EMG Playwriting Workshop Member Playwrights:

Jena Tesse Fox is the smallest member of the EMG Playwriting Group. By day, she writes for a travel magazine. By night, she reviews theater and cabaret for BroadwayWorld.com and Cabaret Scenes magazine (which has earned her a voting membership in the Drama Desk Awards). Somewhere in between day and night, she enjoys playwriting, and was the first student to graduate from Wells College with a full-length play as her thesis.

Elana Gartner is currently pursuing her MFA in playwriting at Spalding University. She has written, among other scripts, Before Lesbians (Reading: Oberlin College Commencement Weekend), Daughter (UpTown Theatre reading; PlayLab Selection, 2013 Great Plains Theatre Conference), Pilar's Brother (Finalist: 2010 MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition), Because of Beth (Productions: Howick Little Theatre, Auckland, NZ; The Workshop Theater, producer: Small Pond Entertainment), Cortex Kin (Dixon Place reading), Tag on Toe, and Spinning (Production: Fabrefaction Theater Company). Two monologues from Ms. Gartner's plays Daughter and Because of Beth were published in "Audition Monologues for Young Women #2: More Contemporary Auditions for Aspiring Actresses" by Gerald Ratliff. Ms. Gartner founded the EMG Playwriting Workshop which has fostered a supportive community for playwrights since 2004.You can find her at her website and on the New Play Exchange.Website

Ryan Jenkins is a theatre enthusiast and playwright currently living in Brooklyn, with his partner, daughter, and chihuahua. When not working in book publishing during the day, he finds himself writing plays that explore the more surreal aspects of living, often conflating the style of absurdity with a speculative lens. He currently is a managing editor at a science fiction book publisher and has a master’s degree in literature from Appalachian State University. His master’s thesis explored the intersections of animality and privilege in Edward Albee’s renowned play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Mark Loewenstern is an award-winning writer of plays, teleplays, web films, and musicals for children. His scripts include: Near Nellie Bly, an O'Neill semi-finalist, Carnality, a Heideman Award finalist, produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville and published in “30 Ten Minute Plays for Two Actors”; The Slightly Exaggerated True Story of "Civic Virtue", commissioned by the Pierro Foundation, A Doctor’s Visit, winner of the Samuel French One-Act Festival and published in Off-Off Broadway Festival Plays, Series #27; The Nastiest Drink in the World, winner of the Anna Zornio Prize for Best Children’s Play; and Holiday Rumble, an animated web video which has received over 290,000 views on www.atom.com. Mark studied theater at the University of Pennsylvania and Kings College London.

Duncan Pflaster First film Strapped for Danger now available on Amazon Prime.Plays that have won awards: The Underpants Godot, Keeping Everything Straight (aka Messin' With the Kid), 1460 Sketches of Your Left Hand, The Empress of Sex, The Taint of Equality, Prince Trevor Amongst the Elephants, The Thyme of the Season, The Starship Astrov, Sweeter Dreams, The Wastes of Time, Eternity: Time Without End, The Tragedy of Dandelion, and the short pieces Bill's Threesome, Dark Night of the Russet Rascal, Mine or Yours, Eternity: Time Without End, Nine-Tenths of the Law, and Say Something Shocking (The Spit-Take Play). Others include The Douchegirl Play (Better Name Pending), A Touch of Cinema, Suckers, Admit Impediments, Sleeping in Tomorrow, Ore, or Or.www.duncanpflaster.com

Julian Rosenthal is a playwright living in New York City. His work has been performed at the PIT Theater and Winterfest Theater Festival in NYC, and as part of the Center Stage Theater Festival in Washington DC. He also writes humor articles for FilmInquiry.com. He is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Natalie Zutter is a playwright, audio dramatist, and pop culture writer living in Brooklyn. Her plays have been developed/performed at The Brick’s Comic Book Theater Festival, The Tank, Caps Lock Theatre’s Sex With Robots Festival, Fresh Ground Pepper’s BRB Retreat, The Navigators’ Lift-Off Festival, True False Theatre, and TinyRhino in New York City; with Quantum Dragon Theatre in Berkeley; with Sacred Fools in Los Angeles; and with Otherworld Theatre Company and The Arc Theatre in Chicago. In 2017, she was a Writer-in-Residence on the Amtrak Residency. In 2018, she developed her play Split Second with QDT’s The Forge program. In 2019, she will be a Resident Artist at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts Residency, developing her play Third Places. Her radio plays Not Your (Final) Girl (inspired by the My Favorite Murder podcast) and Proxies (about emotional labor and the gig economy) can be found online as part of Distilled Theatre Company’s dtc radio seasons 5 and 6. BA, NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (concentration in Serialized Storytelling and Internet Culture). Member, Dramatists Guild. By day, Natalie is a staff writer for sci-fi/fantasy website Tor.com. Find her online @nataliezutter and on the New Play Exchange.