Katy Wilson is Miss Georgia in ‘Five Beauty Queens Walk into a Bar’

Katy Wilson

In an unprecedented stand for the #MeToo movement, Proud Mary Theatre Company is partnering with 25 of our Upstate sisters (and 5 male and non-binary gender allies) for the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 at our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donations to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

Some of the Upstate’s leading women directors and actors have volunteered their talent and time for these powerful, potent, and important stories.

Five Beauty Queens Walk into a Bar is based on the bravery of Tasha Dixon and written by Julia Brownell. Caroline Davis directs this play about Donald Trump’s behavior behind the scenes of the Miss USA pageant. The beauty queens are: Miss Georgia – Katy Wilson; Miss Texas – Sierra Lancaster; Miss Michigan – Crystal Marie Stewart; Miss Maine – Erica Dilworth; Miss Arizona – Anissa Garcia; with Stage Directions by Alex Lin and Assistant Director – Anna Bowman.

Katy Wilson is an actor, singer, and Reese Witherspoon enthusiast newly based in Atlanta, GA. She was most recently seen as Shelby in Steel Magnolias at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. Other theater credits include the First National Tour of Polkadots (an Off-Broadway hit based on the story of Ruby Bridges), Steel Magnolias (Gallery Players), Chasing Jack (NYTF), Valer: A Texan Drama (SheNYC) and City of Light (54 Below, SheNYC), TV: CadyDid, All Hail Beth, #JustaGirlonBroadway, and Lipstick Ladies. Training: B.M. Furman University and the Accademia dell’Arte in Tuscany.  www.katywilson.org.

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best.

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s 
VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.

Sierra Lancaster is Miss Texas in ‘Five Beauty Queens Walk Into A Bar’

Sierra Lancaster

In an unprecedented stand for the #MeToo movement, Proud Mary Theatre Company is partnering with 25 of our Upstate sisters (and 5 male and non-binary gender allies) for the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 at our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donations to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

Some of the Upstate’s leading women directors and actors have volunteered their talent and time for these powerful, potent, and important stories.

Five Beauty Queens Walk into a Bar is based on the bravery of Tasha Dixon and written by Julia Brownell. Caroline Davis directs this play about Donald Trump’s behavior behind the scenes of the Miss USA pageant. The beauty queens are: Miss Georgia – Katy Wilson; Miss Texas – Sierra Lancaster; Miss Michigan – Crystal Marie Stewart; Miss Maine – Erica Dilworth; Miss Arizona – Anissa Garcia; with Stage Directions by Alex Lin and Assistant Director – Anna Bowman.

Sierra Lancaster is an actor, singer, producer, and educator from Omaha, NE. She is currently is a third year student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she is pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre with a minor in Creative Entrepreneurship and concentrations in Acting and Neurodivergent Theatre Programming. Since 2019, Sierra has been a Private Vocal Instructor and Group Theatre Class Co-Instructor with the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN). Additionally, she is currently developing a virtual play reading workshop and co-developing a semester long virtual theatre program with the BIAESN. When not in class, performing, or teaching, Sierra enjoys engaging in artistic activism with her production company, Samuel-Lancaster Productions, to tell powerful, dynamic stories in inclusive, accessible, and anti-racist artistic spaces. Check them out on Facebook or Instagram @samuellancasterproductions! VOTE! 

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best.

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s 
VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.

Laura Bunn Plays Megyn Kelly in ‘Jessica’

Laura Bunn

In an unprecedented stand for the #MeToo movement, Proud Mary Theatre Company is partnering with 25 of our Upstate sisters (and 5 male and non-binary gender allies) for the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 on our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donation to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

Some of the Upstate’s leading women directors and actors have volunteered their talent and time for this powerful, subversive and important stories.

Based on the bravery of Jessica Leeds and written by Bess Wohl, Jessica stars Annette Garver in the title role and Upstate thespian Laura Bunn as Megyn Kelly. Sandy Staggs directs.

Laura Bunn has been performing in theater for almost 15 years. She was recently seen in Proud Mary Theatre’s musical revue BecomingHunchback of Notre Dame (Younts Center) Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet (Guerrilla Shakespeare Theatre Company.) She enjoys musical theater, cosplaying and art of all kinds. This is Laura’s third Virtual Play with Proud Mary Theatre Company.

Directors include Jenna Tamisiea Elser of Glow Lyric Theatre, Michele Colletti, Caroline Davis, Brook A. Nelson, Osiris Cuen, Robert Fuson and Sandy Staggs, and Christian Elser and Chase McAbee as mu

Actors include Tiffany Nave, Annette Garver. MJ Maurer, Liby Riggins, Anne Robards, Celia Blitzer, Lauren Paige Wilson, Clare Ruble, Lena Bledsoe, Frances Dell Bendert, Laura Bun, Krystal Pope, Osiris Cuen, Lauren McKay, Katy Wilson, Sierra Lancaster, Crystal Marie Stewart, Erica Dilworth, Anissa Garcia, with and Alex Lin as narrator and Anna Bowman as assistant director on Five Beauty Queens Walk Into a Bar.

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best.

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s 
VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.

John Leggett is Loving Boyfriend in ‘Rachels’

John Leggett

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s 
VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.

In an unprecedented stand for the #MeToo movement, Proud Mary Theatre Company is partnering with 25 of our Upstate sisters (and 5 male and non-binary gender allies) for the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 at our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donations to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

Some of the Upstate’s leading women directors and actors have volunteered their talent and time for these powerful, potent and important stories.

Rachels, based on the bravery of Rachel Crooks and written by Halley Feiffer, is one of eight plays in this collection and is directed by Michele Colletti. Rachels stars Tiffany Nave, Clare Ruble, and Lena Bledsoe as Rachel at three different ages and John Leggett as Loving Boyfriend, the only male role in the plays.

John Leggett (Loving Boyfriend) is excited to be making his Proud Mary Debut in Rachels. He is a Myrtle Beach native, and an Anderson University graduate with a BFA in Theatre: Acting. Recent Credits include “Jack Kelly” in Newsies (GT), “Johnny” in Treehouse (CS), and “The Soldier” in The Soldier’s Tale (Peace Center Passport Series). Stay hopeful, stay healthy, but most importantly, stay six feet away!

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best.

Tiffany Nave Plays Trump Accuser Rachel Crooks

Tiffany Nave

In an unprecedented stand for the #MeToo movement, Proud Mary Theatre Company is partnering with 25 of our Upstate sisters (and 5 male and non-binary gender allies) for the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 at our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donations to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

Some of the Upstate’s leading women directors and actors have volunteered their talent and time for these powerful, potent and important stories.

Rachels, based on the bravery of Rachel Crooks and written by Halley Feiffer, is one of eight plays in this collection and is directed by Michele Colletti. Rachels stars Tiffany Nave, Clare Ruble, and Lena Bledsoe as Rachel at three different ages and John Leggett as Loving Boyfriend, the only male role in the plays.

Tiffany Nave is one of the Upstate’s most in-demand actors and performers. Recent credits include Treehouse (Centre Stage) and Beehive: The Musical at Mill Town Players.

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best.

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s 
VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.

MJ Maurer Stars in ‘Sat Nam’ in #MeToo Play Collection

MJ MAURER

In an unprecedented stand for the #MeToo movement, Proud Mary Theatre Company is partnering with 25 of our Upstate sisters (and 5 male and non-binary gender allies) for the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 at our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donations to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

Some of the Upstate’s leading women directors and actors have volunteered their talent and time for this powerful, subversive and important stories.

MJ came home to Greenville 3 years ago after retiring from a social work career with SC thrive and South Carolina Department of Social Services. She is the proud mother of four children and five grandchildren. She’s thrilled to be part of the new virtual experiments with theater in this trying time of Covid. Thanks to Sandy for this new opportunity. Some of favorite past roles include Betty in The Foreigner with Milltown players, Jack’s mother in Into the Woods with Market Theater, Leila in Second Chance at Centre Stage and Tamora in Titus Andronicus with Upstate Shakespeare Festival. She is eternally grateful for her husband’s support and encouragement. He’s a gem! Stay safe and healthy.

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best.

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s 
VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.

Frances Dell Bendert Stars in ‘Troublemaker’

Frances Dell Bendert

In an unprecedented stand for the #MeToo movement, Proud Mary Theatre Company is partnering with 25 of our Upstate sisters (and 5 male and non-binary gender allies) for the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 on our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donation to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

Some of the Upstate’s leading women directors and actors have volunteered their talent and time for this powerful, subversive and important stories.

Troublemaker, based on the bravery of Jill Harth and written by Sharyn Rothstein, is one of eight plays in this collection and is directed by Brook A. Nelson, founding Board member of Proud Mary Theatre Company and co-stars Frances Dell Bendert.

Frances Dell Bendert ( Louanne: TROUBLEMAKER ) is a Film/TV/Theatre actor based out of Charlotte, NC and is motivated to tell stories to promote and make change in social justice . A most recent live performance circa COVID- The Weapons of Whiteness (Epoch Tribe). Favorite
theatre credits include Detroit (Greenville, SC), Down Along the Cove (Heartwood Theatre,Maine), The Roommate , Sordid Lives , A Woman of No Importance , The Other Place, August:Osage Co ., Proof , (Charlotte, NC). Recent Film/TV include the feature, Her Secret Past
Movies, streaming on Amazon- Dark Waters:Murder in the Deep, and award winning films Voice of Grace , KRAP, and Silencer.

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best.

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s 
VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.

Annette Garver, 86, Adds Another Role to her 75 Year Stage Resume – Trump Accuser Jessica Leeds

Annette Garver

In an unprecedented stand for the #MeToo movement, Proud Mary Theatre Company is partnering with 25 of our Upstate sisters (and 5 male and non-binary gender allies) for the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 on our Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donation to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

Some of the Upstate’s leading women directors and actors have volunteered their talent and time for this powerful, subversive and important stories.

Based on the bravery of Jessica Leeds and written by Bess Wohl, Jessica stars Annette Garver in the title role and Upstate thespian Laura Bunn as Megyn Kelly. Sandy Staggs directs.

Annette Garver was infected with the theatre virus at the age of 10, when in the 6th grade she was asked to play the role of a 7-year-old in the school play because she was small for her age and could pass for 7.  Her passion continued through plays at Jefferson Park Field House in Chicago, and high school & junior college in MD, and Foundry Methodist Church in DC.  Then she went to New York to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Being young and foolish, she married upon her return from New York, and was virtually absent from theatre for many years, except for 4 or 5 plays at GLT, until she was a widow and retired, and began acting at Centre Stage, Warehouse Theatre, Clemson Little Theatre, Electric City Playhouse, Oconee Community Theatre, Actors Theatre of Orcas Island, and a couple of others.  Favorite roles were Dorothy in “Inspecting Carol” (WT, CLT) and the title character in “My Old Lady” (ATOI).  She also directed for several productions for St. Peter’s Players, and two favorites at CLT: “On Golden Pond” and “Diary of Anne Frank.”She had been a rehearsal assistant, actor, stage manager, props manager, sound and light board operator, director. volunteer (usher and other tasks), and enthusiastice audience member at several theatres.    It’s a delight to be able to participate at a favorite theatre company, Proud Mary.  Many, many thanks to Sandy for asking!

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best.

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s 
VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.

25 Upstate Women, 5 Men Unite for #MeToo Plays

pussy grabber plays
pussy grabber plays

In an unprecedented stand for the #MeToo movement, Proud Mary Theatre Company is partnering with 25 of our Upstate sisters (and 5 male and non-binary gender allies) for the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 atour Vimeo Virtual PlayHouse. FREE, $5 suggested donations to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

Some of the Upstate’s leading women directors and actors have volunteered their talent and time for this powerful, subversive and important stories.

Directors include Jenna Tamisiea Elser of Glow Lyric Theatre, Michele Colletti, Caroline Davis, Brook A. Nelson, Osiris Cuen, Robert Fuson and Sandy Staggs, and Christian Elser and Chase McAbee as mu

Actors include Tiffany Nave, Annette Garver. MJ Maurer, Liby Riggins, Anne Robards, Celia Blitzer, Lauren Paige Wilson, Clare Ruble, Lena Bledsoe, Frances Dell Bendert, Laura Bun, Krystal Pope, Osiris Cuen, Lauren McKay, Katy Wilson, Sierra Lancaster, Crystal Marie Stewart, Erica Dilworth, Anissa Garcia, with and Alex Lin as narrator and Anna Bowman as assistant director on Five Beauty Queens Walk Into a Bar.

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best.

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.

Meet the Women Behind ‘The Pussy Grabber Plays’

pussy grabber plays
pussy grabber plays

Proud Mary Theatre Company is supporting our sisters in the #MeToo movement with the South Carolina premiere of The Pussy Grabber Plays – Stories Inspired by the Women Who Came Forward –  streaming now through August 30 our Vimeo Virtual Playhouse. FREE, but donations to Planned Parenthood can be made at proudmarytheatre.com.

The Pussy Grabber Plays is a series of eight short plays (two are musicals) created by some of the most highly acclaimed women writing for theater today. Based on interviews with seven of the women who have spoken out, the plays offer insights into each woman’s life, her decision to stand up, and the fallout she’s faced. Laced with humor, fear, heartbreak and anger, The Pussy Grabber Plays is political theater at its best.

All proceeds from The Pussy Grabber Plays benefit Planned Parenthood.
The Pussy Grabber Plays streams through Sunday, August 30 @ Midnight at Proud Mary Theatre‘s VIMEO VIRTUAL PLAYHOUSE
FREE. $5 Suggested Donation at proudmarytheatre.com.

The  Pussy  Grabber  Plays  (Copyright  2019)  was originally produced at Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York, January 14, 2019.
Kate Pines & Sharyn Rothstein, Co-­‐Creators
Hope  Chavez  &  Shira  Milikowsky,  Founding  Producers

Each play comprising The Pussy Grabber Plays is  fully  owned  by  its  author:

Five Beauty Queens Walk into a Bar
Based on the bravery of Tasha Dixon Written by Julia Brownell

Sat Nam
Based on the bravery of Karena Virginia Written by Anna Ziegler

Troublemaker
Based on the bravery of Jill Harth
Written by Sharyn Rothstein

Jessica
Based on the bravery of Jessica Leeds Written by Bess Wohl

Miss USA
Based on the bravery of Sam Holvey Written  by  Sharon  Kenny  and  Sharyn  Rothstein

Rachels
Based on the bravery of Rachel Crooks Written by Halley Feiffer

Credible Women
A  play  about  the  women  who  haven’t  come  forward
Written by Sam Chanse

The Interview
Based on the bravery of Natasha Stoynoff
Written by Melissa Li and Natasha Stoynoff

Producer & Playwright Biographies

KATE PINES, CO-­CREATOR

Kate Pines has worked in nearly all aspects of creating new plays for the American theatre, currently as a literary agent in the theatre department of ICM Partners. Previously, she served as the Literary Director of The Playwrights Realm, and the Associate Artistic Director of Women’s Project Theater. In the years prior, Kate spent two seasons on the artistic staff of the Public Theater, and the previous decade as a freelance director, working on Broadway and at such off-­‐Broadway and regional theaters as Ars Nova, Second Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and many more. Kate holds a BA from Middlebury College and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons.

SHARYN ROTHSTEIN, CO-­CREATOR & PLAYWRIGHT of TROUBLEMAKER, based on the

bravery of Jill Harth, and MISS USA, based on the bravery of Sam Holvey

Sharyn Rothstein is a playwright and television writer, whose plays and musicals have been workshopped and produced around the country, as well as internationally. Her play By The Water was first produced by Manhattan Theater Club and Ars Nova and was the recipient of the American Theater Critic’s Association Francesca Primus Prize. Her play All The Days was the recipient of the Edgerton Foundation Award and was produced at the McCarter Theater Center, directed by Emily Mann. In addition to playwriting, Sharyn is a writer and consulting producer for the USA Network drama SUITS. She is currently working on a television pilot for Apple, a theater commission from Manhattan Theater Club, as well as a stage adaptation of the beloved film Hester Street. In 2019, Sharyn’s drama Landladies will premiere at Northlight Theater in Chicago, her comedy Tell Me I’m Not Crazy will premiere at The Williamstown Theater Festival and her drama Right To Be Forgotten will premiere at Arena Stage in Washington, DC. She holds an MFA in dramatic writing from NYU and a Masters in Public Health from Hunter College, with a concentration in Urban Health. She is represented by ICM Partners.

HOPE CHAVEZ, FOUNDING MANAGING PRODUCER

Hope Chavez is a creative producer, arts administrator, and activist in New York City. She is a proud member of Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA) and former mentee in their Leadership Through Mentorship Program. Hope currently serves as the Programs Manager at A.R.T./New York. Primarily focused on the workshops, roundtables, racial justice education, and grant programs, Hope acts as a hub of information and resources to organizations ranging from $1,000-­‐$10 million in size. Additionally, Hope is the Managing Producer of two educational programs in NYC—The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and Keen Teens. With every project or program she produces, Hope seeks to center the voices and experiences of those who are historically marginalized and create a vibrant environment that acknowledges their dignity and allows them to flourish. Select producing credits: HONORS STUDENTS (Wild Project), KEEN TEENS 2016, 2017, 2018 (Keen Company), SALTY (Lyra Theater), THE 24 HOUR PLAYS OFF-­‐BROADWAY (Roundabout), MY HEART IS IN THE EAST (La MaMa), THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI (Lyra Theater), THE UNUSUAL TALE OF MARY & JOSEPH’S BABY (FringeNYC), THE 24 HOUR PLAYS: BROADWAY 2015, 2016, 2017 (The 24 Hour Plays), LUCKY CHICK (Fringe Encore Series).

SHIRA MILIKOWSKY, FOUNDING ARTISTIC PRODUCER

Shira Milikowsky is a theater director based in Brooklyn. She is an associate lecturer in Theatre, Dance & Media at Harvard University, and co-­‐founder of the new theater company, The Neon Coven. Shira spent six seasons as the Artistic Associate at the American Repertory Theater, where her projects included The Lily’s Revenge by Taylor Mac. As an artist/activist, Shira seeks ways that theatrical events can activate communities around urgent social issues. In 2016 she conceived and produced A Safe & Special Place, an evening of original protest plays that brought together over 45 artists to raise funds for Planned Parenthood. As a Luce Scholar in Seoul, South Korea, Shira created a Korean adaptation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle that toured to the Tumen River Arts Festival on the Chinese border with North Korea. OSCARatTheCrown,a post-­‐apocalyptic nightclub musical, produced by www.TheNeonCoven.com, premiered in January 2019. Shira holds an MFA in directing from Columbia and a BA in Theater Studies from Yale.

JULIA BROWNELL (FIVE BEAUTY QUEENS WALK INTO A BAR, based on the bravery of Tasha Dixon)

Julia Brownell is currently a writer/co-­‐executive producer on the Emmy-­‐winning NBC series This is Us. She has also written on NBC’s Parenthood, Smash, and About a Boy; The Path on Hulu; and the HBO comedy Hung. Julia’s play AllAmericanpremiered Off-­‐Broadway produced by Lincoln Center/LCT3. Her play Smart Cookie was the winner of Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award and had its world premiere at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.

SAM CHANSE (CREDIBLE WOMEN, inspired by the women who haven’t come forward)

Sam Chanse is the author of Trigger, The Opportunities of Extinction, Fruiting Bodies, The Other Instinct, What You Are Now, Lydia’s Funeral Video, about that whole dying thing, and Asian American Jesus. She is a Lark Venturous Fellow, a resident playwright at New Dramatists and a member of the Ma-­‐Yi Writers Lab. A former fellow at MacDowell, the Rita Goldberg Playwrights’ Workshop at The Lark, Sundance Institute, Cherry Lane Mentor Project, and Playwrights Realm, she has also received residencies from Djerassi, Tofte Lake Center, and SPACE at Ryder Farm. Her work has also been developed and supported by Ma-­‐ Yi Theatre, Leviathan Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Project, Ma-­‐Yi/the Flea, Second Generation, and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Her plays have been recognized by The Kilroys, and her first solo play, Lydia’s Funeral Video, is published by Kaya Press. She is the former artistic director of Kearny Street Workshop, and has taught writing and theater workshops at colleges, universities, and nonprofits. More info: www.samchanse.com.

HALLEY FEIFFER (RACHELS based on the bravery of Rachel Crooks)

Halley Feiffer is a writer and actress. Plays include I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic, OCC Nom.), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City (MCC), How To Make Friends and Then Kill Them (Rattlestick), Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow (Williamstown and MCC — upcoming), and The Pain of My Belligerence, which she will star in at Playwrights Horizons this spring. Her plays have been produced around the country and in the UK. Acting credits include the recent production of her play A Funny Thing Happened… at the Geffen, the Broadway revivals of The Front Page and The House of Blue Leaves (Theater World Award) and numerous off-­‐Broadway productions including TigersBeStill (Roundabout, Drama League Nom.). TV writing / producing credits include The One Percent (Starz), Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon), Purity, SMILF and Kidding (Showtime) as well as original pilots for FX and TNT.

SHARON KENNY (MISS USA based on the bravery of Sam Holvey)

Sharon Kenny writes songs and the words that go with them. She lives in New York. Kenny’s solo projects include My Name Is Sharon, Adjectives & Nouns (EP), and Pianocentric. They are available everywhere music is sold. Her song “Hotel Heart” reached #68 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts. Her music has cumulatively garnered nearly 10 million views on YouTube. Sharon is the composer/lyricist to the musical Mrs. Hughes (book by Janine Nabers, dir. Mark Brokaw) which has been developed at New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Theatreworks Palo Alto, and the Yale Institute of Music Theatre. Mrs. Hughes was recently named a finalist for the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award. She is also currently at work on the musical In Vain (book by Cristina Pippa), which received a workshop at the U of M/Guthrie BFA program. She has participated in ANTFest (Ars Nova), The Johnny Mercer Songwriter’s Project (American Music Theatre Project), Prospect Theatre Company’s Musical Theatre Lab, and received a MAC nomination for her piece “Leaky Ceiling” (Best Comedic Song). She has performed sold out shows to Joe’s Pub, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Gramercy Theatre. Her songs have been prominently featured both nationally and internationally on television, most notably on Lifetime’s hit show, Dance Moms. Her album Songs About You; (Songs About Me) was released in January 2019, free of charge. www.sharon-­‐kenny.com

MELISSA LI (The Interview based on the bravery of Natasha Stoynoff)

Melissa Li (she/her) is a composer, lyricist, performer, and writer. She is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Grant, a Dramatists Guild Foundation Fellow, a Lincoln Center Theater Writer in Residence, and a former Queer|Art|Mentorship Fellow. Musicals include Interstate (New York Musical Festival), Surviving the Nian (The Theater Offensive, IRNE Award Winner for “Best New Play” 2007), and 99% Stone (The Theater Offensive). Her works have received support from 5th Avenue Theatre, The Village Theater, Musical Theater Factory, National Performance Network, New England Foundation for the Arts, Dixon Place, terraNOVA Collective, and more. She is proud to be from Boston, and proud to be based in NYC and Baltimore.

NATASHA STOYNOFF (The Interview based on the bravery of Natasha Stoynoff)

Natasha Stoynoff is a two-­‐time NewYorkTimesbestselling author with over a dozen books to her credit. She graduated with a BA in English and Psychology from York University in Toronto and studied journalism at Ryerson University. Natasha began her career as a news reporter/photographer for the Toronto Star and columnist/feature writer for the Toronto Sun.

A two-­‐time winner of Time Inc.’s Henry R. Luce Award for excellence in journalism, she was a longtime staff writer in People magazine’s New York bureau and a news correspondent for TIME. She currently writes an ongoing series about sexual harassment and assault

in People called, “Women Speak Out.” Natasha lives in Manhattan and is finishing her second screenplay.

BESS WOHL (Jessica based on the bravery of Jessica Leeds)

Bess Wohl’s plays include SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (NY Times Critic’s Pick, John Gassner Outer Critics Circle Award, year’s top ten lists in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Guardian and others), MAKE BELIEVE, AMERICAN HERO, BARCELONA, TOUCHED, IN,

CATS TALK BACK and the musical PRETTY FILTHY with composer/lyricist Michael Friedman and The Civilians (Lucille Lortel and Drama Desk nominations for Outstanding Musical). Her new play, CONTINUITY, will have its world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in the spring of 2019. Her plays have been produced or developed at theaters in New York and around the country, including Second Stage, Ars Nova, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Goodman Theater, The Geffen Playhouse, People’s Light and Theatre Company, The Contemporary American Theater Festival, Vineyard Arts Project, The Pioneer Theatre, The Pittsburgh Public Theater, The Northlight Theater, TheaterWorks New Works Festival, Ojai Playwright’s Conference, the Cape Cod Theatre Project, PlayPenn and the New York International Fringe Festival (Award for Best Overall Production). She currently holds new play commissions from Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage, and The Williamstown Theatre Festival.

In 2015, Bess won the Sam Norkin special Drama Desk Award for “establishing herself as an important voice in New York theater, and having a breakthrough year.” Other awards and honors include the Athena Award for her screenplay, VIRGINIA, a MacDowell Fellowship, and inclusion on Hollywood’s Black List of Best Screenplays. She is an associate artist with The Civilians, an alumna of Ars Nova’s Play Group, and the recipient of new play commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lincoln Center and Hartford Stage. She also writes screenplays and has developed multiple original television projects for HBO, ABC, USA, FOX, Disney, Paramount and others. In her previous life as an actress, she appeared onstage in New York and regionally, and in numerous films and TV shows where she has given birth, solved crimes, committed crimes, been wrongly accused, and come back from the dead. She is a graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Drama.

ANNA ZIEGLER (SAT NAM based on the bravery of Karena Virginia)

Anna Ziegler has written the plays Actually (Manhattan Theatre Club; Williamstown Theatre Festival; Geffen Playhouse; L.A. Ovation Award winner for Playwriting for an Original Play), the widely produced Photograph 51(directed on the West End by Michael Grandage and starring Nicole Kidman; WhatsOnStage Award for Best New Play; year’s top ten list in The Washington Post and The Telegraph), Boy (Keen Company/Ensemble Studio Theatre; Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award nominee), The Wanderers (The Old Globe; Blanche and Irving Laurie Theatre Visions Fund winner), The Last Match (Roundabout Theatre Company; The Old Globe; Craig Noel Award nominee for Outstanding New Play), and A Delicate Ship (New York Times Critic’s Pick; The Playwrights Realm; Cincinnati Playhouse). She holds commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and The Geffen Playhouse. Oberon Books has published a collection of her work entitled Anna Ziegler: Plays One. This season: Photograph 51 at Melbourne Theatre Company, South Coast Rep, Court Theatre; Actually at Theater J, Hartford Theaterworks, Aurora Theatre, GableStage, Minnesota Jewish Theatre and San Diego Rep.