3GT is privileged to work with this accomplished and innovative group of Bay Area woman playwrights. Above, left to right: Mary Knoll, Margery Kreitman, Patricia Milton, Lee Brady, AJ Baker, Suze Allen, Robin Bradford and Lynne Kaufman.
Robin Bradford is a writer, director and producer who transitioned from 25 years as CEO of a highly successful Bay Area staffing company to independent film production. Among the many films produced and developed by her company, Bright Line Films, are THE GOOD DAUGHTER, GRADUATION (sold to Magnolia Pictures), FRANK (sold to First Look Studios), LAKOTA HOPE and DREAM WEAVERS. THE GOOD DAUGHTER also appeared as a stage play at the San Francisco Fringe Festival, where it received a Best of Fringe Award. CHANT, an original contemporary Opera, music by Massimiliano Frani and libretto by Robin Bradford, premiered in Venice, Italy in 2008. Robin’s screenplays have been celebrated at festivals and competitions nationwide, and have won top screenwriting honors at (among others) the Telluride Independent Film Festival, the Key West Independent Film Festival, the Houston Worldfest Film Festival, the Moondance Film Festival, the Heart of Austin Film Festival and the Cinequest Film Festival. Her screenplay LA BELLA DIVA was a finalist for the Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
Claire Chafee’s play, WHY WE HAVE A BODY, had its world premiere at Magic Theatre and went on to be produced Off-Broadway at the Judith Anderson Theatre by Women’s Project. It has been produced in numerous theatres around the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Minneapolis, Dallas, Chicago, Florida and South Carolina as well as in Vancouver, Canada and Perth, Australia. In 2011, the play had its tenth anniversary revival at the Magic. Other plays includeEVEN AMONG THESE ROCKS, also produced at Magic, DARWIN’S FINCHES, produced by Encore Theatre at The Thick House, FIVE WOMEN ON A HILL IN SPAIN at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival and The Greene Theatre, Emerson, Boston and WHISPER FROM THE BOOK OF ETIQUETTE at New Georges, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and New York Stage and Screen at Vassar. Her awards include a Drama-Logue Award, the Bay Area Critics’ Circle Award, a Princess Grace Special Projects Award, and the Oppenheimer Award from New York Newsday for Best Emerging Playwright. Her work has been published by Penguin Books, Smith & Kraus (Women Playwrights: The Best Plays of 1993), Alexandra Street Press, an online collection for scholarly research, and in the literary journals NuMuse and ZYZZYVA. Chafee is a member of The Dramatists Guild, and holds an MFA from Brown University and an EdM in arts education from Harvard University. She teaches graduate creative writing at California College of the Arts (CCA).
Lynne Kaufman is the author of twenty full length plays, three novels and dozens of short stories. Her play DAISY IN THE DREAMTIME premiered in New York City at The Abingdon Theatre and was published in Women Playwrights: Best New Plays and by Dramatic Publishing. It was produced at S.F. State University as a Rella Losey Award Winner. It was also presented by the Fountain Theate in Los Angeles as a recipient of a Hot Properties Grant from the L.A. Arts Council and The A.S.K. Foundation. For DAISY IN THE DREAMTIME and her other works, Lynne was awarded The Otis Guernsey New Voice in American Theatre Award at The William Inge Theatre Festival. Her play FAKES premiered at Florida Studio Theatre and was optioned for film by 20th Century Fox and for television by Jean Doumanian Productions. SHOOTING SIMONE premiered at Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, received six subsequent regional productions and was published by Dramatic Publishing. Four of Lynne’s plays premiered at The Magic Theatre including THE COUCH, which won The Glickman Award for Best New Play in San Francisco and SPEAKING IN TONGUES, which won a Kennedy Center/NEA/ Fund for New American Plays Award. Her play OUR LADY OF THE DESERT won Theatreworks ‘Best New Play in California Award”.
Lynne regularly teaches writing workshops at OLLI, U.C. Berkeley, S.F. State University and Dominican University. She is co-director of The Playwrights Lab at 142 Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley. More details are available on her web site: www.LynneKaufman.com.
Mary Knoll is a playwright and actress originally from St. Louis, Missouri. Mary now lives, writes and performs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Mary’s play, AMORE has been named a semi-finalist in the “Next Generations Playwrighting Contest” with Reverie Productions in New York City. Her play, MEMOIR OF A BAR ROOM FLOSSY was produced at The Exit in San Francisco and her rewrite of a Grand Guignol play, THE MASQUERADE was produced with “Thrillpeddlers” in San Francisco. Mary was a member of the Monday Night Group (www.sfplaywrights.blogspot.com), a playwriting group in San Francisco and presently participates with a Writing Salon in Pacifica. She is also a member of Actors’ Equity Association and has performed throughout the Midwest as well as the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. Mary’s performances have received the Critics Choice Award in St.Louis and the Bay Area Theatre Critics Award in the Bay Area. She holds a BA in English Literature with a Creative Writing Emphasis from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.
Margery Kreitman is author of PLEASE WAIT FOR THE BEEP (Cable Car Award nominee), produced in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Other plays include PICTURE ME (Jane Chambers’ Playwriting Award), produced by Theater Rhino, DIGITALLY YOURS, produced by Theater Rhino and The New Conservatory Theater, and SAX AND THE SINGLE DYKE, co-produced by Theater Rhino. Margery’s solo works are HOME PLATES (‘Dean Goodman Choice Awards), THIRTY YEARS LATER, PHENOMENAL DREAD OF INTIMACY, PAYDAY AT PUKALANI (A Maui Fringe Festival winner), and BOUNCING. She has performed at numerous other venues in the Bay Area including The Marsh, The Exit, CounterPulse, StageWerx. The New Conservatory Theater, Noh Space, The Magic Theater, Theater Rhino, Venue 9, and The Plush Room. She recently read her latest solo work, A SINGULAR STORY, at the Thick House as an Associate Playwright with 3Girls Theater Company, and performed her solo piece, MUGSHOTS, at the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts. Her short stories have appeared in Pisgah, Rockhurst Review, Gargoyle, Dos Passos Review, and Clackamas. Her work also appears in Scenes and Monologues for Young Actors, published by Smith and Kraus. Margery has taught acting, improv and playwriting and was a faculty member at ACT’S Young Conservatory, The Academy of Art University, and various Bay Area public and private schools.
Patricia Milton is delighted and honored to be a 3GT Associate Playwright. Her plays include BELIEVERS (World Premiere, Wiley West, August 2012), REDUCTION IN FORCE, (World Premiere at Central Works, Berkeley, CA, July 2011), THE ONLY VIRGIN IN JUBILEE COUNTY (Prizewinner, 2007 Hill Country Playwriting Festival, Eldridge Publishing), BUSYBODY (Bay Area One Acts 2008, Original Works Publishing), and SOLVING SUNFLOWERS (Prizewinner, 2009 Eudora Welty New Play Series). Her post-apocalyptic comedy BELIEVERS was seen at the Wily West New Play Festival 2011, San Francisco, and Playwrights Revolution 2010 at Capital Stage Company, Sacramento. Her short plays have been produced internationally, and seen locally at PianoFight, Woman’s Will Playfest, SF Fringe Festival, and Sheherezade. PORN YESTERDAY and IT’S MURDER, MARY! co-authored with Andrew Black, have been produced around the country, including New York (Curan Repertory), San Francisco (New Conservatory Theatre Center), San Diego, Memphis, and Phoenix. Patricia is past President, Playwrights Center of San Francisco (PCSF), and a member of PCSF, Theatre Bay Area, Play Café, International Centre for Women Playwrights, Central Works Writing Group, and The Dramatists Guild. More at patricia-milton.com