Meet The Alcyone 11 Playwrights
J. Nicole Brooks is an actor, playwright, director, blogger and demigod. In 2007 her debut play Black Diamond: The Years the Locusts Have Eaten (2007 Joseph Jefferson Award Nomination) was commissioned & produced by the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago to critical acclaim. Other productions include Kamala, Masterclass (2007) for The Siddhartha Project commissioned & produced by Collaboraction Theatre, and Fedra Queen of Haiti (2009 Black Theatre Alliance Award) commissioned & produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company. She was recipient of the Black Theatre Alliance Award Best Actress 2010, LA Ovation Award Best Featured Actress 2008, and is a TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship (Round 4). She is an ensemble member with Lookingglass Theatre and an associate with Collaboraction. She currently resides in Los Angeles where she acts, writes and tosses grenades at those who block her path. For more Tom Foolery visit www.doctaslick.blogspot.com
Jennifer Fawcett's work has been developed and produced in theatres across the US and Canada including Halcyon Theatre (Chicago), the Adirondack Theatre Festival (Glens Falls, NY), the Kennedy Center, Curious Theatre Company (Denver), Little Festival of the Unexpected (Portland Stage Co, ME), Riverside Theatre (Iowa City), the New Bridges Festival (Palm Beach Dramaworks, FL/Theatre Masters, Aspen) and the NNPN National Showcase of New Plays, among others. She is the recipient of the National Science Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center for Atlas of Mud, and a Creation Fund Award from the National Performance Network. A graduate of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, she was the NNPN Emerging-Playwright-In-Residence at Curious Theatre Company in 2008-09. This summer she’s traveling to Rwanda with the International Theatre and Literacy Project to help students create a play for the Center x Center Festival in Kigali. In the fall, she’ll be co-writing and directing the Midwest premiere of Telling: Iowa City, a play created with veterans about their experiences in the military. Jennifer is a founding member of Working Group Theatre. www.workinggrouptheatre.org.
EM Lewis won the 2009 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for her play Song of Extinction and the 2008 Francesca Primus Prize for an emerging woman theater artist for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association. Her work has been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French. She is currently working on a new play called Magellanica: A New and Accurate Map of the World at Princeton University, where she is the 2010-2011 Hodder Fellow in Playwriting. For more information, visit her website at www.dramatistsguildweb.com/members/emlewis.
Coya Paz is a poet, director, and lip gloss connoisseur who was raised in Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Brazil before moving permanently to the United States in 1987. Coya is a proud co-founder of Proyecto Latina and the director in residence for the Poetry Performance Incubator at the Guild Complex. She cofounded Teatro Luna in 2000, and served as co-Artistic Director until 2009. Recent projects include: Nation of Cowards, a multi-sited performance piece about interracial dialogue; Tour Guides; and Machos, which won the 2008 Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Best New Work and Outstanding Ensemble. She is at work on a new play called The Americans, based on interviews with people in 10 states across the USA. Coya teaches in The Theater Department at Columbia College, and holds a PhD in Performance Studies at Northwestern University. She is a regular commentator on race, media and pop culture for Vocalo.org (89.5) and has published several articles on Latina performance, Latina/o identities, and public violence. Coya’s artistic work has been profiled in The New York Times, American Theater Magazine, Theater Journal, and the Chicago Tribune, among others. She has been a featured reader at dozens of poetry events including: Proyecto Latina, Paper Machete, Palabra Pura, and Revolving Door. Coya was named one of UR Magazine’s 30 Under 30 (when she was under 30!), a GO-NYC Magazine 100 Women We Love, and received a Trailblazer Award for her service to LGBTQ communities. Most recently, she has been awarded 3Arts Residency at Ragdale. Above all, she believes in the power of performance and poetry to build community towards social change.
Caridad Svich is a US Latina -translator-lyricist and editor of Cuban-Argentine-Spanish-Croatian descent whose works have been staged across the US and abroad at diverse venues including Denver Theatre Center, Mixed Blood Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Artheater-Cologne and Edinburgh Fringe Festival/UK. In Chicago, she's worked with the Latino Theatre Festival at the Goodman, TUTA, Trap Door, Caffeine Theatre, Latino Chicago, Teatro Vista, Northwestern University. Most recently, her play Iphigenia...a rave fable, was produced by Halycon. Among her key works: 12 Ophelias, Any Place But Here, Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues, Magnificent Waste and The House of the Spirits (based on the novel by Isabel Allende). She's alumna playwright of New Dramatists, founder of NoPassport theatre alliance & press, contributing editor of TheatreForum, and associate editor of Contemporary Theatre Review. She holds an MFA from UCSD. Visit her website: www.caridadsvich.com