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An open meet-up with Dorset Theatre Festival’s Women Artists Writing Group

Monday, March 26, 2018 3:00pm

Featuring works by: Heidi Armbruster - Michelle Beck - Carolyn Bost - Donna Eis - Elizabeth M. Kelly - Mariana Newhard - Mary Bacon - Maggie Diaz Bofill - Mathilde Dratwa - Laura Gomez - Sharahn LaRue - Heather Alicia Simms

Additional roles read by: Sasha Diamond - Alfredo Narciso - Aaron Weiner


Members of the Dorset Theatre Festival Women Artists Writing Group

Laura Gómez is an actor, writer, director best known for her role of Blanca Flores in Orange Is the New Black and a proud member of Women Artists Writing. She’s thrilled to be developing her first play “The Past is a Mirage” with this visionary ensemble.

Sharahn LaRue hails from the Twin Cities, grew up in Albuquerque, and considers Brooklyn her command center. Recent Projects: Barefoot Theatre Co., The Lark, New Dramatists and New York Theatre Workshop. Training: Carnegie Mellon University B.F.A. Proud to be with DTF WAW!

Michelle Beck co-wrote/directed the short film Sam & Julia. This is her first play. As an actress, she’s worked on Broadway, at the Public, BAM, Lincoln Center, and more. She is a mentor artist with Epic Theatre.

Maggie Diaz Bofill is a founding member of LAByrinth Theater Company. She began there as an actor, and has since branched into writing. She has had several productions in NYC, "Winners", at EST was part of the season that won them a special Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Original Work, and "Drawn and Quartered", done at INTAR was a NY Times Critics pick. Today’s scene is from her new play, "Devil of Choice,” being produced at LAB this May/June at The Cherry Lane.

Elizabeth M. Kelly is a 2017 Princess Grace and 2018 Blue Ink Award semi-finalist. Her work has been seen/read at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark, Primary Stages, ESPA Detention, The Abingdon Theatre, The Drama League, etc. She has contributed essays to literary magazines, written a series for podcast; and has two short films heading into production.

Heidi Armbruster is a co-founder of DTF’s WAW. Heidi’s full-length plays include Dairyland, Where the I Divides, Murder Girl, and Mrs. Christie. She has also written short plays, screenplays, and a children’s book about her cat.

Donna Eis (BFA Carnegie Mellon) was once cut from a terrible film by a future convicted felon, and fired from an international tour by a former MacArthur "Genius." Since moving to the Hudson Valley, she has worked as director of a non-profit farm, freelance writer and editor, and (unpaid) driver and caterer to two children.

Mariana Newhard is an actress/writer working in theater and film specializing in devised new work. Her latest project, Assembled Identity, (co-creator), a hybrid performance about identity, clones, racial ambiguity and genetics, premieres at HERE Arts Center in April.

Carolyn Baeumler Bost is also partnering with Polly Lee on Misses (aka The Red Tent Project). AND making a movie this summer with Doug & Acadia Bost:

Heather Alicia Simms is a NY based actor, director and teacher. She is proud to finally be taking a step out of the writer’s closet to share what she has to say with others.

Mathilde Dratwa is a Belgian playwright and filmmaker who has been a member of the New York Foundation for the Arts' Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program, a Sundance Channel Shorts Contest Finalist, co-leader of the FilmShop collective and a two-time Pulitzer Center Grant recipient. She co-founded Moms-in-Film, a nonprofit that energizes the careers of parents in entertainment.

Mary Bacon co-founded DTF Women Artists Writing group in 2016, to give female theater artists in the thick of their careers a place to develop their own instincts for writing; Dorset Theater Festival’s Artistic Director Dina Janis provided the institutional support for the group, and continues to do so. As an actress, Mary has worked on and off Broadway, in world premieres of new plays both in and out of NYC, and in television and commercials.