Our playwriting faculty are all working professionals with significant production credits. They have been chosen both for their practical experience, and for their proven records as teachers and story editors.
|Donna Hoke – Playwriting Courses and Workshop, and Script Consulting Service|
|Frank Moher Self-Directed Course, Script Consulting Service|
|Lucy Wang – Playwriting Courses and Workshop, and Script Consulting Service|
Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, The Road, Writers Theatre New Jersey, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include Brilliant Works of Art (Kilroys List), Elevator Girl (O’Neill, Princess Grace finalist, and Austin Film Festival finalist), Safe (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and Teach (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (Seeds, Sons & Lovers, Once in My Lifetime). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop Hearts of Stone, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo’s Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.
Donna also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children’s and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.
Frank Moher’s plays have been produced internationally, at theatres including South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, Calif.), Detroit Repertory Theatre, Round House Theatre (Silver Spring, Maryland), the Canadian Stage Company (Toronto), the Wellington Repertory Theatre (Wellington, New Zealand), the Asolo Theater (Sarasota, Fla.), Alberta Theatre Projects (Calgary), The Mingei Theatre (Tokyo), and Dodona Theatre (Prishtina, Kosova). He has won a Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award for Writing (for Odd Jobs), the Edmonton Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play (for both The Third Ascent and Prairie Report), and is published by the Playwrights Guild of Canada and ProPlay, where his plays Odd Jobs, Supreme Dream, and McLuhan: The Musical, among others, may be read online.
Frank has taught scriptwriting at the University of British Columbia, the University of Alberta (where he was a Distinguished Visiting Artist), and Vancouver Island University. He has also worked professionally as a literary manager and dramaturg. Most recently his play Big Baby was seen in a production by OmaDa Theatre in Athens, Greece and subsequently toured the country.
Lucy Wang is an award-winning published and produced multi-genre author. She rose to national prominence with her Kennedy Center award-winning play Junk Bonds which earned her critical acclaim and a two-page profile in the New York Times. Junk Bonds also won a grant from Berilla Kerr Foundation, and “Best New Play with social, political, economic significance” from the Katherine and Lee Chilcote Foundation. Junk Bonds is taught at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a student favorite. Her screenplay Fill or Kill won a coveted spot at Hedgebrook’s Screenwriters Lab.
Lucy’s writing and comedy has been widely recognized ever since. She was recently one of the Outstanding Female Artists featured in the Look What She Did! Artists of Los Angeles series. Two Artists Trying to Pay Their Bill won an international comedy prize and is in The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2020. She won a NEA Playwrights Initiative
Fellowship in 2019. My Aim is True and four monologues from Good Mourning, America will be published in the forthcoming She Persisted anthologies by Applause Books. Excerpts from Teen Mogul are taught in the classroom as part of StudySync. A is for American and Be Like Rushing Water, written for Barkada Theater’s Unalienable Project, are live on YouTube. Tao of Fruit, The Dawning of the Age of Ganymede, and One Breast, One Nut: A Love Story were all selected for the ALAP/City of West Hollywood Gay Play Reading Festival. She has been profiled in the “Ten Questions” column in The Dramatist.
Upon learning that Lucy sold a half-hour TV comedy pilot, feminist icon Gloria Steinem urged her to do stand-up – which was so exhilarating that Lucy developed and performed two one-woman shows to sold-out audiences. You can see comedy bits at here and find more of her plays at Original Works Publishing, YouthPLAYS, One-Act Play Depot, Amazon, Applause Books, Meriwether Publishing and Pioneer.
Lucy serves on the executive committee of Honor Roll!, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights. She has an MBA in Finance from Chicago Booth and freelances as a healthcare journalist. Her article, “The Politicization of Covid-19,” won two awards for American Journal: The Clarion Award and The Award of Excellence in news writing. Lucy’s papers are archived at the Huntington Library and University of California at Santa Barbara, CEMA Library Collections.
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