Amanda DiGioia, Writer of "Conversation with the Cutter"
Amanda DiGioia is a feminist, a cancer survivor, and a PhD student at SSEES, University College London. "Conversation with the Cutter" is Amanda’s first non-fiction work. Amanda’s academic publications have been featured in several academic journals. Amanda’s first academic monograph, on childbirth and parenting in horror texts, was published in 2017 by Emerald. Amanda is currently writing her next academic monograph (under contract with Routledge), is on duelling, masculinity, and the Russian cultural imagination. .
Russell Nichols, Writer of "The Fail of Man"
Russell is a speculative fiction writer and endangered journalist. Raised in the Bay Area, California, he gave up all his stuff and now lives out of a backpack with his wife, vagabonding around the world since 2011. His plays have been produced by Nylon Fusion in NYC, the MOJOAA Performing Arts Company, the Funhouse Anthology, Navigators Theater Company, the UK's Science Fiction Theatre, and others. His stories, usually set in the near future, revolve around concepts of technology, race, mental health, and the absurdity of existence.
Clare Campbell-Collins, Writer of "Thursday's Child"
Clare is a writer of plays, sketches and monologues, with her background in stand-up comedy. Her work has featured as part of new writing nights at The Tabard Theatre, The Arcola, Shaw Theatre and Theatre Deli.
She’s a member of T’Articulation, a spoken word event company based in Portsmouth where she performs her work.
Clare's work has been long listed for the PapaTango New Writing Prize, Bread & Roses and Pint-Sized. And, after many years, she’s finally accepted that her hair will always do what it wants to do, despite her best efforts to tame it.
Darrel Draper, Writer of "Slave Labour"
Darrel Draper has been writing for a number of years, when he was 19 years old he entered a one act playwriting competition and as a result saw his first play staged at the ACT Theatre. Since then his work has appeared on many well respected stages such as the Southwark Playhouse, Pleasance Theatre, Stratford Theatre, Hope Theatre, Tristan Bates, The Old Red Lion, Leicester Square theatre and many more.
In 2018 he recieved his first official paid theatre commission to write a short play for AppleCart Arts to be featured in their InCourage season.
He is having one of his latest plays 'We Used To Play Together' produced and staged by Small Steed Theatre at the Bread And Roses Theatre as part of the Clapham Fringe on the 7th and 8th of October 7pm. For more information and tickets, please click on the following link:
Jennifer O’Grady, Writer of "The Mysterious Affair at the Christies"
Jennifer O’Grady is an award-winning poet and playwright whose plays have been produced and developed by theaters in the U.S., U.K., and Dublin, Ireland. Her first play, Charlotte’s Letters, won the 2017 Henley Rose Award and the NEWvember Festival Dublin competition; was an O'Neil Conference and BETC’s Generations semifinalist; and was selected by the Irish Rep in New York for its New Works Reading Series. Subsequent plays include Paranormal Love (MTWorks Newborn Festival; NEWvember Finalist); Ellery (Bechdel Group selection and included in The Best Women's Stage Monologues 2017); and Juggling with Mr. Fields (Kilroys List nominee). Her short plays have won Heartland Theatre’s, Weathervane Playhouse’s, Stage It’s and Lowell Arts Players’ ten-minute play contests and are published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays, Thirty New Ten-Minute Plays, Feels Blind Literary and Stage It 3. Her first one-minute plays were selected for Gi60’s 2019 U.S. and U.K. festivals, and her first three-minute play won ICWP’s 3-Minute Play Contest in 2019. She is also the author of two poetry collections, White (Mid-List First Series Award) and Exclusions & Limitations (2018). Her poems are featured in numerous places including Harper’s, The New Republic, The Writer's Almanac, BBC Radio 4 and American Poetry: The Next Generation. She lives with her family near New York City.
Jonathan Skinner, Writer of "Indignitas"
Jonathan is a playwright and screenwriter whose work has appeared on the London fringe, throughout the UK and in New York, Los Angeles and Sydney. The winner of the Paul Darby Prize for Dramatists and the Sterts One Act Play Competition, Jonathan has also been shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Drama Writing, the British Theatre Challenge and Flux Theatre’s Emerge Night. Stage credits include FALLOUT (Theatre Royal, Stratford East), INTERCOURSE (Arts Theatre, London), SUCK SQUEEZE BANG BLOW (Rialto, Brighton), EGGSHELLS (Royal Court, Liverpool) and SUGAR BUDDY (Katzpace). Jonathan has written showcase material for Drama Studio London and short films for ArtsEd. His film AFTER YOU was selected for the INK FESTIVAL. Jonathan was a finalist in the Euroscript Screen Story Competition winning a special commendation. He is an alumnus of the Criterion New Writing Programme.
Rachael Carnes, Writer of "Collective Groupings of Animals"
Rachael discovered playwriting in 2016, and is humbled by more than 50 productions since, across the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Asia, with additional invitations to the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Midwest Dramatists Center Conference, the Mid-America Theatre Conference, the American Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Playwriting Intensive and the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. Rachael’s award-winning play Partner Of— was published by the Coachella Review in 2018, and will be featured in the 2019 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival in New York City. (One of 30 plays chosen from more than 900.) Rachael’s full-length play Canopy had staged readings in Pasadena, CA and Cambridge U.K. Her full-length play Practice House has had staged readings in Eugene, OR, a workshop in NYC, earned Rachael a spot at the 2019 Sewanee Writer’s conference, and is a semi-finalist for the 2019 New Dramatists Princess Grace Award. Her play Egg in Spoon will be published in the Coachella Review and her plays Ice Front and Curbed will be published in the Silk Road Review. Rachael founded #CodeRedPlaywrightsENOUGH, dedicated to creating plays in response to gun violence. She gets all that done around working full-time and being a mom. She thanks her partner and kids, and her playwriting mentors and colleagues, for their continuing support.
Tom Pauk, Writer of "Unfortunately, on this occasion..."
Tom Pauk - Writer of “Unfortunately on this occasion..."
Of Hungarian descent, Tom writes plays for stage and radio, as well as volunteering in the areas of dementia care, criminal justice and suicide prevention.
Tom’s radio play “The Accident” was performed at the INK Festival, Suffolk in 2018. His stage plays have been performed at last year’s SIHFP; The Pleasance Theatre, London; The Harlow Playhouse, Essex; INK Festival, Suffolk; and at Manchester ADP.
In 2019 Tom’s radio play “DASH” was produced by Shoestring Radio Theatre in San Francisco, and broadcast across the US and Canada.
Tom is an associate producer of “Ethel”, a short film on dementia starring Miriam Margolyes and Professor Green to be released this year.
Colette Cullen, Writer of "Then and Now"
Colette’s play FAMILY TREE was long-listed for the Papatanga New Writing Prize. She directed a 40-minute version in Scene + Heard 2019 in Smock Alley Theatre Dublin. Her short plays have been performed in new writing nights at The Tristan Bates Theatre, the Jack Studio Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, the Cockpit Theatre, Theatre Deli, the Tabard Theatre and Craftory. Her monologue play OUT OF THE SHADOWS was part of Acting Out’s 25/The Decriminalisation Monologues in Outhouse Theatre Dublin and was also podcast. She directed her play TENDER MERCIES in Scene + Heard 2017 in Smock Alley Theatre Dublin and Garter Lane Theatre Waterford; YES in the 2016 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in the Pearse Centre Theatre and BLIND DATE in the 2015 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in Outhouse Theatre. BLIND DATE was a shortlist in RTE’s PJ O’Connor Radio Drama Award 2015. She directed BEASTS (Laura Murphy) for Collaborations 2015 in Smock Alley Theatre Dublin, the Mill Theatre Dundrum and the Millbank Theatre Rush. She directed her short play FOREVER in the 2014 International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival in the Cobalt Café Theatre. She has also written and directed a number of prize-winning short films and was a writer on RTE’s flagship TV series FAIR CITY.
Julian Felice, Writer of "Ten Minutes"
Julian Felice is the first ever internationally published playwright from the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar. He has had four plays published in the United States, all of which have been performed at various locations across the country. He has won Best Original Play at the Gibraltar Drama Festival on five occasions and was last year awarded a Commemorative Coin “For Excellence” by the Governor of Gibraltar in recognition of his achievements in playwriting. His play “Happy Birthday” was performed by Saw It Here First Productions at Theatro Technis last year, and his work has also been performed at the King’s Head Theatre. Julian has also spoken about his writing at a number of academic conferences in the United Kingdom and will be speaking at the next Gibraltar Literary Festival in November.
Charli Stanton, Writer of "The Pit and the Pretender"
Charli Stanton is a Portsmouth native currently residing in London. Her plays have all been performed for the stage inside her own mind; her short play, ‘Pit & Pretender’, debuted at The Old Red Lion as part of Underexposed Theatre in April 2018, and 'Dirty Plates, Rotten Soil' played at The Greenwich Theatre in 2018. Charli is currently working on producing her play, 'Reasons For An Earful' in October 2019, a (very) dark comedy. She one day hopes to create a work that rivals the (un)acclaimed genius of the movie Showgirls.
Charli graduated from Birkbeck College with a degree in Film & Media.
John Hill, Writer of "Alternative Therapy"
John Hill has been short-listed for a Channel 4 Comedy Drama Award, twice long-listed for the Kenneth Branagh New Drama Writing Award and has TV credits for two episodes of the sitcom Marshal’s Law. His Edinburgh and Camden Fringe debuts received several 4 and 5-star reviews, and he’s a two-time winner of the Player Playwrights Best Comedy Award.
Luke Stapleton, Writer of "Retinas"
Luke Stapleton is a playwright and script editor from Wirral, Merseyside. His monologue play "Scab" had its debut with Saw It Here First Productions in 2019 and will be featured in this year's Vaults Festival in London! His other plays include Mycorrhiza (The Space, 2019), Badger (Culture Clash Theatre, 2018) and Duck Eggs (Mad Apple Collective, 2016). His credits for TV include the six-part BBC series The Capture (2019) and series 1 & 2 of Hanna for Amazon Prime (2018-19).
Nicole Adams, Writer of "Teachers"
This is the first play that Nicole has written and she is delighted that it is being staged. The piece is partly inspired by her own experiences of surviving a convent education. Having recently lived and worked in China for three years, Nicole is now based in London and studying for an MA in Creative Writing. Nicole has been published in Open Pen and shortlisted in the Mslexia Novella competition.
Lloyd Evans, Writer of "Fat"
Reviewer, dramatist & parliamentary sketch-writer.