Mackenzie McBride is a Brooklyn based playwright and teaching artist. Her plays have been produced by ESPA at Primary Stages, Taksu Theatre Company, Durango Arts Center, The New York Indie One-Minute Play Festival, and Typed Out Productions. Recently she was named a Top 5 Finalist for the Durango Arts Center 10-Minute Play Festival and a "Risky Playwright of the Year" at The Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. In February 2017, her play "The Telling and Re-Telling of Lucy and Owen" was featured as a part of the Playhouse on Park's new works reading series in West Hartford, CT. READ MORE
Willie Johnson is a playwright and essayist based in New York City. His writing has appeared in a variety of publications including The New York Times, The Nation, and Thomson Gale's Encyclopedia of Race and Racism. His one-act play "Ice Cream Man" won the Audience Favorite award at the 2015 Unchained Festival in New York, and his play "Blue Balls" was a finalist for the 2016 LaBute New Theater Festival in St. Louis. His newest play, "Age of Extinction", will premier at Verso Loft in Brooklyn in May 2017. He is a proud co-founder of New York's Socialist Theater Alliance.