Playwright Bios

The Things We Do
Grant Woods 
(Playwright) is an Arizonan through and through and loves telling the stories of its people and places in the American West. The Things We Do had its first table read at the Herberger Theater in December, 2015 and two sold out staged readings at Theater Works in 2016. Mr. Woods’ essays and columns have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country. His songs have been recorded and performed by award winning artists such as Francine Reed, Walt Richardson, Blaine Long, Lawrence Zubia, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and E Street Band member Nils Lofgren. Mr. Woods has hosted his own radio talk show on top rated KTAR and KFYI in Phoenix, and has been honored by the Associated Press as Arizona’s top talk show host. Grant Woods graduated from Mesa Westwood High School in 1972 and Occidental College in 1976, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa (and selected their Alumnus of the Year in 2000). He graduated from Arizona State University College of Law in 1979 and was named their Alumnus of the Year in 1999. He served as Arizona's Attorney General from 1991-1999 and was selected by his peers as the nation's top attorney general in 1995. He successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court in Lewis v. Casey, which was recently named one of the most important legal cases in Arizona history. He was one of the principal architects of the states' lawsuits against the tobacco companies and was a key negotiator in the resulting largest civil settlement in history. He has been elected to the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in bthe world. Grant Woods is the founder of the Mesa Boys & Girls Club, the Mesa Education Foundation and the Mesa Arts Academy, one of Arizona's first successful charter schools. The Mesa Boys & Girls Club, one of the largest in the State, is named after Mr. Woods. Grant and Marlene Woods are among the early forces behind the Phoenix Children’s Museum and the Woods family sponsors a permanent construction exhibit there. He has won top awards from the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, the Salvation Army, Chicanos Por La Causa, the Children’s Action Alliance and the 2014 ASU Gold ‘n Gavel Award for Public Service. As Arizona Attorney General, Mr. Woods helped create MEAPA, an organization that promotes public awareness, education, and community outreach for the prevention of Elder Abuse and Late-Life Domestic Violence. Grant Woods is married to actress and former Fox and NBC news anchor, Marlene Galan Woods. They have five children, all of whom are active in the arts.

Stephen Kaplan (Playwright) grew up in Northridge, CA and wrote his first play, And Jack Came Tumbling After (Old Globe Theatre, EST, HERE/Lincoln Center Theatre’s American Living Room Series) when he was 15.  Selected awards, commissions and productions: Community (finalist: Seven Devils; Road Less Traveled National Residency); Exquisite Potential (winner: NJ Playwrights Contest, Across the Generations New Jewish Play Festival, finalist: Woodward/Newman); A Real Boy (This Is Water Theatre and semi-finalist: PlayPenn, Ashland New Play Festival, Dayton Playhouse FutureFest and MTWorks’ Newborn Festival); Una Casa/A Home (finalist: Landing Theatre’s New American Voices Reading Series, Route 66 Theatre’s New Play Development Program); For Unto Us (Barrington Stage Company, Acadia Theatre Company, Luna Stage, QueerShorts); In Mrs. Baker's Room (Commission: Abingdon Theatre). He is the New Jersey Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild.

The Lemonade Stand
Matthew Fowler (Playwright) is a writer born in White Plains, New York. He attended Brandeis University and received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His play For Sale was the winner of the 2016 W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest. For Sale was also selected for the New Works Festival at Panndora Productions and was a finalist for the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Award. His play, The Lemonade Stand, was the winner of the 2016 Page to Stage Playwriting Contest at the Cloverdale Playhouse in Montgomery, Alabama. His short plays and short films have also been shown in New York, Minnesota, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Georgia


Something for Sondra
Dave Osmundsen (Playwright) is a New Jersey-based playwright with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University. His work has been seen and developed at Manhattan Repertory Theatre, In the Water Theatre Company, and the New American Theatre in LA. His one-act, A Firework Unexploded, was recently published in the inaugural issue of The Dionysian. In addition to playwriting, he has also written for StageBuddy and TheatreIsEasy and has had short stories published on

We Should Kill Caesar
Quetta Carpenter is a professional actress/director and Professor of Acting at the University of Texas at Austin. Recent TV credits include American Crime (ABC), Revolution (NBC), and The Leftovers (HBO). Stage credits include Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Southwest Shakespeare, Seacoast Repertory, Pennsylvania Centre Stage, Chicago Dramatists, ShawChicago, Childsplay, and Phoenix Theatre. Carpenter serves as co-producer of the Cohen New Works Festival in Austin TX and directs at National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, Pakistan. She will appear as Cassius in Julius Caesar and The Princess of France in Love’s Labours Lost at the Arkansas Shakespeare Festival in 2017.

Good Grief
Kirt Shineman is a Phoenix-based playwright and Professor of Communication. He’s attended the Great Plains Theatre Conference (The Pornographer), Mid-American Theater Conference, the national Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, TheaterWorks Westival New Play Festival (Benkelman and Junction Creek) The Caleb Reese Festival of New Plays and Musicals (Cloning Peter), and DC Black Theatre Conference. His topics range from the personal (Allie Oop's Last Fantastic Day– Emerging Artists Theater, Off-Broadway) to the political Forbidden Glass -O’Neill semi-finalist, Chicago Pride Films & Plays). His play, Germs and Viruses, (NNPN finalist & O’Neill semi-finalist) had its premiere at Arizona State University Mainstage Theater. He has degrees from Arizona State University (MFA- Dramatic Writing), Emerson College (MA- Communication), and Colorado State Un. (Rhetoric & Theater). As a dramaturg he’s worked with playwrights such as Philip Dawkins, David Rush, Y York, Jen Plants, and Angelica Howland. He is a proud artistic member at the Theater Artists Studio and a Dramatist Guild member since 2009.

Jericho Thomas is an actor, playwright, and screenwriter focused on the intersections of dramatic narrative and racial justice in America. Writeshis play on race and narrative ownership, is currently a Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist. Scripts in development: Neveaha TV showabout a homeless, African-American fortune teller turned televangelist; (92 Grove, a play about Alex Haley’s writing of Malcolm X’s autobiography; and Racecar, a play about the role of the automobile in African-American liberty.