Meet the Playwrights

Our playwrights come to us with unique points of view, writing inventive challenging material that springs from the storytelling tradition ​fundamental to great theatre.

Gabrielle Brewer-Wallin

Gabrielle Brewer-Wallin

The Museum: Memories of an American Family by Gabrielle Brewer-Wallin

Gabrielle’s theater experience includes directing, dramaturgy, administration, teaching as well as playwriting.  Gabrielle’s credits include Associate Artistic Director (Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre), directing and dramaturgy at The MET Theatre (Los Angeles), The Attic Theatre (Los Angeles), Bakersfield College, and Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre where her production of La Bête won critical acclaim. Oregon credits include directing at Willamette University, Lewis & Clark College, and Portland-area high schools.  Locally, Gabrielle built a theater program at Chemeketa Community College, where she directed and taught a variety of performance and design classes and led a study abroad program to London, England.  She holds an undergraduate degree and M.A.T. in English from Lewis & Clark College, and an M.F.A in theater directing from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Gabrielle continues to teach in addition to writing for theater.

 

E. M. Lewis

E. M. Lewis

Dorothy's Dictionary by E.M. Lewis

E.M. Lewis is an award-winning playwright, teacher, and opera librettist. Her work has been produced around the world, and published by Samuel French. Lewis received an Edgerton Award for the world premiere of her epic Antarctica play Magellanica at Artists Repertory Theater, the Steinberg Award for Song of Extinction and the Primus Prize for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for outstanding writing of a world premiere play, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a playwriting fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, and the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama.

Plays by Lewis include: How the Light Gets In (a semi-finalist for the O’Neill which had its world premiere in Fall 2019 at Boston Court Pasadena), Apple Season (which received a National New Play Network rolling world premiere in 2019), The Gun Show (which has had more than thirty productions across the country, and premiered internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), You Can See All the Stars (a play for college students commissioned by the Kennedy Center), Dorothy's Dictionary, True Story, Now Comes the Night, and Infinite Black Suitcase. She is currently working on a big new play called The Great Divide, commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of their American Revolutions history play project. In her opera work, Lewis was commissioned to write Town Hall for University of Maryland's Maryland Opera Studio with composer Theo Popov; it had its orchestral premiere at Willamette University. Lewis is currently working on an opera commission with composer Evan Meier called Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant, which will have an orchestral workshop in New York City in February 2020. Lewis is a proud member of LineStorm Playwrights, Opera America, and the Dramatists Guild, and is a resident artist at Artists Repertory Theater. She lives on her family’s farm in Oregon.

Rachael Carnes

Rachael Carnes

Windberry Creek by Rachael Carnes

Playwright Rachael Carnes received a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship, and had more than 50 productions in 2019, across the U.S., U.K., Canada and Asia, with recent invitations to develop work at the William Inge Theatre Festival (2018), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Playwriting Intensive (2019), the Midwestern Dramatists Center Conference (2018 & 2019), the Mid-America Theater Conference (2019 & 2020), the American Association for Theatre in Higher Education New Play Development Series (2019), the Sewanee Writers’ Conference (2019), the Ivoryton Playhouse Women Playwrights Initiative (2019), the Parson’s Nose Theatre’s Women Playwright Series (Winter and Fall, 2019), the Cambridge U.K. WriteON Festival (2019) and the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival (2019), where her award-winning play “Partner Of—" was chosen from among 900 scripts. Rachael is humbled to be a recipient of a 2020 Oregon Literary Fellowship, one of 13 recipients selected for their literary excellence by out-of-state judges, from among 357 applicants. Rachael’s plays are seen in many literary journals, including The Coachella Review, the Silk Road Review, Cascadia Rising Review, Some Scripts Literary Review, Feels Blind Literary and more. Her play “Practice House” had a staged reading at Oregon Contemporary Theatre, was workshopped at the Sewanee Writers Conference, is an alternate for the 2020 Comparative Drama Conference staged reading series, and was chosen for the 2020 Mid-America Theatre Conference Plays-in-Progress series. “Practice House” is semi-finalist for the 2019 New Dramatists Princess Grace Award, and has been invited to the 2020 Great Plains Theatre Conference. Rachael’s play “Yoncalla” is a semi-finalist for the PlayMakers Repertory’s 2020 International Thomas Wolfe Playwriting Award. Rachael is the founder and editor of CodeRedPlaywrights, a consortium of writers across the country, responding to gun violence. She and her family live in Oregon. www.rachaelcarnes.com

Laura Wheatman Hill

Laura Wheatman Hill

Tips for Raising my Daughter by Laura Wheatman Hill

Laura Wheatman Hill lives in Portland, Oregon with her dentist and two children. She attended Willamette University and has her BA in English and theatre (directing) as well as her MAT. As a playwright, she has trained with John Cariani, Jose Rivera, Luis Alfaro, and even had a staged reading of a ten-minute-play receive feedback from Tony Kushner. Now, she blogs about parenting, writes about everything, and teaches English and drama. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, Filter Free Parenting, and Distressed Millennial. Tips for Raising My Daughter is dedicated to Annie Rimmer-Weeks who made her write it. You can find Laura at https://laurawheatmanhill.blogspot.com/


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