Will Arbery is a playwright from Texas + Wyoming. Plano premiered at Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks in June 2018. Evanston Salt Costs Climbing premiered at New Neighborhood/White Heron in August 2018. Wheelchair is published by 3 Hole Press. He’s currently under commission from Playwrights Horizons. He’s a member of The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm, a resident at Colt Coeur, a member of Youngblood, and an alum of Clubbed Thumb’s Early Career Writers Group. His plays have been developed at Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, The Vineyard, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Cape Cod Theater Project, The New Group, EST/Youngblood, The Bushwick Starr, Alliance/Kendeda, and Tofte Lake Center. Dance work: Pioneer Works, MCA Chicago, Watermill Center. MFA: Northwestern. BA: Kenyon College.
Tony Meneses was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, and raised in Albuquerque and Dallas. His plays include Guadalupe in the Guest Room and The Women of Padilla, which both had world premieres at Two River Theatre. He’s an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Ars Nova Play Group, the Sundance Institute Playwrights Retreat at Ucross, Playwrights Realm Writing Fellowship, Youngblood, and has been previously developed at the LARK Playwrights’ Week and the Berkeley Rep Ground Floor. He’s a two-time recipient of the Kennedy Center Latinx Playwriting Award, is published by Dramatists Play Service, and is currently under commission from the Denver Center and Two River Theatre. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop. BA: The University of Texas at Austin. He is currently in the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School. Upcoming: WildWind Performance Lab, and productions at Creede Rep and WaterTower Theatre.
Jessica Dickey is an award-winning American playwright and actor most known for her play The Amish Project, which opened Off Broadway in New York City at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater to great acclaim from audience and critics alike (Helen Hayes Award, Barrymore Award, CAPPIE Award for Best Play, among others). The Amish Project continues to be produced around the country and the world, including a recent run at the prestigious Guthrie Theatre, and was listed by nytheatre.com as a play that should have been nominated for a Pulitzer. It’s published by Samuel French. Jessica’s next play, Charles Ives Take Me Home, premiered at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, for which she was hailed as a “talent to watch” by Charles Isherwood of the New York Times. Charles Ives Take Me Home went on to be produced at City Theatre in Pittsburgh, Strawdog in Chicago, and Curious Theatre Company in Denver, and is published by Samuel French. Jessica’s play about Civil War re-enactors, Row After Row, had its official world premiere with the Women’s Project at the City Center in NYC, followed by a regional premiere at People’s Light and Theatre. Row After Row was recently nominated for an Ovation Award for Best Play after its Los Angeles run at Echo Theatre Company and is published by Dramatists Play Services. Jessica’s play The Rembrandt (fka The Guard) won the prestigious Stavis Award and premiered at Ford’s Theatre, then City Theatre in Pittsburgh, and in 2017 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater, starring John Mahoney. Over her career Jessica has been thrice nominated for the Susan Blackburn Prize and is currently commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club and the Sloan Foundation to write a play about the Pap Smear. Jessica is a proud resident of the exclusive New Dramatists in NYC.
Rogelio Martinez is an award-winning playwright whose plays have been workshopped and produced in theaters across the country and abroad. His newest play, Blind Date, was produced this season at the Goodman Theater under the direction of Robert Falls. The play starred Tony Award winning actress Deanna Dunagan as Nancy Reagan. Blind Date was awarded an Egerton Award. This is the second time his work has received such an award. Blind Date was also awarded a Citation of Excellence by the Laurents / Hatcher Foundation.
Mr. Martinez is a recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. Martinez is also the winner of a Princess Grace Award and a Mid-Career Fellowship at the Lark Theater Company. In the past he has received grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts Grant, NEA/ TCG, and the James Hammerstein Award among others. He is currently writing a play about the AIDS crisis and punk rock set in the Cuba of the early 1990s. The play was commissioned by ShadowCatcher Entertainment.
After being awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Science and Technology Initiative Grant by the Denver Center, Martinez went on to write When Tang Met Laika, a post Cold War space exploration play; which was subsequently produced by the Denver Center. This inspired Martinez to bring the Cold War itself on stage and write a three play cycle exploring the time period. The first play in his Cold War trilogy is Ping Pong. The play is about U.S.-Chinese relations during the Nixon administration. It was presented at the Public Theater. Born in East Berlin, the second play, tackled the impact a Springsteen concert had on East Germans just prior to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The play was workshopped at the Atlantic Theater Company and has since been translated into both Hungarian and Romanian. It will be published in Romanian. The trilogy’s conclusion is Blind Date.
Martinez has been workshopped and commissioned by various theaters across the country including the Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory, Atlantic Theater Company, Arden Theater, Asolo Repertory, and Ojai Theater Company. For several years Martinez was a member of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group at Primary Stages. Martinez is an alumnus of New Dramatists.
As an advocate of the arts and an educator, Martinez has spoken before the Albany State legislature. He has worked with and mentored writers of all ages. Over the last twenty years, Martinez has taught at various institutions including Columbia University, City College of New York, Montclair State University, Rutgers University, and Goddard College. In the summer of 2016, Martinez travelled to Portugal where he taught a two week writing workshop. Martinez has translated the work of both Mexican and Cuban playwrights.
Rogelio was born in Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba and came to this country on the Mariel boatlift in 1980.