Keyanna Khatiblou is a LA-based playwright. She likes dark comedies with good roles for women and frequently writes about queer female friendships, mental health, and the Iranian diaspora. She’s been published by Samuel French, produced Off-Broadway as part of Theatre Masters National MFA Playwrights Festival, and was recently a finalist for the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. Her plays have been developed with Chicago companies including Theater on the Lake, the New Colony, About Face Youth Theater, Broken Nose, Prop Thtr, the Jackalope Playwright’s Lab, and the Chicago Women’s Theater Alliance. She has been commissioned and produced by the Evanston Children’s Theater three times to write female-focused adaptations of myths and fairytales and she’s currently an Affiliated Writer with the Playwrights’ Center. MFA: Northwestern University, 2020.
Caity-Shea Violette (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based playwright and screenwriter. She is a winner of the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award, The Clauder Competition Gold Prize, Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award, Susan Glaspell Playwriting Festival National Award, and National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award. Her plays include Rx Machina, Reap The Grove, Slow Jam, Credible, Gaslight Supernova, Target Behavior, and others. Her work has been developed or presented at Portland Stage, Roundabout Theatre Company, The New Harmony Project, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, and more. She has been a finalist for the Judith Royer Playwriting Excellence Award and Risk Theatre’s Modern Tragedy Competition, as well as a semifinalist for The Lark’s Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship, Blue Ink Playwriting Award, SPACE at Ryder Farm Creative Residency, and the Future of Playwriting Prize. Caity-Shea has an MFA in Playwriting from Boston University and a BFA in Acting from University of Minnesota, Duluth. More at www.caitysheaviolette.com
Starr Shapiro is a playwright originally from New Jersey, and currently residing in Los Angeles. She recently graduated from Columbia University, where she received a BA in Theatre (Playwriting Focus) and Psychology. She completed a thesis in playwriting, for which she wrote the play, Obsessed. Starr is interested in character-driven work and telling honest stories about mental health on stage. She currently works as a Television Literary Assistant at Verve Talent and Literary Agency, and is so grateful to be a member of Echo Los Angeles Young Playwrights.