Ashlin Halfnight is currently a writer on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix show, BLOODLINE. His feature films ASTRAEA and DIVING NORMAL can be found on VOD, and his mockumentary feature MAYBE THERE'S A TREE (starring Colin Mochrie & Creed Bratton) is currently in post-production. His teen thriller SURVIVAL BOX is in pre-production, scheduled to shoot in July, 2017 in Toronto.
His plays have been performed across North America and Europe and include ARTIFACTS OF CONSEQUENCE, A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED, LAWS OF MOTION, and GOD'S WAITING ROOM. Ashlin is a Fulbright Scholar, former professional hockey player signed by the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, a Howard Stein Playwriting Fellow, and was the 2006 artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary, in Budapest. Ashlin holds an honors BA in English from Harvard University and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and sons, and enjoys whiskey, new socks, and the film Footloose.
ia first-generation Nigerian-American storyteller and educator, attended Wellesley College and obtained her MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater. During her stay in the Bay, she co-pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, providing artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview / Huntspoint. In January 2016 Playwrights Realm produced the world premiere of Sojourners, the origin story of the Ufot Family Cycle.
In Spring 2016, The Magic Theatre in San Francisco produced the west coast premiere of Sojourners and the world premiere of the third installation in the Ufot Family Cycle, runboyun, in repertory. New York Theatre Workshop produced the New York City return of Sojourners in Spring 2017, which ran in repertory with the world premiere of Her Portmanteau, which was previously developed in 2015 at the National Black Theatre. She’s the recipient of the 2017 Helen Merrill Playwright Award and the 2017-2018 McKnight National Residency and Commission at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Her Ufot Cycle play, Her Portmanteau, will be produced [Spring 2019] by American Conservatory Theater, and was recently produced at Pasadena’s Boston Court Performing Arts Center.
Mfoniso is also currently at work on a commission from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, translating Shakespeare’s Othello, through their Play On! program. Mfoniso’s plays have been developed at and/or presented/produced by The New York Theatre Workshop, The Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, NNPN, Space on Ryder Farm, NNPN New Play Showcase, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, I73, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle’s INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, American Slavery Project, Liberation Theatre Company, and more. Mfoniso was a finalist for the 2015 PoNY Prize, the Eugene O’Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Many Voices Fellowship, Page73 Development Programs, Jerome Fellowship, New York Theatre Workshop’s 20/50 Fellowship, and Lark Playwrights’ Week. Follow her at @mfudofia or visit www.mfonisoudofia.com.
Luis Alfaro is a Chicano writer/performer known for his work in poetry, theatre, short stories, performance and journalism. He is also a producer/director who spent ten years at the Mark Taper Forum as Associate Producer, Director of New Play Development and co-director of the Latino Theatre Initiative.
His plays and performances include Oedipus el Rey (Magic Theatre, Boston Court Theatre, upcoming at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company) Electricidad (Teatro Vision-San Jose, Mark Taper Forum-Los Angeles, Goodman Theater-Chicago, Borderlands Theatre-Tucson), Downtown(Institute of Contemporary Art-London, XTeresa Performance Space-Mexico City), No Holds Barrio(Goodman Theatre-Chicago), Body of Faith(Cornerstone Theater Company-Los Angeles), Straight as a Line (Primary Stages-NY, Edinburgh Festival-Scotland, Goodman Theatre-Chicago, The National Theatre of Romania [2 year run]) Bitter Homes and Gardens (Latino Chicago, Playwrights Arena-Los Angeles) Ladybird (La Jolla Playhouse) Black Butterfly(Smithsonian Museum, The Kennedy Center-Washington D.C., Mark Taper Forum-Los Angeles) Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (Taper Too-Los Angeles, Teatro Vista-Chicago). He is the recipient of a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowship, popularly known as a "genius grant," awarded to people who have demonstrated expertise and exceptional creativity in their respective fields.
A Rockefeller Fellow and University of California Regents Chair Fellow, he is the only artist to have won two awards in the same year from The Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays. He is also the recipient of awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, Theatre Communications Group and PEN USA, among others. He is featured in over 25 anthologies, has an award-winning spoken word CD, and was nominated for a local Emmy Award for his short film, Chicanismo. He is a member of New Dramatists, an associate artist at Playwrights Arena and Cornerstone Theatre Company in Los Angeles. His play Electricidad was featured on the cover of American Theatre Magazine and the complete script was published in the February 2006 issue.
He teaches at the University of Southern California (Graduate Playwriting Program, Solo Performance, Youth Theater) and California Institute of the Arts (Solo Performance, Actors Studio).
premiered The Eva Trilogy at Magic in 2017 and is A New Dramatists Resident Playwright And Is A Citizen Of Both The United States And Ireland. Awards And Recognitions: 2015-17 Royal Court Theatre New Play Commission, 2017 Headwaters Theatre Festival
In Creede, CO, 2017 University Of Arkansas New Play Award, 2017 Theatresquared Festival Of New Plays, 2017 Lyricist For The 25th Anniversary Concert Of The AIDS Quilt Songbook At National Sawdust, 2016 Duke University Residency, 2016 Emerson Stage Workshop Production, 2015 Play Commission From The Contemporary American Theatre Festival For WE ARE PUSSY RIOT, 2015 Lippmann Family "New Frontier" Award, 2015 P73 Fellowship Finalist, 2014 Seven Devils Theatre Conference; The 2012 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award; Yale Playwrights Festival Mentor Since 2010; A 2011 Edward Albee Foundation Fellow; Tyrone Guthrie Centre Repeat Resident In Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan, Ireland; Finalist At The Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Festival And The Kerouac Project; Special Jury Award, First Irish 2009 Theatre Festival. She Is A Member Of ASCAP And The Dramatists Guild, And Was Named One Of The Influential Women Of 2011 By The Irish Voice. Her Work Has Been Funded By The National Endowment Of The Arts, The Venturous Theater Fund, The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation And The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.Plays: WE ARE PUSSY RIOT OR EVERYTHING IS P.R., TERRA FIRMA, VISIBLE FROM FOUR STATES, THE EVA TRILOGY: EDEN, ENTER THE ROAR And NO COAST ROAD, BEYOND THE PALE, JAMES, NORMAN AND BEATRICE, PAPER TIGERS And A Collection Of Three One-Acts Entitled NEW YORK IN JUNE. Visit Her Website At Barbarahammond.Com.
Han Ong premiered Grandeur at Magic in 2017. He is a novelist and playwright. His novels are Fixer Chao (Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2001), which was named a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year and cited as a new immigrant classic by the New York Times; and The Disinherited(Farrar Straus & Giroux, 2004), nominated for a Lambda Book Award. Among Ongʼ s more than three dozen plays are The L.A. Plays (1990), The Chang Fragments (1996), Middle Finger (1997), and The Suitcase Trilogy (1992–97). They have been widely produced in the US in such venues as the Joseph Papp Public Theater (New York), Berkeley Repertory Theater (Berkeley, California), the Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles, California) and the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts), as well as abroad, at Londonʼ s Almeida Theater.
Ong is one of the youngest recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, awarded to him in 1997, when he was 29. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. Born in the Philippines to Chinese parents, he immigrated to the US with his family as a teenager. He lives in New York city. He has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University and Long Island University and has taught playwriting for several years at New Yorkʼ s 92nd Street Y.
Paula recently worked on The Baltimore Waltz with Magic in 2017. Other of her works include; The Broadway musical Indecent (Court Theatre), How I Learned to Drive, The Long Christmas Ride Home (The Vineyard); Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq (Wilma Theatre); A Civil War Christmas (Long Wharf, New York Theatre Workshop); The Mineola Twins (Roundabout); Hot ‘n’ Throbbing (A.R.T., Signature Theatre); The Baltimore Waltz, Desdemoa, And Baby Makes Seven (Circle Rep); The Oldest Profession (Signature Theatre).
Awards include the Pulitzer Prize, two Obies, the NY Drama Critics Circle, Theatre Hall of Fame, Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement, and The Thornton Wilder Award. She is most honored by three awards given in her name: the Paula Vogel Award at the American Theatre College Festival, the Paula Vogel mentorship program for Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award given by the Vineyard Theatre.
After teaching for 30 years at Brown University and Yale School of Drama, she now conducts workshops at theatres, schools, and community organizations. Upcoming projects: Jitterbugging and the War Effort (Long Wharf), Baby Girl, a musical theatre work with Matt Gould, and the book, How to Bake A Play.
Sam Shepard, is an American playwright, actor, author, screenwriter, and director, whose body of work spans over half a century. He is the author of forty-four plays as well as several books of short stories, essays, and memoirs. Shepard received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in The Right Stuff (1983). Shepard received the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist in 2009. New York described him as “the greatest American playwright of his generation.” Most recent of his plays done at Magic were Fool for Love and A Lie of the Mind.
premiered Nogales here at Magic. He is an American playwright, actor, filmmaker, and co-founder of the collective performance trio, Culture Clash, which was formed in 1984 in San Francisco’s Mission District. Born in 1959, Montoya is the son of well- known artist, poet, and activist José Montoya, a co-founder of the Chicano artistic collective known as the Royal Chicano Air Force. While José Montoya went to art school in the East Bay (CCAC) in the early 60’s he quickly gravitated to Berkeley and the Beat Movement still percolating in SF’s North Beach.
While growing up, Montoya witnessed his family’s involvement in the civil rights movement and Cesar Chavez’ United Farm Workers movement as artist activists. He continues that legacy through his career as a playwright, actor and indie filmmaker. Through searing satire or heightened realism Montoya’s writings dig deep into the margins of America. The shadow lands: barrios, deserts, jails where characters confront racism, discrimination, and the difficulties and dangers of displacement and the ghosts of a post-colonial reality on the Mexico-U.S. border.
premiered both Bruja and Oedipus el Rey, at Magic Theatre, Bruja, enjoyed an extended run, and Oedipus el Rey, won the Bay Area Theatre 2010 Glickman Prize. Oedipus el Rey has gone on to productions in Los Angeles (L.A. Weekly Best Adaptation Award), Washington D.C., Tucson, Minneapolis and is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed production at the Miracle Theatre in Portland, Oregon and will open in July at Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.
His plays include Alleluia, The Road, Hero, Electricidad, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Body of Faith, Straight as a Line, Black Butterfly and many solo works including down town and No Holds Barrio.
Jessica Hagedorn is the author of Toxicology, Dream Jungle, The Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, which won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. Other publications include Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and Burning Heart: A Portrait Of The Philippines (with photojournalist Marissa Roth). Hagedorn edited both volumes of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction, and Manila Noir, a crime fiction anthology.
Her plays include Most Wanted, Stairway To Heaven, Fe In The Desert, and the stage adaptation of The Gangster of Love and Dogeaters. In collaboration with composer Fabian Obispo, Hagedorn is adapting Lysley Tenorio’s short story, Felix Starro, into a musical play. Her work in film includes screenplays for director Shu Lea Cheang’s Fresh Kill and for the Oxygen Network’s animated series, The Pink Palace. Honors and awards include a Guggenheim Fiction Fellowship, a Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, and a Philippine National Book Award for Manila Noir. She is an alumna of the Sundance Theatre Lab for Dogeaters and Most Wanted, and the Sundance Screenwriters’ Lab for Dogeaters. For more information, visit www.jessicahagedorn.net.
is the author of Sister Play, Goldfish, Mrs. Whitney, Love Song, on an average day, Gizmo Love, Fabuloso, Bank Job and Marriage Play (or Half ‘n Half ‘n Half) which premiered in 2012 at Merrimack Repertory. Goldfish premiered at South Coast Repertory in the Spring of 2009, directed by Loretta Greco. Goldfish was then produced at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco in the Fall of that year. The Magic also premiered Mrs. Whitney in the Fall of 2009, under Kolvenbach’s direction.
Love Song premiered at Steppenwolf in Chicago in the spring of 2006, directed by Austin Pendelton. Love Song went on to the West End, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award, best new comedy. Love Song has been produced in New York, Zurich, Melbourne, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul and Rome. There have been over fifty productions in the US. on an average day premiered at the Comedy Theatre on the West End in 2002, with Woody Harrelson and Kyle MacLachlan. Average Day has been produced in Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, and Lisbon among many other places. Fabuloso premiered at the Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre in 2008, directed by Mr. Kolvenbach. Fabuloso was staged in San Juan and Zurich, in Spanish and Swiss German, respectively.
has been named one of New York's best theatre artists by the The New York Times, The New Yorker, American Theatre Magazine, The Village Voice (also naming Mr. Mac the best theatre actor in New York, 2013), Time Out NY (also naming him New York's best cabaret performer of 2012 and a future legend of New York City). A playwright, actor, and singer-songwriter, Taylor's work has been performed at New York City's Lincoln Center and The Public Theatre, the Sydney Opera House, Boston's American Repertory Theatre, San Francisco's Magic Theatre, Stockholm's Sodra Theatern and literally hundreds of other theaters, museums, music halls, cabarets, and festivals around the globe.
Mac is the author of numerous plays and performance pieces including most recently Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Curran), Hir, which premiered at the Magic, The Lily's Revenge (Obie Award), The Walk Across America for Mother Earth (named One of the Best Plays of 2011 by The New York Times), The Young Ladies Of (Chicago's Jeff Award nomination for best solo), Red Tide Blooming (Ethyl Eichelberger Award) and The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac (Edinbrugh's Festival's Herald Angel Award). Mr. Mac's plays have been published by Playscripts, Vintage Press, New York Theatre Review, and New York Theatre Experience and been the recipient of two Sundance Theatre Lab residences, three Map Grants, The Creative Capital Grant, The James Hammerstein Award for playwriting, three GLAAD Media Award Nomination, two New York State Council of The Arts Grant, a Massachusetts Council of the Arts Grant, an Edward Albee Foundation Residency, The Franklin Furnace Grant, a Peter S. Reed Grant, and The Ensemble Studio's Theatre's New Voices Fellowship in playwriting.
Mr. Mac is a graduate of both the HERE Arts Center Resident Artists program, New Dramatists and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect.
is the author of Jesus in India and Great Wall Story (premiering at the Denver Center Theatre Company in March). His play American Hwangap was produced at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco; with Ma-Yi & The Play Company in New York; and with Tanghalang Pilipino at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila, in connection with the Andrew Mellon Foundation and Lark Play Development Center's Launching New Plays into the Repertoire initiative, and was published in Smith & Kraus's Best New Playwrights 2009, American Theatre Magazine, and with Samuel French, Inc. Other plays include The Children of Vonderly, The Garden Variety, Masha No Home and Happy End of the World, a play for young audiences commissioned by Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis via the NEA New Play Development program.
He has been the recipient of grants and awards from the New York Foundation of the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, and others. He is an alum of EST's Youngblood, and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a current member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. He has served since January 2011 as Director of Onsite Programs at the Lark Play Development Center.
is a 1st Generation Nigerian-American storyteller, actress and educator. Mfoniso attended Wellesley College for Political Science and obtained her MFA in Acting from San Francisco’s Tony Award winning, American Conservatory Theater. During her stay in the Bay, she co-pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint.
Mfoniso’s nine-play Ufot Family Cycle series recently was produced in 2017 at a staged reading at NNPN. Her other works include Sojourners, which was seen at the 2014 NNPN conference as part of the National New Play Showcase will be produced off-Broadway by Playwrights Realm. She premiered runboyrun at the Magic in 2016. Mfoniso’s plays have been developed and/or presented/produced by Playwrights Realm, The Magic Theatre, The National Black Theater, Sundance Theatre Lab, Space on Ryder Farm, NNPN New Play Showcase, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, Page73 Development Programs, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle’s INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, Liberation Theatre Company and JJCEO Youth Programs in Birmingham, Alabama. Mfoniso was a finalist for the 2015 PoNY Prize and she’s been a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill NPC, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Many Voices Fellowship, Page 73 Development Programs, Jerome Fellowship, NYTW’s 20/50 Fellowship, The Source Festival & Lark Playwrights’ Week. Follow her at @mfudofia and check out her site mfonisoudofia.com for the latest news.