is honored to return to Magic,where he premiered his plays American Hwangap in 2009 and Jesus in India in 2012.
He is also the author of Charles Francis Chan Jr's Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery, Franklinland, The Wong Kids in the Secret of the SpaceChupacabra Go!, Great Wall Story, and others, produced with Ma-Yi, Naatco, Play Co, EST, La Mama, ArtsEmerson, Milwaukee Rep, and more, including internationally at the Cultural Center of the Philippines and with PCPA in Seoul, Korea. He has received support from the NEA, Mellon Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, and the New York CommunityTrust (Helen Merrill Award), and is the proud recipient of the 2019 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. He currently serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and has served since 2011 as Director of Artistic Programs
at The Lark.
Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iran playwright, theatre maker and the Artistic Director of the Berlin Based Theatre company Nassim Soleimanpour Productions. His plays have been translated into more than 30 languages and performed globally in over 50 countries. Best known for his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, his work has been awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award (Edinburgh Fringe) as well as picking up nominations for a Total Theatre and Brighton Fringe Pick of Edinburgh Award. White Rabbit Red Rabbit had a 9 month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated actors like Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Bobby Cannavale, Wayne Brady, F. Murray Abraham, Cynthia Nixon and etc. By the time Nassim was permitted to travel for the first time in early 2013, his play White Rabbit Red Rabbit had already been performed hundreds of times in more than a dozen languages. Since then Nassim has facilitated workshops and panels in different events including World Theatre Festival (Brisbane), Tolhuistuin (Amsterdam), SESC Vila Mariana (Sao Paulo), Schauspielhaus (Vienna), DPAC (Kuala Lampur), Theatertreffen (Berlin), Grob Theatre (Copenhagen), British Council London and The Bush Theatre (London), University of Bremen (Germany), ISPA (Edinburgh), TATA Litreture (India), FAE (Lima), Borak [Oz Asia] (Adelaide) and etc. Nassim’s second play Blind Hamlet commissioned by the London based Actors Touring Company premiered at The LIFT 2014 and has toured in the UK and was received well in Edinburgh, Bucharest and Copenhagen. His third play BLANK premiered in November 2015 simultaneously in Amsterdam, Utrecht and London and so far has been performed in the UK, Australia, Spain, Mexico, US, Argentina, India, Finland, Denmark, Canada and etc. His most recent play NASSIM produced by the Bush Theatre in London was premiered in August 2017 and won a Fringe First Award followed by more than 300 shows in 12 languages across the world. NASSIM had a successful five-month Off-Broadway run casting celebrated American actors like: Michael Shannon, Zachary Quinto, Tracy Letts, Carrie Coon, Kate Walsh, Carla Gugino, Cory Michael Smith, Kathey Najimi, Richard Kind, Reed Birney and etc. NASSIM has won a 2019 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience. A retrospective of Nassim’s plays was held at the Bush Theatre in 2017. Soleimanpour’s recent play Down by the Creek was published by New York Times as part of America 2024. He’s been commissioned to write a new play for the audiobook platform Audible.
is a queer Puerto Rican writer with bacalao on his breath and Salsa on his hips, recently finished writing on the third season of Netflix’s Designated Survivor. After developing Don’t Eat the Mangos at Sundance, his play, On theGrounds of Belonging, about racially segregated gay bars in 1950s Houston, the first in a trilogy, premiered at Long Wharf fall of 2019. LongWharf has since commissioned him to write the second in the trilogy. He is also working on commissions for The Public Theater and Manhattan Theatre Club. Other upcoming projects include Orlando, a pilot with Nina Tassler about the Puerto Rican diaspora after Hurricane María.
Born in London in 1938, Caryl Churchill grew up in the UK and in Montreal, Canada. She studied English at Oxford University, and her first play, Downstairs, was written and staged in 1958 while she was still at university. In the 1970s Churchill produced short radio plays, and moved to theatre in the early 1970s. Caryl Churchill is widely recognized as the UK’s leading female dramatist. Her plays are politically focused and show strong views on fortune, exploitation, and women’s rights. Her own experience as a middle class wife and mother gives her insight into her characters and allows her to knowledgably write about feminism and the impact of gender inequality on women like her.
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.
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.
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.
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.