CJ Alderton, Aengus and D’Arcy on a Bench in Dublin – from Durango, CO; Grand Prize Winner
CJ Alderton has a passion for all things Celtic. That has led him to develop the Durango Celtic Festival & Society; perform with Patrick Crossing, a local Celtic band; as well as overseeing Pub Church each Sunday at the Irish Embassy Pub. A 1981 graduate from FLC, he obtained a Masters in Divinity from Golden Gate Seminary and continued with doctoral work in family counseling. This eclectic blend of experiences flows into his writing – his favorite form being the essay. More recently, he has taken an interest in expressing himself as a playwright. CJ is married to the legendary Elementary School teacher Jan Alderton. They have 3 children – two of whom are teachers and quite eager to correct CJ’s grammar – along with 6 grandchildren.
Matthew Widman, Lust, Greed, and Murder – from New York, NY; People’s Choice Award Winner
Matthew Widman is a New York playwright and screenwriter. His play, In the Garden, about a family coping with Alzheimer’s disease, is currently being produced around the country as part of The MemoryCare Plays project (memorycareplays.org) and has been published in the IPPY award winning The MemoryCare Plays anthology (Amazon.com). Matt’s plays have been produced and read at the Samuel French OOB Festival, the Camino Real Playhouse in California, the Downtown Urban Theater Festival in Manhattan, the Fusion Theatre Company in Albuquerque, the Taproot Theatre in Seattle and at HB Studio in New York City.
Stephen Cooper, Pool Story – from Longboat Key, FL; Top Five Finalist
After 40 years as a Professor (Univ. Michigan Medical School), Stephen Cooper became a playwright. Cooper’s plays have been produced around the world (London, Sarasota, Australia, Korea, New York, etc.). Confessions à deux (Theatre Odyssey 2012 Short Play Festival First Prize winner) was recently produced in London to excellent reviews. Cooper was granted a week-long residency at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Southern Writers’ Project to work on Spiritual Bliss, one of five finalists (out of 1500 submissions) in the Julie Harris New Play Competition. Cooper is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Sarasota Area Playwrights Society. (email@example.com).
Letha Mae Dawson, Fork Food – from Roseville, CA; Top Five Finalist
Letha Dawson lives and writes in Sacramento, California. Letha is a member of Playwrights Collaborative, a play-reading group of actors, writers, and directors which meets monthly in Sacramento to critique new plays. She holds a BA in English and an MA from California State University, Sacramento, in Creative Writing, and is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. Letha writes musicals as well as dramas and comedies. This September in Mitchelville, Maryland, a DC suburb, her drama, The Job, will be performed. She was inspired to write Fork Food by her niece, a vegetarian.
Kristin Andrea Hanratty, The Job Interview – from Grand Rapids, MI; Top Five Finalist
Kristin Hanratty’s play, Bird, was selected as part of the 2015 Michigan Playwright’s Festival and is scheduled to be produced by the Detroit Michigan theatre company, Puzzle Piece, in the winter of 2017. Seven of her one-act/ten minute plays have been produced and performed by theatre companies throughout the Unites States. Kristin’s screenplay, Tyler’s Revolution, was a two time quarterfinalist for the Academy Award/Nicholl Fellowship and her screenplay, Goodbye David, was a semifinalist in the Austin Film Festival. Kristin resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan.