Edward Albee has written over twenty-five plays, including Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Delicate Balance, and Three Tall Women, and he has directed numerous plays, including those by Samuel Beckett, Sam Shepard, and David Mamet. He received the Gold Medal in Drama from the Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1980), the Tony Award twice (1963, 1996), and the Pulitzer Prize three times (1966, 1975, 1994).
Amanda Beesley studied playwriting with Jules Feiffer and acting at the William Esper Studio. She has worked behind the scenes at the Todo Con Nada theater in Manhattan, and her nonfiction has appeared in Self, Nerve, Swing, and Ladies' Home Journal, among other publications. She is the author of Something New: Reflections on the Beginnings of a Marriage (Doubleday, 2000) and lives in New York.
George Makana Clark is from Zimbabwe, of British and Xhosa heritage. His collection of short stories, The Small Bees' Honey, was published in 1997, and his fiction has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Glimmer Train, Southern Review, Black Warrior Review, Massachusetts Review, Apalachee Quarterly, Georgetown Review, and other publications. He is currently at work on a novel and teaches English at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He lives in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Francis Ford Coppola is a five-time Academy Awardwinning writer, director, and producer. He won his first Oscar in 1970 at age thirty-one for the screenplay Patton, which he co-wrote with Edmund H. North. His work includes screenwriting credits for more than twenty filmsamong them epics such as the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. He resides in Rutherford, California, where he makes wine and is writing his next film.
Willem Dafoe's film credits include over forty films such as Affliction, The English Patient, Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, and Born on the Fourth of July. He has been a member of the internationally acclaimed theater company The Wooster Group since 1977. He has appeared in all their stage productions, including The Hairy Ape on Broadway and, most recently, North Atlantic.
Don Elizabeth Dewberry's first one-act play, Head On, premiered at the 1995 Humana Festival of New American plays, and her first full-length play, Flesh and Blood, premiered at the 1996 Humana Festival. Her second full-length play is Four Joans and a Fire-Eater. She is the Playwright-in-Residence at Florida State University. She is also the author of two novels.
Lucille Fletcher was born in 1913. She is the author of several plays including Night Watch, The Hitch-Hiker, Eighty Dollars to Stamford, and Sorry, Wrong Number.
David Ives is probably best known for his evenings of one-act comedies: All in the Timing (which ran over six hundred performances Off Broadway and in the 1995-96 season was the most-performed play in the country after the works of Shakespeare), Mere Mortals, and Lives of the Saints. In 1995 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in playwriting. His children's novel, Monsieur Eek, will be published by HarperCollins next winter.
Holly Phillips's first play, However Tall, premiered at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich, England, in May last year. Billy and the Crab Lady was commissioned by the Royal Court Theatre to take part in the Interplay Festival 1999, The International Festival of Young Writing, held each year in Australia. She is also under attachment to the Soho Theatre Company and has been commissioned to write a new play.
Paul Rudnick's plays include The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Jeffrey, I Hate Hamlet, and Mr. Charles, Currently of Palm Beach. His novels include Social Disease and I'll Take It, and his screenplays include Addams Family Values and In & Out.
Sean Michael Welch was awarded the 1999 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival John Cauble Short Play Award for Earl the Vampire, and won the 2000 KC/ACTF Region III Ten-Minute Play Competition for Charleston's Finger.
Peter Sellars is one of the leading theater, opera, and television directors in the world today, having directed more than one hundred productions, large and small, across America and abroad. A graduate of Harvard University, he also studied in Japan, China, and India. He is currently a professor of world arts and cultures at UCLA as well as artistic director of the 2002 Adelaide Festival in Australia.