Cris Eli Blak (he/him)
Cris Eli Blak is an award-winning and internationally-produced writer whose work has garnered him a Bronze Remi from the Worldfest Houston International Film and Video Festival; the Christopher Hewitt Award in Fiction; a Pushcart Prize nomination; and honors from Vectis Radio, Negro Ensemble Company, Kentucky Playwrights Workshop, Clocktower Players, and A is For. His work has been performed around the world, from Off-Broadway (Urban Stages, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), West Coast (Theatre of NOTE, Morgan-Wixson Theater, Theatre West, Common Ground Theatre, Left Edge Theatre, Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble), Collegiate (Columbia University, York College of Pennsylvania, Salem State University, Academy of Arts University, Wellesley College), London (The Queen’s Company, Flawstate), Australia (Melting Pot Theatre), Canada (Ryerson Community Theatre) and Ireland (Eva’s Echo). He is developing new work with American Stage and Et Alia Theater. He was the resident playwright at Fosters Theatrical Artists Residency, and was shortlisted for the Alpine Fellowship Theatre Prize. He continues to strive to create work that reflects the world that we live in, with all of its different and diverse colors, creeds, and cultures.
Pampi Das (they/them)
A 24+ year newcomer-settler of Turtle Island (currently on the lands of the Pocumtuc Agawam and Nipmuc nations), Pampi is a darker-skinned nonbinary second-genx casteD-Bengali culture worker who plays at the intersection of healing and popular education: they develop community-centered art that releases creative potential and drives change-making. They lean on poetry, dance theater, and gardening to help message the intersectional shifts in thinking we must embrace to center liberation. It took thirty years for Pampi to realize that the pieces they write and perform with collaborators are essentially contemporary takes of the natak of their early childhood. For them, the natak, a Bengali community musical dance drama form, has become a catalyzing tool for opening, engaging, and encouraging delicate, interconnected and challenging conversations in community on subjects as grave and volatile as ecological, economic, and racial violence. Current theater pursuits include developing the scriptbook for Lotus Brothers Misadventures, The Buffalo Prince, and Our Hibiscus Heart. linktr.ee/pampi | instagram.com/explore/tags/ne0natak/ | patreon.com/pampi
Venuz Delmar (she/her)
Venuz Delmar was born in San Juan Puerto Rico, and works to uplift the voices of Puerto Rican writers. She holds an MFA in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded a Fellowship for her studies — which she completed while pregnant, and then as mother to a newborn. As a performer, Venuz was featured in Company One’s digital production of Downtown Crossing by David Valdes, and can be seen in her upcoming co-star debut in Gordita Chronicles for HBO MAX (written/produced by Claudia Forestieri, and directed by Eva Longoria), and in the video for Daddy Yankee & Lito MC Cassidy’s “EL GRAN ROBO 2.” She credits her Abuela Rosa’s broom and plastic cup for being her first tripod and mic, and her childhood neighbors for being her first audiences. She dreams of one day being the Marvel Universe’s first Puerto Rican hero.
Cayenne Douglass (she/her)
Cayenne Douglass has had work developed and/or produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Fresh Ink Theatre, Take Ten Theatre Masters, New Perspectives Theatre Company, The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, The Sappho Project W*rk Lab, ESPA Primary Stages, Dixon Place, The Tank, and Clutch Productions, among others. She participated in The First Stage Residency through The Drama League, The Barn Arts Residency, and The Emerging Artists Residency at Tofte Lake. From The Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, Cayenne has received The John Cauble Award for her one-act, as well as four Gary Garrison National 10-Minute play Awards. Her full-length works include, Maiden Voyage (The Rosa Parks award for Distinguished Achievement; The Paula Vogel Playwriting Award for Distinguished Achievement; 2nd place for The Lorraine Hansberry Award); Atlantic City Seagulls (Playwrights’ Center Core Apprenticeship finalist); and BEASTS (Playwrights’ Center Core Apprenticeship finalist), which is being produced by Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, April 2022. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University. For more information visit: cayennedouglass.com or follow Cayenne on IG: bruteful_theatre.
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie (she/her/siya)
Francesca Fernandez McKenzie is an actor, educator, and playwright from the SF Bay Area, based in NYC. She has shared her work in NYC (59E59; Daryl Roth Theater; Rattlestick Playwrights Theater; Ant Fest at ARS NOVA; 2g Productions; Playwrights Realm; The Lark; National Black Theater of Harlem), and regionally (Two Rivers Theater; CalShakes; Magic Theater; Cleveland Playhouse; Milwaukee Rep; Southern Rep; Mu Theater). TV/Film credits include Blue Bloods, The Hardest Part, Mooshrooms, The Locker Room Series, and PBS’ Great Performances recording of Gloria: A Life. She holds an MFA from the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, where she was co-Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret in its 50th season, an original member of the Asian and Asian American Coalition (aka Asian Potluck) and Yale School of Drama’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. In 2015, she was featured in American Theater Magazine as a “Theater Worker You Should Know.” She is a co-Founder of Encompass Collective, and teaches at Yale College, the New School, La Mama/Trinity College, and the Waterwell Drama Program at Professional Performing Arts School. She is currently an associate with ALJP Consulting, and a Stonehenge NYC Still Standing Artist in Residence. Francescafm.com @cheskamckenzie on twitter & instagram.
Jolie Frazer-Madge (she/her)
Jolie Frazer-Madge is a playwright, stage manager, theater artist, and collaborator with a particular interest in new work, devised pieces, immersive theater, and really anything else that people might consider “impossible.” She holds a BFA in Stage Management with a Concentration in Playwriting/Dramaturgy, and a minor in Political Science from Boston University. Born and raised in South Carolina, she is very passionate about works that diversify Southern and queer narratives. Jolie is currently serving as the Literary and Artistic Fellow at SpeakEasy Stage Company for their 2021/2022 season.
Rawchayl Sahadeo (she/her)
Rawchayl Sahadeo has been an educator in the Boston Public Schools since 2001. She grew up in New York City, and in a small rural town outside Tampa, FL, but now lives in Everett, Massachusetts with her husband and two children. During the COVID stay-at-home mandate of Spring 2020, she renewed her long-dormant interest in creative writing, and at the age of 42, she became a “blooming” playwright when accepted to the 2021 Hibernian Hall Playlab, where her first full-length play — Two Fools, One Saint and a Robin — was featured as part of the Showcase last June. Subsequently, she was accepted into the TC Squared Theatre Company’s fall 2021 program. Rawchayl’s writing focus is personally-relatable topics that provide audiences with a uniquely creative and cathartic experience. Her work centers topics such as the discovery of long lost family, family secrets, health, and forgiveness. Currently she is working on a short play about infertility and pregnancy loss in the BIPOC community. Outside of creative writing, Rawchayl enjoys reading, traveling, watching tv, and spending time with her family.