ProduceaPlay was co-founded by Jonathan Dorf and Ed Shockley, who also founded YouthPLAYS, a publisher of hundreds of plays and musicals for young actors and audiences. While both are working professional playwrights, they also have a wealth of experience in many aspects of theatrical production, and have enlisted a cadre of talented contributors to expand further the site's ability to assist prospective producers. Read about everyone below.
Jonathan Dorf is a Los Angeles-based playwright, screenwriter and script consultant, whose more than 35 published plays have been produced in nearly every state in the US, as well as in Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He is Co-Chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the Resident Playwriting Expert for Final Draft and The Writers Store. He directed the theatre program at The Haverford School, and spent three years at Choate Rosemary Hall Summer Arts Conservatory as playwright-in-residence. He is a frequent guest artist at Thespian conferences and schools, and has served as Visiting Professor of Theatre in the MFA Playwriting program at Hollins University, and as United States cultural envoy to Barbados. He holds a B.A. in Dramatic Writing and Literature from Harvard College and an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA. He has directed and produced shows at the middle school, high school, college and professional level, and co-founded The American Experience Theatre with noted director Scott Schwartz. Website: http://jonathandorf.com.
Ed Shockley, MFA is author of more than 70 plays. His works have set five box office records and been honored with numerous awards, including the Stephen Sondheim Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Musical Theatre, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts and PA State Arts Council Playwrights Fellowship. He has received commissions for youth theatre plays from Seattle Children's Theatre, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Dallas Children's Theatre, Black Spectrum Theatre and the Harlem Renaissance Theatre. His historical short film, Stone Mansion, aired on Showtime television. Website: http://edshockley.com.
Dan Berkowitz (Who They Are and What They Do). Dan Berkowitz is a writer/producer/director based in Los Angeles. He has produced and/or directed more than 75 plays and musicals, and more than 150 cabaret revues. His writing for the stage has been produced off-Broadway, at major regional theatres, and in college and community theatres across the United States and Canada, and includes A… My Name Is Still Alice; Miami Beach Monsters; There’s No Place Like Hollywood!; Tables for Two; Skirting the Issues; Simply Divine; Pretty; When Oprah Says Goodbye; and Crime and Punishment: The Musical. Dan was, for seven years, Associate Producer of television’s The David Susskind Show, winner of 20 Emmys, and went on to write, produce, and/or direct pilots, commercials, TV and radio promos, and corporate and educational videos through his own production company, ICI. He served as principal scriptwriter for The Movie Channel’s hosted format with Robert Osborne, and was for a year Senior Story Analyst for RHI Entertainment, a division of Hallmark. He is Co-Chair of The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights; former LA Regional Rep of The Dramatists Guild of America, the professional association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists; and a script and production consultant and performance coach. He is a graduate of Princeton University, and did graduate work in theatre at the University of California, Berkeley. Website: http://danberkowitz.com.
Tom Buderwitz (Scenic Design A-Z) is a multiple Ovation and Dramalogue award-winning scenic designer, who designs extensively in both theatre and television. A full bio is coming soon. Website: http://tombuderwitz.com.
Peter Colley (Auditions and Recruiting, Posters), is an award-winning Canadian writer based in Los Angeles and Toronto. His stage plays have been produced in 27 countries, 48 of the 50 states in the U.S. and every province in Canada. He was nominated for the 2000 Humanitas Prize for screenwriting and was a semi-finalist for the 2006 and 2007 Eugene O'Neill playwriting awards, and the winner of a 2008 New American Play Award from Theatre Communications Group (TCG), 2009 nominee for 9 New Zealand's NAPTA awards (winner "Best Play"). His new musical CAGNEY! was nominated for 7 2010 Florida Carbonell Awards and won the "Best New Work" Award (play or musical). Two of his plays have been made into feature films, and he has also written for CBS, Fox TV, British ITV and CBC Canada. Website: www.petercolley.com.
Alex Jaeger (Costume Design A-Z) has been designing costumes for theater, opera, dance and film for 25 years. His credits include Two Sisters and a Piano for the Public Theatre (New York, NY); August: Osage County, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Dead Man's Cell Phone, Handler, Fuddy Meers, Stop Kiss and Romeo and Juliet for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; The Homecoming, November, Rock N Roll (also at the Huntington in Boston), and Speed the Plow for A.C.T (San Francisco,CA); Eclipsed and the world premiere of The Paris Letter for the Kirk Douglas Theatre (Los Angeles, CA); OR, What We're Up Against, Mrs. Whitney, Goldfish, Mauritius and Oedipus El Rey for the Magic Theatre (San Francisco); Gulls, Gilgamesh, Light, Romeo and Juliet Antebellum New Orleans, for the Theatre @ Boston Court (Pasadena, CA); Circle Mirror Transformation, Grey Gardens, The History Boys, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Caroline or Change, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead and others for the Studio Theatre (Washington, DC), and Interpreting William for Indiana Repertory Theatre. He is the recipient of numerous design awards, including the Ovation (Los Angeles) and the L.A Drama Critic's Circle Award. Mr. Jaeger received a BFA in design from the Massachusetts College of Art and an MFA in costume design from UCLA. Website: http://www.alexjaegerdesign.com.
Based in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, Lindsay Jones (Sound Design A-Z) is a composer/sound designer for theatre, film and television. Off-Broadway credits include The Brother/Sister Plays (Public Theater), The God of Hell (Actors Studio), The Burnt Part Boys (Playwrights Horizons), In the Continuum (Primary Stages), and many others. Regional credits include: Hartford Stage, South Coast Repertory, Alliance, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Goodman, ACT, Guthrie, The Old Globe, Seattle Repertory, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, as well as many others. International credits include productions in Canada, Austria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Scotland and The Royal Shakespeare Company of England. For Film/TV, Lindsay composed the scores for the Oscar-winning film A Note of Triumph: The Golden Age of Norman Corwin for HBO Films and Family Practice for Sony Pictures/Lifetime Television. Lindsay has received 5 Joseph Jefferson Awards and 14 nominations, 2 ASCAP Plus Awards, an Ovation Award and 2 nominations, a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, a San Diego Drama Critics Circle Award, a Ticket Holder Award and a Chicago Stage Talk Award, as well as nominations for Drama Desk Awards, Henry Hewes Design Award, Barrymore Awards, LA Weekly Theatre Awards, Austin Critics Table Awards, Connecticut Critics Circle Awards and NAACP Theatre Awards, and was the first composer/sound designer to win the Michael Maggio Emerging Designer Award. Hear more of his work at www.lindsayjones.com.
Michael Lamont (Tips for Taking Quality Production Photos) began his photography career shooting headshots, and soon expanded into shooting theatre production. In 1989, he was sponsored by Universal Studios to join I.A.T.S.E. Local 600, International Cinematographers Guild, and began shooting unit and publicity for the studios. In 1997, he again expanded his talent and vision, shooting his first feature film. As director of photography he has shot independent features, shorts, and pilots. From his NoHo studio, he continues to shoot headshots, celebrity portraits, CD covers, posters, marketing, publicity, and production video. His clients include The Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, McCoy Rigby Entertainment, The Old Globe, Deaf West Theatre, Colony Theatre, East West Players, NoHoArtsCenter, Interact, Reprise, Salem K and Havok Theatre companies, Cornerstone Theater, Getty Villa, Shakespeare Center/LA and GMC/LA. He is also the staff photographer for Footlights-Curtain Call magazine.
“Every shoot is like an improvisation, it has its own life. In the end, it is always about the specific emotional life, natural behavior, working moment to moment, and being well lit. Combining these elements with the artistry and experience of the photographer to create and capture the moment.” Website: www.michaellamont.com
KC Wilkerson (Lighting Design A-Z) is an award-winning lighting and video designer based in Southern California. His designs cross the boundaries between theatre, live event, concerts, and themed entertainment by blending captivating storytelling with advanced technology. His work has appeared in Live Design, Lighting & Sound America, Stage Directions, Sound & Communications and numerous online outlets. Recent credits include The Secret Garden (lighting, video, scenic, and co-direction), The Who’s Tommy (lighting and video), Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter (lighting; Ovation nomination), Merrily We Roll Along (lighting) and Gala 2010 (lighting and production design), all for The Chance Theater; BGCA/Toyota and BGC-Malibu fundraisers (for BCT Entertainment); Grad Nite Explosion (lighting and video), Taste! (lighting), and Wintertime Enchantment at Sleeping Beauty Castle (lighting), all for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Entertainment. Awards include Video Design (The Who’s Tommy – LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards), Lighting Design Honorable Mention (Hair and The Brain from Planet X – Garland Awards), and Grand Champion Lighting Design (WTTC Gala – Barbizon Lighting Design Awards). Individual nominations include Lighting Design (The Who’s Tommy and Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter –Ovation Awards). Production team nominations include Best Production (The Who’s Tommy - Ovation Awards), Best Revival (Hair – LA Drama Critics Circle Awards), Best Season and Best Musical (Ovation Awards). KC also conducts design and programming workshops for theater students all over So. Cal. and has been a guest lecturer at the California State Thespian Festival and the Fullerton College Theater Festival. When not in a darkened theater, he spends time behind his digital camera as a fine art photographer (having shown in So. Cal. galleries) as well as traveling with his husband of nearly 15 years, Robert. Website: http://www.kcwilkersondesign.com/