A.B. Harrison, Second 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.
Teresa McKinly, Second Year MFA Student
Teresa McKinley, received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work in 1992 at SIU. In the Fall of 2004 she became the advisor for an SIUC RSO theater group, OOPS! Entertainment, and co-wrote a play entitled Deception which was produced and performed on campus. She also co-wrote and implemented an after-school project that encouraged elementary children to appreciate poetry. This project was called the Treehouse Poetry Club. She is the author of a children’s book, Seek ‘n’ Find which was published by WriteLife.com in 2012. She lives in Carbondale, Illinois with her husband, Gus.
Dustin Hageland, First Year MFA Student
Dustin was born in Boston and grew up in Seattle. After being active in his High School theatre program he received his BA in English - Creative Writing and a minor in Theatre after studying with both Western Washington University and the Tisch School of the Arts at their London campus. He interned at Parley, a Seattle Playwright’s group, working closely with the artistic director and helped to produce several premier staged workshops. He is now studying to receive his MFA in Theatre, concentrating in Playwriting, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
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.