Play Crawl 2018





Trial Basis

Ellen K. Graham is a Denver native and a graduate of the University of Chicago.  She has been a finalist for the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Global Age Project. She has worked with many companies in the Denver area, including Athena Project, And Toto too, Pandemic Collective, the Edge, Paragon, and the Denver Center. She is the founder of Feral Assembly, a co-founder of Shocking Beyond Belief! Films, Dirtyfish Theater Collective, and a frequent contributor to the live storytelling shows Stories Stories Bring Your Stories and the Narrators.



Don Meets Dan

Tami was dramaturge and contributing writer for Bingo Boyz: Columbine, which received the Denver Post’s Ovation Award for best new work. She is a founding member ofthe Dirtyfish Theatre Collective. Recently, the Pandemic Collective produced the one-act play, A Bit of Snuff. This month her full-length play, Uncle Rooster, will be produced at the Brick Theatre in Brooklyn, NY.


Rebecca Gorman O'neill

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Rebecca Gorman O’Neill was born in Akron, Ohio; she escaped at age 17 to attend Dartmouth College.  Rebecca went on to earn her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.  Her original plays have been produced across the country, and productions in Denver include Auto-da-Fe at the LIDA Project and The Greater Good at And Toto too.   Her play Mynx & Savage was a semi-finalist at the O’Neill Theatre Conference, and her plays Tell-Tale and The Greater Good are available through Eldridge Publishing and Next Stage Press, respectively.   She is Professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches playwriting, screenwriting, cinema studies, and the graphic novel. 






Carol Samson holds a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Denver, A published short story writer and poet, Carol has also adapted literary materials for the stage. In 2008 she adapted Virginia Woolf's diaries for a staged play, After Tea, performed at the International Virginia Woolf Conference,;and in 2015 she adapted Colorado writer Kent Haruf's novel, The Tie that Binds, which was performed by Chalk Horse Theatrein Salida, Colorado.  As director and adapter of the Haruf production, she won the 2016 Best Director Award from the Colorado Community Theatre Association. Her stories have appeared in literary journals such as a collection published by Ghost Road Press, Open Road Windows 2006, which won the Colorado Book Award for Short Story Anthology and a collection by Black Ocean Press, Chicago, Please Stay on the Trail. Carol Samson recently retired from the teaching faculty of the University Writing Program at the University of Denver, having received Emeritus recognition. She is now working on another Haruf adaptation based on essays and pieces from his Plainsong to be presented in September 2017.


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Linda Berry has six cozy mystery novels and a variety of other published credits, but has turned to writing poetry and short plays. This is her fifth piece for the play crawl.



Jennifer Faletto


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Jennifer Faletto’s plays include THE TEXAS HOMECOMING REVOLUTION of 1995, f/k/a BATHROOM HATE (2015 Reva Shiner Comedy Award finalist), DOMESTIC ANIMALS (2016 Woodward/Newman Drama Award finalist & 2016 O’Neill semifinalist) and THIS LITTLE LIGHT. Jennifer’s plays have been developed and produced at The Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival, Amphibian Stage Productions, Venus Theatre Company, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Best Medicine Rep, The Blank, Panndora’s Box, The Capital Fringe, The Great Plains Theatre Conference and Short + Sweet. Jennifer studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia and holds a BFA in theatre performance from TCU. She is also a graduate of the Second City Conservatory (Chicago). 


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Nina Alice Miller is a playwright, dramaturg and theatrical community-builder in Denver, Colorado. She is co-founder and co-producer of Denver’s Rough Draught Playwrights: An Open Mic Theatrical Playground; co-founder of the Dirtyfish Theater collective; and has dramaturged for Athena Project Festival, the University of Georgia, and the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture. Her plays include Fish Eaters (Creede Repertory Theater’s Headwaters Festival Finalist), The Living (Athena Project Festival), Nano Diving (Red Rocks Community College Western Showcase), Bullies and Friends (Mirror Image Arts, commission), Boomtown IDP (Dirtyfish Theater), and Delaware, American Herring, Real Estate and Lit Crit (And Toto too Theatre Company). In the course of a diverse career, Nina has produced numerous scholarly articles and a book (Making Love Modern, Oxford University Press, 1999), dozens of performing arts study guides for young audiences, and scores of incidental articles and grant proposals for nonprofit organizations. Nina is a graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts and holds a PhD from Northwestern University.



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Elaine Romero is an award-winning U.S. playwright. Her plays been presented across the U.S. and abroad. Graveyard of Empires and A Work of Art, of The U.S. at War trilogy, recently premiered. Elaine recently penned her Arizona Theatre Company (NEA-funded) commissioned play, Title IX, the third of her U.S./Mexican border trilogy. Title IX will be included in the 2017 Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. Elaine will be the featured playwright with her play, Modern Slave, at the 2017 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference.  Swastika was commissioned and produced by American Blues Theater in Chicago as part of Ripped: the Living Newspaper Festival. Elaine is a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists and an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona.



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Edith is a writer director and actor in Denver.  Recently published are Murder, Actually and Sleeping Goldilocks and the Seven Dwarves;  recent acting credit: Sweet and Lucky with the Denver Center/Third Rail Projects, and she directed Mrs. Mannerly at the Arvada Center and The Taming for Catamounts Boulder.

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Author of Painted Bread, a full- length play named Best New Work by the Denver Post about the tumultuous life of Frida Kahlo (recently produced by the Aurora Fox.), and recently the world premiere of her play Lost Creatures at And Toto too Theatre Company.   Commissioned by the Mizel Arts Center to write Poignant Irritations, celebrating the unorthodox life and love of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.  Commissioned by the Curious Theatre Company to write for the War Anthology directed by Bonnie Metzgar of the Public Theatre.  Winner of the Steven Dietz award for the one act Carlene Yakkin’.  Melissa has been named best local playwright by Westword newspaper and the Denver Post. 




Christie is a native of Colorado where her plays have been produced throughout the state. She received her BA in Theater at the University of Northern Colorado and a Masters in Teaching Language Arts from Northeastern Illinois University. She was an actress in Chicago before hopping on the 'playwright train.' Christie is one of the co-founders of Athena Project and is the founder of ‘Girls’ Write’ through Athena Project, a playwriting development experience for young girls. Recently, her play Cabaret Kalisz received a reading at the Wordsmyth Theater's (Houston, Texas) 2016 season of new works (Directed by Leslie Swackhamer). Christie currently has a yearlong reading series of her new works at VOUNA, a boutique in Old Town Arvada. When she’s not writing, Christie is a mommy and a teacher. As always, thanks Susan and thanks ‘And Toto too’ for bringing women playwrights to the forefront.