Playwright

Jennifer Haley

Jennifer's work delves into ethics in virtual reality and the impact of technology on our human relationships, identity, and desire. Her play, The Nether, won the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, premiered with Center Theatre Group, and was produced by The Royal Court Theatre in London (transferring to the West End, Duke of York's Theatre), MCC in New York, across the US and internationally (translated into eight languages). Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom premiered at the Actors Theatre of Louisville 2008 Humana Festival and continues to see productions nation-wide. Jennifer's plays have been developed and presented at the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, the Lark Play Development Center, PlayPenn Playwrights Conference, Lincoln Center Director's Lab, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and the Page 73 Productions Summer Residency at Yale, among other venues. She is a former fellow of the MacDowell Colony and Millay Colony for the Arts, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. Her work is published by Samuel French. Jennifer lives in Los Angeles, where she founded a network of writers called the Playwrights Union. jenniferhaley.com

Composer

Nathan Leigh

Hailed as “a songbook for our time,” indie folk producer and songwriter Nathan Leigh's 2012 album A Life In Transit explored the highs and lows of touring life. Splitting his time between the life of a touring musician and a theatre composer, Nathan Leigh has performed in venues across the country, and had his music featured in over 300 plays from South Africa to Greece. With former Super Mirage bandmate Kyle Jarrow, Nathan co-created the musicals Big Money (WTF Boris Segall Fellowship 2008) and The Consequences (World Premiere 2012 at WHAT). Collaborating with Jason Slavick and the Liars and Believers ensemble, Nathan Leigh composed scores for adaptations of Song of Songs and Icarus (NYMF 2013). He is the composer and co-lyricist for The Mad Scientist’s Guide to Romance, Robots and Soul-Crushing Loneliness (NYC Fringe 2015) with book writer Megan Sass. Since 2010, Nathan has worked for AFROPUNK as staff music reviewer and producer for the monthly AFROPUNK Mixtape series. Nathan is a founding member of the Peoples Puppets of Occupy Wall Street, now in its 5th year of radical street theatre and puppetry. His latest full length solo album, Ordinary Eternal Machinery, is due out January 2017. nathanleigh.net