Seasonal Holiday Shorts LIVE Creative Team

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Jackie Knollhuff
Jackie Knollhuff is a Director and Teaching Artist in the NJ/NYC area whose passions include new play development, Dance, working with children, and theatre for persons with disabilities. She currently holds a Master's in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University.
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Laura Ekstrand
Playwright - A Christmas Match
Laura Ekstrand is the Founder/Artistic Director, Vivid Stage. Full-length plays: Life’s Work, What Stays (w/Jason Szamreta), Whatever Will Be, The Neighborhood (Book/Lyrics), Brink of Life (Book). Adaptations: Astonishment, How to be Old, At 93. Short plays: Not Ready, Catching Some Air, Stung, Moment of Truth, June Asserts Herself, Playing to the Gallery, MoJo, Horoscope, Bob.
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Pandora Scooter
Playwright - Merry Mary Marries Marie
Pandora Scooter is an award-winning biracial (Japanese/Jewish), queer, middle-aged, Gen X playwright, script analyst, instructor, performer, spoken word artist and activist. She has worked in the literary departments of Arena Stage, the Goodman Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Delaware Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse and New York Theatre Workshop as a script reader, literary associate and dramaturg. In 1999, she and Rosemary McLaughlin founded The Hallie Flanagan Women's Play Reading Series at Wings Theatre Company, which ran for three years. A life long script analyst, Pandora has created a practical guide to script analysis called The Bunseki Method and has written a text book on the subject of the same name.
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Rosemary McLaughlin
Playwright - The Hanukkah Bush
Rosemary McLaughlin has been awarded multiple New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowships in Playwriting and Poetry. Recent works include: Breaking Quarantine, performed by The Coronavirus Plays Project; Texas Walmart, Monologues & Madness, Panjera; Bella For The Revolution, Cornelia Street Cafe; Pushing The River, staged reading directed by Mikaela Kafka, Jersey City Theatre Center; and Sensitive, directed by Ben Ranaan, SHEatre. A member of the Dramatists Guild, Rosemary received her MFA from Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts. Rosemary is a professor of Theatre and Dance at Drew University where she directs the Playwriting program. She and her wife, Laurie, live in Maplewood, NJ, with their two children, three cats and one rabbit. She is delighted to have been selected to participate in the inaugural Women Playwrights Circle at Speranza Theatre. There she has been developing her ten-minute play, The Hannukah Bush, as well as her full-length comedy, Thank You, Dark, about gentrification, theatre development and LGBTQ activism.
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Catherine Weingarten
Playwright - Hot Santa
Catherine Weingarten is a friendly jewish chick from an obscure area of Pennsylvania! Honors Include: the Scott McPherson Award and the Tennessee Williams Scholarship through the Sewanee Writer’s Conference. She has previously developed her “girly, trashy” work with Dixon Place, The Tank, Less Than Rent, Sam French OOB Short Play Festival, Last Frontier Theater Conference. Catherine has participated in Art House Production’s INKubator Writer’s Group, New Perspective’s Women’s Work Short Play Lab and The Shelter’s Virtual King Lear project. BA: Bennington College MFA: Ohio University.
John Cassel
Playwright - Last Lap
John Cassel (playwright, LAST LAP) sends his love from Los Angeles. He has taken the opportunity of the pandemic to finish his M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing (Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama), learn how to cook sous vide, and play Zoom Dungeons & Dragons with the stars []. Past Speranza productions and readings include Janey Miller’s World Tour (directed by Heather Wahl), Akako in a Year, Corporate Child Labor, and that old holiday chestnut, Last Lap.