David Dudley, Third Year MFA Student
David's short plays have been performed in New York, Boston, California, Chicago, Arizona, and Vermont. Gorillas in the Sky, a full-length play, was a finalist at the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Lab, and a semi-finalist at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. His play Funeral for a Salamander was also named semi-finalist at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference. As a journalist, his articles have appeared in American Theatre Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor,Contemporary Theatre Review (UK), Conjunto Theatre Journal (Cuba), and the Chronicle, in Vermont. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, David received a BFA in playwriting from DePaul University. He served as a script reader for Steppenwolf Theater, as well as apprenticeships with Bread & Puppet theater (Vermont), and The Wooster Group (NYC). David currently resides in Carbondale, IL, where he is pursuing an MFA in playwriting at Southern Illinois University. He lives with his son, Ricky.
A.B. Harrison, First Year MFA Student
Austin Harrison is a playwright, poet, director, fight choreographer, and educator. Originating from Mandeville, Louisiana, Austin received his Masters in Theatre and Bachelors in English Education from Louisiana Tech University. As the founder and editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Tech Poetry Society, a creative workshop dedicated to critical thought and nurturing young writers in finding their artistic voice, he established The Quatrain, an annual poetry collection of student work, and The Fountainpen, an online based scholarly and creative journal. As a dramatist, his research focuses on Violence Theory and its representation on stage and the Avante-Garde side of Performance Studies. Austin's plays include full-length Bastard Homeand The House Special and short length Animal Kingdom.
Jefferson Gray, First Year MFA Student
Jefferson Gray is a Mestizo (mixed Native American and Caucasian) playwright, novelist and screenwriter originally hailing from southern Oklahoma. Stylizing himself as a philosophical Absurdist, Jeff’s work is often tragicomic in tone, and deals with issues of self-destructive behavior, hypocrisy and self-fulfilling prophecy. His plays include The Boysenberry Pentagram, Nuclear Family, and Pride. Jeff lives in Carbondale Illinois with his wife and children.
Greg Aldrich, PhD Student
Greg Aldrich is a philosophical, poetic playwright whose spirit emerged from the icy, winter dark-nights-of-the-soul found in the Alaskan desert. Award-winning plays include The Blue Hotel (Winner, City Lit Theater Company’s Second Annual Art of Adaptation Festival) and In the Octopus’s Garden (Audience Choice Award, Rhythm Section’s MixTape 2010). His plays Pertaining to Those Things that Happen in Vegas and Elsewhere and The Blue Hotel were finalists for Region II KCACTF. His one act comedy The Ridiculously Sweet Dream Apartment was a national semi-finalist for KCACTF in 2013 and his full-length play Epulosia was a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace in 2010. Other produced and developed plays include Beheading Vampire Puppies, Schrödinger’s Brother, The Attack of the Ladybugs, Typing Lear, The Body Snatcher, Looking Long Into the Abyss, and The Principle of the Thing. Greg received his MFA in Playwriting from Ohio University, his BA in English from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS and is currently pursuing his PhD in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University. He has trained with Clubbed Thumb, Chicago Dramatists, Victory Gardens, Riverside Theatre, and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.
Myah Gary, PhD Student, Interdisciplinary Health Education and Playwriting
Myah Gary is a playwright and health educator who specializes in writing plays that center on health and social issues. A Southern Illinois native, Myah spent the majority of her upbringing being trained as a classical vocalist. When she wasn’t making high honor roll, performing or going to church (she’s a pastor’s kid), she could be found writing. The years of penning essays in her bedroom paid off when as a high school freshman she placed as a semi-finalist in a national writing competition, putting her in the runnings for a $100,000 dollars. While she didn’t win the competition, she did develop an undying passion to write. This passion led her to major in creative writing. Of course being the overachiever she is, she also majored in Sociology. On a whim, she decided to try her hand at Health Education and fell in love. Her time spent immersed in education theory and program planning caused her to miss creative writing and thus she decided to take a playwriting class to fill that void. The rest is history in the making. Myah is excited to train as a playwright in the SIU Department of Theater and hopes to write many incredible plays (and a few musicals) during her time here.