Playwrights

Neal AdelmanNeal Adelman‘s (1100 CHILI DOGS, or 1985: THE YEAR BELINDA CARLISLE CAME TO OKLAHOMA) was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He writes plays and short stories. His one act play TARRANT COUNTY received an NPP workshop and was a 2014 KCACTF John Cauble Outstanding Short Play National Finalist; his fiction has appeared in Puerto del Sol and Caldera Culture Review. When he’s not writing, he’s either fishing or trying to start a rock and roll band. He currently lives in southeast Ohio and studies dramatic writing at Ohio University.

ryan chicagoRyan Patrick Dolan (BURGER KING) is a twelve-year veteran of the Chicago theater and improv scene. He has a B.A. in playwriting from Columbia College Chicago, and is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf acting program. He assisted director Tina Landau for Steppenwolf Theater’s production of Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s “The Brother/Sister Plays.” Ryan was the dramaturg at RedTwist theater for Kimberly Senior’s production of “The Pillowman,” and Keira Fromm’s production of “The Lobby Hero.” Both were nominated for Jeff Awards for “Best Play” and “Best Director.” He has primarily performed comedy at iO and Annoyance Theaters, and has improvised and taught workshops at numerous festivals and universities around the country with his groups Revolver and Pudding-Thank-You. Ryan also taught, and co-wrote and performed four Mainstage shows at Boston’s Improv Asylum. His acting credits include Timeline Theater, Collaboraction Theater, Strawdog, Wildclaw Theater, and Steppenwolf: Next Up. He’s had ten-minute plays produced by American Theater Company and Brown Couch Theater, and has performed his material at Paper Machete. Ryan is currently in the second year of the three year MFA Playwriting program at Ohio University. www.ryanpatrickdolan.com.

anthony ellisonAnthony Ellison (DREAM CATCHIN’) was born, raised and schooled in Muncie, IN. He earned a creative writing degree at Ball State and fled to Chicago to pursue comedy writing. That’s exactly what he did, plus he found how fun and exciting it was to act and improvise. His home-base theater is Chemically Imbalanced Theater in Chicago, though he had productions at Second City’s Skybox and Annoyance productions. Sketch credits include: Horse (Second City Skybox), Blind Stinkin’ (Second City), Shitbrick Merlot(Annoyance Theater). His full length comedic plays are Texas Sheen (Chemically Imbalanced Theater), and Ring Around the Guillotine (Chemically Imbalanced Theater).

tylerTyler JC Whidden  (DETOUR) Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Tyler JC Whidden is the youngest, least-talented son of a hockey-first family. After earning his BFA in Playwriting from Ohio University, Tyler embarked on a 37-state, 10-year odyssey as a stand-up comedian where he was labeled by critics as, “brilliant,” “tragic,” and “probably stoned.” He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and his thesis play, Dancing With NED, has received productions in New Jersey, Ohio, and Washington. His play, The Almost True Campfire Tales of Put-in-Bay, was commissioned as part of the Bicentennial Celebration of the Battle of Lake Erie in 2013 and his wife is way out of his league. You may learn more at TylerJCWhidden.com.

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