The cover of The Age Issue of The Dramatist. An illustration of two sets of hands, one older and one younger, playing piano side by side.
Utah: Elaine Jarvik
Elaine Jarvik

She plays drums in a band called The Distractions, she volunteers at a counseling center for young people who’ve experienced loss, she’s the mother of two, grandmother of five. And she writes plays. But before all this, Elaine Jarvik was a professional journalist with degrees from Syracuse University and Northwestern, who worked for 27 years at the Deseret News, a daily newspaper in Salt Lake City.

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Julie Jensen
Julie Jensen

has been writing plays for more than 30 years. More than two dozen of her plays have been professionally produced. Her work has won a dozen awards, among them the Kennedy Center Award for New American Plays, the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, the LA Weekly Award for Best New Play, the Edgerton Foundation’s New American Plays Award, and the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award. Currently she is resident playwright at Salt Lake Acting Company, a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, and a former regional representative for the Dramatists Guild.