Digital recording will be available for four days after the performance.
Patrick Cannon (he/him) is a Pittsburgh-based multidisciplinary artist. His film projects, submit it to festivals (director/writer) and Mulligan (creator/writer), have been Official Selections in four Academy Award Qualifying Film Festivals. Patrick’s play, “The Tragedy of Yorick: A Comedy,” won second place in the 2019 Writer’s Digest Script competition, was a Screencraft Quarterfinalist, was named a second-rounder at Austin Film Festival, and is currently ranked in the Top 5 comedy stage plays on Coverfly’s The Red List. He has worked with companies throughout the country including Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Front Porch Theatricals, Boomerang Theater Company, No Name Players, Bricolage, Drury Lane Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Garage Rep, Strange Tree Group, and Cape May Stage. Patrick was most recently on stage in Little Shop of Horrors (the Dentist) and Sweat (Jason) at Pittsburgh Public Theater. He has a BA in Theater from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA in Screenwriting/Playwriting from Point Park University.
GAB CODY creates film and immersive, devised and site-specific work as well as theater meant-to-be-performed in a theater. With Bricolage Production Company she serves as lead writer and co-creator on the immersive urban adventures DODO, (produced in tandem with the Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History), Ascendants, STRATA and OjO produced in Pittsburgh and at the La Jolla Playhouse’s Without Walls Festival. Her other immersive work includes Studio A: Immersive Engagement and Daylighitng the Stream an ecological urban adventure produced with Works on Water/Underwater NY on Governor’s Island, NY. She has taught Immersive Theater and Independent Film at Carnegie Mellon University and consulted this year as an External Subject Expert with Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center on a project (LRRH: Truth and Reconciliation) that strives to give agency to audience participants through technological means. Ms. Cody served for five years as the Pittsburgh Regional Representative for the Dramatists Guild.
Kim El is an award-winning Pittsburgh-born playwright, actor, director and educator who uses words to stimulate human consciousness. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Duquense University and is a member of The Dramatist Guild, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In 2013 The New Pittsburgh Courier added Kim to their 50 Women of Excellent roster. Her theatre experience includes New Horizon Theater, Kuntu Repertory Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, No Name Players, The Shadow Lounge, Briocolage Production Company and The August Wilson Center for African American Culture. Kim El has written thirteen one-act and 6 full-length plays. Kim is the award recipient for Best Play (2011), Best Director (2008) and Best Supporting Actress (2006) for her work done at the Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre. She says that her creative mission is to be among the list of playwrights who have made a difference in the world. One play at a time.
Monteze Freeland is a multi-disciplinary artist from Baltimore, MD where he began writing plays as early as six years old with his first play produced by the Arena Players Theatre when he was 16 years old. Monteze has made Pittsburgh his artistic home as an award-winning actor, director, writer, teaching artist and producer. He has collaborated as a writer with Anya Martin in creating JH: Mechanics of a Legend for the Hiawatha Project and Shua Potter on Santa’s Ted Talk with City Theatre. City Theatre most recently produced Claws Out: A Holiday Drag Musical written by Monteze Freeland and Shua Potter with music by Douglas Levine. Claws Out is the 2021 recipient of the Young- Howze Digital Game Changer Award. Other writing credits include The Clearing for Bricolage Production Company and the full- length feature film House of Stones, written by Mr. Freeland and Reese Redwood – set to premiere in 2022. Monteze is also the creator of Kalopsia, a semi-autobiographical musical, with music by Michael Meketa, which premiered at the New Hazlett Theatre in the CSA Performance Series in 2017. Kalopsia returns under a new name, Get Your Mind Right! to be performed at the New Hazlett Theatre in the Fall of 2021. He was recently commissioned by Asolo Rep to create a piece with long-time mentor, director Tome’ Cousin, set to premiere in 2023. Many thanks to the mighty team at City Theatre.
Molly Rice is a playwright and musician who gravitates toward big, aspirational community collaborations; small, strange musicals; and site-specific, immersive enchantments. Molly’s work has been developed/ produced in NYC (the Public, Playwrights Horizons, Rattlestick, WP Theater, NYTW, Clubbed Thumb, etc.) and nationally. Commissions include NYU/ Tisch Acting MFA, New Georges, Drilling Company, Montclair & Pace Universities (with dir. Rachel Chavkin), Pittsburgh’s Office of Public Art. Honors: Brown University’s Weston Prize; Women’s International Theater Festival; Princess Grace and PONY Awards (finalist); O’Neill Playwrights’ Center (finalist); New York IT Awards and Kesselring Fellowship (nominee). Recent productions: Khuraki, created with Afghan refugees (nominated for 2019 Mayor’s Award for Public Art); Angelmakers: Songs for Female Serial Killers; Futurity (book co-writer, additional text and story) at ART and Soho Rep/ Ars Nova (Lucille Lortel Award, Best New Musical, 2016); and The Saints Tour, a site-specific play occurring across the country since 2009. She is an Artistic Director of RealTime Interventions.