Kiran Rajagopal - Writer of "To Drink A Whiskey Purposefully"
Kiran Rajagopal is a Boston native and is currently a full-time student. "To Drink A Whiskey Purposefully" is his first play and he is thrilled to be able to collaborate with professional artists to see it staged. Inspiration for the play arose from works of post-war Japanese literature and the way their stories operate. Kiran is an editor for Polyphony Lit, a global online literary magazine for youth writers. He is also working towards developing a feature-length screenplay. Aside from his interests in the literary arts, Kiran is an avid fan of the NBA and the Boston Celtics.
Phil Johnson - Writer of "The Clear Out"
Phil Johnson graduated with a First-Class degree in TV Production back in 2003. Over the following few years, Phil made every effort to break into the industry as a screenwriter but unfortunately did not achieve his ambition. Frustrated, he turned his back on writing and joined the police force as a response officer for Cumbria Constabulary. Phil worked as a frontline officer for nine years before taking a career break and it was during this time that Phil’s passion for writing was reignited. Phil was shortlisted for a couple of prizes earlier this year but “The Clear Out” will be his first published play.
Chris Shaw Swanson - Writer of "Out From Under With Mary"
Chris Shaw Swanson’s one-act and full-length comedies and dramas have been honored in more than thirty U.S. competitions and produced on more than one hundred stages in America and abroad. Publishers of her plays include Smith & Kraus, Meriwether and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. A member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the ICWP, Chris is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for Playwriting. She has served as a guest teaching artist at schools and colleges in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.
Barbara Lindsay - Writer of "Holy Hell"
Barbara Lindsay’s first full length play, FREE, won the NY Drama League's 1989 Playwrighting Competition and was given its premiere production in London in 1991. Since then there have been more than 400 national and international productions of her plays, monologues, and screenplays in 33 States, 13 countries, and on every continent except Antarctica. Full length play I-2195 won the Women in the Arts Award at UM St. Louis and was produced there in 2005. Short play HERE TO SERVE YOU won the 2008 Goshen Peace Play Prize. One act HEAVENLY LIGHT won the same prize in 2020. In 2011 she was Playwright-in-Residence for New Voices for the Theater, a two-week playwriting intensive for teens produced annually by SPARC (School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community) in VA. She is a fifth generation Californian living in Seattle, WA, married to an amazing man, and ridiculously happy.
Don Casey - Writer of "The Result"
Don Casey is a retired Metropolitan Police Officer. While in the police he was awarded an academic bursary to study Artificial Intelligence for which he gained a PhD. He is currently leading a research project, with the Metropolitan Police, on developing an A.I. system to link serious sexual assaults in order to improve the identification and detection of offenders.
“The Result” is his first play to be produced.
John Busser - Writer of "Annnd Scene (of the Crime)"
John Busser is an actor/writer in the Cleveland area. He is a regular cast member of the long-running improvised show, Flanagan's Wake, which celebrated its eleventh season in 2020 (Cut short by COVID but still did half the 4 month run!) His plays have been performed in the US in Cleveland, Columbus, in various festivals including Blank Canvas Theatre, which presented Children's Letters to Satan (and Other Horrible Scribblings), a collection of 7 of his original short plays. His recent play, Programming (T)error has received multiple film and audio productions. He also helps run a monthly writer’s workshop at Cleveland Public Theatre called The Dark Room, which encourages playwrights, poets and other performing artists to test drive new work by holding cold readings of their scripts for an audience.
Natalya Micic - Writer of "Who Made You Queen?"
Natalya Micic is an actor, director, photographer and writer. She graduated from London School of Dramatic Art from the Advanced Acting course in 2017 and has been working in the industry ever since. Her writing credits include: ‘to all the women I know and love’ for Creative Collabs (poem), ‘The Text’ for Actor4NHS (monologue competition) and three episodes for Unicorn King (web series). She is very excited to have her first play be staged by Saw It Here First Productions.
Mark Harvey Levine - Writer of "Up On The Roof"
Mark Harvey Levine has had over 1800 productions of his plays everywhere from Bangalore to Bucharest and from Lima to London. His plays have won over 45 awards and been produced in more than ten languages. Full evenings of his plays, such as "Cabfare For The Common Man", “Didn’t See That Coming” and “A Very Special Holiday Special” have been shown around the world, including a tour of Brazil that lasted several years. A Spanish-language film of “The Kiss” (“El Beso”) premiered at Cannes, showed at Tribeca film festival, and aired on HBO and DTV (Japan). Filmed versions of his plays "Howard" and "Misfortune" have also appeared on Brazilian television. His work has been published in over two dozen anthologies by Smith & Kraus, Applause, Routledge and Vintage. He currently lives in Indianapolis, where he teaches playwriting at the Indiana Writer's Center.
Ken Preuss - Writer of "Meet the Beatletoons"
Ken Preuss is a writer and performer who became a teacher to guarantee an audience 5 days a week. Although his one-acts and short plays have been produced in festivals and schools in Australia, Canada, China, England, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and 48 of 50 States, Ken can be found rooted near Orlando, Florida with his wife, sons, and a few too many pets.
Ciara Cassoni - Writer of "The Search"
Ciara Cassoni works as a Dramatherapist, Drama Teacher and Mindfulness Teacher in Ireland. She won the Eamon Keane Full Length Play Award at Listowel Writers Week and the Billy Roche International Short Play Award, both in 2020 and was also shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwrighting UK/Ireland in 2020. In 2019 Ciara was shortlisted for the Bread and Roses Playwriting Awardand in 2014 won the Best New Playwriting and Best Actress Award with her first play at the Cork Arts Theatre, Writers Week. In 2019 Ciara was one of 10 writers accepted onto the National Theatre of Ireland, Abbey Theatre’s first ‘Abbey Begins’ programme under the guidance of their Associate Playwright Darren Murphy andshe has met with The Abbey Theatre’s New Works Associate to discuss her writing. She was one of three playwrights to receive a full professional reading at The New Theatre Dublin, Writers Week in 2017. Driven by the closure of theatres in 2020, Ciara has recently recorded one of her short plays for radio with the help of fellowTheatre and Drama lovers. She was recently awarded a weeks residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre to write by the Meath Arts Office, Ireland.
Matthew Sheridan - Writer of "Small Talk"
Matthew Sheridan’s plays have been performed throughout the US, in Canada and in the UK. Two are published: Unfinished by Playscripts Online (UK), and Audition by Playscripts Inc. (US). Recent staged readings include Beach Glass (Queens Theatre, New York City) and Have a Nice Day (Theatre Southwest, Texas). He also wrote book, music and lyrics for The Ambition Bird which had a workshop production by The Human Race Theatre Company (Dayton, Ohio) and a concert presentation in Cardiff, Wales starring Josefina Gabrielle.
Heather Hampson - Writer of "The Hide"
Heather Hampson lives in London with a black cat called Ozzy. She’s originally from Runcorn, a new town on the river Mersey.
Her debut novel, The Vanity Game, was published in 2012 in England and France, and she has an MA in screenwriting at Birkbeck University. She’s had a number of short film scripts produced, and a previous stage work, Trixie, was performed at scratch nights in Richmond and Walthamstow last year.
Her interests include politics and the darker side of existence, so inevitably, she is currently working on a full length comedy play about Brexit and Death.
Clare Langford - Co-Writer of "The Petal and The Orchid"
Clare is an award winning actress and experienced writer from Ireland.
She began penning original scripts and adapting screenplays for stage for her University DramaSociety, while studying Applied Languages .She later went to Drama Centre London. Whilst training as an actor, she developed two short filmsunder the guidance of renowned novelist and TV writer- Isabelle Grey. These were screened at the Soho Curzon and the Ritzy as part of the Central Saint Martins graduation showcase. Since then, Clare has written and produced theatre and film for London Refugee Awareness Festival, European City of Culture Festival, Young Vic New Voices, Waterloo Vaults Festival, Romanian Theatre Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival and Toronto Fringe Festival. Her first co-writing venture (with Gabrielle Curtis) was selected for Little Pieces of Gold in 2018 and was very recently published in Routledge’s ‘Short Plays with Great Roles for Women’, with foreword from Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. She is delighted that "The Petal and The Orchid" will have a new audience with SIHFP.
Clare is now working on a new co-writing venture for a Sheffield based feature film.
Gabrielle Curtis - Co-Writer of "The Petal and The Orchid"
Gabrielle’s professional writing credits include: Bonus of Contention; The Artistically Protected Right to Over-React and A Meaningful, Albeit Brief, Encounter (all at the The Old Red Lion Theatre where reviews praised her ‘scalpel sharp dialogue’); After as part of The Millenials at the Southwark Playhouse (for which she was mentored by playwright and screenwriter Vinay Patel) and SLAM at The Pleasance Theatre. For screen, Gabrielle wrote short film Closure, recently nominated for Best Romantic Comedy at Indie Short Fest, Los Angeles and given an Honourable Mention award for Best Romantic Short at the Independent Shorts Awards.
The Petal and The Orchid marks herself and Clare’s first enterprise as a writing partnership and they were thrilled to have it shown first at The Southwark Playhouse (as part of Little Pieces of Gold) and then again at The Old Red Lion Theatre and Southwark Playhouse as part of Underexposed:2
Subsequently to this, The Petal and The Orchid was selected to be part of a new anthology of plays entitled Short Plays with Great Roles for Women, edited by Suzette Coon (who had produced the play for Little Pieces of Gold) and published by Routledge.