TANYA BARFIELD’s plays include: Of Equal Measure (Center Theatre Group), Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Seattle Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, and Harare International Festival of the Arts, Zimbabwe), Dent, The Quick, The Houdini Act, and 121 Degrees West. Short plays include Foul Play (Royal Court Theatre, Cultural Center Bank of Brazil), The Wolves and Wanting North (Guthrie Theatre Lab, published in Best 10-Minute Plays of 2003). She wrote the book for the Theatreworks/USA children’s musical, Civil War: The First Black Regiment, which has toured public schools around the country. She was a recipient of the 2003 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights; 2005 Honorable Mention for the Kesselring Prize for Drama; a 2006 Lark Play Development/NYSCA grant; and, she has been twice been a Finalist for the Princess Grace Award. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, South Coast Repertory, Primary Stages, and Geva Theatre Center. Tanya was an invited guest to the “Legacy” Tribute Dinner to the Civil Rights Generation on Capitol Hill. She is a Resident Playwright at New Dramatists.
CHIORI MIYAGAWA is a Japanese-born American playwright. Her plays include America Dreaming, commissioned by Music-Theatre Group, directed by Michael Mayer at Vineyard Theatre (published in Global Foreigners Seagull Books); Nothing Forever and Yesterday’s Window (both at New York Theatre Workshop, directed by Karin Coonrod, Nothing Forever published in Positive/Negative Women, Yesterday’s Window published in TAKE TEN); Woman Killer (Crossing Jamaica Avenue in co-production with HERE, published in Plays and Playwrights 2002); Leaving Eden (The Meadows School of the Arts, SMU Commission, directed by Greg Learning); Jamaica Avenue (New York International Fringe Festival, published in Tokens? The NYC Asian American Experiences on Stage); FireDance (Voice&Vision); Broken Morning (Dallas Theater Center and Crossing Jamaica Avenue in co-production with HERE); and, Antigone’s Red (Virginia Tech, published in TAKE TEN II.) A collection of her plays, Thousand Years Waiting and Other Plays, is forthcoming from Seagull Books as part of the international play series, In Performance, for which Carol Martin is the general editor. Chiori has been awarded many grants and fellowships including the New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, McKnight Playwriting Fellowship, Van Lier Playwriting Fellowship, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Rockefeller Bellagio Residency, and Radcliffe Advanced Studies Fellowship at Harvard University.
SABRINA PECK (Co-Conceiver) conceives and directs original theater works infused with movement and music, often in collaboration with diverse communities. Productions include Common Green/Common Ground, with community gardeners in NYC; Odakle Ste with Bosnian Muslim refugees in Croatia; and, Commodities, with commodities pit traders on Wall Street. Peck has also helped to develop the work of playwrights, directing productions or staged readings at Dance Theater Workshop, New Dramatists, New Georges, The New World Theater, The Public Theater, and The Vineyard Theater. She has choreographed for Lincoln Center Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, The New York Shakespeare Festival, and others. Peck has taught at NYU Tisch School of the Arts and Duke University, and was the Peter Ivers Visiting Artist at Harvard University. She is a longtime Associate Artist with Cornerstone Theater Company. Her work is detailed in the books Local Acts: Community-Based Performance in the United States by Jan Cohen-Cruz and Staging America: Cornerstone and Community Based Theater by Sonja Kuftinec. Portfolio: http://www.sabrinapeck.com.