Libby Emmons grew up in every major metrop on the northeast coast, and has never lived anywhere else. When she got caught writing obscene stories in jr. high, her parents forbade her from writing lest she be overtaken by the devil. She knew then that writing was all she wanted to do. She is an award-winning playwright, has published with Smith & Krause, Applause Books, New York Theatre Review, Narratively, The Federalist, Spill, Liberty Island, and blogs semi-regularly at li88yinc.com. She is co-founder of the Sticky series, Blue Box World, and Puss Collective. Current developmental projects include Hippopotamus (in development at The Actors Studio), Emmy Archer and the Mad Secrets (a novel), #FriendBox (Puss Collective), and Sanctuary at the Oak Grove (a commission for SF Olympians). Member NY Madness Company, BA Sarah Lawrence College, MFA Columbia University. Libby lives half in Brooklyn, and half in stories.
Hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, Ali Ayala is a director and performer. She co-produced the Sticky short play series in New York from 2008 through 2016, prior to which she was the resident director of the series. While in residence at Bowery Poetry Club from 2007 through 2012, she directed dozens of plays for the series. She directed plays by Libby Emmons, Jesse Wann, Alex Beech, Michael Domitrovich, David Marcus, Adam Szymkowicz, Sheila Callaghan, Jon Kern, and commissioned plays from J. Michael Gray, including the wildly successful “Barflies” series, among others.
Ali directed The Sustainable Future (Galapagos Art Space- original Williamsburg location), Connie in Detroit (TARTE Festival, Abingdon Theater), I Am Not an Allegory (these are people i know) (Bowery Poetry Club 2012, Under Saint Marks 2016), Radio Mara Mara (FringeNYC, The Kraine), The Little Room (The Hive), Eyes of the Prophet (New Voices Festival, Columbia University), and Eschaton Cabaret (Bowery Poetry Club and Dixon Place). She is a graduate of Wake Forrest University, and eschews all social media.
Michele O'Brien is a director, writer, and performer based in Brooklyn. Directing includes: QueensTheatre’s Park Plays (Afternoon Prayers by Jenny Lyn Bader), Emerging Artists Theater’s New Work Series (Chasers by Ashley Lara), NY Madness (new plays by Joshua Young, Jessica Moss, and Matthew Barbot), LOVE DRUNK (Sightseeing by Elena V. Levenson), The 24 Hour Plays: Nationals (Delayed by Piper Werle). She's a member of the NY Madness directing company and New Perspectives Theater Company’s 2018 Women’s Work Short Play Lab and has assisted off-Broadway (F#%king Up Everything, dir. Jen Wineman), at FRIGID Festival (How to Sell Your Gang Rape Baby* *For Parts, dir. Michele Travis) and at the New York Theater Festival (Rachel, dir. Ari Laura Kreith). She’s also an improviser and sketch comedy writer whose work has been performed at Upright Citizens Brigade and the PIT. B.A., Vassar College.
Michele Travis is a director, dramaturg, and administrator. She has read script submissions for the Public Theater, the O’Neill Festival, the Lark Theater, New Georges, Vital Theater Company, and the Shubert Organization. She served as dramaturg on the pilot production of Signature Theatre Company’s Residency II program, WALKING OFF THE ROOF by Anthony Clarvoe. At Music-Theatre Group, she assisted in producing workshops of diverse projects including ARJUNA’S DILEMMA, a chamber opera by Doug Cuomo, and Anne Carson’s translation of ELECTRA. She co-produced Sticky, the long-running site-specific short play series, at Beauty Bar Brooklyn in 2015 and at Lovecraft NYC in 2016. She heads the Directors Company for New York Madness. Favorite recent directing projects include T(WO) TRAIN (TO BE IN TRANSITION) by Tanya Everett for The Amoralists’ ‘Wright Club, HOW TO SELL YOUR GANG RAPE BABY* *FOR PARTS by Libby Emmons for the Frigid Festival, SAVINGS by Gina Femia for New Georges, and three episodes of #GOINGHOMELESS, a web series created by Judith Leora and Amy Gaipa (projected for release in 2018). Lincoln Center Directors Lab member. MFA, Directing, Brooklyn College CUNY. BFA, Drama, Syracuse University.
Jacquetta Szathmari is a New York based comedy writer, performer, producer, and contrarian.Her shows "That's funny. You didn't sound black on the phone." and “That Old Black Magic” have captured the hearts and wallets of NYC and LA audiences. “That’s Funny…” was a Backstage Critic’s Pick and a ‘10 Hollywood Fringe Festival Best Comedy Nominee. Szathmari has hosted shows and slung jokes like hash in comedy clubs all over NYC and even studied and performed at the PIT and UCB. She performs with burlesque artists whenever she can. She is the founder and artistic director of The Festival of the Offensive (F-OFF), an independent theatre festival dedicated to showcasing live performances that otherwise might not be produced because the establishment doesn't have the balls to produce them. A member of the Center for Fiction, her work has also been featured in Literary Death Match and the Sticky playwright’s series. If you like to read, you can avail yourself of her interviews in the New York Times Best Seller “How to Be Black” by Baratunde Thurston and “Don’t Bring Home a White Boy” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Karen Hunter. Ever the talker, you can hear her go on and on about the coming robopacalyspe, penises, Jason Bateman, and tales of the paranormal as co-hostand co-producer of the comedy podcast Hey You Know It.
Szathmari is recent graduate of Hunter College's MA in Urban Planning program. In her left hand she holds a degree in Medieval Studies and Theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and a MSTESOL from City College. She is currently an adjunct professor at the College of Mt. St. Vincent MSTESOL program and at Fordham University where she teaches Urbanism.