2012 Ohio University Seabury Quinn Jr. Playwrights’ Festival
Guest Mentor Bios
Aaron Carter is currently the director of new play development at Steppenwolf Theater Company where he has served as dramaturg on such projects as The Way West by Mona Mansour, and Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour. Previously, he served as the Literary Manager at Victory Gardens Theater where he played a key role in the IGNITION Festival, and was involved in the production of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, Year Zero, Love Person and Living Green, among others. As a new play developer and dramaturg, Aaron has worked with many theaters and labs including WordBRIDGE, the Kennedy Center, Timeline Theater, Route 66 and Chicago Dramatists. Aaron also teaches courses in playwriting, dramaturgy and dramatic literature at Northwestern University, De Paul University, Roosevelt University and Grinnell College. As a playwright, Aaron’s work focuses on race, faith and obscure performance skills. Aaron’s play Gospel of Franklin was part of First Look 2013 at Steppenwolf. His latest play is Start Fair.
Jacquelyn Reingold writes for theatre, television, and film. For television, she wrote for season one of NBC’s SMASH (Executive Producer, Theresa Rebeck). She worked on HBO’s Peabody Award winning IN TREATMENT season two, (Executive Producer, Warren Leight), writing the “Mia” episodes for Emmy nominated Hope Davis and Gabriel Byrne. Recent plays include: I KNOW in Ensemble Studio Theatre’s One-act Marathon and UP AND DOWN for Christine Jones’ Theatre for One. Other plays include STRING FEVER at Ensemble Studio Theatre, starring Cynthia Nixon and Evan Handler, also produced at Playhouse West in California, and in Washington DC at Theatre J. She wrote an episode of the serialized play, CEDAR CITY FALLS in 2010, created and produced by Liz Tuccillo. Her one-acts THEY FLOAT UP, and A VERY VERY SHORT PLAY were produced in ’10 and ’08 at Ensemble Studio Theatre. Another one-act 2B (OR NOT 2B) was produced at The Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2009. Her full length play, A STORY ABOUT A GIRL was part of the JAW Playwrights Festival at Portland Center Stage, Oregon. Her other plays: GIRL GONE, 2B (OR NOT 2B), ACAPULCO, FOR-EVERETT, DEAR KENNETH BLAKE, DOTTIE AND RICHIE, TUNNEL OF LOVE, JILEY & LEDNERG, JOE AND STEW’S THEATRE, LOST AND FOUND, A.M.L., and FREEZE TAG have been produced or workshopped in New York at the MCC Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels, HB Playwrights Theatre, the Drama League at HERE, All Seasons Theatre, Atlantic Theatre, and the Working Theatre; in Los Angeles; at theatres across the country; in London, Berlin, Belgrade, New Zealand, Australia, and Hong Kong.
Other television includes: NBC’s “Law & Order Criminal Intent,” “Miss Match,” MTV’s “Daria,” and the Discovery Channel’s upcoming miniseries “Gold Fever.” Her screenplay adaptation of GIRL GONE was optioned by Beech Hill Films, and an original screenplay was commissioned by Palisades Pictures and director, Eric Bross. Her one-acts: A VERY VERY SHORT PLAY, I KNOW, and DEAR KENNETH BLAKE have been recorded for radio/podcast for Playing On Air.
Her awards include a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) playwriting grant, commissions from Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Foundation, New Dramatists’ Joe Callaway Award and Whitfield Cook Award, the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays’ Roger Stevens Award, two Drama-Logue Awards, and the Greenwall Foundation’s Oscar Ruebhausen Commission. She has been a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, the Heideman Award, the Denver Center Theatre’s Francesca Primus Prize, and received an Honorable Mention for the Jane Chambers Award. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage Arts Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, and the Edward Albee Foundation. She is an alum of New Dramatists, and a current member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Jacquelyn’s work has been published in two “Women Playwrights: The Best Plays,” several “Best American Short Plays,” various “Best Monologues,” “Shorter, Faster, Funnier,” “Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays,” “The Quarterly,” “O, The Oprah Magazine,” and by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, and Smith and Kraus. A collection of her one-act plays THINGS BETWEEN US is published by Dramatists Play Service.
Jacquelyn has taught writing at New York University, Columbia University, Ohio University, Fordham University, Goddard College, the Stonybrook-Southampton Writers Conference, and Oberlin College. She has written and directed many plays with the Hell’s Kitchen kids of The 52nd Street Project. She has a BA in Theatre from Oberlin College and a MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University.
Eric Coble’s plays include “The Velocity of Autumn” (Broadway premiere at the Booth Theatre, starring Estelle Parsons and Stephen Spinella, directed by Molly Smith), “Fairfield”, “Southern Rapture”,“Bright Ideas”, “The Dead Guy”, “My Barking Dog”, “A Girl’s Guide to Coffee”, and “The Giver” and have been produced Off-Broadway, in all fifty states of the U.S., and on several continents, including productions at Manhattan Class Company, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Alliance Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, Asolo Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Coterie Theatre, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Stages Repertory, Geva Theatre, and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival. Awards include the AATE Distinguished Play Award for Best Adaptation, an Emmy nomination, the Chorpenning Playwriting Award for Body of Work, the AT&T Onstage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, a TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, the Cleveland Arts Prize, two Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Fellowships, and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants.
2012 Festival Line Up:
MFA FEATURED PRODUCTIONS:
THE MAGNIFICENT MASKED HEARING AID by Sarah Bowden
Directed by faculty member Shelley Delaney
8pm Wed, May 23; Fri, May 25; Thu, May 31; Sat, June 2
ISRAELI PALESTINIAN RESOLUTION: A VERY EXTREMELY
IMPORTANT PLAY… IN PROGRESS… BY SAMUEL GOLDMEYER
by Ira Gamerman
Directed by Jocelyn Wiebe (MFA Directing Program)
8pm Thu, May 24; Sat, May 26; Wed, May 30; Fri, June 1
The MFA Thesis productions will be performed in rep May 23–June 2, on the Forum Theater Stage in the Radio and Television Building. See the play listings above for specific dates of each production.
All readings will be in the Elizabeth Baker Theater in Kantner Hall:
Wednesday, May 30th
1pm THE NORTH STAR by Anthony Ellison
4pm IN THE SHADOW OF HIS LANGUAGE by Jacob Juntunen
8pm TAKING UP SERPENTS by Mark Chrisler
Thursday, May 31st
1pm THEY’RE NOT RAPPERS by Chanel Glover
4pm THE FINGERTIPS OF CHILDREN by Greg Aldrich
8pm YOUR FOOT, MY FOOT, WET FOOT, DRY FOOT by Rebecca Abaffy
Friday, June 1st
2pm IN DEFENSE OF DRAGONS AND TIGERS by Leean Kim Torske
4pm THE PHYSICS OF TINY BUBBLES by Jeremy Sony
Saturday, June 2nd
1pm AT THE RIVER’S END by Bianca Sams
4pm PUPPET MAN by Andrew Black