Who is DIRTYFISH?
Tami Canaday’s plays have been performed in the U.S., Canada, and Japan. Her literary work has been featured in The Best Stage Scenes, The Best Women’s Stage Monologues, The Good Ear Review, Young Women’s Monologs from Contemporary Plays, and Singular Voices. Her plays have been performed across the country on stages including the Left Theatre, Changing Scene, Luminous Group Theatre, Source Theatre Company, and the Producer’s Club. She was dramaturge and contributing writer for Bingo Boyz: Columbine, which received the Denver Post’s Ovation Award for best new work. Count Down to Zero Theatre commissioned and produced her play, Uncle Rooster.
William Missouri Downs
William Missouri Downs has had 150 productions of his plays from The Kennedy Center to The San Diego Rep and won a dozen writing awards including two rolling premieres from the National New Play Network. He’s twice been a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill. Samuel French and Playscripts have published his plays. In addition he’s published four books including The Art Of Theatre, Wadsworth. In Hollywood he wrote for several NBC shows including Fresh Prince Of Bel Air and My Two Dads. Also a director, Bill is currently directing Aaron Posner’s Stupid F@#king Bird at The Salt Lake Acting Company.
Lisa Wagner Erickson
Lisa Wagner Erickson’s work has been featured by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Edge Theatre, And Toto too Theatre Company, DIRTYFISH Theater, Acoma Center, Playwrights of the Western Region Conference (Denver), Estrogenius Extended Festival (NYC), Stickball Productions, Marran Theater (Boston), and Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (Sacramento) among others. Lisa has been a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Regional 10-minute play winner, a semi-finalist for both the PlayPenn New Play Development conference and the Landing Theatre's New American Voices series, as well as a featured playwright at Denver Center for the Performing Arts Local Playwright Slam. She is the founder and artistic director of Theater 29, a venue for companies and collectives dedicated to developing and producing the work of Colorado playwrights and the founder of The Lulubird Project: Theatre, Slightly Absurd. www.lisawagnerericksonplaywright.com
Ellen K. Graham
Ellen K. Graham is a Denver native and a graduate of the University of Chicago. She has been a finalist for the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commission, the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Global Age Project. She has worked with many theatre companies in the Denver area, including Pandemic Collective, the Edge, Paragon, and the Denver Center Theatre Company. She is the founder of Feral Assembly, a co-founder of Shocking Beyond Belief! Films, and a frequent contributor to the live storytelling shows Stories Stories Bring Your Stories and the Narrators.
Leslie C. Lewis
Leslie C. Lewis is a writer and producer with a background as a musician, conflict resolution specialist, and non-profit executive. Her short and full-length plays have received performances, staged readings and workshops in the West, and she is a co-founder, co-producer and emcee of Rough Draught Playwrights, a live performance venue presenting Colorado playwrights' works-in-progress. She is the author of non-fiction essays and articles for the academic and popular press, receiving awards for subject matter on the environment and contemporary culture. Radio credits include a series of essays addressing contemporary social issues which she wrote and broadcast for Connecticut Public Radio. She lives in Longmont, Colorado with her husband, daughter, and assorted critters.
Nina Alice Miller
Nina Alice Miller is a playwright, occasional dramaturg and theatrical community-builder. She is co-founder and co-producer of Rough Draught Playwrights: A Theatrical Playground and a founding member of Dirtyfish Theater. Her plays include Nomads of Disaster (Millibo Art Theatre), Fisheaters (Vintage Theatre New Play Festival and a Creede Headwaters New Play finalist), The Living (Athena Project Festival), Nano Diving (Red Rocks Western Showcase), Bullies and Friends (commissioned for Mirror Image Arts), Delaware and American Herring (both And Toto Too).
Jeffrey Neuman is an award-winning playwright whose work has been performed at theaters and festivals across the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. His plays have been produced and/or developed by Emerging Artists Theatre Company, Denver Center Theater Company, Edinburgh Fringe, Edge Theater Company, FUSION Theatre Company and the Samuel French Off Off Broadway Festival, among many others. Jeffrey is a 2012 Heideman Award Finalist, cofounder of Colorado’s Rough Draught Playwrights, Director of Literary Development for Benchmark Theatre, an inaugural fellow in the Denver Center Theatre Company's Playwrights' Group, and Colorado's Regional Ambassador for the Dramatists Guild of America. Outside of theater, Jeffrey is the Literary Director for Pen & Podium, one of America's most esteemed and respected literary series. www.theaterbyjeff.com.