All of the performances, workshop presentations, and readings included in the TELLING TRIFLES festival are written and directed by female artists. Read below to learn more about this amazing team of ladies!
NAYNA AGRAWAL (Playwright for SLUT) Featured in Variety's "100 Writers to Watch" (2015), Nayna is a former NYC analyst, a former DC policy writer, a former SF international aid director, and a former touring dancer. Her plays have been staged and produced in numerous cities including: New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago. She is the recipient of an East West playwright scholarship and a Moving Arts Theater playwright fellowship. In 2017, Nayna has been a semi-finalist or finalist with the O'Neill Conference, PlayPenn, Screenwriters Colony and Harold Clurman playwright-in-residence program.
LAURI BORTZ (Playwright for A MODICUM OF PASSION) Lauri Bortz is a critically acclaimed playwright and children’s novelist. She is also the founder of Abaton Book Company, a small press and record label established in 1997, which she runs with her husband, artist/musician Mark Dagley, out of their home in Jersey City. Visit abatonbookcompany.com for more information.
BECKY BAUMWOLL (Director for THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW DRESS) Becky Baumwoll is the Artistic Director of Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX), a non-profit theater company that creates contemporary, original plays through mime. Other directing: Amios, Red Lab Productions. This spring she will direct Opera On Tap's production of Hansel & Gretel with children and professionals on the playground at P.S. 129. Becky has worked as a teacher with The New School, Clowns Without Borders, and BKBX, and is a graduate of Tufts University. COLLEEN BRITT (Director for THE CRUISE) Colleen Britt is a movement-based NYC director whose focus is on new works. She is the resident director for Infinite Variety Productions, recently directed The Resolute by Gabrielle Sinclair. Other works include at Dixon Place (Other Planet Hearts, a new adaptation of The Little Prince), the St. Jean Theatre (Peter and the Starcatcher), and The Kraine (Insignificant). BFA Musical Theatre - University of Florida. MFA Directing - Actors Studio Drama School. www.colleenrbritt.com
CAITLIN DAVIES (Director for Appropriateand Harsh & Exciting) Caitlin is a New York-based director, actor, and award-winning audiobook narrator. Recent directing credits include: A Thousand Shapes (workshop), Enchanted April (reading), and Bangers and Mash. Assistant Directing: Hindle Wakes (Mint Theater Company, Off-Broadway) and Into The Breeches (Trinity Repertory Company). Education: Vassar College, BA and Brown/Trinity Rep. MFA, Acting. KATHRYN FUNKHOUSER (Playwright forACCESSORIES) Kathryn Funkhouser's plays Double Double and Unbreakable Timmy Cratchit are published by Playscripts. Other plays include Alternative Facts, We’re Not So Different, You and I, The Sequel, and Bootstraps. She produced the Resistance Cabaret at the Tank (2017), and she is a member of the 2018 Athena Writes group. kathrynfunkhouser.com.
LUCY GRAM (Director for THE TURTLE DOVE) Lucy Gram is a freelance director of theatre & film who specializes in developing new work. Credits include Each Brought Some Silences (NYC Fringe Festival), The How and the Why (One Bird Productions) and numerous developmental readings & workshops at 29th Street Playwrights Collective, Jersey City Theatre Center, the Dramatists Guild, etc. www.lucygram.com
ANAIS KOIVISTO (Director for A MODICUM OF PASSION) Anaïs Koivisto is an NY-based freelance director, and the Artistic Director of Everyday Inferno Theatre Company. She has directed for Pipeline Theatre Company, FringeAL FRESCO, NLTP/Darkroom, Match:Lit, Dixon Place, & the FRIGID Festival, among others and is currently in residence at The Access Theater. www.anaiskoivisto.com
EMILY KITCHENS (Playwright for THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW DRESS) Emily Kitchens is an actor, theatre-maker, writer originally from Leesburg, GA and now based in New York City. She has acted in classic to contemporary works at vital American and International theaters. She has written and collaborated on new devised theatre works in New York City, the Bay Area, Berlin, and Leesburg, GA. MFA: American Conservatory Theater. BFA: University of Evansville.
LAUREN LUBOW (Playwright for HARSH AND EXCITING) Lauren Lubow is a producing artist based in Brooklyn. Other plays include: Welcome to America, War Room, Mudpies, & Snapping out of 731. Regional credits include: Trinity Rep Company, Kansas City Rep, The Coterie, Unicorn Theatre, and Bridge Rep. Lauren received her M.F.A. in acting from the Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium.
PATRICIA LYNN (Director for TRIFLES, Playwright for THE TURTLE DOVE) Patricia fancies herself to be multi-faceted theatre artist who has written, directed, acted, stage managed, and/or costume designed at multiple venues in the New York area, as well as around the country. Basically, she will happily do whatever it takes to make theater magic happen! Patricia has proudly served as the artistic director for Hunger & Thirst Theatre since 2012; her two plays He Awakens Her and He Devours Her—a two-part, modernized, female-focused adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula—will be performed in October 2018.
EMILY LYON (Director for SLUT) A Brooklyn-based director and dramaturg, Emily has worked with BEDLAM, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Geva Theatre, The Old Globe, Shakespeare in the Park, Yale Rep, RSC, The Flea, The Folger, Shakespeare Society, LaMaMa, The Pearl. Dramaturgy: NYTimes' Critics Pick - BEDLAM's Sense & Sensibility. Drama League Directing Fellow. SDC Associate. EmilyALyon.com
LENA PAULAUSKAS (Playwright for PIONEER) Lena Paulauskas’ plays include Pioneer, The Cost, The Chillin’ Snowman and The Voice of the Roller Coaster (co-writer). Member: Texas Educational Theater Association. Lena earned a Bachelor’s in Theatre from the University of Evansville. She currently teaches/directs in Fort Worth, Texas. Lena is a proud wife and mother of three. RAEGAN PAYNE (Playwright for APPROPRIATE) Raegan Payne is a published, award-winning playwright whose plays have been produced around the world. She studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy and sketch writing at the Groundlings School in Los Angeles. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, Actors' Equity, and SAG-AFTRA.
KATIE PEDRO (Director for PIONEER) Katie Pedro is Brooklyn based director, projection designer, and theatre maker. Directing: Monte, Tennessee (Exquisite Corpse Company), Fefu and Her Friends (Sarah Lawrence College), The Cherry Orchard (Dyckman Farmhouse Museum), Love Stories My Mother Told Me (Dixon Place). Video Design: A Circular Play, Marisol, And Then They Came for Me, I Will Be Gone. Katie also works as a collaborator with Michael Counts Projects. BS Russell Sage College. MFA Sarah Lawrence College.
ANNA STRASSER (Director for ACCESSORIES)
DEB VICTOROFF (Playwright for THE CRUISE) Deb Victoroff’s short plays have appeared in theatres around the country. She writes in all genres and styles including Elizabethan iambic pentameter but only after 4 cups of coffee. She writes about soldiers and students, housewives and psychopathic children, vengeful gardens, iPhones with attitude, and of course, lovers.