Who We Are
Tom Burmester Founding Director
+ GFTF Producer
Janine DeMaria is a playwright and film/TV writer and a graduate of NYU's Tisch M.F.A. program in Dramatic Writing. She recently sold her pilot FLYING HIGH to Skydance Productions with Sam Raimi, Debbie Liebling, and The Arlook Group producing. She's also currently developing an untitled mystery project with Tribeca Productions and a procedural titled ABOUT FACE with Ellen Pompeo's production company Calamity Jane producing. As a playwright, she received the Manus-Salzman Scholarship for Outstanding Dramatic Achievement and a Google Grant for Excellence in Storytelling using interactive multimedia formats while at NYU. Her written work was an Official Selection for the NYU Tisch Festival of New Works and her short film, which she wrote and directed, was an Official Selection for the NYU Tisch Open Arts Film Festival. While at NYU, she was mentored by such luminaries
as Oskar Eustis, Lisa Kron, Eduardo Machado and Suzan-Lori Parks. She also apprenticed at Aaron Sorkin and Timothy Busfield's B Street Theater and served as Artistic Associate at the Magic Theater in San Francisco. Additionally, she served as a flight attendant for Virgin America for three years, capitalizing on her experience to write FLYING HIGH. Janine is repped by Gersh and The Arlook Group.
A farce about a group of friends that try to create an unorthodox family for themselves but discover through the interview of their potential surrogate, not everyone in this 'family' wants the same thing. It's about friendship, manipulation, love, growing up, moving on and letting go so that what is meant to be, can happen.
Briandaniel writes plays for teens and plays for mature audiences. He’s half Latino and queer and originally from Davis, California, where he co-founded Barnyard Theatre. He has an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside. He lives in Austin, Texas.
His play HALFWAY, NEBRASKA was developed at Playwrights Week at the Lark, and went on win the award for Outstanding Playwriting from the New York International Fringe Festival. His play SHE GETS NAKED IN THE END won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Latinidad Award. His adaptation of THE JUNGLE BOOK was commissioned by Big Idea Theatre and later published by Steele Springs Stage Rights. His short plays have been finalists for KCACTF and the Heideman Award, and have been produced across the country. His play SMALL STEPS was recently developed at the JAW Festival.
In a city that was once a town, the townfolk tell the story of the wealthy Buddy Briar, an almost mythical figure whose eccentricities and estate captured their imagination. He was their hero and villain. They tell the story of his rise and fall, and the zoo he hid behind his walls.
Loosely inspired by Asa Candler, Jr, heir to Coca Cola, and the Briarcliff house in Atlanta, GA, The Briars is a comedic epic told from a chorus of townspeople. The Briars was originally commissioned by the Playwriting Center at Theater Emory, Emory University.
Jon D. Rossini is a scholar and writer who teaches in the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC Davis. He received his PhD from Duke University in 1999. He has collaborated with choreographer David Grenke on multiple dance theatre works including In the Space Provided which explicitly engages the relationship between audience, space, text and movement, and Low Flying Planes (2017), a meditation on the potentials of proximity. He is the author of Contemporary Latina/o Theater: Wrighting Ethnicity (2008), as well as more than 20 articles and chapters on various topics. Professor Rossini’s dramaturgical experience includes Somewhere in the Pacific (Manbites Dog Theater), Electricidad (Sacramento Theatre Company), Oklahoma (UC Davis), A Dream Inside Another (Sideshow Physical Theatre), and Collapse (Sideshow Physical Theater). Rossini created and performed the extended solo work Performance/Theory Lab A Series of Serious 22 22 Minute Events (2009-2010). Warikiru (2017) is his first full-length play.
Ethan Treiman, 18, will be attending Yale University as a
freshman in Fall 2017. He was one of four Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellows (2015-2017). His works have been played by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra as part
of their Symphonies for Schools concerts. He attended the Young Artists Composition Program at Boston University Tanglewood Institute in 2016. Ethan is a National YoungArts “Honorable Mention” in Classical Composition. Ethan plans to write music for concert, film, and theater. He also enjoys playing piano, running, and spending time with his dog, Butter.
Near Love Songs
Near Love Songs is a 45 minute one act song cycle, with book music and lyrics by Ethan Treiman. Ethan wrote it in the summer before senior year of high school at Crossroads school for the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, CA. Originally
titled Ethan and Julia Sing Love Songs, the song cycle was performed by Ethan and Julia Gutierrez del Barrio in the Crossroads school theater in September of 2016. The theme connecting the nine songs is love: the falling into, the falling out of, and what's left in between. One male and one female actor share all the parts.
Daniel Born helped to found EMU Theatre, an independent theatre dedicated to the production of original and experimental works. He is a resident playwright of The Midwest Dramatists Center out of Kansas City. His plays have been read at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the William Inge Theatre Festival and at many theatres in the Kansas City area. His play about Joan Vollmer, Bang, was a semi-finalist in the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (look for the audio version, coming in late September to barewiretheatre.com). Another play, Let My Mind Flash with Blades, about H.D. and Sigmund Freud, was a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and lives in Lawrence.
Set in play
Set in Play is about some playwrights. There are four of them. They aren't famous, or rich, or anywhere within shouting distance of being considered part of the conversation. Still, two of them remain, for some reason, fanatically dedicated to the art and the craft. A third playwright was once just as dedicated. Now he mostly goes out drinking with them. They call themselves the NAHs (Negro, Atheist, Homosexual) and have a drinking game to puncuate the acronym. The fourth is a problem child that crashes their workshop. He too has a story, and the process of finding it sets in play forces that change more than their acronym.
Phoebe Farber’s plays have been seen around New York and New Jersey, at Dreamcatcher Repertory Theater (The Messenger), Jersey City Theatre Center (The Messenger) and Luna Stage Short Play Festival (Nina). Most recently, her play Nina was seen in the 2017 Fringe Festival in Columbus, Ohio. In September 2016 her one-act play Tree Houses, a commission from Luna Stage (Orange, N.J.), was performed as part of the 280 Project. Her play Jump It was seen in The International Fringe Festival in NYC in August 2016 (“Best Bet of The Fringe”). Phoebe is a 2016 fellow with the Emerging Women Playwrights program of The Writers Theatre of New Jersey. Her plays have been published in Applause Theatre & Cinema Books and The Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival.
Past productions include Scrimmage, seen at The Players Theatre (best play, NYC), The Short Play Lab (best play, NYC) and Strangedog Short Play Festival (N.J.). Home Care was seen in the Strawberry One-Act Festival (Finalist, NYC), The Aery Theatre’s One-Act Play Festival (N.Y.), Variations Theatre Group (NYC) and at Lab at Luna through Luna Stage (N.J.). Jump It was a finalist at The Depot Theater 20/20 Festival in Garrison, New York, and appeared at The Everyday Inferno Theater Festival (NYC) and at Lab at Luna (N.J.). Class Reunion was seen at The Cell Theater (NYC), Strangedog Short Play Festival (N.J.) and Luna Stage Short Play Festival.
In addition to playwriting, Phoebe is a psychotherapist (Ph.D. NYU) and professor at Montclair State University. This summer she will be teaching a class in adolescent development to psychiatric residents at St Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital in NYC. This fall she will present at a TED X event in Montreal, Canada. In the spring of 2018 she will teach a class at MSU called “Creative Thinking”. This class will invite artists and writers to share their creative process with the students and engage in a discussion of the definition, limits and goals of creativity.
September 12 at 2 pm
BAM is a play about self-deception and the secrets we hide from ourselves. The play centers around Matt, an eager young man who has created an empowerment program for adolescents. The program is designed to build strength, and combat feelings of helplessness and fear. The play follows a group of facilitators-in-training as they learn about adolescent development, engage in trust exercises, share stories, sing songs and dance to Prince. In preparing them to work with the adolescents, Matt pushes the group to reveal their fragile and fearful selves. Not everyone is ready, but Matt is insistent. He prods and pushes and urges them forward. The play builds to a climax when one of the members reveals a secret Matt had hidden from the group.
Originally from the Baltimore/ Washington area, Aidaa attended the Baltimore school for the Arts and went on to get her BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. Her regional credits include LuLu (u/s) Between Riverside and Crazy, RYE (u/s) in the upcoming BLKS (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Kitty Bennett in Pride and Prejudice and the ensemble in Othello (American Players Theatre) Young Woman in The Golden Dragon (Quantum Theatre), Othello (u/s) in Othello (Titan Theatre Company.) She co-starred on the HBO series GIRLS, and is featured in the film Gorenos. Her play Scheherazade was produced at Carnegie Mellon's PLAYGROUND festival and subsequently at The New York Fringe Festival. She also produced ChoreoSlam and Remember me, or: Change at CMU's PLAYGROUND.
A riff on Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Things Change is a verse driven exploration of the myth of Phaeton. Part adaptation, part re-write, the play follows Shining (the literal translation of Phaeton) and his sisters as they seek to know more about their father, the sun God Helios. Meanwhile, the Olympian Gods are finding desperate ways to cope with the human advancements of the 21st century and are fighting to regain control over the systems of the earth. This odyssey into classic mythology explores the fault lines of modern consciousness.
Elenna Stauffer is a former actress, trained at Yale (BA) and Columbia (MFA) with a side
career in voiceover (400+ commercials/promos/books
-on-tape to date). Her play
Second-to-Last of the Wobbly Tipplers was in the inaugural Mixed Phoenix reading series and her short play, B-Roll won the 2016 InspiraTO! short play festival and was featured in this year’s Hollywood Short & Sweet Festival. Hysterical! was previously workshopped at the NY International Fringe Festival and will be presented as part of the Second Act New Works
Festival later this year. Elenna was interviewed by playwright Adam Szymkowitz for his I
It's the Bandits' best year EVER! Until... one by one, the girls succumb to a mysterious illness. A play for five young women, HYSTERICAL! follows a group of American cheerleaders over the course of an eventful school year. Loosely inspired by the real life events that occurred in upstate NY, the play follows Mia, Madison, Maddie, Shannon and Charlotte as first one, then another, then another girl contracts a mysterious illness. With only some girls afflicted and others seeming immune (at least for now), the traditional high school pecking order is upended and relationships between the girls are tested. Though there are comedic scenes and rah-rah cheerleading sequences throughout, HYSTERICAL! is a drama, concerned with the vulnerabilities of teenage girls and the poignancy of life on the cusp of adulthood.
Tom is the writer and creator of The War Cycle which currently includes the plays Wounded, Nation of Two, and Gospel According to First Squad. He is a three-time Ovation Award nominee (in playwriting, directing, and producing), and has won several other awards and recognition for his work as a playwright, director and producer, including a Special Citation from LA Weekly for “Excellence and Breadth of Vision.”
The GFTF Ensemble, working with Tom, will devise a new work of theatre drawing inspiration from stories discovered in the local community.
Max Gutmann's plays have been performed in New York City; Sligo, Ireland; and throughout the U.S. The Orlando Sentinel
greeted the premiere of his first play with an above-the-masthead teaser: "The Legacy
thrills with each deft twist." His
What You Will has been called, among many accolades, "a thoroughly unique piece of theatre" (Palo Alto Weekly) and "an absolutely delightful comedy romp"(RegardingArts.com).
The dead kid
Another African-American has just been killed by another policeman under another set of questionable circumstances. The repetitiveness of such news echoes through The Dead Kid as it again and again replays the events following the killing, the characters' shallowness turning the tragedy into an absurd comedy in which the dead kid, whose story this is, is rarely mentioned. The first act takes us three times through the same series of events. In the second act, things get wilder.
Lisa Quoresimo is an award-winning director and performer. She can be seen this summer in the West Coast Premiere of An Octoroon at the Berkeley Rep. She was the artistic director of Kairos Theatre in NYC, where she produced and directed more than 30 productions, and continued writing, directing and developing new works at the Marsh Theatre in San Francisco. Her works as a composer and playwright have been commissioned and performed across the country and internationally. Lisa holds an M.A. from Carnegie Mellon and has taught on the faculties of NYU and the Manhattan School of Music.
Dirt and Sky
Gary Soto is the author of many books for young readers as well as adults. His forthcoming books are The Spark and Fire of It, a Shakespeare-themed play for the high school audience, and Meatballs for the People: Proverbs to Chew On. Popular titles include Baseball in April, Living Up the Street, A Summer Life, and Buried Onions. His fall project is a stage adaptation of his young-adult novel The Afterlife, which treats the sobering topics of teen murder and teen suicide. The Gary Soto Literary Museum is located at Fresno City College, where he got his start as a poet in the early 1970s. He lives in Berkeley, California.
September 11 at 2 pm