Monday October 4th we have a very special treat for you. The Humble Play: New Play Festival of Appalachian Ohio will open at 7:00 pm. The opening reception will feature home cooked food, the music of Charlie and Celia Lewis and the art opening of installations by Kari Gunter-Seymor and Aaron Smith. Around 8:00 pm please join us for a panel discussion on how new plays get done. Featured panelists are Veronica Bainbridge, Mary Tensing, and Erik Ramsey.
Veronica R. Bainbridge is a fundraising consultant and producer in New York City. Most recently, she was Director of Development at LAByrinth Theater Company (under Artistic Directors Philip Seymour Hoffman & John Ortiz) for four years, where she produced a wide range of special events and raised more than $500,000 in contributed income annually towards new plays. She was also Business Manager at The Directors Company (Michael Parva, Artistic/Producing Director) for four years. Her producing credits include projects at the Midlands Arts Center, in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the New York Fringe Festival, as well as the short film Nothing Happened which is now featuring in its 17th festival.
Erik Ramsey is an Associate Professor of Playwriting, shares teaching duties with Charles Smith in the MFA Playwriting Program, and is Head of Undergraduate Playwriting at Ohio University. His plays have been produced around the country, and Samuel French and Dramatic Publishing have published several of his short works. His recent play, LIONS LOST has been further developed at numerous regional theaters including Cleveland Public Theatre, American Stage, Victory Gardens, and Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre and is slated for a reading at Brick Monkey Theater in Athens on November 9th. Currently, he is writing a trilogy of historical dramas about the surprising turn of events that boosted Joseph Smith from life as a small time con-artist to Prophet of the Mormon Church; the first in the series, titled SMITH UNEARTHED, has recently been featured and developed at the International Society of Contemporary Literature and Theatre Conference (Estonia: 2007), the Gwen Frostic National Reading Series at Western Michigan University (Nov, 2008), and at Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble (Dec, 2008). His two textbooks, "The Art of Theatre: Then and Now" and "Experiencing the Art of Theatre" are in their second edition from Wadsworth (2010), and are in use at over 100 colleges and universities nationwide. As a professional new play dramaturg, Erik has consulted on the development of a number of award winning plays, including Julie Jensen's DUST EATERS, one of four finalists for the PEN USA 2006 Literary Awards for Drama. In 2007 Erik was named a Kennedy Center Faculty Fellow for his work in new play development. In 2010 he was appointed as Director of Innovation, Research and Theory for WordBRIDGE Playwrights' Laboratory, and this past September he was invited to teach master classes in playwriting and new play development technique at Lubimovka Playwrights Laboratory in Moscow, Russia
Mary Tensing is an actor, playwright, director, and teacher. A number of theatres have commissioned her to write new works and she has directed for The Women's Theater Initiative, The Know Theatre Tribe, and The Children's Theatre, as well as a number of touring productions for Cincinnati Opera's Education Ensemble and Theatre IV. Mary is a graduate of Cincinnati's School for Creative and Performing Arts and Northwestern University.