2024 Approved Playwrights

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Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth

Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth is a Seattle-based playwright and director, the creator and managing artistic director of Parley (https://www.parleyproductions.com) and co-editor the lit mag Parley Lit (https://www.parleylit.com). At twenty, Tourino Collinsworth made her professional acting debut at the rebuilt Globe Theatre in London and spent fifteen years performing in regional theaters across the United States. As a teaching theater artist, she’s worked with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts; the Alliance Theater in Atlanta; the New York Film Academy in Soho; Seattle University; Meadows School of the Arts at SMU; and Freehold’s Ensemble Training Intensive, among others. For three consecutive years, she also made weekly trips to Gig Harbor to work with incarcerated people at the Washington Correctional Center for Women as part of the Engaged Theater Residency. Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere. She is also the co-book writer (with Evynne Hollens) of Mija: A New Musical (2023 NAMT Festival of New Musicals, Kleban Prize finalist, Eugene O'Neill National Musical Theater Conference semi-finalist, Latiné Musical Theatre Lab Reading selection,); and the co-screenwriter/director of the feature-length Psyche and Cupid: A Puppet Film.

In Parley, Tourino Colllinsworth has established the most robust new work developmental program in the Pacific Northwest, offering unprecedented support to its playwriting associates. Through Parley, she has developed, directed, and produced more than 80 world premieres of important new plays by underrepresented writers in the last decade.

MFA (Acting), U.C. Irvine; BA (English), U.C. Berkeley; Pacific Conservatory Theater

Angela Gyurko

Angela Gyurko graduated from Columbia University in 1990, and like any good Tool of the Patriarchy, her love of dance and choreography gave way to a more responsible career path, including corporate consulting and teaching college. In February 2019, she completed her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. While she’d planned to write novels, plays kept waking her in the middle of the night demanding that she write them. Earlier drafts of her first full-length play, A Tale of Two, won staged readings in blind contests in Seattle (2020) and Salem, Oregon (2023). Her second full-length play, Proper, was a semi-finalist at the Gary Marshall Theater’s Festival of New Works in 2021 and in 2022, it made the top twelve for the Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest. Three of her one-act plays have been staged: Triangles in 2018, Adults in 2020, and For You, Anything in 2023. In addition, a zoom adaptation of Adults was staged by Boston Conservatory Students in 2021.

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Marcus Gorman

Marcus Gorman is a playwright and member of the Dramatists Guild of America. His original plays include the Gregory Award-winning Deers, Natural, Peggy: The Plumber Who Saved the Galaxy, Space Race 5000, How to Leave, and the upcoming GUNKED! In devised theatre, he has worked with The Libertinis (Gone Wild!, Atomic Falls USA, The Fantastic Misadventures of Twisty Shakes) and DangerSwitch! (Mad Scientist Cabaret, Big Bad). His one-acts have been produced by the 14/48 Projects, Askew Theatre Company, the Talking It Out Festival, Play On Words, the Funhouse Family, As If Theatre Company, Unnatural Redhead Productions, the Seattle Play Series, and the Del Rey Players.

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Lisa Price

I am a scientist and physician, who minored in musical theater dance as an undergraduate. That has lent to being a trained observer with a lyrical lens. I write to foster my life, and to affect others so that they may foster their own in a positive way.

In 2011, I had just finished a postdoctoral fellowship, and as a single mother, was raising two fabulous daughters. That year, I was 'let go' from a job that I had been at for two months. I was overqualified, they said. It was unexpected and traumatic. My blood pressure elevated and my heart would not stop racing. I turned to creating a world that I could control, dressed in my concerns, plus all the elements I love, including the natural world, order, deep relationships, magic, food and family.

My overall goal as a writer is focused on the deconstruction of calamities as well as joy, through examination of the paths which lead to them. In this way, the stories can be used as tools, as we discover ways of interjecting means to enhance joy, or interrupting dysfunction before calamities happen.

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Daniel Repp

Daniel Repp understands artist bios are tricky–they’re like dating profiles without sexy Halloween costumes or pictures of fish you caught. Daniel doesn't fish, nor does he want to set the expectation that he’ll show up to rehearsal in the green tights from his homemade Robin costume. But he does write plays that explore the intersection of science, society, and spirituality through a playful lens. His plays have been recognized by the Kennedy Center for both comedic playwriting and theatre for young audiences. When writing about the future, Daniel focuses on how new technologies strengthen and challenge our capacity for lifelong relationships (see his play "Lifted Up"). When writing about the past, Daniel celebrates historical accomplishments while interrogating the power structures behind who shapes the stories we tell (see "Good Heavens!") Daniel also loves to work with artists of all ages and backgrounds to put their untold experiences onstage (see "The Wall and the Woods", commissioned by Youth Theatre Northwest). He is half the duo Hanner & Repp, connecting northwest artists to produce lively, community-focused theatre. Find his website at danielrepp.com. And if you really need him to, Daniel can wear the tights, but the fish is your responsibility.

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Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth

Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth is a Seattle-based playwright and director, the creator and managing artistic director of Parley (https://www.parleyproductions.com) and co-editor the lit mag Parley Lit (https://www.parleylit.com). At twenty, Tourino Collinsworth made her professional acting debut at the rebuilt Globe Theatre in London and spent fifteen years performing in regional theaters across the United States. As a teaching theater artist, she’s worked with the Claire Trevor School of the Arts; the Alliance Theater in Atlanta; the New York Film Academy in Soho; Seattle University; Meadows School of the Arts at SMU; and Freehold’s Ensemble Training Intensive, among others. For three consecutive years, she also made weekly trips to Gig Harbor to work with incarcerated people at the Washington Correctional Center for Women as part of the Engaged Theater Residency. Her plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and elsewhere. She is also the co-book writer (with Evynne Hollens) of Mija: A New Musical (2023 NAMT Festival of New Musicals, Kleban Prize finalist, Eugene O'Neill National Musical Theater Conference semi-finalist, Latiné Musical Theatre Lab Reading selection,); and the co-screenwriter/director of the feature-length Psyche and Cupid: A Puppet Film.

In Parley, Tourino Colllinsworth has established the most robust new work developmental program in the Pacific Northwest, offering unprecedented support to its playwriting associates. Through Parley, she has developed, directed, and produced more than 80 world premieres of important new plays by underrepresented writers in the last decade.

MFA (Acting), U.C. Irvine; BA (English), U.C. Berkeley; Pacific Conservatory Theater

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Nelle Tankus

Nelle Tankus (she/her) is a playwright & performer whose work explores queerness, the absurd, and metamorphosis. Her full-length work has been seen most recently in Seattle at Annex Theatre (Tenderness, dir. Grace Carmack and E. Pike), Copious Love Productions, (The Untitled Play About Art School, dir. L. Nicol Cabe), and Parley Productions (Yom Kippur, dir. Rebecca Tourino Collinsworth). Her shorter works have been seen at 12 Minutes Max, Parley, Parley Lit, and MirrorStage. She was a semi-finalist for the Jerome Fellowship (2021-2022), Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series (2019), and the Eugene O'Neil National Playwright's Conference (2018). She is a two-time Lambda Literary fellow (2015 & 2017), and was was a 2021 María Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop fellow. She holds a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts. She is based on Duwamish Land [aka Seattle], and is a proud member of Parley Playwrights Group.

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Sarah Cannon

I consider myself an emerging playwright with a fun first play. When I was in my MFA program at Goddard College in 2014, playwright and screenwriter Darrah Cloud was my mentor, as I had declared the genre of playwrighting/screenwriting my focus. This changed, and my thesis turned into a full-length manuscript that would later become the memoir I published with Red Hen Press in 2018, The Shame of Losing. I learned a great deal through that writing and rewriting process, and since then have returned to some of my original script pages that never had full sets of legs. A year or so ago I signed up for a facilitated The Artists Way class, and my play emerged from those creative sessions. My work tends to be autofiction with a play on the absurd. This means that while yes, my gravitation toward themes around single motherhood are indeed personal, I am often amused by my female friendships and work towards integrating humor into the work to diffuse the societal message about "traditional families" that might otherwise might feel overwrought. I like movement and jokes and melancholy and am excited by the collaborative aspect of creating work for the stage.

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Coco Justino

Hello, my name is Coco Justino. I am a multidisciplinary theatre artist based in Seattle with a great passion for telling stories that play with the intersections of its character's identities (mainly in race, sexuality, and physical appearance) in new and exciting ways. I strive to create work that is "so personal, it is universal" by pulling from my experiences as a multiracial (Filipino/Lebanese/White) queer girl growing up in America at the turn of and throughout the 21st century.

A few things that especially excite me in writing are funky genres (horror and absurdism come to mind– as I experimented with them in my play Rat Cage), engaging with that specific early – mid 21st century pop culture and media as a way of examining its interplay with the identities of the people surrounded by it, and poetry.

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Miriam Tobin

Miriam BC Tobin (she|her) is a Seattle-based playwright, theatre artist, and arts leader. She has performed on stages and taught drama across the US and Europe. Honors & awards include a Hedgebrook residency, PEN Writing Scholarship, and London Dramatic Academy Fellowship. She is a resident writer with the Seattle Public Library and an associate artist with Parley Productions and The Shattered Glass Project. Miriam also runs SCRiB LAB, a writing organization aimed at community and connection. MA Directing & Adaptation, NYU; MFA Creative Writing (Playwriting), Goddard College

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Mark Sparks

I have been writing since college as a journalist, a poet and occasional short story author. My first love is theater and I was an actor for 36 years, a wonderful period of my life, however all my time was taken by the stage and a career. No time for writing. However, I did manage to create a one man show, Ya' Got Trouble, an Affair with Robert Preston, which my writing partner and I researched for three years. We interviewed the likes of Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt (The creators of The Fantastics and I Do! I Do!) as well as Gregory Peck, Buddy Hackett, Barbara Cook, and many others. Long story short, the piece was picked up by three theaters and got exceptional reviews. Twenty years ago my wife and I started a video production and marketing agency, and among the many other jobs I performed, I wrote the scripts for ads, internal marketing for companies, and long-form pieces, which won awards. The one hour video we created for the 100th anniversary of the Pike Place Market (I wrote the script and narrated) was repeatedly aired on the local PBS station. After 15 years, the business was sound enough for me to take the time to write on topics that captured my interest. The God of Bathsheba is one of my latest efforts.

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Alina Rios

Alina Rios is founding editor of Bracken magazine and a published poet and fiction writer. She now writes for stage and film with her plays being produced on both sides of the Atlantic by Slackline Productions, Nylon Fusion, Kibo Productions, and others. Her short film pressed/bluebells premiered in Cannes in 2022 and another short film Soot Darlings is currently in consideration with film festivals. She’s a Dramatist Guild Foundation National Fellowship Finalist (2023-2024) and a quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Stage Play Competition 2023. She’s been mentored by Kevin Dyer (winner of Best Play, Writers’ Guild of Great Britain) and Stella Duffy. In 2023, after training with Frantic Assembly in London, she started her own physical theatre company Verbooom. In 2024, she was the playwright for Dragonslayer, an immersive experience produced by AnA Collaborations, and which premiered in Seattle. Find out more at alinarios.com.

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Maggie Higginbotham

A recent honors graduate from Emory University, Maggie Higginbotham (she/her) is enjoying pursuing her career as a playwriting, novelist, and director. Maggie enjoys creating art in a variety of genres and themes, but her work most recently seen on stage as a staged reading was "The Game Show", a one act commentary on the patriarchy and oppressive systems at large as seen through two women trapped in an absurd, never-ending game show. Her play "Peggy", an exploration on love, loyalty, and the women history has put in the shadows, will be seen in Copious Love's Plays on Tap series in July. Outside of theater, Maggie enjoys boardgames and getting to explore her new home in the pacific northwest.

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Anna Tatelman

Anna Tatelman (she/her) holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans. Her plays have been previously produced or developed by organizations such as the Detroit Repertory Theatre, Centerstage, As If Theatre, Drunken Owl Theatre, and Pacific Play Company. Recent accolades include receiving the Seattle One-Act Play commission from Baker Theatre Workshop (in partnership with ACT and Hugo House), being a finalist for the Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting award, and having a monologue published in Smith & Kraus’s Best Male Monologues of 2023 anthology. When not posing as the female reincarnation of Tennessee Williams, Anna can usually be found drinking too much caffeine, befriending feral cats, and/or eating ice cream.

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