Willie Johnson

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.

Mackenzie McBride

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. Her other plays include "A Lovely Damaged Quality", "Lab Rat", "Advent of Loss", "Bitten", "Sad Words", "SHE", and "Kitchen Lords." In addition to her playwriting, Mackenzie teaches theatre, storytelling, and spoken word at public schools all across NYC's five boroughs. Mackenzie is a graduate of Cranbrook Kingswood (Class of 2008) and of The Florida State University's School of Theater (Class of 2011). A proud mid-westerner, she was born and raised in Ortonville, Michigan. 

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