2019 Plays In Progress Series

Athena Project is proud to announce our 2019 Plays In Progress (PIP) Series. In this exciting and innovative program, women playwrights collaborate with directors, dramaturgs and actors, to bring brand new work to the public. Join us to see plays at all levels of development and give playwrights invaluable feedback at the end of each workshop production. The Plays In Progress Series has grown to be a vital arena for fostering new work by female writers. This year, we bring you a sparkling mix of stories from five playwrights!

Playing the Aurora Fox Theatre – Black Box Studio
9900 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80010
June 1-2, 2019

Check back soon for tickets and show times!

Meet The Playwrights

Amanda Schrag - Athena Project Artist

Amanda Petefish-Schrag

Playwright - Endurance of Light

Amanda Petefish-Schrag is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Iowa State University. Her professional credits include work as a playwright, puppeteer, director, actor, (and mom). Her playwriting work has been produced at festivals and theaters in London, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Iowa City, and has been published by Playscripts, Inc., and Smith and Kraus. Amanda is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Donna Hoke - Athena Project Artist

Donna Hoke

Playwright - Teach

Donna’s work has been seen in 46 states and on five continents. Plays include BRILLIANT WORKS OF ART (2016 Kilroys List), ELEVATOR GIRL (2017 O’Neill, 2018 Princess Grace finalist), SAFE (winner of the Todd McNerney, Naatak, and Great Gay Play and Musical Contests), and TEACH (Gulfshore New Works winner). She has been nominated for both the Primus and Blackburn Prizes, and is a two-time winner of the Emanuel Fried Award for Outstanding New Play (SEEDS, SONS & LOVERS). She has also received an Individual Artist Award from the New York State Council on the Arts to develop HEARTS OF STONE, and, for three consecutive years, she was named Buffalo’s Best Writer by Artvoice—the only woman to ever receive the designation. Donna also serves on the Dramatists Guild Council and is a blogger and moderator of the 12,000+-member Official Playwrights of Facebook.

Jordan Ramirez Puckett - Athena Project Artist

Jordan Ramirez Puckett

Playwright - A Driving Beat

Jordan Ramirez Puckett most recently participated in the 2018-2019 Playwrights Realm Scratchpad Series. Her work has also been produced and/or developed by Abingdon Theatre Company (New York, NY), Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL), and Harold Clurman Laboratory Theatre Company (New York, NY) among others. Her plays include To Saints and Stars, Las Pajaritas, Restore, and Inevitable. She is the former Associate Artistic Director at San Francisco Playhouse. She is currently pursuing her MFA in playwriting at Ohio University.

Rebecca Gorman O'Neill - Athena Project Artist

Rebecca Gorman O'Neill

Playwright - Mynx and Savage

An Ohio native, Rebecca started writing plays at Dartmouth College and earned her M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. Rebecca’s original plays have been produced across the United States and in Canada, and her plays Tell-Tale and The Greater Good are published through Eldridge Publishing and Next Stage Press, respectively. Rebecca is a Professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she teaches playwriting, screenwriting, cinema studies, and the graphic novel.

Lans Traverse - Athena Project Artist

Lans Traverse

Playwright - Rat

Lans was born Asbury Park, grew up Philadelphia and Tulsa, trained for theatre New York (American Academy) and London (RADA), where she lives. Recent productions: Kiss of the Sun For Pardon (Detroit Rep), nominated Best Comedy – Encore Michigan Wilde Award; Driftwood (Main Street Theatre Houston); Platform performance Coleslaw and Coconut Cream Pie (York Theatre Royal). Other selected highlights: Winner John Muir Golden Award; Finalist multiple playwrights’ conferences (Great Plains, O’Neill, Botanicum Seedlings. Current reading: Oh, Town of Little Bethlehem, Playground Theatre, London. Production scheduled 2020. Script Reader for Manchester ADP.