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Sylvan Oswald

Assistant Professor

Sylvan OswaldSylvan Oswald is a trans interdisciplinary artist who creates plays, texts, publications and video. Currently, he is working on Season Two of Outtakes, a lo-fi mock doc semi-improvised web series. Culturebot’s Andy Horwitz says of the series, “This is the kind of vital, vibrant, important work that mainstream media never makes…but pushes the whole thing forward.” The Dallas Morning News called Oswald’s world premiere of Profanity, at Dallas’ Undermain Theatre, “brilliantly good.” Other plays include Sex Play (Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb Superlab), Sun Ra (Joe’s Pub), Nightlands (New Georges), Pony (About Face Theater, Chicago) and Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks).

Collaborations include text for Dan Hurlin’s Disfarmer, which premiered at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Zoetrope, a music-theater work created with composer/director Alec Duffy designer Mimi Lien and developed through the Princeton Atelier. Awards include a Jerome Fellowship, a Six Points Fellowship, and the Dorothy B. Strelsin Playwriting Fellowship at Soho Rep.

Prior to teaching at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Oswald helmed the Playwriting/Screenwriting program at Purchase College/ SUNY and taught playwriting at Barnard, Mt. Holyoke, Princeton, and Eugene Lang College.

With Jordan Harrison he published four issues of Play A Journal of Plays. His micro-play, Little Thing, is forthcoming in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2014 and his writings about new plays have appeared in PAJ and The Brooklyn Rail.

Oswald is an affiliated artist at Clubbed Thumb and a resident playwright at New Dramatists.


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Matthew Pelfrey


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.


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Jessica Kubzansky


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.


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Edit Villarreal

Professor, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

About Edit VillarrealEdit Villarreal is a playwright and screenwriter. Original plays have been produced at Yale Repertory Theatre, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle. They include My Visits with MGM (My Grandmother Marta), published in Shattering the Myth: Plays by Hispanic Women; The Language of Flowers, a contemporary adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and the comedy Marriage Is Forever. Television credits include the American Playhouse film production of La Carpa and PBS’ critically acclaimed Foto-Novelas series, which aired Broken Sky in October 2003.