Gloria Bond Clunie — Blu
Gloria Bond Clunie is an award-winning playwright, educator and director. She is a founding member of the Playwriting Ensemble at Chicago’s Regional Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater where her plays North Star, Living Green and Shoes premiered, the founding Artistic Director of Evanston’s Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, and a former drama specialist in the acclaimed Evanston-Skokie District #65 Drama Department. Other works include Sweet Water Taste, SMOKE, QUARK, Sing, Malindy, Sing!, Patricia McKissack’s Mirandy and Brother Wind, Bankruptcy, Merry Kwanzaa, Mercy Rising and A Shot: #LoveStories inspired by Black Lives Matter. Theaters that have performed or workshopped her plays include Victory Gardens Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Triad Stage, Her Story Theatre, MPAACT, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Penobscot Theatre, ETA and Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Awards include a Chicago Jeff, a Scott McPherson, Theodore Ward African-American Playwriting Prizes, Chicago Black Theatre Alliance Awards, Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, the American Alliance for Theatre and Education Ann Flagg and New Play Awards, Children’s Theatre Foundation of America Medallion Award and the Evanston Mayor’s Award for the Arts. As part of Northwestern University’s American Music Theatre Project, this Northwestern graduate (B.A. Theater, MFA-Directing) has been invited to adapt her acclaimed drama North Star into a musical.
Ramón Esquivel — Hero Twins: Blood Race
Ramón Esquivel is a writer and educator based in Seattle. The last two years, Ramón was a producer for Brave New Play Rites, a festival of new work in Vancouver BC. His play, The Shahrazad Society, won the 2014 Aurand Harris Memorial Playwriting Award. Three works—Luna, Nasty, and Nocturnal—are published through Dramatic Publishing. Nocturnal is also part of the Kennedy Center anthology, New Visions/New Voices: 25 Years/25 Plays, and Luna is featured in the upcoming collection, Palabras: An Exploration of Latina/Latino Theater for Young Audiences. Education: BA History, Yale University; MA Educational Theatre, New York University; MFA Creative Writing, University of British Columbia; and Seattle Children’s Theatre Drama School. Ramón is currently a member of the Writers Group at Seattle Repertory Theatre and finishing his first novel, The House of Smoking Mirrors. When not writing himself, Ramón helps young people write at The Bureau of Fearless Ideas.
Jonathan Graham — A Squirrel Boy, A Robot Cat, But Also Parents
Jonathan Graham is thrilled to return to Write Now, where he developed THE BOY WHO LOVED MONSTERS AND THE GIRL WHO LOVED PEAS in 2013. That play is published by Dramatic Publishing and has been produced at Childsplay and other theaters across the U.S. His new play for family audiences, THE THING IN GRANDMA’S CLOSET, premieres at Pollyanna Theatre (Austin, TX) in January 2017. Jonathan is a proud graduate of the MFA program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and the author of 30 produced plays. His worked has been seen at Bloomington Playwrights Project, Chicago Dramatists, Love Creek Productions, Metro Theatre Company, Mill Mountain Theatre, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Verge Theatre and many others. He lives in Richmond, Indiana with his wife, Jennie Kiffmeyer, his kids, Ben and Lizzy, and two photogenic cats. He is associate vice president for marketing and communications at Earlham College.
Nicholas Kryah — My Name Is Loofa Tutu
Nicholas Kryah, Resident Artist with Metro Theater Company (St. Louis) for thirty-seven years, is an actor, director, designer, playwright and jack-of-all-trades. His plays include an adaptation of Beowulf, which toured nationally; A Short Hike on a Long Trail, which recounts his adventures on the Appalachian Trail; and Iceman, which opened at the Kennedy Center in 2000. Recently Metro Theater Company toured his play, Talkin’ Trash. Nick was honored to be a Write Now! finalist in 2013 with his play, Birdsong. Last year he spent a semester teaching at UT Austin with his wife, Carol North. When they’re not involved in creative or teaching projects, they explore the country in their Casita travel trailer.