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M.F.A. in Playwriting
Kimberly Belflower is an M.F.A. Playwriting candidate in the Department of Theatre and Dance. She comes to Austin by way of New York City, where she wrote plays developed with Primary Stages and Less Than Rent Theatre, conceived and directed work for 54 Below, and studied with an array of artists and companies, including Elevator Repair Service. Kimberly also worked in the Transport Group’s literary department and recently partnered with Writopia Lab in judging submissions for their Worldwide Plays Festival. She graduated from Columbus State University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance and Directing, and is a proud member of the Beehive Collective. Kimberly is originally from a four-stoplight town in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia.
Elizabeth Doss directs, writes, and performs in Austin, Texas. She has worked with many outstanding theatre companies including Zach: Present Laughter, Physical Plant: Not Clown (toured to Soho Rep), Salvage Vanguard: Cry Pitch Carrols, Americamisfit, Rude Mechs: Dionysus in ’69 (toured to Princeton University and New York Live Arts) and B. Beaver Animation. She is a founding member of the theatre collective Paper Chairs which has produced her original musicals, Murder Ballad Murder Mystery (toured Marfa, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and the New Orleans Fringe Festival) and Hill Country Underbelly and for which she co-directed Woodwork and The Suicide. She has also conceived and created two interactive literature experiences: Writer’s Room and Road Show: Four Way Stop which were both featured in the Fusebox Festival in 2012 and 2013. She is a third-year M.F.A. Playwriting candidate at The University of Texas at Austin.
William Glick is an M.F.A. candidate at the Michener Center for Writers studying playwriting and screenwriting. He grew up in South Florida and moved to Chicago to study politics and theatre at the University of Chicago. This past year, his play The Winter Farm was a semi-finalist for the 2015 National Playwright's Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, and his play Faggot Dolls received a workshop production at the Cohen New Works Festival. Next summer, his play Kin Folk will debut with The New Colony in Chicago.
Paz Pardo is an M.F.A. candidate at the Michener Center for Writers studying playwriting and fiction. Plays include Movimiento Perpetuo/Perpetual Motion, which she's performed in Buenos Aires, Bogotá, New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area and Columbia, South Carolina (among other cities); Duct Tape Girl & Fetish Chick Conquer the World, which she also directed for BootStrap Theater Foundation in 2013; Rubber Match, a semifinalist for the National Playwrights Conference; and Chewed Bread, co-created with Nisa Ari, which premiered at the MAT in Colorado Springs and toured to Los Angeles and Stanford University. She has performed with TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, California; the TEAM in New York and BootStrap Theater Foundation in San Francisco, among others. As a dramaturg, she worked with the TEAM and 600 Highwaymen. Her chapter on the TEAM's process appeared in Encountering Ensemble (Bloomsbury Books). Her writing has also appeared in the Brooklyn Review and Howlround. She was awarded a Fulbright in 2012 for research in Buenos Aires.
Drew Paryzer is a first-year M.F.A. Playwriting candidate at The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance. He has written plays about robotic seals, libertine Buddhist masters, clandestine transcription companies, Moroccan storytelling circles and his mom. Paryzer's work has been presented in New York through March Forth Productions and Primary Stages. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where he was a recipient of the Lipkin Prize and he hails from the Rocky Mountain Front Range.
Megan Tabaque is a writer and actor from Clearwater, Florida and is an M.F.A. in Playwriting candidate at the Michener Center for Writers. Her work has been developed and produced in Chicago, Tallahassee, Austin and for radio. Her play, Teen Girl FANtasies, cowritten with Kimberly Belflower, was nominated for an Austin Critics' Table Award for Best New Play in 2015. Tabaque is a 2016 Kundiman Fellow for fiction and scholarship recipient of the Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her current writing projects include Invisible Women, a documentary play about females in combat in the United States military, as well as Decapitations, a dark comedy exploring biracial Filipino and White identity. www.megantabaque.com
Travis Tate is an M.F.A. candidate at the Michener Center for Writers at The University of Texas at Austin studying playwriting and screenwriting. He has participated in the 14×48 Play Festival and was awarded the 2015 Frontera Fest Short Fringe Commission.
He also has performed as a "giant robot," "the devil in hot pants" and "Woyzeck." Tate received his B.A. in Theatre and Dance from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012.