Founded in 2013, The Kilroys are named after the iconic graffiti tag “Kilroy Was Here” that was first left by WWII soldiers in unexpected places, a playfully subversive way of making their presence known.
We are Zakiyyah Alexander, Bekah Brunstetter, Sheila Callaghan, Carla Ching, Annah Feinberg, Sarah Gubbins, Laura Jacqmin, Joy Meads, Kelly Miller, Meg Miroshnik, Daria Polatin, Tanya Saracho, and Marisa Wegrzyn.
ZAKIYYAH ALEXANDER’s work has been seen and developed around the country, including: 10 Things To Do Before I Die (Second Stage), Sweet Maladies (Brava Theater Center, Rucker Theater) and, The Etymology of Bird (Summerstage). Her musical, GIRLShakes Loose, has been the recipient of a Map and Joyce Fund Award with Penumbra Theater and will be developed at the O’Neill Music Theater Conference. An alumni of: The MacDowell Arts Colony, New Dramatists, Center Theater Groups Writers Lab, Women’s Project Lab, Drama League Fellow, Youngblood EST. Yale School of Drama: MFA in playwriting. Television: 24 Legacy and Grey’s Anatomy. @model_minority
BEKAH BRUNSTETTER’s plays include Cake (Ojai Playwrights Conference, upcoming), Going to a Place Where you Already Are (SCR), The Oregon Trail (O’Neill Playwright’s Conference, DC Women’s Playwright’s festival), Be A Good Little Widow (Ars Nova, The Old Globe) and Oohrah! (The Atlantic; Steppenwolf Garage). She has written for Switched at Birth and Starz’ American Gods and is currently a co-producer on NBC’s This is Us. MFA, the New School for Drama. blog.bekahbrunstetter.com @funstetter
SHEILA CALLAGHAN is a NY and LA based playwright, founding member of the Obie winning playwright’s organization 13P, and New Dramatists alum. Plays include Scab, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), Dead City, That Pretty Pretty; Or, The Rape Play, Everything You Touch, Elevada, and Women Laughing Alone With Salad. She is published with Playscripts and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. Sheila is currently a writer/producer on the Showtime comedy Shameless. sheilacallaghan.com @sheilacalla
CARLA CHING is a native Angeleno who fell into theater in New York. Her plays include Nomad Motel (O’Neill Playwrights Conference), Fast Company (EST; South Coast Rep; Lyric Stage; Porkfilled Players), TBA (2g), The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi), and The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (forthcoming with Artists at Play and Mu Performing Arts), among others. Alumna of the Women’s Project Lab, Lark Playwrights Workshop, CTG Writers’ Workshop and the Ma-Yi Writers Lab. Former Artistic Director of Asian American theater company, 2g. Published by Samuel French. Proud member of New Dramatists. Carla has written on USA’s Graceland and AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead. carlaching.com[email protected]
ANNAH FEINBERG‘s plays, which include The Beautiful Beautiful Sea Next Door, Numismatics, and The Ivories, have been developed and produced by Ars Nova, Naked Angels, EBE Ensemble, The Blank and Clubbed Thumb. She has served in artistic and literary capacities for The Civilians, LCT3, MTC, Steppenwolf, Northlight, ICM, TimeLine and 13P. She wrote and directed short film “Gretch and Tim”, cartoons @memyselvesand, and has assisted on Netflix’s Arrested Development and Flaked, A+E’s Damien and HBO’s Veep. MFA Dramaturgy: Columbia University. annahfeinberg.com @annahfeinberg
SARAH GUBBINS hails from Chicago. Her plays include The Kid Thing (Jeff Award and Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award), fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life, Fair Use, The Drinking Problem, and Cocked. She’s has been a Carl J. Djerassi Fellow and Jerome Fellow. Currently she’s a Core Writer of the Playwrights’ Center. She holds a M.F.A. from Northwestern University in Writing for the Screen + Stage. She lives in Los Angeles. @Sarah_Gubbins
LAURA JACQMIN is a Chicago-based playwright, TV writer, and video game writer. Plays: Residence (40th Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville), A Third (Finborough Theatre), Look, We Are Breathing (Sundance Theatre Lab; Rivendell Theatre), January Joiner (Long Wharf Theatre), Ski Dubai (Steppenwolf Theatre), Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (Chicago Dramatists/At Play, remounted 16th Street Theater and Theater on the Lake; Williamstown Theatre Festival), and more. Awards: Wasserstein Prize, two NEA Art Works Grants, ATHE-Kennedy Center David Mark Cohen Playwriting Award, two MacDowell Fellowships. Television: Get Shorty (MGM/Epix); Grace and Frankie (Netflix); Lucky 7 (ABC). Video games: Minecraft: Story Mode (Telltale Games). BA Yale University, MFA Ohio University. laurajacqmin.com @LauraJacqmin
JOY MEADS is Literary Manager/Artistic Engagement Strategist at Center Theatre Group. Recent dramaturgy credits include Forever by Dael Orlandersmith, Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison (2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist), The Royale by Marco Ramirez, & Radiate by Daniel Alexander Jones. Previously, Joy was Literary Manager at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and Associate Artistic Director at California Shakespeare Theater. Joy has also developed plays with NYTW, Berkeley Rep, Denver Center, the O’Neill, Portland Center Stage, South Coast Rep, & Campo Santo, among others. @capnjoy
KELLY MILLER is a Manager at The Shuman Company in LA. Recently, she served as the Director of Development for New Neighborhood and as South Coast Repertory’s Literary Director and the Co-Director of the Pacific Playwrights Festival from 2009-2015. She dramaturged over 40 world premiere productions and readings at SCR and created the CrossRoads commissioning project. Miller has worked at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown, Long Wharf Theatre and consulted for the O’Neill, Berkeley Rep, the Kennedy Center, Public Theater, Native Voices at the Autry and many others. She serves on the board for the Women’s Project and develops new work with her company Creative Destruction. Upcoming: Lake Tofte Center, Kennedy Center, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. @kellymiller03
MEG MIROSHNIK is an LA-based, Minneapolis-bred playwright who writes heightened language. Plays include The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (Yale Rep; Alliance), The Tall Girls (Alliance; O’Neill; La Jolla Playhouse DNA Series), The Droll (Pacific Playwrights Festival; Undermain) and Lady Tattoo (Pacific Playwrights Festival). Awards: Whiting Award, Susan Smith Blackburn finalist, Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award. Publications: Samuel French. MFA: Yale School of Drama under Paula Vogel. Affiliation: Core Writer at the Playwrights’ Center. Upcoming: Utopia, MN at Williamstown Theatre Festival and Fickle: A Fancy French Farce, a new Marivaux adaptation for Olney Theatre Center. megmiroshnik.com @megmiroshnik
DARIA POLATIN is a playwright and TV writer, currently working on the upcoming Hulu drama series, Shut Eye. Daria’s plays include Palmyra, In Tandem, The Luxor Express, Guidance, That First Fall, and D.C.; her work has been produced at The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Naked Angels, Ensemble Studio Theatre NY, Golden Thread Productions, Noor Theatre, Malibu Playhouse, The Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Cape Cod Theatre Project, in London, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong. Member of Center Theatre Group Writers’ Workshop, residency with London’s Royal Court Theatre, alumna of Youngblood. Daria has directed plays, and her short film, “Till It Gets Weird.” BFA Boston University, MFA Columbia University. Daria’s thriller novel Devil in Ohio will be published by Macmillan in 2017. Awards: Kennedy Center/A.C.T.F. Best One-Act Play, Wasserstein Prize Nominee, Middle East America Playwriting Prize Honorable Mention, Princess Grace Award Finalist. Plays published by Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing Co., and Vintage Books. dariapolatin.com @DariaPolatin
Tanya Saracho was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México. She is a playwright and Television Writer who’s worked on How To Get Away With Murder, HBO’s Looking, & Girls, and Devious Maids. Named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Magazine, Saracho has had plays produced at: Primary Stages in NYC (upcoming), 2nd Stage in NYC, Denver Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. Saracho was named one of nine national Latino “Luminarios” by Café magazine and given the first “Revolucionario” Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. She is the founder of Teatro Luna (the first all-Latina Theatre Company in the nation, now defunct) as well as the founder of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists). She is currently in development with STARZ and under commission with: South Coast Repertory Theatre and Two Rivers Theatre. @TanyaSaracho
MARISA WEGRZYN Chicago playwright working in LA. Writer of Mud Blue Sky, The Butcher of Baraboo, Hickorydickory, Killing Women, Ten Cent Night, other stuff. Gigs at Steppenwolf, Second Stage NYC, Baltimore Center Stage, A Red Orchid Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Theatre Seven, Moxie Theatre, other places. Winner of the Wendy Wasserstein Playwriting Prize. Writer on TV shows Mind Games (ABC), The Mentalist (CBS), and Feed the Beast (AMC). Enjoys weather. @howdymarisa