First Place winner, be here now (2002)
Akiba Hebrew Academy, Teacher: Susan Weisgrau
Dan Kitrosser is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and storyteller. His plays include TAR BABY (First Fringe Award, Edinburgh Fringe, and an Amnesty International Citation for Excellence), DEAD SPECIAL CRABS (monologues published in Smith & Kraus Best Men’s and Women’s…) and THE MUMBLINGS (optioned for TV series by FOX). He cowrote the screenplay for WE THE ANIMALS which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2018, winning the NEXT: Innovator Award and will open across the country this fall. Dan is currently at TimeWarner, developing his new TV series THE MOVE about Jewish and African American relations in 1980s West Philadelphia and is writing a new screenplay for Tony Award Winning producer Una Jackman. Dan was also a the resident storyteller for Central Park and Bryant Park for much of the 2000s, and is the artistic director of Writopia Lab’s Worldwide Plays Festival, a festival of plays written by young playwrights from all over the world, now in its 8th year. MFA: The New School for Drama, 2014. Dan splits his time between Portland, Oregon and New York City.
Milk and Honey (2008)
Emily Acker's play BOYCOTT ESTHER will receive its world premiere at Azuka Theatre this spring!
ABOUT EMILY: Acker is a founding member of Barrymore Award-winning playwrights collective Orbiter 3. She is an alumna of The Foundry @ PlayPenn, InterAct Theatre Company's Core Playwrights Residency and Philadelphia Young Playwrights. Her work has been produced and developed at Orbiter 3, Azuka Theatre, InterAct Theatre Company, FringeArts, Theatre Exile, Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Young Playwrights Inc., Northwestern University and Temple University.
Her play I Am Not My Motherland was a finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference. She contributed to the final season of All My Children on Hulu+ and is the creator of the television remake of Three Up Two Down with The Weinstein Company. She received her B.S. from Northwestern University in 2013.
Angela Bey's THE MEDUSA PLAY is being produced at Ursinus, where Angela is currently a senior. The last time a current student's work was produced on the Ursinus Main Stage was 18 years ago!
ABOUT ANGELA: Angela Antoinette Bey (they/them) is an artist eager to continue their budding, vibrant career. A performer and playwright, Angela's work has been showcased in classrooms to concert halls.
They continue their studies at Ursinus College with focuses in Theater, Africana Studies, and Creative Writing. However, Angela frequents Philadelphia as a teaching artist, intern, and actor.
When not onstage or behind the scenes, they are often found picking their afro, sipping hot tea, fawning over cats, and laughing loudly with friends.
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