Get to Know the FringeNYC 2016 Playwrights

Meet David Leeper, Sean Chandler, Kevin P. Joyce, Elena Zucker, Jonathon Ward, Robert Gelberg, Alexander Janosek Doyle, Dahn Hiuni and Andrew Kramer

We’re starting to get bios and other info about the new playwrights whose work is part of the 2016 FringeNYC Collection on Indie Theater Now. This is one of my favorite parts of the publishing process–I love to learn about the diverse backgrounds and experiences of these writers, and I’m excited to share some tidbits about our new playwrights with you. Follow all the links below to get to know these folks and see what they look like (and you’ll also find links to their social media pages on Twitter and Facebook, too!).

For example, Sean Chandler–in addition to his work as a playwright–co-hosts a podcast called Lundon Calling with LGBTQ figures Ace Lundon and Donny Winter. His collaborator David Leeper considers himself more of an actor than a writer, and is also Sean’s husband. Sean and David’s FringeNYC play is AT THE FLASH.

Kevin P. Joyce (THE BRAGGART OF BOURBON STREET) is artistic director of his own theater company, the delightfully named Dry with a Twist Theatrics.

Andrew Kramer (WHALES & SOULS) is a native of Cleveland, Ohio who spent a good deal of time working in Queensland, Australia. Small world: Elena Zucker debuted her FringeNYC show THREAD in Perth, Australia!

Elena is one of many ITN playwrights whose “day job” is as a teacher. She’s at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC. Alexander Janosek Doyle (IS THAT DANNY DEVITO? AND OTHER QUESTIONS FROM WEST OF THE HUDSON) is an English teacher at Dickinson High School in New Jersey. And Dahn Hiuni (MURMURS AND INCANTATIONS) is adjunct professor of art at School of Visual Arts, Empire State College and Hudson County Community College.

Meanwhile, Jonathon Ward (THE THEATRE MADE IN PARADISE) is a recent retiree from academia, having served as Department Administrator at the NYU Graduate Acting Program until 2014. Robert Gelberg (THE PRINCEMAKER), at the other end of the career spectrum, was the winner of the 2010 NJ Young Playwrights Competition.

I expect to be back with some details about more of the FringeNYC playwrights soon!