Playwrights

DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH

"DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH" (Songwriter, A WEIGHT, A WALL) is the stage name of pop-folk songwriter, Danielle Anderson. Currently based in Kansas City, MO, Danielle has been touring nationally since 2009, after cultivating an online following of "Fanwiches" from her videos on Youtube. Danielle has self-released seven albums, opened for Mumford and Sons, Jake Shimabukuro, Pomplamoose, and wrote the soundtrack to the Emmy nominated HBO documentary, "Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson." Her songs are lyrically driven, performed on ukulele and guitar, and find inspiration from her curiosity about death, science, religion, family dynamics, and her own emotions and experiences."

HUNTER BELL

HUNTER BELL (Playwright, MAY LOVE FILL THE MUSIC) is a Tony and Drama Desk-nominated and OBIE winning writer. Credits include: [title of show], Now. Here. This., Found, Julie Andrews' The Great American Mousical, and the upcoming Other World. Insta: @huntbell

TAYLOR BOES

TAYLOR BOES (Playwright, THE FOX AND THE BIRD SAY GOODNIGHT) works at the Flint Repertory Theatre as an office administrator. She has a BFA in Theatre Performance from UM-Flint, and by August she'll have an MA in Arts Administration from her alma mater. Taylor is an actor, stage manager, writer, and director who works primarily in the Flint area. She'd like to shout out to her wonderful fiancé Connor for always supporting her.

KYLE CLARK

KYLE CLARK (Playwright, GOOD DIRT) a Flint native, holds an MFA from the University of Houston and a BA from the University of Michigan-Flint. As a professional Actor, Instructor, Fight and Intimacy Choreographer and Movement Coach he has performed across the country with several theatres and festivals. As a playwright his work has been read, produced and staged several times throughout the Midwest. He's grateful to, once again, show some love to his hometown.

LAUREN GUNDERSON

LAUREN GUNDERSON has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award, and a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She lives in San Francisco. LaurenGunderson.com

KENN HOPKINS JR.

KENN HOPKINS JR. (Playwright, ART IN ARC: BABY & BABY) he/him (Artist, Activist, Educator) is a proud native and creation of Flint, Michigan. He is a former educator and current practitioner of creative writing and theatre in performance. After completing his degrees and a variety of productions at University of Michigan (Flint, Michigan; Bachelor of Fine Arts) and University of Houston (Houston, Texas; Master of Fine Arts) along with various tours and films across the country, he has become an evolved believer that "Learning is a skill to learn and exercise for a lifetime.” “Individually, we all are lessons to be learned in a book we write as we live word by word... I tend to collaborate first within the status of a student and from there reproduce lessons learned through story as a griot."

GREG KOTIS

GREG KOTIS (Playwright, NO MIRTH ON EARTH) is the author of many plays and musicals including Urinetown (Book/Lyrics), I Am Nobody, Give the People What They Want, Michael von Siebenburg Melts Through the Floorboards, Yeast Nation (Book/Lyrics), The Truth About Santa, Pig Farm, Eat the Taste, and Jobey and Katherine. Future projects include Z.M., an original musical about teenaged fast-food workers trying to survive a zombie plague. Greg is a member of the Neo-Futurists, the Cardiff Giant Theater Company, ASCAP, and the Dramatists Guild. He grew up in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, and now lives in New York City.

CRAIG LUCAS

CRAIG LUCAS (Playwright, WHAT DO YOU SEE) stage works include Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss, The Dying Gaul, Small Tragedy, Prayer For My Enemy, The Singing Forest, Ode To Joy, I Was Most Alive With You, The Light in the Piazza, Two Boys, Orpheus in Love, 3 Postcards, An American in Paris, Amélie. His movies include Longtime Companion, The Secret Lives of Dentists, The Dying Gaul. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Director's Guild, WGA, S.D.C., and the Democratic Socialists of America.

DOUGLAS LYONS

DOUGLAS LYONS (Playwright, SUNFLOWER is an actor, writer, director, composer, and playwright. Writing - T.V.: Fraggle Rock (Apple T.V.). Theater: Polkadots (Off-Broadway Alliance Winner Best Family Show, Atlantic Theater Company), Chicken and Biscuits (Queens Theatre), Sunshine (Long Wharf Theatre), Pete(Her)Pan (Pace New Musicals), Five Points(world premiere Theater Latte Da), now directed by Hamilton's Andy Blankenbuehler, Fatigue with Jodi Piccoult, We The People (TheatreworksUSA) and The Hamlet Remix. Acting - Broadway: Beautiful (Original Cast) and The Book of Mormon. Tours: Rent, Dreamgirls, and The Book of Mormon 1st National. Douglas is also the founder of The Next Wave Initiative, a scholarship program dedicated to supporting the future of Black Theater artists. @chocolatehipster

LEAH MADDRIE

LEAH MADDRIE (Playwright, THE QUESTIONS, Flint native, was a member of Flint Youth Theatre's Ten 'O Clock Players, and she is thrilled to be commissioned by "The Rep" for the Flint Mural Project. Leah's play LOVE-ADJACENT was read in NYC's Red Bull Theater Short New Play Festival (on Zoom) in July 2020. Other plays include DARK ENERGY STUNS UNIVERSE (Sloan Foundation Award/Ensemble Studio Theatre); MIDDLEMUDDLE (Shadow Festival, La MaMa E.T.C.); and CHASING HEAVEN (Metropolitan Playhouse and New York International Fringe Festival). Leah has performed on many stages coast-to-coast from The Public's Shakespeare in the Park in NYC to Center Theatre Group in LA.

OLIVIA MAXWELL-COOK

OLIVIA MAXWELL-COOK (Playwright, RESTING GARDEN is a freshman at University of Michigan Flint. She is currently majoring in theatre and wants to minor in writing. She loves to sing in her free time whilst also writing copious amounts of poetry and short-stories. She is very excited and glad that she has the opportunity to work on this project. Playwriting is very fun for her and she likes to do that when given the opportunity.

ALEX MOGGRIDGE

ALEX MOGGRIDGE (Playwright, THE WHITE DOOR) is delighted to be working again with Flint Rep. His play The Boatman premiered there in 2018. It was his second collaboration with Michael Lluberes, who directed his play Simon Dawes Becomes a Planet at NYC's Access Theatre in 2016. Also in New York, Alex's play The Squirrel was seen Off-Broadway in the Summer Play Festival, and his play Manatee featured in New York International Fringe Festival. His work has been workshopped at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Boise Contemporary Theatre, and Encore Theatre in San Francisco. Also an actor, Alex has appeared on and off-Broadway, and on TV and film.

ANDREA ORPINEL

ANDREA ORPINEL (Playwright, ELOTES Y ESQUITES) graduated from the University of Michigan Flint with a B.A. in Theatre Performances and a minor in communications. Andrea started her theatre journey as an actress starring in the role of Phoebe in As You Like It directed by Janet Haley at the University of Michigan-Flint. As her career progressed, she found a true passion for directing plays, working on projects that include directing the musical 21 Chump Street written by Lin Manuel Miranda, at the UM-Flint short play fest 2019; Assistant Director for Antigone directed by Janet Haley at the University of Michigan Flint, and Assistant Director for Songs About Stuff directed by Michael Lluberes at The Rep, as well as many other projects.

ELIANA PIPES

ELIANA PIPES (Playwright, A DOVE) is a playwright, actor, and filmmaker. She's the recipient of the Academy Gold Fellowship for Women, the Leah Ryan Fund Prize for Emerging Women Writers, the inaugural WAVE Grant through Wavelength productions, and a member of the 20/21 Dramatist's Guild Foundation Fellowship. Her work has been developed or presented at the Playwright's Realm Scratchpad Series, NNPN MFA Workshop at the Kennedy Center, Ars Nova A.N.T. Fest, and more. She holds a B.A. in English from Columbia University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Boston University. More at www.elianapipes.com.

HARRISON DAVID RIVERS

HARRISON DAVID RIVERS (Playwright, SO THIS IS RANDOM...) is a St. Paul-based playwright. His plays include THE BANDAGED PLACE (Relentless Award), WHEN LAST WE FLEW (GLAAD Award), WHERE STORMS ARE BORN (Berkshire Theatre Award nom), THIS BITTER EARTH (Jeff nom, MN Theatre Award) and the musicals FIVE POINTS (MN Theatre Award) and BROADBEND, ARKANSAS (Antonyo and AUDELO noms). He is the recipient of McKnight, Jerome and Van Lier Fellowships, and residencies with Duke University, NYTW, New York Stage & Film and the Williamstown Theater Festival. Harrison is a member of the Board of Directors of the Playwright Center and The Movement Theatre Company. www.harrisondavidrivers.com

EMILIO RODRIGUEZ

EMILIO RODRIGUEZ (Playwright, LEAVING FALICIDAD) began his theatre career at the age of 2, performing adaptations of The Wizard of Oz in his living room using a broom, a funnel, and a pair of his mama's heels. Since then, his plays have been produced in Houston, Dallas, Austin, Portland, Ann Arbor, Miami, Minneapolis, San Antonio, and Puerto Vallarta. In 2018, he received the Kresge Artists in Detroit award for playwriting and the Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo LGBT Playwrights award. Emilio is most proud of the time a cashier at Panera gave him a free meal because he liked one of his plays.

SELDA SAHIN and DEREK GREGOR

SELDA SAHIN and DEREK GREGOR (Songwriters, WHILE THE COFFEE'S STILL HOT) are a NYC-based writing team for the stage and screen. They wrote the original songs for the feature film American Reject (Keala Settle (Greatest Showman), Angelica Hale (America's Got Talent), Rebecca Black, Annaleigh Ashford, Juvenile, and Billy Ray Cyrus). Their musical Modern about a group of Amish teens on Rumspringa, received development at Village Theatre in Seattle, ASCAP Grow A Show in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Stephen Schwartz Workshop in N.Y.C. and is scheduled for more development in 2021. Their film Grind starring Anthony Rapp (Rent, Star Trek) and Claire Coffee (N.B.C.'s Grimm) is streaming on Amazon. They've collaborated with premier artists including Michael Cerveris (2-time Tony Award Winner), Rachel Dratch (S.N.L.), Gabe Violett (The Voice), Michael Thomas Grant (Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist), Lea Salonga, Jeremy Jordan, and Laura Bell Bundy. Selda and Derek have taught at universities worldwide, including N.Y.U., Yale, University of Michigan, Princeton, UC Irvine, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, among others. Derek is a recipient of a Richard Rogers award, a John Wallowitch award, and a M.A.C. award. His musical Unlock’d (New York Times- “gorgeous, transcendent”) received an extended Off-Broadway run at the Duke Theatre. Selda was selected for the ASCAP Songwriters Collective. http://www.seldaandderek.com

NANDITA SHENOY

NANDITA SHENOY (Playwright, SOUL SISTERS) is an actor-writer living in New York City. Her play Washer/Dryer has been produced multiple times across the country, including an Off-Broadway run in which she also starred. Her play Baby Camp is currently in development, and her Rage Play (Kilroys List 2020) was in production with Flux Theatre Ensemble in New York City when the coronavirus hit. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab, and the Dorset Theater Festival's Women Artists Working Group. BA, Yale University

ENRIQUE VARGAS

ENRIQUE VARGAS (Playwright, ELOTES Y ESQUITES (He/Him) is a proud native of Flint, Michigan, where he is currently pursuing a B.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in performance at The University of Michigan- Flint. He is set to appear in UM-Flint's upcoming virtual production of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night as Malvolio. Enrique is currently a teaching artist for Flint Rep's Education program. Additionally, he had the privilege of completing a teaching internship with the Seattle Children's Theatre. He has served as a teaching assistant for Culturas Del Sol, a Flint-based Mexican folkloric dance ensemble. He has recently appeared in UM-Flint's productions of Antigone, The Liar, and As You Like It. Enrique has also been seen onstage in numerous Flint Youth Theatre productions.

EBONY VINES

EBONY VINES (Playwright, MAY LOVE FILL THE MUSIC) is a theatrical and film producer. She writes for the stage and as a blogger. She can be heard on her weekly podcast Theatre Geeks Anonymous, a proud member of the Broadway Podcast Network, and can be found on your favorite podcast app. Ebony is a founding member of the Think Tank for Theatrical Innovation, which addresses inequities in theater across the country. For more details on her background, work and updates, you can check out her website at http://www.ebonyvines.com

DAVID GUSTER

DAVID GUSTER (Playwright, BACK TO REALITY) is excited to be working with Flint Rep again for the Flint Mural Project. He made his debut last season in One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as Aide Williams. He is currently a Junior at The University of Michigan-Flint, pursuing a BFA in Theatre Performance. He's happy to represent his hometown in the most positive ways. When he isn't focused on theatre, he is educating himself to be a better activist/advocate, raising his puppy (Blaze), and spending time with friends and family. He is thankful for his supportive parents, siblings, faculty, and Blaze!

DESTINY DUNN

DESTINY DUNN (Playwright, OF FATE AND WILL) (she/her) is a writer, actress, and Flint native. She is so excited to come out of her pandemic coma in order to work with some of her favorite artists and one of her favorite theaters - The Flint Rep!

HARVEY

HARVEY (Playwright, AN AFTERNOON WITH KHLOE AND BEEBAis a performing artist and creative from Flint, MI. They grew up on the north side and attended The University of Michigan-Flint where Harvey earned their BA in Theatre and French. Harvey loves to bring theatre to those who normally wouldn't see a show. In 2019 they directed an immersive production of Passing Strange at Flint Local 432 which sold out every night. Harvey hopes to continue to bring theatre to new audiences past the COVID-19 pandemic.

JENNI LAMB

JENNI LAMB (Playwright, EDEN UNDONE) is a playwright and former improviser. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and a former member of the Goodman Playwrights Unit. She has written several plays that have found their way to stages across the country, including Flint Rep. During quarantine, she was a resident playwright at Northeastern Illinois University. She wrote a zoom play titled Breaking Point for the eTopia (a festival of science plays) at Northwestern University. She is originally from the Detroit area but currently based in Chicago, where she lives with her family.

JOSH WILDER

JOSH WILDER (Playwright, MISSING MS. HOWARD) is a playwright and producer from Philadelphia. His work has been developed; commissioned; and produced at various regional theaters and festivals across the country. Josh is a former Jerome Fellow and the first national recipient of the Jerome Many Voices Fellowship at The Playwrights' Center. He has been in residence at The Royal Court Theatre ; Sundance at UCross; and served as Co-Artistic Director at The Yale Cabaret for its 50th season and Co- Founder/Producer of the New Griots Black Arts Festival in The Twin Cities with Jamil Jude. Currently, he's stationed in Los Angeles leading the next generation of emerging writers at The Playwrights Workshop. MFA: Yale School of Drama. BFA: Carnegie Mellon.

MANDO ALVARADO

MANDO ALVARADO (Playwright, REMEMBERING FRIDA) is an award-winning playwright/screenwriter from Pharr, Texas. His play Parachute Men had its world premiere at the Victory Gardens Theater with Teatro Vista. His play Basilica premiered Off-Broadway at the famous Cherry Lane Theater in NYC. His play Post No Bills received its Off-Broadway premiere at Rattlestick Playwright's Theater. He's written on shows for FX, OWN, NETFLIX, DISNEY+, and HULU.

REBECCA GILMAN

REBECCA GILMAN (Playwright, THE CASE FOR ME) is a playwright and an artistic associate at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Her plays include Luna Gale; Twilight Bowl; Dollhouse; Boy Gets Girl; Spinning Into Butter; Blue Surge; The Glory of Living; and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Gilman is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award, The Harper Lee Award, The Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, The Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright, and The George Devine Award. She was named a finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for The Glory of Living. She is an inductee in the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame.