The Playwrights' Lab is the new plays development arm of Throckmorton Theatre and includes a dozen Bay Area playwrights who meet regularly to discuss and critique each other's work. All readings are produced with professional actors and directors and observe the Actors Equity Staged Reading code.

For information or questions about the Playwrights' Lab please email playwrightslab@throckmortontheatre.org


Current members of Playwrights' Lab

Charles Brousse, Former theater critic for the Pacific Sun and Marin Independent Journal; artistic consultant to Mill Valley Live Arts; prize-winning playwright; founding producer/artistic director of Theater Artists of Marin, where he specialized in new-play development.

Brad Erickson, playwright and theatre administrator; Executive Director of Theatre Bay Area, the non-profit member organization serving Bay Area theatres, dance companies and individual artists. His play, "The War at Home," seen as a reading of a short play in the Lab's first Writers with Attitude and developed into a full-length play, was produced at New Conservatory Theatre Center in October/November, 2006. His play, "American Dream, el sueno del otro lado," was also developed through the WWA series and the Lab, with continuing development at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, where it will receive its world premier in 2012. His newest work, "Milagro," also developed through the WWA series and the Lab, was recently supported by a writers residency at The Studios of Key West, where he finished the play's first draft.

Dyke Garrison, wrote his first produced play, They Also Serve, as a Shubert Playwright Fellow at Occidental College. He went on to write a number of shorter pieces which have been seen at the One Act Theatre, The Marsh, and The Guild Theatre, among others. His musical, What’s On Tonight?, was produced on San Francisco’s own Broadway and his one-man show for Ken Dixon, All Present, appeared at Theatre Rhinoceros. He has studied playwriting with Sam Shepard and Oskar Eustis. His one-woman show about Pearl S. Buck, All Under Heaven, written for and with Valerie Harper, premiered at Ms. Buck’s alma mater, Randolph Macon, and went on to productions in New York, Los Angeles, and Florida. With Rob Ruggiero, Garrison conceived Ella, a musical event that captures the legendary jazz singer. Starring Tina Fabrique, Ella toured the United States extensively for three years. His play Thirst, developed with the Playwrights’ Lab, was presented locally by The AlterTheatre.

Hal Gelb, A writer/director/dramaturg who's worked in theater, television, print media and film, and currently is The Lab's Producing Director. For the stage, he's directed plays by Pinter, Mamet, Churchill, Hare, Fugard, Guare, Horovitz, Bullins, Genet, Moliere and Shakespeare, as well as many new plays and works by members of the Playwrights' Lab. His theatre writing includes Walls of Time, & Pigs Can Fly, Love Missle, Jesse's Play, Executive Ardor: The True Story of Bill and Monica,and an adaptation of The Misanthrope. He also collaborated on the translation of Iranian exile Ghazi Rabahavi's Stoning and the Samuel French version of Dario Fo's We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay! Gelb's written for many of the Bay Area's magazines and newspapers, the New York Times and has been the West Coast theater critic for The Nation. His media work has been shown by PBS, KQED, KTVU, KOFY, New York's Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Film Festival, the Brussels Conference on the Environment and United Nations agencies.It was his idea and early work that transformed Theater Bay Area from a group serving individual artists into an organization that serves the needs of both those individuals and the Bay Area's theater companies.

Mercilee M. Jenkins, A playwright, poet and performance artist. Her most recent play, Oasis Detroit, (previously entitled The Fabulous Ruins of Detroit) was selected for the 2008 Theatre Bay Area Playwrights Showcase and has been presented as work-in-progress in San Francisco, Phoenix, Chicago and Detroit. Her work encompasses scholarly articles, performance texts, poetry, and several produced plays including A Credit to Her Country, The Two-Bit Tango, She Rises Like a Building to the Sky, and Menopause and Desire. She co-edited the 2007 anthology of essays and performance pieces Sexualities and Communication in Everyday Life and is recipient of the Lesley Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance (2004) and the Distinguished Performance Award (2009). She is a professor of Communication & Performance Studies at San Francisco State University.

Lynne Kaufman’s twenty full length plays have premiered at such venues as The Magic Theatre, Theatreworks, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Fountain Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, The Contemporary American Theatre Festival and The Abingdon Theatre. Lynne’s prizes and awards include The Will Glickman Award for Best New Play in San Francisco, Theatreworks Award for Best New Play in California, NEA Fund for New American Plays, Dramalog Award, Audrey Skirball Kennis Award, Rella Losey Award, and The William Inge Theatre Festival Award. Her plays have been published by Smith and Krause, Dramatists Play Service and Dramatic Publishing. “Acid Test”, which had a staged reading at The Playwrights Lab, will be produced at The Marsh Theatre in Fall 2012. Lynne has also published three novels and teaches writing at OLLI U.C. Berkeley and OLLI Dominican University.

John F. Levin, many plays and screenplays to his credit, including "Pacheco," the story of the Seminole Wars for Warner Brothers (Danny Glover, producer); "Dust in the Wind" (Wayne Wang, director; Oliver Stone, producer); "South of Market" for American Zoetrope, (Francis Ford Coppola, producer); "Veracruz," premiered at Pear Theatre in Mountain View, 2004; "1741," the musical, with music and lyrics by Bruce Barthol, presented as a staged reading at the Throckmorton. His new play "Snowbirds" is scheduled for presentation this fall; his novel, "The Great Divide" (with co-author F.R. Robinson) was published in 2004.

Cary Pepper, has had work presented throughout the United States and in Europe. "Small Things" won the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival 2006 One Act Play Contest and has been published in Best American Short Plays 2005–2006. "House of the Holy Moment" was part of the 2008 Bay One-Acts Festival and has been published in Best American Short Plays 2007–2008. His work also appears in Audition Monologues for Student Actors II (Meriwether Publishing), and Scenes and Monologs from the Best New International Plays (Meriwether Publishing). Most recently, he was nominated for the 2010 David and Lynn Angell Humanitas Comedy Fellowship, and his full-length play "How It Works" received a staged reading as a Finalist (6 scripts chosen from 392) at Dayton Playhouse’s FutureFest 2010. In addition to the Playwrights’ Lab, Cary is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area playwrights group ThroughLine.

Stanley Rutherford’s plays have been performed in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, Dallas, Nashville, Toronto and Melbourne. Chinese Art of Placement was the winner of the San Francisco Weekly’s “Black Box” award for best play, and was nominated for the Bay Area Critics Circle award for best new play; it was published in Plays from Woolly Mammoth. His play Billy Nobody was nominated for the Helen Hayes award for best new play. He has had staged readings of his plays at Lincoln Center Theatre and Second Stage in New York, Woolly Mammoth in D.C, and the Magic Theatre in San Francisco. Three of his plays—A Pencil for Miss Sapington, Walls of Glass, and Red Tulips were finalists at the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference.

Martin Russell, theater and film critic for the San Francisco Examiner in a previous life, his plays have been performed in ACT's Plays in Progress, One Act Theater, Berkeley Stage, Theater Artists of Marin, the Marsh, Marin Theatre Company Short Plays Festival, Off Off Broadway, ReOrient Festival, and Squaw Valley Community of Writers. His one-act "Eros is Sore Spelled Backwards," seen in the Lab’s fourth Writers with Attitude, was performed by Miami’s City Theater, and in a mainstage production by Actors Theatre of Louisville, who also staged it at the Kennedy Center.

Jeannie Barroga, Member-Dramatists Guild was an awardee for BUFFALO'ED for the Wallace Alexander Gerbode/William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Collaboration Commission with Alleluia Panis of Kularts. She is also a recipient for MATTIE MAE's for the East Bay Fund for Artists. She is a nationally-produced playwright, teacher, director, and local video producer. She has written 62 plays, 43 available online. Her work has been published, anthologized, and produced internationally and nationwide. Her play WALLS (15 productions) received the 2005 NEA “Access to Artistic Excellence” grant and is published in Unbroken Thread). Other awards: 2009 Arty Award for Best Original Production BANYAN (11 of 37 nominations); Los Angeles Maverick Award; the Bay Area Playwrights Festival 10-Minute Play award; 'Tino and Joey Awards; 2000 CalArts Award nomination; and the 2009 Washington and Lee University Flourney Festival nomination. The April 2012 production at SUNY-Geneseo is the sixth production of EYE OF THE COCONUT. RITA'S RESOURCES was produced by New York’s Pan Asian Repertory, 1995. Ms. Barroga was AATC’s Interim Artistic Director in 2007. Other publications: TALK-STORY in But Still Like Air, and EYE OF THE COCONUT. She was TheatreWorks’ literary manager from 1985 to 2003. Today, Barroga plays an active role in selected theater groups in northern California and in the nation. Upcoming: East Bay Center commission, MINNIE MAE'S, the birth of 1940s Richmond Blues, will premiere in 2014 and "M", relatives and friends mirror their choices from Past to Future -- with narration by Einstein. See website for updates and reviews: www.jeanniebarroga.com

Bernard Weiner: After 16 years as theatre critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, returned to playwriting, directing and dramaturging. Co-Founder and Coordinator of The Playwrights' Lab. Author of numerous plays, among them "Playing for Peace," "Running in the Wake," and "The Big D." Author of four published poetry chapbooks, and an award-winning photographer. In his spare time (ha!), co-founder and co-editor of the political-analysis website The Crisis Papers www.crisispapers.org