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.
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’ 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.