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Donna Hoke - Playwright

Donna’s work has been seen in 47 states and on five continents, including at Barrington Stage, Barrow Group, Celebration Theatre, Gulfshore Theatre, Queens Theatre, Lake Dillon Theatre Company, Theatre Aspen, The Road, Phoenix Theatre, Atlantic Stage, Purple Rose, Skylight, Pride Films and Plays, New Jersey Rep, Hens and Chickens (London), The Galway Fringe Festival, and Actors Repertory Theatre of Luxembourg. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (O’Neill, Princess Grace, and Austin Film Festival finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and TEACH (Gulfshore New Works, O'Neill semifinalist). She has been nominated for the Primus, Blackburn, and Laura Pels prizes, and is a three-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS, ONCE IN MY LIFETIME). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, in its final three years, Artvoice named her Buffalo's Best Writer—the only woman to ever receive the designation.


Donna also been serving the Dramatists Guild in various capacities since 2012, is an ensemble playwright at Road Less Traveled Productions, blogger, moderator of the 13,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook, New York Times-published crossword puzzle constructor; children's and trivia book author; and founder/co-curator of BUA Takes 10: GLBT Short Stories. Speaking engagements include Citywrights, Kenyon Playwrights Conference, the Dramatists Guild National Conference, Chicago Dramatists, the Austin Film Festival, and a live Dramatists Guild webinar. Her commentary has been seen on #2amt, howlround, The Dramatist, the Official Playwrights of Facebook, Workshopping the New Play (Applause, 2017), and at donnahoke.com.


Adam holds an MFA from the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University.

Adam Hahn - Playwright

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Adam Hahn's OVERLAY premiered with SkyPilot Theatre Company in Los Angeles. Other productions with SkyPilot have included MURDER . . . MURDER . . . MURDER . . . , KONG: A GODDAMN THIRTY-FOOT GORILLA, THE MERMAID WARS, and the musical EARTHBOUND (with composer Jonathan Price and lyricist Chana Wise). Other productions include FROGGER and DEAR ABE at Studio Roanoke in Roanoke, VA and FEEDBACK LOOP in the Hollywood Fringe Festival. Some of his short plays for young audiences are available from YouthPLAYS.

Adam holds an MFA from the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University.

Samantha Macher - Playwright

Samantha  is an award-winning playwright and filmmaker based in Washington, DC. Since beginning her career in 2011, she had over 70 productions of her written work both in the US and abroad. Her play "Reset" was a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Playwriting Award (2015) and her play War Bride was the winner of the StageScene LA Play of the Year (2012). Her award-winning documentary "Last Pyramid" (2015) was accepted into several festival and her newest film "To The New Girl" is now available on Amazon Prime. Her scripted podcast "St. Mary's School (for Children with the Stigmata)" has charted internationally for audio dramas on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, and has reached over thirty-thousand listens since it launched in 2021. Samantha is also a theater educator, and was a Visiting Professor in the Hollins MFA Playwriting Program and was also the Keenan Lecturer for the UVA Drama Department while her play "The Arctic Circle *and a Recipe for Swedish Pancakes" was in production (2016). Samantha is resident playwright at First Look Buffalo, a resident playwright emeritus at SkyPilot Theater in Los Angeles, a proud graduate of the University of Virginia, and the Playwrights Lab at Hollins University.