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Christin Eve Cato

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Randy Noojin

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Rosanna Staffa

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Gregory S. Moss

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Christin Eve Cato is a native New Yorker with a background in performing arts and production. She graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for Music and Art and the Performing Arts, and Fordham University. You can usually catch her at INTAR Theatre, as a member of Unit52. Christin is also a member of the Hip-Hop Theatre Company, Rhymes Over Beats, and a new ensemble member of New York City’s legendary Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater.

Heavily active in the theatre community, she serves as Co-Chair of Diversity of the YPAC-board of Theater Resources Unlimited, and Co-Founded  La Co-Op (La Cooperativa of New York Latinx Artists), a collective of theatre artists created to bridge the gaps existing in the Latino Theatre Community. She is also a member of New York Women in Film & Television.

Born and raised in the Bronx, with a Puerto Rican and Jamaican heritage, Christin has a very unique approach to her artistic style, and a mix of Caribbean culture, inner-city life, and socio-economic influences. Both an artist and academic, she brings an urban vibe and higher existential understanding to the work which she creates. An award-winning filmmaker, her films have reached festivals like Different Faces, Different Voices; West Virginia Mountaineer Festival; Tulipanes Latino Art & Film Festival; SAG Foundation Showcase ; 33rd Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival; Official Latino Short Film Festival; Viva Latino Film Festival NYC Int’l; Philadelphia Latino Film Festival ; YoFi Film Festival; Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival; New Filmmakers New York Film Festival; Indie Theatre Film Festival 2018; Downtown Urban Arts Festival 2018; and counting. Credits Include- New York Theater: Job (World Premiere/ The Flea Theater); I Hate Fucking Mexicans (World Premiere/The Flea Theater); Shadow Box (Open Hydrant Theater Co.); Satyricoño (INTAR); Marfa Lights (INTAR); The Beacons (New York Premiere/ INTAR); Juliet & Romeo (The Brick); Ribbon About a Bomb (Exquisite Corpse Company at Governor’s Island); Showtime (MITF) Regional Theater: Dancing In My Cockroach Killers (DC Premiere/Gala Hispanic Theatre & Pregones/PRTT); Patience, Fortitude, and other Anti-Depressants (LA Premiere/The LATC); Independent Film and Television: “City Stars”, “Toby and Zee”, and Quantico. Awards: Best Supporting Actress, City Stars, Different Faces, Different Voices International Women’s Film Festival.

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Jon Jory, artistic director at Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL), commissioned and produced Randy Noojin’s one act plays Boaz and Unbeatable Harold, which was later made into a feature film, starring Dylan McDermott, Charles Durning, Henry Winkler, Phyllis Diller and Gladys Knight. At Circle Repertory Company, besides the groundbreaking work being done on the main stage, there was a hotbed of new work being produced by a young company of actors, writers and directors such as Joe Mantello, William Fichner, Michael Mastro, Peter Hedges, Mark Ramont, Cyndi Coyne, all masterminded by Michael Warren Powell, in the Circle Rep Lab (the Lab). Noojin’s play A Better Home A-Waitin' was produced in the Lab by three directors (Peg Denithorn, Sal Trapani, and Tina Ball) with three casts, including Tonya Pinkins and Shawn Colvin, with three different titles. After his internship, Randy joined the Lab company as actor and playwright and worked there regularly for the next ten years. He primarily studied with resident playwright Lanford Wilson and playwright/screenwriter/director, John Bishop. The Lab produced Noojin’s plays Downtown Train, Boaz, Unbeatable Harold, One Man’s Meat (written with Ed "Porkchop" Meyer), Unstripped and The Death of the Blues. Ensemble Studio Theatre produced his one act play You Can’t Trust the Male in their Marathon of One-Act Plays. The play is published by Dramatic Publishing Company and was included in The Best American Short Plays 1991-1992; and excerpts are also published in The Great Monologues from the EST Marathon.

Noojin holds an MFA in Performance from Arizona State University, and an MFA in Playwriting from The University of Iowa’s Playwrights Workshop, where he wrote The Knife Trick, Just Say Something and The Complaint, which won the Maibaum Playwriting Award for plays dealing with issues of social justice, produced by Bloomington Playwrights Project and Cockeyed Optimists at The 45th Street Theatre. He played Hank Williams in three productions of Hank Williams: Lost Highway, at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Mill Mountain Playhouse in VA, and at New Stage in MS. On television, Noojin has been featured on Boardwalk Empire and Royal Pains. Independent films include The Bench, Die Barkley, and Evil Things. His solo play with music, Hard Travelin’ With Woody had its world premiere in The New York International Fringe Festival and has since toured the U.S and Canada.

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Rosanna Staffa is an Italian born playwright and author. Her plays have been presented in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, Minneapolis, and Tokyo. Rosanna’s work has been part of the First Light Festival at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, the Seattle Rep Women Playwrights Festival-Hedgebrook, the Playground Festival at Soho Rep in New York, The New Work Festival at Taper Too in Los Angeles, PlayLabs, The Festival of Ten by Ten at the Theatre Garage, the Bedlam Theatre, and the Fringe Festival in Minneapolis. She has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater, The Sloane Foundation and The Playwrights' Center (Ada), Children’s Theatre Company (Hansel and Gretel, The Biggest Little House in The Forest)) and the Hennepin Center for the Arts (Little Women). Rosanna received recognition as a Bush Grant 2004 Finalist and as a nominee for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Kesserling Award for Ada. She is a past recipient of a McKnight Advancement Grant, a Jerome Fellowship and an AT&T Grant.

Rosanna's play, The Innocence of Ghosts, was seen in New York Off-Broadway at Saint Clement’s Theatre and was filmed for inclusion in the Lincoln Center Theatre on Film Library. Her plays are published by Heinemann and Smith & Krause. A graduate of the Spalding University M.F.A. program in fiction, Rosanna’s fiction is published by The Sun and Tampa Review among many others. Her work will appear in New Rivers Press Anthology, The Best New Writers Vol. 16. Selected for the shortlist for The Masters Review Anthology Prize Vol.VII. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize 2019. She most recently completed a novel, The War Ends At Four. While in Silverton, she plans to develop a play regarding a Houdini-based magician and his partner and their arrival to the US during a moment within the Sacco and Vanzetti trial in Massachusetts.

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Gregory Moss is a writer, educator and performer from Newburyport MA. His work has been produced at Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep, Steppenwolf, La Comédie-Française, EST-LA, Clubbed Thumb, Capital T Theatre and South Coast Rep, among others. His plays include Indian Summer, punkplay, Reunion, Billy Witch, House of Gold and sixsixsix.

Gregory is a MacDowell Fellow and the recipient of a Jerome Fellowship and a McKnight Fellowship. He is the recipient of the Reva Shiner Comedy Prize and an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award. He’s an Affiliated Artist with Clubbed Thumb, and he has served as a mentor for Clubbed Thumb’s early career playwrights’ group, Columbia University’s MFA in Playwriting Program, and through the Playwrights’ Center. His work is published by Overlook Press, Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing Company, Playscripts and in the journals Play: A Journal of Plays and n+1.

He is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, and Head of the MFA Dramatic Writing Program.

Recent productions include the World Premiere of Indian Summer at Playwrights Horizons, NYC (Critics’ Pick, Time Out New York, The 2016 Edgerton Foundation New Play Award); the UK Premiere of punkplay at The Southwark Theatre; House of Gold at La Comédie Française, Paris (Winner, Prix du Public), and at EST-LA, Los Angeles (LA Times and LA Weekly Critics’ Pick) and at Square Product Theater, Boulder CO.; “I Promised Myself to Live Faster”: A Queer Space Opera in the Decadent Style, with Pig Iron Theater Company, Humana Festival of New American Plays, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville; Reunion at South Coast Rep, Costa Mesa, CA (Best New Play of 2014, OC Weekly and StageSourceLA); La Brea, Clubbed Thumb, NYC. 

He is currently at work on a commission for Woolly Mammoth and, for La Jolla Playhouse, The Untitled Hunter S. Thompson Musical, with composer Joe Iconis and director Chris Ashley.