SLAC theatre grant jury bios

 Katherine Vondy is a writer and director whose work spans film, theater and literature.  She received a BA in English and Music from Amherst College as well as an MFA in Film and Television Production from the University of Southern California.  THE FERMI PARADOX, her full-length play, is the recipient of the 2015 Davey Foundation Theatre Grant, and her award-winning short film, THE BROKEN HEART OF GNOCCHI BOLOGNESE has played at festivals worldwide.  She is the recipient of dramatic writing residencies from the Creede Repertory Theatre/HBMG Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, Starry Night and Wildacres.  In addition, Katherine’s work has appeared in many literary journals and magazines.
Robin Wilks Dunn‘s most recent directing credits at SLAC include I’LL EAT YOU LAST, GOOD PEOPLE and A LOSS OF APPETITE. Other productions she has directed at SLAC include DOTTIE: THE SISTER LIVES ON, BOOM, PEARL, ONE LAST DANCE and NAPOLEON’S CHINA.  Robin has directed several staged readings at SLAC, most recently ROAD TO EDEN, PERMANENT COLLECTION and THE LAST WORD and will be directing Tony Kushner’s One Acts TINY KUSHNER as part of the NPSS this season. She directed LAST LISTS OF MY MAD MOTHER and THE GOOD BODY for Pygmalion Theatre Company, where she serves on the board. Robin co-wrote and was the original director of the children’s touring show for the Intermountain healthcare LIVE WELL campaign, now starting its 6th tour. She also reads scripts for the Sundance Theatre Lab, works as Community Engagement Manager for Kingsbury Hall and is on the National Advisory Committee for Kennedy Center Partners in Education.
MARTINE KEI GREEN-ROGERS is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Utah. Her dramaturgical credits include: One Man, Two Guvnors at Pioneer Theatre Company; Clearing Bombs and Nothing Personal at Plan-B Theatre; the Classical Theatre Company’s productions of Uncle Vanya, Antigone, Candida, Ghosts, Tartuffe, and Shylock, The Jew of Venice; productions of Gem of the Ocean, Waiting for GodotIphigenia at AulisSeven GuitarsThe Mountaintop, Home, and Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre; The Clean House at CATCO; Comedy of ErrorsTo Kill A Mockingbird, The African Company Presents Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Fences at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; 10 Perfect and The Curious Walk of the Salamander as part of the 2006 and 2007 Madison Repertory Theatre’s New Play Festival; and A Thousand Words as part of the 2008 WI Wrights New Play Festival.
Julie Jensen, author of thirty plays, is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Award for New American Plays, the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, and the LA Weekly Award for Best New Play. She has received the McKnight National Playwriting Fellowship, theTCG/NEA Playwriting Residency, and a major grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts.  Her work is published by Dramatic Publishing, Dramatists Play Service, and Playscripts, and is anthologized in Best Plays by Women and in a dozen other collections. Playwriting: Brief and Brilliant is published by Smith and Kraus.  Mockingbird was produced at Kennedy Center in DC last January, at Pygmalion Theatre last spring, and just recently closed at the Falcon Theatre in Louisville, KY. CHRISTMAS WITH MISFITS premiered at Plan-B Theatre last season.  Her new play WINTER will premiere at Salt Lake Acting Company next season.
Jason Bowcutt  has directed for Utah Repertory Theatre, MARRY CHRISTMAS, ADAM AND STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA, REASONS TO BE PRETTY for the U of U Theatre Lab, and for Pygmalion Productions. He has been seen on-stage in Plan-B’s END OF THE HORIZON along with David Fetzer, Pioneer Theatre Company’s ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST and, back in the day, Salt Lake Acting Company’s LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Jason has worked for a number of Theatres across the country including: Guthrie Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Rep Theatre of St. Louis, Studio Arena Theatre, and Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theatre where he was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award as well as a Drama Desk Award for his work in John Logan’s NEVER THE SINNER. Jason is one of the Co-Founding Directors of the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation (the IT Awards), a community-building organization for the Off-Off-Broadway Theatre community.
Mark Fossen has worked as an actor, director, dramaturg, and teacher in the Salt Lake Area since 2005. His directing credits include work with the University of Utah, Westminster College, The Grand Theatre, Pinnacle Acting Company, Wasatch Theatre, Utah Repertory, and Silver Summit. As an actor, he has been seen in many Plan-B Theatre shows, including CLEARING BOMBS, for which he won the 2014 City Weekly ARTY award for Best Theatre Performance and THE SCARLET LETTER alongside David Fetzer. Other local acting credits include work with PYGmalion, Meat & Potato, and Salt Lake Shakespeare. National credits include work at the California and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, San Francisco’s Thick Description, and Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf. He is a graduate of the University of Utah’s Theatre Studies Program, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of Idaho in Theatre Studies.
Morag Shepherd is currently the resident playwright of Sackerson theatre, and edits for UtahTheatreBloggers.com. Recent writing credits include POPPIES IN THE SAND, BEFORE THE BEEP, and THEATRE FOR ONE. Her play NOT ONE DROP was selected as a winner of the 2016 Davey Foundation Theatre Grant in partnership with Plan B Theatre.