Jeff Augustin's play The Last Tiger in Haiti will have premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in the summer of 2016. Jeff’s plays have also been produced at the Roundabout Underground (Little Children Dream of God) and Actors Theatre of Louisville (Cry Old Kingdom, Humana 2013; That High Lonesome Sound, Humana Apprentice Anthology 2015).
His work has been developed at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, American Conservatory Theater, and Seattle Rep. Jeff is the Shank Playwright-in-Residence at Playwrights Horizons and a member of the Rita Goldberg Playwright’s Workshop at the Lark. He is an alumnus of the New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellowship; The Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and was the inaugural Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Roundabout. Jeff is currently under commission from Manhattan Theatre Club and Roundabout. BA: Boston College, MFA: UCSD.
Martyna Majok was born in Bytom, Poland, and aged in Jersey and Chicago. She has worked with Actors Theatre of Louisville, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre/Women’s Project Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and The John F. Kennedy Center, among others. Awards include David Calicchio Emerging American Playwright Prize, New York Theatre Workshop’s 2050 Fellowship, The Kennedy Center’s Jean Kennedy Smith Prize, and NNPN/Smith Prize for Political Playwriting. Commissions from La Jolla Playhouse, The Foundry Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, The New Yorker website, and The Geffen Playhouse. BA: University of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama. Currently a part of the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School and the Core Writers Program at The Playwrights’ Center. Martyna is the 2015-2016 PoNY Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center.
Daniel Pearle’s play A KID LIKE JAKE premiered in a sold-out run at LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater (NY Times Critic’s Pick). The play won the 2013 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award and was also awarded the prestigious Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Theatre Visions Fund Grant. It was also presented at 2012 Old Vic’s TS Eliot US/UK Exchange in London. His other works include REMOTE VIEWING, THE PRODIGIES, and PLUNDER (2008 Loeb Drama Center’s Phyllis Anderson Prize). His short play THE TRUTH ABOUT CHRISTMAS was a winner of the 2011 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival and is published & licensed by Samuel French. He is an alum of Ars Nova’s Play Group and has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony and The Blue Mountain Center. He earned his BA from Harvard University and his MFA from The New School for Drama.
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Harrison David Rivers [Off B’way] And She Would Stand Like This (Movement Theatre Company). [New York] Only You Can Prevent Wildfires (Ricochet Collective), Sweet (National Black Theatre), Look Upon Our Lowliness (Movement Theatre Company), When Last We Flew (GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding New York Theater: Off Off Broadway, New York International Fringe Festival). [Regional] Where Storms Are Born (Edgerton Foundation New Play Award, Williamstown), This Bitter Earth (New Conservatory Theatre Center, Penumbra), A Crack in the Sky (History Theatre), Five Points (Theatre Latte Da), When Last We Flew (TheatreLAB, Diversionary Theatre). [Awards] Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship (New York Theatre Workshop), Van Lier Fellowship (New Dramatists), Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, McKnight Fellowship for Playwrights, Core Writer (Playwrights’ Center), Founder’s Award (New York Stage & Film). [Edu] M.F.A, Columbia School of the Arts; B.A., Kenyon College.
Julian Sheppard is the Co-Writer of the new film Complete Unknown directed by Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace), and starring Rachel Weisz, Michael Shannon, Kathy Bates, and Danny Glover. It premiered at Sundance in 2016 and will be released by Amazon Studios later this year.
His play Buicks was originally produced by the Underwood Theater in New York and received two Drama Desk nominations, including one for Outstanding Play. Buicks has subsequently been produced regionally in the U.S., was developed for TV, and has been in development for a film adaptation. Los Angeles was produced in L.A. in 2002 at the Pacific Resident Theater, and in 2007 at the Flea Theater in New York, directed by Adam Rapp. Owned was commissioned and produced by Knife Edge Productions, and premiered at the TBG Theater in May 2013. Additionally, his one-act Skin & Bones was commissioned and produced as part of Vengeance: an evening of short plays produced by StageFarm at the Cherry Lane Theatre.
Julian’s plays have been produced in New York at Soho Rep, Miranda Theatre, Blue Heron Arts Center, Lincoln Center Directors' Lab, Juilliard, and Nada, and nationally in Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Great Barrington, amongst others.
His work has also been developed at numerous theaters, including Zero (New Work Now! at the Public and New York Stage & Film); The Algorithm and The Hoax (MTC); Love and Happiness (New York Theatre Workshop, NY Stage & Film, Woolly Mammoth, Rattlestick); Keys (Epic Theater Ensemble); A Hole in the Earth (Arena Stage); Roommates (EST-LA, Ars Nova); From Now On (New York Stage & Film, WPA, Rattlestick, Juilliard); Hessians (The Lark.), Los Angeles (NYTW, MCC, Primary Stages, Chautauqua Theater Company) and Whatever (MTC, Primary Stages).
Buicks, Whatever and Love and Happiness are published by Dramatists Play Service, and his one-acts Anticipation, Sunday Night and Everything Else are published by Playscripts. Julian has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony twice, the Millay Colony, Blue Mountain Center, and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center on a grant from the Hand Hollow Foundation. Additionally, he was a finalist for the Actor Theatre of Louisville’s Heidemann Award five times,
He has written a half-hour pilot for Joe Roth/Paramount/CBS based on his play, Buicks and has worked extensively in sports media for ESPN both for the network and in digital content. He’s developed shows for Comedy Central, and contributed to NPR’s “Ask Me Another.”
Julian is a graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwrights Program at the Juilliard School. He currently teaches playwriting at NYU and is working on a screenplay and new play.