Amber Bradshaw, Managing Artistic Director

AMBER BRADSHAW (she/they) is an Atlanta native, a Southern queer and a fierce believer in the power of storytelling. She is a dramaturg, director, producer and deviser with a sole focus in new works and script development. In Atlanta they have worked with Actor’s Express, Synchronicity Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Out of Hand Theatre, Out Front Theatre, Gathering Wild Dance, and Theatrical Outfit. Since 2006, Amber has directed, dramaturged and produced play readings as a freelance artist in Atlanta. Of the plays developed, the majority have gone on to be awarded readings, development labs and productions locally and nationally. For WTP, Amber directs and dramaturgs for the Ethel Woolson Lab and the Table Series, moderates regularly for all WTP programs and teaches a year-long New Play development Dramaturgy Intensive. They have co-produced and written several original works (A virtual dance piece- Chords Bare, co-choreographed with Nadya Zeitlin; Circa 50 with Gathering Wild; Learning to Fly with the Center for Puppetry Arts and Identified: A Queer Variety Show! with choreographer/performance artist Corian Ellisor).  Amber is a founding member of I.D.E.A. ATL (Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Arts Atlanta) a collective of artists committed to providing E.D.I. education, facilitation, consulting and training for our arts community. She is a proud member of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and the 2020 Class of the Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA).

Quinn Xavier Hernandez, Assistant Managing Director

QUINN XAVIER HERNANDEZ (they/them) is a theatremaker residing in Atlanta, GA. Their play, MOMMA, was originally developed at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center during their time with the National Theater Institute. It has gone on to receive development through Working Title Playwrights’ competitive Ethel Woolson Lab and will be featured in the 2021 Actor’s Express Threshold Festival. Their short plays STORM CLOUDS FOR LONELY HEARTS, EAT YOU ALIVE, and YOU ARE GOING TO DO AMAZING THINGS have been featured at the ImproStudio in L.A. through the Wishbone Theatre Collective; through the Atlanta AppCo Alumni Association; and virtually through Actor’s Express. They were one of the writers for CROSSROADS, a new play podcast developed at Actor’s Express through the National New Play Network. Quinn is also a dramaturg and director. Some of their directorial credits include SNOW WHITE & ROSE RED: A DIGITAL FAIRYTALE  (The Cultivators), HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE (Clemson Players), and HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH (AD, Warehouse Theatre). They originated the Working Title Playwrights New Play Development and Production Apprenticeship and are a founding member of The Cultivators, an Atlanta-based new works development organization for theatre and film. Quinn received their B.A. in Performing Arts (Theatre) with a minor in Dramatic Writing from Clemson University. They are also a proud alumnus of the National Theater Institute’s Advanced Playwriting program. You can learn more here: https://newplayexchange.org/users/12995/quinn-xavier-hernandez

Aliyah Curry, 2020-2022 Rosalind-Ayres Williams Memorial Scholarship recipient

ALIYAH (she/her) is a Southern-raised writer and filmmaker, focusing on Black female sexuality and mental health. She brings these stories to life on stage, screen, and other mediums such as photography and poetry. Her work has been featured in Port City ReviewPermission to Write, and various film festivals and exhibitions.

 

8BCCEE80-48D7-4702-A244-9B40477A9B7EAntonia LaChé, 2021-2022 WTP New Play Development and Dramaturgy Apprentice

ANTONIA (she/her) is an actress, writer, teacher, arts administrator, and traveler based in Atlanta, Ga. She is a proud member of the Working Title Playwrights Acting Ensemble. Additionally, she recently performed as Sol in the Actor’s Express inaugural podcast production of Crossroads. Additional credits: Juliet with the Atlanta Shakespeare Tavern and Lady Macbeth with Synchronicity Theatre Company.

Now, she is on the journey to expand her skills as playwright, dramaturg and arts administrator. Additional interest include writing for film/ TV. As a writer, she is interested in exploring Afrofuturism. She is proud to take on her new role as a New Play Dramaturgy apprentice with WTP. Thank you, WTP!

6DE63748-425B-4DD6-BEAA-F3F45A625BA1Sondai Nanabuluku, 2021-2023 Rosalind-Ayres Williams Memorial Scholarship recipient

SONDAI (he/him) is a Georgia born writer and all around theatre lover. “I am a profound believer in the power of the spoken word being invoked on a stage and to me, that means understanding your foundation first and foremost which is why I focus on self-love for the characters in my work. The name Sondai means keep pushing forward and I try to assure people that we all have the ability to persevere within us through an artistic exploration of history, spiritual revelations, and discovering a more genuine sense of self-love.” As a writer Sondai has created numerous full length, one-act as well as short plays and is extremely grateful for the opportunity to grow professionally through the support of Working Title Playwrights.

 

suellauRebekah Suellau, Associate Artist

REBEKAH (she/her) is an Atlanta-based director, playwright and producer focused primarily in the development of new work and the cultivation of creative opportunities for women artists. She was recently voted Best Local Stage Director for Creative Loafing Atlanta, 2017. She has directed and helped develop new plays at Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre, 7Stages, Working Title Playwrights, Catalyst Arts Atlanta and others. She has also worked as a producer with The Weird Sisters Theatre Project and The Seedling Project, and holds an MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Florida State University.

Board of Directors

The board of directors sets the strategic direction and provides assistance in the day-to-day operation of WTP.

  • Hank Kimmel – President  (Henry W. Kimmel, Esq. Mediator. Managing Partner of Turtle Bay House, LLC)
  • Paul Donnelly – Treasurer (Playwright)
  • Kathi Frankel – Secretary (Registered Physical Therapist/Private Practice.
    Volunteer birth support for Friends of Refugees/Project Embrace)
  • Quinn Xavier Hernandez – Assistant Managing Director, ex officio
  • Maya Lawrence – Equity and Inclusion Chair (Resident Artist/ Allyship Director, the Alliance Theatre. IDEA ATL co-founding member.)
  • Christopher Moses (Associate Artistic Director, the Alliance Theatre)
  • Susan Pavlin – Vice President (Co-Founder and Principal of Taproot)
  • Olubajo Sonubi (Casting Director, TV & Film; GSU Professor)
  • Amber Bradshaw – Managing Artistic Directorex officio

Advisory Council

The advisory council provides guidance and counsel for the continuing development and realization of the mission and functions of WTP.

  • Freddie Ashley (Artistic Director, Actor’s Express)
  • Margaret Baldwin (Lecturer and Interim General Education Coordinator, KSU)
  • Mark Bly (Freelance Dramaturg and former Yale professor)
  • Gary Cadwallader (Director of Community Education and Engagement, Palm Beach Dramaworks, FL)
  • Celise Kalke (Managing Director, Synchronicity Theatre)
  • Elizabeth Carlin Metz (Founding Artistic Director, Vitalist Theatre, Chicago; Professor of Theatre, Knox College)
  • Emily Morse (Artistic Director, New Dramatists, NYC)
  • Carlos Murillo (Playwright)
  • Roland Tec (Playwright)
  • Pamela Turner (SE Representative, Dramatists Guild of America)
  • Alexis Williams (Associate Artistic Director, The Playwrights Realm, NYC)

WTP OVATION AWARD WINNERS 

Founded in 2017, the WTP Ovation Award is granted to those who demonstrate exemplary service to Working Title Playwrights.

2020

Alexander Johnson and Daryl Lisa Fazio

2019

Barbara Kimmel

2018

Patrick Cuccaro, Elisa Clayton and Jim Walsh of Affairs to Remember Catering

2017

Danyale Taylor, WTP Production Stage Manager
Tisha Whitaker, WTP bookkeeper and board member 2016-2019

Pictured in banner: The cast and crew of Son of the Father by Ian Gibson as part of the TABLE Series: Erika Ragsdale, Ian Gibson, Mia Kristin Smith, Kyrun Walker-Smith, Kerwin Thompson, Parris Sarter, Markell Williams, Daviorr Snipes, Mahalia Jackson, Duran Jones, Avery Sharpe, Jarod Brodie, and Isake Akanke.