2015 Season

James Ijames & Emma Goidel

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James Ijames

play 1: Moon man walk
community development & marketing

James is a Philadelphia based actor and playwright. He has appeared regionally at The Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, The Wilma Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage and Interact Theatre Company. James’ plays include The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington (Flashpoint Theater), Moon Man Walk (Orbiter 3), WHITE (upcoming, Theater Horizon), Kill Move Paradise, Matter Out of Place, Abandon, The Threshing Floor, and Osiris:Redux.

His plays have been developed at PlayPenn (...Miz MarthaWHITE), the Wilma Theater, InterAct Theatre Company, and the Gulfshore Playhouse New Works Festival.

He is the recipient of the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist, two Barrymores for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play, and a Barrymore for Best Direction of a Play. James is an Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow, the 2015 recipient of the Terrence McNally New Play Award (WHITE), and the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize (...Miz Martha). He is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University. BA in Drama, Morehouse College; MFA in Acting, Temple University.



Emma Goidel

play 2: a knee that can bend
marketing & finance

Emma's plays include Local Girls (Azuka Theatre), A Knee That Can Bend (Orbiter 3), We Can All Agree To Pretend This Never Happened (Ensemble Studio Theater; Tiny Dynamite & InterAct Theatre Company; Òran Mór in Glasgow), The Gap (development: Labyrinth Theater Company, InterAct, Ars Nova), and an upcoming commission for Tiny Dynamite.

She is a member of the Ars Nova Play Group (2015 - 2017), and has been a Playwrights Realm Writing Fellow, an InterAct Core Playwright, a Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice, and the 2012 Dasha Epstein Playwriting Fellow at New York Stage & Film/Powerhouse Theater.

Emma was a 2015 finalist for the Princess Grace Award, a 2016 ATCA/Steinberg Award nominee, a two-time Arnold L. Weissberger Award nominee, and a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference and Sundance Theater Lab. Local Girls and The Gap were named Honorable Mentions for the Kilroys List (2015 & 2016). EmmaGoidel.com


2016 Season

Maura Krause (Artistic Director), Emily Acker & Douglas Williams

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Maura Krause

play 4: breathe smoke (director)
Artistic director

Maura Krause is a new work director, dramaturg and producer. She is a former National New Play Network Producer-in-Residence with InterAct Theatre Company, and an Associated Artist with Applied Mechanics. Maura has also worked with the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, the Source Festival DC, EMP Collective, PlayPenn New Play Development Conference, Philadelphia New Play Initiative, The Apocalypse Club, Foxwife City, and the SoLow Festival, among others.

Recent projects include Lost in the Meadow (PearlDamour), Pink Punch (Forearmed Productions), Midway (Arcadia University), Beowulf/Grendel (The Renegade Company), and Red Ash Mosaic (Cleveland Public Theatre).


Emily Acker

Play 3: I Am not my motherland
operations & development

Acker's plays include The Matter of Nadiyah Hassan (development: Azuka Theatre & Northwestern University), Kill Me Softly, Lower Merion (development: InterAct Theatre Company & The Foundry) and I Am Not My Motherland (2016 Finalist O’Neill Playwrights Conference, production: Orbiter 3, 2016). She also contributed to the final season of "All My Children" on Hulu+. 

She is a Core Playwright at InterAct Theatre Company (2015 - 2017), the literary manager for Philadelphia Young Playwrights Paula Vogel Mentors Project and an Artistic Associate at Azuka Theatre. She received her B.S. from Northwestern University.

Douglas Williams

Play 4: breathe smoke
press, membership & marketing

Doug is the Playwright-In-Residence at Azuka Theatre. His plays have been produced and developed at Azuka Theatre, PlayPenn, New York Theatre Experiment, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and the Philadelphia New Play Initiative. Plays include Moon Cave; Waterboarding, But Fun; and Ship. His play Shitheads will be produced by Azuka Theatre in the Spring of 2017

Williams’ experimental and collaborative work has been produced in the SoLow Fest (Marguerite ShowFour’s the Floor, Solstice) and the FringeArts Festival (Holly’s Dead Soldiers, Safe Space). Playwright Sam Shepard presented him with the Silver Award from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and his play I Live You [Auto-Correct] was a finalist for InterAct Theatre Company’s 20/20 Commission. Williams is a graduate of Temple University. douglaswilliamsplaywright.com


2017 Season

Lauren Feldman, Sam Henderson & Mary Tuomanen

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Lauren Feldman


Lauren Feldman is a playwright (Another Kind of Silence, Amanuensis, The Egg-Layers, A People, Fill Our Mouths, Grace, or the Art of Climbing), a devised-work collaborator (And If You Lose Your Way, Or A Food Odyssey, Lady M, The Apocryphal Project), a dramaturg, an adjunct professor of playwriting (Bryn Mawr College), and a creator-performer of theatrical contemporary circus (Tinder & Ash).

She has been nominated for the New York Innovative Theatre Award, Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwright Award, Wendy Wasserstein Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, ATCA/Steinberg New Play Award, Barrymore Award, Carbonell Award, and the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. A graduate of both the Yale School of Drama and the New England Center for Circus Arts, Lauren is also a New Georges Affiliated Artist, a member-mentor of The Foundry, and a 2015-2016 Playwrights Realm Fellow. Hailing from Miami, Florida, she has lived in seven cities and is now in Philadelphia. www.laurenfeldman.com

Sam Henderson

marketing & production

Sam is a local actor who has appeared at the Arden Theatre Company, Lantern Theater Company, Theatre Exile, and the Wilma Theater, among others. Recent productions include 100 (2015 FringeArts Festival) and the Renegade Company's Damned Dirty Apes!. Readings include The Brownings (PTC@Play Festival) and HEART (Theatre Exile's Studio X-Hibition Series). A recent finalist for the Smith Prize for Political Theatre, Sam is a member of InterAct Theatre's Core Writer's Program, and the Foundry, a lab for emerging playwrights.

Mary Tuomanen


Mary is a graduate of the Lecoq School of Movement Theatre in Paris and a 2014 finalist for the Haas Emerging Artist Award. Her solo work has been performed at the Annenberg Center (Saint Joan, Betrayed, 2014) Bloomsberg Theater Ensemble,  and the Kimmel Center Innovation Studio (Hello! Sadness!, 2015), among others. 

Hello! Sadness! was developed through an invitation to the Dael Orlandersmith Solo Performance Residency at the Kimmel Center. Her physical theater collaboration with Aaron Cromie, The Body Lautrec, was supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage and the O'Neill National Puppetry Conference. She has also collaborated on commissions from the American Philosophical Society (A Paper Garden, 2011) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Between Clinics, 2016). In 2017, she will have the inaugural residency at Christ Church Neighborhood House for her Orbiter 3 play.

As a performer, she has worked in many regional theaters including the Arden, Interact, Azuka, People's Light and Theater Company, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, and most recently, Opera Philadelphia/Bearded Ladies premiere of Andy: A Popera, in which she starred as young Andy Warhol.

Her play Marcus/Emma was developed at Theatre Exile in 2015 and will premiere in the 2016-17 Interact Theater season. She is an InterAct Core Writer, a member of the Foundry and a company member of Applied Mechanics, an immersive theater ensemble. www.appliedmechanics.us