FREE afternoon panel discussions
Saturday, January 25 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.
the panelists include:
India Nicole Burton
2019/2020 NNPN Producer in Residence
India Nicole Burton is an actress, director, playwright, and producer. India founded Ma’Sue Productions, an African American theatre company, and acted as co-artistic director until 2015. Acting credits: Julius Caesar, Bootycandy, An Octoroon, and Orlando. Directing credits: for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf and The Laramie Project (Heads Up Productions); Daybreak’s Children, A Happening on Imperial, and O Patria Mia (Ma’Sue Productions); Little Women (Hathaway Brown Theatre Institute); Fire on the Water (CPT, co-directed with Raymond Bobgan), Panther Women: An Army for the Liberation (working title), and three short plays at CPT’s Station Hope. India is a New World Performance Lab board member.
Actor / Playwright / Director, 2019/2020 Nord Family Foundation Playwright Fellow
Nina is a New Orleans native currently based in Cleveland. She was recently named the Barbara Smith Playwright in Residence at Twelve Literary Arts. Her solo show Ya Mama! (directed by Nathan Henry) launched its tour at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and had a run at CPT in 2018. Credits include: Paradise Blue (Justin Emeka, Karamu House), Revolt, She Said. Revolt, Again (Sarah E. Wansley, Dobama Theatre), Medea At 6 (Ensemble Theatre), It Hasn’t Always Been This Way by Ntozake Shange (Off Broadway, Diane McIntyre). Critics say that Nina is “…a young Anna Deavere Smith” and watching her is “like a master class in acting.” Nina is a wife and mother of five, her greatest work to date.
Dr. Jimmy A. Noriega
Founder & Artistic Director of Teatro Travieso/Troublemaker Theatre
Jimmy has directed 30+ productions in English and Spanish in Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Israel, Romania, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, India, and NYC. In 2012, he founded Teatro Travieso/Troublemaker Theatre, which operates on the premise that theatre can create positive change in the world. He received the 2013 Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and co-edited the book Theatre and Cartographies of Power: Repositioning the Latina/o Americas. He has a PhD from Cornell University and is Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the College of Wooster.
Creator / Director, Artistic Director of Maelstrom Collaborative Arts
Jeremy primarily works in the field of devised theatre. Original productions include: Inferno, Who We Used To Be, Don’t Wander Off, Broken Codes, The Turing Machine, The Grand Celebration of the Celestial Mystery, TingleTangle, Code: Preludes, The Excavation, and Marble Cities. He is also co-creator of the original works: The Last Day (with the Maelstrom Cadre), NICK&JEREMY (with Nick Riley), Absence (with Michael Rau) and The Beetlebug and the Bad Worm (with Faye Hargate). Other directing credits: Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, Stranded on Earth, Black Cat Lost, My Barking Dog, Inoculations, and Anna Bella Eema. Jeremy graduated from Wesleyan University and has post-graduate training with the Pig Iron Theatre Company, New World Performance Lab, and the Celebration Barn International School for the Performing Arts. Jeremy is a recipient of CPAC Creative Workforce Fellowships in 2012 and 2016.
Eric is a native of Cleveland, and a graduate of Kent State University and the University of Hawai’i. He has worked with theatres around the country including the Denver Center for Performing Arts, Cleveland Play House, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Beck Center for the Arts, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Honolulu Theatre for Youth, and Lantern Theatre. Eric is the recipient of a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, a Creative Workforce Fellowship, an Aurand Harris Fellowship, and a Sloan Foundation Commission. His work has also received three Edgerton Foundation New American Play Awards.
Performer / Director, Artistic Director of Near West Theatre
Trinidad first came to Near West Theatre in 1989 for a teen production of Fame, followed by performances in various shows on the NWT stage over the next 20 years. Her artistry was developed through education at the Cleveland School of Performing Arts and Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, as well as extensive work as a director and performer in Northeast Ohio. She served as a Teaching Artist with The Musical Theater Project, and as the Business Director for The Memorial Opera House in Indiana. She resides in Chardon, Ohio, with her husband Michael and their four wonderful children.
Playwright, Education Outreach Associate at Great Lakes Theater
David has participated in Cleveland’s theatre renaissance as the founder and artistic director of Guerrilla Theater Company and Dobama’s Night Kitchen, and as an actor and director at Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland Public Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts, and Karamu House. Published works include Red Onion/White Garlic, Double Heart (The Courtship of Beatrice and Benedick), adaptations of Agatha Christie’s The Mysterious Affair at Styles and The Secret Adversary, and his award-winning work on stillbirth, I Hate This (a play without the baby). www.davidhansen.org.
Director / Dramaturg / Producer, Playwrights Foundation Artistic Director Emeritus
Amy is an award-winning director and producer of original theatre, and is a national leader in new play development. At Playwrights Foundation, she transformed the scope of the organization into a national center for playwrights focused on developing new work for the American stage, and 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 Marcus Gardley’s …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi and has shepherded several hundred new works including Chris Chen’s The Hundred Flowers Project, Jackie Siblies Drury’s We Are Proud to Present the Presentation of…., Mike Lew’s Teenage Dick, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm’s Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies, Aaron Loeb’s Ideation, and Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop.