“I cannot tell you how honored I am to be elected as your Dramatists Guild of America regional representative. I care passionately about the work we do and am so excited about the road ahead. I look forward to continuing Duane Kelly's vision of bi-monthly programming and professional development opportunities. If you have ideas or inspiration regarding the future of our group, please do not hesitate to contact me. Together, we can empower each other with the tools to achieve our playwriting goals.”
Kate Danley is an award-winning playwright and novelist. She spent five weeks on the USA Today bestseller list, and has sold over half-a-million books globally. She has been honored with the Garcia Award for Best Fiction Book of the Year (The Woodcutter), McDougall Previews Award for Best Fantasy Book of the Year (Queen Mab), and her series Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker has been optioned for film and television development. Her first full-length script, the 1930s screwball comedy Building Madness, won the prestigious 2016 Panowski Playwriting Award. She graduated from Towson University with a BS in Theatre, and was named a Maryland Distinguished Scholar in the Arts. Her plays have been performed nationally and internationally. She trained at RADA, The Groundlings, Folger Shakespeare, Theatricum Botanicum, Impro (Shakespearian improv), and Acme Comedy Theatre. She performed her original stand-up at such clubs as The Comedy Store and The Icehouse, and wrote sketch for a weekly show in Hollywood. She won the Breckenridge Festival of Film Screenplay Competition for her feature script Fairy Blood. Her film shorts The Playhouse, Dog Days, Sock Zombie, SuperPout, and Sports Scents can be seen in festivals and on the internet.
“Hello, playwrights. As some of you know, I'm the Guild's new rep for our region. If you live and write in the Greater Baltimore area (as I do), Western Maryland, or Delaware, please consider yourself part of our group. I realize it can be difficult to pry writers out of the cave, but I'm hoping to entice many of you to some local Guild events this year. In addition to the ongoing Footlights reading program, I'm hoping to involve local playwrights in planning a discussion and workshop on diversity and inclusion in regional theatre; some of you are already planning a regional women's theatre conference as well. Please, please do send me e-mails sharing your interests, needs, and suggestions for serving our playwriting community.”
Amy Bernstein writes from Baltimore, Maryland. Her full-length productions include Raw, produced by Venus Theatre in Laurel, MD, as part of the Women’s Voices Festival; and Exit Pluto, produced by the Strand Theater in Baltimore, MD. A one-act sci-fi play, Always Never Now, was recently produced by the Navigators Theater in Brooklyn, NY. Many short plays have been read or produced in various locations in the U.S. and UK. Short works are published by Routledge in the UK and by Leicester Bay Theatricals. Amy regularly participates in the annual Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival in Washington, DC. She was selected to participate in an intensive playwright workshop at the 2011 Association of Theatre for Higher Education Conference and the 2012 Inkwell Theatre, both in D.C. Amy has curated two short-play festivals for the Strand Theater in Baltimore, which gives voice to women artists. She was a recipient of a Ruby Artist Award grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance in 2014. Amy is also an award-winning journalist, a former speechwriter in the Obama Administration, a public radio freelancer, and a long-time communications professional working in government, nonprofits, and the private sector.