Alumni Profiles

The SFSU playwriting possee is ever growing. Here's the latest news and contact info for some of them. (If you are SFSU alumni and not listed here, please send an email and we'll put you up!)

Kenneth Alford | Robert Barker | Jennifer Berry | Greg Beuthin | Prince Gomolvilas | Garret Jon Groenveld | Jennifer Kollmer | Karen Macklin | Scott McMorrow | Peter Sinn Nachtrieb | Danielle Nathanson | Alex Park | Jan Probst | Brian Thorstensen


Kenneth Alford
MA - Playwriting - 2005
Currently Living in: On the side of a hill in San Francisco.  The fashionable (?) Miraloma Park area.
His website: http://www.chipdog.com
His email: show2nz@chipdog.com
His favorite title of a show tune: The More You Love Someone (The More You Want To Kill Them) from Avenue Q
What's up:
Kenneth recently completed his graduate work at SFSU.  His plays "Blind Faith" and "lost. found." have received readings at SFSU, Teatro de la Esperanza and the Off-Market Theater.  His play "Everything That Has Ever Happened" was produced as part of SFSU's Fringe Festival.  In the coming months, Kenneth's looking forward to seeing his new production company take its baby steps.  He's also hoping to start work on his first musical endeavor ... a toe tapper about sex in public toilets.


Robert Barker
MFA - Playwriting (Creative Writing) - 1998
Currently Living in: Los Angeles, CA
His email: roomfive@yahoo.com
What's up:
I'm in my first year of teaching 8th grade English at an inner-city school in LA -- very overwhelmed with work. Latest play was Persistent Vegetative State, directed by Dylan Russell, starred Rica Anderson, Rebecca Fisher and Frieda DeLackner. It was at CAFE Space Off-Market Theaters in October. It was a dark political comedy about a woman running for president and three different women and their relationship to politics. I'm also currently rewriting a screenplay for a friend of my cousin -- but can't release any more details on it. I'm also loving being a Middle School English teacher. I'm also hoping to start teaching playwriting at the middle school's magnet program next year. Um, what else? I haven't had any other productions since 2000, when Hurry Up And Die was at the Exit. I had sworn off playwriting until Rica Anderson asked me to write a play for women and politics last year. It was a great experience.


Jennifer Berry
MFA - Playwriting (Creative Writing) - 1996
Currently Living in: Denver, CO
Her email: Magilian@aol.com
Her website: www.jenniferberry.net
What's up:
Jennifer Berry has been employed as a playwright, screenwriter, director, and actor. "I could never choose just one form. I believe that if you are creative, your artistic process takes on many disciplines." Berry often combines a wide variety of artistic disciplines mixing movement, acting, dance, text, scene design and lighting into one integrated piece that stands on its own. Berry's work is a collage of creative contradictions. "I prefer to have flexible categories where interpersonal interactions lead to political transformations." All of her writing seeks to decode the definitions of the status quo.


Greg Beuthin
MFA - Playwriting (Creative Writing) - 2002
Currently Living in: Oakland, CA
His email: Greg Bot at SBC Global dot Net (no spaces)
His favorite dog: Ti
What's up:
I am a founding member of Balé Techlorico, a multidisciplinary (theatre, percussion, song and movement) performance group. BaléTech has been seen at the SF Fringe Festival, Intersection for the Arts, Punch Gallery, Z Studio, and will debut a new work - Cry Don't Cry - at Shotgun Theatre in November 2005.

My play REWIND was workshopped at the 2003 New York Hip Hop Theatre Festival, and was a 2004 Rella Lossy Playwright in Residence finalist. THE PLAGUE was a 2002 Bay Area Playwrights Festival finalist. VERTICAL COMMUTE was a Bay Area Playwright's Foundation Shorts finalist, as well as an Actor's Theatre of Louisville 2003 Heideman Award finalist.

In 2002 I received a Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant for A Loud Little Handful, a showcase of short anti-war pieces by new writers produced in an old outdoor gun-battery in the Marin Headlands.

In addition to writing, I am also a performer and percussionist; most recently I appeared in Old Man and the Sea (Theatre of Yugen); Culture Works (Brava Theatre); and The 2004 Hybrid Project (Intersection for the Arts and Yerba Buena Center).


Alice Egan
MFA - Playwriting (Creative Writing) - 2003
Currently Living in: Oakland, CA
His email: aliceli65@yahoo.com
What's up:
Finished and sent out a new comedy "A Worthwhile Life". Working on my next script which I hope someone will produce.


Prince Gomolvilas
1997, MFA, Creative Writing, Playwriting 1994, BA, Film, Screenwriting
Currently Living in: Los Angeles, CA
His email: prince@princegomolvilas.com
His website: www.princegomolvilas.com
His favorite Punk Rock Opera: Green Day's American Idiot What's up:
The Fabulous Adventures of Captain Queer premieres at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in the Spring of 2006. And Prince just wrapped up a year-long screenwriting fellowship from The Chesterfield Writers Film Project, a program sponsored by Paramount Pictures, where he developed two new screenplays.


Garret Jon Groenveld
1995 - MFA Poetry, 1997 MA Playwrighting 1994, BA, Film, Screenwriting
Currently Living in: San Francisco, I've got rent control! They're goingto have to pry that apartment out of my cold dead mitts.
His email: GGroen@aol.com or Garret@playground-sf.org
His favorite Comic Book Writer: Geoff Johns
What's up:
Teach for PlayGround and New Conservatory Theatre. Published, "Ondine" with the Guthrie. "Missives" a full length about the friendship between a straight black woman and a gay white man was in the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, 2004, and will open the 2005-6 season for Theatre Rhino. And many other things I cannot talk about yet.


Jennifer Kollmer
2003, MFA, Creative Writing, Playwriting
Currently Living: between the Castro and the Haight
Her email: jen@kollmers.net
Her website: www.kollmers.net/jen
Her favorite online research site: Arts & Letters Daily (www.aldaily.com). Okay, that's the canned answer. Secretly, I'm addicted to Oprah.com. Once every two or three weeks, I'll log on and read what happened on every Oprah show I've missed, which is all of them since I don't have a TV. But AL Daily is my home page, honest.
What's up:
Jennifer Kollmer's plays have appeared in Fourteen Hills and have been performed in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival, in New York in the Boomerang Theatre Company Spring Flight and First Flight series, and in San Francisco at the SF Fringe Festival (with plays by fellow SFSUers Karen Macklin and Liz Gjelten), the PlayGround Emerging Playwrights Festival, at El Teatro De La Esperanza, Luna Sea, The Marsh, and in an abandoned bunker in the Marin Headlands. A finalist in the Actors Theatre of Louisville National Ten-Minute Play Contest, she now edits sftheatre.org, a sort of craigslist for the theater crowd. Her screenplay, Base Two, which she adapted from her Greenhouse play, has just been optioned by Willfilm Productions.


Karen Macklin
2004, MFA, Creative Writing, Playwriting
Currently Living in: San Francisco, CA
Her email: karenmacklinn@yahoo.com
Her website: www.kmacklin.com
What's up:
Karen Macklin is a San Francisco-based playwright, director, journalist, editor, and poet from New York. Her plays - which include Popping the Cherry, And Baby Makes Two, Commit Me to Memory, and Mister President - have received readings and/or productions in San Francisco (at Actors Theatre, Eureka Theatre, Mason Street Theatre, and Teatro de la Esperanza), and have been chosen as finalists for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award and Humana Festival, and the American Theatre Co-op Playwriting Award. Her articles have been published bicoastally in major newspapers and magazines including The New York Times and San Francisco Weekly, and she has worked also as a dramaturge and assistant director to prominent theatre artists like Octavio Solis and Erik Ehn.


Scott McMorrow
2002, MFA, Creative Writing, Playwriting
Currently Living in: Northern California
His email: samcmorrow@yahoo.com
His website: www.scottmcmorrow.com
His favorite way to sleep: one eye opened and one half closed, gazing at dancing bits of light.
What's up:
Scott McMorrow is a playwright, poet, and a member of Three Wise Monkeys Theatre Company in San Francisco, and his plays have been produced in Europe and in the States. Leftovers won the Chameleon Theatre Circle's New Play Award and was produced as part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway New Play Festival. Fishing the Moon was a semi-finalist in the Beverly Hills Julie Harris Playwright Competition. Scott wrote and directed an adaptation of Lysistrata that was recognized with a Bay Area Critics Circle Special Award. Scott's professional memberships include PEN, The Dramatists Guild, The Playwright's center, and The Playwright's center of San Francisco.


Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
2005, MFA Playwriting
Currently Living in: San Francisco
His email: peter_nachtrieb@yahoo.com
His website: www.peternachtrieb.com
His favorite chocolate: Toblerone
What's up:
Very recently free from academia, Peter is planning on having some sort of panic about life and the future in the coming months. He hopes this won't result in a total freakout and getting a job with Dean Whitter or something ghastly like that. Maybe dog walking. Massage? In the meantime, his new play will be at the Bay Area Playwright's Festival this summer, and he continues to submit the aged ones to theatres about the world.


Daniele Nathanson
1996, MFA Creative Writing - Playwriting
Currently Living in: Los Angeles, CA
Her email: brkdwninla@hotmail.com
Her website:Nope, I just like talking about myself instead...
Her favorite Semi-soft cheese: Humboldt Fog
What's up:
Well, this is expanding daily, but I moved to Los Angeles three years ago and I am continuing to slowly inch towards my goal of writing for television. I also got married at a Las Vegas drive thru, I am writing a screenplay and I have directed several staged readings at a various LA theatres. Also had a couple of short play readings in SF (ACT Mamet Festival, Best of Playground...) As you can see from my answer to the website question, I love talking about myself so instead of putting all the minutia here, drop me an e-mail and I can fill you in.


Alex Park
2005 MFA
Currently Living in: San Francisco - Sunset
His email: gnathica@yahoo.com
His favorite Ostrich Farm: Cogburn Ostrich Farm in Picacho Peak, AZ
What's up:
I am shopping a sexy musical about Sarajevo, workshopping a semi-porn one-act called, "Smell of Sex," and trying to sell my novel, "The Final Plan," which is about sexual obsession.  I am a founding member of The Red Light Theater Company, scheduled to start its first season in November 2005.


Jan Probst
2004 MFA
Currently Living in: Berkeley, CA
Her email: jan@janprobst.com
Her websites:www.janprobst.com and www.barewitness.com
Her favorite Al Pacino Film: Dog Day Afternoon
What's up:
Primarily an actor and a writer, I have been around the Bay Area Theatre scene in various guises for a good long stretch now. My work has taken to the stage at many local venues, and my solo play, "No Fences" was rumored to have been seen on Gayble TV. "The First Page," my little ten-minute-play-that-could, went all the way to The Kennedy Center as a national finalist in the 2004 American College Theatre Festival. An enthusiastic member of Barewitness Films, I work both in front of and behind the camera, and am currently writing and developing a screenplay.


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