Directing: She-Rantulas from Outer Space – in 3D!, Bent, Friends of Dorothy (Diversionary Theatre); [sic], Bronze (Sledgehammer Theatre); American Buffalo, Medea, Come Back to the 5-and Dime, Jimmy Dean (Compass Theatre); The Threepenny Opera, Cuatro Corridos (UCSD School of Music); Brooklyn Boy, The Sunshine Boys (Scripps Ranch Theatre); The Man Who Came to Dinner (Coronado Playhouse); Prom Night, Trevor, A Man of His Word (Playwrights Project); Macbeth, Night of the Iguana, The Laramie Project,RENT, Balm in Gilead, Twelve Angry Men, You Can’t Take it With You (Southwestern College). Produced Plays: She-Rantulas from Outer Space – in 3D! (New York International Fringe Festival), Bronze (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Award), Friends of Dorothy, Oedipus in the Tragicomic Bathtub, Cool as We Fly, Dance on the Sun, Come to Life! Not-So-Tiny Tim’s Great Big Musical.
Will Cooper is a playwright based in San Diego. His plays Book of Leaves and Jade Heart received acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Jade Heart was last produced at San Diego’s MOXIE Theatre in 2014. A founding partner of The Roustabouts, his drama Margin of Error opened for previews on April 19th and ran through May 7th, 2017 to rave reviews. It was selected as "Critics Choice" by the San Diego Union-Tribune and was a nominee for “Best New Play” by the San Diego Critics Circle. Will is an Associate Member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Phil Johnson is a proud founding partner in The Roustabouts Theatre Co. As an actor/ writer, his latest solo show, A Jewish Joke (co-written with Marni Freedman, directed by David Ellenstein) opens Off Broadway on Theatre Row in NYC this February, having just closed in San Diego for The Roustabouts, as well as touring regionally: Chicago’s Victory Gardens, New Haven, and St. Louis. (AJewishJoke.com). Other original shows: Withering Heights, written and performed with Omri Schein and directed by Ellenstein, for TRTC; She-Rantulas from Outer Space in 3D!, co-written with Ruff Yeager, for Diversionary Theatre and the NY Fringe Festival; and Hound of the Baskervilles, as a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Grantee, at North Coast Rep in 2012. Phil played in Les Misérables on Broadway and on tour; the Canadian production of Sunset Boulevard; and the 1st National Co. of Miss Saigon. He is a two-time winner of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award for acting, for Midsummer Night’s Dream at Intrepid Theatre Company, and The Man Who Came to Dinner. So. California theatres include North Coast Rep (Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Spelling Bee), Old Globe (How the Grinch...), and Cygnet Theatre (Mistakes Were Made, Pageant). Local directing credits include SD Playwrights Project and Scripps Ranch Theatre. PhilJohnson.net
Omri is a San Diego-based performer/lyricist/playwright. As a writer: Withering Heights (2017 Premiere) with The Roustabouts Theatre Co., Gary Goldfarb: Master Escapist (Published by Steele Spring Stage Rights and winner of the 2013 New York Musical Festival Award for Best Lyrics), Mambo Italiano, a musical based on the film of the same name (Westchester Broadway Theatre, 2019), The Grotesques (based on internationally-renown author Aharon Appelfeld's novella The Retreat), The Savoyard Murders (reading with Backyard Renaissance), as well as an upcoming musical adaptation of “The Evolution Of Calpurnia Tate”. Recently as a performer he has been seen in A Funny Thing…Forum at North Coast Repertory Theatre and at Lambs Players: Noises Off, The Explorer's Club, Beau Jest. New York: The People Vs. Mona (Off-Broadway/Cast Recording), Hell’s Belles, Henry V. International Tour: Grease. Regional: When You’re in Love, The Whole World Is Jewish (directed by Jason Alexander), A Funny Thing…Forum, Dear World, among others. San Diego: Withering Heights, Around the World In 80 Days, Laughter on The 23rd Floor, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Five Course Love, The Big Bang, The Underpants, When Pigs Fly, among others. MFA Musical Theatre SDSU. www.omri-schein.com
Marni Freedman (BFA, LMFT) is a produced, published, and award-winning writer. After graduating as an award-winning student from the USC School of Filmic Writing, Marni began her career with her play, Two Goldsteins on Acid, which was produced in Los Angeles. She worked as a script doctor for top film companies and worked as a script agent for the Mary Sue Seymour Agency. One of her plays was made into a film, Playing Mona Lisa, and was produced by Disney. Marni has written for Tony Award-winning Harvey Fierstein, Academy Award-nominee Elliot Gould and Emmy Award-winner, Johnny Galecki. Marni teaches at San Diego Writers Ink, UCSD Extension, The Center for Creative Aging, runs the successful San Diego Writers Network and produces a yearly theatrical Memoir Showcase. Last year, Marni and her husband Carlos edited the Anthology, The Literary Vine, which was published by Wolfheart Press. This year they will be editing and publishing the First Annual Memoir Showcase Anthology, published by MCM Press. Marni is also a therapist for artists and writers. Her welcoming, easy-going nature and solid background are the underpinnings of what makes her such a popular writing coach across the country. Marni is a unique writing coach because she has a tool for almost everything. She has a way of taking complicated information and translating it into easy-to-grasp, step-by-step information. Her character worksheets and plotting devices have been met with rave reviews. Her first book on writing, 7 Essential Writing Tools: That Will Absolutely Make Your Writing Better (And Enliven the Soul) is an Amazon Bestseller. Her next two books, Permission to Roar, A Handbook for Thought Leaders Who Want to Write, and The Memoir Map will be out in 2018. You can also find Marni on Facebook or at thefeistywriter.com, a writing hub to help writers find and believe in their authentic voice.
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