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Emilio Trejo Infante is a Los Angeles based playwright. His writing investigates issues relating to environmental racism, the Chicano experience, and the excavation of the queer within the quotidian. Through work that centers minority voices, Infante’s plays aim to decolonize theatre spaces, challenge environmentally unsustainable theatrical conventions, and provide a point of entry for those for whom the theatre has historically been inaccessible.

Kiefer Lloyd (he/him) is a writer from Portland, Oregon whose work explores queer narrative and masculinity. He holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is working on his thesis novel, a queer retelling of the Oedipus myth set among the firefighting camps of the American west. His work has been published in The Portland Review.

Kiefer recently directed a short film and his play Ticking, the story of the first school shooting in American history, will premiere in Edinburgh in the fall of 2022.

Instagram @kief.er; Twitter @kief_er.

Lisa Konoplisky’s plays have been produced in NY, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Lansing. Her play Dog Park premieres in 2023 in Anchorage. Her plays have been developed with The Bechdel Group and The Workshop Theatre in NY. Residencies include Ragdale, Jentel, Annex Theatre, Elsewhere Studios. She’s a semi-finalist for the Inge Festival, the Ashland New Play Festival and Play Penn Development Conference and a finalist for the Shattered Globe Global Playwrights Series and Chicago Dramatists Writer’s Residency. She has been a guest artist at both UW-Madison and the University of Wyoming. Education: BA, Lafayette College, MFA (Creative Writing) Columbia College, Chicago, MFA candidate (Playwriting): NYU/Tisch (2024). She’s a certified Kettlebell and Strength Coach and loves all the critters, great and small. @KonopliskyM.

Marilyn Schotland (they/them) is a poet and playwright from Ann Arbor, MI by way of Philadelphia. Their work explores themes of queer Jewish history, postmemory, and the cosmos. In 2021, their play “The Dybbuk on Orchard” was a semi-finalist for Jewish Plays Projects. They are the author of the micro-chapbook Boychik (Ghost City Press). They hold a B.A. in History of Art, French, and History of Medicine from the University of Michigan, and are currently pursuing their MFA in Dramatic Writing at the University of Southern California. You can find them on various sidewalks in various cities with a cup of coffee in hand, or on the internet @m_schotland.

Poonam Dhir (they/she) is a queer playwright, poet, Punjabi descendent, and settler currently based in Tiohtiá:ke/Montréal on the traditional, unceded territory of the Kanien’kehá:ka people. Their work explores identity, trauma, memory and the relationship between belief and belonging. They contemplate themes of migration, displacement and loss. Poonam was a finalist for the 2021 PEN Canada New Voices Award in poetry. They are the recipient of the 2022 Concordia Award in Poetry, 2021 Award in Drama and finalist for the 2022 Award in Fiction. They are a 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence at Infinithéâtre. You can read her latest pieces in Vallum, Contemporary Verse 2 and PRISM International. Find them on twitter @pnmdhir

Sam Heyman (he/they) is a gay, nonbinary playwright and fiction writer based in Nashville, TN. His prose has been published in Hashtag Queer, Ordinary Space and Typehouse, and his plays have been produced at the university and community theatre level. Sam is passionate about capturing unique queer perspectives in his work, and always strives to tell the stories that aren’t being told–and to challenge the ones that are. Sam is currently developing a musical for the stage and making revisions to a prospective debut novel. In his spare time, Sam enjoys playing Magic The Gathering with friends and consuming queer love stories in whatever form he can find. You can find him on Twitter @sheymanCYCO and on IG @heysamhey4292.

Sophie Kim is a lyricist-librettist, playwright, poet, and filmmaker. Kim was the 2018 Los Angeles County Youth Poet Laureate and is the author of SING THE BIRDS HOME. Kim’s original musical, ISCARIOT (a queer, Asian American, heretical history, set in Hollywood) will premiere at Harvard College in fall 2022. Kim was selected for the Theater Offensive Emergent Residency Cohort, and will have a work-in-progress showing in 2023. A PRAYER FOR MY MOTHER, which Kim co-produced, won Best High School Film in the 2022 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the American Pavilion at Cannes. Kim is a junior at Harvard College. Find Kim at thesophiekim.com, Instagram @gayendecker, and Twitter @sophie_kim_poet.

Timothy David Rey (He/His) is a Chicago-based writer/ performer who works in, plays and monologues (both fictional and autobiographical). He teaches creative writing and performance throughout the city of Chicago and its suburbs.

He is a two-time 2021-2022, 2022-2023 ‘Survive and Thrive’ Changing Worlds/ Arts Work Grant Awardee for his ongoing work, The Monologue Play. His play, White House! was a finalist for the ETA Creative Arts Foundation, ‘New Play Initiative,’ 2019. He is the co-founder of the LBGT+ solo performance showcase, Solo Homo (2002-2011). A revival is pending! Timothy’s plays and performance pieces have been seen and heard at venues throughout Chicago as well as out of state and in Panama (translated into Spanish). Other plays include Gloria! The (Almost) Last Picture Show, and For Every Ring There Is a Season (A Telephone Play). Most recently his solo performances pieces can be found in I Can’t Breathe: A Poetic Anthology of Social Justice, (edited by Christopher Okemwa, Ph.D., 2021), and Obsidian: Literature and Arts of the African Diaspora: Issue: 48.2. Gender Queer/ Genre Queer Playground Special Issue. (Forthcoming in 2022).

Wendy Judith Cutler is a Jewish lesbian feminist, queer, activist, radical teacher, writer, author, facilitator and playwright. She immigrated to the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish First Nations (Salt Spring Island, BC) where she resides with her lovergirl of thirty-five years and their constellation of intimates. She is thrilled to have written her first play, An UnDutiful Daughter. Drawn from her own journals, it portrays dynamics within a Jewish family as the daughter comes into political and sexual awakening in the turbulent 1970s and 1980s, creating a universal story of bittersweet resilience. Its premier is on Salt Spring Island on July 1, 2 and 3, 2022. (winniejcutler@gmail.com)

Troy Rockett (he/they) is an interdisciplinary artist and theatremaker based in Oakland, CA. Troy works across the mediums of poetry, performance and digital media. He has a Master’s in English Literature and Creative Writing, and is a VONA Voices Fellow, an Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund recipient, and a 2021 Titan Award winner with Theatre Bay Area.

He is interested in intersectional art and new contemporary works. Troy received training as an arts professional through NYU Tisch School of Art, Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP), 3Girls Theatre Company, and The Center for Cultural Power. These cultural spaces and institutions provided extensive training in storytelling, practice, and production, and has helped shape his artistic vision.

Previous acting roles include TV series Dyke Central, lead roles in plays: WAAFRIKA 123, The Gay Divorce Play, and Displaced, and supporting roles in: Leaving the Blues, and PrEP Play, Or Blue Parachute; as well as a number of appearances in independent short films. For bookings or to follow his work visit www.troyrockett.com, @Troy.Rockett

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