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This page contains information for all the members of The DFW Playwrights' Alliance and their work.

 

Andi Allen

 
Andi Allen is an award-winning actress/director/playwright whose original plays have been produced around the country. Her series of children's one act plays have been very popular with school drama teachers, and her full-length comedy High School Hellcats in Heels was named one of the funniest shows of the year by The Dallas Observer. For 4 years, Ms. Allen has also written the annual fundraiser musical revue produced by Uptown Players in Dallas.

Web site: www.andiworld.com

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Garrison Ausburn  

Garrison Ausburn lives in Northeast Texas and is in the process, with Mel Baumgartner, of opening a theatre in the area.  One of the major goals of the new theatre is to produce new works.  Also a director and an actor, Garrison’s plays have been recognized by both SWFTA and KCACTF on the local and regional levels.  His play, Their Mother’s Hand, was the subject of a report on Fox News Network.  He is currently working on play with music that deals with the role of religion in rural Texas during the Depression: Brush Arbor.  He is currently working towards certification in electronic graphic design (primary goal is to market theatre graphics and publicity items).  His master’s thesis is entitled  “A Voice in the Wilderness: Marketing Theatre in a Nonmetropolitan Area.

Jim Tyler Anderson

 

Jim Tyler Anderson teaches playwriting and other theatre courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is a charter member of the Dallas Fort Worth Playwrights Alliance. His works include: Rudy Rose Rides Again, Idol Hill, Motherland, Spide-o and the King, and The Wild Woman of Jackass Canyon. He and his family live in North East Texas.

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Vicki Caroline Cheatwood

 

Vicki Caroline Cheatwood’s Off-Off-Broadway credits include Fits & Starts: The Sacred Heart, produced by Overlap Productions, The Risen Chris at Vital Theatre, and 10:10 and The Cowgirl Chronicles, produced by Actors Stock Company/NYC and Six Figures Theater Company. She's been a finalist for the Heideman Award (The Risen Chris), the Julie Harris Playwright Award (An Hour South), and the Eileen Heckart Drama for Seniors Award (Manicures & Monuments). Coming in 2006, Manicures & Monuments opens in April at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., produced by Journeyman Theater Company. Vicki's writing career is made possible by the generous support of the ArtsAngels and her family.

Web site: www.vickicarolinecheatwood.com

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Jerry Donda  
Jerry Donda is a retired advertising and public relations professinoal from Chicago currently residing in the Dallas area and pursuing a career as a writer. He has a Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Illionois, and a selection of one-act plays including The Haunted Shirt, Purgatory for Dummies, THE LADY WITH THE “ I HEART MY DOG “ BUMPERSTICKER and WHAT MAKES SAMMY DEAD? (R.I.P. /MJG) He is single (widower) with three children and grandchildren in the Chicago metro area and enjoys playing blues piano, jazz, photography and of course, writing.

Scott A. Eckert

 

Scott Eckert is a multi talented fixture of the DFW theater community with quite a successful and award winning career as a musical director, performer and playwright/composer. His Shakespeare For The Modern Man series (Lesson 1: MacBeth and Lesson 2: Hamlet) have both won Leon Rabin Awards for Best New Play respectively. He is also a composer/lyricist for The Hunchback Of Notre Dame and Museum Madness and is currently preparing for the world premiere of his latest work Death: The Musical.

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Ken Elliot

 

 

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Rich Frohlich

 

 

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Tim Hatcher

 
Tim Hatcher is a graduate of Yale School of Drama, and recipient of the Dobie-Paisano Fellowship awarded by Texas Institute of Letters. Produced plays: Bad Roof, The Odyssey (Leon Rabin Award, 2002), Bartleby: The True Story, Family Room, The Death of Floyd Collins, Covered Dish, Brendene. Produced children's plays include: The White Rainbow Trail, Cosmic Soup, The Happiness Shirt, Beauties and Beasties. Currently a computer animator at DNA Productions.
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Kim Kelly

 

 

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Web site: www.kimkelly.com

 
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John Mallory Land

 
John Mallory Land is an alumnus of Dallas’ Arts Magnet High School and of Baylor University (BFA in Directing and Design). He has enjoyed staged readings and productions of several of his original scripts locally. John is Co-Founder of Page2Stage Productions, an independent company focused on the development of original and student works. He is also currently serving as Treasurer for the Frisco Community Theatre.

 

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Barbara Macchia

 
 

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Brad McEntire

 

Brad McEntire is a native-born Texan and the Artistic Director of the small theatre outfit Audacity Productions. He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre & Performance Arts from the College of Santa Fe and is a M.A. Theatre candidate, concentrating in playwriting, at TWU in Denton, Texas.  He's had several of his plays produced locally (meaning around Dallas, Texas), as well as around the United States. McEntire's a founding writer/performer of several sketch/improv comedy troupes - Estranged Bedfellows (NM), Molotov Cockroach (NYC), the recently defunct anarcho-theatrical performance group Mild Dementia,  and now Fun Dip (Dallas). Most recently, McEntire's taken to performing with the long-form improv group The French Club Dropouts and busies himself developing his abstracted solo improvisational project DRiBBLE FUNK

Web site: www.dribblefunk.com

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Donald McLaughlin

 

Donald McLaughlin is a playwright living in Richardson, Texas. Having migrated from Oklahoma in 1983, he's made Texas his new home, attending the University of Texas at Dallas for his Bachelors of Arts & Humanities. An active member of the North Texas theatre community, his produced works include Four Chairs, Something for Everyone, Still on Foot, Compilation, The Cask of Amontillado (Adapted), Picky, and The Smiling Room (with Jen Massey). He's had the pleasure of working with Audacity Productions and Ground Zero Theatre and serves with great pride as Managing Director of Wooden Spoon Theatre Company, a member of DFW Playwrights Alliance and the board of Rover Dramawerks.

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Jen Massey

 

Jen Massey studied creative writing at San Francisco State University with Bridghe Mullins, Robert Barker and Kent Nicholson. While living in San Francisco, she received staged readings of her ten-minute and one-act plays, including The Detritus Feeders and Prince Charles and the Man in the Moon. She now resides in Dallas and is a member of DFW Playwrights' Alliance. In 2004 she participated in FIT's playwriting workshop and had a staged reading at the Bath House Cultural Center of her ten-minute play, Things Break. She also wrote a ten-minute piece for Rover Dramawerks' One-Day Only 24-hour Playwriting Festival entitled Grab On. In October 2005, the full-length play she co-wrote with Donald McLaughlin entitled, The Smiling Room, received a staged reading at The Dallas HUB Theater. She is presently rewriting The Smiling Room with Donald, and hopes 2006 will be an adventurous and rewarding year. Jen hopes to have a web site up and running by Summer 2006; stay tuned.

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Jo Morello  
Jo Morello has been a writer since the age of 8. She also produced summer stock for 3 years in Ohio in the late 70's--but never thought of combining the two talents until she met and married playwright Jack Gilhooley. He challenged her to try dramatic writing and she won a national contest with her first attempt. Since that time, her plays have won numerous competitions, honors and awards including the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center Young People's Drama Project, Choate Rosemary Hall Discovery Contest and three individual Artists Fellowships and three Artists Enhancement Grants from Florida's Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. Her show, The Crash At Crush received a reading and workshop from Baylor University and it's world premiere from the Dallas Hub Theater in 2008 where she became a resident playwright. She has also written E.G.O. (A story of Eugene O'Neill) as well as The Markham Mystery which are receiving readings around the United States. She operates a public relations firm in Sarasota, FL.

Josh Nanninga

 

 

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Allene Nichols

 
Allene Rasmussen Nichols lives in Arlington, Texas. She teaches English and drama at Gateway School in Arlington. Her plays have been produced in California, Dallas and New York. Her poems have been published in regional and international journals, including Illya’s Honey, Fait Accomplit, Sojourn, Philament, and Aries. Her poem "Voice" appears in Dance the Guns to Silence, an anthology honoring the late Ken Saro Wiwa. 
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Cynthia Nichols

 

New playwright Cynthia Nichols lives works and plays in the Dallas area. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she made Dallas her home in 1996. She received her under grad degree from Regis University; and has a background in business and marketing.

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Reg Platt

 

Reg Platt is a writer, actor, director and producer who (except for two cold years in Chicago) has lived in Dallas since 1978.  He began writing plays in the sixth grade and never looked back, with productions in Dallas, Waxahachie, Boulder, CO and Norfolk, VA.  In 1983-85, Reg wrote, directed, and produced RidiculaDAC aka Erratic Static, a ten-minute radio comedy show on KNON-FM.  His Short Play Pretty Boxes was staged at Writers at Play 3 program in 2004 and was also presented with Waiting for the Solstice as part of "Read Our Shorts" staged readings. Waiting for Chico was written and produced by Rover Dramawerks One Day Only 5 and has had several shows as part of "Xmas at Ground Zero". He appeared as Hercule Poirot in The Ambercrombie Forgery and Sam Biscotti in A Biscotti Family Christmas for Texas Radio Theater.  He directed the 2005 National Film Challenge Best of Central winner Strange Tastes, (written by his lovely wife Susan McMath Platt) as well as Nude Eating Hot Soup, currently in post-production and also written by Susan.  Several of his short videos have been presented at the Dallas Video Festival and the Deep Ellum Film Festival, and include The Missing Marx Brothers Film (aka How to Build a Coocoo Clock,) Gina’s Music, and Nosphönatu.  His short play God’s Dogs is cursed and has shut down several venues.  Reg is a former president of the Dallas Screenwriters Association, as well as a member of S.T.A.G.E. and the Writers’ Garret.  He lives in east Dallas, where he does not raise ducks. 

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Carol M. Rice

 

Carol M. Rice has been involved in theatre for over twenty years. She has worked with many regional theatres in Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah as an actress, director, and playwright. Carol is a co-founder of Rover Dramawerks (www.roverdramawerks.com), currently serving as Artistic Director.

Carol performed in Bucket Productions’ Southwest Premiere of Anne McGravie’s Wrens and is currently working on a film version of the play with Ms. McGravie. Carol has directed her own adaptation of The Three Musketeers, and her award-winning melodrama The Belle of West Texas was included in the Mesquite Theatre’s 1994 season. Most recently, her one-act, The Dancer, was given a staged reading by Audacity Productions and was subsequently produced at Flower Mound Performing Arts Theatre’s New Plays Festival. Other produced plays include Power Makes the World Go Around and As the World Cooks. She has received awards in directing, playwriting, and design.

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Isabella Russell-Ides

 

Isabella Russell-Ides, Playwright, Poet, Performer, Producer.
In A God Box, Leonard's Car, Magdalene Mass, Getting Dangerously Close to Myself, American Infidelity, American Avatar, Nashville Road, Dharma Broads.

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Tim Shane

 

Tim Shane is a native of Chicago but no stranger to Dallas as he has been writing/producing/directing and performing professionally since 1991. He is the founder and executive producer of both Shane-Arts and the Dallas Hub Theater and has a successful academic career in higher education as well with his most recent post being an Assistant Dean at El Centro College. He has served on the board of directors for the Dallas Theatre League where he was the marketing chair and is a strong advocate for arts awareness. He has been writing both stage and screen plays since he was 16 years old. In 2005, he wrote 12 different shows that were produced in the DFW area, and one in the NYC area. In 2006, he hosted a series of monthly readings for the DFW Playwrights Alliance and began to produce the DFW Fringe Festival advocating new and "fringy" works which is still continuing today. He also wrote the Shakespearean Death Match and a series of new commedia works for his company Commedia dell'Carte. Between 2007 and 2008 he wrote an additional 8 works that have been seen across the nation.

Web site: www.shane-arts.com

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Tom Sime

 

Tom Sime moved from journalism into playwriting and production in 2005. Tom’s play All of the Above won the Peterson Emerging Playwright Competition at Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina, and was produced there in 2006. All of the Above had its professional premiere with Risk Theater Initiative, in association with Tom’s company The Modern Stage in Dallas in 2007. The Modern Stage teamed up with Joe & Sandi Black to produce workshops of two of his plays in Dallas in Summer 2008: first the thriller Bloodletters, then the comedy My Favorite Animal, which met with sellout crowds and critical acclaim, and went on to make its New York debut in November 2008 at the 45th Street Theatre in Manhattan. Tom’s romantic comedy Klutz Theory won the first annual Stage West Texas Playwriting Competition in 2007 and was subsequently presented by the Fort Worth company as a staged reading. Both Theatre of Note in Los Angeles and WingSpan Theatre Company in Dallas recently presented staged readings of Bloodletters; his one-act Sexy Commie was produced in the Outworks festival at Louisiana State University in April 2007; his short play Queen Bee Syndrome was produced by Theatre Inspirato in Toronto in June 2007 and again by Pavement Theatre in Portland, Ore. In 2008; and his short play Soon was produced by Austin Script Works in the Out of Ink festival in April 2008. The one-act comedy Ex’s Exes was produced by the Attic Theatre and Film Center in Los Angeles in summer 2008. After 16 years as a theater critic and arts journalist, ten of those at The Dallas Morning News, Tom became the managing director of Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, an award-winning nonprofit professional theater presenting a year-round season of comedies, dramas and musicals. He is also a painter and sculptor represented by Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York, where Tom moved in September 2008. In January 2009, Tom was named Writer in Residence at New York’s Bleecker Street Theatre, where he will present a series of staged readings of his full-length and one-act plays in February-March 2009, with notable guest actors including Deborah Harry and Everett Quinton.

Web site: www.themodernstage.com

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Gary Swaim

 

Gary Swaim is a professor of graduate playwriting seminars at the University of Texas at Dallas. A playwright, poet, writer of fiction, and actor, he marks his home state as California where he received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Philosophy from the University of Redlands (in cooperation with Claremont Graduate University). He was awarded the Minnie-Stevens Piper Professor by the state of Texas for outstanding scholarly and academic achievement.

Web site: www.garyswaim.com

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Jan Swart

 
Jan Swart is a non-traditional student in her senior year at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her first play, Stargirl was produced as the annual children's play at A&M-Commerce and entered in the Kennedy Center Arts Theatre Festival. Jan continues her playwriting education this year in an advanced playwriting course taught by Jim Tyler Anderson, also a member of DFW Playwrights. Most recently, Jan's 10-minute play Acapulco Gold has advanced in the Kennedy Center Arts Theatre Festival and will be produced in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jan is also a member of the Dramatist Guild.
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Lee Trull

 

 

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Sylvia Riojas Vaughn  

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Sylvia Riojas Vaughn's poetry appeared in Texas Poetry Calendar 2009 (Dos Gatos Press,
Austin, TX). In 2008, her poems appeared in "Boundless," Anthology of the Rio
Grande Valley International Poetry Festival; and in "Poetry at Round Top,
2008," the anthology of the Round Top, TX, Poetry Festival. In 2008 she read her poems in McAllen, TX; Round Top, TX; Denton, TX; Benbrook, TX; and Dallas, TX.

In 2008 and 2009 she appeared with other members of the Dallas Poets Community
in panel discussions for English classes at Tarrant County College campuses and this year attended the Literary Festival at Richland College, Dallas, TX; and an intensive poetry workshop with Ralph Angel. I plan to attend the Round Top Poetry Festival this year.

Her play La Tamalada was presented in The 6th Annual Hispanic Playwrights' Festival in Fort Worth.  Kit's Dreams was on a program of readings presented during The 6th Annual Festival of Independent Theatres in Dallas. La Piñata received a staged reading during The 3rd Annual Hispanic Playwrights' Festival in Fort Worth. She also belongs to Dallas Poets Community, and has had poems published in Texas Poetry Calendar 2009; Boundless 2008, the Rio Grande Valley International Poetry Festival Anthology; Illya's Honey; Red River Review; and several small journals and anthologies.

She earned a degree in journalism from Southern Methodist University, and have worked as a journalist and as a certified English as a Second Language teacher. She also belongs to the Frisco Writers Group.

James Venhaus  
James Venhaus’ plays include The Temple of Dionysus (published by Playscripts, inc.), Weird Sisters, Amy's Last Shift, and Underneath the Mistletoe, a collection of 10-minute holiday themed plays. His work has been performed by Ground Zero Theater Company, Audacity Productions, Junior Players, Killing My Lobster (San Francisco), Loyola University (New Orleans) and 13th Street Repertory Company (New York City). He holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Southwestern University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Austin College.

Web site: www.jamesvenhaus.net

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Don Zolidis

 
Don Zolidis is a playwright, screenwriter and teacher living in Keller, but originally hailing from Wisconsin. His most recent play, White Buffalo, received the 2004 Princess Grace Award for playwriting and has been published by Samuel French, Inc. His plays for teenagers have been produced in 25 states and 3 countries and are available through www.playscripts.com. His show, A Night Near the Sun opens in New York in May 2006. Don enjoys the music of many bands.

Web site: www.donzolidis.com

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