2017 ONSTAGE Semi-Finalist Readings: Sedona, AZ

We have been fortunate enough to have Kate Hawkes involved in the Female Playwrights ONSTAGE Festival every year since its inception!  She’s participated as a playwright, actress, director, and for the past four years, as a partner producer through her company Red Earth Theatre!  We ADORE her, and this year we are thrilled to have her participating again as a playwright, director, and partner producer.  You can read more about Kate below, along with our other fabulous Sedona semi-finalists… then get your booty over to the Sedona Hub on May 23rd at 7pm for a fabulous night of plays by these awesome female playwrights!

Pusherman, by Kay Phillips

Kay Phillips is an award-winning screenwriter and internationally produced playwright. Her stage plays have been performed on five continents, including performances in London, Sydney, Toronto, and Johannesburg. In 2015, her full-length play “The Ladies of Friscitana, Texas” was workshopped with the Modern Day Griot Theatre Company in Brooklyn, NY and her play “She Keeps This Family Together” debuted off-off Broadway with The Gallery Players in NYC. Upcoming projects include the world premiere of her play “The Unders” in Los Angeles. Kay is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and lives in Arizona.

Gel Us, by Paige Zubel     

Paige Zubel is a recent graduate of the University of Houston where she received her BFA in Playwriting and Dramaturgy. She is an internationally produced playwright, with notable productions in her hometown of Houston, TX (Sunday Flowers, $12.50/Hour), New York City (The Pull of the Moon, In Full Bloom), and Scotland (Under Covers). Her script The Pull of the Moon is published through One Act Play Depot. She is presently a Literary Intern at InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia. See more at paigezubel.com.

Benchwarmer, by Miranda Ray

Miranda Ray was raised on a small island in the Pacific Northwest. At present she travels and works full-time as a ghostwriter. Visit her online at www.mirandaray.com, or find her on Instagram!


Mel and Mona, by Suzanne Bailie

Suzanne Bailie wrote her first play while living on a coffee farm in the jungles of Hawaii. It was produced by a local theatre company and she hasn’t stopped hitting the keyboard since. Suzanne is a member of the playwright group, Driftwood after Dark, located in Edmonds, Washington.  A couple of her favorite activities are drinking strong coffee, creating colorful donkey collages.  Her short plays and monologues have been produced across the United States, United Kingdom, South America, South Korea and Australia. Her published plays include, The Raspberry, Baby Jesus Does Not Kill Ninja Zombies and The Blankie.  Suzanne’s inventive and quirky poetry continues to be included in many anthologies and magazines.

The Scorpion and The Songbird, by Marguerite Louise Scott

Marguerite Louise Scott is an actress and writer whose play “Not Me” was produced in the 2010 Estrogenius Festival in NYC and published in the 2010 Book of Estro. She performed her solo show, Collage: “True” Stories from the Inside, at Coho Theatre in Portland, Oregon. She currently lives in Santa Fe, NM where her short play, Pigeons, was produced in the 2016 Benchwarmers Series at the Santa Fe Playhouse. She studied acting with Barbara Marchant at the William Esper Studio in NYC and is currently playing the role of “jovial, stupid and unpleasant-looking” Parsons in a play version of George Orwell’s frighteningly current and relevant novel, 1984, running March 30th – April 16th at the Santa Fe Playhouse. She is also creating a book about hiking with her Siamese cat, Puffin, as well as a full-length play dealing with sexual assault, politics, and cover-ups.

The Worst of All Evils, by Philana Omorotionmwan   

Philana Omorotionmwan is originally from Baton Rouge, LA. Her writing frequently explores how the processes by which we are “othered” can often restrict us from experiencing the fullest expression of ourselves. Her play BEFORE EVENING COMES was developed as part of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Br!nk New Play Festival, and the La MaMa Experiments Series. FIREFLIES has been developed at the UC Berkeley TDPS New Play Reading Series and STRONG FACE was recognized by KCACTF Region II as a Finalist for the NPAT Award. Production of Philana’s short plays includes THE SETTLEMENT (Ensemble Studio Theatre) and BLACK BOYS DON’T DANCE (Manhattan Theatre Source), and her ten-minute play DIS DA HOOD was a finalist for the 2016 Heideman Award. Philana earned her BA from Stanford University and is currently pursuing an MFA in Playwriting at Ohio University. philanaplays.weebly.com

Pebbles to Butterflies, by Kate Hawkes

**In addition to being one this year’s semi-finalists, Kate is also our Sedona Partner Producer!  Learn more about Kate below, and be sure to visit www.redearththeatre.org to learn about her theatre company, Red Earth!**

Originally from Australia, Kate holds degrees in Education and Counseling, and an MFA in Directing from the University of Portland. She is a freelance theatre professional, educator, and Horse Gentler/Guide for Communication.

Kate created Performing Wellness ™ and later co-founded the Well Arts Institute in Portland, Oregon. While there she created, produced and directed 7 Performing Wellness productions working with partners including Oregon Health Sciences University, the VA, the MS Society and different theatre companies. She was the Education/Outreach Director and Artistic Associate at Artists Repertory Theatre, (Portland) and was adjunct faculty in the Theatre & Communications department for 18 years at Linfield College.

She is co-founder (2013) and Producing Artistic Director of Red Earth Theatre based in Sedona, Arizona, currently operating as ‘nomadic’ theatre partnering with different organizations creating theatre all over the place. Red Earth also manages Sedona Hub a new performing arts venue available to the entire community.

Kate has worked in all aspects of theatre from management to teaching, producing directing, acting and writing. Playwriting credits include Sky….Diamonds, a full length play about a family living with Alzheimer’s, nominated for a Flagstaff Arts Council Viola Award in 2014. Loplop and the Queen, was written for the week-long celebration of surrealists artists Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning and played March 2015 at the Sedona Heritage Museum in Sedona.

For way more go to www.wellnesswithkate.com





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