America In Play

Bios: Workshop 2010-2013 Participants

Deborah Brevoort is the author of: The Women of Lockerbie (silver medal, Onassis International Playwriting competition), The Poetry of Pizza (produced at Purple Rose, Mixed Blood, Virginia Stage), The Blue-Sky Boys (EST/ Sloan commission, produced at Barter Theatre), The Comfort Team (commissioned by Virginia Stage), Blue Moon Over Memphis (Noh Drama about Elvis Presley), The Velvet Weapon (CEC ArtsLink grant),Signs of Life, and Into the Fire (published by Samuel French). She won the Frederick Loewe Award for King Island Christmas with David Friedman and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing with Scott Richards. Current projects: Crossing Over, an Amish hip-hop musical with Stephanie Salzman; Embedded, an Edgar Allan Poe opera for the American Lyric Theater; Steal a Pencil for Me, an opera with Gerald Cohen based on the PBS documentary. Deborah was an original company member with Alaska’s Perseverance Theatre, co-founder of Theatre Without Borders, and a New Dramatists member. She teaches at Columbia University, NYU, and Goddard College.

Darren Canady
Darren Canady’s False Creeds was named the winner of the Alliance Theater’s Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition. His work has been seen at the Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Quo Vadimus Arts’ ID America Festival, the Fremont Centre Theatre, Chicago’s Congo Square Theatre, and Old Vice Theatre (London). He was a fellow in the Juilliard School’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program and a member of Primary Stages’ Dorothy Strelsin New Writers Group. He currently teaches playwriting at the University of Kansas. BA Creative Writing – Carnegie Mellon University. MFA – New York University.

Willy Holtzman
Plays include: The Morini Strad (City Theatre, PlayPenn, Perry-Mansfield New Play Festival), The Real McGonagall (Portland Stage Company, New Harmony Project Walt Wangerin Fellowship), Something You Did (Primary Stages, Theatre J, People’s Light and Theatre), Sabina (Primary Stages, New Jewish Theatre), Hearts (People’s Light and Theatre, Asolo Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Long Wharf Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Barrymore Award, Arthur Miller Award, Smith and Kraus Best New Plays), Bovver Boys (Primary Stages, Cleveland Play House, Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Closer ( GeVa Theatre, Working Theatre), Inside Out (Theatre for a New Audience, Portland Stage), Blanco (book, Goodspeed Opera House), San Antonio Sunset (New York, Los Angeles, London, Dublin, Mumbai; Best Short Plays). For film and television: Edge of America ( Peabody Award, Humanitas Prize, Writers Guild Award, Sundance Film Festival Opening Night 2004), Blood Brothers (HBO, Cine Golden Eagle Award). Willy was a Lila Wallace resident playwright at Juilliard. He serves on the board of directors at New Dramatists and Harlem Stage Company.

Georgia James
Playwright and filmmaker Georgia James’ works frequently incorporate historical figures and events, e.g.: This Ground, the story of a plot of Mississippi land over the course of 100 years; Loving Jack, about legendary boxer Jack Johnson; Prosper John’s Merciful Box, a post-mortem antebellum adventure; and St. Joan on Jones St. with music by David Buskin, Michael Edwin and others. Her gothic musical about Mary Shelley (Mary S., composer Roger L. Nelson, with Kathryn Morath) won Grand Prize in the American Musical Theater Festival’s New Works competition (1987). Her play Stone Rabbit was a prizewinner in Delaware Theater Company’s Connections Playwriting Competition (1993). White Lies, a film based on her one act play, won Best Screenplay (2002 Dublin Film and Music Fleadh), and Best Short Film (2001 Riverrun FF). Her comic solo mini-opera Morning Noon & Night (composer Carman Moore) is slated to debut in 2011 in NYC.

Kalle Macrides
Kalle Macrides is a Brooklyn-based playwright, performer, and educator as well as the Executive Director of Adhesive Theater Project ( Her most recent play, a multimedia/dance/theater piece titled NOIR, was presented at the New York City College of Technology’s Voorhees Theater. Kalle is an adjunct instructor at Brooklyn College and leads theater residencies in various New York City public schools through her association with Making Books Sing and the Women’s Project Theater. Kalle holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University and an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College.