Line up for the March 14, 2018 Lit Up at Town Hall with Woman In Mind!
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Katie Zeigler, Literary Consultant, Town Hall Theatre
Katie M Zeigler is a writer and professor living in Walnut Creek, CA. Zeigler holds a BA and MA in English from Stanford University and completed coursework at Oxford University in British Literature. She has had short fiction and non-fiction published in a variety of outlets, including A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Wilson Quarterly, Fish Anthology and Stanford Magazine. Zeigler won the Stanford Magazine Fiction Contest, was a finalist in Glimmer Train's short fiction contest and placed second in Fish Anthology's international flash fiction contest. She has also performed readings of her short fiction for Why There Are Words and the Peninsula Literary Society. She is currently working on a young adult novel and teaches writing at Diablo Valley College.
Susan E. Evans, Artistic Director, Town Hall Theatre
As Artistic Director of Town Hall Theatre, Susan will serve as the dramaturg for our Lit Up at Town Hall community literary series. Most recently, Susan directed Lisa Kron’s Well at Contra Costa Civic Theatre. From April 2011 to June 2016, Susan served as the Artistic Director of the Douglas Morrisson Theatre, where she directed Private Lives, Dividing the Estate, All My Sons, Eurydice, An Ideal Husband (Scott Munson adaptation), The Skin of Our Teeth and Mrs. Warren's Profession. She continues as an Artistic Consultant at DMT. Previously, Susan served for 11 years as the Artistic Director of Eastenders Repertory Company where her directing work included We Won't Pay, We Won't Pay; Frozen; and Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, co-directed with Founder Charles E. Polly; and Parts II and III of Mr. Polly’s acclaimed Twyla Trilogy. She enjoys ongoing directing projects with Actors Reading Writers in Berkeley, and is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.susaneevansdirector.com
Dennis Markam, Director, Woman In Mind
Dennis Markam has previously directed The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (Shellie Nominee) and Pygmalion for Town Hall Theatre's Main Stage. He has also appeared as an actor in Louis in Angels in America (Shellie Award Winner), Robert Chiltern in An Ideal Husband, and Yvan in Art, among others. As an actor and director, Mr. Markam has worked with Central Works, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Diablo Actors' Ensemble, Fantasy Forum Actors' Ensemble, and others. Mr. Markam has served as a Teaching Artist at Town Hall since 2008 and Managing Director since 2014.
Paul Heller, Playwright
Paul Heller grew up in San Francisco on a diet of Gilbert and Sullivan and the basic canon of Western Theater. His credits include “Beijing, California”, which envisions a U.S. future under a Chinese political and cultural takeover. A residency at Djerassi in 2011 introduced Heller to puppeteer Luis Tentindo, who invited him to collaborate on plays for shadow puppets and Bunraku figures. Through him, my work has been performed in New York, Illinois, and Los Angeles. More recently Cutting Ball Theatre helped produce “Wolves”, an intimate play produced in 15 living rooms. Lastly, forty years after leaving Mexico, Heller finds himself coming full circle. Alberto Lomnitz, a director he knew there, asked him to write “Scavengers”, a play we devised about the tragedy that results from two good men defending their points of view about orphans living on the border of Mexico and the US. His current work is an adaptation of Sophocles’ “Philoctetes” which he am developing with actor Wiley Naman Strasser and director Susanna Martin. Since 2000, Heller has read script submissions for Bay Area theatre companies and am the literary manager of “Indra’s Net Theatre”, a company that produces plays about mathematics and science.
Jennifer Lee, Author
Jennifer Lee recently moved to California after eleven years in Seoul and Shanghai, and is still trying to learn the local dialect, which seems to involve wearing yoga pants. She has a BA and MA from Stanford University and an MFA from City University of Hong Kong. Her fiction has appeared in Your Impossible Voice, Drunken Boat, and the anthology Afterness: Literature from the New Transnational Asia.
Bill Ford, Writer, Radio Broadcaster
In his 30 years as an award-winning radio broadcaster and executive, Bill Ford has been a news anchor, on-air personality and program director. His career has taken him to major markets that include Seattle, Portland, Detroit and New York City. But his heart always remained on the early boardwalks of Marin County. His novel, The Woggle Bug gives life to the vivid memories of his coming of age. This collection of moments from his boyhood includes stories about his brilliant, defiant, eccentric mother, his siblings, the outlaw ark they lived on, as well as exploits of the ferry boat captain who pushed this home up onto land in the middle of the night. In addition to his radio career, Ford was president of a successful public relations company for more than 23 years. He and his wife are currently completing a screenplay adaptation of The Woggle Bug.
Robert Willett, Video Producer, Director, and Editor
Robert Willett is a video producer, director and editor who has worked on everything from commercials and web videos to bad reality television and made for TV movies on the Hallmark channel. In his spare time he hangs out with his daughter, shoots photos, writes and gets into heated debates with his two cats, Tuna and Midge. He also has trouble writing his own bio and is looking for some help.