We are thrilled to share the Edge Fest winning playwrights!


Dan Borengasser - The Third Person 

Dan has written numerous plays that have been produced and/or have received staged readings. Three of his plays – A.R@UNI.GOV, The Kindness of Strangers, and Sense & Insensibility – have been published. Many plays have been produced internationally, including in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, India, and the Philippines. Three short screenplays of Borengasser have been produced as well as a feature length film he helped write titled The Donor Conspiracy. Three radio plays have been produced and broadcast on KUSF Radio in San Francisco, Broadcast Services for the Blind, the Shoestring Radio Theatre website and the Public Radio Satellite System. www.danborengasser.com.

Jeffrey Fischer-Smith - A Dog Dreams

Jeffrey's plays have been produced in New York at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Secret Theatre, Nuyorican Poets Café, Theatre West 97, and The Beckett Theatre. Regionally, his work has been produced at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Hangar Theatre, The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Pegasus Theatre Company, Doris Harper White Playhouse, Bindlestiff Studio, Smoked Apple Theatre Group, and Cornell University. Fischer-Smith’s work has been produced internationally in Canada (Toronto), Australia (Hobart, Melbourne and Sydney), The Philippines (Manila,) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur). www.jfischersmith.com
Anne Flanagan - Ava Maria

Anne's work has been produced and/or developed at the Bloomington Playwrights Project, The Blank Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theater LA, Georgetown Theater Co, Hudson Guild, 2Cents Theatre Co., Rogue Machine Theatre, Jennerstown Playhouse, MCT Theater, Dayton Playhouse, Theater Suburbia, Hobo Junction, Theatre InspiraTO, Antaeus Theatre, Ohio Wesleyan University, Waiuku Theater of New Zealand, Grey Wellington Theatre Guild and Crack the Glass among other venues. She is the recipient of the BPP/Reva Shiner Comedy Award, the Julie Harris/Janet and Maxwell Salter Playwrights Award, the McLaren Memorial Comedy Award, the Mountain Playhouse Comedy Award and the Playwright's Theater "Plays for the 21st Century" Award among other prizes/honors. In 2016, Anne was a Top 12 finalist for Project Greenlight's "The New Normal" competition and she was a semi-finalist for the 2015 ARHO Shakespeare's Sister Fellowship. Publications include Artifice (Dramatic), Best Women's Stage Monologues (Smith & Kraus), Best Contemporary Monologues (Applause), and Monologues From The Heart; Vol. II (JAC.) Residencies include the Kennedy Center Playwright's Intensive (Gary Garrison; Director), South Hampton Writer's Conference (Stephen Adly Guirgis; Moderator) and the Kenyon College Playwrights Conference (Wendy MacLeod; Artistic Director.) She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Theater Communications Group, The Playwright's Center, LAFPI, ICWP, SAG and AAA.
Olga Humprey - Chisholm Trail

Olga’s plays have been produced and/or developed by New Georges and Lynx Ensemble Theater in New York, Alfred University, Boston Theater Works, New Directions Theater in New York, and Sacramento’s B-Street Theater. Her one-acts “Svetlana’s New Flame” and “Hyperactive” won the Perishable Theater’s Women’s Playwriting Festival two consecutive years in a row, and were published in a collection of her one-acts called “Fire Works” by Dramatic Publishing Company. Humphrey’s has also written for children’s television.
W.L. Newkirk - The Nude 

W.L.’s recent award‐winning stage plays include East Lansing (Winner, Best Play, 2014 Tampa Bay Theatre Festival), 5 to 4 (Winner, Best Play, 2015 4 X 6 Fest), and In Me (Winner, 2015 Vigoda Award, Best Dramedy). He has degrees from the Ohio State University (Medicine) and Harvard University (Government), where he was a John Harvard Scholar and Lecturer. He has received awards for his contributions to the arts and sciences, including recognition from the Daniel Hanley Trust for “Courage, Leadership and Innovation.” He is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Tony Pasqualini - Already Forgotten

Tony is a playwright, actor and director. His plays have been recognized by Ensemble Studio Theatre (Los Angeles), Ashland New Play Festival (NC), Pacific Resident Theatre (Los Angeles), Book-it Repertory (Seattle), and The Rogue Machine Theatre (Los Angeles). His short play, In The Dark, was a winner of the Fusion Theatre’s ten minute play contest (Albuquerque, NM), and the grand prize winner in the 2015 Lowell Arts ten minute play contest in Michigan. Tony is currently a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Playwrights’ Unit.
Bara Swain - Little Black Dress

Bara Swain’s plays and monologues have been performed across the country in more than 100 venues in 18 states. NYC theatres include the Abingdon Theatre, Urban Stages, Barrow Group, Sam French OOB Festival, Artistic New Directions, Project Y Theatre, Kaufmann Theatre, Gallery Players, Turnip Theatre, and Ego Actus. Her plays are published by Smith & Kraus, Art Age Press, Applause Books, Original Works Publishing, Meriwether, and JAC Publications. Critical Care, produced on stage and in film, is reprinted in the new college textbook, Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres by Lisa Roney (Oxford U. Press) and serves as a key reading for the craft of playwriting. Honors include Heideman Award Finalist, Aboard the Guy V. Molinari; 2013 City Theatre National Award Finalist for Short Playwriting for The Hotel Lobbyist; and, by special invitation from Burt Reynolds, An Evening With Bara Swain, BRIFT, Jupiter, Florida, directed by Burt Reynolds



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