#BLUELIGHTSERIES FALL 2020 Creative
Writer (I Married a Black RepublicanMagaly Coliimon-Christopher
Magaly is a Haitian American actress, writer, director, producer, & Conch Shell Productions Founder. Awards: SILENT TRUTH - 2018 O’Neill NPC Finalist; THE HUNTING SEASON - 2018 Planet Connections Outstanding Playwriting of a New Play Award. MFA Yale School of Drama. "Antoinette Pierre" in Netflix original series GRAND ARMY.
Director (I Married a Black Republican)Tanya E. Taylor
Tanya is a NY based Jamaican writer/director/producer, based in New York. She’s always exploring opportunities to work with multicultural teams developing and delivering diverse content to global audiences. Her 2019 award winning short film, WINSTON, continues to screen in festivals.
Playwright (The Customer Voting Service)Juan Ramirez, Jr.
Juan is a Borinquén-Chapín-Bronx playwright, monologist, screenwriter, filmmaker and producer. He’s a Dramatist Guild member, 2020-2021 Dramatist Guild Fellow, NYC LatinX Playwright Circle member, an ATG PlayLab member. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU Tisch.
Director (The Customer Voting Service)Susan Tenney
Susan is an Award winning Director and Choreographer who is currently an Artist in Residence with New York Stage & Film. Recent directing credits include Connect, Waterfall of the Gods, and Notes From the New World for the Planet Connections Zoom Fest’s 2020 Summer Season. Honored to be in the BlueLightSeries
Writer (I Saw Jesus in Toa Baja)Nelson Diaz-Marcano
Nelson is a Puerto Rican playwright who serves as the Literary Manager for the Latinx Playwright Circle and was picked as one of the 2020/2021’s EST Sloan Commission Recipients. He is excited to be working with the Conch Shell Family again.
Director (I Saw Jesus in Toa Baja)Kat Yen
Kat is a Taiwanese-American director whose recent credits include Two Mile Hollow, Fade, and Usual Girls. She was the artistic director of Spookfish Theatre Company, a Resident Director at The Flea, and a Van Lier Directing Fellow at Second Stage. MFA: Yale School of Drama. www.katyen.com
Writer (The Arithmetic of Memory)Gretchen Suarez-Pena
Gretchen is a female, Puerto Rican playwright. Her musical, Melina: A Steampunk Musical Tragedy was an official selection of the 2020 Atlanta Musical Theatre Festival. Award-winning pieces include Trafficked (Be Original Festival 2019), Conversations in the Car (Tampa Bay Theatre Festival 2018), and Dry Spell (Mandeville, LA 2018).
Director (The Arithmetic of Memory)Teisha Duncan
Teisha is a Jamaican Actress, Educator, and Director. Education: Jamaica School of Drama, Howard University and The University of Pittsburgh. Notable Directing Credits: Get Off (The Bus), Agamemnon, Scarlet Letters, Little Shop of Horrors and Wiley and the Hairy Man (AD/Puppet Choreography), Baltimore (AD, Movement Director), and The Children from the Blue Mountain.
Virtual Stage Manager/Social MediaKyra Bowie
Kyra is a NYC-based theatre maker. Featured credits: Caesar in an all-female Julius Caesar (D. Danya Taymor), Bessie in Awake and Sing! (D. Paul Schnee), Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret (D. Stephen Kazakof). She is beside herself to be working with this fabulous coalition. www.KyraBowie.com @KyraBowie #PurpleBootsBowie
Live Stream Designer/Virtual SMVeronica Vera
Veronica has stage managed and assistant stage managed for 10 years at various theatre’s in Dallas TX, Kansas, and Honolulu Hawaii. Most recently she has been working in the digital space creating and streaming virtual performances. She has worked with OBS software to help create a new way to tell stories. Working with playwright and directors in this new medium has been an exciting challenge for her and she is thrilled to be apart of bringing these dark comedies to the virtual stage. For more information and to contact Veronica about virtual productions she can be reached at [email protected]