Steve Barroga is an Asian-American playwright, director, and actor interested in exploring the weirder corners of stories. Previously based in Baltimore; his plays have been produced at Towson University, Chesapeake Arts Center, and The Baltimore Theatre Project. In 2017 he moved to Chicago where he is currently based. He holds a bachelor's degree in Theatre Arts.
Sharon (she/her/hers) is a Chicago-based filmmaker, director, and playwright. Originally from small-town Maryland, Sharon has studied/lived all over Europe, including Graffiti-smattered Berlin. She received her MFA in Writing for the Screen and Stage from Northwestern University, where she discovered her love of teaching. Since then, she has taught everything from video production to playwriting at Old Town School of Folk Music, Changing Worlds, Chicago Children's Theatre, and American Blues Theater. Sharon was a featured playwright in Jackalope's inaugural Playwrights Lab, the New Colony's Writer Room, and self-produced her original punk play ThroatPunch. Most recently, her play Hitting on the Break received a staged reading as part of Dandelion Theatre's Reservoir Series. You can also find her at Northside Boxing, training with her She Wolves.
J. COREY BUCKNER
J. Corey Buckner is a Chicago based autistic playwright. Through his work he is seeking the meaning of community, while using genre to explore the psychology of the audience. His plays have been developed at the Jackalope Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, and as part of The Writer’s Room with The New Colony Theatre. His sketch comedy has been seen at Stage 773 as part of the first annual Story Arc Sketch Comedy Festival, The Playground Theatre, pH Comedy Theatre, The Crowd Theater, and Judy's Beat Lounge at The Second City. J. Corey holds a BFA in Acting from Shenandoah Conservatory.
ERIN SHEA BRADY
Erin (she/her/hers) has been a member of the Wampus Cat Collective since the beginning and is so excited to keep making plays with this wonderful group. As a playwright, Erin has developed two plays (Revival and Chaos Theory, or something about butterflies) with the Jackalope Playwrights Lab. Directing credits include: Grace, or the Art of Climbing and Everybody (Brown Paper Box Co.); Cabaret; Annapurna (staged reading) and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice (No Stakes Theater Project). Assistant directing and dramaturgy credits include productions at the Goodman, Jackalope, TimeLine, A Red Orchid, Northlight, and Remy Bumppo. Erin is a graduate of the directing program at Columbia College Chicago, has participated in the internship program at Steppenwolf and was part of Goodman's "Criticism in a Changing America" bootcamp. Erin is a company member with Brown Paper Box Co., a contributing writer and critic at Newcity Stage, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work at Loyola.
In the summer of 2018, after Jackalope Theatre Company’s inaugural Playwrights Lab, a group of stray writers wanted to keep their development momentum alive. A schedule was set, apartments were shared, and workshops proceeded on a bi-weekly basis. Over time, more strays found shelter and their ambition grew.
Now 2020 is officially the year of The Wampus Cat: a monthly reading series of New Work from Emerging Chicago Playwrights, with fundraising events focused on strengthening our theater community and continuing to develop and support our fellow strays.
Jared Sprowls (he/him/his) is a Chicago based playwright and drag performer whose work unpacks the taboo and hopes to say what goes unsaid. His play Bridget Bishop Presents: The Salem Bitch Trials was written as part of his thesis in Adapting Drag for Conventional Theatrical Forms and premiered Off-Broadway through the Araca Project. His ten minute play Fine Dining has been produced at Northwestern University and the Skokie Theatre, and Mistress/Goddess/Queen (2018 O’Neill NPC Semi-finalist) was a part of Available Light's Next Stage Initiative. He has been a writer in the New Colony's Writers' Room 6.0, drafting Lies, Lies, Lies: A Modern American Family Drama, as well as Jackalope Theatre's Playwrights Lab, workshopping Reverse Cowboy. He is currently developing Friendship Heights, a Chicago based web series. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University.
Hanna Kime (she/her/hers) is a Chicago-based playwright and dramaturg. Her full length works have been developed with Jackalope Theatre Company, Sideshow Theatre Company, the New Colony, and First Floor Theater, where she currently serves as Literary Manager. Her play DROP was produced through Side Street Studio Arts' 2019 Going Dutch festival. She was the first place recipient of the 2018 David Blair McLaughlin Prize in Nonfiction Writing. Hanna has worked as a dramaturg with First Floor Theater and as a script supervisor with Lookingglass, Timeline, Sideshow, and Jackalope Theatre Companies. Recent plays include THE TARGETED (2020 O’Neill NPC Semifinalist), THE BEST DAMN THING, and TWO QUICK SHOTS. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018 with degrees in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Brynne Frauenhoffer spent most of her childhood in Eureka, Missouri writing spec scripts for Pokemon, and she’s basically decided to keep doing that forever.
Currently, Brynne is looking forward to the world premieres of Vape Naysh (First Floor Theater) in March, followed by Pro-Am (Sideshow Theatre) in May.
Brynne’s play Bury Me (Dandelion Theatre) premiered in July 2019. Developed through The Writers Room at The New Colony, Synchronicity won the 2016 Davey Foundation Theatre Grant for a workshop with Salt Lake Acting Company, and was later selected as a 2018 O'Neill NPC Semi-Finalist. Other workshops include The Young Ones (First Floor Theater), Age Play (The New Colony), Pizza Hut Heartbreaker (Commission Theatre), and a reading of Shitty Christians (Or, Turn to Romans 3:23) through Prop Thtr’s Church of the New Play.
IAN MICHAEL JAMES
Ian Michael James (he/him/his) is a playwright based in Chicago, IL. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Acting and a minor in Playwriting and realized after graduating that maybe he should have flipped that. Ian has served as Associate Artistic Director at No Stakes Theater Project and as a resident playwright at Mercy Street Theatre Company. In April of 2015, Ian was selected as Chili’s employee of the month (Ontario Street location). During the day, Ian spends his time working at a tech startup located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.
Zack Peercy (he/him/his) is a legally blind writer based in Chicago. He is a Resident Playwright at Three Brothers Theater, where his play THAT’S FUCKED UP premiered in May 2019. His plays have received development opportunities from The New Colony Writers Room, Jackalope Theater’s Playwriting Lab, Broken Bell Reads, The Kenyon Review Playwrights Conference, and Three Brothers Theater. He’s placed in some contests you’ve never heard of and been rejected from all the contests you have heard of. His plays are available on NPX.