Maddie Ardillo is an aspiring screenwriter, currently working on four prose projects, three television pilots, two feature length screenplays — and yes, a partridge in a pear tree. When out in the world, Maddie can be found ushering at a Bethesda movie theatre and getting way too passionate about the superiority of graph to college ruled paper.
Brett Steven Abelman is a DC-area native, a teller of stories, and a member of The Welders 2.0. Last year, he conceived and co-devised Balloon Plays at Capital Fringe (his third self-production at the festival) and he and the company continue to tour the show. His work includes Curiouser; Attack of the Killer Bugs, the musical; The Water Plays; Prodigal Daughter; over 100 short plays; and others in development. His work has been produced, stage-read or workshopped at Spooky Action Theater, Rorschach Theatre, LiveArt DC, Pinky Swear Productions, DC 1-Minute Play Festival, with the dearly missed eXtreme eXchange DC, amd more. Brett also acts, works backstage, plays drums, writes features and criticism for dctheatrescene.com, and, for his day job, works as a professional organizer (ableorganizingdc.com).
Jon Boughtin is a seasoned press flack and political hack who recently set aside the rigors of Capitol Hill to make his millions as a freelance writer and real estate agent. Shrewd! Jon is a proud theater fiance who learned the ins-and-outs of DC theater through his fiance and local actor, Heather. Now hooked, Jon is thrilled to spend another summer under DC’s hottest tent. When not writing, parenting or hawking homes, Jon can be found on the ultimate frisbee field attempting to defy the aging process. Jon is a native Upstate New Yorker and longtime Tennessean with a BS from Vanderbilt University.
Christopher Broholm is an all-terrain theatre artist and puppeteer from Baltimore, MD. He’s an emerging writer and accomplished performer in dance, puppetry, and theatre.
Lisa Chiu is a DC based journalist and writer and a reviewer of Capital Fringe. She holds an MA in China Studies from the University of Washington and an MA in journalism from American University. She had the experience of a lifetime witnessing Quentin Tarantino at work as an extra on the set of “Kill Bill Volume 1,” and was part of the long tracking shot in the ‘House of the Blue Leaves’.
Daron Christopher is a communications consultant, writer, and recovering political junkie. A native of Pittsburgh who has called DC home for 4 years, he served in the Peace Corps in Cape Verde and studied Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.
Sean Craig is a rising senior at Georgetown University studying theater, music, and English. He is currently serving as the Associate Producer of Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society’s 164th season. He has worked on a variety of shows as a director, designer, writer, and actor. When he’s not in the theater, you can find him playing the tenor saxophone or arguing the artistic merits of professional wrestling.
John Dellaporta is a DC-based actor, singer, and guy who “moves well”. Onstage credits have included performances at Adventure Theatre, the Olney Theatre Center, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, and Washington Savoyards, where he now also serves as a senior staff member. John intermittently posts television recaps and thought pieces on his blog, johndellaporta.blogspot.com.
Ben Demers is a DC-based communications professional, writer, and DCTS Board Member. As a digital media strategist by day, he relishes the transportive experience of live theater and still gets chills when the lights dim before each show. He performed music and theater productions extensively in high school & college and joins in short plays, open mic nights, and the occasional karaoke binge when he can. He received an MA in Public Relations from Georgetown and a BA from Vassar College.
Ashley Derr has directed shows at Capital Fringe and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. She holds graduate degrees in directing, theatre criticism, and performance studies from The University of Maryland and Texas State University-San Marcos. A recovering academic, she is currently a youth theatre teacher, an editor, and a fitness instructor. She uses nights out at the theatre as an excuse to escape the sweet, sticky clutches of her two young children.
Megan Downey is a DC-based writer and digital communications specialist who hails from Pleasantville, NY. Her work has been published in The Washington Post, Express, Zink Magazine and The Higgs Weldon. Megan serves as the Co-Executive of Lean In DC and holds a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Miami.
Susan Galbraith began writing and acting at Tufts University where she juggled a double major in English and Drama, graduating summa cum laude and Phi beta kappa. She then went on to live and work in New York, Boston, London and Minneapolis before settling in the D.C. area. She helped found the Alliance for New Music-Theatre and currently serves as Artistic Director where she has the chance to participate in the development of new works across the spectrum of music-theatre including cabaret, plays with music, musicals, performance art, and opera. In 2014 Susan took her original musical about Vaclav Havel, Vanek Unleashed, to the Prague Fringe Theatre Festival, where it was nominated for best original creation and she was short-listed for Best Actress in the companion one-act, Unveiling. She has just returned from her second year at Prague Fringe where she directed Kafka’s Metamorphosis and saw 17 shows in 8 days.
Christopher Henley began acting (1979) and directing (1980) around DC with Source Theatre Company. He was a founding Ensemble Member at WSC Avant Bard (formerly Washington Shakespeare Company); was its Artistic Director for more than 16 years; and continues as its Artistic Director Emeritus and as a member of the Acting Company. Other theatres at which he has worked include SCENA Theatre (founding company member), Longacre Lea Productions, Folger Theatre, The American Century Theater, Quotidian Theatre Company, and Ambassador Theatre, in addition to several companies no longer functioning, such as Cherry Red Productions, Spheres Theatre Company, and Moving Target Theatre.
Max Kaplow was born at a young age and hasn’t looked back since. Storyteller, movie-watcher, and baseball player by day, heavy sleeper by night, he hopes to have his name headline the credits of your favorite TV show one day.
Alan Katz is dramaturg, critic, epicure, and occasional director in the DC area. Alan has worked for a number of theaters and playwrights around the DC area including WSC Avant Bard, The Inkwell, the Folger Theater, and now with We Happy Few. He specializes in new play and adaptation dramaturgy, but he also reads Ancient Greek and works with Shakespeare every day as a librarian at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Alan helped create the BFA in Dramaturgy option at Carnegie Mellon and holds his MA in Theater History from Catholic University. He also excels at being a translator, poet, dog whisperer, house manager, Magic: the Gathering player, and he does the best roast chicken you’ve ever had in your life. Reach him at AlanJayKatz.com or @dcdramaturg on Twitter.
Julia Katz is a director, producer, and critic. Most recently, she directed Refresh: Stories of Love, Sex, and the Internet at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and 59E59 Theaters, which was called “an inventive, thoughtful examination of the modern cyber morals that affect us all” by The Stage. She is the artistic director of Critical Point Theatre, an ensemble dedicated to collective generation and innovative storytelling. As a critic, she has written for The Washington Post, DC Theatre Scene, Fringe Review, and more. Julia currently lives in Manhattan with her partner and two devilish cats, where she makes her living writing freelance and teaching theatre and dance.
Jill Kyle-Keith, age unknown, is the longtime owner and Queen of Beale Street Puppets in Baltimore, Maryland. Bravely hanging on to the idea that vaudeville will someday return and this Internet thing is just a fad, she has foolishly made her living in live entertainment for over thirty years. The end result is that she has seen hundreds, if not thousands, of live shows over the years, has performed at Edinburgh Fringe and Capital Fringe, and now feels qualified to offer her unasked-for opinions to an unsuspecting public.
Sara Lepley is a freelance writer living in the D.C. area for the summer. She is a rising senior at Virginia Tech where she studies creative writing and public relations. When she isn’t writing, you can find her on a run, exploring the city with her friends or playing tug of war with her dog.
Ryan Maxwell is a freelance theatre director and photographer based in Washington, DC. He has directed for the Inkwell, the Source Festival, the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, Adventure Theatre MTC, Young Playwrights’ Theatre, and Flying V. Before landing in DC, Ryan spent two years as Artistic Associate at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston. His photography has been featured in shows with the EMP Collective, the Fridge DC, FotoDC, DCist Exposed, and InstantDC. Ryan is a proud member of Young Playwrights’ Theater’s company of artists, Flying V Theatre, InstantDC, and PinkySwear Production’s associates program. Say ‘hi’ when you see him, camera in hand around Fringe. He will be shooting photo essays.
Kelly McCorkendale is a dog-lover, avid quilter, and occassional creative writer who loves the color orange and boycotts cable (except “Game of Thrones” because, well, what if winter is coming!?). After college, she realized poets weren’t in demand, so she shipped off to Madagascar with Peace Corps. Since then, she’s found a niche working on health systems in Africa but has a long-list of life tasks yet to be fulfilled–such as perform blackmail, learn a trade, and become a competitive eater. She has an MA in International Education, believes rice is the elixir of life, and, in high school, won the best supporting actress honor for the state of Missouri. She may also recite poetry (her first love) when imbibing in alcohol.
Steven McKnight is a member of the DCTS Board of Directors. Steven is a recovering lawyer who now works in a lobbying firm and enjoys the drama of political theatre on both sides of the aisle. He admires authors, actors, athletes, teachers, and chefs, and has dabbled in all of those roles with mixed (and occasionally hilarious) results.
T. Chase Meacham is excited to be returning again to Fringe to explore all that’s bold, bad, and beautiful in the sprawling D.C. theater landscape. He currently works as the Director of Marketing and Communications for Mosaic Theater Company of DC, following a year working at Arena Stage. Chase graduated from Georgetown University where he received a BA in government and Theater and Performance Studies. While at Georgetown, Chase wrote and directed Polk Street, a new play which was recognized by the university for its outstanding service to the LGBTQ community.
Louise Mundstock has lived in Minnesota, California, Nashville, and DC. She is a philologist and is not to be trusted.
Quill Nebeker is a DC-area theatre writer, director, and producer whose words have been published at Forum Theatre’s OpenForum Blog and at DC Metro Theatre Arts. He was Forum Theatre’s 2014-15 Directing & Production Intern, and his work has been seen recently at the 2015 Source Festival. Quill has worked in his many other capacities with The Wolf Trap Foundation, The Studio Theatre, Capital Fringe, The Hub Theatre & WSC Avant Bard. Follow him on twitter @QuillNebeker then check out his blog, FYSD, which he co-runs with his lovely girlfriend Rebecca.
Britt Oliver is an entertainment enthusiast. She enjoys writing, performing, and attending a wide array of shows in DC and beyond. As a budding playwright and poet, she derives inspiration from her urban adventures. Follow the fun on twitter @beingbrittoh.
Jessica Pearson is a DC area director, playwright, actor and mercenary drama teacher. She has a B.A. in Drama from The Catholic University of America and is the Co-Artistic Captain of The HoboJungle Theater Company. Her non-theatrical pursuits include knitting, jewelry making, the watching of 1950’s panel shows and listening to pretentious sub-genres of semi-popular music.
Tim Treanor, is a senior writer for DCTS. He is a 2011 Fellow of the National Critics Institute and has written over 500 reviews for DCTS. His first novel, “The Seduction of Braulio Jules” is available on Amazon, and his second, “Capital City,” with Lee Hurwitz, is scheduled for publication by Astor + Blue in November of 2016. More Tim Treanor at TimTreanorAuthor. He lives in a log home in the woods of Southern Maryland with his dear bride, DCTS Editor Lorraine Treanor.