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 is a bicoastal award winning writer, actor, and a native New Yorker raised in Queens and Brooklyn. Her plays include: YOU ARE HERE, the musical: GIRL SHAKES LOOSE (Penumbra Theater, O’Neill Musical Conference), 10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE (Second Stage Uptown), THE ETYMOLOGY OF BIRD (Central Park Summerstage, Hip Hop Theater Festival, Providence Black Repertory Theatre), BLURRING SHINE (Market Theater, Johannesburg, NY International Fringe Festival), SWEET MALADIES (Brava Arts Center, Rucker Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival), and her newest play, HOW TO RAISE A FREEMAN recently read at Playwright’s Horizons and workshopped at Center Theater Group in Los Angeles. As a television writer her credits include: GREY’S ANATOMY and 24: LEGACY, and the upcoming Amazon show, THE HUNT. Education: MFA Yale School of Drama.
BEKAH BRUNSTETTER’s plays include The Cake (upcoming at The Echo Theater, La Jolla), Going to a Place Where you Already Are (SCR), The Oregon Trail (O’Neill Playwright’s Conference), 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 producer on NBC’s This is Us. MFA, the New School for Drama. http://blog.bekahbrunstetter.com/
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. http://www.sheilacallaghan.com/
CARLA CHING is a native Angeleno who fell into theater in New York. Her plays include Nomad Motel (forthcoming at City Theatre in Pittsburgh; O’Neill Playwrights Conference), The Two Kids That Blow Shit Up (Artists at Play; Mu Performing Arts; Huntington’s Breaking Ground), Fast Company (EST; South Coast Rep; Lyric Stage; Porkfilled Players), TBA (2g) and The Sugar House at the Edge of the Wilderness (Ma-Yi) 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. Proud member of New Dramatists. Carla has written on Amazon’s I Love Dick, USA’s Graceland, AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead and The First forthcoming from Hulu. http://carlaching.com/
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 & Tim and the musical web series Balloon Room, and her humor writing has been featured in The New Yorker, McSweeney’s and The Hairpin. Her cartoon alter-egos exist @memyselvesand and her cartoon alter-alter-egos exist @shapelies. She served as script coordinator on I Love Dick, and has assisted on Arrested Development, Flaked, Damien and Veep. MFA Dramaturgy: Columbia University. annahfeinberg.com
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.
LAURA JACQMIN is a writer for television, video games, and the live theatre. She currently writes for Get Shorty (MGM/Epix). 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. Other television: Grace and Frankie (Netflix); Lucky 7 (ABC). Video games: The Walking Dead – A New Frontier: The Telltale Series and Minecraft: Story Mode (both with Telltale Games). BA Yale University, MFA Ohio University. http://www.laurajacqmin.com/
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.
KELLY MILLER is a TV Lit/Theater Crossover Agent at Paradigm. Recently, she served as a Manager at The Shuman Company in LA, 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. Recent residencies include Lake Tofte Center and SPACE on Ryder Farm. She serves on the board for the Women’s Project Theater and is an Ambassador-at-Large for the National New Play Network. She develops new work with her company Creative Destruction.
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, Rattlestick F*cking Good Plays 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: Sonnet: A Play, a Shakespeare-inspired commission for the Acting Company.
DARIA POLATIN is an award-winning playwright, TV writer-producer and author. Daria’s plays include Palmyra, In Tandem, Guidance, That First Fall, D.C., and The Luxor Express, inspired by her father’s life growing up in Egypt. Her work has been produced at The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Cherry Lane Theater, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Golden Thread Productions, Noor Theatre, Cape Cod Theatre Project, in London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong. She is an alumna of Center Theatre Group Writers Workshop, Echo Theater Writer’s Lab, Youngblood and a residency with London’s Royal Court Theatre. Daria has directed plays and her short film, “Till It Gets Weird.” In TV Daria’s writer-producer credits include Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski (Amazon), Condor (MGM) and Shut Eye (Hulu). Daria’s debut novel Devil in Ohio is published by Macmillan and in development as a TV series. Awards: Kennedy Center/A.C.T.F. Best One-Act Play, Middle East America Playwriting Prize Honorable Mention, Wasserstein Prize Nominee, Princess Grace Award Finalist; MFA Columbia University. www.dariapolatin.com
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. She is creating and has been tapped as showrunner by Starz for “Pour Vida,” a series in development. Named “Best New Playwright” by Chicago Magazine, Saracho has had plays produced at: Primary Stages in NYC, 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). Saracho is currently in development with Big Beach Films for a project about brujería and under commission with: South Coast Repertory Theatre and Two Rivers Theatre.
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.