Board of Directors

Duncan Macmillan    Duncan Macmillan  is a London-based playwright who’s perhaps best well known for writing that Broadway play that  made   everyone   vomit . But in all seriousness, Duncan has been my mentor and friend from the beginning. When we met in 2011, during a particularly embarrassing (for me) drive from the Dulles Airport to northwest DC, he embraced my playwriting identity without question and offered to read  Stopgap , my latest play. I strive to replicate this generous spirit every time I meet a young artist. And I’m so glad that all these years later, he remains a thoughtful mentor and friend.

Duncan Macmillan

Duncan Macmillan is a London-based playwright who’s perhaps best well known for writing that Broadway play that made everyone vomit. But in all seriousness, Duncan has been my mentor and friend from the beginning. When we met in 2011, during a particularly embarrassing (for me) drive from the Dulles Airport to northwest DC, he embraced my playwriting identity without question and offered to read Stopgap, my latest play. I strive to replicate this generous spirit every time I meet a young artist. And I’m so glad that all these years later, he remains a thoughtful mentor and friend.

Sara Keats    Sara Keats  is a Seattle-based dramaturg and co-founder of the Umbrella Project. She’s currently the head of the Umbrella Project Writers Group, a one year residency where four playwrights and four dramaturgs work together to create totally new plays. I wrote  Rushing  – a risky new play about college football and rape – as a member of the 2018 Writers Group and Sara always leave me feeling challenged and excited to keep writing. She’s the first person I met in Seattle and is now one of my best friends.

Sara Keats

Sara Keats is a Seattle-based dramaturg and co-founder of the Umbrella Project. She’s currently the head of the Umbrella Project Writers Group, a one year residency where four playwrights and four dramaturgs work together to create totally new plays. I wrote Rushing – a risky new play about college football and rape – as a member of the 2018 Writers Group and Sara always leave me feeling challenged and excited to keep writing. She’s the first person I met in Seattle and is now one of my best friends.

Emma Jackson    Emma Jackson  is a DC-based actor who I met at an NNPN event. Emma was volunteering and I was trying to get a head start on some free cheese. Years later, she’s still the first person I think of when I write characters our age. She was part of  Nexus  from the first round of table readings to the Arena Stage workshop to the first production in upstate New York. That production really cemented our relationship and we’ve been best friends ever since. I’ve also fallen in love with both of her children. In October, she officiated my wedding.

Emma Jackson

Emma Jackson is a DC-based actor who I met at an NNPN event. Emma was volunteering and I was trying to get a head start on some free cheese. Years later, she’s still the first person I think of when I write characters our age. She was part of Nexus from the first round of table readings to the Arena Stage workshop to the first production in upstate New York. That production really cemented our relationship and we’ve been best friends ever since. I’ve also fallen in love with both of her children. In October, she officiated my wedding.

 
Deepanjan Dey   Deepanjan Dey is a San Francisco-based Product Manager and co-founder of Dramanon Theatre Company, an emerging theatre company in Bengaluru, India. Deepanjan and I met when he was an MBA student at the University of Washington and we instantly bonded over our love of theatre. I’m excited to discover how his business advice will continue to impact my theatrical practice.

Deepanjan Dey

Deepanjan Dey is a San Francisco-based Product Manager and co-founder of Dramanon Theatre Company, an emerging theatre company in Bengaluru, India. Deepanjan and I met when he was an MBA student at the University of Washington and we instantly bonded over our love of theatre. I’m excited to discover how his business advice will continue to impact my theatrical practice.

Noelle Viñas    Noelle Vinas  is a San Francisco-based playwright who I met at a DC playwrights mixer back when we were both DC-based. Her writing is funny and heartfelt and I cannot wait to see what she writes next. She’s a playwright in residence at Playwrights Foundations and a company member at Ubuntu Theatre Project. And she just left her day job to become a full time writer!

Noelle Viñas

Noelle Vinas is a San Francisco-based playwright who I met at a DC playwrights mixer back when we were both DC-based. Her writing is funny and heartfelt and I cannot wait to see what she writes next. She’s a playwright in residence at Playwrights Foundations and a company member at Ubuntu Theatre Project. And she just left her day job to become a full time writer!