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Announcing our 2014 Conference Playwrights

Dear Friends,

This announcement of PlayPenn’s 2014 Conference playwrights marks the beginning of concentrated work toward supporting the development of six wonderful plays this summer in Philadelphia.  It also marks the beginning of a relationship with six fabulous playwrights for PlayPenn's staff and a host of artists from around the country and the city of Philadelphia.  Simultaneously, this moment underscores the end of a long, elaborate evaluation process that involved scores of artists from Philadelphia's professional theatre community along with many leaders in the new play field from all over.  Collaborative teams are being formed, casting will soon begin, and we are all deeply engaged in the logistics of helping to bring six new plays closer to production readiness for theaters in Philadelphia, the region and the nation.  

We hope you’ll make it a priority to join us this summer in Philadelphia for public readings of six plays that we believe will soon find their way onto stages local, regional, national and beyond.   


Paul Meshejian
Artistic Director

P.S. Descriptions of all the plays can be found on our website.


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Stephen Belber

The Dizzy Little Dance of Russell DiFinaldi


Stephen Belber’s plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries.  Plays include The Muscles In Our Toes, The Power Of Duff, Match, Tape, Don’t Go Gentle, Dusk Rings a Bell, McReele, A Small, Melodramatic Story, Geometry of Fire, Fault Lines, One Million Butterflies, and Carol Mulroney.  Associate Writer on The Laramie Project;  co-writer on The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later.  TV includes Rescue Me, Law & Order SVU.  Movies include Tape, The Laramie Project (Associate Writer), Drifting Elegant, Management and Match.

Anne Marie Cammarato

A Scar


Anne Marie Cammarato is a playwright, director and producer. Her plays include A Scar, 10 Months, and The Big Room, among others. She has worked at theatres across the country, including Madison Repertory Theatre, Theatre X, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Delaware Theatre Company, Atlantic Theatre Company, Renaissance Theatreworks, and American Folklore Theatre. Anne Marie studied dance and drama at North Carolina School of the Arts and New York University. Her work has been nominated for a Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre numerous times, and she was a 2012 Established Literary Fellow in Playwriting for the State of Delaware.


Emily Schwend

Behind the Motel


Emily Schwend's plays include Take Me Back (Walkerspace, 2014), Halfway (2013 Heideman Prize, Humana Festival), South of Settling (2012 Next Up Rep at Steppenwolf), Splinters (2010 Source Theatre Festival), Carthage (2009 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference), and Route One Off. She received a 2014 Tow Foundation grant for the development and production of a new play at Second Stage Theatre in New York. She is a MacDowell fellow, the 2011 ACT New Play Award winner, the 2009 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwrights Prize winner, and a finalist for the 2011 ATCA/Steinberg prize. Emily is an alumna of Juilliard and Tisch.


Jen Silverman

Wild Blue

Jen has been produced off-Broadway by the Playwrights Realm (Crane Story), and off-off Broadway by Clubbed Thumb (Phoebe in Winter). She's an affiliated artist with New Georges, The Lark, Ars Nova, and Youngblood/EST. She's a two-time MacDowell Fellow, an LMCC Workspace resident, and has developed work with Playwrights Horizons, Williamstown, the O'Neill, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, terraNOVA, NY Stage & Film, and the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor Lynn Nottage). Still won the Yale Drama Series Award, and received a reading at Lincoln Center. BA: Brown. MFA: Iowa Playwrights Workshop. Jen is currently a Lila Acheson Wallace fellow at Juilliard.

Davey Strattan White

Cattle Barn Hoochie Coo


Davey Strattan White recently performed his solo piece, The Foundling Wheel, in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.  His one-act, The Amazing Irene Craigmile, was a part of the 2013 PTC@Play Festival FuturePhilly event at Philadelphia Theatre Company, and was a finalist for the Nantucket Short Play Festival.  Other plays include Liverpudlian Sleeve, Still Life of a Moving Picture, Simulations, and An Imperfect Sonnet.  He has MFAs in both playwriting and acting from Temple University.  


Rob Zellers

Mr. Wheeler's


Rob Zellers is the Education Director at Pittsburgh Public Theater.  As a playwright: co-author of The Chief, a play about Pittsburgh Steelers patriarch Arthur J. Rooney, premiered at Pittsburgh Public Theater, the most successful play in The Public’s 39-year history, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press and made into a feature film; Harry’s Friendly Service, Edgerton Award, premiered Pittsburgh Public Theater 2009; Safekeeping (O’Neill semi-finalist, Pen is Mightier Than the Sword award).  Other plays: The Happiness They Seek, Smokey Hollow, and The Red Cat.  Special thanks to The Lark Play Development Center and the New Harmony Project.


2014 Finalists

The following playwrights were finalists in our 2014 selection process.

James Christy, Dissent

Kait Kerrigan, Disaster Relief

Martyna Majok, The Ironbound

Kevin Mullins, A Southern Victory  

Stephen Spotswood, Doublewide

Deborah Yarchun, The Man in the Sukkah

John Yearley,  Eight Minutes,Twenty Seconds


PLUS: Don't miss PlayPenn's spring classes with past conference playwrights Jacqueline Goldfinger, JT Rogers, and Stefanie Zadravec. Click here for descriptions, details, and registration! 

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