PLAYWRIGHTS

Kate Bailey (She/Her)- Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kate is the founder of Jolly Pig Project and a founding member of Generate INK. She received her BA in Theatre Performance from Louisiana State University and her MFA in Playwriting from the University of New Orleans. She also studied playwriting at Chicago Dramatists in Chicago. She has participated in numerous short play festivals in New Orleans and Chicago. Her short play Stimulate was published at The Furious Gazelle and then soon after made into a short film. New Orleans full-length credits include STRAYS and Pleading 894. Los Angeles credits include A Surplus Of. She is the Creator/Executive Producer of the upcoming web series To and From.  

Cassandra Bloomingdale (She/Her)- A recent graduate of the Michigan State University Honors College, obtaining degrees in Theatre and English with a concentration in Creative Writing.  Her one-act plays "The Attic", "Hours", and "Maize" have received prizes at the annual MSU Creative Writing Awards.  "Maize" made its debut at the 2019 Second Stage Playwriting Festival at MSU.  During her final year of undergraduate study, she completed "Carnations" as a creative capstone project under the guidance of Dr. Juliet Guzzetta.  Cassandra works as a poet, a scriptwriter, and perhaps foundationally, a playwright.

Ashley Griffin (She/Her)- Ashley is the first person in history to be nominated for a major award for both playing and directing Hamlet. As a writer, Ashley is most well known as the creator of the off-Broadway hit Trial directed by Lori Petty (Orange is the New Black, A League of Their Own) for which she won the WellLife Network award and a county commendation. She is the creator of the pop culture phenomenon Forever Deadward (New World Stages) praised by E! MTV, and Entertainment Weekly among others. Ashley’s work has been developed at MTC, Playwrights Horizons, A.R.T., La MaMa and more. She has written for T.V. and film and has been Artist in Residence with the Access Theater Company and Dreamcatcher Entertainment in NYC. As a performer, Ashley has appeared on and off-Broadway as well as in film and T.V. She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and the New Play Exchange, and has a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts summa cum laude. www.ashleygriffinofficial.com 

"If storytelling—as put by Griffin—is a dying art, then she herself is in the vanguard of its resuscitation...Owing to a rich heritage of stories past and present, Griffin’s work reflects the best elements of storytellers past and combines them in her own style (with) just enough detail for the imaginations of her audience to take over." - Paper Tiger Reviews

Megan Ann Jacobs (She/Her)Award winning playwright Megan Ann Jacobs, has always believed in the power of stories. After studying both Theatre and English at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Megan launched out in the vast world of playwriting and became a proud member of both the Dramatists Guild of America and the New Play Exchange. In addition to her writing, Megan hones her craft from many angles ,including as an actor and director, having worked with several different companies throughout the years. Megan is currently the Artistic Director with Rapture Theatre where she challenges herself to help others bring their passions to life. Megan’s blessed to have her writing validated with several awards on and productions throughout the United States. Her show “aMUSEd” had seen the dazzling lights of production 5 times before being picked up by By/For Publishing, LLC. Her most recent full-length work, “Coping with Autumn,” has received several honors throughout the country and will be receiving its world premiere in 2020. Her 10-minute plays continue to be picked up for production and Megan is always hungry for new opportunities and connections. You can find out more about this quirky, nerdy, and passionate storyteller by visiting her website at www.meganjacobstheater.com

GRAND LEDGE, MICHIGAN