Michael Yates Crowley (right)

Michael Yates Crowley is a New York City-based playwright and performer. His plays have been performed in Berlin, Edinburgh, Los Angeles and New York. He is currently a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Artist-in-Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, New York, with Michael Rau and their theatre company, Wolf 359. Crowley was a 2008-2009 Fellow in Playwriting from the New York Foundation for the Arts and twice received the Seymour Brick Memorial Prize in Playwriting from Columbia University, where he studied English. Since 2005 he has curated Hearth Gods, a reading series in the East Village. After shows in New York and at the Edinburgh Fringe, his play Righteous Money had its German premiere at Schlosstheater Moers in 2010.


Michael Rau

Michael Rau is a theatre director specialising in new plays, re-imagined classics, and opera. Since 2008 he has been working internationally in the US, Germany, the UK, Ireland, Canada and Greece. Michael Rau is a recipient of the Willard Fellowship, a 2006 Kennedy Center Directing Fellowship, a 2007 New Play Network Directing Fellowship and a 2008 TCG National Conference Grant. His production of The Great God Brown was exhibited as part of the 2011 Prague Quadrennial. He has served as an assistant for John Turturro at Classic Stage Company, Les Waters at A.R.T., and Robert Woodruff at San Francisco Opera. He was a 2011 Young American Artist at The Glimmerglass Festival and is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab. He is currently on the faculty of the Steinhardt School of Music at NYU.

Rona Munro

Rona Munro has written extensively for stage, radio, film and television, including the award winning plays Iron, Bold Girls and The Maiden Stone. Other recent credits include The Last Witch for the Edinburgh International Festival, Long Time Dead produced by Paines Plough Theatre Company, Indian Boy produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and adaptations Mary Barton and Watership Down, which were produced by Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre and the Lyric Hammersmith. Film and TV work includes the Ken Loach film Ladybird Ladybird, Aimee and Jaguar and TV dramas Rehab and BAFTA nominated Bumping the Odds for the BBC.  She has also written many other single plays for radio and TV and contributed to series such as Casualty and Dr Who. Two plays, Little Eagles and Pandidas, opened in April 2011 at the RSC and Traverse Theatre respectively. Rona also wrote the screenplay for Oranges and Sunshine, directed by Jim Loach and starring Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving which also opened in spring 2011.

In the early eighties she formed The Msfits with actress Fiona Knowles. The Msfits are still touring and are Scotland's longest running small-scale theatre company. Their one-woman comedy shows have played in all corners of the British Isles and their current play Mad Bad and Dangerous to Know is currently on tour.

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