Playwrights

Leadership

Brian Walker

Co-Director, Playwright Season 1, 2, 4, 5

Brian David Walker’s plays include High Tide (2017 O’Neil semi-finalist, Orlando Shakespeare’s PlayFest semi-finalist and PlayPenn finalist), 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 was 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 Actors Workshop Louisville (2016), Theatre [502] (2014/2015), UP Theatre Company (2014), Capital Stage’s Playwrights Revolution (2014), 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 (with David Clark) is the co-founder of Derby City Playwrights.

David Clark

Co-Director, Playwright Season 1, 2, 3 and 4

David Clark co-founded Derby City Playwrights with playwright Brian Walker. His plays gods Play and Shrodinger’s Girl were part of the Derby City Playwights New Play Festval in 2019 and 2016. Work includes: Edgar at 2014 Ten-Tucky Festival in Louisville; And in the Silence Penguins Come(2015),The Hippopotamus in the Room (2014) and Chocolate Girl (2012) at the Finnigan Festival, Louisville; In Retrospect as part of “The Seven” at Fusion Theatre, Albuquerque (2007); gods Play, Laundry and Chocolate Girl were showcased at the Good Acting Studio, Atlanta (2014), and he produced (with Callie Meiners) Everything and Nothing for the 2012 Minnesota Fringe Festival.

His work has been published in two volumes of collected monologues, presented at the Last Frontier Conference Play Lab, and selected as a semi-finalist for the Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Award, the Source Theatre Festival and as a finalist for the Heidemann Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

He attributes all of his success to his long time collaborator, editor and wife, Beth Clark, with whom he is currently attempting to script the life of three adorable children.

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Season 5

Sean Fannin

Playwright

Sean Fannin was born and raised in Kentucky. He received degrees in Theatre and Financial Economics from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.  During this time he also studied American and European Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford School of Drama in London, England. His first play, Dead Wait, was produced at Centre in his final term. Upon completion of his degrees, he moved to Louisville where he has been involved in various productions. 

Erin Fitzgerald

Playwright Season 4 and 5

Erin Fitzgerald (a.k.a. A Girl Named Earl) is a community arts enthusiast and writer of stories, songs, and snapshots. In addition to her own creative projects, she has contributed and performed music and live sound for productions with Blue Apple Players, Looking for Lilith Theatre Company, and Pandora Productions.

Clare Hagan

Playwright Season 4 and 5

Clare Hagan is a writer and playwright from Louisville, Kentucky. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in a handful of local and national literary journals, and her plays have been featured in festivals and staged readings around Louisville. In 2019, she staged managed Wendy's Neverland, a professionally-produced interactive play performed in three rural Kentucky nursing homes. Like many members of the core artistic team, Clare took on other roles during the production including musician, actor, and visual artist. She is excited to be joining the team at Actors Theatre of Louisville this year, helping to facilitate New Voices Playwriting workshops.

Matthew Jablow

Playwright

In what seems like a previous life: Matt toured the US and Canada as a stand-up comic for years playing in clubs like: Dangerfield’s, Yuk Yuks, Dick Doherty’s, Boston Comedy and too many for his remaining brain cells to recall. He wrote mystery plays that were performed in over 6 cities including New York, Boston and Cleveland when there was money to be made in such things. At one point in time he was a director for the Act Two Performing Arts Center of NY/NJ: training and directing adults and kids. Alongside the previously mentioned he acted and did voice over work in NY and Boston. Taking a sustained break from it all he moved Louisville where he has sat back and enjoyed watching his two amazing sons discover their love for the arts. Yet when a dear friend inspired him to write a play for a project in NY that never came to fruition, he found himself finding ideas in the recesses of his brain that demanded attention although he must admit he is exhausted just writing this.

Lex Mitchell

Playwright

Lex Mitchell was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. After living abroad for the past six years, he's decided to return to his hometown and collaborate with his writing partner of ten years, Vidalia Unwin. His amateur writing career started in 8th grade when he turned in a 311-page "short story" to his English teacher because he got bored over the summer and wrote a book. His past credits include The Galileo Defense, Sequence Broken, and The Ballad of Night Moose (all co-written with Vidalia Unwin). He's also the author of the novella I'll Give You a Monster and the novel Fallen Leaves.

Zoë Peterson

Playwright Seasons 3 & 5

Zoë Peterson is honored to be working with Derby City Playwrights once more as a writer. She is currently a freshman at the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music getting her BFA in Acting and a certificate in Screenwriting. A Louisville native, Zoë has performed in numerous productions with Walden at Commonwealth Theatre Center and with several area theatre companies, including DCP. Zoë has had plays produced by Walden, DCP, and Actor's Theatre of Louisville as part of New Voices 2015, where she was published. She is the KY winner of the 2018 and 2019 ESU Shakespeare competition ave is the only person to win two years in a row.

Gray Shaw

Playwright

Gray Shaw is a local playwright who has at times over the past seven years lived in

Butchertown, The Highlands, and, most recently, Old Louisville, while taking regular forays into

other city neighborhoods such as Germantown, Smoketown, Portland and any other that may

peak his interest on a given day. Gray has written a number of full-length and ten-minute plays

over the past years, workshopping some of these at Chicago Dramatists and others at CCM’s

Summer Playwright Conference at the University of Cincinnati. His full-length plays include “A

young couple walks into a bar . . .”, “Family Tradition”, and his most recent creation, “A Fall

Planting”, while his ten-minute plays include “Me, Myself & Id”, “High School Reunion”, “The

Wall”, and “Heads, I Win”; the last being included as part of the TenTucky Festival at Bard’s

Town Theatre in 2018, later chosen by Arts Louisville for its Best Short Play Award for that year.

Finally, Gray’s one-act play, “The Rewrite” was a finalist in the 2018 Tennessee Williams Literary

Festival in New Orleans, while his serial short, “A Noir Too Far?” was part of the Serials!8 at

Cincinnati’s Fringe Theatre in 2018. Gray is honored to be selected to be a member of Derby

City Playwrights this year, and looks forward to working with the other chosen playwrights to

bring interesting and thought-provoking voices and stories to our Derby City community.