Ins Choi was born in Korea but grew up and currently lives in Toronto, Canada with his wife and two children. Some of his theatre acting credits include Banana Boys, lady in the red dress (fu-GEN); Hamlet, The Odyssey, Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well (Stratford Festival); Alligator Pie, and Death of a Saleman (Soulpepper). As a writer, his debut play, Kim’s Convenience, won the Best New Play award and the Patron’s Pick at the 2011 Toronto Fringe festival. It then launched Soulpepper theater company’s 2012 season, toured across Canada, and was adapted into a tv series of the same name on the CBC and Netflix for 5 seasons. Ins was a writer, executive producer and co-creator of the tv series. He has also written a solo show called Subway Stations of the Cross, Songs Stories and Spoken Words and was part of the collective that created Alligator Pie, re(birth): ee cummings in song, Window on Toronto(Soulpepper); and 2000 Candles (Brookstone). His new play, Bad Parent, is being produced by Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre for the fall of 2022 at PTE in Winnipeg, the Cultch in Vancouver and at Soulpepper in Toronto. He’s also developing various tv and film projects.
Azure D. Osborne-Lee is a multi-award-winning Black queer & trans theatre maker from south of the Mason-Dixon Line. He holds an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice (2011) from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama as well as an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies (2008) and a BA in English & Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin (2005). He teaches at New York University, The New School, and Quinnipiac University.
Recipient of Waterwell New Works Lab’s 2021 Commission, Kilroys List 2020 playwright, recipient of Parity Productions’ 2018 Annual Commission, Winner of Downtown Urban Arts Festival’s 2018 Best Play Award, and the 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest.
Azure’s full-length play Crooked Parts was published in The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays. His full-length play Mirrors received its world premiere, produced by Parity Productions, at Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop in spring 2020. Unfortunately, this production closed early due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Azure’s newest play Red Rainbow, commissioned by Waterwell, received a production at Mount Holyoke College in spring 2022 and will receive a production at Tufts University in spring 2023.
Azure is the founder of Roots and River Productions, and was a member of the inaugural Trans Theater Lab cohort. Azure’s work has been produced and/or developed by Trans Lab @ The Public and WP, Parity Productions, PRIDE Plays, The Tank, The Flea Theater, BAX|Brooklyn Arts Exchange, BAM, JACK, Rising Circle Theater Collective, The Fire This Time Festival, Horse Trade Theater Group, The Castillo Theatre, The New Ohio Theatre, National Black Theatre, Freedom Train Productions, Downtown Urban Arts Festival, Lambda Literary Foundation, The Helix Queer Performance Network, and regionally.
Finalist for Theatre Viscera’s Queer Playwright’s Contest, VanguardRep’s 2019 Summer Production, BAX|Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s 2018 Artist in Residence, National Black Theatre’s I AM SOUL Playwrights Residency, and Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab; Semi-finalist for the 2022 National Playwrights Conference, 2019 Burman New Play Award, Ars Nova’s Play Group and New York Theatre Workshop’s Emerging Artists Fellowship.
Follow Azure’s work at azureosbornelee.com
Raymond, Broadway’s Mr. Cellophane in Chicago, is an actor, composer, and lyricist. He is the recipient of the Harrington Award and the Ellen Schwartz Award for Outstanding Lyric Writing, and his works have been recorded by the London Symphony and the Warsaw Philharmonic. BMI
Johnny G. Lloyd is a New York-based writer and producer. Johnny was the winner of the 2021 Bay Area Playwrights Festival (The Problem With Magic, Is:) and has been commissioned by Clubbed Thumb and Second Stage Theatre. Currently he is a member of the Ars Nova PlayGroup and was previously a member of the Clubbed Thumb Early-Career Writers Group and Liberation Theatre Company’s Writing Residency. Johnny is a collaborator with Theater in Quarantine and SalonSéance. He is the Director of Artistic Development at The Tank and Producing Director for InVersion Theatre. MFA: Columbia University. jglloyd.com
Matthew Greene is a playwright, librettist, and lyricist whose works have been seen on both coasts and a few places in between. His play Thousand Pines had its world premier at Westport Country Playhouse, and the autobiographical Good Standing played at Theater Row as part of the United Solo Theatre Festival. Other plays include Gregorian (Working Artists Theatre Project), Adam and Steve and the Empty Sea (Plan B Theatre, New York International Fringe Festival), #Mormoninchief (New York International Fringe Festival), Job Well Done (national finalist, American College Theatre Festival), and Bread of Affliction (Society for the Study of Jewish American and Holocaust Literature). In 2020, he received the Stiles + Drew Prize for a current work in progress and created the socially-distant play A Midsemester Night’s Dream, which will be published this year. He is a proud member of the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop and has taught theatre to people of all ages in and out of New York City.
Monet Hurst-Mendoza is an NYC-based playwright from Los Angeles, CA. Her plays have been developed with Rising Circle Theater Collective, Astoria Performing Arts Center, The Flea, WP Theater, The Public Theater, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Westport Country Playhouse, and Long Wharf Theatre, among others. Monet is an alum of the Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, R&D Group at The Civilians, Fresh Ground Pepper’s Playground Playgroup, WP Theater Playwrights Lab, and the Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists. She has held residencies with The MITTEN Lab and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Her play Torera was featured on the 2019 Kilroys List and will be produced by The Alley Theatre in Houston, TX in their 2022/2023 season. Monet is currently an Executive Story Editor for the 23rd season of “Law and Order: SVU” and a member of Florida Studio Theatre’s Playwright Collective. She has been commissioned by Westport Country Playhouse, Florida Studio Theatre, and The Kennedy Center. Proud member of The Kilroys, The Dramatists Guild, and WGAE. B.A. Marymount Manhattan College
Aaron Jafferis is a hip-hop poet and playwright whose honors include a Creative Capital Award, Richard Rodgers Award, Sundance Institute / Time Warner Fellowship, NEFA National Theatre Project Grant, and multiple MacDowell Fellowships.
His musicals Stuck Elevator, How to Break, Kingdom, Shakespeare: The Remix and No Lie have been produced by The Old Globe, American Conservatory Theater, Collective Consciousness and many others. A former Open Rap Slam champion at the National Poetry Slam Championships, Aaron teaches at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and in middle schools and high schools in and around his hometown of New Haven. He has led poetry and hip-hop theatre workshops and master classes at Connecticut College, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Tech, the New England Young Writers’ Conference at Breadloaf, Vermont’s Governor’s Institute on the Arts, Wesleyan’s Center for Creative Youth, the Dublin (CA) Federal Correctional Institution and dozens of other educational, healthcare, and correctional institutions.
Shay Youngblood is an Atlanta based writer, visual artist, and educator. She is the author of several novels including Black Girl in Paris, collections of short stories and numerous essays. Her published plays include Shaking the Mess Out of Misery and Amazing Grace (a stage adaptation of the Mary Hoffman picture book), have been widely produced and her short stories have been performed at Symphony Space and recorded for NPR’s Selected Shorts. In 2021 she was appointed Commissioner to the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission and serves as a board member of Yaddo artists’ community. Her current projects include illustrated children’s books, a superhero graphic novel collaboration, an environmental fable and The Architecture of Soul Sound a multi-media performance work about architecture, memory and the environment inspired by research in Japan, China and the U.S.
Richard R. Henry Richard made his Westport Country Playhouse debut as Faker Englund in Room Service, directed by Mark Lamos, and most recently appeared in the Playhouse’s virtual Script in Hand playreading of A Sherlock Carol. Off-Broadway: Two Gentlemen of Verona The Musical (Public), Drift (New World Stages) Regional: Assassins (Yale Rep), Oliver (Goodspeed), Ragtime and Pirates of Penzance (Utah Shakespeare Festival), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Old Globe), Cyrano and The Winter’s Tale (Folger Shakespeare), Guys and Dolls (Milwaukee Rep), Twelfth Night (Pig Iron), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Florida Studio Theater) The Music Man (Guthrie). Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame (La Jolla/Papermill/Cast Recording) National Tours: Urinetown, Sweet Charity, Man of La Mancha, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Television: “Search Party” and “Younger.” Most recently seen in the John Leguizamo musical Kiss My Aztec! (Berkeley Rep/La Jolla Playhouse).