Mark Costello is a dramaturg, playwright, director, and disabilities advocate from Philadelphia with an M.A. from Villanova. Recent credits include pitching a dramaturgical hand into the developmental processes for Michael Hollinger’s GHOST-WRITER, Bill D’Agostino’s FAIRY TALE HIGH SCHOOL (a new children’s play), and Jeremy Gable’s REVOLUTION AND A SANDWICH. His own play MAYA rose to the semifinals in the 2010 Harriet Lake and O’Neill Playwright Development conferences. He has served as a reader for Philly Young Playwrights and is a literary associate for the Philadelphia Dramatists Center.
Clare Drobot has worked in theater as a dramaturg, literary manager, and casting associate since 2005. She is the current Producing Associate and Resident Dramaturg at Premiere Stages, the Literary Manager for Passage Theatre in Trenton, and runs the monthly reading series [untitled] at Happy Ending in New York. Before joining Premiere Stages, Clare worked in various capacities at Williamstown Theatre Festival, The McCarter Theatre, The BE Company, Theater for the New City, Laura Stanczyk Casting, and New Dramatists. As a dramaturg she has worked on productions of Simon Gray’s QUARTERMAINE’S TERMS, Noah Haidle’s WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF THUNDER, SEX ON SUNDAY by Chisa Hutchinson, James McManus’ BLOOD POTATO, Darren Canady’s MUDDY THE WATER, James McManus’ CHERRY SMOKE among others. In addition, Ms. Drobot is a playwright, composer, and published poet. She is currently a writer/co-creator of new web-series In the ‘Wood. Clare holds degrees in Creative Writing and Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon University. She is member of the Old Vic New Voices Network, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, and the Writers Guild of America.
Amy Freeman is a dramaturg and writer based in Philadelphia, PA. She earned an M.F.A. in dramaturgy from CUNY/Brooklyn College in 2008. She’s written reviews and criticism for Offoffonline.com and Theater Talk’s New Theatre Corps blog as well as for Phillyist.com. In addition to writing, she has worked with companies in New York and Philadelphia as a dramaturg, stage manager, and costumer.
Heather Helinsky is a freelance dramaturg based in Philadelphia and NYC with an M.F.A. from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. She is currently collaborating with playwrights Caridad Svich, Connie Congdon, Rob Zellers, Matthew Ivan Bennett, Elaine Jarvik, tom Gibbons, and Ellen Struve. Regionally, she has worked at the American Repertory Theatre, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and Telluride Playwrights Festival. She has also been a long time educator and Visiting Professor of Dramaturgy at the University of Arizona. Please visit her website at www.helinskydramaturgy.com for more information. Script reader for Sundance Theatre Lab, PlayPenn, Philly Young Playwrights, City Theatre of Pittsburgh and Great Plains Theatre Conference. Poor Lessing’s Theatre Almanack was conceived by HH to give dramaturgs a voice in the American theatre dialogue.
Amy Jensen is a freelance dramaturg and theatre artist. She has written for TYA Today and The Review. She has done production dramaturgy on productions with the New York Neo-Futurists, Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, the Bonderman Festival, East River Commedia, Sintroca, Geva Theatre, and the Goodman Theatre. She has an M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from Stony Brook University. Amy was a Fulbright scholar to Denmark and wrote her thesis on Danish company Gruppe 38’s use of theatricality as it shapes the dramaturgy of their productions. She is the NYC regional vice president for LMDA.
Samantha Lazar is a freelance dramaturg, writer, and designer based in Philadelphia. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania with additional concentrations in theatre, fine arts, and classics. Regionally, she has worked with organizations including Montgomery Theater, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Renegade Classic Theatre, and Philadelphia Dramatists Center. She has been a performance reviewer for Uwishunu.com and BreakMyRoutine.com, and has a special interest in environmental, experimental, cross-disciplinary, and devised works.
Heidi Nelson is a freelance dramaturg based in New York. She was Dramaturgy and Outreach Fellow for the 2010/11 inaugural season of ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage (Boston, MA), where she was responsible for audience and community engagement activities and writing for the company’s website and blog, among other duties. Heidi earned her M.F.A. in dramaturgy at the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard in 2009. Her class participated in a year-long workshop with playwright Ellen McLaughlin which culminated in the 2008 premiere of AJAX IN IRAQ. The project inspired her master’s thesis, “Soldier Stories Onstage,” which also examines Bryan Doerries’s Theater of War and National Theatre of Scotland’s BLACK WATCH. Dramaturgy credits include AJAX IN IRAQ (FluxTheatre Ensemble); THE TEMPEST, MACBETH (Gurnet Theatre Project); THE GOOD NEGRO (Company One); the world premiere of AJAX IN IRAQ (A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training); ENDGAME and COPENHAGEN (American Repertory Theater).
Kittson O’Neill is currently the Artistic Associate for Interact Theatre Co. as well as a Company member with New Jersey Repertory Company and The Songlines. She previously served as Literary Manager for New Jersey Rep and as an Associate Artist for Relentless Theater Company in New York. She has been a Dramaturg and evaluator for a number of organizations including PlayPenn, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the McKnight Foundation. As an actor she has worked for dozens of theater’s including Interact, South Coast Repertory, The Public, People’s Light and Theater Company and Second Stage. She has appeared in dozens of commercials and independent films, including Jenny Perlin’s international installation piece, Mimeograph. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Shakespeare Lab at The Public. She was once a staff writer for The Onion and stage crew for The Rolling Stones.
Sarah Ollove is a freelance dramaturg and director based in Philadelphia, PA and occasionally New York City. She holds an M.F.A. from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. She has dramaturged numerous new plays, classics, and re-imaginings for theatres including ART, Arden Theatre Company, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Theatre Exile, Untitled Theatre Company #61, and Gas & Electric Arts among others. As a director, Sarah has a particular fondness for adapting classics which have included MACBETH, DOCTOR FAUSTUS, and THE SECRET GARDEN. Sarah is also a Visiting Professor of Shakespeare at Rowan University.
Katie Rasor has served as the Director of New Works since 2009 for South Carolina Repertory Co. where she co-founded the Hilton Head Island New Play Festival in 2010. She has also worked as a dramaturg at the American Repertory Theater, Actor’s Shakespeare Project, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the African American Playwright’s Exchange. Based in Boston, Katie is a Visiting Lecturer in Theatre at Bridgewater State University. She holds a BA in English and Theatre from Hanover College and an MFA in dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. In addition to Poor Lessing’s Almanack, her articles can be found in The Serpent’s Tongue, ARTicles, and The Moscow Journals.
Martha Wade Steketee studied literature and theatre at Harvard, social science and social welfare at Washington University and the University of Michigan, worked as a court researcher and domestic policy analyst for over twenty years in university research offices and nonprofit research settings, and in the past decade returned to theatre as a dramaturg and critic. She has been a script reader for Washington DC, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York City theatres and festivals; dramaturged productions and readings in Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York; published theatre reviews (currently at urbanexcavations.com); and mentored young writers in drama criticism in Chicago’s Young Critics Circle through the Goodman Theater and the Association of Woman Journalists and in New York City through Primary Stages and Young Playwrights Inc. Recent script reading experiences have included: Sundance Theatre Lab, PlayPenn, Source Theatre Festival, Young Playwrights, Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Program, and the Harvardwood Playwriting Competition. She was a voting member of Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee from May 2008 through April 2009 and is a Drama Desk nominator for the 2012-2013 season. Steketee currently is co-chair of the New York City Project Team of the American Theatre Archive Project.