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Volunteer Co-Directors

The Lancaster Dramatists’ Platform is a volunteer-led organization. Bi-weekly, Lydia, Bruce, David, and Rachel lead LDP’s Playwright’s Circle meetings at Millersville University’s Ware Center in downtown Lancaster.

Lydia Brubaker

Lydia Brubaker is the Executive Director of Creative Works of Lancaster and has been directing and performing in Central PA for over fifteen years. She developed a passion for new plays while studying theatre at Muhlenberg College, directing work by fellow students and assisting faculty director Beth Schacter on the premiere of Anything’s Dream by Mac Wellman, the College’s playwright in residence at the time. After directing several staged readings of new plays in Lancaster for Theater of the Seventh Sister, she was invited by members of the Platform to join as facilitator and has supported the group through several iterations since 2007. 

David Nice

David Nice’s plays have been produced by Creative Works of Lancaster, Reading Theater Project, Gamut Theatre Group, Winters Theatre Company (CA) and Playwright’s Round Table (PRT) in Orlando, Florida. Staged readings of David’s works have been presented by York College, Maryland Ensemble Theater (METLab), Fulton Theatre, Theater of the Seventh Sister, Reading Theater Project/Albright College, Lancaster Dramatists’ Platform, and Creative Works of Lancaster. David has participated in many workshops sponsored by PlayPenn in Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and Saint Joseph’s University. David is a founding member of the Lancaster Dramatists’ Platform. NPX Link

Bruce Walsh

Bruce Walsh teaches literature and creative writing at Messiah University. Since receiving his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University in 2017, his plays have been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alleyway Theatre, Cardinal Stage, and Fat Turtle Theatre Company, garnering the Heideman Award, the Kennedy Center’s Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award, and the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Award. 

Rachel Luann Strayer

Rachel Luann Strayer is a published and internationally produced playwright, a director, theatre artist, educator, and firm believer in the Oxford comma. Her work has been produced by The Bechdel Group, Repurposed Theatre, Ensemble Atria, Gaslight Theatre Company, Creative Works of Lancaster, and by dozens of colleges, universities, and high schools. Her full-length plays include Drowning Ophelia (Blue Moon Plays), Songbird (Premiere Stages Finalist, Henley Rose Finalist), The Last Daughter (Jane Chambers Award for Feminist Playwriting Finalist), The Poe Asylum, A Decameron for the Apocalypse, and After Jane. Her short plays have also found audiences throughout the United States and Canada, but she is always especially thrilled to be produced in her home state of Pennsylvania. Rachel has an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University and currently works in the Library at Hempfield High School. NPX Link

Guest Speakers

The following playwrights joined LDP meetings to talk about their plays, their writing processes, and working in the industry.

Peter Gil-Sheridan

Peter Gil-Sheridan is a Latinx playwright whose new play, This Space Between Us, has been developed by both The New Harmony Project and by Page 73 Productions as part of the Page 73 Residency under the direction of Margo Bordelon. It will be performed off-Broadway this Winter with Keen Company under the direction of Jonathan Silverstein. His play Cockfight was originally written at Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab and was further developed by PlayPenn in Philadelphia under the direction of Anna Brenner. It will be produced as a podcast next season by the Parsnip Ship in Brooklyn. Peter was a founding member of The Pool, a pop-up theatre company formed with Lynn Rosen and Susan Bernfield that produced his play The Rafa Play, under the direction of Morgan Gould, in rep with Rosen’s and Bernfield’s work at the Flea Theatre in NYC. Peter’s play Ascendant was developed and performed with students and faculty at Indiana University about the addiction crisis in America. For this project, Peter and the company interviewed those suffering with addiction, counselors, scientists, judges, the Drug Czar of Indiana, law enforcement, and public defenders. His play Ritu Comes Home, originally commissioned by InterAct in Philadelphia as part of their 20/20 Commission program had its world premiere there in 2015. Other plays include Courtney and Caroline, a piece devised by and performed in Farmington, NM with Navajo and non-Navajo community members about religious and cultural traditions in the area, What May Fall, commissioned by the Guthrie and performed there. Topsy Turvy Mouse was produced by the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentor: Michael Weller) and Borderlands Theatre in Tucson and was the winner of The Smith Prize awarded by the National New Play Network for outstanding political work. Other work developed by the Lark’s Playground, New York Theatre Workshop, and Queens Theatre in the Park. Residencies include the Jerome Fellowship in Minneapolis, The Sundance Institute, The Millay Colony, The Ucross Foundation, and the Tofte Lake Residency. Peter has also been a member of I73, Page 73’s weekly writing group in New York. He’s performed his solo piece People Tell Me Things at several venues across the U.S. including Ars Nova’s ANTFest, Identity, Inc. in Farmington, NM, at Ucross in Wyoming and on Martha’s Vineyard. He is an Affiliated Artist with the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis and with the National New Play Network (NNPN.) Last year, Peter was the recipient of the Fergusson Technology Grant and is currently at work on a long-term iterative project with director and NYU Gallatin Professor Kristin Horton that explores virtual reality and performance. Peter is on the faculty at Vassar College. MFA: University of Iowa Playwrights Workshop, BA: Fordham University.

Douglas Williams

Douglas Williams’ plays have been produced and developed at SPACE on Ryder Farm, Great Plains Theatre Conference, PlayPenn, Azuka Theatre, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon, The Foundry & The Painted Bride, among others. Williams’ Play SHIP was awarded the M. Elizabeth Osborn New Play Award and was a finalist for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA Award. His play Shitheads was the winner of 4 Philadelphia Critics’ Awards including Best New Play & Best Overall Production. He is the Playwright-In-Residence at Azuka Theatre and a co-founder of Philadelphia’s critically acclaimed producing playwrights collective Orbiter 3–the youngest company ever to win a Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre.

TJ Young

TJ Young is a Texas-born playwright and dramaturg based in Pittsburgh where he serves as co-representative for the Dramatists Guild – Pittsburgh region. His plays include THE INSEPRABLES (Pittsburgh Public Theatre Commission), NO.6 (2017 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Award Winner -KCACTF, Indiana Repertory Theatre), LYON’S DEN (2018 Harold and Mimi Steinberg Distinguished Play Winner), DARK SKINNED PAVEMENT (2020 Inkslinger Playwriting Award Winner), RUBY’S BABY BLUE (2016 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection – KCACTF), HELL IS EMPTY (2017 John Cable Short Play Regional Selection – KCACTF), HALLMARK (TETA Playfest 10-minute Winner), BEFORE THE FIRE (Fade to Black 2018 Festival Selection), EFFIE, ROCK THE CRADLE, LILIES, and STUFFED. He was the recipient of the 2017 Ken Ludwig Playwriting Scholarship. He has had productions at Texas State University as part of their New Works Festival, Director/ Designer Collaboration Project, and as part of their 2016-2017 Main Stage Season. He was the 2019 Spotlight Artist of Throughline Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Texas State University. He has been a Teaching Artist with City Theatre in Pittsburgh and worked with Quantum Theatre in Pittsburgh. He is also the NPP Vice-Chair for Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. He is a Partner at subTEXT Solutions Dramaturgy Group and a faculty member in The School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University. Currently, TJ is working on a piece commissioned by James Madison University entitled ISLE OF NOISES, which will serve as a prequel to The Tempest.



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