MICHELE ALDIN KUSHNER
Michele’s play, THE BABY GAME, is the recipient of the Fulton Theatre’s 2012 Discovery Project New Play Contest and received a workshop and reading at the Fulton in April 2013. In February 2014 THE BABY GAME was read at William Patterson University as part of the New Jersey Playwright’s Contest. With Composer/Lyricist, Keith Gordon, Michele will bring their musical, GIRL POWERS, to the Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival in summer 2014. Michele’s play, THE TEXT OF SEX, took part in Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series April 2012 and had a reading at Luna Stage Company, also in April of 2012. THE TEXT OF SEX was workshopped with American Academy of Dramatic Arts’ New York Company in January 2012, and had a reading at the Soho Club, New York, November 2011. THE BABY GAME, took part in Penobscot Theatre’s Northern Writes Festival, June 2011. Her play, ADVANCED WOMEN, is the 2009 recipient of the Todd McNerney Playwriting Award from the College of Charleston. The college presented two public readings of the play at the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. ADVANCED WOMEN, was invited to The Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlabs 2010, Omaha, NE, and presented there as a staged reading. As a finalist for the W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest in October 2009, ADVANCED WOMEN was given a staged reading at HRC Showcase Theatre in Hudson, NY. In November 2008, ADVANCED WOMEN took part in the New Moon Reading Series at Luna Stage Company, NJ. 31 BOND, an historic murder mystery, was originally commissioned by and produced at the Brooklyn Lyceum, NY, in 2002. In June 2007 31 BOND, was presented at the North American Actors Association Playreading Festival at the Soho Theatre, London, England. Michele’s dark comedy, THE PROGRAM, premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival 2007. Her play, “DEAR AMERICA,” was part of the New York International Fringe Festival 2006. Her other plays have premiered as readings or workshops in New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles. Michele’s screenplay 11 MONTHS, is the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award; her screenplay, THIS SWEET EARTH, was a finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival and her FAST WATER was a finalist for Final Draft’s screenplay competition. Michèle is a current member of the Dramatists Guild, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and is an affiliated artist of New Georges; she is an alumna of the Women’s Project and Production’s Playwrights’ Lab. MFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Dramatic Writing Program.