community of young aspiring performing artists. To learn more about Ashley's work visit www.aburtongroup.com


Ashley was the producer, director and writer of her own work, NONA’S PARTY part of UNHINGED performed in the gazeebo on Victoria Park Isand.



ROBYN BUTTRELL has been playwright-in-residence at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille and The Factory Theatre as well as an associate playwright with Canadian Stage and the Tarragon Theatre. Two of her stage monologues can be found in the anthology The Perfect Piece published by Playwrights Canada Press, who also published her play Bad Taste. Most recently The Makings of a Man, her irreverent adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, , was work-shopped and presented at Nightwood Theatre’s Groundswell Festival in Toronto; she’s had numerous dramas produced and broadcast by CBC radio and CBC t.v., including the five-part comedy Mrs. Poole Takes a Job, an extended monologue for one man Darleen, and the award-winning drama Queenie’s History of the World, whose complicated sound script won Best Sound at the International Radio Awards. A copy of Queenie’s History of the World was later donated by the CBC to the National Radio Archives in New York City as ‘an example of Canadian Radio Drama’. Robyn is also a published fiction and creative nonfiction writer twice nominated for a National Magazine Award. Born and raised in Oxford County, Robyn now lives in Kitchener with her husband and daughter.


Robyn’s monologue, That Sinking Feeling, was performed for She Speaks 2008.



TERRE CHARTRAND has a multifaceted career and a life of learning.  Her path has been a blend of the arts, science and technology, often placing her in unique opportunities. In the last few years, Terre has been an involved art critic and arts writer and advocate, maintained a visual arts studio, and worked in the creation of site specific performance installations and the planning and execution of cultural events. 


Terre read in Flush Ink Production’s She Speaks ‘10.  The End of Casual was her creation from Write or Flight – UnHinged ’11.  Terre premiered her new play, Sloth – in UnHinged 2012 and most recently; zahra & Shae was part of UnHinged 2013.  She has also had many plays part of Write or Flight Response – connected to UnHinged.  QUANTUM VALLEY was part of AJS IX.  Terre is part of Urban Scrawlers.





HAL CORLEY has developed his plays with major regional theaters, and tow, An Ounce of Prevention and Finding Donis Anne, have been widely performed (Seattle Rep Theatre, Syracuse Stage, The Walnut St. Theatre and in NYC, Atlanta, LA, Boston and Charlotte) Three scripts, Mama and Jack Carew, Easter Monday and ODD, have been published by Samuel French.  His short plays, 1959 (2010) and Il Nido e Bello (2011), were Heideman Award Finalists, Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Recent winning one-acts:  The Imaginary Orange, First Prize – FirstStage LA’s 2011 One-Act Contest, premiere production at Theatre Three, Port Jefferson, NY; Executive Order 10450, The Source Theatre, Washington DC; Four Sixteen Twenty-Seven, Theatre Artists Studio, Phoenis; and Staking Pollyanna, Eclectic Company Theatre, LA.


We performed FONTS in AJS XIII and DOLAR was part of AJS IX.

JENNIFER CORNISH is making a sensation with her one-woman show, Myra’s Story.  Previously, she as Martha in "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?" (KWLT), Sally in the premiere production of Dianne Lococo's "Alien Guest", Penny in "Money and Friends" and Alexa in "As Bees In Honey Drown" (Galt LT).   You may also recognize her as the itinerant bongo player from "Asphalt Jungle Shorts III" with Flush Ink Productions, and her readings in She Speaks 2008.



Jennifer’s play, PERMIT ME PLEASE was performed in less than a minute in AJS IV.   Jennifer’s monologue, MASCARA IS NOT A TOOL OF THE PATRIARCHY, was part of She Speaks 2011.  Co-written with Roger Sumner, SOCK TO ME, was part of AJS VI.



DAVID COXHEAD’S “Grammar Bum” is based on his short story by the same name, which was published on the now-defunct TrashNerd.com.  He has studied at Syracuse University and The Second City writing program. 


He works as a boat captain in Chicago.




David’s play, GRAMMAR BUMS, was part of AJS V and also, part of AJS X – The Deca Dance.



JEN CURRING was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and did her schooling at Bard College, Arizona State University, and Simon Fraser University. She has published two collections of poetry, The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press) and Hagiography (Coach House Books). Another collection, The Inquisition Yours is forthcoming from Coach House in the spring of 2010. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC, where she teaches creative and academic writing.



Jen’s play, ON A STREET CORNER, was part of She Speaks ‘10

NICHOLAS CUMMING is a local theatre creator with a BA in Drama and English from the University of Waterloo. He has been a company member of the Multicultural Theatre Space since 2004. He has appeared in Exit Strategy, Yes or No!, Seasons of Immigration, Legion of Memory I + II, Me Here/Me Happy, Motio X Industria, and Three Legged Horse with the MT Space; Tennessee Williams’ I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow with Poor Tom Productions; Asphalt Jungle Shorts I, II & III with Flush Ink; and Mimetic Flesh/Mimetic Hotel, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Spring Awakening with UW Drama. He directed and wrote The Children’s Crusade for the UPStart Fringe 2007, and HE for UPStart 2004.  He is a poet and playwright currently working on several plays with Pat the Dog, KW’s professional playwrights’ development centre. He is also a member of the earthling collective, whose WARMER project is examining the environment and human dynamics in a local context.


Nick wrote COPY PROTECTION – part of UNHINGED ’08 and co-wrote TIMED RELEASE with Katharine Mills which they performed in UNHINGED ’09 at Exhibit Café.  PSY-CO’s CROSS was part of UnHinged 2011.  He has participated in every Write or Flight, part of UnHinged.



LEA DANIEL was a founding member of Theatre & Company’s Writers Bloc and PlayLab and is currently a member of Pat the Dog playwrights’ collective. Her short play Highway Robbery was produced as part of Theatre & Company’s May Playfest (1999); Burn was part of May Playfest (2002); Heretic, a full-length play was chosen for the Off-The-Page Series at Equity Showcase Theatre, Toronto (2003), for a reading at The Cobblestone Festival, Paris, Ontario (2004) and was work-shopped in 2006. Lea is an award-winning illustrator and writer of books for children.



Lea Daniel’s Colour Me Fuchsia (fragments) was part of She Speaks 2007, and In The East a Glass of Water was performed in a green space in AJS II.




JOHN C. DAVENPORT is a career journalist, and former stand-up comic who veered into playwriting, which he usually does seated.  He has had full-length and one-act plays, mostly comedies, produced in 19 States, and now one foreign country.



John ‘s play, AN ABSURD CONCEPT, was performed in AJS VIII.


FRANCINE DICK lives in Toronto and is part of the Alumnae Theatre's New Play Development group.  Her play, As Large As Alone, was part of the Alumane's New Ideas Festival in 2006.  She is also the author of Meditations and A Wedding in Blue and White.  Under the name of Miriam Wright she published a collection of short stories, The Inner Core.



Francine’s play, Down Memory Lane, was part of She Speaks 2007.


ROSEMARY DOYLE has been acting for over 30 years. She has been writing plays for 7 years. This year so far, her first play "Carl,Suzanne and the Taximan" had it's long awaited premiere at the Bread and Circus Theatre. The week after that closed "A Family Well Knit" had it's Premiere at Sweets and Treats, Bloor West Village Playhouse and across town the Cabbage Town Players premiered "Another Date" at No Sweetheart Required.  Rosemary is delighted to have her Play "Mary's Pie" get it's first reading here at "She Speaks '11".  And Later in March Rosemary's play "From Here to there and Back again" Will be debuting at the New Idea's Festival. Currently Rosemary is writing a musical with Sandy Thorburn which has been work-shopped at the Thousand Islands Playhouse and she is reworking Jenny's Friends, a dark comedy about sin. A collection of her works is available at Theatre Books. 


Rosemary’s play, MARY’S PIES, was part of She Speaks ’10, and she read MASCARA IS NOT A TOOL OF THE PATRIARCHY by Jennifer Cornish.  THREE STRIKES was written during our first Write or Flight – UnHinged.  Rosemary took part in Write or Flight 2011, 2012 and 2013.  DON’T SHOW THIS PLAY was part of She Speaks ’13.


C.J. EHRLICH'S one-act comedies have been produced by theatres around the US and in Canada, including The American Globe Theatre (Manhattan), Little Fish Theatre (Los Angeles), The Festival of Ten at the College of Brockport, the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Appetite Theatre (Chicago), the n.u.f.a.n. Ensemble (Chicago), and more. C.J.’s NOIR IN SECOND CLASS, which debuted at “She Speaks 2010,” was chosen for publication by Smith & Kraus in “The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2011.” C.J.’s comedy HOME SWEET HOMELAND SECURITY is available from Heuer Press, in the "G-Men in G-Strings: The J. Edgar Hoover Follies" anthology. C.J. is a member of the DGA, the ICWP, and the Brooklyn Playwrights Collective. Thanks, Paddy!


 C.J’s Website:


C.J’s play, THE PACKAGE DEAL was part of She Speaks ’11, THE THINGS THEY DON’T TELL US, was performed in Asphalt Jungle Shorts VI and NOIR IN SECOND CLASS was part of She Speaks ’10.


LINDA EISENSTEIN’S plays and musicals have been produced throughout the US, and in England, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and the Philippines. She is a three-time recipient of Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Playwriting Fellowships for Three the Hard Way and her musicals Star Wares: The Next Generation and Discordia (both with James Levin). Other prizes include the Gilmore Creek Award (Three the Hard Way), Sappho’s Symposium Competition (The Names of the Beast), an All-England Festival Prize (Marla’s Devotion), and a New York Theatre Innovation Award nomination (Eisenstein's Monster).  She has been a finalist for the Jane Chambers Competition (Rehearsing Cyrano), the Heideman Award (Higher), and the Midwest Play Competition (The Last Red Wagon Tent Show in the Land). 


Fifteen of her short plays and monologues have been anthologized by Heinemann, Smith & Kraus, Dramatic Publishing, Penguin, Viking Press, and others.  Linda is a member of the Cleveland Play House Playwrights’ Unit, the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., ASCAP, and the International Center for Women Playwrights. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio.


Linda two plays, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE & BALANCING ACT were performed outside the chapel in the City Hall, and in The Rum Runner (a bar) – respectively, for AJS I, and we were thrilled when Linda came up from Ohio to see.


CHRISTINE EMMERT is an actress, playwright, director and theatre educator. She has been in the theatre world for fifty years. Presently she is rehearsing a production of Lettuce and Lovage in the Philadelphia area.  Her plays have been performed in three (now four) countries, published in three, and she continues to write as well as appear on stage.  She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.  Her novel ISMENE was published three years ago.  Christine is a member of ICWP.


Christine’s play, BOXING IT, was performed at She Speaks 2008, and THE AUDITIONS in She Speaks ’09.  What a pleasure to have her and her husband join us from Pennsylvania for several events. THE 2ND was read at She Speaks ’10, MOTHER LOVE at She Speaks ‘13


Then, TOM JACO-EWLES was an 18-year old student from the East End of London, UK. Gripped with a fascination for entertaining at a young age, he has aspired to become an actor or writer ever since. Or a fireman. The first acting role he can remember undertaking was a lamppost, but he’s moved onto more challenging things since then. As a writer he lists his influences as Harold Pinter, Philip Ridley, Steven Berkoff, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde and strange people he meets on the streets of London.


Tom’s play, GENES, was performed outside the parking garage – good place for a smoke - in AJS IV.


LAUREN FELDMAN is a playwright and performer from Miami, Florida.  Her plays include: a People, Grace or the Art of Climbing, Fill Our Mouths, Leda, The Coupling Heuristic, On the Tusk, When It Rains, Asteroid Belt, The Kissing Play, Fugue 24, Penguins, and others – as well as the solo piece Funny Story, and the devised/collaborative plays The Apocryphal Project, Grey Gone, and NEO.  Her plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in London, Canada, and Australia.  She was a U.S. playwright delegate with the Royal Court Theatre and World Interplay Australia, a semi-finalist for the 2009 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, a two-time semi-finalist for the Heideman Award, and is the recipient of the Cheryl Crawford Playwriting Scholarship, Audrey Wood Playwriting Scholarship, two Downstage Miami grants, a Florida Artist Enhancement Grant, two Carbonell Award nominations, and the NYC Drama Book Shop Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre.  She was recently an artist-in-residence at Sewanee University of the South, Cornell University, and Theater Emory’s Brave New Works Festival.  She has taught and mentored playwriting to middle school, high school, and college students, as well as to veterans with PTSD.  Lauren is also a professional actor, is proficient in American Sign Language, and is an experienced and avid rock-climber.  Yale School of Drama, M.F.A.; Cornell University, B.A.; Alumna of The Shakespeare Programme, British-American Drama Academy.


Lauren’s play, FUNNY STORY, was performed in three locations in AJS V.


T. CAT FORD’S play, Pow’r In The Blood (New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights), opened Barter Theatre’s 75th Anniversary season.  As a collaborative member of Philadelphia’s Cardboard Box Collective’s she will create a new play scheduled for production in September 2009. Other plays: A Simple Gift, Roar Lions! Roar!!, Links, Mermen and searchers.net, a computer dating extravaganza. 


Ms. Ford is a member of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s Playwright’s Unit, the Actor’s Studio P/D Unit and is a fellow of New River Dramatists. 


Cat’s play, GUT SHOT, was read in She Speaks ’09, and we were thrilled to have her come up from NYC for the event.


CATHERINE FRID’s plays include The Tango Player (Inspirato Toronto 10-Minute Festival), Fetish and Quest (Asphalt Jungle Shorts), and The Mess (She Speaks). Her one-act drama Greater Good was selected by 6th@Penn Theatre in San Diego, California, for inclusion in the Human Rights Play Festival. She sits on the boards of directors of Aluna Theatre and Flush Ink Performing Arts. Cate would like to thank the many people who read versions of this script and gave feedback. Special thanks to Tony Harris, Ana Mulrooney and Don who taught her about stock trading, the music business and life on the street; however the characters in Dead Cat Bounce are not based on these generous people.


She sits on the board of directors of Aluna Theatre in Toronto and was a founding board member of Flush Ink Productions.


Catherine’s play, Fetish, was performed in AJS III, and Quest in AJS IV.  Her play The Mess, was read in She Speaks, 2008.  Also her play, DEAD CAT BOUNCE was part of UNHINGED, produced by Cat Free Productions.


Banter is L.D. GARVER’S first play.  He lives in Missouri where he is continually entertained by his sons, Jacob and Ben.  Although not directly involved in theatre, he is an avid patron and is said to have a voice like an angel...although no one has yet said that of his character. 


Aside from writing, Larry enjoys building things, collecting things, playing Texas Hold 'Em and watching the Chiefs nearly win. 


L.D. Garver’s play, Banter, co-written with Mark L. Burris, was performed throughout Asphalt Jungle Shorts I.


PADDY GILLARD-BENTLEY has been involved in one aspect of theatre or another since her Mother, Tessa, was four months pregnant with her, performing in Time Out For Ginger.  Her full-length play, Shaking the Dew from the Lilies, debuted in Kitchener in 2002.  It’s also been performed in Denver CO., Grandforks ND., and North Hollywood CA. Quantum Entanglement has been produced several times (Philadelphia, Calgary, Kitchener).  Her one-acts, White Noise, Sanguine Sonata & Comic Strip, and many shorter plays have been produced in Canada, the US, and UK.  Frailty Thy Name is Woe has been published by Meriweather in Volume II of Young Women's Monologues from Contemporary Plays, And Then Full Circle has been published in Mother/Daughter Monologues Volume 4: Urgent Maturity.  Paddy is the Artistic Director of Flush Ink Performing Arts and a former President of ICWP (International Centre for Women Playwrights).  Paddy’s plays online.


Paddy’ has had a lot of plays in AJS and part of She Speaks. QUANTUM ENTANGLEMENT was part of UNHINGED ‘08, performed at ArtBar – Centre in the Square. WHITE NOISE was in Unhinged ’09.  HAUNTING THE PENUMBRA in ’11.  AND THEN SHE TASTED CERULEAN BLUE in ’12.  WAY BEYOND THE LOOKING GLASS in 2013.


JEFFERY GOLD was educated at Cambridge University.  He was a member of the Playwright's Group for more than three seasons, through the auspices of the Salt Lake Acting Company under dramaturg Mike Dorrell (BBC's Soldier, Soldier) and playwright-in-residence Julie Jensen (Two-Headed, Last Lists of My Mad Mother). His plays IN THE PURSUIT OF SVETLA, HORST AND GRABEN IN THE CONTEXT OF THE UNFINISHED MAN, FITCH TODD, PERCOLATION THEORY, DEDEKIND, HORST AND GRABEN AT THE CHATEAU GODOT, CANDYCANE HURRICANE, EXECUTION AT PARADAIS ISLAND, DISPLACEMENT: A FISH IN WATER STORY, and FAIR SHAKE have garnered numerous awards, readings, and productions internationally.


Jeffrey’s play, FAIR SHAKE, was performed in AJS VIII.



L.H. (LEE) GRANT has written many full-length and one-act plays. His work has been produced in New York, Massachusetts and Vienna, Austria.


Lee is also an artist whose paintings have been exhibited in several galleries. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Lee took advantage of the closeness to the border with Canada and spent a good deal of time visiting many places in Ontario including Algonquin Provincial Park where the cry of the loons and majesty of the aurora borealis left an indelible mark. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Lee currently resides in Northern California.





BRENDAN GRIFFIN lives in Ireland and has just retired from teaching – more time to write.


"Naked Photographs of my Mother" is a follow up to a short film of his "Free Film / Rolla Saor" that won a number of film festival audience awards.


The film can be viewed HERE.


Brendan’s play, NAKED PHOTOGRAPHS OF MY MOTHER, was performed in AJS IX, and was part of AJS X - The DecaDance. 






SHERI GRAUBERT is a playwright and actress.  Plays include: Johnny’s Girl (Festival of New Plays, Prop Thtr, Chicago); The Adelaide Chronicles (nominated for Cherry Lane mentor program, semi-finalist Mill Mountain Theatre); G.R.A.P.E.H.E.A.D.S (Last Frontier Theatre Conference, The Drilling Company; WBAI Radio: THAW); Love Dust (Sun Dog Theatre Company - Scenes from the Staten Island Ferry); The Vestibule (Festival of One Acts, Neighborhood Playhouse); Last Word (selected by Soho Theatre, London; staged reading TDC/78th St Theatre Lab); St Croix (Clubbed Thumb 50 States and More pageant); Ms. Santos Dream after Reading Medea (TDC);Coffee &Prozac (selected by PFD in London); The Hundred Years’ War (TDC); The Secret of Dogs (Radio); King of the World, (Alcoholic Fringe, Alaska) A Few Good Eggs (Words of Choice) Penny Black (Invited to PlayLabs, Great Plains Theatre Festival 2008, current finalist Women at Plays(4)) Magnolia Day (Source Festival, DC, 2008: Reading HB Studio Theatre) Gerry (The Drilling Company-Hero) Parental Consent (winner, Theatre Oxford) A Few Good Eggs(Words of Choice) Ginto & May (Current Semi-finalist, Shorter & Sweeter Festival) The Millhouse Contract (semi-finalist, Lakeshore 5th Annual 10 Minute Play Contest )Penelope (Ashpalt Jungle, V) Dick Spacey and the Space Detectives (Only Make Believe). Currently working on a new commission for Only Make Believe, a sequel to Dick Spacey: Dave Space-Out. www.sherigraubert.info


Sheri’s play, PENELOPE, was performed in AJS V at the Rum Runner.


C.S. HANSON’S play Charles Winn Speaks was recently produced off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane Studio Theatre by Living Image Arts, directed by Lynn M. Thomson. Other plays have been produced in New York (Theatre for the New City; Living Image Arts; Metropolitan Playhouse; Estrogenius, 3Graces, At-Hand Theatre), Miami (City Theatre), Washington, D.C. (The Source), and Pittsburgh (New Works Festival). Hanson’s work has been developed by EST, LaMaMa, Abingdon Theatre, Naked Angels, New Jersey Rep, and through commissions from America-in-Play (Lynn M. Thomson, founder and artistic director). Hanson was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2010 Sewanee Writers’ Conference and is a four-time Heideman Award finalist.


COMBAT DATING is published in “EstroGenius 2009” (Amazon.com). STALK ME, BABY will be published by Smith and Kraus in 2012. Member, Dramatists Guild. C.S. Hanson’s website.


Cynthia’s play, STALK ME, BABY, was performed in AJS VII.


REINA HARDY is a playwright with credits in Chicago, New York, and Muncie, Indiana. Her play Erratica will make its professional world premiere in July 2009 with Sacramento's Capital Stage.  Reina has also worked with Orlando Shakespeare, Algonquin Theatre, the Side Project, Write Act Rep, the House Theatre, and many others.  Look for her poems in various magazines, look for excerpts from her plays in "Audition Arsenal," "The Ultimate Audition Book" and "Best Scenes for Two Actors," and look for her theatre reviews on the Sun Times website.


Once, Reina resolved to see a show in every Chicago fringe venue during the course of a year. Her failure is chronicled at wayoffloop.blogspot.com. Reina is a 2003 graduate of Columbia University, where she won the Brick Memorial Prize for playwriting, and a 2011 MFA candidate at Ohio University. She is also founder and artistic director of the Viola Project, Chicago's best Shakespeare performance workshop for girls.


Reina’s play, CELESTIAL LIQUOR, was part of She Speaks ’09.


DIANE RAO HARMAN is a playwright, director and dramaturg living in New Concord, Ohio, where she serves on the faculty in theatre at Muskingum College. A professional dramaturg, Diane is currently working on “Blackbird” at the Contemporary American Theatre Company (CATCO) in Columbus, where she has previously dramaturged “Escanaba in Da Moonlight,” and “Boston Marriage.” Last year, one act of her full-length play “Sunset; Sunrise” was read at the Mid America Theatre Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.

Diane is treasurer of the Ohio Theatre Alliance and a member of the International Centre for Women Playwrights. A member of the Ibsen Society of America, Diane writes the
blog Eating Ibsen (www.eatingibsen.blogspot.com).



Diane’s play, CALLING FIVE-SEVEN-FIVE was performed in various places around Victoria Park in AJS V.


KAREN T. HARTLIN is proud to have been voted the 3rd place winner in the nation’s largest audience-judged playwriting competition, PianoFight’s ShortLived 3.0 in San Francisco. Her most recent 10-minute play, Life, After Life has been chosen to appear in Toronto at the InspiraTO Festival in June. Her play Pulling the Plug is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles at Fire Rose Productions 10-minute playwriting competition later this year and has been produced in Soft Serve Playhouse’s 10-Minute Play Festival and Bradley Playhouse’s Playwrights’ Festival. Her one-act, In A Pickle, was chosen for the 2009 Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region in Denver, and has been a finalist in both the Kansas City Women’s Playwriting Festival, the Dubuque Fine Arts Players 32nd Annual National Playwriting Contest and the Nantucket Shorts Festival. Her short stories Beyond the Backyard, Brandon, Til, Kate, and Under Dead have appeared in magazines such as Thought, Caprice, Prose Ax and War, Literature and the Arts. Among her most recent projects are the web series, Transplant Parmesan and Quite Contrary, currently in pre-production, and What You Can Do, a documentary series that has appeared on New York’s PBS affiliate station WLIW21.

Karen is a graduate of Queens College in New York with a BA in Communications and has since written for several magazines such as Oakland and Parents Press, New York Moves and Roam. She currently lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son.


Karen’s play, LIFE AFTER LIFE was part of She Speaks 2012.



JEAN KRISTEN HEDGECOCK’S work has been performed in New York at The Lion Theatre, The Pulse Ensemble Theatre, The Triad Theatre and The Walter Reade Theatre as well as regionally at various theatres.  Her work has been published in several anthologies and journals including New Monologues for Women, Poems and Plays, Shades of December, Confrontation, Iris, The Raven Chronicles, The LadyFest Anthology, and is forthcoming in Lady Jane Miscellany. 



She lives and writes in Atlanta.  


Jean’s play, SNOW EVERYWHERE DESCENDING, was part of She Speaks ’09.



LAURA HENRY’s full-length plays have been produced or work-shopped at theatres across the country, including OpenStage Theatre & Co., Centenary Stage Company, Echo Theatre and Urban Stages.  Laura has received fellowships from Cornerstone Theater Company, the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the Dramatists Guild and has been a finalist for the Princess Grace Award. She is a graduate of the MFA playwriting program at the University of California, San Diego and currently teaches for Theatre for a New Audience and Young Playwrights, Inc. 

Ano 1868 has been previously seen in the DNA short play festival, produced by the University of Idaho/Idaho Repertory Theatre (USA), the Harrowgate Theatre (Great Britain) and at Java Theatre in Boston (USA). 


Laura’s play, Año 1868, was performed behind the Mayfair Hotel in AJS I.


ALAN HAEHNEL is an English teacher and playwright from Hartford, Vermont.  


He has taught for 20 years.  He has published over 80 plays.  


He has a wife and three children and longs for the day he can write full time.  



Alan’s play, TIN CUP, was performed in Aha Moments – MT Space and AJS VI.

BRETT HURSEY’s comedies have appeared in theaters across the country including venues in Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hollywood, as well as internationally in England and Australia.  He's also had over twenty off/off-off Broadway productions in Manhattan.


Brett lives in the hinterlands of Farmville, Virginia. 


Brett’s play, STRAIGHT TALK was performed at the Rum Runner in AJS V, and TOUGH COOKIES was part of AJS IX and AJS X – the best of…



SARA ILYSE JACOBSON'S full-length plays include The Heart is Hollow, Past Shadows Dark and Deep, and Catch The Spider. Sara's plays have received staged readings and productions at the Capital Fringe Festival, Kennedy Center Page-To-Stage Festival, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Shelterbelt Theatre, Where Eagles Dare Short Play Lab, Source Festival, Mergatroyd Productions, Kathie Rasmussen Theatre, Arizona Women's Theatre, Altruistic Theatre Company's Bare-Knuckle Theatre Festival, DC SWAN Day, and Life and Death Matters Festival. Sara is the recipient of a 2010 Individual Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.


Sarah’s play, THE CONFESSION, was part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts IX.

YOHANAN KALDI began to write for the theatre some years ago, mainly libretti for operas, like:
THE BIG BAKERY ROBBERY – opera buffa (based on two short stories by Haruki Murakami); winner of the 2007 International Libretto Competition of NetzZeit Vienna, The Luzerne Theatre (Switzerland) and OperaGenesis (ROH2), London. Music: Misato Mochizuki (Japan). World premiere: Luzerne Theatre, January 2009. Second premiere:  NetzZeit Theatre, Vienna, February 2009. Next production: Sunsory Festival, Tokyo, March 2010, with additional performances in Osaka.  OPERATION MIDNIGHT - a comic mystery opera that was produced by the "bonn chance!" Music Theatre of Oper Bonn, Germany. Music: Richard Farber. MACHA'S  DIARY - chamber opera on the life and loves of the Czech Romantic poet Karel Hynek Macha. Premiered at the Prague National Theatre's Kolowrat Auditorium. Music: Emil Viklicky (Czech Republic).  THE AXE -  a horror opera after the play "Graf Öderland" by Max Frisch.  Music: Max E Keller (Switzerland); commissioned by the Swiss Pro Helvetia Foundation and the Komische Oper Berlin.


A word on TOWERING PASSION: his son, Ruven drew Yohanan's attention to a newspaper article on a Parisian woman, who has married the Eiffel Tower. This is what gave the inspiration to a short play on objectum sexuality. The opportunity to submit it to AJS 5 was a godsend. Out of Kitchener's rich photographic internet site the charming picture of the Clocktower in the Victoria Park was chosen to function  as an object of love.     Yohanan - born in Hungary, in Israel since 1968, married. Has three children, two dogs, lives with his wife Hagar in a village on the northern rim of the Negev Desert.


Yohanan’s play, TOTEM, was performed in AJS IV, TOWER OF PASSION in AJS V and WHAT’S IN THE BOX – AJS VI.


GRACE KARY is a graduate of Ryerson’s media arts program in Toronto and an active member in the independent media community in Canada, Grace Kary is the first recipient of the prestigious Hunter Award for her script “Immaculate”.  Her short films have appeared in film festivals around the world and on Canadian television. In addition, she has received grants from civic, provincial and national granting bodies including the Canada Council, the Toronto Arts Council and the Waterloo Regional Arts Foundation. 


The Sun is a Neon sign is her first full-length play.  She has had a short play produced in Canada.  Two exhibits of her work include a show in Mexico March 2007 and an installation piece in Zero to One Gallery, Kitchener in June 2007. 


A scene from Grace’s play, THE SUN IS A NEON SIGN, was read at She Speaks 2007, A GRAVE FAMILIARITY was read at She Speaks 2008, FUCKING FOR FURNITURE was part of AJS VII and a scene from THE SUN IS A NEON SIGN was part of She Speaks 2012.



BRIAN Z. KELLY became involved with Flush Ink as a corporate sponsor, and in the wee cracks chiseled out of his entrepreneurial existence began to try his hand at writing and acting and directing.  Having recently jumped off the executive roller coaster he is now finding the time to properly explore his passions for the performing and visual arts.  He has resumed and deepened his delving in photography and film and is promoting Canadian music by producing some amazing house concerts at The Rookery... a concert hall that most frequently doubles as his home.  Mr. Z. Kelly plays guitar, plays and coaches soccer, plays pond hockey, but more than all these things, he loves to hang out with his son, Liam.


Brian’s song WHY DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND? was a hit in AJS VI, and his performance piece, DALI’S TIMEPIECE, was an unusual adventure for audience in AJS VII.


NANCY KENNY is thrilled to have her work presented in Kitchener-Waterloo again after her last short play, Buds, was first staged as part of She Speaks.  An actor and playwright based in Ottawa, she is a founding member of Evolution Theatre and currently serves as the company’s Director of Communications.  In 2007, she completed her first one-act play, Reality Check, which was a commercial success at the Ottawa Fringe Festival.  No Exit Upstage. Was presented in Ottawa, Winnipeg.


She is also creating a one-woman show which she plans to tour cross-country. 



Nancy’s play, BUDS, was part of She Speaks ’09 & BLIND DATE was performed in the Rum Runner - AJS V.



HANK KIMMEL is a founding member and President of Working Title Plawywrights, an Atlanta-based theatre company dedicated to the development of playwrights and new plays – http://www.workingtitleplaywrights.com  


One of his goals is to have his work produced in 50 states, and he is more than halfway to his goal.  More info: http://ww.hankkimmel.com




Hank’s Play, MIS==CHARACTERIZATION, was performed in AJS IV at the KW Book Store.


SHIRLEY KING lives in Benicia, California.  My first play, MORGANA'S HEART, won a California Arts Council competition for best new play and was produced in 2002. Since then my plays have had numerous productions, workshops and readings by theatre companies including, Radiant Theatre, Penobscot Theatre, Big Idea Theatre, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, SlamBoston, Women's Theatre Alliance of Chicago, Instant Theatre, University of North Dakota, Stockyards Theatre Project's Pro Peace Plays series, Asphalt Jungle Shorts, Kitchener, Canada and Short Leaps Festival, Eureka Theatre, San Francisco.

 Awards: finalist for the Maxim Mazumdar Award, three finalists for the Nancy Weil New Play Search, finalist for the 2006 Contra Costa Times New Play Competition, Kansas City's Barn Project, Australia's Short & Sweet Festival and Solano County Repertory's 2008 Play Competition.  I'm a member of The Dramatists Guild and International Center for Women Playwrights.    Shirley’s Home Page


Shirley’s play, THE ORANGE WHISTLE, was performed on the fifth floor of a parking garage in AJS I and NAME GAME was read in She Speaks 2008.  NO DICE was part of AJS V – performed on the stairs of a rehab centre, LOST was part of AJS VI and Remove Your Belt and Shoes was part of AJS VIII.


GARY KIRKHAM is a playwright, actor, and filmmaker, et al.  His play, Queen Milli of Galt, won the Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Competition and will be part of the 2007 Blyth Festival Season.  His one act play, Look, was adapted into a short film staring Mike Peng and Alan Sapp. His newest play, Falling: A Wake, will premiere at the Registry Theatre March 15-24, 2007!  Gary is a member of Lost & Found Theatre.  He has also acted with Theatre & Company and most recently, MT Space, touring in their version of The Season of Immigration.


Gary spent years as an improviser with several comedy troupes including Mental Floss and was in The Second City’s Master class. And, if you didn’t blink, you might have seen him in several sketches on The Kids in the Hall. As a filmmaker, Gary filming Bard on the Street, a series of Shakespearean monologues performed on locations throughout the region.



Gary Kirkham’s play BETH AT 50 (behind The Mayfair Hotel), was performed in AJS I and revived for Asphalt Jungle Lederhosen and part of AJS X – The Deca Dance.  LIVE NUDE MANNEQUINS (in a shop window) was performed in AJS I, AJS VII  and part of AJS X – The Deca Dance.


TAMARA KNEZIC, from Toronoto, ikes to mix it up.  In 2006 she edited the content for the Pride Toronto website, worked on the Journal for the Association in Defense of the Wrongly Convicted and work-shopped a play she wrote called "Willfully Blind".


She's excited about having her newest play included as part of the staged readings on International Women's Day 2007.


Tamara’s play, THE DEATH OF SUZIE LAU  - was part of She Speaks, 2007.


KATHLEEN KRAMER is a playwright, actor, and poet. She lives near Ithaca, NY, where her full-length plays, Colorful Bricks and Fanatics and The Tadpole Stage, have been presented to standing-room-only audiences. Her full-length, Solitary Lights, received a staged reading by 3rd Floor Productions, a women's playwriting and producing collective, of which Kathleen is a member. In February '07, Sleeps Through Storms, a 20-minute play about a woman's relationship with an unseen entity residing in her attic, was presented by Armory Square Playhouse in Syracuse, NY.


Some of Kathleen's shorter works have been featured in a creative writing curriculum at Ithaca College, while others have been part of group shows produced by 3rd Floor Productions. The most recent group show, Queueue, included six of Kathleen's short plays about people standing in lines of various kinds and the drama and comedy which can occur in these common settings.



Two of Kathleen’s plays, BAD FEET (in the queue) and ALLEN FUNT IS DEAD (at the Cenotaph) were performed in AJS II.  We were thrilled to have her and her husband join us for an evening from NY.



JAE KRAMISEN, a New York City native, became a recipient of the Helen Hayes Performing Arts Playwright Award at only fifteen years old.  Since then her plays have been performed at numerous theaters including Circle Theatre, Venus Theatre, Bloomington Playwrights, Playwrights’ Circle, Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source, Collaboration Sketchbook Festival and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, among others.


Jae is also an actress and solo performance artist who performs her own one woman shows. This is the first presentation of Shatter and Jae would like to thank everyone at Flush Ink for believing in her work.


Jae Kramisen’s play, SHATTER, was part of She Speaks ’09.

ANDREW LAKIN has been performing on stage and designing lights in the K-W region for over a decade. He is delighted to be a founding member of Lost & Found Theatre, where he has performed in Vigil and Cotton Patch Gospel, designed lights for Eleemosynary, and directed The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine. He has also recently performed with MT Space and the Perimeter Institute. Other favourite productions include The Foreigner, Cherry Docs, Three in the Back...Two in the Head, Waiting for Godot, and Girl in the Goldfish Bowl, all at Theatre & Co. Other lighting designs there include Red Lips, A Walk in the Woods, Proof, and Mary's Wedding. In his spare time, Andrew writes, spends time with his wonderful wife Joanne and their Yellow Lab puppy Lucy, and he is looking forward to his next big challenge in life... becoming a father! 


Andrew Lakin’s play, SENTINEL, was performed at the corner of King & Frederick Streets. in AJS III, and in his own words, it was its Galactic Premier!




MARK HARVEY LEVINE'S has had over 1000 productions of his short works, all over the world – from New York to Seoul to Sydney to Cairo.  Evenings of his short plays have been produced in Amsterdam, Sao Paulo, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, New York Los Angeles, Boston, Idianapolis, Columbus and other cities.  Eleven of his plays appear in the “Best Ten-Minute Play” Anthologies from Smith & Kraus, and other plays appear in the Anthologies “Laugh Lines”, “Shorter, Faster, Funnier”, and “Plays for Two”, from Random House.  He can be found online HERE and in real life in Pasadena with his lovely wife and son. 


Mark’s play, TAKE OUR PICTURE, was performed beneath the Clock Tower in Victoria Park for AJS V, and THE ORDER & FILTHY RICH IN AJS VII, SOUL FOOD in AJS VIII and THE ORDER in AJS – The Deca Dance.



LAUREN YEE has been a 2009 MacDowell Colony fellow, a 2008/09 Dramatists Guild fellow, and a member of the 2009 Public Theater Emerging Writers Group. She has been a finalist for the Djerassi Resident Artist Program, the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, the Heideman Award, the Jerome Fellowship, the Princess Grace Award, the PONY Fellowship, and the Wasserstein Prize. She has received commissions from AlterTheater, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the O’Neill Studio at Yale, and PlayGround. Other honors include Kumu Kahua Theatre’s Pacific Rim Prize and the Yale Playwrights Festival. She has received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the Byrdcliffe Artist Colony, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat, and the New York Mills Arts Retreat. A recent Yale graduate, Lauren is pursuing her MFA in playwriting at UCSD, under Naomi Iizuka.


Lauren’s play, FALLING WATER, was read in She Speaks ‘10.



CASSANDRA LEWIS is the writer at Bastille Arts.  Her plays have been performed in London, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Valdez.  Marked was recently published in The Best Plays of The Strawberry One-Act Festival Anthology and was presented in the 33rd Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival.  A monologue from Transference was just published by The International Centre for Women Playwrights in the anthology, Mother/Daughter Monologues Volume 1:  Babes and Beginnings.  Other notable publishing credits include: The Stanford Social Innovation Review, Expatica, Apparatus Magazine and she has received numerous reporting credits in the Village Voice.  Forthcoming publications include: Boston Literary Magazine, Tattoo Highway, Annalemma, Fractured West, and Common Boundary, an anthology published by Editions Bibliotekos. 


Cassandra is a member of  ICWP, The Dramatists Guild, and PEN USA, and we are thrilled she is coming to join us for the event.


Cassandra’s play, DETAIL MAN was read in She Speaks ’10.


EM LEWIS is a member of Moving Arts Theater Company, the Alliance of LA Playwrights, the International Center for Women Playwrights and the Dramatists Guild.  Her plays have been read and produced around the country.  Heads (a hostage drama, set against the war in Iraq) had its world premiere at the Blank Theater in Los Angeles, won Coe College’s New Works for the Stage competition, was featured in the hotINK International Festival of New Plays at NYU, and was a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and the Julie Harris Award.  It was featured in the GPTC Long Play Lab in 2007.  Infinite Black Suitcase (about grief and survival in rural Oregon; a semi-finalist for the 2006 O’Neill Playwrights Conference) received its world premiere in LA in April 2007, produced by TheSpyAnts.  Lewis lives in southern California now – but she’s from Oregon.


E.M. Lewis on the web.



Ellen’s play, LEND ME A MENTOR, was performed inside KW Book Store in AJS III.



David’s plays and one-acts have been produced by companies including Theatre Neo, Company of Angels, Chautauqua Theatre Alliance, and the Turnip Theatre Company.  A graduate of NYU and AFI-CAFTS.


 David also co-wrote the award-winning comedy short, "Dora Was Dysfunctional."  Acting credits include "Vanilla Sky," “My Wife and Kids,” “LAX,” and “Side Order of Life.” 


David’s website.


David’s plays, CRAZY & WALKING DISTANCE, where performed in AJS III, one began with the actress screaming from behind some bushes, the other, at the Delta Inn.

ROBIN RICE LICHTIG has authored over 40 plays, taught playwriting in Mongolia and been produced from Alaska to Africa. She is currently developing an autobiographical full-length, Suki Livingston Opens Like A Parachute, in New York. A few other full-length titles: Lola And The Planet Of Glorious Diversity, Embracing The Undertoad, Women W/O Walls, the power of birds. Honors include: Chambers, Shiner, Smith Prize, Karamu, and the Goshen Peace Play Prize.  Gloom, Doom And Soul-Crushing Misery will be published by Smith & Kraus in 2008 and Deja Vu All Over Again in 2009. Purity And The Prince will be produced in Toronto in June. 


Other publishers include: Dramatist, Brooklyn, Bakers, JAC.  Member: Dramatist Guild, International Centre for Women Playwrights, League of Professional Theatre Women. Synopses of available scripts at http://www.dramamama.net


Robin’s play, Seducing Ramona, was part of She Speaks ’09, The Other Shoe – 2011 and part of The Breast Monologues, 2013.



CHRISTOPHER LOCKHEARDT is an amateur playwright and has the bank account to prove it. His wise and beautiful wife suggests that if he cashed the royalty checks received from generous theaters rather than framing and hanging them in his study, he might then be able to afford from time to time to buy her a drink at a really nice bar.




Christopher’s play, LUKE MEETS CHARLENE AT A REALLY NICE BAR, was performed at the Delta Inn, a really nice bar, for AJS II. 



J. BRIAN LONG.  Though born in South Carolina and, as a child, having taken up residence for extended periods of time in both Florida and Texas, J Brian Long has spent most of his life in eastern Tennessee. He has served on the board of directors for the Knoxville Writer’s Guild and edits the poetry section of a regional print magazine.


He is author of a volume of poems, The Singing of the Wheels:  Poems from Somewhere Not Far (Wind, 2004), which was nominated for the Kentucky Literary Award. He has served as a reader for the Peter Taylor Prize for the Novel, and is a columnist and freelance contributor for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. His work has also been published in various magazines and literary journals.


Brian’s play, TWO, was performed in and around the City Hall in AJS III.


MELISSA MAJOR grew up in rural Ontario and now resides in Toronto. She graduated from York University 's Glendon campus with a degree in Drama Studies as well as a degree in Psychology. Awards for her work include the York University President's Prize for Playwriting in 2004 (Art is a Cupboard), 2006 (Unicorn Horns) and 2007 (Kicking and Smiling). Art is a Cupboard was also a semi-finalist for Reverie Productions' Next Generation Playwriting Contest in New York (2006). Her only children's play Wanda T. Grimsby, Detective Extraordinaire won the 2006 Summer Shorts Festival Playwriting Competition, where the play was produced by Youth Education OnStage in Williston, North Dakota. One of her short plays, Delly's Belly was a finalist for the 2006 Emerging Artist Theatre's Fall EATfest award in New York, where it garnered a staged reading.

Although her focus is on writing, she also makes a habit of parading around in other hats, such as the intricate director's hat, the inventive actor's hat and the illustrious poet's hat.  Recent credits include a physical reading of Unicorn Horns for Nuit Blanche Toronto (Playwright/Performer), stage managing several shows for the Ashkenaz Festival at the Harbourfront Centre (Uprising: A Ballet by Donna Greenberg; The Wandering Jew; & Blue Cows & Green Ducks), the Toronto Fringe Festival production of Art is a Cupboard (Playwright) & playing the role of dog/grandma in Puzzled Man (New Ideas Festival, Alumnae Theatre).


On a personal level, she enjoys cycling, painting and conducting obscure psychological research in her spare time. She has an extremely delightful family.  Unicorn Horns was produced in the IDEA 2007 World Congress of theatre this July in Hong Kong.


Melissa’s play is DOUBLE-EDGED WORD, was performed in the Legion parking lot, with a bit of a run first, for AJS II, and was also performed, with a longer run, in AJS VI.



MARY ALICE Mark’s plays for young actors on social issues have been produced by New York Children’s Theatre, Miami Beach Community Theatre, Quest Theatre and Institute of West Palm Beach, Florida, Prairie Players Youth Theatre, (Iowa), Phoenix Theatre of Harlingen, Texas, and Enrichment Works, (L.A.). 


Her poem, Walls can be read on the social justice pages of Artists for Peace, Justice and Civil Liberties at www.taparts.org. 


Mary Alice lives with her family in Woodstock, New York.


Mary’s play, REVISITED, was performed from the second floor of a parking garage, and on the sidewalk for AJS III and SUCH AS WE was part of AJS VI.

LYNDA MARTEN has been playing around with acting and directing in London and area community theatres for three years.  In 2007 she ventured into writing, and wrote her first play, "Naked in the Kitchen", which won best original script at the 2007 London-One-Act-Festival.  The same play will receive a staged reading as part of Theatre One's 'Emerging Voices' promising playwrights program in Nanaimo, B.C., and a full professional production as part of Theatre Aurora's Playwright's of Spring Festival, both in April, 2008.   Both "Naked" and her second play "Fear of Angels" received nominations for best original script at London's 2007 Brickenden awards. 


Lynda is honoured to be included as a part of the She Speaks' showcase of women writers.  She is a member of ICWP.


Linda’s play, JUST FOR ME, was read in She Speaks 2008.


KATE MCCAMY was raised in lower Manhattan by bohemian artist parents and grew up surrounded by creative minds. She has worked in film and theatre all her life from off off Broadway to Hollywood films. She is a published and produced playwright, screenwriter and songwriter, has been employed as a script doctor; taught playwriting at Julia Richman High School in Queens for Theatre For New Audiences; ran an improvisation workshop and was a Teacher-Director for the Circle Repertory Company Lab and their Arts and Education outreach program.


She studied film and screenwriting at New York University, but has learned the most from the school of life, traveling the world and working in the “Business”. She is also thrilled to add to her list a Canadian debut with Flush Ink Productions.



Kate’s play, WHAT’SINALINE, was part of She Speaks 2011 – and was In AJS VII.



LAURA MCLEAN is a professional actor and has worked extensively in theatre, film and television over the last 7 years.  Her most recent stage credit includes the 2009 Toronto Fringe Hit, Code Blue, which earned 5 stars and was included in Eye Weekly’s Fringe pick.  In it, Laura was singled out as “one of Toronto’s next best”.  Other stage credits include Richard III, Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors (The Festival of Classics), The Trojan Women, The Sea, The Three Penny Opera, The Interview, Les Belles Soeurs, The Reading (Rhubarb Festival) and Judgment Day Café (Hysteria Festival).  Film and television credits include a leading role on The Smart Woman Survival Guide (W network, Cosmo TV) as well as appearances in Murdoch Mysteries (City TV), 2:22  (Phillip Roy Co.) featuring Val Kilmer, Suspect (dir. Patricia Rozema), Four Horsemen (dir. Sydney Furie) and Sweet Karma (Filament Films).  Recently she co-produced Thank you for the Ride and has worked as a story and copy editor for Shay Media.  She teaches drama to children between the ages of 4 and 10 through a not-for-profit organization, The K-W Children’s Drama Workshop, based out of Kitchener-Waterloo.  Laura holds a BFA in Acting from York University wherein she received two Acting awards: the Jean Gascon Award in Acting and the Edna Khunyar Acting Scholarship.   The Legend of Zelda is her first play.


Part of THE LEGEND OF ZELDA, Laura’s full-length play in progress, was read in She Speaks ’10.


Kristine McGovern graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in philosophy and spent 20 years as a print journalist. Her first short play, “Waiting for the Ice Cream Man,” was selected for the Playwrights’ Showcase of the Western Region in 2004. Since then, her short works have been performed at the Short Attention Span Festival, The Frankenstein Experiment, and the Palm Springs National Short Play Festival. Several short scripts also were selected for the Katrina Project, a Readers’ Theater collaboration to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina.


As a recovering journalist, Kristine enjoys the freedom of playwriting and being able to make up quotes as needed. She now edits books from her Centennial, Colo., home, which she shares with her husband, two horses, a German shepherd, five barn cats, and Lily, a diabolical goat that soon may appear in the Free category on Craigslist.


Her son, Matt, is a college freshman majoring in history.   Kristine was delighted to be part of the Asphalt Jungle Shorts.


Kristine’s play, FOR WANT OF A SHOE, was performed at the Delta Inn, in AJS II.


Josh McIlvain is pleased to be making his Kitchener debut, and to be a part of an innovative evening!


He is from Philadelphia, currently lives in New York City, and recently traveled to Greenland.


He is a playwright, editor, and the songwriter/frontman for the band Sexcop.



Josh’s plays, MODERN DANCE & BENCH PLAY, were both performed in AJS III.  One with a writhing actor on the wheelchair ramp in front of the City Hall, and another in the Rum Runner – Walper Terrace.

KATHARINE MILLS most recently appeared as Milli in Galt Little Theatre's production of Queen Milli of Galt. Other recent performances include stalking the Asphalt Jungle in various guises, appearances in Poor Tom Productions' I Can't Imagine Tomorrow and Still Life In Leather, and What!sInThere? Productions' Children's Crusade and Copy Protection (the latter of which was included in Unhinged 2008).


She is a poet, designer, and painter, studies singing, movement, and clown, and is perpetually fascinated by the interconnectedness of everything.


Katharine co-wrote TIMED RELEASE with Nicholas Cumming.  She spent a night and part of a day in a barn housing 75 or so cats for Write or Flight ’13.



PATRICIA MILTON'S plays have been performed in New York, Boston, San Diego, San Francisco, Jackson, MS, Marble Falls, TX, and places in between.  Her The Only Virgin in Jubilee County, winner of the 2007 Hill Country Playwriting Festival, premiered at the Hill Country Community Theatre in Texas, will be performed by the inmates of the Iowa women's penitentiary, and is published by Eldridge Publishers.

Her short plays Real/Not Real and Busybody were seen in the 2007 and 2008 Bay Area One Acts Festival, and published by Three Wise Monkeys. Pat Craig of the Contra Costa Times called her short play Busybody "a disturbing slice of life . . . a chilling tale designed for maximum emotional discomfort." This play is published by Original Works Publishing. Her short plays on the subject of torture have been seen in the SF Fringe Festival and Sheherezade.  Her latest full-length, Solving Sunflowershttp://www.patricia-milton.com/Page7.html, was developed at RAW Works in Ross, CA and won Third Prize in the 2009 Eudora Welty New Play Competition. It was chosen for work-shopping at the 2010 New Frontier Theatre Festival. Drivenhttp://www.patricia-milton.com/Driven.html, a Christmas comedy with a wicked edge, received a staged reading at the Playwrights Center of San Francisco June 16, 2009. Her latest full-length play is Believershttp://www.patricia-milton.com/Page9.html. She has been commissioned by Central Works to collaborate with them on a new comedy, Reduction in Forcemailto:, to premiere July 2011.She is co-author with Andrew Black of three full-length comedies: Porn Yesterday, Strange Bedfellows, and It's Murder, Mary! which premiered at the New Conservatory Theater Center, San Francisco, in May 2008. They are working on a musical with composer Caroline Altman, Not Without Our Women. Visit Andrew and Patricia's website here. She is a past president, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, and a member of Play Café, Theatre Bay Area, and The Dramatists Guild.


Patricia’s play, STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU, was part of She Speaks 2011.


JENNIFER MUNDAY was in Burlington – she normally lives in Australia, and because she was, we had the privelege to work with her in She Speaks, as well as Asphalt Jungle Shorts II.  She  has only recently braved the art of playwriting with some very small pieces and a larger work that is the product of her doctoral research on 'adapting the novel for live performance, VitaBrevis.  Her Masters research and earlier professional performance work centered around creating performances in unusual places - her performing group, Elbow Room's last work was Tom's Women, by Geoffrey Sykes – a series of female monologues based on the paintings of an Australian artist, Tom Roberts.  Her works also explore and include aspects of technology.


Jenni’s play, ON THE EDGE was part of She Speaks 2007.


Tijuana, Mexico is where GERMAN MUNOZ will always call home. He wrote his first play when he was in junior high. Seeing it performed by the class caused him much exhilaration, but the thought of becoming a playwright didn’t materialize until much later when his mother dragged him to see Edward Albee’s “Three tall women” after her friend cancelled at the last minute. Seeing this play, performed in Spanish, made him realize how powerful and moving theater could be.


He currently lives near Seattle, WA in the USA and misses Mexico every day.



German’s play, YES-NO was performed in AJS IV at the chess tables in front of the City Hall.


SHANNON MURDOCH holds a first class honours degree in Theatre and Creative Writing from Griffith University and was a graduate of The Playwrights Studio at NIDA in 2005.  Her play Everything in Between has had twelve productions in the USA and Australia and is published by Smith & Kraus in The Best Plays of 2007.  The Lovely was a finalist in The Creative Mechanics Theatre Company’s International Play Competition and was produced in New York, and subsequently published.  Dreams in Deepest Sleep was the runner-up in the Dogwood Playwrights Initiative Play Award.  The Swirl of Madness was the inaugural production of Chapel Off Chapel’s Emerging Playwright’s Forum.  One Cloud was produced by Theatreworks as part of their mainstage season.  Other one act plays have been produced in multiple festivals throughout the USA, Australia and Canada.  Shannon was an Australian delegate to the International Youth Playwrights Festival (Interplay) and has received writing fellowships from the Australian Council for the Arts, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in California, Bundanon in New South Wales and Hothouse Theatre in Victoria. 


Shannon’s play, STUPID AND TERRIBLE, will be read.





You’ll Go Blind – AJS VII and Logophilia AJS IX.



ELENA NASKOVA immigrated to USA from Macedonia.  She lives in Seattle, Washington. 


Her plays have been produced and read in Portland, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco, North Hollywood, Chicago, Nantucket, Mesa/Scottsdale, Sheffield UK, New York, Toronto, Bloomington, Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle. 


CHECK PLEASE, Elena’s play, was performed in AJS VIII.


Julian Olf teaches and directs theater at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  His screenplay, ANTHONY, won a Gold Award at WorldFest International Film Festival and received a professional reading by the Drama Garage of Hollywood. His short comedy, “1-900-SEX-DATE,” won the Nantucket Short Play Award and has received productions at the Nantucket Actor’s Theater, the West Coast Ensemble - L.A., New Century Theatre - Northampton, and Phare Productions - NYC. His play, “I LUV BETSY + JOEY + MARY LOU…, as produced at the Brooklyn Lyceum and at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, NYC; FUN WITH JAY LENO: A SHAMELESS DOMESTIC DRAMA was produced by NativeAliens at the Player’s Loft, NYC; and UNTITLED PUBLIC RADIO SEGMENT was produced by Two Trees Productions, Vancouver, BC. Most recently, his short, WSF: A LOVE STORY FOR THE STAGE, received a professional reading by Boston Theater Works at the Boston Center for the Arts.


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Julian’s play, THE ASSIGNMENT, was performed in a parking lot for AJS III.


JOCELYN PEREZ is known as Panda. She's 17 years old. She's lives in Brooklyn New York. She's is a junior in high school.


She's on her way to becoming an actress, although she hasn't performed in any shows or plays but she know that’s what she wants to be.


She's in a group called “ STILL WATERS IN A STORM” that is where she found her love for writing.

Now she writes short stories based on her life, like “ONE NIGHT”.



Jocelyn’s beautiful monologue ONE NIGHT was performed in AJS VI.


SHANTELL (aka Shan aka The ShanMonster) makes things. Sometimes she makes stories or poems, sometimes dances, sometime costuming or props, and sometimes soups or pies, but something is always on the make. She is fascinated by movement, and has studied a variety of movement styles and philosophies, from martial arts to dance to yoga to power lifting. She is an avid LARPer (Live Action Role Player), and considers it to be immersive improvisational theatre. She has a degree in creative writing and drama from UNB, and this event marks her first foray at writing for stage in well over a decade. Shannon wrote THE TIME FOR DOLLS during Write or Flight – UnHinged ’11.


You can find her ramblings online at http://shanmonster.livejournal.com/


JUDITH PRATT has worked as an actor, director, theatre professor, and reviewer.  Her plays have been produced in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Kansas City MO, Austin TX, and read at Edward Albee’s Great Plains Theatre Conference and the Last Frontier Theatre Conference.  Her full length-play The Wright Place has been published by JAC Publishing Co.  Most recently, her short play Moving Parts was produced by the Looking Glass Theatre in New York City.


Judith is member of Wolf’s Mouth Theatre Collective, the Dramatists Guild and the International Center for Women Playwrights.  She also works as a free-lance writer for business and higher education. 




Judith’s play, THE WINDOWS, was read in She Speaks ’09, and we were thrilled to have her come up from Ithaca, NY.



Lindsay is the primary writer for Theatrefolk, an independent publishing company that sells original and adapted scripts to highschools around the world. Recently, Lindsay's play APPLIANCE was performed in Denver, Colorado by the And Toto Too Theatre Company.  Upcoming, she's quite proud to have her play FLAKY LIPS take part in TADA Youth Theatre's Best of 15 Years Staged Reading Series in NYC where she'll also be the recipient of the Gregory Millard Playwriting Award.


Lindsay’s play, MAN OF MY DREAMS, was performed in a make-shift fortune teller’s shop in AJS I.


JAMES PURCELL.  As founder and artistic director of the Heights Performance Centre, James Purcell produced and directed numerous plays, taught acting classes for various ages and ran the theatre from 2001-2004 (Burnaby, BC). A recipient of the Gemini Award for best actor in a dramatic series (Counterstrike) and recipient of the Drama Logue award in LA for best actor in a play (The Birthday Party). 

James is excited to be a part of this process.  Having guest starred in numerous TV shows and starred in numerous movies he brings his mojo to this exciting event.


James sat in a haunted hotel room to write, CALLBACK – during Write or Flight ’11 – UnHinged, and participated again in 2012.

MELISSA REDFEARN has always had a passion for literature and music and has explored the arts through extra-curricular activities and hobbies all her life. She wrote the lyrics to her first song in grade 8 while in Some Big Fun, a youth performance group headed by Paddy Gillard-Bentley. Melissa also spent much of her senior year in high school and her first year of University in the Kitchener Theatre & Company`s young ensemble acting group. Melissa graduated from the Honours Arts program at the University of Waterloo with a major in English Literature in 2007. In 2008-2009, she attended Teachers' College at Nippising University in North Bay. Melissa has been working on and off as an English Teacher at St. Louis Adult Learning Centre in Kitchener for the past 3 years. She has also worked, and continues to work as a private English tutor in her spare time. She is currently working as an Occasional Teacher for both the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board. 


Melissa wrote the lyrics for FOLLOW MY HEART TO YOU…in grade eight that were part of AJS VIII.




Award-winning playwright, ELAINE ROMERO, has had work presented at the Goodman Theatre, Alley Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Louisville, among others.  She is currently writing plays for Interact Theatre Company (The Dalai Lama is Not Welcome Here), the Curious Theatre Company (Majestic County), and Kitchen Dog Theater (Ponzi).   She has been commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Magic Theatre. 


Her publishers include Samuel French, Playscripts, Smith and Kraus, Vintage Books, and Simon and Schuster.  She is the 2010 winner of the InspiraTO Festival  in Toronto for A Simple Snow.  Rain of Ruin is in production with Short+Sweet in Sydney, Australia, and has been selected for the Gala Finals.


Elaine’s new play, SLANT, was read in She Speaks ’10.




DAVE RUETZ is a life long resident of Kitchener-Waterloo and is part of Flush Ink Productions Urban Scrawlers. Playwriting is a hobby for him and this is the first of his work to be produced. This piece is part of the first scene of his play, Lucy's Journey.  Many thanks to Paddy, Jennifer, Kate and John for bringing the written words to life.


Part of Dave's play, LUCY'S JOURNEY, was performed in AJS VIII.  STILL EMBERS premiered at UnHinged 2012 and THE PEAK OF MOUNT REGRET was part of UnHinged 2013.  Dave is part of Urban Scrawlers.


ISABELLA RUSSELL-IDES (Cosmo & Gigi: Existential Lovebirds) is an award winning playwright and poet & urban legend: Lie on your belly on any warm sidewalk in America and you can hear her beat.  The queen of Spain rocks!  Isabella came back to the theatre scene in 2003 with Think Tanks for Christmas At Ground Zero.  Following that at the 2004 FIT Festival with Leonard’s Car about which the Dallas Observer wrote: “The dialogue is crisp, clever and fresh; the emotions big, brazen and ballsy.”   


In 2005, she founded My Way productions (thus becoming a writer/producer).  My Way staged four plays by Isabella:  Chalk Temple, American Infidelity, In a God Box and a shiny all-new Leonard’s Car, recipient of 2006 Dallas Theatre League Leon Rabin Award. 




Isabella’s play is COSMO & GIGI: EXISTENTIAL LOVEBIRDS, was performed throughout AJS II and her play, Beeing There, was part of She Speaks 2011.



Former college president DR. LYNN VEACH SADLER has published widely in academics and creative writing.  She has traveled around the world five times, writing all the way, and now works full-time as a creative writer and an editor.  For her first play (1996), Gnat (based on the “Duplin Insurrection,” a spin-off of the 1831 Nat Turner uprising), the (professional) Temple Theater (Sanford, NC) received the North Carolina Arts Council New Works grant and the Paul Green Foundation New Play Award; the play received a Paul Green Multi-Media Award (NC Society of Historians).  Sassing the Sphinx was commissioned for the First International Robert Frost Symposium.  Coming Country (Battle of New Orleans, War of 1812; libretto, lyrics) is her first musical.  Half-Formed Angels Fall from the Sky received a Panelist’s Choice Award in the Play Lab of the Eighth Annual Edward Albee Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, June 9-19, 2000, and won the Gilbert Theater’s one-act competition in 2002; Resurrecting Trolls was selected for the 2001 Albee competition.  Scraps of Heart was one of six plays read at the Converse College New Play Festival, 2000.  Hanging-Cat received an Honorable Mention in the Stage Play Script Category of the 2001 Writer's Digest Writing Competition.  War Frags America was a finalist in American Theatre Co-op’s Summer, 2003, Contest for Original 10-Minute Plays, La Jolla, California.  If I’m Any Judge was one of the winners of the 2003 Annual Vitality Playwriting Contest (Crossroads:  Exploring the Moments When Our Lives Are Changed Forever by the People We Meet), Speaking Ring Theatre, Chicago (production, December 5-21, 2003).  As President of The Lee County Arts Council, she originated the Railroad Celebration in Sanford, wrote plays for the two years it was held (1996, 1997), and edited/published two chapbooks for it called Lee County:  A Collection of Poetry and Prose About the Railroad


Lynn’s play, WHO IS THE OUTLAW OF YESTERYEAR, was part of She Speaks, 2011.


FRANCESCA SANDERS is an award-winning playwright who hails from Portland, Oregon. Since she began writing in 2000, she’s been the recipient of The Oregon Literary Fellowship for Drama, Portland Civic Theatre Guild Fellowship for Theatrical Excellence, Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation- Playwriting Grant, Women’s Work Residency- New Perspectives Theatre, New York; Commission- Portland Center Stage; Commission- Integrity Productions (8 Views Towards Center runs October- November 2007.) She has also been selected to participate in the Seven Devil’s Playwriting Conference.  She’s been a Finalist for the Rosenthal New Play Prize, Seattle Rep’s New Work Festival, Ojai Playwriting Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, JAW (just add water/West,) New Harmony Project, Play Labs (Playwright’s Center Minneapolis) and has had readings or productions from Bangalore, India to North Dakota.


“The juggling that Sanders does with reality and illusion is deft and skillful. A terrific piece of theatrical writing.” “A captivating new play.”- NY Theatre.com


“A very talented playwright” The Oregonian


Francesca’s monologue – A BIG FRONT PORCH – was performed in AJS IV at the top of a tannery.


BRENDAN SHAEFER is glad to be back on stage after years of absence from the limelight. Brendan completed his bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts at the University of Arizona in 1990, and spent a number of years with Theatre & Company in Kitchener in the 1990s, when it was still a small ensemble of dedicated starving artists. Roles from that period include Johann in The Shunning and Trisotin in The Sisterhood, as well as the role of Technical Director, Production Manager, Box Office Manager, Lighting Director, and Chief Cook & Bottlewasher in many other productions.  Most recently (although not that recent) Brendan has appeared in a few "short works fest" pieces, including the legendary 5-minute Bonkers in the Bank Queue (not its real title) penned by the venerable Andrew Lakin.


Brendan currently works for Habitat for Humanity Canada, and lives with his wife, Sarah, and two boys, Aidan & Faolan, in a quirky old farmhouse outside of New Dundee.



Brendan’s play, BLITZ, was co-written by Bruce Wolff and performed in front of the fountain at the City Hall - AJS II.


DAVID SCHRAG started acting in the first grade and had dreams of winning an Oscar, Emmy, or Tony until his senior year at Harvard. Then, having been rejected twice by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals, he realized he might need to do something else to earn a living. Sixteen years later, he was pulled back into the theater, this time on the other end of the script. “Not On My Watch” premiered at the Devanaughn Theater Company’s Dragonfly Festival in Boston in 2007 and was also featured in that year’s Boston Theater Marathon. His previous effort, “Life Savings,” was performed in festivals produced by the Chameleon Theatre Circle (Burnsville, MN), Theatre One Productions (Middleboro, MA), and the Herring Run ArtsFest (Middleboro, MA).


While not writing plays, David is an information technology consultant for small businesses in the Boston area. He lives in Brighton with his wife and cat.


David’s play, NOT ON MY WATCH, was performed in the rotunda at the City Hall for AJS III.


RYAN M. SERO is a playwright and actor working primarily in the GTA and Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge regions.  Past plays he has written include A Modicum of Freedom, Don Quixote, Inbetween Places, The Big Lie and Orpheus.  He has written several short plays, one of which, The Cheese, was recently produced in the HamilTEN Play Festival.  He is a member of the Theatre Aquarius Playwrights Unit.  In addition to writing, he has performed in a number of productions and is a member of the Mysterious Players (an improv murder mystery troupe) and lends his voice to the more recent audio productions released through Decoder Ring Theatre.  He lives with his ife, Jody, which is a good arrangement if you're married."


Ryan’s plays, ORCHESTRAL TOWN and THE KEYS were performed in AJS VIII.



PETER SNOAD is a writer and actor whose plays have been read and produced throughout the U.S. This is the Canadian premiere of My Name is Art, which was previously staged in Boston, Massachusetts (the Devanaughn Theatre and the Boston Theatre Marathon); Austin, Texas (The Vestige Group); and San Pedro, California (Little Fish Theatre). Peter’s play, Rosa, a comedy-drama about the “war on terror”, premiered in Boston, Mass. last year in a production by Alarm Clock Theatre. His latest full-length play, Guided Tour, which won the 2007 Stanley Drama Award, a national playwriting award in the U.S., will be staged by Centre Stage-South Carolina, in Greenville, SC in June.  Peter is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America, the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Screen Actors Guild. He lives in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.     



Peter’s play is - MY NAME IS ART – was performed in a makeshift art gallery for AJS II and resurrected for AJS X – The Deca Dance.


DONNA SPECTOR’s play GOLDEN LADDER (Women Playwrights: Best Plays of 2002, Smith & Kraus) was produced Off Broadway in 2002 at the Players Theatre, as was her first play, ANOTHER PARADISE, in 1986. This year GOLDEN LADDER was produced by Hope College in Michigan. Spector’s plays have also appeared Off Off Broadway, regionally and in Canada, Ireland and Greece. A member of Dramatists Guild, Poets & Writers and International Centre for Women Playwrights, she received two N.E.H. grants to study in Greece and production grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New York Council for the Arts.


She has been a finalist in the Beverly Hills/Julie Harris, Mill Mountain Theatre, Herbert Mark Newman and Theatre Unbound contests, a semi-finalist in the Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project and short-listed in the BBC/British Council International Playwriting Competition. Her play SHORT-TERM AFFAIRS is in 35 IN 10: THIRTY-FIVE TEN-MINUTE PLAYS (Dramatic Publishing) and was the winner in the Palm Springs National Short Play Fest, a finalist in ATL National Ten-Minute Play Contest and produced at Playwrights Circle in Palm Springs, Gallery Players, Brooklyn, and Actors on the Verge, NYC. She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and her poems, stories, scenes and monologues have appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies. Donna’s Website


Donna’s play, SHORT-TERM AFFAIRS, was performed in a makeshift office and part of AJS I.


SUSAN SOON HE STANTON’s plays have been produced or developed by The Flea, Joe’s Pub, Kennedy Center, Ontario's Kitchener Festival, Kumu Kahua, Honolulu Theater for Youth, London's Institute of Contemporary Art, InkWell, Miles Memorial Playhouse, and New Sounds Theatre.  Yale School of Drama and Cabaret productions include Art of Preservation, Cygnus, and The Underneath.  In 2009, Kumu Kahua Theatre produced two of her plays in rep, Whatever Happened to John Boy Kihano? and a remount of Art of Preservation.  The Underneath, workshopped at the Kennedy Center, is a commission by Kumu Kahua and will be produced in 2011.  Her play, The Navigators, a commission from the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, will be produced in 2010.  She has a feature-film development grant and best screenplay award from the Sloan Foundation and a commission from Red Sky Films. She is a regular contributor for Audrey Magazine.  Susan has an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She is from Honolulu, Hawaii.


FURBALL, Susan’s play, was part of She Speaks ‘10.


Fiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. STEINFELD lives in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. He has published a novel, Our Hero in the Cradle of Confederation (Pottersfield Press), nine short story collections, the previous three by Gaspereau Press — Should the Word Hell Be Capitalized?. Anton Chekhov Was Never in Charlottetown, and Would You Hide Me? — and a poetry collection, An Affection for Precipices (Serengeti Press).


His short stories and poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals internationally, and over thirty of his one-act and full-length plays have been performed in Canada and the United States, including the full-length plays Acting Violently, The Franz Kafka Therapy Session, and The Golden Age of Monsters, and the one-act plays Godot’s Leafless Tree, The Waiting Ends, The Entrance-or-Not Barroom, No End in Sight, Flowers for the Vases, The Word-Lover, Laugh for Sanity, A Murderous Art, Back to Back, Freesias in Whiskey, The Heirloom: An Evidence Play, and God’s Work.


J.J.’s play, BACK TO BACK, was performed with a couple tied to a tree in AJS IV.


DWIGHT STORRING is lives in Kitchener, Ont., where he regrets spending more time thinking about writing than doing it. So he is thankful for the support and encouragement of Flush Ink Productions, and particularly Paddy Gillard-Bentley for mounting “Lipstick and Cigarettes”.

Dwight was a resident artist at Theatre and Company in the 2006-07 season and got his start in playwriting through its wonderful Writers Bloc program. His play “Red Dress” had a workshop reading at Theatre and Company in 2004.


While thinking about writing, Dwight also conducts digital storytelling workshops, creates paintings and photographs, and works as a freelance digital media producer.



Dwight’s play, LIPSTICK & CIGARETTES was performed in AJS VI.


ROGER SUMNER is excited to be back on the street for his fifth consecutive AJS show. 


You may have seen him downtown recently with Warmer in the Living Earth Festival or on stage in KWLT's well-received "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead." He also just sort of turns up a lot. A dedicated dilettante and confirmed niobiumaddict,


Roger likes to play with words, sharp objects, improvised musical instruments and gravity.

ROGER is excited to have the world premier of his play be part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts.


Roger’s play, BUS MOOR, was performed in front of the bus terminal for AJS V (and on a bus for spOtlight)



BARA SWAIN was pleased to be part of this year’s SHE SPEAKS!  Venues for her plays include the Dubuque Fine Arts One-Act Play Festival (IA), the Festival of Women Playwrights (MO), Playwright's Round Table (FLA), Y.E.S. Summer Shorts International Festival (ND), Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival (NYC), Resilience of the Spirit Festival (CA), NYC 15 Minute Play Festival, Flint City Theater Short Play Festival (MI), Puttin' on the Ritz (NJ), and the Turnip Theater Featured Writer Series (NYC).  Through grant support, Bara premiered ten original plays and two dramatic readings of fiction at the Kaufmann Theater, American Museum of Natural History (NYC).  Her full-length play, Small Acts of Kindness, will be performed at the Jewish Theatre Workshop (MD) in March 2008.  She has upcoming publications in the Smith & Kraus anthologies Best Ten-Minute Plays 2007 for Two Actors and 221 One-Minute Monologues from Literature, Meriwether Publishing’s Contemporary Monologues for Young Women, Vol. II, and the Journal of Law and Family Studies.  Bara is the proud mother of actress Jessica Swain.


Bara’ play, GRAVEYARD SHIFT, was read at She Speaks 2008, and she did some wonderful fund-raising for The Canadian Cancer Society from all the way over there.



KATE TEMPEST is a rapper, poet and playwright.  She has performed consistently and comprehensively since she began rapping in battles at 16.  Sincen then, she has continued to develop her skills as a writer and a performer, and has made a name for herselft in the UK hip-hop, spoken word and live music scenes.  She started performing spoken word poetry in 2006, when, whilst in New York, she entered and won the NU-Yorican Poetrey Café Slam.


Her work is influenced equally by a love of hip-hop and a love of great literature.  Her heroes include William Blake and Gza from the Wu-Tang Clan.  She completed her BA in English Literature in 2008.  Her dissertation was a study of the similarities between the work and philosophy of rappers and Romantic Poets.


Kate’s spoken word piece, MY SHAKESPEARE, was part of AJS VIII and also part of AJS X.


MOLLY BEST TINSLEY, in an episode of sanity, left the strain of teaching creative writing at the Naval Academy to try full-time writing in Ashland, OR.  She’s the recipient of two National Endowment of the Arts fellowships in fiction, and her story collection, Throwing Knives, won the Oregon Book Award in 2001.  


Her dramatic work has been a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Conference and the Heideman award, among other prizes.  Her first full-length production, “Fission,” by Live Girls! Theatre, was selected runner-up for Seattle’s
best new play by The Seattle Times.


AJS V presented the opportunity for a world premier for Molly’s play, RETURN OF THE CAN-CAN.


MIROKI TONG graduated from the University of Waterloo with a BA Arts and Business, Drama Major, English Minor. She spent a year of study in Northern Ireland where she had the opportunity to perform pantomime on a national tour with Sole Purpose Productions.Whether it is the theatre, music (mezzo voice and piano) or fine arts, Miroki always tries to embrace all aspects of the artistic world that continues to offer her fascinating new perspectives and challenges. Recent performances include: The Other End of the Line (MT Space), Mad Forest (dir. Andy Houston), Surface Tension (Upstart Festival) and Snow White the Remix (Sole Purpose).Most recently, Miroki appeared in Necessary Angel's Tout Comme Elle / Just Like Her (2011). 


Miroki wrote and directed BLINK. STARE.  LOOK AT MY SICK FACE. During Write or Flight  – UnHinged ‘11.




WERNER TRIESCHMANN, who lives somewhere in the wilds of Little Rock, Arkansas, has lived on the margins of the playwriting world so long he's forgotten how the whole sorry mess got started. Mind you, he's been fortunate and happy to see his plays performed on a lot different stages in a lot of different cities from Los Angeles to New York and (his favorite) Albuquerque. He's also had his plays published by Playscripts, Dramatic Publishing Company and Original Works Publishing. Anyway, Werner is just stupid enough to keep on going despite all the evidence to the contrary. For some reason, he seems to really dig it. If you would like to read more of his work, you can e-mail him at wtrieschmann@arkansasonline.com and he'll be more than willing to share scripts, stories, recipes, etc.


Werner’s play, SPIT, was performed at the City Hall Fountain in AJS IV.



GALEN VELONIS is a Senior at Berea College where he studies Theatre and English. His previous writing credits include the one-acts Macbeth, the Farce (Tully Drama Club) and Fiddler in the Basement (OCC Drama Club) and the full length plays Monstrosity (MASCArtists) and The Dark Lord and the Happy Guy (Berea College Theatre Laboratory).


Galen’s play, THE GREAT APHRODISIAC, was part of Asphalt Jungle Hot Pants and AJS X.


EMMA WAGNER is playwright and actor currently residing in New York City, Emma is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a BFA in Musical Theater and a emphasis in Playwriting. Emma fell in love with writing in high school when her play, Enlightenment, was chosen as a winner of the Young Playwright's Contest at the City Theatre in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Her play, IRIS, has had two showcases; one at the New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh and one at NOLA Studios in Manhattan. Iris can next be seen at the PORTFRINGE Festival in Portland, ME. Emma's play, Waiting Room, was just seen as part of the Play Party Festival at Manhattan Repertory Theatre. And this is her second short play to be presented by Flush Ink Productions. Follow her on facebook, to see her upcoming works.


THE LOOKING GLASS was part of She Speaks ’13, and THE OLD MAN part of AJS IX & AJS X.



KIT WAINER has been an actor for more than fifty years and a playwright for a lot less. She has created & performed in several one-woman shows. An excerpt from her play, Therapy Therapy is in “Audition Arsenal” and her first full length, multi-character play, Queermonsterfreak, is in preproduction now at home in Ithaca.




Kit’s play, RASPUTIN’S ORGAN, was part of She Speaks ’09, and we were thrilled to have her trek to K. Town for the event.




JERI WEISS unknowingly got her start in playwriting at a young age while taking minutes of club meetings attended by her invisible twin sister and a collection of animal banks.  She was drawn to dark humor and satire, and her quirky comedies have garnered awards in both screenwriting and playwriting.  Born and raised in Northern California, Jeri is a graduate of Mills College and is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Hollins University.  She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is thrilled to be making her international debut in Ontario.   


Jeri’s play, DIRTY PICTURES, was performed in AJS VIII.



DAVID WIENER’s work has been performed in theatres across the U.S., London, and is slated for a production in India this summer. “An Honest Arrangement” won Best Play in the 2006 New York City 15 Minute Play Festival (American Globe Theatre) and was published in Smith & Kraus’s “Best Plays 2006 – 2 Characters.” “Bride on the Rocks” has also been performed in New York.


He completed a literary internship at La Jolla Playhouse and then served as that theatre’s Dramaturgy Associate for the 2007-2008 season. He is also a performing arts writer and has been published in Cahiers du Cinema, The Journal of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, The Producers Guild Journal, American Cinematographer and is the author of Burns, Falls, and Crashes, a book on motion-picture stunt men, stunt women, and stunt pilots. (He can be reached at: dwiener@ucsd.edu)


David’s play - BRIDE ON THE ROCKS, was performed in the Rum Runner in AJS IV.



MICHAEL WILMOT is a writer/actor based in London Ontario Canada. His work will be part of the Inspirato Festival in Toronto this June and has also been performed at the Grand Theatre's Playwrights Cabaret in 2008 and 2009. His One Act play 7-10 Split, be presented during the NAAA Play Reading Festival in England, also this June. His One Act play Loveshack"was short-listed at the 2008 Aurora Playwrights of Spring Festival, won numerous awards at the 2008 London One Act Play Festival including "Best Original Script" and was also nominated for a Brickenden Award in the same category. It will also be performed in the 2009 London Fringe Festival and is currently being expanded into a full-length version.   Michael had his play, A Simple Question, was performed last year in AJS V.


Michael was very pleased and excited to be part of Asphalt Jungle Shorts and is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada.


Michael’s play, A SIMPLE QUESTION was performed at the Kava Bean in AJS V and EXIT STRATEGY, was performed at The Silver Spoon/Kava for AJS VI.




KARIN WILLIAMS is an Artistic Associate at NYC's Looking Glass Theater where audiences have seen her plays Head, Time Troll, and Spirits! among others. Her work has also been produced by San Diego's Fritz Theater (where she served as playwright-in-residence from 1992-2001), the Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre Digital Performance Institute, Art House Productions, Lamia Ink!, Collaboraction Theater, Boston Theaterworks, Space 55 in Phoenix and many more. As a Partner in the motion media company CulpepperWilliams, she wrote and produced The Captive (Webby People's Choice Award & NYTVF "Best Web Series" Award) and the independent feature Jordan. Her plays are available through Original Works Publishing and YouthPlays.


Karin’s Play, LATE FOR THE FLASH MOB, was performed in AJS VIII and THE CONFESSION in AJS IX.


SHIRLEY WILSON is a member of Playwrights Forum in Norfolk VA, and is a writer of plays, screenplays, and short stories. Awards are: 1993 Governor’s Screenwriting Competition, sponsored by the Virginia Film Office and more recently, screenplay Finalist in the 2006 Moondance International Film Festival, as well as a one-act award in the same festival, for a stageplay, “Woman of Property.”


Last year, her play, Ruby Lee and Johnny was a Finalist in Regent Theater’s One Act Play Festival and was produced in Feb. ’06. She has had a staged reading of “Private Music” at the Generic Theater in Norfolk VA, and a monologue included in A Chesapeake Celebration, at the Kimball Theater in Williamsburg VA.


Shirley’s play, SCENE FIVE, was performed on the busiest intersection in downtown Kitchener, King & Queen, for AJS III and What’s Happening? Was part of AJS IX.


ALAN WOODS retired as the director of the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute at The Ohio State University, where he serves on the faculty of the Department of Theatre.  A widely published theatre scholar, his most recent work has focused on popular entertainment and the perpetuation and effects of stereotyping.  He was named a Fellow of the College of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in 1996.  He works in professional theatre as a dramaturg, most recently for productions of Uncle Vanya, Dirty Blonde, Lobby Hero, Having Our Say, Sleuth, Robert Post: Here in America, Dealer=s Choice and Nixon=s Nixon at the Contemporary American Theatre Company in Columbus. 


His dramaturgical materials have been used in theatres throughout Ohio, and also regionally in Kentucky, North Carolina, upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and Illinois.  His previous short play, Not the Delaney Sisters, was selected for performance at the Senior Theatre Festival in 2003


Alan’s play, LAST CALL, was performed at the Rum Runner in AJS I.



BRUCE WOLFF was more surprised than anyone to be among this group of actors in the first Asphalt Jungle Shorts.  Since then, he’s participated as an actor in She Speaks, Asphalt Jungle II and now he is back again, and feeling quite at home on the stage, wherever the stage might be.  He seems to be living his secret dream of returning to the glory years of writing, producing and acting in high school productions.  

His day job (which he won't be quitting anytime soon) at The University of Waterloo in the Biology Department gives him plenty of opportunity to practice his oratory skills.  It is most likely that work, time with his kids and friends, and traveling will provide sufficient incentive to keep the stage an enjoyable avocation.


Bruce’s play, BLITZ, was co-written by Brandon Schaefer and performed and performed in front of the fountain at the City Hall - AJS II.   His play, LUCKY was part of AJS VIII.



DWAYNE YANCEY is a journalist by profession and a playwright by avocation. Most of his work is aimed at schools, and his most frequently produced scripts are one-acts such as "Hamlet on Spring Break" and "Macbeth Goes Hollywood." He's also had two full-length scripts produced, with a third scheduled for production this summer. When he's not writing plays, Yancey is a senior editor with The Roanoke Times, the daily newspaper in Roanoke, Virginia. DWAYNE YANCEY is a playwright in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Those of you at the 2009 Asphalt Jungle Shorts might remember his piece "A Nice, Relaxing Cup of Tea." He's had scripts produced across North America as well as in Great Britain, South Africa and Singapore. Later this month, Barefoot Theatre in New York is holding a staged reading of his full-length show, "The Ballad of Alejandro Lopez." You can find him online at dwayneyancey.wordpress.com or on Twitter as "dwayneyancey."



Dwayne’s play, A NICE, RELAXING CUP OF TEA, was part of AJS V, and his plays, PANDORA & SCHRODINGER; WHAT’S IN THE BOX? AND REQUIEM FOR A BUZZARD were part of AJS IX and REQUIEM FOR A BUZZARD – also AJS X (in 3D)



DEBORAH YARCHUN’s plays have been produced through Theater Master’s National MFA Playwrights Festival, the Young Playwrights Festival XXIV (at Playwrights Horizons), Estrogenius Festival (NYC), Working Theatre Collective in Portland, Oregon, Northwest Playwright’s Alliance’s British Arts Tour, DoubleXX Fest in Seattle, WA, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival and Universities across the United States and in Canada. Her plays have been developed through the Great Plains Theater Conference, WordBRIDGE, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, and Sanctuary Playwrights Theater.  Deborah is a co-winner of KCACTF’s 2011 Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award and was a finalist for the 2011 Heideman Award. She is pursuing her MFA at the Iowa Playwrights Workshop where she is an Iowa Arts Fellow.  


Deborah’s play, PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF HIS PEARS, was performed in AJS VIII and again in AJS X – The Deca Dance.