David Todd, Artistic Director
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David Todd’s plays have been presented or developed in NYC at theaters including 59E59, Dixon Place, the Little Theater, HERE, and NY Theatre Workshop, regionally in DC, Portland, and Chicago, and internationally at the LaMaMa Spoleto Open in Italy. His residencies include Hangar Theater (Ithaca, NY), Classic Studio (NYC), and Chicago Dramatists. He earned his MFA in Dramatic Writing at NYU (Goldberg Award; Harry Kondoleon Award) and his PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has taught writing and literature at NYU, SUNY Stony Brook, and Cleveland State University. He is a Usual Suspect at NY Theater Workshop and a Collaborator with the NYC-based Monk Parrots. His nonfiction book Feeding Back was published in 2012 by Chicago Review Press, and his play Joy in Repetition was published in 2014 by Connotation Press. He is a Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild and was awarded an Individual Excellence Award by the Ohio Arts Council for 2016.
Tom Hayes, Managing Director
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Tom Hayes is an award-winning playwright whose credits include Only Sing for Me (CSU’s annual play festival, 2005) and The Appalachian Trail (CSU, 2004), and whose co-writing credits include Know Your Future (Ingenuity Festival, 2008) and Lost Prospect (Ingenuity Festival, 2006). Tom’s A Howl in the Woods was a winning entry in Cleveland Public Theatre’s Little Box competition for 2007, then won the convergence-continuum’s New Plays Competition in 2008. Produced as Lord of the Burgeoning Lumber, the play was named Best Original Script by Rave and Pan. Tom’s MFA thesis play, Patterns, was staged at Cleveland Public Theatre in 2011, and his play Anima Animus was read online via the Ten Minute Play Workshop in 2012, then short-listed for the British Theatre Challenge in 2016. Tom’s book Secret of the Warlock’s Crypt was published in 2015. Tom is a librarian at Case Western Reserve University and an adjunct professor of Library and Information Science at Kent State University.
Jaclyn C Cifranic has been working in Cleveland theater since earning her BA in English from Kent State. She has performed at Tri-C West, Cassidy, and for small independent film projects, and performs and stage manages with convergence-continuum, with whom she has been a company member since 2011. She recently earned her MFA in Playwriting through the NEOMFA program.
Mike Geither earned an MFA in playwriting at the University of Iowa, then served as playwright in residence at Cleveland Public Theatre for fifteen years. Recent Productions include Tear It Off (Convergence Continuum, ’15), Loki and Lucy (Talespinner Children’s Theatre, ’15), The Attaining Gigantick Dimensions (Zuppa Theatre, ’13), And Treat the Distant Peoples with Kindness (University of Ottawa, ’12), Shah Mat (Ottawa Dance Directive, ’11), Circe/Landfall (Canada Dance Festival ’10), and Self-Portrait at County Fair (NACL ’09). He has received three Individual Artist Fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and is currently an Associate Professor of English at Cleveland State University and the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program.
Dale Heinen is an award-winning director and dramaturg. In Dublin, Ireland, she worked as assistant director to Sir Alan Stanford at the Gate, and in Chicago, she was the Artistic Director of an off-Loop theatre for 7 years. While living in London, she was an Associate at Soho Theatre, and she continues to develop plays with writers and producers in the UK/US. Dale has directed in Chicago, Cleveland, New York, London, and Glasgow, and has taught playwriting and acting at universities and theaters in London and Brazil. Dale has a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA from Middlesex University.
Arwen Mitchell is a playwright and teacher. As a Nord Playwriting Fellow, Arwen developed (Style is) The Answer to Everything, which was presented at the 2015 Great Plains Theatre Festival and won the inaugural Wild Dreamer award. Her plays include RPM – Revolutions Per Minute (2012 Rhinofest, Chicago), Snake Oil, or, Kilbride & Delacourt’s Forever Remedy (2015, Ohio City Theatre Project), and The Maybe Pile (2012, Lakewood, CO). Arwen was co-facilitator and writer for The Old State Capitol’s “Living History” program in Springfield, Illinois, and recently developed a commissioned work for Kent State Stark. Arwen holds an MS from Illinois State University and an MFA from Spalding University. She is a company member of Ohio City Theatre Project.
Greg A. Smith is a Cleveland-based playwright, originally from the UK. His debut full-length play, Sheltered, was produced at the Tabard Theatre, London in 2014 and was nominated for Best New Play at the Off West End Theatre Awards. Other productions/readings in the US and UK include: Adulteryhood (Playwrights Local, ’17); Schrödinger’s Gun (Itinerant Theatre, ’17); Red Sunset (Ensemble Theatre, ’15); Fire in the Snow (Green Ink, ’15); Still Life (Rich Mix, ’14); Just Right (Endpaper Theatre, ’14); and Beggar’s Banquet (Questors Theatre, ’12). He works as an associate writer at American Greetings.