Meet Our Authors

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David Collard

Henry VII

Inventing the Truth - Shelley v Trelawny

The Last Will and Testament of Roger Edwards - Gentleman

David Collard graduated from Cambridge and was a professor of economics at Bath for many years.  His publications include Altruism and Economy (1978) and Generations of Economics (2010).  After  retirement he got involved in a spectacular Son et Lumiere production in Usk Castle and then in amateur dramatics.  Henry VII  is his first major play.  David is co-editor of A Companion to Alfred Russel Wallace  (2019), the famous biologist born in Usk.  A smallholder, he keeps a few sheep and ducks on a steep Welsh hillside.  He is married with one daughter, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

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Kei Bailey

Lydia Hector the Word Collector 
Where the Mushrooms Grow

Aladdin

Clever Clogs

The Curse of the Mummy's Mummy

Samantha Strewth, Super Sleuth

Mother Goose

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Never Ever After

The Sorcerer's Apprentice

Kei studied Theatre, Film and English Literature at university in York, graduating in 1999. Since then he has worked on numerous theatre productions and projects; directing, writing and acting with a variety of organisations, including the BBC’s Shakespeare for Schools Festival, Sheringham Little Theatre, Liverpool Empire, Grimsby Auditorium, Stamford Arts Centre and Hebden Bridge Little Theatre. He spent five years as Production Director at Blackfriars Arts Centre in Boston, where he wrote and directed their in-house professional, community and youth theatre. He has written a large number of pantomimes and plays for amateur companies and youth theatres across the country.

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Gerry Jones

Women Behaving Badly

Aladdin


I have a medical background, microbiology, cardiology and digital medical imaging, which is of no use what so ever when writing pantomimes. To date I have written about 8 or 9 pantos, one farce, and in the middle of a world war 2 play, with only two characters.

I  have lived in Southam near Cheltenham, for 5 years and founded SouthAM DRAM Group in our small village, with some of the profits from the pantos going to The James Hopkins Trust for children with life limiting conditions. So far we have raised over £5,000 for them with just 3 pantos. I am married to Paul, 30 years to date and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren

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Happy Ever After
Calamity 
Another Calamity

Stephen Rockell


Stephen has been involved in theatre for over 20 years, he has performed in an extensive range of theatre productions and also worked in television and film. 

 

Having started on stage as a boy, he has gone on to perform many leading roles in a variety of genres.  He has written and directed productions which have all received rave reviews from local press and audiences alike.   

 

His most successful script to date is his Pantomime; "Happy Ever After,"  which was first performed in 2010 to sell out audiences throughout. 

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Mattie Lennon

My Kerry Hill

A Wolf by the Ears
In the Hut


Mattie Lennon was born on January 10th at Kylebeg, near Blessington County Wicklow, on a small farm. He would later say that it was so small, “We could bring it in when it rained.”  He spent the first 25 years of his life there and then Dublin city called. He worked in construction for a couple of years and then spent thirty seven years employed by CIE, the national transport company.

  He started writing doggerel, ballads and articles almost sixty years ago. Over the years he has written songs, essays and a couple of plays. He has compiled and presented numerous radio programmes on different stations and has brought out a CD of Seanachai stories. He has edited two collections of transport workers’ writings and produced a DVD,  Sunrise on the Wicklow Hills.

 His only advice to aspiring writers is, “The only people who make money out of writing are those who write ransom notes.”

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Peter Nixon

Say Goodbye to Satchwell Road

Satchwell Road Can Take It

Dark Stairway


Born in deepest Essex, Peter was educated at Christ’s Hospital and Exeter University, where he studied Medieval History and Archaeology, before embarking on a career in education during which he wrote and directed numerous plays for young people. Now retired he still writes plays as well as pursuing a lifelong ambition to read James Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake” and write a ‘plainer’ version of the labyrinthine text to help others do the same. He now lives in the Garden of England, Kent, with his wife, Lyn, where they tend their own garden and pursue an absorbing interest in folk dancing.

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Martin Gore

He's Behind You


When I was nine years old I told my long-suffering mother that as I liked English composition and drama I was going to be a Playwright. She told me that I should work hard at school and get a proper job. She was right of course.

The opportunity to rekindle my interest in writing came in 2009, when I wrote my first pantomime Cinderella, for my home group, the Walkington Pantomime Players.

 I love theatre, particularly musical theatre, and completed the Hull Truck Theatre Playwright course in 2010. My first play, a comedy called He’s Behind You, had its first highly successful showing in 2016.

 As a writer though my focus is on the audience. Be it a play or a novel I’m an old fashioned writer I guess. I want you to laugh and to cry. I want you to feel that my stories have a beginning, a middle, and a satisfactory ending. When I write I seem to disappear into another world and become completely self-absorbed. It’s a great feeling.

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Robert Duncan

Rainland
Cinderella
Beauty and the Beastie


Robert Duncan is cartoonist, painter and writer.

 He has written several plays and pantomimes, using the talented Thame Players as a starting point. The first of these was the musical Leonardo, which he wrote with Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon (number one in 1964 with World Without Love.)

 His comedy play Cluedo toured the country to great effect and still holds the all-time box office record at the Theatre Royal Windsor. He has recently adapted Cluedo into CUT!

 He has designed over 2500 greeting cards, notably the world bestselling Not Particularly Orange range.

 His animated four minute movie based on Edward Lear's The Jumblies has won awards for Best Animation In Austria, Colorado USA, St.Petersburg, and the IAC Film and Video Institute. See it on YouTube.

 He spends every day drawing cartoons and writing stuff, and occasionally surprises himself by creating a masterpiece…

 

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Philip Joyner

Pale Primroses

The Primrose and the Thorn

Phil Joyner has been involved in theatrical projects all his life.  As a teacher of children with special needs, he created many plays and productions.  He also performed on stage himself playing such roles as John Merrick in “The Elephant Man” and Fagin in “Oliver”.  Now retired he lives in Bristol where he is an active member of two theatre companies. 

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Charlie Marx

What If?
The Star Gang

The Truth in Her Lies 

Sheerluck and the Case of the Missing Case
Invisible

Fairytale

It's All Greek to Me

Changes 

A Christmas Caroline

Peter Pan - The Pantomime

The Ghost Writer

All Rise for the Queen

Cinderella

Last Stop

Last Stop II the Empire's Bad Back

The Common Guy


Charlie Marx was born on April 27th 1973 in Glasgow.

He left school at 15 and decided to be a Rock Star but quit because he didn’t like the hours. In his mid-twenties he decided to write a play and since then he believes that one day he may just finish it.

Charlie went on to study, English, Psychology and Media gaining a BA.

Having written over 100 plays, musicals and screenplays, he also has published novels; “The Atheist’s Guide To Heaven & Hell”, “Chutzpah”, “Give Me A Job You Ba***rd!”.

Charlie’s plays have been produced in some of the biggest theatres in Scotland and been responsible for many best selling shows and pantomimes, original and adaptations of classics.

Charlie is a very fast writer and usually writes the spine of a play in a week and has written for specific theatre groups according to their casting abilities and genre choices.

Charlie lives in Scotland with his Hungarian writer girlfriend and their Romanian dog Gypsy and continues to write.

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Todd Geren

I Am Little Lee: A Child with Rett Syndrome


Todd Geren is the Fine Arts Director at Fannin County High School in Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA.   He is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Teacher Leadership at Kennesaw State University.  Todd co-authored a novel,The Quiet Storm, with Dominic Silvani. Todd has produced over thirty plays for his acting troupe, “The Rebellion”, including Little Shop of Horrors and Fallout: Macbeth. His stage roles include The Teen Angel (Grease), and Reverend Hale (The Crucible). He was Joshua Gardner in the Cinemarr film Bell Witch: The Movie. Todd has a wife, Beth, and two children - his son, Christian, and his daughter Hannah, the inspiration for his debut play I Am Little Lee: A Child with Rett Syndrome. 

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Purgatory Hotel

Alexander K Whittington

Alexander Whittington is a Theatre Education Major at Northwest Missouri State University. His plays of choice are plays that feature small casts and binding between cast mates. Alex hopes to get his theatre degree and teach high school.  Alex writes plays in the hope you feel sadness as much as hope.  Alex has had dreams of being a playwright for years. His biggest dream is to see one of his plays in a fully realized production. Alex hopes you enjoy his writing!

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Tarquin Shaw-Young

Notta Lottery

A Star is Born 

Snowmageddon

Murderous Intent

Luke Warm


Tarquin began working for The Stagecoach Talent Agency in 2000 running their drama audition workshops. Since then he has probably auditioned well over 30,000 students.

Tarquin’s early work in theatre allowed him to play a wide range of roles, with several weekly rep seasons at Sidmouth, four years for Jill Freud at Southwold Rep and pantos at Chipping Norton.

Tarquin has also written the successful farces Notta Lottery, Luke Warm, Snowmageddon, the supernatural thrillers Murderous Intent, Murder by Deception, Blood on the Canvas and for children,The Hound of Music, Dick Whittington and the children’s book Captain Kiwi and The Possum Pirates.

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Brian C Petti

The Love Song of Sidney J. Stein


Brian C. Petti is an award-winning playwright who has been produced internationally by such companies as Ten Grand Productions, Theatre of NOTE and 5th Wall Productions. THE LOVE SONG OF SIDNEY J. STEIN was part of the NYC Fresh Fruit Festival and it was the winner of Las Vegas Little Theatre New Works Competition. LIKE DROWNING was produced by 5th Wall Productions in Charleston, SC, and HEROINES had its world premiere at Cornerstone Theatre Arts in Goshen, NY. 

Roger Goddard

Fifty Shades of Beige

A Darker Shade of Beige

Last Tango in Redditch

Cold Meat

Back to the Present

Jung at Heart

Vlad the Impaler (The Real Dracula) 

Roger Goddard has been involved in amateur dramatics for over 40 years, working in all aspects of the theatre and during that time has written a number of very successful one-act plays.  However, it wasn't until he retired in 2006 that he began writing full-length plays.  The first of these, "Fifty Shades of Beige", was so well received that he was encouraged to write further plays and these too have been successfully performed.  

Roger's usual modus operandi is comedy but he likes to tackle serious subjects and finds that using comedy is a good way to provoke thought and debate on sometimes difficult matters.  

Robert Dodge

For a Day

Born 1954 in America.  I have been involved with theater since I was sixteen.  My first play I was cast as Renfield in the play Dracula.  Since then I have performed in many plays in California and Oregon.  I even had a running part as Uncle Bob in a live radio comedy called, The Lucky Jim Fishing Show.

I always enjoyed theater; however, I have been diagnosed with a neurological condition that weakens my muscles and prevents me from standing for long periods of time.  Therefore, at sixty-four and preparing to retire, I have decided to write for stage. To date I have written two complete, two-act plays and six ten-minute plays. There are many more that are in the works.  I enjoy writing and hope to keep busy, wishing my plays will be enjoyed by audiences worldwide.

StratonRushing

 Some Sunny Day  

Straton Rushing is a playwright and actor pursuing currently based out of the Dallas, Texas area. In 2019 he has the pleasure of being invited to the Kennedy Center’s Playwriting Intensive. His plays have been produced by the Maverick Theatre Company, the Drama Desk-Nominated Emerging Artist’s Theatre, SceneShop Productions, The Guinea Pig, Nouveau 47 at the Margo Jones Theatre, The Player’s Theatre, TheatreWorks New Milford, Camp Death Productions and several other companies around the USA. He has had the pleasure of teaching various facets of theatre with BareBones Shakespeare, Arlington Public Libraries, and the Muse Theatre Workshop.

Barry Levy

All Together Now

Barry has been involved in theatre for over 30 years ranging from pantomimes to musicals and everything in between. Having started performing at the age of 8 in smaller roles, he gradually developed to perform larger roles in several productions.

 

At the age of 17 he co-wrote and produced his first pantomime Ali Baba & The 40 Thieves and then went on to write more pantomimes including The Son of Robin Hood, Snow White & The Warriors Kingdom. 

 

At the present moment he runs a community theatre group based in Liverpool called City Theatre. The first production was the newest script he has written which was the comedy play called All Together Now; which he also directed.

Matthew Konkel

The Secret of Light 

Matthew was born without warning-- a sword of revelry in one hand and a word processor in the other. In the following years he put both to recommended and discouraged use and today considers himself a man of many dispositions. No, you don't. Yes, I do.


Matthew's plays have been produced nationally and internationally by theater companies including Eager Risk Theatre, Open Space Arts, Edmonds Driftwood Players, Milwaukee Entertainment Group, Organised Chaos Productions, Over Our Head Players, and Screaming Media Gi60.

He is also an award winning film-producer and screenwriter. His feature film Neptune from Last House Productions was an Official Selection of the 2016 Slamdance Film Festival.

Alan D. Maislen

Blues for Caliban

Rimbaud at Midnight

Side Effects

 

 

Alan Maislen’s farce about impure Puritans--Hystorical: A Comedy of Eras—was a finalist in the 2017 New York New Works Theatre Festival, held at the Duke on Broadway & 42nd. His musical comedy, Y in the World, a history of the YMCA, debuted in the maiden season of Hartford, CT’s Belding Theater. His humor has been featured in Rolling Stone: In Search of Historic Elvis. In 2018, his short story Incontinence won honorable mention in the Mark Twain House Royal Nonesuch Humor Competition. He haunts West Hartford, Connecticut. He is an Old Dunelmian. Salman Rushdie once quoted him (unwittingly). And Frank Zappa named his daughter.

Derek Kannemeyer

The Play of Gilgamesh

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Derek Kannemeyer was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and grew up at the outskirts of London, but he has lived most of his adult life in Richmond, Virginia, where he has been a career teacher of French and English, a professional actor, and a working writer. His work has appeared in scores of publications from Fiction International to Rolling Stone. He was recently the winner of the inaugural Blue Nib poetry chapbook contest, and his new poetry collection Mutt Spirituals is forthcoming from San Francisco Bay Press.

 

The credit for the attached head shot goes to my wife, Sally Kannemeyer.

Peter Cowlam

The Two Gentlewomen of Dover

Peter Cowlam studied Performance Writing at Dartington College of Arts. He has had plays performed at the Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, and by the Dartington Playgoers, and has had readings at the Theatre West 100 Plays project in Bristol. He is also a novelist, winning the Quagga Prize for Literary Fiction twice (in 2015 and 2018). 

Lizzie Maxwell

Mediocre Millie Gets her Happy

LIZZIE MAXWELL began her career in show business as a teenager through a Readers

and Playwriting group (RAPT). After winning prizes and honorable mentions for her

plays “Just Bring Me One Rose” and “Chocolates for Sasha”, she began to produce a comedy club.

Fueled by her success in writing and hosting, and with degrees in Radio and TV and Psychology, she headed west to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. She

pursued this with a fervor and has been seen on ER, LA Law, Unsolved Mysteries,

General Hospital, and many TV movies.

She later wrote and published a support guide for actors “Little Fish In A Big Pond”

which was a segue back to her earlier dreams of writing.

Most recently, in 2019, Lizzie wrote and directed “The Perils of Perfume”. You can view that movie and more on You Tube.

Dan Borengasser

The Canterbury Tales Revisited

 

Many of my plays have been produced or have received staged readings. Three plays –
A.R@Uni.Gov, The Kindness of Strangers, and Sense & Insensibility – have been published. My plays have been produced in theatres across the country, from New York to Los Angeles, as well as in Canada, Mexico, India, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Several
short screenplays have been produced as well as a feature length film I helped write, titled The
Donor Conspiracy. Three radio plays have been produced and broadcast nationally.

Heather Powell

DANA

Rainbows are Real

Morning Musings

Heather Powell was born in Dalkey, Co. Dublin and attended Dublin College of Art. She has enjoyed a life-long involvement with amateur theatre – both on stage and off.  Having travelled the world extensively and working in Africa through the 1970s, Heather moved to Australia in 1990 where she now lives in Bateman’s Bay, NSW.  Her writing has attracted considerable critical acclaim and she bases it all on her philosophy of ‘Laughter is  (literally) the best medicine’.

TIM TYLER

The Lions In Winter  

Tim Tyler has been writing for many years now (screenplays and plays), yea, more years than his arthritic memory can remember. Although some of his works have placed highly in writing contests across this great land of ours, he has yet to make any significant money from his efforts. But who’s in it for the money? Not Tim. As if constantly being rejected by the most powerful agents and biggest names in entertainment isn't enough, Tim also seeks more abuse by doing stand-up comedy from time to time. The good news is, you won't be seeing him on "Letterman" any time soon.

Sonya Shaw

The Book Club

Jane Eyre

Edinburgh born Sonya Shaw has had a life long love affair with the theatre both by acting and writing for it along the way.


One of her favourite parts was Miss Jean Brodie where she played the lead. One dream fulfilled: the other was to play the cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz. She enjoyed it but her two children were mightily embarrassed at the sight of their mother in full fur lion outfit.!


Jane Eyre has been one of her favourite books since she first read it aged twelve and Mr. Rochester her second love after Mr. Darcy.

Christina Hamlett

Resolute

She Sails Sea Ships 

Far From the Seashore

Lights! Camera! Date!

Talking Teens (A Collection of 10 Monologues)

The Hairdresser

The Last Avocado on Aisle 6

Ballad of a Teenage Filmmaker

No Contest

The Fairer Sex Need Not Apply

Mrs McClatchy Takes Her Leave

Fancy Meeting You Here

Blended 

A Tale of Two Balconies

Slow Dance to Widowhood

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Just Say Yes Already

The Incredible Shrinking Emily

Tempest in a Teapot

One Flew Over the Auction Nest

Romeo's Understudy

Scripted

A Troupe of Tropes

Homebody

In An Alley Darkly 

We Never Made the Time

Blizzarded

Sweet Nothings Under a Sahara Moon

Does This Mask Make Me Look Fat?

Cheering Section

To Fool A King

  

Former actress and theatre director Christina Hamlett is an award-winning author and playwright whose credits include 43 books, 213 plays, 5 optioned feature films, and squillions of articles/interviews on the performing arts. She holds a degree in Communications with an emphasis on Audience Analysis and Message Design, an area of specialization which has allowed her to work in all aspects of media relations. She’s also a script consultant for stage and screen, an online instructor in playwriting and screenwriting, and a professional ghostwriter with an international clientele. Christina and her gourmet chef husband reside in the United States.

Andy Isca

 

Barnyard Tails

Andy Isca was born in New York City and is a long-time resident of Louisiana. He is a retired public school music educator, during which time he developed some of the highest rated small school band programs in the Southern US. He is currently a music instructor for Louisiana Delta Community College.


Dr. Isca is often invited to be a guest conductor and clinician for school and community bands and isconsidered an authority on the subject of adult community bands.  Aside from his career in music education he has an extensive background in musical theatre, and has been both music director and conductor on many theatrical projects. Dr. Isca is also an active composer, with many published
compositions to his name.

Paul Symonloe

 

Bemused 

Paul is an English-born writer of stage-plays and novels. He has also produced (but not published) a series of satirical drawings, “From the Playful to the Grave”.    Paul
grew up in a serious academic family; his father was a Czech-Jewish refugee, and his mother a kindly, atypical Englishwoman.  To everyone’s surprise (including his  own) he gained an English Literature and Linguistics degree from London University. He admires the timeless - tragi-comic - genius of John Sullivan, creator  of 'Only Fools and Horses'. Along with Sullivan, Jane Austen tops his list of rare  humans whose gift it is to both understand human nature and transmit their understanding effortlessly to others.

BD Boudreaux

Barnyard Tails

B D Boudreaux is from the Bayou Barataria area south of New Orleans. The offspring of a family of Cajuns on one side and sailors and riverboat men on the other, he has traveled far and learned much. Along the way he has been an actor, singer, musician, radio dj, TV Weatherman, cook, sailor, NBC Page and New Christy Minstrel. He is also the Founder and First Non-Prophet of Cajun Zen, whose philosophy of Laissez les bon temps rouler has been his guide along the way.

Jim Geoghan

The Subway Sandwich Trilogy

Only Kidding ran off-Broadway for two years.  Nominated for two Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding New Play.                   

Light Sensitive premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, nominated for the Jefferson Theatre Award in Chicago.

Two Gentlemen of Corona premiered at the West Coast Ensemble in Los Angeles.  Winner of two Los Angeles Ovation Awards.

The King of City Island opened simultaneously at the San Jose Stage Company and Theatre East in Los Angeles

Ug,  the Caveman Musical, book and lyrics.

Beehive on Broadway, book.

Member of the Actor’s Studio Playwrights Lab.

Creator of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and The Suite Life on Deck at the Disney Channel.  Two-time Emmy nominee.

Devin Gifford

Spy Fry

Devin lives in North Yarmouth, Maine. Her debut play, Spy Fry, is an action comedy written for her town’s community theatre. As well as writing the script, she starred in the production and helped direct it. She has participated in community theatre for eight years, and she loves to be involved in all parts of a show.  Although this is her first stage play, she is an experienced fiction writer with two published books available on Amazon. Currently, she is working on her third work, a young adult fiction novel. She was selected as A Young Emerging Author by The Telling Room in Portland, Maine, and her next book will release in the summer of 2020. 

Peter Gill

 

Meet Tommy Atkins

Peter was born and raised in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. His first published works were of local, historical interest commencing with Cheltenham at War in 1994.   Peter has been writing and producing for the theatre stage for the last twenty years - many of his productions he has performed in and continues to tour with. Amongst his successes are The Jerry Lee Lewis Story, Seance, Talbot House - a home from home, and Meet Tommy Atkins. The last two of these are inspired by his passionate interest in the Great War of 1914 - 1919.

 

Peter is also one of the UK's most experienced piano/vocalists and spends much of his work life touring the country in a variety of theatre shows which include: Politically Incorrect -
The Songs of Tom Lehrer, An Evening with the Wit and Songs of Noel Coward, The Jerry Lee Lewis Story
, alongside Anita Harris as her Musical Director, and of course in Meet Tommy Atkins.

T.R. Biggar

Medium Rare

Night Class 

TR Biggar has been involved in theatre for most of her life as an actor anda playwright. She has had several plays produced by various theatre groups.
She lives in Canada where she has written for many and various performance venues including a sketch comedy troupe, a radio comedy entitled The Walloon Show and Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. TR has also had several short stories published in literary journals and anthologies.

Kathleen Maule Holen 

Adventures on a Flying Swing 

The Giant Gurgling Glob Bread Monster

Three Cats for Christmas

Kathleen Maule Holen is a retired nurse practitioner and a practicing professional archaeologist. While in Community Theatre for over five years as an actor, writer and director she has written four plays, A Mammoth in Harmes Way, Woodstock Reunion, He’s Not Santa, He’s My Roommate and The First Step. Two plays, Woodstock Reunion and A Chicken Fried Murder have recently been published. An Adventure on a Flying Swing and The Giant Gurgling Glob Bread Monster are her first children’s plays. They were written with the aim of reaching a wider audience. She values creative writing, and especially live theater, in bringing people together through humor.

Craig osborne

Free Range

From an ex holiday camp entertainer to manager of Worcestershire’s largest animal charity hospital, Derbyshire born Craig Osborne has had many different roles in his life.  He has always loved the creative process, from photography to graphic design and he is award-winning and published in both genres. Over the last couple of years he has been part of the local amature theatre. He says a ' bucket list’ thing to do really, though he found he could develop his creative side through the genre of writing. Working with a menagerie of animals and people within his work, gave him the inspiration to write his debut play ‘Free Range’.
 

Mark Billen

The Love for Three Oranges

Aladdin's Arabian Nightmare

The Red King

Beastly Baron Counterblast

Mark Billen is an accomplished playwright who specialises in writing plays for young people to perform. His scripts have been highly praised for their suitability for schools and youth drama groups. Mark's plays have been performed in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and in international schools in Germany, Luxembourg, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Singapore, Ethiopia and China.

Mark has also written books for younger readers sold in aid of Action for Children and some books of short stories.

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Les Epstein

Llorona of the River

Les Epstein is a teacher, writer, director and an actor, having worked with theatres and academic institutions throughout Ohio, New York, Virginia and North Carolina. He served as Director of Education for Opera/Columbus for ten seasons and seven as Executive Director for the Children’s Theatre of Winston-Salem. Currently, he is the Chair of the Department of Theatre for Community High School of Arts & Academics in Roanoke, VA.His plays and operas have been performed in over ten different states including a recent premiere of “Rising Possum Blossom at the Roy Arias Studio Theatre in New York City.

Claudia de Franko

Llorona of the River

CLAUDIA DE FRANKO is a native of Mexico City, who came to Roanoke 17 years ago to work for Hollins University as an Assistant in the Department of Foreign Languages. Claudia earned her B.A. from Hollins with a double major in Studio Art and Sociology, and has studied French at the National Politechnic Institute in Mexico City and L’Universite de la Sorbonne. She served as a lecturer in Spanish at Hollins for five years, and has taught Spanish and Art at several other institutions for the last 12 years. She is currently finishing a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Hollins University.

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Michael Dittman

The Clear Creek Tract

Michael Dittman lives and works near Pittsburgh in the United States.  He is the author of Jack Kerouac; A Biography, Masterpieces of the Beat Generation, and Small Brutal Incidents.  His short stories and poetry are widely published.  He works extensively with the Lab Theatre Project.  He has been awarded grants from Pennsylvania Partners on the Arts and other foundations. 

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Brian Darnley

The Great Wopperloop

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Brian trained as teacher of Educational Drama in Newcastle upon Tyne.  After
college he joined the acting company of Brian Way’s Theatre Centre, London -
touring to schools throughout the UK. He later established Theatre Roundabout – a
Theatre in Education Company in Durban, South Africa - performing to audiences of all races during apartheid. It was here that he started writing – to provide original material for the theatre company.


He has worked in television, radio and theatre as an actor, presenter, director, writer and teacher. Highlights include coaching at E15 Acting School, playing the lead role in the 35th year of The Mousetrap and appearing in Dr Who.


More recently, he entered the world of Corporate Communications - writing and
directing conferences and video productions. He is a Fellow of Trinity College, London and has an MBA from the University of Reading.

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Kate Pennell

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Kate is a life-long creative who now lives in Spain, where she doesn’t tan. She divides her time between coaching, teaching, writing, and keeping the characters in her head in line. She has a deep fascination with the subconscious mind, creativity, and drawing the best out of people.


She loves to laugh. And think.

 

Kate also enjoys masala chai, dark chocolate, and trees. And cats.

 

She has recently been seen giggling or muttering to herself about bodies in cupboards while hunched over a notepad or laptop. She claims to be writing.


Although a good stage and voice-over actress, she prefers directing or writing. That way, she gets to play all the characters and doesn’t have to learn all the lines.

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Jerry Seever

Pardoned 

Jerry Seever has been married 43 years and currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri. He has three children and six wonderful grandchildren. After graduating from the University of Missouri he has worked over 37 years in the RESCUE ministry helping homeless families across America. He has performed in drama in high school, college, churches and community theater.  He has been writing and directing plays since 1984. He is currently 71 years young and is happily retiring from his full time employment in August, 2020 to have more time writing plays and spending time with his loving family.
 

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Bo Bradley

The Red Brick Road - The Untold Story of the Witch of the South

Bo Bradley is an artist and published author. She has published two books, one E-book and several poems. Bo is actively involved in her local Community Theatre and can often be found on stage. Currently Bo has written, co-produced and co-directed a short film that has been submitted to several film festivals. The Red Brick Road is the first play that Bo has endeavored to write. Writing a full length play has given her a new appreciation of all aspects of the theatre, rising to challenges and celebrating with her friends.

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Jamie Dare

Tempest in a Teapot

A Wedding and Two Funerals

Jamie Dare is a playwright and author whose plays have been produced throughout the United States. She specialises in comedy mashups, with an interest in reimagining classical literature using humour, parody and contemporary cultural references. (Translation: adds jokes to beloved masterpieces). Along with writing partner Christina Hamlett, she co-authored While You Were Out, a chick-lit novel set in London and featuring a heroine who suspects her charismatic new boss might have the power to manipulate time and space. Ms. Dare resides in Southern California with her family. She's thrilled to be part of the Silver Birchington team.

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Rob Ackerman

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ROB ACKERMAN’s work includes Dropping Gumballs on Luke Wilson, directed Off Broadway in 2019 by Theresa Rebeck; Tabletop, winner of the 2001 Drama Desk Award Winner for Best Ensemble Performance; Volleygirls, which won four awards at the 2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival, including Best in Fest; Teach for America, commissioned and produced by American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco; Call Me Waldo; Disconnect; In the Air; and Origin of the Species, his first play, which became a feature film. Rob’s plays have been anthologized by Vintage Books, Dramatists Play Service, Smith and Kraus, and Playscripts, and nurtured at Yaddo, Flux, and Dorset Theatre Festival. He also works as Prop Master for the SNL Film Unit. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, he majored in theatre and Spanish at Middlebury College, and earned an M.F.A. in stage directing at Northwestern University. Rob and his wife, author Carol Weston, live in Manhattan and he is a member of Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.

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David Upsher

 

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As well as being a playwright, DAVID UPSHER is the Head of Drama at a large Secondary School.  Before becoming a teacher, David worked as a television comedy scriptwriter and was commissioned to write several episodes of original sit-coms.  He also had his plays performed at London fringe venues including The Soho Theatre.  Since becoming a teacher David has written plays with large casts and easily accessible characters for various school and youth groups.

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Bob Holroyd

 

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With nine studio albums and six remix albums to his name, Bob Holroyd's eclectic and texturally cinematic work has been recognised and remixed extensively by a huge range of artists   and has been used prominently in mainstream TV and films such as The Dark Knight, The Center Of The World, Living In The Future's Past, Lost, True Blood, The Sopranos, Panorama, Coast, Rectify and many more. His latest album 'The Cage' formed the soundtrack to a groundbreaking architectural exhibition at the 2018 Venice Biennale, and he has performed audiovisual shows in the UK and the US. 96

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JAY NAGLE

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As Artistic Director/Choreographer /playwright and Co -Founder for Totally New Theatre, Jay Nagle, with his late partner  Dwayne Parks penned over twenty original new musicals, many receiving numerous awards.

Jay now lives in Las Vegas and  works with the Smith Centre for the Performing Arts in various teaching artist positions. As a performer, he has had the opportunity to appear at the Lincoln Centre, Broadway, and Off Broadway and in several National tours.

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DWAYNE PARKS

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Dwayne Parks was classically trained on piano and string bass from a young age and also took an interest in singing and acting .  He worked at the Burt Reynolds Theatre in Florida,The Kennedy Centre in Washington DC, Radio City Music Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House.  While in New York he worked at the famous Ballroom with such famous names as Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, Liza Minnelli and many more.  Together with Jay Nagle he founded Totally New Theatre.  Dwayne died in 2012.

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Maisy Beth Crunden

Maisy is a young playwright, actor-musician and composer, with intentions of intertwining the worlds of theatre and music. She is an international award-winning playwright who primarily creates theatre for actor-musicians and youth ensembles, having previously directed numerous original productions with Medway Little Theatre Youth. In 2020 she graduated from East 15 Acting School with a 1st Class Hons and has also trained at GITIS, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, where she studied the work of Chekov and Pushkin. Her love for writing is also captured through her work as a singer-songwriter, performing regularly across South-East England since age 14.

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