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Playwrights of 2017

Here are the previous talented playwrights who showcased their work in the 2017 OC-Centric New Play Festival.

Karly Thomas
Author of "Fair"


Karly Thomas’ plays include: Fair, When Digging for Gold, Women of Williams County, and Imbalanced. Her work has been produced by the University of Michigan’s Basement Arts, the Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York, and University of Michigan’s Wall-to-Wall Theatre Festival, as well as developed by the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. She has also won various awards for her work, which include: The Kasdan Scholarship for Creative Writing, the Kennedy Center’s National Undergraduate Playwriting Award, and the National Society of Arts and Letters Richard Benvenuto Playwriting Award. Thomas recently earned her Bachelor of Theatre Arts in Playwriting from the University of Michigan’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance. 

Karen Fix Curry
Author "Celtic Knot"


As both a playwright and costume designer, Karen Fix Curry is involved in theatre from several perspectives. She writes dramas and comedies relating to the human condition, family relations, and political commentary. Celtic Knot was first written while she attended CSU Fullerton, studying Playwriting, and was produced twice. Its first production was part of the One-Act Festival of New Plays in 2000, and then again in 2001, at the Grand Central Theatre in Santa Ana. Celtic Knot was also performed in Williamsburg, VA in 2005. Curry has had several staged readings of  other works including The Rowan Knight (Orange County Playwrights Alliance, 2017), The Back Side of the Moon (Orange Co. Playwrights Alliance, 2013 & 2015), The Siblings (Claremont Manor, 2013 and Long Beach Readers Repertory Theatre, 2015), and Noah! (1996). When not writing, Karen is a professional costume designer for equity and non-equity theatre. BA, Theatre Arts/Playwriting, CSU Fullerton.

Sara Saenz
Author of "Crimson"


Sara Saenz (soon to be Sara Cowley) is a playwright from Brea, California. Sara is passionate about radical disability theatre that challenges societal and cultural norms. She has an M.S. in Disability and Human Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her great loves are Mexican food, Byronic heroes, and her cats Aurelia and Drogon. Special thanks to the ACCESS Project Artist Development Workshop at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, IL for incubating this theatrical moment. For more about Sara and her work, visit her official website at:

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