Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Meet the Festival Dramaturgs

whisper fish

Lydia Garcia joined Marin Theatre Company as the Literary Manager and Resident Dramaturg in April 2016. Before becoming a member of the MTC team, she was the Resident Dramaturg at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where she dramaturged more than 20 plays in 8 seasons including the world premieres of Sean Graney’s The Yeomen of the Guard, Alexa Junge’s Fingersmith, Tracy Young and Oded Gross’s The Imaginary Invalid and The Servant of Two Masters, and Octavio Solis’s Quixote. Garcia is a current Executive Committee member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). In addition to her dramaturgical work, she is a trained staff facilitator for issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity, and a proud member of the artEquity facilitator team led by Carmen Morgan. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Yale School of Drama.

Non-Player Character

Laura Brueckner is a dramaturg specializing in new work development and digital dramaturgy. She is a proud resident artist at Crowded Fire Theater, where she has supported world premieres by stellar talents Lauren Gunderson, Christopher Chen, Dipika Guha, and Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, among others. She also currently serves as research dramaturg for an OSF American Revolutions commission by Idris Goodwin, and as a contributing journalist for Theatre Bay Area and HowlRound; she holds a Ph.D. in dramaturgy from UC San Diego. She’s thrilled to return to BAPF this year.

Before Evening Comes

Lisa Marie Rollins is a freelance director, playwright, and dramaturg. She dramaturged for Playwrights Foundation’s 2015 BAPF with Tearrance Chisholm’s Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies, and for Crowded Fire Theater on Dipika Guha’s world premiere Mechanics of Love. As a playwright she was a featured artist in Just Theater’s 2015-16 Play Lab where she developed her play Token. She has been a CALLALOO London Writing Fellow, and is an alumnus of the VONA Writing Workshop. She is currently a 2016 Writing Resident at the San Francisco Writers Grotto. She holds degrees from Claremont Graduate University and the University of California, Berkeley. She is Lecturer in the Race and Resistance Studies Dept at SFSU. She is currently developing her new play Token and finishing her first manuscript of poems. Look for her directing work fall 2016 on young jean lee’s The Shipment with Crowded Fire Theater.


Mame Hunt has worked in new play development for a very long time. She has been an Associate Artist with the Sundance Theatre Lab since 2000.  In the Bay Area, she was artistic director of the Magic Theatre 1993-98 and of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 1991-95. She’s happy to be back.

Good, Better, Best, Bested

Julie McCormick has supported productions and workshops at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Crowded Fire Theatre, Just Theater, Theatre First, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre, including the world premieres productions of She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange, Fire Work, and Bad Kitty Onstage. While the literary associate at Berkeley Rep, Julie oversaw the theatre’s script submission program. Julie was the 2011-2012 Peter Sloss Literary/Dramaturgy Fellow at Berkeley Rep, and she holds a B.A. from Carleton College.

Wild Goose Dreams 

Andrew Kopke is a recent transplant from New York, where he attended the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at S.U.N.Y Purchase, the British American Drama Academy, and Hunter College. Since his arrival in the Bay Area, he has had the pleasure of working with a number of local companies and nonprofits in the capacity of literary associate and dramaturg.

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