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 New York based writer, performer and lyricist whose works have been performed across the United Stated in Lincoln Nebraska, Miami Florida and Atlanta Georgia and New York City. A Haitian American woman whose works explore themes of black girlhood, generational trauma and healing within the black and Latin American diaspora. Published works include MY KID, MY LIFE (2015 City Theatre anthology), Penelope (Dramatics Magazine) (Samuel French Publishing). Awards: Micro Theater Miami, (2016 Best Of The Best) award. Blank Stage young playwrights festival 2017 (Honorable Mention). (2019 Brandt playwriting award). She attends Barnard College of Columbia University where she majors in Urban Studies.
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.