FGP PlayGround began as an end-of-the-year play reading marathon in December 2009, presenting eight new plays in two days. Since then, PlayGround has evolved into a habitat for emerging theater creators to develop more fully realized experiments.
The PlayGround PlayGroup is a year-long, collaborative workshop culminating in the PlayGround Festival, enforcing Fresh Ground Pepper’s mission to bring artists together and present work mid-process to supportive audiences.
2013 FGP PLAYGROUND PLAYGROUP
Trevor Bachman is a New York based composer, performer, and musical director. After earning his BFA from NYU Tisch in 2012, he traveled with Liz Swados to the sands of Abu Dhabi as her music director and lead composer of the NYU Reality Show in Abu Dhabi. His series of ten-minute operas based on the poetry of Edward Lear will debut in NYC this summer. Additionally, his first full length opera, Pyre Cantata, an adaptation of the Oedipus Cycle, will be developed through FGP in 2013! For videos, tracks, and more, http://www.youtube.com/trevorbachmanmusic
Salty Brine a New York-based performer and playwright. He is co-creator of the rock ‘n roll, vaudeville duo Pepper ‘N Sam. Most recent P&S performances: The Diversionary Theater (San Diego), Ben Walker’s Find the Funny (Joe’s Pub), and an Ars Nova Project Residency. Other performance credits include… New York: The Poor of New York (The Connelly Theater), Clown Bar (Pipeline Theater Co.), Backstage At Horror Drag (Incubator Arts Project) Thanksgiving! A! Pageant! (Ars Nova) The Infernal Machine (CSV Cultural Center), Straight Talk (Dixon Place), Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge (HERE). Regional: The Baltimore Waltz (Cape Rep). Faculty, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, NYU.
Max Freedman’s plays include The World’s Smallest Violin and Origin Story, and have most recently been developed by Judson Memorial Church, The Amoralists, and the Hamner Theater in Nelson County, VA. As a member of the devising ensemble Dog & Pony DC, he was nominated for the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play for Beertown. New York credits as an AD, AP, and SM include Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, The Lark, and SUPERWOLF. Max is a proud Joker-in-Training with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC. B.A. Northwestern University.
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Hugh Trimble studied film and theater at Muhlenberg College and is currently a musician and actor in New York. He performs original material on stages and streets across the city, and has traveled the Eastern, Southern, and Midwestern United States extensively as a busker. He is a recurring member of the Philly-based independent theater company Homunculus Inc, most recently acting in August Strindberg’s “Ghost Sonata” in the 2012 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. Hugh will be releasing an album with NYC Americana quartet The Engines this summer.www.hughtrimble.bandcamp.com
Dylan Lamb is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he was the recipient of the Chair’s Award of Excellence in Dramatic Writing. He has apprenticed at the Guthrie Theater in his hometown of Minneapolis and has worked for Warner Brothers Television as part of their Creative Lab. He is ecstatic to be a part of such an exciting group of theater-and-otherwise-makers. Follow him @dylanlamb.
Dano Madden is a playwright and director. His plays have been produced and/or received development by Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Source Festival, The Artful Conspirators, World At Large Theatre, Mile Square Theatre, Burnt Studio Productions, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Idaho Theatre for Youth, Kitchen Theatre Company, Rutgers University, The University of Tulsa, Bloomsburg College, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Lark Play Development Center, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Boise Contemporary Theater and Boston Theatre Works, among others. He was the winner of the Kennedy Center’s 2007 National Student Playwriting Award and a finalist of the National New Play Network’s 2010 Smith Prize. Dano is the Associate Artistic Director of The Artful Conspirators and an adjunct professor of playwriting at NYU. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with his favorite person, Lauren, and their cat Beth. www.danomadden.com
Callan Stout’s plays have had readings at the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain, Santa Monica Theatre Guild, Truffle Theatre Company, the Brick and eyeBLINK. Her children’s plays are published by Youthplays. She is a founding member of Cockpitwriters Group. www.callanstout.com
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine is a weekly contributor to Huffington Post. She is a proud original cast member of Political Subversities and half of the online sketch duo Ari and Emma, currently fundraising for a season
of sketch comedy with a pilot to follow. Visit Emma’s website to learn about her gay family blog Two and a Half Women, which is the project that has brought her to FGP’s Playground. emmatattenbaumfine.com