Playwriting Faculty Profiles
Roy Conboy | Michelle Carter | Anne Galjour | Brian Thorstensen


Roy Conboy Roy Conboy
Plays produced: Drive My Coche, Teatro Esperanza and San Francisco State University, 1999; Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, 2000; Suburban Canciones, Studio Theatre and Teatro Esperanza (S.F.), 1998; When El Cucui Walks, Seattle Group Theatre and Teatro Esperanza (S.F.), 1995; Camino Confusion/ Confusion Street, SFSU, l993; Dancing With the Missing, San Francisco, l992; El Canto Del Roble/The Song of the Oak, PCPA Theatrefest, Santa Maria CA, l991; Hot Tamale/Tamale Caliente, PCPA Theatrefest, Santa Maria CA, l991; No Mas Suenos/No More Dreams, PCPA Theatrefest, l990; Camino Confusion, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, l990; Buscando American/Seeking America, Multi-Cultural Playwrights Festival, Seattle Group Theatre, l988; Strictly a Formality, Theatre Rhinoceros, San Francisco, l987; Visitors to My Room, finalist in l979 Playwright's Open Circle Competition, Goucher College; and others.
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Michelle Carter
PEN Literary Award in Drama (2000 and 2003). Garland Award for Playwriting (2000). American Theatre Critics Association Award finalist (2000). Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award finalist for composing (2000)and best new play (2002). Ted Kacyzynski Killed People With Bombs, Magic Theatre (2002); Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop for Ties, Magic Theatre (1999) and Seattle (2004). Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist (1996, 1997). Recent grants: NEA/TCG (2002); Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan (2002). Music director/composer: Ted Kacyzynski Killed People With Bombs; Waiting Room Germany; Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop for Ties (with Randy Craig); Warning Signs, S.F. Mime Troupe C.S.U. Summer Arts. Publications: "Prometheus" in Plays for Actresses (Vintage Books, 2002); Hillary and Soon-Yi Shop for Ties (Dramatic Publishing, 2000); 30 short stories and essays (1984-97); On Other Days While Going Home, novel (Penguin, 1989, Morrow 1988); managing editor, John L'Heureux ed., The Uncommon Touch, Stanford University Press (1989). N.E.A. grant, fiction (1988).


Anne Galjour
Anne Galjour is a playwright/actor whose credits include OKRA which premiered at Brava Theater Center in San Francisco. It will be produced at Southern Repertory Theatre in New Orleans. Her children's play THE QUEEN OF THE SEA was commissioned at produced by Berkeley Repertory Theatre. It toured schools across northern California. Her new play STARS AT NIGHT will be produced by Z Space Studio in the 2005-06 season.

Her solo performance credits include ALLIGATOR TALES - Hurricane and Mauvais Temps which premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and went on to Manhattan Theatre Club, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville. THE KREWE OF NEPTUNE and ALLIGATOR TALES (4 Dramatic Short Stories) both premiered at Climate Theatre in San Francisco. Her solo work has been presented at Theater for the New City in New York, the Magic Theatre in San Francisco, New City Theater in Seattle, Redwood Cultural Work in Oakland, Aurora Theatre Co. in Berkeley, California Plaza Presents in Los Angeles, and numerous college and theatre festivals across the United States.

She has been the recipient of a Theatre Communications Group/National Endowment for the Arts grant for the development and production of OKRA, a Z Space Commission and Wattis Residency through Yerba Buena Center For the Arts for the development of STARS AT NIGHT, and a PROJECT 6 commission by The Bay Area Playwrights Foundation for THE KITCHEN. She has received grants from The Zellerbach Family Fund and the Columbia Foundation in support of her work. She was a California Arts Council Artist in Residence, and was also on the C.A.C. Touring Roster for many years.

Awards for her work include the Will Glickman Playwriting Award, Bay Area Theater Critics Award - best original script, finalist for the Penn West Award for MAUVAIS TEMPS (Part two of Alligator Tales) in 1997. For HURRICANE she received the American Theatre Critics Association Osborn Award for Emerging Playwright. The ATCA selected it as one of the best 3 plays in regional theatre, 1994. Additional honors for HURRICANE include Bay Area Theater Critics Circle - best solo performance, S F Solo Mio Festival - outstanding solo artist, SF Bay Guardian "Goldie" for outstanding performance artist - 1993.

Excerpts of ALLIGATOR TALES are found in EXTREME EXPOSURES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SOLO PERFORMANCE TEXTS FROM THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, Theatre Communications Group, 2000, BURNS AND MANTLE THEATRE YEARBOOK FOR BEST PLAY, 1994. Excerpts of THE KREWE OF NEPTUNE appeared in AMERICAN THEATRE MAGAZINE. Le Boucherie appeared in CALLBOARD MAGAZINE.


Brian Thorstensen Brian Thorstensen
Brian Thorstenson received his B.A. in Theater from Willamette University in Salem Oregon and his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. His first play, "Heading South," was produced at The Studio at Theater Rhinoceros in 1995, The 450 Geary Theater in 1995 and was part of the Berkeley Art Centers' 1996 performance series. It was nominated for a Bay Area Criticıs Circle Award in 1995. His play "Summerland" was selected to be part of the 2000 Bay Area Playwrights Festival, had a workshop production at the 2000 Z Space Festival of New Performance and was produced off-off Broadway at Wings Theatre Co. "Summerland" is published in the anthology "Plays and Playwrights 2002." He received a CA$H grant from Theatre Bay Area to develop his latest play "Over The Mountain." "Over The Mountain" was one of six plays selected for the 2003 Bay Area Playwrights Festival. This fall his radio adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' "It Canıt Happen Here" will be broadcast on the Pacifica Radio Network. His other plays include Half-Light Dances, The Trick and Cul-de-Sac. As a poet he has had work published in Transfer, Six Thousand Five Hundred and Fourteen Hills. He was an artist in residence at the Blue Mountain Center in 1999 and 2001, and the Djerassi Resident Artist's Program in 1996.

Brian was a founding member of the Z Collective and has worked as an actor at The Magic Theatre, The Eureka Theatre, Intersection for the Arts and Theatre Rhinoceros. He made his feature film debut as Clifford in "Haiku Tunnel" directed by the Kornbluth brothers.

Brian currently is a lecturer at San Francisco State University, New College of California and Santa Clara University.
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