Graduated January 2015
BRIANNE CHRISTOPHER grew up around the U.S., specifically New Jersey, California, and Massachusetts. Her works include screenplays ABORT! and Two Princes, television pilots Cult of Hal and The Reset, and stage play The Dinner List. Her ten-minute play Big Brother was a KCACTF Regional Finalist in 2017. She writes mostly comedy and horror, and finds inspiration where the two intersect. She recently completed the first draft of a science fiction novel.
Fabiola R. Decius
Graduated June 2015
FABIOLA R. DECIUS graduated from Lesley’s MFA program for Writing for Stage and Screen June 2015. Fabiola R. Decius’ plays include “Haiti Chérie”, “Final Verdict”, “In Sync”, “Ice Cream Bucket List”, “Date Night Surprise”, “Chicksmas”, “Draped in History”, “Free Before Eleven”, “Consent”, “Black Jesus”, “Bus Stop”, MAN OF THE HOUSE, and FIGHTING FORGIVENESS, which have been produced and/or developed at Bryn Mawr College, Lesley University, the Boston Public Library, Our Voices Festival, Fade to Black Festival, the Roxbury Repertory Theater, Controlled Kaos Productions, the Office of War Information (Bureau of Theater), Company One Theatre, the Boston Theater Marathon, the Boston Center for the Arts Plaza Theatres, and the Boston Neighborhood Network channel. Fabiola was a Creative City grant recipient through the New England Foundation for the Arts in 2018, and founded Teens WRITE (Writing, Reading, and Investigating Theater Everywhere), which is a program for teenagers to write, revise, cast, direct, and produce original plays culminating in a Ten-Minute Play Festival. She is also currently a high school theater arts educator in the city of Boston. Fabiola graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor of Arts, and received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Stage and Screen Writing.
Graduated January 2012
CHERYL EAGAN-DONOVAN (M.F.A.) is an award-winning writer, director, and producer whose documentary Nothing Is Truer than Truth premiered on Hulu in 2019, is currently available on Amazon Prime in the U.S. and Canada, and aired on SkyArts TV in the U.K. last month under the new title Shakespeare: The Man Behind the Name. Her debut documentary All Kindsa Girls screened at film festivals and art house theaters in London, Toronto and throughout the U.S. She is a frequent lecturer at conferences and has taught writing, film, and literature at Lesley University, Northeastern University, Lasell University, and Grub Street Center for Creative Writing. Eagan-Donovan has published articles about screenwriting and film in journals and magazines, has appeared on several podcast series, and serves as a manuscript consultant for screenwriters and producers. She is currently working on a book for screenwriters, Shakespeare Auteur: Creating Authentic Characters for the Screen, and is developing a new documentary project on the birth of Elizabethan theater in London in the late 16th century. In 2019, she received the Oxfordian of the Year Award and in 2021 she received a research grant to study manuscript circulation among Shakespeare’s contemporaries at the British Library, Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, and the Dulwich College Archives.
Los Angeles, CA
Graduated June 2018
WENDY EWAN’s full-length plays include Land of Enchantment and The Undesirables as well as numerous short and ten-minute plays, screenplays and TV pilots. She was a National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist; KCACTF Regional and National Finalist; Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice Program Finalist; and ITVFEST Semi-Finalist. She has had several LA productions and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America. She is the founder and Artistic Director of Scribe Stages, a site-specific “page to stage” theatre group established in 2015 to help emerging writers develop their work. Her full-lengths, children’s one-act and ten-minute plays can be found on New Play Exchange. She writes magical realism, absurdism, dramedy. “Fish out of water” is her go-to source of internal and external conflict. She loves the angst of teenagers and their parents. Ghosts and angels sometimes visit her characters as if it’s normal. She’s obsessed with ’80s period pieces. She strives to build bridges instead of walls, to explore identity without creating enemies or pointing fingers. An invitation is created with each piece; come to the party and meet new people whom you wouldn’t normally interact with. You might just find a new friend sitting next to you.
Cynthia Veal Holm
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Graduated June 2017
Raised in the Midwest, CYNTHIA HOLM is delighted to have her work produced all over the United States and is a proud member of The Dramatist Guild and The Playwrights Center of Minneapolis.
Graduated January 2019
An actor, turned director, turned writer; J. JEAN has been a lover of the theater since the age of twelve. She leans toward comedic writing and is particularly obsessed with Neil Simon. J. Jean’s plays address the human condition with humor. Her work has been a finalist for the Heartland Theatre Competition, MN Shorts competition, and the Women’s International Playwrighting Conference. She has received productions through Theatre Unbound (Smackdown 2020) and Scribe Stages. Visit her plays on the New Play Exchange.
Tyler Dean Kempf
Las Vegas, NV
Graduated June 2017
TYLER DEAN KEMPF is a collaborative queer storyteller and comedy writer for stage & screen. He was a finalist for the Playwright’s Center Jerome Fellowship and the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. His screenplay Mother of the Bride (Co-Written with Lauren McCarthy) was a 2019 Screencraft Comedy Screenplay Contest finalist. He’s currently focused on creating comedic television that showcases his unique and underrepresented point of view. He’s worked for The Second City since 2011, as both a director (one of the few gay men to have directed for the comedic institution), and as a corporate facilitator, traveling around the world to teach stuffy business folk how to utilize storytelling and improvisation to, essentially, be more empathetic humans.
Graduated June 2017
THATO MWOSA, originally from Botswana, is an illustrator, screenwriter and filmmaker. When she is not doing art, she spends time with her three kids and husband in Boston, MA. Thato won the coveted “Emerging Filmmaker Award” at the 2005 Roxbury Film Festival for her film, “Don’t tell me you love me.” Thato has made several short documentaries and one of them, “An African in America,” was screened at the Pan African Sweet Mother Conference held at Harvard University in early 2006. Thato’s third film, “The Day Of My Wedding,” was selected for broadcast on The Best Shorts program on BETJ (Black Entertainment Television). Thato created, wrote, and directed an international TV show, Ya Ma’Afrika. The show chronicles the lives of African immigrants in America. Ya Ma’Afrika was nationally broadcast on a Comcast channel Afrotainment and was broadcast all across Africa. In early 2009, Thato started on the production of her feature documentary, Tribe of Women, which tells the story of the Sisterhood for Peace, an anti-war movement by women from Sudan. Thato’s first narrative feature, Memoirs of a Black Girl completed in late 2020 is now making the 2021 film festival rounds. Thato is a finalist for the 2019 Mass Cultural Art Fellowship in the Dramatic Writing category. Thato graduated with a dual degree in Film Production and Marketing/Advertising Communications from Emerson College 2001. She has a Film Directing certificate from New York Film Academy and an MFA in Writing for Stage and Screen from Lesley University. She serves on the boards of Boston Neighborhood Network in Boston and Women in Film/Video New England. Thato currently teaches TV, Film, and Documentary Filmmaking at Brookline High School in Brookline, MA.
Rahima R. Rice
Graduated January 2019
RAHIMA R. RICE is an award-winning writer from Washington, DC. She has a BA in Mass Media from the University of the District of Columbia, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for the Stage & Screen from Lesley University. Rahima’s stage and screen work has been featured in the OLA Film Festival, the Anacostia Playhouse Visions/Revisions New Works Festival, and Signature Theatre’s SigWorks Reading Series. She has been published in LEVEL Magazine, The Daring, Looper and Medium. Rahima is the founder of the DC-based arts & entertainment company The 4208 Group, and curator of the 10-minute play festival The 10-Minute Taste.
Cassie M. Seinuk
Graduated June 2013
CASSIE M. SEINUK is a Jewish Cuban playwright, stage manager, and educator in Boston, MA. Her play From the Deep won the Kennedy Center ACTF Latinidad Playwrights Award, The Pestalozzi New Play Prize, the Boston University Jewish Culture Endowment grant, Honorable Mention on the 2015 Kilroys List, and IRNE Award and FringeNYC award nominations. Seinuk’s short works have been produced internationally, including her award winning 10 minute play Occupy Hallmark, which won the Gary Garrison National 10 Minute Play award at the Kennedy Center. Seinuk is on faculty at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Lesley University MFA in Creative Writing.
Rhiannon Ciara Vaughn
Los Angeles, CA
Graduated January 2019
RHIANNON CIARA VAUGHN is an award-winning Chicana playwright based in Los Angeles. Her short play “Wine Night” was a Region 8 finalist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Her play “A Lovely Day Outside” was selected as a Top 5 Play at the 2019 Living on the Edge Festival. Her play Gifted* was a finalist for the 2019 Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Workshop. Rhiannon’s plays can be found on New Play Exchange. Rhiannon has written, directed, produced, and edited short films that have screened at SF Sketchfest, Sitges Film Festival, Telluride Horror, Awareness Festival, and the 909 Film Festival, where her short comedy 9oh9 received the Ambassador Award. Rhiannon has produced live comedy including Underbelly, Good Heroine, and at Riot LA Comedy Festival. In 2013 her variety show THEME PARTY PRESENTS: BLUTHFEST! was featured in LA Weekly.