Norma Lilia Ruiz Cruz was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and is currently living in Oklahoma where she is a senior in Dramaturgy at the University of Oklahoma. In her plays she enjoys exploring her Mexican identity and comparing it to the culture of the United States. Her latest play A Night in the Library was just published in a zoom edition of the Student Playwriting Festival at the University of Oklahoma. She plans to work as a freelance playwright and dramaturg after her graduation.
Phanésia Pharel is a Haitian-American playwright who addresses the divine metaphysical dilemma of Black and Latinx girlhood. Her plays span revolutions, islands, and Afro-Futurism. Her play, Penelope, was selected as one of four in the nation to be workshopped at the International Thespian Festival and was subsequently published in Dramatics magazine and by Samuel French. Her play, Shovel Me Away, was produced at Micro Theater Miami and received the Best Of The Best 2016 award. Her monologue, My Kid, My Life, appears in the 2015 City Theatre anthology. She attends Barnard College of Columbia University where she recently won the Brandt Playwriting award and the Helen Prince Memorial Prize for excellence in dramatic composition. She is currently an Artist in Residence for New York Stage and Film and a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America.
Xavier (he/him/his) is a multidisciplinary theatre artist, born and raised in Turkey. As a playwright, his full-length plays include: merry merry merry merry, supper, retrofit(s) (2020 O’Neill Center NPC Semi-Finalist, 2019 Mitten Lab Finalist, The Lark 2019 Playwrights’ Week Finalist) and backstroke boys (New Harmony Project 2020 Spring Conference Finalist, 2019 Theatre Viscera Queer Playwriting Contest Finalist). He has worked at many theaters across the country in various capacities including: Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Ojai Playwrights Conference, The Civilians and more. He earned his B.F.A. from NYU Tisch and his M.F.A. from UC San Diego, where he was mentored in playwriting by Allan Havis and Deborah Stein.