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Playwrights of 2012

Here are the previous talented playwrights who showcased their work in the 2012 OC-Centric New Play Festival.

Megan Breen
"The Dirt and Its Harp In Her Mouth"


Megan Breen received her BFA in dramaturgy at The Theatre School at DePaul University in 2002, and was a dramaturg/literary manager in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue her MFA in Dramatic Writing at USC’s School of Theatre. Her play with songs, Sing Me a Song to Swim To, was directed by the legendary O-Lan Jones at USC’s 2009 Blueprints Festival. Her USC thesis play, My First, My Fist, My Bleeding, Seeded Spirit, a contemporary sequel to Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, was a part of the 2010 MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival in Washington, D.C., and was also selected for the National New Play Network’s Showcase of New Plays in Denver in December 2010. Her newest play, Serpentine Pink, had a workshop reading as a part of the Western Edge Salon of New Plays in March of 2012 in Los Angeles, and Cock & Bull Theatre in Chicago will put on a staged reading of the play this summer. Ms. Breen teaches Dramatic Literature at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles.

John Lane


John Lane studied playwriting at South Coast Repertory and is a member of two OC playwriting groups: New Voices Playwrights and OCPA. He has had several productions of his short plays done in Southern California and nationally. His full-length comedy "Good Breeding" won 1st Prize in the Scripteasers Awards (San Diego) in 2006. Two of his short plays, "The Limp" and "I Just Wanna Get to Phoenix," were published in 2009.

Colleen Bevacqua


Colleen Bevacqua studied playwriting and advanced playwriting under John Glore at South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA and at UCI. I am a member and on the board of the Orange County Playwrights Alliance (OCPA). My plays have been performed in various theater venues in Los Angeles and Orange County. I am also a photographer and have travelled extensively around the world in search of wild animals and adventure.

Sydney Nikols


Sydney Nikols is a writer and actress who splits her time between New York City and Newport Beach, CA. In addition to writing plays, she also writes poetry, comedic articles, and sketch and stand up comedy. Her writing has received several recognitions including an EVVY award for Outstanding Original Play. Nikols holds a BFA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College.

Ken La Salle
"Thug 4 Life"


Author and playwright Ken La Salle grew up in Santa Ana, California and has remained in the surrounding area his entire life. He was raised with strong blue-collar roots which have given him a progressive and environmentalist view. As a result, you'll find many of his stories touching those areas both geographically and philosophically. His plays have been seen in theaters across the country and you can find a growing number of books available online.

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