ARVADA, Colo. – The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and
’s Theatre Arts and Dance program are pleased to announce the guest artists and luminaries chosen for the 2nd Annual Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region to be held at the
August 12-14, 2005
The Showcase began last year as a unique partnership created to support the original work of playwrights living in 18 western states. This three-day event is designed for playwrights, producers, directors, actors, educators and the interested public. Original play readings and workshops on a variety of topics will be followed by critical discussions led by a panel of six theater luminaries and guest artists.
, an internationally renowned playwright, returns to this year’s Showcase. His 20+ plays have been seen at over 100 regional theaters in the
as well as off-Broadway and on virtually every continent. Among other awards and recognitions, he is the two-time recipient of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award as well as the PEN USA West Award in Drama. A native of
, his recent plays include Last of the Boys
, which will be seen next season at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and Honus and Me
, commissioned by the Seattle Children’s Theatre.
, born and raised in
, has led an extraordinarily varied and accomplished career in the theater arts. She has served as Director of Publications for the
for the Performing Arts since 1994. Prior to this position, she worked as an actor and director in
as well as a writer for television. Among other distinguished achievements, she served as the chief Theatre Critic of The Los Angeles Times
from 1991-1993 and served on the 1994 Pulitzer Prize Drama Jury.
, one of the nation’s most exciting new, young playwrights, has already garnered numerous awards for her plays. A graduate of NYU’s Dramatic Writing Program and the
, she was also a Tennessee Williams Fellow at the University of the South. Her play, Refuge
, which premiered at Playwrights’ Horizons (off-Broadway) won the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Other recent productions of her work include Get What You Need
, commissioned by the
Atlantic Theater Company (
) and Sex Parasite
, which premiered at the Mark Taper Forum TOO (
). Among other notable recognitions, she is the recipient of an NEA grant and the first annual Helen Merrill Award.
Since 1992, Joe Kraemer, literary manager and playwright, has administered The Juilliard School’s prestigious Lila Acheson Wallace American playwrights Program in
New York City
. As the Drama Division’s dramaturg, Mr. Kraemer assists in developing new and classical plays that are performed over the four years of actor training at the school. He also oversees a playwriting fellowship program (created by John Guare and Terrence McNally, and currently co-directed by Christopher
Durang and Marsha Norman) at Juilliard. His own plays include Find Some Planets
The American Occupation
Playwright Aoise Stratford has had more than 30 productions of her plays throughout the
and has served as respondent and featured artist at Edward Albee’s Last Frontier Theatre Conference, the Northwest Drama Conference and the inaugural Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region. She has won more than ten national awards since moving to the
six years ago. Notable plays include Somewhere in Between
and Will and Ghost
, a one-act co-authored with her father. She is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild and the Australian National Playwrights’ Center.
, playwright and actor, returns to the Playwrights Showcase for a second year. She is the author of four published children’s plays: Hyronomous A Frog,
The Frog Prince,
Snow White and the Three Slobs,
The King’s New Clothes
, and The Three Prince Charmings
. She also writes and performs her own material including a one-woman show, The Philosopher Whore
, presented at the Mercury Café. In addition to performing locally as an actor, she has toured around the country and overseas as a stand-up comic. She holds an M.A. in Theater from
The Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region will be open to the general public. To register, call the
box office at 720-898-7200 or visit the website www.rrcc.edu/playwrightshowcase
for the Arts and Humanities is generously supported by the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
It is the metro area’s eighth largest cultural attraction, devoted to all aspects of the arts. Located two and a half miles north of Interstate 70 on
is just a short 20-minute drive from downtown