Location : The Kraine Theater, New York, NY
JD Stewart is a gay Scottish writer and performer who splits his time between New York and the UK. He received his BA/Hons in English Studies from Stirling University (2008) and MFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts (2017). He also completed the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting (2015). In 2017, his self-written and performed show GAY BOY had its world premiere at the Dream Up Festival at Theater for the New City. GAY BOY went on to be the headliner piece at the 2018 Queerly Festival and was officially selected for the 2018 NYC Fringe Festival. Selected acting credits: Jesus Christ Superstar, Night of the Living Dead, Pocket Queens (Seoul 10-Minute Play Festival Finalist), and Cock. Recent writing credits: One Twenty-One, Compression, 18 & Gay - a verbatim theatre piece comprised of interviews with fifty gay men from 1969 - 2019 regarding their 18th year of life. Finalist: 2016 Theater Masters Festival, Aspen; The Bachelor: Creature of Legends, Co-writer of Baggage Claim (Daegu Theater Troupe, South Korea). He wrote the short film, The Fabric of Life which was directed by Jamie Cristello in 2017. His modernized adaptation of Medea with men, titled Struan, and his play Movement (both directed by Ashley Wren-Collins), received readings at the Goldberg Theater, Tisch, in August 2016 and May 2017. He worked as Script Coordinator on the film, Magic Hour (dir. Jacqueline Christy) and is the Executive Story Coordinator for the upcoming web series, Tech Bae (created by Fikile Kani). Stewart is a 2016 recipient of The Dewar Arts Award for Scotland, J.S. Seidman Scholarship, the 2017 MFA Chair’s Award from the Tisch Dramatic Writing Department, and is a member of Athena Writes 2019. www.jdstewart.org.
Ashley Wren Collins is a New York City-based producer, director, choreographer, actor and writer. She received her BA in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and her MFA from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School IATT at Harvard University. Collins produced and acted in the feature film, Chasing Taste, “Best Comedy” winner of the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival and the 2014 Manhattan Film Festival. Recent directing: The Bedbug at Medicine Show Theatre and the world premieres of Gay Boy, I’m Mindful…of My Anxiety, Flak House: The Musical. She is the author of several books and short stories and directs new works of BFA and MFA in Dramatic Writing candidates at NYU. Ashley is the recipient of a writing fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation. The musical she co-created, Mother Eve’s Secret Garden of Sensual Sisterhood, has been optioned for an off-Broadway production. Her book with Russ Giguere on the folk-rock band, The Association, will be published by Rare Bird in Fall 2019. Ashley was a participant in the 2015 Directors Lab at Lincoln Center Theater. www.ashleywrencollins.com.