Meet our Playwrights

Tori Keena-Zelt

Originally and proudly from Pittsburgh, Tori writes curiosity-chasing plays that sniff out in-between spaces in big theatre to change the world. Many of them grow up in Nashville and decide to become comedies.

Her current and recent work includes How the Baby Died (Ingram New Works Lab), [nbd], Seph (Araca Project), Air Space (Kilroys 5 Most Recommended Plays, Ingram New Works Lab, Princess Grace Finalist), Egypt Play (InterAct 20/20 Finalist), Truth/Dare (Project Y Theatre, Best Ensemble Pittsburgh Fringe, Kilroys List, Princess Grace Finalist), Episode #121: Catfight! (Yale Cabaret), and others. She has developed/presented work around the country, including at The LarkThe O’NeillYale CabaretNashville RepEnsemble Studio TheatreWilliamstown Theatre FestivalNMSU/High DesertFresh Ground Pepper#serials@thefleaPittsburgh FringeThe Drama Book Shop, Cold Basement, and beside unsuspecting Chipotle patrons.

An alumna of the Ingram New Works LabFresh Ground Pepper's PlayGround PlayGroupBastard Playground @ The Drama League, Mission to (dit)Mars Propulsion Lab, & the Actors’ Studio Playwright/Director Unit, she has written for Colonial Williamsburg’s Emmy Award-winning PBS education series and has been named an Emmy Nominee, Kilroys Lister, Jerome Finalist, Princess Grace Finalist, Playwrights of New York Nominee, and some other things. She is an affiliated writer with the Lark, the Playwrights’ Center, Ingram New Works LabEnsemble Studio Theatre Playwrights Unit, Fresh Ground Pepper, & the Dramatists Guild. Several of her short plays are published by Next Stage Press. AB, Harvard. MFA, NYU Tisch Asia (Singapore).


Read Our interview with Tori Keenan-zelt here

A.D. TImms

A. D. Timms (or simply Timms) is a Nashville transplant that is currently pursuing a BA in Theatre at Belmont University. They have been involved with many Woven events, co-sound designing for the plays Lungs by Duncan MacMillan, Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil LaBute, and the world premiere of Uncanny by Miles Gatrell. They are very passionate about creating more LGBT-centric theatre, and they hope that Opus is the first of many plays they write that will bring marginalized voices to the forefront. 

Alex Drinnen

Alex Drinnen originally hails from Knoxville, TN, but is studying for his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Some of his favorite shows include: “The Little Prince” (Children’s Theatre of Knoxville), “Treasure Island” (CTK), “The Canterville Ghost” (CTK), “Three Sisters” (Belmont University), “These Shining Lives” (BU), and “The Whale” (Verge Theatre). On top of acting, he is also a burgeoning playwright, with his one act play “The Den of Dreams” being produced as part of a directing festival at Belmont University. He has also dipped his fingers into the pool of design work, having projection designed professionally six times. He hopes to pursue design as a part of his theatrical career, as well as teach in the future, and give back to the community that so strongly has impacted his own life.