A space to learn more about the artists creating today's theatrical canon.
Craigslisted - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019
Sharai Bohannon has had work produced in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, and London, England. Her script, The Great Steven Stravinsky, a ten-minute play about an 11 year-old wannabe magician who learns the magic behind the baffling first crush/kiss and the joys of being an older sibling was published by Applause Books in 10-minute Plays for Kids (2015 Edition). Her full-length play, Craigslisted, has had productions 3 collegiate
productions, a community theatre production at The Lantern Theatre in Conway, Arkansas, received a concert reading at KCACTF Region 6 in 2016, and received staged readings at The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre in 2016, the Women’s Theatre Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2018, The NOLA Project in 2019, and The Road Theatre in 2019. She currently resides in Chicago, Illinois.
Damocles - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Four: Spring 2021
A.A. Brenner (they / them) is a playwright, dramaturg, and New Yorker. Their writing blends naturalistic dialogue with heightened realism to explore queer, Jewish, and disability themes, challenging both societal power structures and theatrical form. A.A.'s plays have been produced or commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse, National Disability Theatre, CO/LAB Theatre Group, Shakespeare Theatre Company (Fellows Consortium), Three Muses Theatre Company, Young Playwrights Inc., The Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, Columbia University, and The Hangar Theatre Lab Company; and their play for all audiences, EMILY DRIVER'S GREAT RACE THROUGH TIME AND SPACE (co-written by Gregg Mozgala), was featured on the 2020 Kilroys List. Most recently, A.A. was named a Finalist for the 2020-22 Apothetae & Lark Playwriting Fellowship, and is one of the inaugural recipients of the Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman Award. Currently, A.A. lives on the Upper West Side and is a third-year MFA candidate at Columbia University School of the Arts.
Metadata - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Two: Spring 2020
Amy Crider got her BA in Theater and MA in Education from Goddard College. She has been studying with Chicago Dramatists for the past ten years. Her work has been semifinalist for the O’Neill as well as the Princess Grace Award, finalist for the Neukom Literary Arts Award, and third place for the James Stevenson Prize. In 2019 she started a podcast called Continuous Dream with Chicago actors where you can hear some of her plays performed. Please visit www.continuousdream.com.
So Far - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019
Michael Dalberg is an actor, director, and playwright headquartered in
Chicago. As an inaugural ensemble member with Theatre Above the Law, Michael works in all three capacities; and as a company member with Idle Muse Theatre Company, he has been seen as an actor as well as one of the creative minds behind their annual Idle Musings of Sherlock Holmes radio series. He is also a Resident Playwright with Three Brothers Theatre Company (2018-2020). His first original play, Family Values, ran in the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and he has worked with various companies throughout the Chicagoland area, such as First Folio Theatre, Oil Lamp Theater, MadKap Productions, Halcyon Theatre, Piccolo Theatre, Fury Theatre, The Public House, Great River Shakespeare Festival, InTandem Theatre, Ghostlight, and more. See more at michaeldalberg.info.
All Things Considered, It Was Probably the Most Productive Meeting The Escondido Unified School District PTA Ever Had - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Four: Spring 2021
A.J. Ditty is an actor/playwright/slash-mark enthusiast currently living in Brooklyn. His plays include B.B.'s Inferno (The PIT, dir. Tom Costello and Felicia Lobo), Eloise Parker Goes to the Moon (Crashbox Theater's Read. Play. Write. series, dir. Kristin McCarthy Parker), Heart of Duckness (Pipeline Theater Company's Bonfire series, dir. Kevin Hourigan), and "Rubiella: A Ghost Story" (Pipeline's Matchstick series, dir. Felicia Lobo). His newest play, The Bøyg, is set to have its world premiere with the New Hampshire-based Theatre Kapow whenever we're allowed back in theaters again. He is a proud alumnus of Pipeline Theater Company's PlayLab and is currently a member of Decent Company, which is a collective dedicated to the advancement of the theatrical writer/performer. BFA: NYU. Go to ajditty.com for all your ajditty.com needs!
Terilyn Elise Eisenhauer
Crazed Girls - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019
Terilyn Elise Eisenhauer is a Chicago-based theater artist. She graduated magna cum laude from Connecticut College in 2015 with a dual degree in Theater and American Studies and was awarded a full scholarship to continue her training at The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute. She has supplemented her formal education by training with various theater companies and schools throughout New York, Chicago, Ireland and Greece. Terilyn has been the recipient of the M.E.H Lewis Scholarship from Chicago Dramatists and was recently was accepted into The Jackalope Playwrights Lab. Most recently, she won the Art of Adaptation Festival at City Lit Theater for her play Crazed Girls, and her full-length play Lovelocked will receive its first workshop production with The NOW Collective in 2020. When not creating art, Terilyn is an avid traveler and has visited 20 countries.
The Curtain Speech - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Two: Spring 2020
Madison Fargo is a Chicago-based playwright and director. She is the recipient of the 2019 Lawrence Bundschu and Warren Snoddy Endowed Playwriting Prize. In Chicago, her plays have been seen at DePaul University, Chicago Fringe Festival and Victory Gardens Theatre. Nationally, her plays have been produced at Thespis Theatre Festival in New York, Westmont College in California, and Hightstown Theatre in New Jersey. She is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she was a playwriting major, and the recipient of the 2018 Zach Helm Playwriting Scholarship. Her play Jeff and the Dead Girl was fully produced as a part of the Theatre School's 2018-2019 season (dir. Shade Murray). She is also a director, and has helmed a full length production of Hunter Gatherers by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, as well as a 10 minute piece for Victory Gardens Theatre's College Night.
Sh*tty Christians (Or, Turn to Romans 3:23) - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Two: Spring 2020
Brynne Frauenhoffer spent most of her childhood in Eureka, Missouri writing friend fiction, horse stories, and spec scripts for Pokemon, so she’s basically decided to keep doing that forever as a Chicago-based playwright. Currently, Brynne is looking forward to the world premiere of Pro-Am (Sideshow Theatre) in May 2020. First Floor Theater commissioned her most recent work, Vape Naysh, as a pop-up production in March 2020. Bury Me (Dandelion Theatre) premiered in July 2019. Developed through The Writers Room at The New Colony, her full-length work Synchronicity won the 2016 Davey Foundation Theatre Grant for a workshop with Salt Lake Acting Company, and was later selected as a 2018 semi-finalist for the O’Neill Center’s National Playwrights Conference. Other workshops include The Young Ones (First Floor Theatre), Age Play (The New Colony), Pizza Hut Heartbreaker (Commission Theatre Company). Brynne has also worked as a script supervisor for productions at Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and Chicago Dramatists, and has profiled Chicago theatremakers for Perform.ink. Check out her work at www.brynnefrau.com!
Cara Beth Heath
Outlaws - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019
Born and raised just south of Nashville, Tennessee, Cara Beth has an MFA in Playwriting from Western Michigan University and a BA in Creative Writing from the College of Charleston. She's studied with Beth Lincks, Arlene Hutton, Steve Feffer, Paula Vogel, Heather Helinsky, Mark Bly, and Gary Garrison. She's also been invited to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for dramaturgy, directing and playwriting. Her work has been read and produced in several festivals and workshops across the midwest. She's been in Chicago for three years now, developing her own plays and advocating for local playwrights as the Literary Manager at Strawdog Theatre Company. Cara Beth is thrilled to be a part of Avalanche's first publication and looks forward to producing more work in Chicago and elsewhere.
2020: a going away party play - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Two: Spring 2020
Keyanna Khatiblou is a Chicago-based playwright. She likes dark comedies with good roles for women. She's been produced Off-Broadway as part of Theatre Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival, and has received readings and workshops with Chicago companies including Prop Thtr, About Face Youth Theater, The Jackalope Playwright's Lab, the Chicago Women's Theater Alliance, and Theater on the Lake. She was selected for the Television Academy Foundation Internship Program and spent the summer as an original programming development intern at Starz. Her commissioned production of Penelope's Odyssey will be produced with Evanston Children's Theater this spring. MFA: Northwestern University, 2020.
Orion - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Two: Spring 2020
Matthew McLachlan is a New York based playwright. His plays have been presented by Ruddy Productions, The PIT, Thespis Theater Festival, New Works Festival, The Farm Theater and performed regionally in Kentucky, Massachusetts, & Florida. He is the resident playwright of Ruddy Productions, a Pulse Ensemble Theatre member, and a Wynn Handman playwright in observance. Other credits include: Nominated for Best Writer of a Web-Series (ADULTish), The Roast of Michael Musto (Head-Writer), & his published works A Collection of One-Acts & Other Things You May or May Not Enjoy is available at The Drama Bookshop & on Amazon.
Regular - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Two: Spring 2020
Marjorie Muller is a Chicago-based playwright, actor, producer, and company member of NoMads Art Collective. Inspired by her childhood in the Indiana Dunes, Marjorie strives to write plays about what’s under the kitchen sink. Her first play, littlespace, or the daddy play, will receive its world premiere production in May 2020 as part of NoMads’ 2019-2020 season. Most recently, her play, Regular, was a finalist at the 2019 Modern Works Festival at Urbanite Theatre and was a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Fellowship and American Stage’s 21st Century Voices Festival. Her work has been developed and performed with Arc Theatre, City Lit Theatre, 20% Theatre Company, and the Women's Theatre Festival of Raleigh. She is an alum of the acting program at the Theatre School at DePaul and Jackalope Theatre's Playwrights Lab. For more, visit marjoriemuller.com or find her on Instagram @idesofmarge.
Kubrickian - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019
Zack Peercy is a Chicago based playwright. He is a resident playwright at Three Brothers Theater, where his play That's Fucked Up had its world premiere in May 2019. He's had some readings, placed in some contests, and had some development opportunities. His plays can be found on New Play Exchange. You can find him on instagram at @zackpeercy
Kafka in an Above Ground Pool - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Two: Spring 2020
Renee Schilling is a playwright from Cleveland, Ohio. Her plays include,
Kafka in an Above Ground Pool (a play about love and death-wishes), Fingers
and Toes (a play about the family you carry in your DNA), Doug is a D-Bag (a
play that lives in your cell phone and on stage) and Blanche and Louise with
Their Eyes Turned Skyward (a play for children who want to take flight). She
was a recipient of the 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship.
Spin - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Two: Spring 2020
Interview - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Three: Fall 2020
A resident playwright with Three Brothers Theatre, Madelyn Sergel's full productions include Conversations About an Empty Suit and Taking Turns at Three Brothers Theatre, Special Needs (Magnetic Theatre and Clockwise Theatre), The Party in the Kitchen (Clockwise Theatre), and Another Piece of Cake (Citadel Theatre). The Magnetic Theatre in Asheville, North Carolina, will be mounting a public reading of The Wind Phone, July 2020. Her YA play Totally Okay, Right Now is published by YouthPLAYS, and her YouTube channel Madelyn Goes To A Play offers practical tips and strategies for suburban residing theatre audiences attending Chicago storefront theatre. She has written over a dozen full length plays, all which can be found at www.madelynsergel.com
Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019
Matt Schutz is a Chicago-based playwright and actor, and a proud graduate of the University of Iowa. His plays have been developed or produced at the University of Iowa, Horizon Theatre, the Chicago Fringe Festival, the Pride Arts Center, and Intrinsic Theatre Company. He is a co-founder of the Chicago Iowa Theatre Collective and serves as the literary manager for the Vanguard Arts Collective. Feel free to follow him and his roommate's cat, Tonks, on Instragram @mattgschutz.
Gut Punch - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Four: Spring 2021
Jasmine Sharma is an emerging South Asian-American playwright/actor/activist graduating from Northwestern University in March of 2021. She focuses her work around the intersection of race, femininity, and Americanness. Jasmine deeply believes in community building, and a future of American Theatre that is not only diverse and inclusive, but equitable. Her work has been developed with or recognized by The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Permafrost Theatre Collective, NextStage Theatre Company, Mad Cow Theatre, Samuel-Lancaster Productions,Vertigo Productions,Three Willows Theatre Company, The Athena Project, The American Blues Theater, The Mayo Performing Arts Center, The Blank Theater Company, AstonRep at The Edge Theater, Access Theater NYC, The Valdez Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Alaska, The New Jersey Governor’s Awards, and nationally by The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Jasmine is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, the AlterLab First Acts 2020 cohort, and now, the Under Construction 2021 Cohort at The Road Theatre. Jasmine is represented by CHI Talent Management. jasminesharma.org | @jasminesharmaa
Paul Michael Thomson
Artemis Books and the Well-Meaning Man - Full Production 2021
Paul Michael's plays include: Same Sects! (Other Theatre Company, North Central College); What's The Name of That Psychologist Who Believed Free Will Was an Illusion? (ArciText Festival); Leave Me Alone! (The Story Theatre). His play Fremont Junior High Is NOT Doing Oklahoma! recently received a reading at Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota, FL. His play The G.O.A.T., or Who Is Simone? was recently developed under Chicago legend Calamity West through the Jackalope Playwrights Lab. Paul Michael holds a BFA in Acting and a BA in Africana Studies from the honors college at The University of Arizona and trained as a playwright with The Ensemble Studio Theatre and Chicago Dramatists. He is a co-artistic director of The Story Theatre and is indebted to the incredible team that helped cultivate this play in its earliest development through The Story's Emerging Playwright Residency Program, including Ayanna Bria Bakari, Matt Bowdren, Sydney Haliburton, Maggie Mohr, Gabrielle Moldovan, and, always, Brenna Welsh. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
paulmichaelthomson.com / @paulmichaelt
Frances Makes History - Workshop Production, July 2019
Generation Red - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019
Alexander, co-founder and artistic director of Avalanche Theatre, is a playwright whose work has been developed and performed with Bower Theatre Ensemble, Three Brothers Theatre, Otherworld Theatre, The Plagiarists, Benchmark Theatre, and more. He is currently a Playwright Resident with Three Brothers Theatre.
His most recent writing work is the Ten Play Project, in which he wrote ten full-length plays in one calendar year, starting with his birthday in October 2018. Since beginning the project, three of these plays have been slated for full productions in 2020. Additionally, Frances Makes History, which was written in December 2018, was Avalanche Theatre's first project.
To find out more about Alexander's work, visit alexanderutz.com.
Mavis - Avalanche Biannual, Issue One: Fall 2019
Chris Vanderark (he/him/his) is a script writer / producer based in Chicago. Most recently, his play Minutes and Seconds received its world premiere in Rhinofest at Prop Thtr. You can find him on the New Play Exchange.
When It Comes We Can Worry Then - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Three: Fall 2020
Konner Wilson is a Chicago based screenwriter and playwright. She is a recipient of the Krevoy Screenwriting Fund Prize (2019) for her screenplay Mercy, as well as a first runner-up for the Tennessee Williams One-Act Play contest (2019) for her play Kindred. Konner is a resident playwright at Three Brothers Theatre and her play When It Comes We Can Worry Then is set to premiere in their next season. She received her MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University.
Robert Alexander Wray
Melancholy Echo - Avalanche Biannual, Issue Three: Fall 2020
Robert Alexander Wray is a graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop where he was awarded both the Norman Felton and Zeta Phi Eta Memorial Scholarship. He's also won the Marc A. Klein Playwriting Award, the Slam! Theatre Festival (NYC), and been a finalist for numerous prizes, including the Heideman. His work has been performed at the Eldred Theatre, Live Arts, Four County Players, The Barrow Group, The Actors Studio, New Circle Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Source, The Producers Club, Westbank, and the Torn Page Salon. Plays include: Savage Variations, Bullet for Unaccompanied Heart, The Portable Casey Horn, and All is Always Now. He's a member of the New Circle Theatre Company, and is based in Charlottesville, Virginia. He's also a fine judge of Single Barrel Bourbon.
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