Madness on June 25th at 8pm
ADAM SZYMKOWICZ’s plays have been produced throughout the U.S., and in Canada, England, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Greece, Slovenia and Lithuania. His work has been presented or developed at such places as MCC Theater, Ars Nova, South Coast Rep, Playwrights Horizons, LCT3, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Lark, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Primary Stages and The New Group, among others.
Plays include Deflowering Waldo, Pretty Theft, Food For Fish, Hearts Like Fists, My Base and Scurvy Heart, Herbie, Incendiary, Clown Bar, Fat Cat Killers, The Why Overhead, Adventures of Super Margaret, Elsewhere, Where You Can’t Follow, A Thing of Beauty, UBU, Mercy, Rare Birds, Violent Bones, Sarah Sarah Sarah, Good Morning Good Night, Kodachrome, Alcott, Such Small Hands, Marian, The Haddam Plays and Nerve.
Adam received a Playwright’s Diploma from The Juilliard School's Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and an MFA from Columbia University where he was the Dean’s Fellow. Szymkowicz is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, a member of the Dramatists Guild, Writer’s Guild of America, and was a member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group, the MCC Playwright’s Coalition and of the first Ars Nova Play Group.
He was the premiere Resident Playwright at The Chance Theater in Anaheim, CA and the first playwright to participate in Bloomington Playwrights Projects’ Square One Series. He has been to The Orchard Project and to JAW at Portland Center Stage, served twice as Playwright in Residence at the William Inge Center, and took part in The Dramatists Guild Fund’s Traveling Masters program. Szymkowicz received a grant from the CT Commission on Culture & Tourism, and has been commissioned by South Coast Rep, Rising Phoenix Rep, Texas State University, The NOLA Project, Single Carrot Theater, and Flux Theater Ensemble.
His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts, Original Works Publishing, and Indie Theater Now and featured in New York Theatre Review ’07 and ’09, NYTE’s Cino Nights, Geek Theater, and numerous Smith and Kraus books.
He has written articles for Howlround, New York Theatre Magazine and The Brooklyn Rail and has interviewed over 900 playwrights on his blog. He has a web series called Compulsive Love (NYTVF). Szymkowicz is the Literary Manager at The Juilliard School, supporting the playwriting program there.
For more, go to www.adamszymkowicz.com.
CECILIA COPELAND is a member of NYWIFT New York Women in Film and TV, the League of Professional Theatre Women, inductee into the Indie Theater Hall of Fame, Lennis J. Holm Scholarship at the Writers Workshop, Screenplay Special Effects Grant recipient MetroScreen Australia, Finalist LA INDIE FILM FESTIVAL, Semi-Finalist MADE IN NY WRITERS ROOM, Quarter-Finalist ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, Quarter-Finalist NextTV Writing & Pitch Competition, Semi-Finalist Film and TV Festival NYC, winner Best New TV Pilot at Boom! Productions. She is a Kilroy’s List Nominee and Honorable mention for her plays, Light of Night and “R Culture.” Copeland is the Founding Artistic Director of New York Madness, producing over two hundred and fifty short plays in over thirty “madness” festivals all over New York from 2010-2017. Her plays have been presented in New York at Daryl Roth's DR2, the Cherry Lane Theatre, Culture Project, Ensemble Studios Theatre, The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts, and HERE Arts Center among others. Regionally her works have been presented at The William Inge Center, Carnegie Mellon University, UT Dallas, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Cara Mia Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company Susanne Robert's Theatre, University of Iowa and Ohio University. Internationally her works have been presented at Theatre Royal Stratford East London, Finborough Theatre London, The Anarchist Theatre Festival Montreal, Gun Control Plays Project in Sydney Australia, and featured in the Verlag Textbook on American Drama in Germany. She has been published by the Playwrights Center for Women Writers, NoPassport Press and Amazon.
JUDITH LEORA: Upcoming: Elijah at Bristol Valley Theatre (BVT) Recent: The Cookie Fight (BVT); Gideon, Ego Actus; NY Indie 1MPF (New Ohio), NYC Icon Plays/Ego Actus; Readings: Showpony (Lone Star), The Cookie Fight (LFTC), The X and the Y (BVT), Heart-Shaped Uterus (MadLab),Robert Askins Playwriting Fellow, Lone Star; Co-Producer/Head Writer #GoingHomeless web series.
JESSICA MOSS is an actor, playwright, and producer from Toronto. She is the creator/performer of solo shows Modern Love (Next Stage Festival, Toronto), and Polly Polly (Toronto/Edmonton Fringe; Patron's Pick, Best of Fringe, Ed Mirvish Award for Entrepreneurship). Her full-length plays include Next to Him (RBC Tarragon Emerging Playwrights Contest Shortlist, Second Prize in Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition, Finalist for Tangent Theatre Tivoli’s NEWvember), I Will Miss You When You’re Gone, Cam Baby (Toronto Fringe New Play Contest Winner, 2016, Weissberger finalist, Leah Ryans FEWW finalist, Premiere stages finalist, O'Neill semi-finalist, 2017), Stand Up, We'll Make it Together, Escape Room, and Anna Starring Anna. As an actor, Jessica has appeared with the National Arts Centre, Tarragon Theatre, Necessary Angel/LuminaTO Festival, SummerWorks, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Young People’s Theatre, and many times at the Toronto Fringe. Jessica currently lives in New York, and is a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting fellow at Juilliard and a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.
MADHURI SHEKAR won the 2013/14 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award at the Alliance Theatre for her play IN LOVE AND WARCRAFT, where it went on to receive its world premiere production. Her play A NICE INDIAN BOY won second place in the East West Players’ 2012 Face of the Future Playwriting Contest, where it received its world premiere before being produced in Chicago by Rasaka Theatre Company in residence at Victory Gardens. Her newest play QUEEN began its journey in the Center Theatre Group Writers’ Workshop, and is receiving its world premiere in 2017 at Victory Gardens. She has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from USC, a dual Master’s degree in Global Media and Communications from the London School of Economics and USC, and currently attends the playwriting program at Juilliard.
BEN FERBER is a director/playwright whose work focuses on technology and the Internet. Recent directing credits include Emily Dickinson: Paranormal Investigator (PowerOut), For the Lulz, and Take the Car (Williamstown Theatre Festival). He is an Artistic Producer of PowerOut.
JOSH YOUNG. As a writer Josh has had work developed or produced at: New York Madness, The HERE Arts Center, Dixon Place, Naked Angels, Primary Stages, FringeNYC, MITF, and Planet Connections. His work has been supported by The 2015 Playwrights Horizons/ Kenyon Institute Playwriting Conference and The 2015 Dramatists Guild Conference: #WriteChange. He’s a proud member of the Dramatists Guild as well as an IATSE technician, designer and editor. As an editor his work can be seen in the MoMA film exhibition 100 Years of Post. He is a founding member of The Playwriting Collective, a playwright driven initiative designed to give voice to artists who’ve emerged from poverty. http://www.JoshuaDYoung.com
NICOLO GRELLI. Training: NYU BFA (Experimental Theatre Wing), Maggie Flanigan's Master Class, 3 years Apprenticeship with Labyrinth Theatre Co. NYC Productions Include: The Jamb (Hard Sparks/Horse Trade), You Are Now The Owner Of This Suitcase (Theatre 167), Animals Commit Suicide (terraNova Collective), I Can't Explain It Better Than That (Rising Phoenix/Cino Nights), The Boat in the Tiger Suit (The Brick), Saturn Nights (Incubator Arts), Magic Trick (NYC Fringe), The Foreplay Play (CAPS LOCK), The Un-Marrying Project (Purple Rep) Regional: The Rose Tattoo (Shattered Globe Chicago, *Equity Jeff Award Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role), Honey Brown Eyes (SF Playhouse), Superior Donuts (Dorset Theatre Festival), Argonautika (Berkeley Rep). Film: It Had To Be You (Dir. Sasha Gordon, Exec Producer Chris Columbus), Bad Habits (Dir. Shal Ngo, short film). Nic has also developed new work with companies including Labyrinth, The Dramatists Guild, Cincinnati Playhouse, BAX, Lookingglass Theatre Chicago, The Working Theatre, and more. As a writer, Nic has had work produced and/or developed with EST, Labyrinth, NY Madness, Fullstops Collective, and The Nuyorican, and is in the process of getting two full length plays workshopped and produced this year and has also been developing a ten episode TV series called "Atlantic Pacific." Directing credits include "Every Love Story Ends in Tears" by Nidia Medina at The NYC Fringe, "Shitfuck Rip-Ups" by Sarah Shaeffer, multiple short plays at The 52nd St Project, and readings/workshops with Core Theatre Ensemble, The Nuyorican, The Secret Theatre, and more. As a fight director, Nic has staged violence for companies including Epic Theatre Ensemble, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Labyrinth, Two Rivers Theatre, Rattlestick, Theatre 167, CAPS LOCK, and The Brick. Nic is also a musician, dancer, a pretty damn good cook, a frequent teaching artist at Epic Theatre Ensemble and 52nd St Project, and is a proud member of AEA. More info at www.nicgrelli.com