Daniel Caffrey is a Chicago-based playwright and the Artistic Director of The Tympanic Theatre Company. He has written and directed for a number of Chicago companies, including Tympanic, ARFTCO, Chicago Dramatists, Dramatis Personae, Dream Theatre, Hobo Junction, iO, The Rough House, The Ruckus, The Side Project, and WildClaw. Occasionally an actor, he has performed in And Then It Burst and Splintered Crosses (both with Tympanic), SKALD 10 (WNEP), The Feats Of Strength (Dramatis Personae), and Slipping (The Side Project – in both Chicago and Dublin). His one-act play, Dark Horse, will be produced by Tympanic at The Side Project this July. Mr. Caffrey holds BA Degrees in Theatre and Creative Writing from Florida State University and is a graduate of the Training Center at iO.
Lindsey Ferrentino (NYC) - With 3-time Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Edward Albee.
Lindsey Ferrentino is an emerging young playwright currently working in New York. She is one of the 2009-2010 recipients of The Edward Albee Foundation's Playwriting Fellowship and Residency. Her plays have been performed at the Kennedy Center Theater Lab (Washington, D.C.), The Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, England), the Manhattan Repertory Theater (New York), the Three Legged Dog Art and Technical Center (New York), and Surfside Playhouse (Cocoa Beach, Florida). She is the winner of The Cappies International Playwriting Contest, Winterfest Playwriting Competition, The Florida Today Playwriting Competition, and she was a finalist for the 2008 New York Writers' Summit. She has studied with The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and The Writers' Guild of Great Britain. Ms. Ferrentino holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Mary Laws (NYC) - Literary Associate for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
Mary Laws is a New York-based playwright currently acting as Literary Associate for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. Her collected plays include Blue Mug, Untitled One, Old Records, Sights and Sounds at Fingal’s Cave, and Us. Her plays have been produced at The Secret Theatre in New York and received readings at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, The Richmond Shepard Theater, New World Stages, The Cherry Lane, Le Pavé d'Orsay in Paris, and the Horton Foote American Playwrights Festival. The Ampersand Review recently published Sights and Sounds at Fingal's Cave for their annual journal. She was the recipient of the 2008 UR/SA Grant in Playwriting and a finalist in the Alley Theatre’s HYPE - Houston Young Playwrights' Exchange. Originally from Houston, Ms. Laws holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Performance from Baylor University.
I am incredibly proud of our Initiative selections this year. Be sure not to miss our professional reading series at the end of the summer; all readings are open and free to the public and will conclude with Q&A sessions between playwright, actor, and audience.