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Derby City Playwrights New Play Festival

Brian Walker (Producer - New Play Fest/Artistic Director - DCP)

Brian David Walker’s plays include CPR on the Lost Continent, POST, dirty sexy derby play, Great American Sex Play, The Kings, DOG and The Friend Factory.  Brian's plays have been seen in theatres across America and Australia.  His play POST was a finalist for Kentucky Theatre Association’s 2012 Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest, his play DOG was the winner of the 2013 award and his play CPR on the Lost Continent was the winner of the 2015 award.  His ten minute play Hero Worship was a finalist for the 2014 Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville, his play Gamers4Life is a finalist for the 2015 prize.  Brian was a member of Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 2012-2013 Ingram New Works Lab residency and his full length play The Friend Factory was part of their New Works Festival in May 2013.  He has also had plays developed at Theatre [502] (2014/2015), UP Theatre Company (2014), Capital Stage’s Playwrights Revolution, Last Frontier Theatre Festival (2012) and Great Plains Playwrights Conference (2009).  He was awarded the Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship Emerging Artist Award for playwriting by the Kentucky Arts Council in July 2010.  He is a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Playwrights’ Center and is the co-founder and artistic director of Derby City Playwrights, a new play development lab for Louisville playwrights.

Schutte (he really doesn't like the name Doug) has worked in theatre most of his adult life as a writer first-and-foremost, and also as a director, actor, and designer.  Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Theatre Association.  Schutte's most beloved theatre experience is a tie between his time spent as a Treadwell Fellow at Shakespeare's Globe in London (where his love of theatre was reawakened) and all of his time as a writer spent with wonderfully unpredictable characters. Coming from a football background to the theatre world (why yes, it is an odd combination), Schutte focuses mainly on movement as the foundation of both character creation and play production.  Utilizing Laban's "Efforts" and the Elements and Archetypes bestowed upon his by The Globe's incredible Master of Movement Glynn MacDonald, and combining these with his own "T.A.G" methodology of line interpretation linked with movement, Schutte simply loves delving into the creative process.  This particular venture is particularly appealing to Schutte because, as he puts it, he "loves reading plays"...and with a theatre that produces new work, that is a full-time endeavor. Schutte sets the plays for each season, cast the shows, and produces the plays...(we run a small ship). In addition, he loves acting, directing, and seen below: Schutte's directing credits with Bard Theatre include A Bright New Boise, Rapture Blister Burn, Reasons to Be Pretty, The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence, The Kings of Christmas and All the Answers.  He's also serves as Festival Director for each of the Ten-Tucky Festivals. Acting credits include Chasing Ophelia, The Kings of Christmas, Misses Strata, Just Like Life, Love Religiously, A Bright New Boise, Rapture Blister Burn, 44 Plays for 44 Presidents, Reasons to Be Pretty, All the Answers and Nightstalker & Canary. His writing credits include Chasing Ophelia, The Kings of Christmas, Misses Strata, Just Like Life, Love Religiously and Stained Glass

Shaun Kenney (Production Manager)

Shaun Kenney is thrilled to be working with such a talented collection of playwrights, actors, and directors in the Derby City Playwrights New Play Festival. Prior to this Shaun worked with Finnigan Productions as stage manager for Finnigan's Festival of Funky Fresh Fun and in various roles both on and off stage in other productions. Shaun was born and raised in Maine but has lived in Kentucky since 2002 and is proud to call himself a Louisvillian.  Shaun holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Campbellsville University.

Colin Gatenbee (Poster Designs)

Colin is a local and self taught graphic designer. For questions about commissions please contact him at

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