UpClose: Madison Middleton, Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Madison Middleton

Madison Middleton is a sophomore at School for Tomorrow. She’s participated with Highwood Theatre since 2011, most recently appearing in August: Osage County as Ivy. Other notable Highwood roles include William Cartwright/Chairman (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Catherine (Proof), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), and Applegate/Ensemble (Damn Yankees). She has also performed with TheatreLab and Young Artists […]

UpClose: Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Caleen Sinnette Jennings

Caleen Sinnette Jennings is an actor, director and playwright who is a founding member of The Welders, a new D.C. Playwrights’ Collective. Eight of her plays have been published by Dramatic Publishing Company, and her work has appeared in 7 play anthologies. She has received playwriting awards from the Kennedy Center and The Actor’s Theatre […]

A quick class from musicals writer Sam Willmott

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We  know at least some of you out there are spending your last days of summer putting the  polish to your next groundbreaking play or musical. Before you type END OF PLAY, we offer these stories from award winning musical theater composer, lyricist and bookwriter Sam Willmott, reprinted here with permission from Samuel French’s Breaking […]

One in the Chamber proves provocative, onstage and off, director Michael Piazza

One in the Chamber director Michael Piazza

“This is not a political play in its aim. It’s an examination of a family and of a tragedy that involves hot-button political issues, but it is crafted in a way that the politics is kind of left to the audience to grapple with, instead of the play itself making a clear political statement.” Michael […]

UpClose: Patricia Henley, Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Patricia Henley

Compass Rose Theater is producing Patricia Henley’s If I Hold My Tongue, set in Baltimore, MD, which opens September 17. She is the author of three novels, four short story collections, two chapbooks of poetry, a stage play, and numerous essays.

UpClose: Bekah Brunstetter, Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Bekah Brunstetter

Bekah Brunstetter hails from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and currently lives in Los Angeles. She is an alumni of the CTG Writers Group, Primary Stages writes group, Ars Nova Play Group, The Playwright’s Realm, and the Women’s Project Lab. She has previously written for MTV (Underemployed; I Just want my Pants Back) and is currently a […]

Keegan’s Passek & Paul musical Dogfight a showcase for young talent

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The Tony-nominated composing team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul have been the talk of DC of late, getting oodles of attention for the buzz-worthy Dear Evan Hansen, playing Arena Stage, before heading to New York’s Second Stage theatre next spring. Another of the duo’s shows is heading to our area this month with Keegan’s staging […]

UpClose: Miranda Rose Hall, Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Miranda Rose Hall

Miranda Rose Hall is a playwright from Baltimore, MD. She has presented work in DC (Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage and Georgetown University), Baltimore (Center Stage), and Anchorage. She is resident playwright with LubDub Theatre in NYC, and an MFA student at the Yale School of Drama.  Her play How We Died Of Disease-Related Illness, produced by Longacre Lea, opened […]

UpClose: Claudia Barnett, Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Claudia Barnett

Claudia Barnett grew up in the Bronx and lives in the woods of Tennessee. She has served as resident playwright at Stage Left Theatre and Tennessee Repertory Theatre and has developed four scripts with Venus Theatre, where Witches Vanish opens on August 20.

UpClose: Kathleen Akerley, Women’s Voices Theater Festival

Kathleen Akerley, Artistic Director of Longacre Lea

Kathleen Akerley, Artistic Director of Longacre Lea, has two plays debuting in the Women’s Voices Theater Festival: Bones in Whispers opens August 12 and Night Falls on the Blue Planet opens September 3.

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