Ada A. is an early-career playwright and director who graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.A in anthropology. She was previously the assistant director for Sideshow’s The Ridiculous Darkness and Haven’s Titus Andronicus. As a playwright, her ten-minute play “United Separatism” had a professional reading at the 2020 Fade to Black Festival. Her one-act play The Reverend Dr. Paul(i) Murray had its world premiere at Valiant Theatre through its New Works Festival earlier this year.
Aris Hines (He/Him) is an Explorer, Artist, and Activist. He has been an Actor, Stage Manager, Playwright, and Director in Maryland since 2011. As an African and Native American identifying facilitator and teaching artist, Aris continues to build on his ten-year background in theatre and youth development. He has an AA in Theatre Arts from the Community College of Baltimore County and a BS in Theatre Studies, Film & Media, and Women’s Studies from Towson University. A recently returned Peace Corps Volunteer and a certified TEFL/TESL instructor, Mr. Hines has taught and tutored English as a Second Language to students in the Philippines. His work has also allowed him to train participants on topics such as global citizenship, project management, college readiness, and sexual health. Aris’ credits include Mash, Once Upon a Mattress, an American Theatre Festival, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Little Shop of Horrors, a Shakespeare Theatre Festival, A Christmas Carol, Aida, All in The Timing, A Raisin In the Sun, Intersections, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, House of Macabre, Upstate, Rashomon, Frank Talk, Net Worth, Hamlet: Lost/Found, Exit Pluto, Sally McCoy, Cabaret, Constellations, and a Music Video for City Line Kids. Aris is currently pursuing a master’s degree in International Education and Filipino Cultural Studies at George Washington University.”
lily gonzales (they/them) is a writer born and raised in San Antonio, Texas who graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor’s in Theater & Dance / English. Their work has been developed or read at The John F. Kennedy Center, Teatro Vivo, Repertorio Español, Stages, AlterTheater Ensemble, and The Workshop Theater. lily has been a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Miranda Family ‘Voces Latinx’ Competition, and runner-up for 3 Kennedy Center playwriting awards.
Michael Mobley writes about the intimate and private lives of Black Americans throughout America’s past, present, and future. Writing about the inner lives of Black Americans allows him to shatter stereotypes and reveal a part of America that has been historically ignored and cast aside. Two of his one-acts were Regional Finalists for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play. His full-length play, Modern-Day Saints, or the Sanctified Ones was workshopped at Frostburg State University. He was a Finalist for the Greenhouse Residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm and the Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights’ Center. His work has been supported by Atlantic Center for the Arts. Michael has also been the Assistant Director on two plays at the Kennedy Center, Theater for Young Audiences: She A Gem and “KIMMY”. He is excited to be a part of the National Young Playwrights in Residence Program at Echo Theater Company!
Zachariah Ezer is an M.F.A. Playwriting Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin whose work animates theoretical quandaries through dramaturgical forms. He is a James A. Michener Fellow, a Town Stages Creative Arts Fellow, a BUFU EYEDREAM Resident, a Wesleyan University Olin Fellow, and a member of The Tank’s LIT Council. He is also a dramaturg (for The National Black Theatre and The Workshop Theater, where he is currently in residence), an essayist (published by the University of Texas’ E3W, Gizmodo/io9, HuffPost, and elsewhere), and a performer (in alternative rock band Harper’s Landing).