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Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder

Playwright, The Light of the World

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s plays for ASF include Gee’s Bend, The Furniture of Home, The Flag Maker of Market Street, and White Lightning. Other plays include Fresh Kills (Royal Court/London), Provenance (B Street Theatre), My America, Too (Baltimore Center Stage), The Bone Orchard (Denver Center Commission), Everything That’s Beautiful (New Conservatory Theatre), among others. Elyzabeth is currently the Tennessee Williams Playwright-in-Residence at Sewanee: The University of the South. Proud NYU/Youngblood alum.

Kent Thompson

Director, The Light of the World

Kent Thompson is excited to return to ASF, where he served as artistic director from 1989-2005. From 2005-2017, he led the Denver Center Theatre Company as producing artistic director, where he created the Colorado New Play Summit, the Women’s Voices Fund, and Off-Center. He currently works as a performing arts consultant and freelance director and teaches at New York University’s Studio on Broadway. His first book, Directing Professionally, will be published by Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama in January of 2019.

David Lee Nelson

Playwright, A Sudden Spontaneous Event

David Lee Nelson is an award-winning actor, playwright, and solo performer. He has an MFA from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and has taught playwriting and solo performance at the College of Charleston, Furman University, and is on the faculty at the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, SC. David is the Playwright in Residence at PURE Theatre in Charleston, SC and is currently touring his newest show, Stages. For more information visit davidleenelson.com.

Adam Knight

Director, A Sudden Spontaneous Event

Adam Knight is the Artistic Director of Riverside Theatre in Iowa City, Iowa. He has directed premieres by Mat Smart, Lucy Alibar, Bekah Brunstetter, Matt Dellapina, Lawrence Dial, and Michele Lowe, among others, at theatres such as Ars Nova, Cherry Lane, E.S.T., HERE, Poetry Project, and P.S.122. Regional: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (PURE Theatre), The 13th of Paris (Warehouse Theatre), Come Blow Your Horn (Millbrook Playhouse).

Abby Rosebrock

Playwright, Singles in Agriculture

Abby Rosebrock is a New York-based playwright and actress from South Carolina, and author of the plays Dido of Idaho, Blue RidgeSingles in Agriculture and Different Animals. Her work has been produced and developed throughout New York and regionally in Georgia, Idaho, Massachusetts and Montana.

Mikhaela Mahony

Director, Singles in Agriculture

Mikhaela Mahony is a Brooklyn-based director of new plays and opera. She is a frequent collaborator with the playwrights of EST/Youngblood, recently directing Abby Rosebrock’s Dido of Idaho. In her work in opera, Mikhaela has directed and assistant directed at The Juilliard School and the Chautauqua Institution. She is a co-founder of Full Moon Films and a member of the Columbia University School of the Arts Directing Class of 2019.

Jiréh Breon Holder

Playwright, In the Southern Breeze

Jiréh Breon Holder currently serves as the Playwriting Fellow at Emory University. He is also a co-founder of Pyramid Theatre Company in Des Moines, Iowa. His plays include Too Heavy for Your Pocket (Roundabout Theatre Company production, Alliance Theatre production, Kendeda Playwriting Prize, & Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award), The Dancing Granny (Alliance Theatre production), and Some Bodies Travel (co-written with Tori Sampson.) He is a writer for NBC’s New Amsterdam, which premieres September 25. MFA: Yale School of Drama. BA: Morehouse College. www.JirehBreonHolder.com

LA Williams

Director, In the Southern Breeze

LA Williams is a New York-based director focused primarily on new work. Upcoming projects include Rated Black by Kareem M. Lucas (New York Theatre Workshop); Hype Man by Idris Goodwin (Interact Theatre Company); Too Heavy for Your Pocket by Jiréh Breon Holder (George Street Playhouse). He has developed and directed new work at The Public Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The New Group, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, LaMama, and The Kennedy Center. Education: M.A. Emerson College, B.A. Alabama State University.