Meet the Playwrights

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

Rich Rubin

Rich Rubin, playwright
Playwright, The Russian Troll

Rich Rubin’s plays have been staged throughout the U.S. as well as in Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Mexico.

Rubin's full-length plays include:

  • Picasso in Paris (winner, Julie Harris Playwright Award)
  • Swimming Upstream (winner, Todd McNerney Playwright Award; finalist, Reva Shiner Comedy Award)
  • Caesar's Blood (finalist, Oregon Book Award, finalist, Ashland New Play Festival)
  • Shakespeare's Skull (winner, Portland Civic Theatre Guild New Play Award)
  • Left Hook (finalist, Woodward-Newman Drama Award; semifinalist, O’Neill Conference)
  • Assisted Living (winner, Neil Simon Festival New Play Award)
  • One Weekend in October (winner, Playhouse Creatures Emerging Playwright Award; semifinalist, O’Neill Conference)
  • Cottonwood in the Flood (winner, Fratti-Newman Political Play Award)
  • Costa Rehab (finalist, Oregon Book Award)
  • September Twelfth (finalist, Oregon Book Award; finalist, Playwrights First Award)
  • Marilyn/Misfits/Miller (finalist, Julie Harris Playwright Award; semifinalist, O’Neill Conference)
  • Kafka's Joke (finalist, Woodward International Playwriting Prize; semi-finalist Jewish Plays Project)
  • Class Acts (semifinalist, O’Neill Conference)

Rich Rubin is a member of the Dramatists Guild, New Play Exchange, Portland’s Nameless Playwrights, and LineStorm Playwrights.


Nora Douglass

nora-douglass.jpgPlaywright, Unbuttoning Virginia

Nora Douglass holds an MFA in Playwriting from The University of Washington School of Drama where her thesis play, Edmonds Stories, was the only student play ever to be included in the UW Mainstage Season. Playwriting awards include three Kennedy Center ACTF Awards, including the National David Library Award for best play about the American Experience, first place in the Drury College One Act Play competition, and a Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat fellowship.

Her plays have been included in several theater festivals including invitations to the Seattle Fringe Festival, New York’s Love Creek One-Act Festival, Seattle’s Best of the Rest, and six seasons of Theater Company of Lafayette’s Short Play Festivals. One of these plays, The Frankenstein Experiment, received an ovation award from the Denver Post. Nora has taught drama and creative writing to elementary through college-age students and served as artist-in-residence for three colleges.

A Theatre 33 alum, Unbuttoning Virginia will be Nora’s third play to be selected for development. Her plays Shorn and Martine Out of TIme were included in Theatre 33’s 3 by 3 2017 and 2018 Summer Festivals"


Maury Zeff

maury-zeff.headshot.jpgPlaywright, Merchant of Stratford

Maury Ziff’s plays have been produced around the country and his writing has been published in American Fiction, Southern California Review, Embark, bosque, Switchback, The Best of PlayGround (2014 and  2017), Crab Orchard Review (forthcoming), and elsewhere. His short story “Violeta, Violeta” was a nominee for a 2020 Pushcart Prize. As a PlayGround company member, his plays have received a fellowship, four audience awards, and two appearances in the annual Best of PlayGround Festival.

Zeff writes and teaches at the San Francisco Writers Grotto, and is also a co-founder and co-host of San Francisco’s long-running Babylon Salon reading and performance series. Maury earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of San Francisco in 2008, and is currently pursuing an MFA in San Francisco State University’s Playwriting program.

Willamette University

Theatre 33

Salem Campus

M. Lee Pelton Theatre
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

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