Our 2015 Playwrights

Tom Coash (Thin Air)

Tom CoashTom Coash is a New Haven, Ct. playwright and director. Prior to New Haven, he taught playwriting at The American University in Cairo, Egypt. Coash has won numerous playwriting awards, and his plays have been produced world-wide, including theatres such as: Portland Stage, the InterAct Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Bailiwick Theatre, West Coast Ensemble, and many more. His new full-length play VEILS is the Winner of the 2015 M. Elizabeth Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, a Finalist for the Steinberg/ATCA Award, and will soon be produced at Barrington Stage (MA).

Derick Edgren (Hydrangea Journal)

Derick Edgren Headshot

Derick Edgren studies English at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. His play Skin was recently published by Samuel French in an anthology of new work, and his short play Earth from the Moon, which was read at the first Rockford New Play Festival, premiered at La Strada Ensemble’s Chance Festival in New York City this past March.

A.K. Forbes (Dividing Adam’s Ashes)

AKForbesHeadshotA. K. (Angela) Forbes holds an MA in professional writing and editing from the University of Cincinnati, where she is employed as director of creative services. A three-time finalist for the Heideman Award (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Angela is a member of Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative and the Actors/Playwrights Collaborative. She serves on the board of Village Players, a local community theater group that has produced several of her plays, including her children’s show, “Santa Spikes the Eggnog.” Several of Angela’s short plays have been selected for readings by organizations such as the D.C. Source Festival, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the Kentucky Playwrights Workshop and Cincinnati Playwrights Initiative. Recently, her full-length screenplay, “Twinks,” was produced locally.

Susan Goodell (For a Moment, Rehatched) 

S.Goodell_with copyrighsmallert0013Susan Goodell had plays developed or produced at venues including Tri-State Actors Theatre (HEELS OVER HEAD), Virginia Stage Company, Abingdon Theatre and The Barrow Group. She is recent winner of Rover Dramawerks Seconds award and was a featured playwright in Rhode Island’s inaugural Festival51. Her 90-minute HOPE THROWS HER HEART AWAY will staged in this fall by Genesis Theatrical Productions in Chicago. Other recognition: Steppenwolf Theatre Company commission, Djerassi Resident Artists, a Denver Drama Critic’s Circle nomination and  the Denver Post’s 10-best list.

Paula Hendrickson (The Grove)

IMG_0361Paula Hendrickson is a Rockford-based freelance feature writer focused primarily on covering the entertainment industry, education, and vintage homes for publications including Variety, Emmy Magazine, Creative Screenwriting, and American Bungalow. She has earned honorary mentions in several screenwriting competitions over the years, but The Grove is her first attempt at writing a play since taking a playwriting class in college.

Mike Long (The Megaphone)

ML-1Michael Long is the director of writing for the graduate program in public relations at Georgetown University. He is also a speechwriter and occasional screenwriter and playwright. A dozen of his plays have been festival selections, produced in Minneapolis, New York City, and Philadelphia. His one-act Hostages at New York City’s Players Theatre was voted “best of festival” as was his February 2015 short, the romantic comedy Brad Pitt. His most recent show, Cattle Call, was produced in June. As a screenwriter, he was a finalist for the Grand Prize for Screenwriting at the Slamdance Film Festival for How to Save Your Own Life; a stage version was later produced at Manhattan Repertory Theater. He was also a semi-finalist for the Kairos Prize for his Christian screenplay The Joby Project. Write him at mike@mikelongonline.com.

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