Entry Point 2019 Panelists

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FREE afternoon panel discussions

Saturday, January 19 at 2:00pm & 3:30pm

Enjoy free Saturday afternoon panel discussions with guest speakers whose work is shaping the national theatre field.
Saturday’s panel discussions are an official Dramatists Guild – Ohio event and will be livestreamed by HowlRound.

the panelists include:

Eric Coble

Playwright, CPT 2016/2017 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow

Eric Coble’s plays have been produced on Broadway (Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated The Velocity of Autumn), Off-Broadway (Bright Ideas), in Disney Theme Parks (Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple), in all fifty states and on several continents, including productions at Cleveland Public Theatre and Cleveland Play House. Awards include two AATE Distinguished Play Awards for Best Adaptation, the Chorpenning Playwriting Award for Body of Work, the National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants. Thirty of Eric’s scripts have been published by DPS, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing, and others.

Amy Mueller

Playwrights Foundation Artistic Director

Amy Mueller is an award-winning director and producer of original theatre, and is a national leader in new play development. At Playwrights Foundation, she has transformed the scope of the organization into a national center for playwrights focused on developing new work for the American stage, and has played a key role in accelerating the artistic and career growth of a diverse range of playwrights, many of whom are now prominent in the field. She has directed the development of dozens of plays including George Brant’s Grounded, and has shepherded several hundred new works including Aaron Loeb’s Ideation, and Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop.

Milta Ortiz

Playwright, Borderlands Theater Associate Artistic Director

Milta Ortiz is currently working with StoryWorks and Arizona Daily Star on a play about two friends in the Arizona Foster Care system. Her play Judge Torres has its world premiere at Milagro Theatre Group this January and will continue on to a national tour. Her play Sanctuary recently premiered at Borderlands Theater. Her play Más was produced at Su Teatro and co-produced by Laney College and Ubuntu Theater Project, premiered at Borderlands Theater, was nominated for a Steinberg-ATCA Award, toured Arizona Universities, and was produced at San Diego State University. She was a National New Play Network Playwright in Residence at Borderlands Theater.

Nikkole Salter


Nikkole’s work has appeared in 20+ Off-Broadway, regional, and international theatres. Her play REPAIRING A NATION (Kilroy’s Honorable Mention) aired on WNET’s “Theatre Close-Up.” Nikkole co-authored/performed in (with Danai Gurira) Pulitzer Prize-nominated/OBIE award-winning play In the Continuum (ITC), which received NY Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award for Best New American Play, Seldes-Kanin fellowship (TheatreHall of Fame), and Global Tolerance Award (Friends of the United Nations). Nikkole is a 2014 MAP Fund Grant recipient, a Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, a two time Playwrights of New York Fellowship nominee, is working on commissions from Woolly Mammoth and NJPAC/Luna Stage, and the screen adaptation of Manchild in the Promised Land. Nikkole sits on the Board of Directors of the Theatre Communications Group. www.nikkolesalter.com

Beth Wood

CPT Associate Artistic Director & Director of Production

Beth Wood is a director, actress, administrator, and creator. As a director of adventurous scripted work, Beth has directed multiple World Premieres, including two NNPN Rolling World Premieres, and was selected as a finalist for the National Directing Fellowship in 2017. Beth manages four New Play Development series at CPT that invest in outside-the-mainstream work and the artistic growth of Northeast Ohio creators. In 2016, she was awarded a TCG Leadership U[niversity] Continuing Ed grant to research long-term new play development models across the country. In addition to her work with scripted plays, Beth produces large-scale community events for CPT.

The Moderators:

Raymond Bobgan

CPT Executive Artistic Director

Raymond is a director and playwright. His theatrical work has been seen in Romania, Brazil, Denmark, Serbia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and throughout the US and Canada. Raymond has won numerous awards and currently serves as the President of the Board for National New Play Network and serves on the Theatre Communications Group Board of Directors. Raymond initiated CPT’s Student Theatre Enrichment Program, Teatro Público de Cleveland, and Station Hope. As the artistic leader of CPT, Raymond has produced 50 world premiere productions. In 2017, Raymond received the Cisgender Ally Award at Cleveland’s Transgender Day of Remembrance, and in 2015, received Equality Ohio’s Ally Award.

Les Hunter

Playwright, Ohio Representative, Dramatists Guild of America

Les Hunter’s plays include Down by Contact (Playwrights Local/Dobama Theatre), and Weimar (Baldwin Wallace University). He wrote for every part of the NYC hit The Jackson Heights Trilogy (Theatre 167). His plays have been produced or developed by theaters including: Cleveland Public Theatre, Bates College, St. Joseph’s College, Manhattan Theatre Source, Artistic New Directions, and America-in-Play; and are published by Playscripts, Indie Theatre, and Brooklyn Publishers. His play To the Orchard was a JPP 2016 international Jewish Playwriting Contest Finalist. His articles appear in American Theatre magazine, The Dramatist, HowlRound, Experimental O’Neill, and Performing the Progressive Era. Hunter teaches English at Baldwin Wallace.

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