Playwrights In Residence - 2016-2017

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Pam Munter

Pam Munter has authored several books and a couple dozen articles, mostly on dead movie stars. She's a retired clinical psychologist and former performer currently enrolled in the low-residency MFA program at the University of California at Riverside/Palm Desert. Pam is working on a deconstructed memoir and several short stories based on old Hollywood. And any resemblance between persons living or dead in this play is purely coincidental. Really.

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Marilynn Barner Anselmi

Marilynn Barner Anselmi lives and writes in rural North Carolina.  Despite this fact, her work has been performed around the country (and world!) including Pride Plays and Films (Chicago), MT Works (NYC), The August Wilson Center (Pittsburgh, PA), Tennessee Women's Theatre Project (Nashville, TN), Detroit Repertory Theatre, and The Blank Theatre (Hollywood, CA).  The short film version of her play You Wouldn't Expect was recently named a winner at the XXXI. Black International Cinema Berlin (Berlin, Germany).

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Don Clarkson

A thousand years ago Don was an English teacher in private prep schools, had his own real estate office for decades, and then went off into the ethers with a mystery career before finally retiring in the desert where he has way too much time to wring his hands over Presidential elections, global warming, population control, and God-knows what else.

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Michael Craft

Michael Craft is the author of thirteen published novels, with another soon to come, and two produced plays, including Photo Flash, presented in Palm Desert by the Joslyn Players in 2008. He holds an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and has lived in Rancho Mirage since moving to the desert from Wisconsin in 2005. Mike is delighted to be involved again with script2stage2screen, an organization he co-founded in 2010, serving as artistic co-director during its inaugural season.

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Vicki Vodrey

This past August, Vicki's play Thank You Notes: Headed To Heaven W/Flat Jimmy Fallon received a staged reading at The Percolator in Lawrence, Kansas. In April of 2016, Vicki and her one-act play, Platter Tudes, was part of the William Inge Play Lab, celebrating the 35th year of the William Inge Theatre Festival. Her play, Just Between Friends, was featured in the Unicorn Theatre's In-Progress Play Reading Series in January 2016. In 2015, Vicki's dark comedy, Hard Day's Night, was selected to be a participant in the New York International Fringe Festival, where it played to full and sold out houses. It was originally produced in the 2014 KC Fringe Festival and was picked by Anthony Rogers with KC Metropolis as one of the best shows of the 2013-2014 KC theatre season. Vicki's play, "Sue Aside…" was produced by Phoenix KC Theatre in July 2015 at the KC Fringe Festival. Her play, The Frowning Vajayjays of Shady Pines, was selected by Script2Stage2Screen for their 2014-2015 season, first being produced by Melting Pot KC in 2014. Hanky Panky made its west coast premiere at S2S2S in 2016. It was in the 2010 KC Fringe Fest and was a semi-finalist in the TRU New Voices Playwriting Competition that same year. Hanky Panky and her play Thank You Notes: Headed To Heaven W/ Flat Jimmy Fallon (which debuted in KC Fringe) were in the Midtown International Theatre Festival in 2011 and 2012 in NYC, and both were nominated for Outstanding New Script. Her first play,Trembles, was a top-three winner in the Gorilla Theatre Playwriting Competition and was also produced as a benefit for KC Hospice by Eubank Productions. She is very excited to be one of the founding members of Midwest Dramatists Center, a new organization that is based in KC. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and the Dramatists' Guild. For further information and reviews, please go to vickivodrey.com.

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Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Michelle is a Kansas City, Mo.-based former journalist and former attorney who is a diversity and inclusion consultant. As a playwright, Johnson has had plays in playwriting festivals locally and nationally, including in Houston, Texas; Medford, Connecticut;and Louisville, Ky, as well as in four NYC festivals for her plays "Wiccans in the Hood," "The Negro Whisperer," "Trading Races: From Rodney King to Paula Deen" and "Echoes of Octavia." In 2014, the award-winning production "Trading Races" and "Wiccans in the Hood" were produced by Philadelphia's BrainSpunk Theater, leading to BrainSpunk making Johnson their Playwright-in-Residence. Johnson's "Echoes of Octavia," which has been produced by KC Melting Pot Theater, will be in the 2016-2017 season of NYC's Rhymes Over Beats Theater Company. Her play "Rights of Passage" has been seen in Springfield, Mo., NYC's UP Theater reading series and featured in the 2016 Kansas City Repertory Theater's OriginKC New Works Festival. Most recently, Johnson's play "Justice in the Embers," co-produced with StoryWorks, KCPT, and The Living Room Theater, had successful productions in Kansas City and the Bay Area in July 2016.

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Denny Dey

Denny Dey has written for award winning Director Rob Nilsson, veteran Actor Stacy Keach, and a host of film makers and theater directors seeking scripts.  His lives in Lenexa, Kansas with his wife Jayne, a sixth grade teacher, and two dogs and a cat (who refuses to eat cat food).  Denny loves to write for people.  "I think it's a form of 'comradery' in the performing arts.  If we help each other we help ourselves! THE PARK BENCH was written for two very wonderful people and actors: Marilyn Lynch and Allan Boardman!"

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Jason Hull

The 2016-2017 season marks Jason's seventh outing with Script2Stage2Screen--all of which have been considerably easier than his outing at the tender age of 24 (but that's another story). Born in the southeastern U.S., he eventually came to his senses, formulated an escape plan, and moved to Coachella Valley in 2008.  He hasn't stopped contributing to the local theatre scene since. His warped sense of humor springs from observing the ridiculousness of the homo sapiens species on a daily basis, and Fox in the Hen House is the latest in a long string of warped comedies to escape from his psyche via an ink pen. He is perpetually grateful to S2S2S for the opportunity to put his work on display and wishes to thank everyone who helps keep live theatre flourishing!