Playwrights of The Loom:
Erica Jo Lloyd
Erica Jo Lloyd is originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa where she created theatre with a variety of organizations including Theatre Cedar Rapids, Urban Theater Project of Iowa, Brucemore Classics, and Brucemore Children's Theatre and she founded the Underground New Play Festival which produced it's 100th new play in 2019. Now a resident of Nashville, Erica is thrilled to be a part of Nashville Repertory Theatre as the Artistic Associate where she gets to work on the Ingram New Works Project; one of the coolest things of which she's ever gotten to be a part. She is also a new Artistic Council member for Woven Theatre and delighted to be making theatre with this great group of people! Erica holds a BFA in Theatre Directing and Arts Administration from Viterbo University but her true love is playwrighting. Erica is devoted to bringing more roles for women to the stage.
Claudia Barnett was born and raised in the Bronx but now lives in a log house in Lascassas. Here in middle Tennessee, she’s participated in the Ingram New Works Lab (2009-10) and the Tennessee Playwrights Studio (2018); in February, her play Aglaonike’s Tiger had a mainstage production at WKU, and lately she’s been a frequent contributor to Pipeline-Collective’s Salon. At MTSU, she teaches modern drama and playwriting and hosts In Process: A Creative Writing Event Series. Beyond TN, her short play Palooka won the Andaluz Award Jury Prize from Fusion Theatre (2016), and Absent Grace was performed in Boston Opera Collaborative’s Opera Bites (2018). Her other plays have been developed and performed at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, MultiStages, Stage Left Theatre, Venus Theatre, and the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Her books, I Love You Terribly: Six Plays and No. 731 Degraw-street, Brooklyn, or Emily Dickinson’s Sister: A Play in Two Acts, are published by Carnegie Mellon.
Patrick Gabridge’s full-length plays include Blood on the Snow, Drift, Lab Rats, Distant Neighbors, and Blinders, and have been staged by theatres across the country. He’s been a Playwriting Fellow with the Huntington Theatre Company and has received fellowships from the Boston Foundation and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. His short plays have received more than 1,000 productions from theatres and schools around the world. He is the artist-in-residence at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, where he is writing and producing two sets of site-specific plays. He’s also the author of four novels, most recently The Secret of Spirit Lake. He is the Dramatists Guild’s Regional Rep for Eastern New England and is the producing artistic director of the Plays in Place, a theatre company that specializes in creating site-specific work in partnership with museums and historic sites. In his spare time, he likes to farm and fix up old houses. www.gabridge.com
Fly Jamerson is a Performance Writer and Designer with interests in devising, directing, mixed reality design, and dramaturgy. Fly has an MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Arizona and currently lives in Lincoln, Nebraska. Fly works nationally as a dramaturg, director, playwright, and designer, and is an Adjunct Instructor of Theatre History at Doane University. For more information visit www.flyjamerson.com.
Chris Shaw Swanson
Chris Shaw Swanson’s comedies and dramas have been seen on more than 100 stages in the U.S. and abroad. Her first full-length comedy Measured Honesty was produced by Interborough Repertory in New York City. Other full-lengths include Tophet Point, which premiered at the Plays-in-Progress World Premiere Theater in California, and The Heroines of Central Ohio, produced in California, Pennsylvania, NYC, and most recently at Colorado Spring’s Millibo Art Theatre. Chris has also written numerous one-act plays. Her short Out From Under with Mary won the Goshen College Peace Play Prize. Chris’ work has been published by Smith & Kraus, Meriwether and the International Centre for Women Playwrights. A member of the ICWP and the Dramatists Guild of America, she is the recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for Playwriting. Website: www.chrisshawswanson.com.
Emily Brauer Rogers
Emily Brauer Rogers grew up on a farm in Indiana and moved to California to go to USC for her MFA in Dramatic Writing. She's had two full length plays, Searching for Americana and Bringing Iraq Home produced as well as optioned Romeo, Juliet, and Rosaline to Amazon Studios with her writing partner, Koji Sakai. She's been published in two monologue collections: 161 Monologues from Literature and Kids Comedic Monologues that are Actually Funny. She has had ten-minute and one act plays read and produced in San Diego, New York, Los Angeles, Orange County, Colorado, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana, Tennessee, Australia, and England.