THE AWARD-WINNING CREATIVE TEAM FOR READING
JOSEPH P. KRAWCZYK
Joseph P. Krawczyk is an award-winning, published playwright. His play It’s All About Lorrie won Best Play at the Thespis Festival in New York City and had a ten-performance run at NYC’s John Cullum Theater. Prior to that run, his one-act play, The Changing Room, won an award for Best Comedic Play from the American Theatre of Actors. He had a staged reading of Release 35.6 at The International Theater Arts Institute (IATI), located in the East Village, one of nine plays selected for Cimientos 2016. The Treatment was selected to be part of Cimientos 2017 with a staged reading in March. Last year, The Treatment, formerly titled Disconnect, was produced at the Sargent Theater in NYC. In 2014 he had a staged reading of Year’s End, a play about teachers in crisis, at Cape May Stage, a regional, Equity Theater in Cape May, NJ. The play was selected from playwrights who participated in 2013’s National Playwrights Symposium (in attendance were Lee Blessing, John Pielmeier, Stephen Adly Guirgis, and William Mastrosimone) and who were invited to submit a play for their 2014 Symposium. Year’s End was also selected as one of the top three plays at Ohio State University’s 2012 New Play Contest. Subsequently, Year’s End was also produced at the Manhattan Repertory Theater. He has written many ten-minute plays that have been produced on both the East and West Coast. As for awards, he received the 2016 Gil Ancowitz Award for Divinity, a trilogy of one-act plays. He was nominated as Outstanding Writer for Macho Moments at NYC’s 2013 Midwinter Madness Festival, and was a semi-finalist at NYC’s Avant-Garde Theater Festival for his one-act play, The Tasting. He has been awarded with two Jean Dalrymple awards: Best Comedy for Inconceivable and Best Playwright for Family Bound. His one act, The Understudy, was the first place winner in the Short Play Lab at the Little Times Square Theater in NYC. The play was subsequently produced at NYC’s Thespian Productions. Over the years NYC’s American Theatre of Actors (ATA) has produced Fog, Divinity and Release 35.6. His critically acclaimed Who Killed Johnny Hansen took on corporate greed, race relations, and right-wing talk radio. His other New York productions include Family Bound, Inconceivable (also produced in Los Angeles), and Latin Retreat at Playwrights Horizons Theater School. His play Gender Wars was produced Off Broadway by Power Play Enterprises at the Samuel Beckett Theater. Recently, he had a short story, The Dreamer, published in London, and a monologue from It’s All About Lorrie, was included in The Best Women's Stage Monologues of 2016, published by Smith and Kraus. A monologue from Year’s End will be part of The Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 2017. As a documentary film maker, he has worked with talents such as William Shatner, Eli Wallach, and James Whitmore. He is also a recipient of an Emmy as co-producer of Dreams of Distant Shores, a documentary on immigration. He is especially proud of writing and producing The Gift of Time, a documentary on volunteerism, which had a showing at the White House. He has won awards from the New York Film Festival, Houston International Film Festival, and a Tri-State award for the Best United Way video. In addition, he has written and produced more than a dozen TV and radio commercials and has directed a number of advertising campaigns for a Fortune 200 company. He has studied playwrighting at the National Playwrights Symposium, Playwrights Horizons Theater School, Ensemble Studio Theater, and the Public Theater. He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Joe with Actor Danny Aiello at the ATA 40th Anniversary Dinner at Sardi's. Aieillo awarded Joe The Gil Ancowitz Award for Best Triiogy of One-Act plays.
Conor Bagley (Director): Directing: Off-Broadway: Two by Friel by Brian Friel (Irish Repertory Theatre), Sarah Sits Shiva for Herself (24 Hour Plays, Manhattan Rep). Regional: The Adult in the Room (Victory
Gardens, Chicago); Mount Venus 2018 AD (Theatre Workshop of Nantucket); An Iliad (Atlas Performing Arts Center, DC); Shining City, Dancing at Lughnasa (Yale). Assistant Director: Juno and the Paycock, dir. Neil Pepe; The Home Place, dir. Charlotte Moore (Irish Rep); Donegal, world premiere by Frank McGuinness, dir. Conall Morrison (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); Other Desert Cities, dir. Dan Foster (Nantucket). Producing: Broadway: The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez; Once on this Island, winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. Bagley is one of Manhattan Theatre Club's 2019-2020 Directing Fellows.
Jim Kierstead is an Emmy, Olivier, and three-time Tony Award-winning producer of the Broadway, touring, Toronto, and London productions of Kinky Boots, the revival of Pippin, and Hadestown. He is currently represented on Broadway as a co-producer of Tony-nominated Ain’t TooProud and Waitress, as well as
The Inheritance. In addition, he has been a co-producer of 20 Broadway productions including The Visit, You Can’t Take It With You, Indecent, The Great Comet (all Tony nominated), Be More Chill, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Pretty Woman, Side Show, It Shoulda Been You, M. Butterfly, Rocky, among others.
Off-Broadway projects include Unexpected Joy, Yank! (Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Nominees), Bright Colors and Bold Patterns, and Thrill Me - The Leopold & Loeb Story (Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Nominees). He has produced London productions including Waitress, Dreamgirls, Unexpected Joy, Yank!, Thrill Me, Night of the Living Dead, and Aspects of Love.
Film/TV projects include the Emmy winning TV series The Bay, Indoor Boys, After Forever, Ace, Between Love and Goodbye, Kiss Me, Kill Me, and Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner, and a new series, Mulligan. Upcoming projects include Sparkler and Cover.
Jim is on the Board of Directors of The York Theatre Company, The Abingdon Theatre Company, and The New York Theatre Barn.
William Fernandez is a former newspaper editor turned theater producer. A two-time Tony Award nominee and Drama Desk winner, Fernandez has co-produced such critical hits on Broadway as American Son, The Inheritance, Frankie and Johnny and the current Mrs. Doubtfire. Fernandez has also
produced theater off-Broadway, in London, Miami and Chicago. In Miami, he was the executive producer of the city’s longest running hit, The Amparo Experience, an immersive play that ran for eight months to sold-out houses. In London, he produced the new American musical Unexpected Joy.
In January 2020, right before the pandemic began, Fernandez produced the world premiere of The Adult in the Room at Chicago’s famed Victory Gardens Theater. On television, Fernandez currently is co-executive producing Season 2 of the Emmy-winning Amazon Prime series After Forever.
Fernandez also serves on the board of Zoetic Stage, a leading regional theater housed at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. In his career as a newsman, Fernandez was the senior editor on the team that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also the recipient of two Emmy nominations.
Coming up: Fernandez and his producing team are hard at work creating an immersive play they hope to produce in 2021. They also have two movies in pre-production.