Aleshea Harris’s play Is God Is (Soho Rep) won the 2016 Relentless Award, an OBIE Award for playwriting in 2017, was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and made The Kilroys’ List of “the most recommended and underproduced plays by trans and female authors of color” for 2017. What to Send Up When It Goes Down, a play-pageant-ritual response to anti-blackness, had its critically-acclaimed NYC premiere in 2018, was featured in the April 2019 issue of American Theatre Magazine and was nominated for a Drama Desk award.
Agnes (Alex) Borinsky is a writer and performer, originally from Baltimore, currently living in Los Angeles. Recent projects include Ding Dong It's the Ocean with Rady&Bloom, Weird Classrooms with University Settlement, and Of Government with Clubbed Thumb. Currently planning a translation festival with Masrah Ensemble, a community theater lab with Rustchuk Farm, and finishing a young adult novel, out from Farrar, Straus & Giroux's Books for Young Readers in 2020. She is an alum of Yale (humanities), Youngblood (theater), Brooklyn College (writing), and the Los Angeles Permaculture Academy (permaculture design).
Daaimah Mubashshir is based in NYC. Awards include a 2019 Core Writer Fellowship at The Playwrights Center (MN), a 2018 Audrey Residency (New Georges), a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Catwalk Institute Residency, and a Foundation of Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant. Other published works include The Zero Loop (No Tokens Journal), Come with Me - Solve for X in The Occasional 2, edited by Will Arbery (53rd State Press), and Molasses and A Blue Coat (Kenyon Review).
Emmy Bright works in drawing, writing, print and performance. She investigates the problem of empathy and the problem of boundaries in projects combining comedy, psychology, art history and philosophy. She holds a BA in Art History from University of Chicago, an M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art where she co-chairs their Print Media Department. She currently lives in Detroit where her work is represented by David Klein Gallery. She very much believes in both academic and magical thinking.
Mariana Valencia is a Brooklyn based dance artist. She has held residencies nationally and internationally and her work has been presented In New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Portland, OR and the Balkans. Valencia is a Bessie Award recipient for Outstanding Breakthrough Choreographer (2018), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award to Artists grant recipient (2018), a Jerome Travel and Study Grant fellow (2014-15), a Yellow House Fund of the Tides Foundation grant recipient (2010-13) and a Movement Research GPS/Global Practice Sharing artist (2016/17).
Will Arbery is a playwright from Texas + Wyoming + seven sisters. Plays include: Plano (Clubbed Thumb 2018-2019), Heroes of the Fourth Turning (Playwrights Horizons 2019), and Evanston Salt Costs Climbing (New Neighborhood 2018). His plays and processes have received development and support from Clubbed Thumb, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, New Dramatists (resident), Colt Coeur (resident), Page 73 (Interstate 73), The Vineyard, SPACE on Ryder Farm (Working Farm), Ojai Playwrights Conference, Cape Cod Theater Project, The New Group, EST (Youngblood), The Bushwick Starr, Alliance/Kendeda, Wildacres, 100W Corsicana, and Tofte Lake Center. He's the Tow Playwright-in-Residence at Playwrights Horizons. Other publications: Occasional No. 2 (53rd State Press). Dance work: Pioneer Works, MCA Chicago, Watermill Center. MFA: Northwestern. BA: Kenyon College.