Writing Groups Peer-Critique Method Playwriting Retreat
Thursday-Saturday, 9 am - 12 noon
Participants can bring in scenes or a part of play in progress.
Lead by Brad Erickson, Katherine Murphy, and Toni Press-Coffman
Brad Erickson is a playwright, actor and arts administrator based in San Francisco where he serves as executive director of Theatre Bay Area, one of the nation’s largest regional performing arts service organizations. His play, The War at Home, premiered in 2006 at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco and won “Best New Script” from the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. His play Woody & Me was named best new play in the 2000 Festival of Emerging American Theatre and later received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its world premiere in 2001 at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. Brad’s newest work, American Dream, el sueno del otro lado will premiere at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco in early 2012. His other produced plays include A Benediction, Sexual Irregularities, and Public Lives. Brad is also an actor and has appeared in numerous productions, most recently in Octopus at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Brad holds a BFA in Acting from Chicago’s Goodman School of Drama, now the Theatre School of DePaul University.
Katherine Murphy divides her time between improv, writing, and directing. Her play Greater America premiered in San Francisco in 2002, produced in collaboration with Bare Bones Theatre Company and First Seen. A workshop of her twisted Greek myth, To Hades and Back (Again) was co-produced by Off-Market Theater and First Seen in 2004. She has had numerous readings in Los Angeles and San Francisco of her plays Drug of Choice, Word of the Day, and Box Store Cowboys. As co-artistic director of First Seen, a producing playwrights collective, she produced several readings, workshops, and full productions in San Francisco.
Toni Press-Coffman is the recipient of several national playwriting awards. Her play Touch has been produced at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Theatre of N.O.T.E. in Los Angeles, as well as other theatres throughout the United States and Europe. Another play, That Slut! has received favorable notices In 2000, Press-Coffman was awarded an NEA/TCG Playwright Residency Award. Additionally, she was one of 12 playwrights selected to participate in the 1995 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.