SLAM PLAYS CHOSEN

A diverse mix of 8 powerful, poignant and funny plays that explore topics of race, gender and human relationships have been selected.  See SLAM Plays for More Info About Each Play!
 

MEET THE PLAYWRIGHTS

Jeanne Beckwith's (Mission to Mars) full-length play, Broken Circle has been named by Portland Stages as the 2009 Vermont State Winners of the Clauder Award for New England Playwrights.  Another full length, Love Letters Made Easy, will be produced this summer by Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier, VT. as part of their 2010 summer season of plays, and her play Companion, was selected as winner of Mountain Roads Productions first annual playwriting contest and will be produced June 10-12th at the Enosburg Falls Opera House.  Jeanne teaches Drama and English literature at Norwich University and works as a playwright and director with several theater groups throughout Vermont.

Leah Burdick
(Left Unsaid) is an author, playwright, and Middle Eastern dancer living in Hartland Four Corners, VT. When she's not dancing or writing, she can be found managing a busy home and garden center in Woodstock, VT.  Leah has had several of her plays produced, but this is her first play to be accepted into SlamVermont.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Playwriting from Hampshire College.

Bill Conner
(Left Unsaid) retired from his full time law practice and is now a full time actor, splitting his time between Boston, MA and New York City. He has worked on several major motion pictures, as well as student films and commercials. This is his first foray into playwriting, but hopefully not his last.

Charles Henry Coburn (Shortbread)  a native Vermonter and former adjunct professor of English at Norwich University and currently the same at Community College of Vermont, is a published poet, playwright, and grammarian, and a director of the Vermont Playwrights Circle.
Sophia Gilberto (Never Ending Love) age 13, loves to write, act, dance and enjoys fashion design. Her passions are endless. An aspiring actress, she has been in over 7 community plays and over a dozen independent feature films. At age 10, Sophia wrote and produced a short film called "The Dates".

Marjorie Conn (Solicitation) is a writer, actress and performance artist. Her plays, about older women, lesbians and women who dare have toured venues around the country.  From 1994 to 2007 Marjorie produced the Provincetown Fringe Festival involving performance artists from all over the world.   
Maureen Hennigan (Table for One) is happy to be presenting her play at SLAMVermont.  "Table for One" was previously presented at Ten-Fest 2009 produced by the Vermont Playwright's Circle.  Her play "The Vase" was presented at the Ten-Fest 2008.  Maureen lives in Bethel, VT and was previously pursuing writing and acting in NYC. Maureen's previous writing credits include three short films which she wrote, directed and acted in as well as sketch comedy work.  She has worked as a film editor and assistant director on many independent films.  As an actor, Maureen has performed classical and new work in theater, appeared on television as both an actor and dancer, and is the proud mommy of Lillie.

Joseph Bruchac
(Ktsiaiak/Old Ones) has authored more than 70 books for adults and children.  His poems, articles and stories have appeared in over 500 publications, from American Poetry Review, Cricket and Aboriginal Voices to National Geographic, Parabola and Smithsonian Magazine. His many honors include a Rockefeller Humanities fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship for Poetry, the Cherokee Nation Prose Award, the Knickerbocker Award, the Hope S. Dean Award for Notable Achievement in Children's Literature and both the 1998 Writer of the Year Award and the 1998 Storyteller of the Year Award from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.  Joe, his younger sister Margaret, and his two grown sons, James and Jesse, continue to work extensively in projects involving the preservation of Abenaki culture, language and traditional Native skills, including performing traditional and contemporary Abenaki music with the Dawnland Singers.