Daniel K. Isaac is a Korean American actor and writer born and raised in Southern California and currently based in New York City. You can see him on the small screen as ‘Ben Kim’ in Showtime’s “Billions.” Daniel began writing several years ago in order to share conversations he had with his ultra-conservative, uber-Christian, immigrant single mother. If you’d like to know too much about this hilariously sad // painfully funny relationship, head on over to According To My Mother.
Abraham Johnson is a young writer from Athens, Georgia. He is an active member of the Athens Playwrights’ Workshop and his plays have been produced by every student theatre group at the University of Georgia. He has also developed plays at the Horizon Theatre, Out of Box Theatre, Sundress Academy for The Arts, and the UGA Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities. His prose has been published in the magazine Hello Mr. as well as won the American Voices and National Silver Medals in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. He recently received CURO’s 2017 Summer Research Fellowship to research “Queer Spirituality Onstage.”
Calvin Kasulke is a playwright living in Brooklyn, NY. He is the recipient of a Creative Capital summer intensive fellowship, a Helene Wurlitzer fellow in playwriting, and was previously a BuzzFeed editorial fellow. If you have a Dungeons and Dragons campaign going in NYC, he’d love to join you. He is currently a Senior Associate at Precision Strategies, where he is a digital strategist for the good guys. “Who Killed Fun Horse,” his upcoming radio serial, will be released in Fall 2017. His work has appeared on the Internet.
Sloka Krishnan is a playwright-lyricist and recent Midwestern transplant to the east coast interested in magic; extravagance; ritual; and the disavowal of moral purity and coherent identity. In the DC area, his plays have received readings by the Rainbow Theatre Project and as a part of Forum Theatre (Re)Acts.
Michael Shayan is an Iranian-American Jewish writer and performer based in NY. He is currently under commission from Audible’s Emerging Playwrights Fund. Lambda Literary Fellow in Playwriting. He has recently developed and presented work at New York Stage & Film, La MaMa, The Lark, Project Y and Dixon Place. He is currently developing a theatrical project with Susanne Bartsch. Finalist: New Dramatists. Michael was also a member and performer at The Magic Castle in Hollywoo
Carlos Sirah is writer and performer. His work encounters: exile, rupture, displacement in relation to institutions, local and beyond. His most recent theater pieces include: The Utterances, The Light Body, and Planets Measured by Parallax. His work has been performed and/or shown at Poet’s House, Nuyorican Café, KGB, The Granoff Centre, and the National Black Theatre Festival, and he has performed on the main stage at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. Sirah has developed work with The Flea Theater, Vermont Studio Center, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Warrior Writers in collaboration with William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences. The Hambidge Center, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and The Blue Mountain Center. He is a facilitator and serves on the steering committee of Warrior Writers, a community of veterans who make art.
Romana Soutus is an Ukrainian/Argentinian actress, playwright, and producer based in New York City. They graduated in May 2014 cum laude from Fordham University’s prestigious Theatre Program with a focus on Performance. For the last five years, Romana has performed and produced at the experimental theatre institution La MaMa in New York City. Romana’s plays include Hyena, which they performed at La MaMa, the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and the United Solo festival, and Martyrs, set to premiere in La MaMa’s Spring 2018 season.
Nelle Tankus is a queer trans woman playwright interested in making weird gay shit. Her full-length work has been seen at Copious Love Productions (The Untitled Play About Art School, dir. L. Nicol Cabe), Annex Theater (Eat Cake, dir. Catherine Blake Smith, and Gay City Arts (Safe, dir. Gary Zinter). Her shorter works have been seen at Mo-Wave, The Pocket Theater, Volunteer Park, The Erickson Theater, 14/48, and have been presented in association with MAP Theatre, ACT’s 1-Minute Play Festival, Fantastic Z. Theatre Company, Annex Theatre’s Spin the Bottle, Forward Flux’s collaborate/create, and in Portland OR with Fuse Theatre Ensemble. Nelle is a 2015 Lambda Fellow in Playwriting, was shortlisted for the 2016 Sewanee Writer’s Conference, and is an alumni of Parley: A Playwright’s Group.
R. Eric Thomas is an award-winning playwright and humorist. His most recent play, Time Is On Our Side, was the recipient of two Barrymore Awards including Best New Play and was named a finalist for the Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award. His work has been produced or developed by Simpatico Theatre, PlayPenn, Azuka Theatre, and City Theatre Miami. He has twice been a finalist for the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting. Eric is the long-running host of The Moth in Philadelphia. He writes a daily humor column for Elle.com in which he “reads” the news. In addition to Elle.com and ELLE magazine, his writing has appeared in the New York Times, W Magazine, Man Repeller, Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine and more.
Writer-in-Residence Nahshon Anderson is an award-winning artist from Altadena, California. They studied at California State University, Los Angeles, and has worked in television and film production for over two decades. Anderson is an NALAC Leadership Institute, Lambda Literary and VONA Fellow. An inaugural recipient of the Bryn Kelly Scholarship and a non-fiction BRIO Award from Bronx Council on Arts. They are a contributing writer in the forthcoming anthology, Happy Hour: Our Lives in Gay Clubs in Emerge: 2016-Lambda Fellows Anthology, Prose & Lore Issues 2, 3 & 5, and the Bronx Memoir Project. They are a recipient of grants from Creative Capacity Fund and the National Arts and Disability Center. They are a Grants Advisory Panelist for the New York State Council on The Arts, and a Juror for the Scholastic Art & Writing awards and has been a member of SAG-AFTRA since 1999. Anderson is working on a memoir Shooting Range.
C.B. Lee is a bisexual writer based in California. She is a first-generation Asian American and has a BA in Sociology and Environmental Science, which occasionally comes in handy in her chosen career, but not usually. Lee enjoys reading, hiking and other outdoor pursuits, and was a Lambda Literary Fellow in 2016.
Writer-in-Residence Carson Beker is a writer, playwright, and storyteller. They are the co-founder of The Escapery, a Writing Unschool. Their work has appeared in Foglifter, Gigantic Sequins, Sparkle + Blink, Transfer Magazine, and Bourbon Penn. Their plays have been produced at or developed through the San Francisco Olympians Festival, Z Space, Custom Made, and Exit Theater. They were a 2016 Lambda Fellow and Tin House Workshop scholar, and they are so happy to return to Lambda as a WIR to work on their short story collection: Dead Cat Elegy: Nine Stories of Undrowning.