EMOS 2015 National Panel of Judges

Alison Carey is Director of American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle at Oregon Shakespeare Company, a 10-year initiative to create up to 37 new plays sprung from moments of change, inspiration or conflict in American history, inspired by Shakespeare’s history plays and bringing together playwrights, historians and theatres nationwide. Her The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa, premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2012. A playwright and co-founder of Cornerstone Theater Company, where she helped to develop the company’s signature style of adapting classic plays into modern, community-specific contexts. She wrote more than 25 of the company’s productions for stages across the country, including the Mark Taper Forum, Long Wharf Theatre, Arena Stage, Pasadena Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, New York Shakespeare Festival, Great Lakes Theater, the World Shakespeare Conference, the shuttered mother plant of Bethlehem Steel, a dirt-floor cattle sale barn in Oregon and a crowded California shopping mall. Film/TV: Developed hour-long television pilots for CBS and F/X; script work for Judging Amy. Education: BA, Harvard University.
Theresa May is Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon. As co-founder of EMOS (with Larry Fried), she developed the Ecodrama Playwrights Festival Guidelines and was Artistic Director for the 2009 EMOS Festival at the University of Oregon. She has published widely about the intersections of ecology, cultural and indigenous studies, and performance studies, including “Grotowski’s Deep Ecology” in Performing Nature, and “Beyond Bambi: Towards a Dangerous Ecocriticism in Theatre Studies” in a special issue of Theatre Topics on Performance and Ecology. She has published articles in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre Topics, On Stage Studies, American Drama, and Canadian Theatre Review, as well as chapters in several volumes. She co-edited (Wendy Arons) Readings in Performance and Ecology. She co-founded Earth Matters on Stage (EMOS), an international ecodrama contest and symposium on performance and ecology and served as producing director for EMOS in 2004 and 2009. She is author of Salmon is Everything: a community-based play from the Klamath Watershed, Oregon State University Press (2014). She co-authored, with Larry Fried, Greening Up Our Houses (1994), the first book on sustainable theatre management; and was founding artistic director of Theatre in the Wild in Seattle.
Wendy Arons is Professor of dramatic literature and dramaturgy at the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was artistic director or EMOS 2012. She is co-editor (with Theresa May) of Readings in Performance and Ecology, and guest editor of a special “green” issue of Theatre Topics on "Performance and Ecology," and is writing a second book that investigates performance practices associated with the agricultural sustainability movement, entitled Simple Acts: Performance and Sustainability. She has a chapter, "Beyond the Nature/Culture Divide: Challenges from Ecocriticism & Evolutionary Biology for Theatre Historiography," in Theatre Historiography: Critical Questions. She is currently Director of the Performance and Ecology Public Art Initiative at CMU. She has worked as a professional dramaturg with a number of leading directors, including Anne Bogart and Robert Falls, and has translated a number of plays from German into English, including The Good Person of Sezuan in collaboration with Tony Kushner.
Downing Cless, professor emeritus and former chair of the department of theatre and film at Tufts University, served as dramaturg for Underground Railway Theater’s premier of Sila, by Chantal Bilodeau (2012 EMOS winner) at The Central Square Theater, Boston. He is author of Ecology and Environment in European Drama (Routledge, 2010). He has been active in EMOS since its founding, and is an active member of the Massachusetts chapter of 350.org. His essay "Ecodirecting Canonical Plays" was published in the collection Readings in Performance and Ecology, and his articles on theatre about the environment have appeared in TDR: The Drama Review, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre. He has directed over sixty plays in university and professional theatres during his career, in the past few years he brought to the Tufts stage, including eco-themed productions of Oedipus & Antigone, The Madwoman of Chaillot, and Doctor Faustus. He the Underground Railway Theater he has co-directed three original plays, Sanctuary: The Spirit of Harriet Tubman; The Christopher Columbus Follies: An Eco-Cabaret; and InTOXICating: An Eco-Cabaret (which was the recipient of a grant and award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).
Robert Koon is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America and Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists. His play Odin’s Horse, was the Ecodrama Playwrights Festival winner at EMOS 2004. His plays Homecoming 1972 and St. Colm’s Inch were produced by Chicago Dramatists; his other plays including Vintage Red and the Dust of the Road (Joseph Jefferson Award Citation for New Work, ACTA Steinberg Award nominee), Odin’s Horse (Joseph Jefferson Award nominee, Ecodrama Playwrights Festival winner, NNPN Smith Prize finalist), and Menorca, have been produced across the United States at venues such as the 16th Street Theatre, Mirror Stage (Seattle), the Ashland (Oregon) New Plays Festival, Playwrights Week at the Lark Theatre (New York), the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, Stage Left Theatre's (Chicago) LeapFest, EMOS 2004, the Pittsburgh Ecodrama Festival, and Estrogen Fest in Chicago. He has also been a finalist for the Heideman Award from Actors Theatre of Louisville. Robert has been awarded creative residencies at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, and the William Inge Center for the Arts in Independence, Kansas. He teaches regularly in the Playwrights Studio at Chicago Dramatists, and throughout the Chicago area.
Larry Fried is co-founder (with Theresa May) of EMOS, and was Artistic Director of the 2004 EMOS Festival at Humboldt State University. In Eugene he has acted and directed for the Lord Leebrick Theatre, and is publisher of the Natural Choice Directory of Willamette Valley, and founder/former publisher of the Natural Choice Directory of Puget Sound. He created and organized the regional conference "Theatre in an Ecological Age" in 1991, and is co-author of Greening Up Our Houses: A Guide to a More Ecologically Sound Theatre (Drama Books, 1994), the first book on sustainable theatre management. Formerly Co-Director of Theatre in the Wild, Larry was also a founding member of The Living Newsreal Theatre, Seattle; and Directing/Literary Intern with the Seattle Group Theatre, once one of the premier multi-cultural theatres in the country.
Robert Gander received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and his Masters of Fine Art with an emphasis in Directing from the University of Montana in Missoula. For eight years Rob was a professor at Denison University, a highly selective liberal arts college located in Granville, Ohio. He joined the University of Nevada, Reno as an Associate Professor in the fall of 2007. He teaches courses in acting and directing and serves as a director for departmental productions. Trained in the realistic mode of performance associated with the Stanislavksi System and the American Method, in recent years, his scholarship and creative activity has focused on style and theatricality. Recent scholarship explores the collaborative process of devising new work with playwrights. Rob serves as the Artistic Director for Roundelay Theatre Company which has performed original work in both Chicago, and New York City. Most recently Rob worked on an original pronunciation production of Macbeth at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with OP specialists Ben and David Crystal. He is a member of the Association of Theatre in Higher Education and regularly serves as a respondent for the American College Theatre Festival. In the fall of 2013 Rob began a second four year term as the Chair of the Speech Communication and Theatre Department.

Past EMOS Judges

José Cruz González (EMOS 2004, 2009, and 2012 Judge and Guest Artist) is Professor of playwriting and directing at California State University Los Angeles, where he was awarded Outstanding Professor. His plays have been produced by numerous theatres including the Mark Taper Forum, Denver Theatre Center, Teatro Visíon, Childsplay, Metro Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Cornerstone, and Childsplay.  He was awarded a 2004 TCG/Pew National Theatre Residency grant, and a 1997 NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights.  He has written for PAZ, the Emmy Award nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel.  He created and ran South Coast Repertory’s Hispanic Playwrights Project 1986-1996.  He is Associate Artist with Cornerstone Theater (CA), and Playwright in Residence with Childsplay (AZ). José Cruz González also served on the panel of National Judges for the 2004 Earth Matters On Stage, and was resident dramaturg for the Festival. A collection of his plays, Nine Plays by José Cruz González Magical Realism & Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences was published by the University of Texas Press in 2009.  Mr. González directing credits include Native Voices at the Autry, South Coast Repertory, The Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, Los Angeles Theatre Center, Borderlands Theater, Coterie Theatre, A.S.K. Theatre Projects, and the Sundance Theatre Institute.

Martha Lavay (EMOS 2009 Judge) is an ensemble member and the Artistic Director of Steppenwolf Theatre. Under her leadership playwright Tracy Letts and several Steppenwolf Company members recently won Tony Awards for August: Osage County. Martha has appeared at Steppenwolf in Love-Lies-Bleeding, Lost Land, I Never Sang for My Father, The House of Lily, Valparaiso, The Memory of Water, The Designated Mourner, Supple in Combat, Time of My Life, A Clockwork Orange, Talking Heads, SLAVS!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ghost in the Machine, A Summer Remembered, Love Letters, Aunt Dan and Lemon and Savages. Elsewhere in Chicago she has performed at the Goodman, Victory Gardens, Northlight and Remains theaters, and in New York at the Women's Project and Productions. She has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the City Arts panel of Chicago. Lavey holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is a member of the National Advisory Council for the School of Communication at Northwestern and a board member of TCG. She is a recipient of the Sarah Siddons Award and an Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University.

Timothy Bond (EMOS 2004, 2009 Judge) is Artistic Director, Syracuse Stage and faculty at Syracuse University, NY. From 1996 to 2007, Bond has served as Associate Artistic Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, Oregon, where he directed The Piano Lesson, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tongue of a Bird, Les Blancs, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Raisin in the Sun, Topdog/Underdog, and many others. He has also directed at the Arena in Washington DC; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Arizona Theatre Company; Indiana Repertory Theatre; The Julliard School; The Empty Space Theatre and A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle; Honolulu Theatre for Youth; and over 20 productions at Seattle Group Theatre, where he served as Artistic Director and director of the Multicultural Playwrights' Festival. Tim also served as advisor and National Judge for the 2004 Earth Matters On Stage.

Diane Glancy poet and playwright, has written numerous works across a wide range of genres, including Brown Wolf Leaves the Res and Other Poems (1984); Claiming Breath (1992); Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears (1996); War Cries, a collection of one- and two-act plays (1997); and The West Pole, a series of vignettes (1997); The Mask Maker: A Novel (2002); American Gypsy: Six Native American Plays (2002). Through her writing, Glancy seeks to recover and preserve her "displaced part-Indian, part-white, mixed-message heritage." She has won the Autry's Native Voices Award, the American Book Award, and the Native American Prose Award. Diane Glancy received her Master's degree from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She is currently Assistant Professor in the English Department at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she teaches courses in creative writing and Native Literature.

Olga Sanchez (2009 EMOS Judge) is the Miracle Mainstage Director for Teatro Milagro, Portland, OR. A graduate of Hunter College, CUNY, her directorial work has been seen in Portland, Seattle, NYC, Martha's Vineyard, Peru, Venezuela and Cuba. She served as Co-Artistic Director of the People's Playhouse in New York City, Artistic Director of Seattle Teatro Latino, is a member of the Seattle based Los Norteñwriters group, and a founder of La Casa de Artes, a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the beauty of Latino arts and cultural heritage. In 2005, she received a Portland Drama Critics' DRAMMY award for Excellence in Direction for Miracle's production of Lorca in a Green Dress by Nilo Cruz.

Marie Clements (2009 and 2012 EMOS Judge) is an award-winning performer, playwright, screenwriter, director, producer and founding artistic director of urban ink productions and fathom labs highway. Her plays include The Edward Curtis Project, Burning Vision, Copper Thunderbird, Burning Vision, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, and Urban Tattoo have been presented on some of the most prestigious stages for Canadian and international work including the Festival de Theatre des Ameriques (Urban Tattoo 2001, Burning Vision 2003) in Montreal, and The Magnetic North Festival (Burning Vision 2003 and Copper Thunderbird 2007) in Ottawa, and have garnered awards including 2004 Canada-Japan Award, short listed for the 2004 Governor General's Literary Award, Jessie Richardson Awards and a Jack Webster Journalism nomination. As writer and producer her full- length play Copper Thunderbird premiered as a co-production with The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, May 2007 and at The Magnetic North Festival 2007.

Robert Schenkkan (2004 EMOS Judge) is a Pulitzer-prize winning, Tony@ Award winning, Writer's Guild Award winning, two-time Emmy nominated writer of stage, television, and film. His The Kentucky Cycle had its world premiere at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle, (Liz Huddle, producer), and was the centerpiece of the Mark Taper Forum’s 25th Anniversary Season where it was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1991. The Kentucky Cycle appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and then opened on Broadway where it was nominated for a Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle awards. His All the Way premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the direction of Artistic Director, Bill Rauch, and won the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and the Steinberg/National American Theater Critics Award for Best New Play in 2012. The Great Society, Schenkkan’s  sequel to All The Way, premiered in 2014 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directed by Bill Rauch. Other credits include: Lewis and Clark Reach the Euphrates had its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. By the Rivers of Babylon first appeared at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The Marriage of Miss Hollywood and King Neptune had its world premiere at the University of Texas at Austin in. Handler premiered at the Actors Express Theatre. Heaven on Earth premiered off-Broadway at the WPA Theatre and won the Julie Harris/Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Award, and was a participant in the Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference. Final Passages premiered at the Studio Arena Theatre. Tachinoki (Critic’s Choice, LA Weekly) premiered at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in Los Angeles. His musicals include The Twelve (Book and Lyrics), producer Joe Granno, and A Night at the Alhambra Café (Book and Lyrics). Schenkkan’s film work includes: The Quiet American; for television he wrote the miniseries Crazy Horse (TNT), Spartacus (USA Network) and The Andromeda Strain. He is a two-time Emmy-nominated writer/producer for Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks and HBO’s epic miniseries, The Pacific, for which he also won a WGA Award. Schenkkan was recently elected to the Fellows of American Theater.

Ellen McLaughlin (2004 EMOS Judge) is an award winning playwright and actress. Her plays include Days and Nights Within, A Narrow Bed, Infinity's House, Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Tongue of a Bird, Helen, The Trojan Women and, her most recent work, The Persians, which was produced by The National Actors' Theater in NYC last summer. Producing theaters include New York Theater Workshop, Classic Stage Company, the Actors' Theatre of Louisville, the Intiman in Seattle, the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. , Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Almeida in London and the Public Theater. McLaughlin teaches playwriting in the Barnard English Department. She is the recipient of grants from the Fund for New American Plays and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the winner of The Great American Play Contest, the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund. McLaughlin is also an actor, known best for originating the role of the Angel in Tony Kushner's Angels in America, a role she played in all of the U.S. productions through the Broadway run.

Michelle T. Hall (2004 EMOS Judge) has served as the Literary Manager and a production dramaturg for Arena Stage. She recently directed a staged reading of Tanya Barfield's The Quick and Jerome Hairston's Method Skin for the Arena Stage Downstairs Series. She is the former Resident Dramaturg at The Studio Theatre. Standout projects include dramaturgy for Proof directed by Wendy Goldberg , Camelot , An American Daughter and South Pacific directed by Molly Smith , Uncle Vanya directed by Zelda Fichandler You Can't Take It With You directed by Doug Wager, Indian Ink directed by Joy Zinoman, and the co-adaptation of a new stage version of The Desk Set , directed by J.R. Sullivan. Other credits include working as dramaturg and director for The Shakespeare Theatre Southeast Project, Theater of the First Amendment, The Studio Theatre Secondstage, Source Theater's Washington Theater Festival, The Playwright's Forum, ASIA Theater Company, Tsunami Theatre Company, Cherry Red Productions, and the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. She is the co-founder and joint Artistic Producing Director of MuseFire Productions, a theater and film company.