> Matt Pelfrey
VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Matt Pelfrey (M.F.A. ’05) was a member of the first class to graduate from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s three-year M.F.A. playwriting program. His work has been produced in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and South Africa, and he is a winner of the Back Stage Garland Award for playwriting. He adapted John Ball’s In the Heat of the Night for Godlight Theatre Company in New York, where he serves as a resident playwright. He is also writer-in-residence at Furious Theatre Company.
Pelfrey’s plays include Cockroach Nation, Terminus Americana, Honkies With Attitude, Gore Hounds, Drive Angry, FrEAk StORm, Jerry Springer Is God, Monkey and A Feast of Famine. He was a staff writer and story editor on the MTV series Skins.
Jessica Kubzansky is an award-winning director who works around the country in venues as diverse as The Geffen Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Portland Center Stage, the Mark Taper Forum New Works, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the American Stage Co., The Boston Publick, London’s Old Red Lion and Edinburgh’s Assembly Rooms.
Kubzansky is also the co-artistic director of The Theatre @ Boston Court, Pasadena’s intimate performing arts complex, where she directed the inimitable Camille Saviola in the David Hare version of Brecht’s Mother Courage, as well as the world premieres of Carlos Murillo’s Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & 32, Jean-Claude van Itallie’s Light and Cody Henderson’s Cold/Tender.
Other work includes Tory Stewart’s Leitmotif for South Coast Rep’s Pacific Playwrights Festival; The Glass Menagerie (The Colony Theatre); Colorado by Peter Sinn Natchtrieb for South Coast Rep’s NewSCRipts Series; the world premiere of Tom Jacobson’s The Orange Grove; a modern adaptation of The Cherry Orchard (Playwrights’ Arena); a theatrical staging of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing for the L.A. Philharmonic at Disney Hall; Julia Cho’s BFE (Portland Center StageJAW/WEST); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Illinois Shakespeare Festival); the Playwrights Arena/Echo Theatre Co. world premiere and subsequent Geffen production of Bryan Davidson’s award-winning War Music; Sheila Callaghan’s Kate Crackernuts (24th Street Theatre); the multi-Ovation-winning Toys in the Attic (The Colony); the Salamone/McIntyre musical Moscow (Chekhov Now Festival, NYC); Measure for Measure (A Noise Within); David Hare’s Amy’s View (International City Theatre); Carol Wolf’s The Thousandth Night with Ron Campbell (most recently at the Aurora Theatre, SF); and many others.
Kubzansky received the 2004 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle’s Margaret Harford Award for Sustained Excellence in Theatre.