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Regular returning faculty

John Bergman, Director, Drama Therapist (2013)

John is the founder and Director of Stonewall Arts Project, Inc. and Geese Theatre Company USA, as well as a founder/teacher of Geese Company UK, and Transcena (Romania). He is an internationally renowned theatre director and trainer with 25 years experience in creating theatre in and with the criminal justice system, supporting staff in humane interactions with prisoners, setting up and delivering therapeutic and theatre based programming, creating original criminal justice staffed educational theatre productions and consulting to the criminal justice systems on treatment delivery, staff training and ethical behaviour. Bergman and his companies have created over thirty theatre performances within and touring to prisons around the world. He has worked in 45 states in the USA, as well as internationally inBrazil, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Romania, Bulgaria and Croatia. Currently Bergman splits his work between staff development, drama therapy based ethics training for commissioners and administrators, training officers to work therapeutically with violent offenders, creating original theatre works with offenders and community members and working as a drama therapist with violent and sexual offenders. John is currently on the Expressive Therapy Faculty at Lelsey University in Cambridge, MA.

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John Bergman
Jeff Goode, Playwright (2008, 2010)

Jeff is a director, producer, screenwriter and author of over 50 plays and musicals including The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, the award-winning Love Loves a Pornographer, the cult hit Poona the F***dog and other plays for children. His work has been produced in all 50 states and around the world. Currently living in Los Angeles, Jeff is the creator of Disney’s animated series American Dragon: Jake Long. Jeff is a co-founder of No Shame Theatre, and founding artistic director of No Shame Los Angeles.

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Jeff Goode
Ruth Margraff, Playwright

Ruth Margraff has taught graduate playwriting at the Yale School of Drama, Brown University, UT Austin’s Michener Center for Writers, Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, and undergraduate playwriting at the University of Rochester and Fordham/Lincoln Center, among other places, and in Greece, India, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Serbia, and Slovenia. She is an alumna of New Dramatists, is a National McKnight commissioned playwright at the Playwrights’ Center, and has received many awards in playwriting from the Fulbright, Rockefeller, NEA, TCG, TMUNY, Jerome, and NYSCA foundations. Ruth’s plays are produced nationally and internationally and have been widely published. She has taught at the Yale School of Drama, Brown University, University of Texas/Michener Center, Fordham, University of Iowa, etc. and is currently Associate Professor of writing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ruth Margraff
Bonnie Metzgar, Playwright, Director, Producer

Bonnie envisioned a radical new grassroots model for theatrical production with Suzan Lori-Parks' epic 365 Days/365 Plays. With the creation of the 365 International Festival, Metzgar launched an event that marked the largest collaborative effort in American theatrical history with over 600 participating theaters sharing in the world premiere. Metzgar was also a member of an American delegation to the 2007 World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya and promotes the participation of artists in the social forum movement. Metzgar served for eight years as Associate Producer at the Public Theater under George C. Wolfe and was the Founding Producer of Joes Pub. From 2004-2007, Metzgar was the Associate Artistic Director of the Curious Theatre Company in Denver where she was named 2006 Colorado Theater person of the year by the Denver Post. She was also the recipient of the 2006 Paul Green Foundation Award. Metzgar teaches in the Brown University Graduate Playwriting Program and is Artistic Director of the New Play Festival at the Brown/Trinity Rep Consortium. Previously, Metzgar produced performance works at the award-winning BACA Downtown in Brooklyn where she was Artistic Director. She is currently Artistic Director of About Face Theatre in Chicago.

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Bonnie Metzgar
Carl Hancock Rux, Playwright/Poet/Novelist/Musician/Performer

Formerly Head of Writing for Performance Program at the California Institute of the Arts, Carl Hancock Rux is a published poet, essayist, novelist, playwright and currently Visiting Lecturer in Playwriting at Brown University. His plays and performance works for theater have been produced and or commissioned throughout the United States and internationally at venues including The Joseph Papp Public Theater, the Robert E. Fischer Center for the Performing Arts, PS 122, the Kitchen, HERE Arts Center, New Victory Theater, Lincoln center (Serious Fun & Outdoors Festival), Aaron Davis Hall, the BAM Harvey Theater (Next Wave Festival), REDCAT (Los Angeles), Mass MOCA (Mass.), the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas (Seattle, Washington), Theater X (Milwaukee, Wisconsin), University of Ghana at Legon (West Africa), Ebenezor Experimental Theater Festival (Sweden) Maison des Arts (Creteil, France), and the Victoria Theater (Singapore) among others. Plays include Geneva Cottrell, Waiting for the Dog to Die, Mycenaean, Chapter & Verse, The No Black Male Show, Smoke, Lilies & Jade, Singing In the Womb of Angels, Yanga, Song of Sad Young Men and the libretto for two operas: The Blackamoor Angel and Makanda. As a radio journalist he has been a guest commentator on WNYC and for XM radio's The Bob Edward's Show as well as co-wrote and hosted National Public Radio's Walt Whitman: Song of Myself, winner of the New York Press Club Journalism Award for Entertainment News. As a recording artist he has recorded three cd's: Rux Revue (Sony 550), Apothecary Rx (Giant Step) and Good Bread Alley (Thirsty Ear). Rux is the subject of Carl Hancock Rux, Coming of Age, (Larry Clamage/Richard Maniscalco for Voices of America) recipient of the CINE Golden Eagle award for television documentary. Carl Hancock Rux has written for (and performed with) several dance companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Urban Bush Women, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., Jane Comfort & Co., and created the title role in the Robert Wilson/Bernice Johnson Reagon opera The Temptation of Saint Anthony which had its world premiere at the Paris Opera (Garnier). Mr. Rux is the recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts Prize, and the Bessie Schomburg Award, the Village Voice Literary Prize, Fresh Poet Award, National Endowment for the Arts/Theater Communication Group Playwright in Residence fellowship, NEA Leadership Initiatives Meet the Composer Grant, the Kitchen Theater Artist Award, Rockefeller Map grant, Creative Capital Artist grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Gregory Millard fellowship, NYFA Prize, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Arts & Artists in Progress Award and was shortlisted for the United Artist Fellowship. He is the author of the Village Voice Literary prize winning collection of poetry Pagan Operetta (Fly By Night Press/Autonomedia), the novel Asphalt (Simon & Schuster) and the OBIE award winning play Talk (TCG).

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Carl Hancock Rux
Peter Ullian, Playwright, Librettist

Peter is a two-time recipient of a Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Musical Theater Foundation Commendation Award and also received a Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center/Fund for New American Plays for In the Shadow of the Terminal Tower, which served as the basis for the musical Eliot Ness in Cleveland (Denver Theatre Center; the Cleveland Playhouse), for which he wrote the libretto. Peter also wrote the libretto for 3hree: Flight of the Lawnchair Man, which premiered at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, directed by Harold Prince. This production of 3hree received a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, and Lawnchair Man was nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play. Lawnchair Man has since been produced around the United States and throughout the world. Peter also wrote the libretto for the musical drama Signs of Life: A Tale of Terezin. Peter’s play Hester Street Hideaway was also produced off-Broadway by En Garde Arts. He has received commissions from the Iowa Cultural Council, En Garde Arts, the Prince Music Theatre, the Denver Theatre Center and Snap Two Productions. His other plays include: The Triumphant Return of Blackbird Flynt (the Cleveland Public Theatre and Vertigo Theatre Factory), Big Bossman (Cleveland Public Theatre), The Big Conspiracy (HOME; Moveable Feast) and Stuck in Luxembourg (Theatre Winter Haven). Peter’s screenplays include Justice (Paramount); Denial (Zeal Pictures); and A Beginner’s Guide to Armed Robbery (Hollywood Pictures/Windancer Films). In addition to grants from the NEA, productions of Peter’s work have been supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Shubert Foundation. His fiction includes "Owen’s Blood" (Cemetery Dance and Hardboiled), "The Vietnamization of Centauri V" (DAW Books anthology Star Colonies), and "Ribbons and Tin," (Cemetery Dance). His story "To Repair the World" was published as an Amazon Short, receiving over two hundred Five–Star reviews. Peter is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writer's Guild of America, East.

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Peter Ullian
Past guests include:
Mike Allen Cafe Antarsia Ensemble Che'Rae Adams - Video »
Joe Banno Patrick Benton John Bergman
Mark Bly - Video » Art Borecca - Video » Scott Bradley - Video »
Andy Bragen Kate Bredeson Wesley Broulik - Video »
Lenora Inez Brown - Video » Mark Charney Erin Courtney
Kenneth Dingledine Branko Dmitijevic Jonathan Dorf - Video »
David H. Faux Dan Gallo Gary Garrison - Video »
Joe Gilford Megan Gogerty - Video » Neeley Gossett
Jason Aaron Goldberg - Video » Jeff Goode - Video » David Gothard - Video »
Jason Grote Adam Hahn Ed Hamell
W. David Hancock - Video » Larry Harbison Inger Hatlen
Julianne Homokay Sandra Hosking - Video » Mead Hunter - Video »
Toby Huss Stevie Jay Morgan Jenness
Christopher Jones Jane B. Jones Melanie Joseph
Gina Kaufmann - Video » Celise Kalke - Video » Sean Christopher Lewis Video »
Don LaPlant Todd London - Video » Sarah Lunnie - Video »
Greg Machlin Heidi Marie - Video » Paul Meshejian - Video »
Bonnie Metzgar - Video » Bob Moss Annaliese Moyer
Lee Moyer - Video » Kristin Newbom Brett Neveu - Video »
Tira Palmquist Robert Ross Parker - Video » Robert Patrick - Video »
Performers Exchange Project (PEP) Larry Pontius Craig Pospisil
Jonathan Price Scott Proudfit - Video » Randy Rollison - Video »
Fredrick Rubeck - Video » Recca Rugg Carl Hancock Rux
Ed Sala Tanya Saracho Lisa Schlesinger
Margo Lee Sherman Kenley S. Smith Cheryl Snodgrass - Video »
Jim Stark Jeffrey Sweet Adam Szymkowicz
Dominic Taylor Rusty Thelin Lucy Thurber - Video »
Peter Ullian - Video » Naomi Wallace Jimmy Ray Ward
Mac Wellman - Video » Adam Whisner Pat Wilhelms
Michael Kerry Williams - Video » Dwayne Yancey Ernie Zulia

Student testimonials:
Maura Campbell - Video » Tim Cochran - Video » Kevin Ferguson - Video »
Wendy Marie Foerster - Video » Neeley Gossett - Video » Avis Gray - Video »
Adam Hahn - Video » Elizabeth Heffron - Video » Clinton Johnston - Video »
Laura King - Video » Kris Knutsen - Video » Meredith Levy - Video »
Samantha Macher - Video » Robert Plowman - Video » Rebecca Quirk - Video »
Chad Runyon - Video » Breana Venable - Video » Jeri Weiss - Video »
Sean Wellengard - Video »    


M.F.A. Playwright Scott Ramsburg talks with guest artist Naomi Wallace

M.F.A. Playwright Scott Ramsburg talks with guest artist Naomi Wallace