Storytellers Featured at THE TABLE

Jaselyn Blanchard

Jaselyn proudly hails from San Antonio, Texas where she grew up performing at county fairs, U.S. Air Force airplane hangars, and shopping malls, progressing on to high schools and local theaters.  Favorite Roles include Laura James in Look Homeward, Angel, Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Nimue/Dap in Camelot, Cariola in Duchess of Malfi. Choreography credits: Amahl and the Night VisitorThe Argument (by Gregory S. Moss) and Threepenny Opera. Jaselyn’s play “cheers no tears: an intimate evening with marilyn monroe,” which first premiered at Brown/Trinity and was recently workshopped at 440 studios, is in pre-production for Spring 2013. Jaselyn is a proud co-host of THE TABLE. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from NYU with a Bachelor of Music, where she was a National Merit Scholar and Trustee Scholar for exceptional academic performance. She received her MFA from Brown/Trinity MFA Program. Jaselyn is the CEO of concierge creative consulting ( — a creative consulting firm, which specializes in web design, branding, events, and project management.

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David Caudle

DAVID CAUDLE is a recent alumnus of the Dorothy Strels in New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, where developed Downward Facing Debbie, Likeness, Leg Man, South Beach Rapture, Damsel and The Common Swallow.  Visiting Hours was recently premiered to critical acclaim by Rising Shiners theater company in New Orleans.  Currently residing in New York, Mr. Caudle is a Miami native who often sets his plays in his hometown, or premieres them there.  In Development and Likeness premiered at New Theatre in Miami.  The Sunken Living Room, now published by Samuel French, also premiered at New Theatre as a co-production with Southern Rep, followed by an acclaimed New Orleans production at Southern Rep.  David’s one-act, Feet of Clay, is published in Samuel French’s 29th Edition of Festival Plays.  The short film version was directed by True Blood’s Carrie Preston.  Most recently, Caudle has written the screen adaptation of Major Conflict: One Gay Man’s Life in the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Military, by retired US Army Major Jeffrey McGowan.

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Edith Freni

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Julio Vincent Gambuto

Julio Vincent Gambuto is currently writing and directing short films at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he is earning his MFA in Film and TV Production.  Prior, Julio performed his one-man comedy “Julie from Staten Island” at New York’s Theatre Row, where it ran for nineteen consecutive months.  Julio was the co-founder of TAYPE (Theatre Askew Youth Performance Experience) — an after-school program for LGBTQA teens in New York City — now in its ninth season.  Awards include the Caroline Isenberg Prize, the Harold C. Lloyd Foundation Scholarship, and the Joseph Drown/Tania Trepanier Foundation Endowed Award.  Julio earned his BA in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University.

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Jonathan Goldberg

Jonathan A. Goldberg has had work seen at The Public Theater, Ars Nova, Woolly Mammoth, The Flea and many other theaters as well as the Minnesota, Indianapolis, Philly, and SF Fringe Festivals.  He’s won the Rita and Burton Prize, the Israel Baron Award and the 2012 L Magazine Literary Upstart contest.  He is co-writer of the monthly sketch comedy show Ephemerama at the Magnet Theater.  He has an MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Heather Hill

Heather Hill (Director/Co-Adaptor), a native of Kentucky, is a playwright, lyricist, and librettist. Her plays have received readings and workshops at numerous theaters, including The Royal Court, the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, England, The New Group, Primary Stages, The Vineyard Theater, The Kitchen Theater, The Belt, and Horizon Theater Company in Atlanta. Her play Notes from the Confederacy was developed under the mentorship of A.R. Gurney and the Cherry Lane Theater. Her play Eulogy for Boris the Relic Hunter, commissioned by The Regional Theater Company, was included in RTC’s festival of shorts. Ms. Hill directed and co-adapted (with Tom Gualtieri) That Play: a solo Macbeth, which enjoyed a sold out run at the Midtown International Fringe Festival. Ms. Hill went on to directThat Play at The Kitchen Theater in Ithaca, as well as The Belt in New York. Ms. Hill is the recipient of two Hopwood Drama Awards, as well as a grant from The Kentucky Foundation for Women. In addition, she is a two-time finalist for The Princess Grace Award and a finalist for the Manhattan Theatre Club Fellowship. She received her M.F.A. from Columbia University where she was a Presidential Scholar. She is a member of the BMI Musical Theater Workshop.

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Matthew K. Johnson

Matthew K. Johnson is a playwright, poet and fiction writer from Honolulu, Hawaii. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from the Tisch School of the Arts, where he was a Departmental Fellow from 2005-2007. He is the author of 14 plays. You can follow him on Twitter at @MatthewKJohnson.





Meghan Kennedy

Meghan Kennedy’s plays have been produced in Dublin, Ireland, New York City and Austin, Texas. She was selected for the upcoming 2012 PlayPenn Conference and will be a Writer-In-Residence at the 2012 Cape Cod Theatre Project.  She was a finalist for the 2011 PlayPenn Conference, 2011 Seven Devils Conference, and 2011 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and a semi-finalist for 2012 P73 Playwriting Fellowship. She was named a 2010 Core Apprentice at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis and is currently a member of the P73 writing group, Interstate 73. Meghan recently received her M.F.A. in Playwriting from The Michener Center for Writing at UT Austin. She also holds a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Tisch School of The Arts at NYU.

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Megan Lohne

Plays include WILLOUGHBY (2008 Heideman Award Finalist, 2007 Semi-Finalist American Globe 15-Minute Play Festival) OH, MOMMA (2008 Finalist Algonquin Theater’s One-Act Festival) PURGE PARTNERS (2006 Finalist Samuel French off-off Bway Festival) OPHELIA & LUCY (Semi-Finalist 2006 John Cauble Playwriting Award, Semi-Finalist 2007 Samuel French off-off Bway Festival) THE EDEN PROJECT (Nominee Cherry Lane Mentorship, 2008) THE LIFE’S GOODBYE (Semi-Finalist 2007 Samuel French off-off Bway Festival.) Her plays have been read, workshopped and produced at The New School For Drama, The American Globe Theatre’s Fifteen Minute Play Festival, The Creative Place Theatre, The Chernuchin Theatre, The American College Theatre Festival Region II, Adelphi University, The Algonquin Theatre’s One-Act Play Festival, The Sargent Theater, The Emerging Artists Theater One Woman Standing Festival, and most recently with Little Bird Productions Mix Tape One Act Series and Left Hip Productions. She has a B.F.A. in acting from Adelphi University and an M.F.A. in playwriting from The New School For Drama. She was a member of the 2007 Young Writers’ Programme at The Royal Court Theatre and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

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Michael Masarof

Michael Masarof born 1979, New York finished his BA in 2001 at American University in Washington, DC. While there, he studied abroad at the world famous FAMU film school in Prague, completing the Czech Language short film, Vytah. After university he spent two years in film production and worked on more than 50 productions, including The Reader, Dark Water, and Syney Pollacks’ last narrative film The Interpreter. In September of 2009 he received his MFA Film program at New York University, where he is the recipient of the Jane Rosenthal Scholarship and the Warner Bros. Production Grant. In 2007 he was selected for the Goethe Institute Short Film Competition all Humans are Born Free and Equal. His film, You Should Have The Body about a Muslim family torn apart by the war on terror, won the first place prize and was an official selection at the International Munich Festival of Film Schools, also screened as a special presentation at the 2008 Berlinale, and on Channel 3sat in Germany. Michael was selected as a 2008 distinguished alumnus of Scarsdale High School. He currently lives in Los Angeles, and works at Warner Bros.

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Christina Pumariega

Christina Pumariega will be seen this fall in Kara Lee Corthron’s AliceGraceAnon presented by New Georges at the Irondale Center, Brooklyn. She recently made her Broadway debut opposite Jeff Goldblum in Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar, directed by Sam Gold. Off Broadway credits include Annie Baker’s adaptation of Uncle Vanya at Soho Rep (Yelena/Sonya u/s), The Witch of Edmonton at Red Bull Theater, Enfrascada at Clubbed Thumb, Catch 22 at the Lucille Lortel and All Eyes and Ears at INTAR. Regional theatre includes the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Hartford Stage, the Huntington, Merrimack Rep and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Films include Notes on Being Young opposite Victor Williams and Reed Birney and The Funeral. Christina co-devised Seized Up, a new play by Jennifer Joan Thompson and directed by Jess Chayes. Her short film Marcus and Marie is in preproduction. She produced and played the title role in Rogelio Martinez’s Illuminating Veronica and founded the Playground Reading Series, now THE TABLE. Awards include the McNamara Creative Arts Grant, the TS Eliot Exchange Old Vic/New Voices Fellowship and the Marcia Gay Harden Scholarship. MFA, NYU Graduate Acting.

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Jennifer Joan Thompson

Jennifer Joan Thompson is an actress, writer, occasional historian, and southern girl. As an actress he has worked on and off Broadway, regionally and in television. She has been prey to vampires, a nun, a go go dancer, a pirate, a poet, a sacrifice, delusional, a harried mother, a trophy wife, and a warmongering shakespearean politician. As a writer, her plays and adaptations have been workshopped and performed at Studio Tisch, Cap21, Yale University, ART, The Moscow Art Theater, and the Literary Death Match in Los Angeles. She is also published in the field of Medieval History. She received her BA from Yale University and her MFA from NYU.

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Jonathon Ward

JONATHON WARD’s recently produced work includes Dexter and Lewellyn through NYU and Little Victory Players in Hancock, NY and the one-act plays “Pension Check”, “Man of Zoo” and “Shakespeare in America” which were a part of several Riant Theatre’s Strawberry One-Act Festivals.  At Henry Street Settlement Abrons Arts Center where he was Director of the Theater Program, his work included Atalanta and the Race for the Golden Cure, an adaptation of the Greek myth, which was co-produced by Great Small Works, and Wolf!, a play for youth which puts on trial 3 wolves a la People’s Court.  The NY Times called it “Howlingly funny!”  Other plays which have been produced and developed in New York Cityinclude: Minotaur, The Little Lame Prince, Raksha’s Child,  The Damnation of Theron Ware and Deadliest Person Alive through NYU GAAA’s Studio Tisch.  In Elmira, NY, he was a member of the Community Free Theater which produced his plays in Corning and Elmira including Little Love Child, “Desperate Flippancies,” Reverence and Romance, and The Damnation of Theron Ware, written with a New York State Council of the Arts commission.  Other plays include Candid’s Cassill, Little Revolutions and Mama, I Want a Nuclear Bomb.   He is currently the Department Administrator of the Graduate Acting Program at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts.