Meet our 2018 Red Eye Playwrights!


Sean Abley is a screenwriter, journalist, dramaturg, and award-winning playwright. He has over thirty plays published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer Publishing, Next Stage Press, Stage Partners, Plays to Order and Eldridge Plays and Musicals with titles like “End of the World (With Prom to Follow)”, “The Adventures of Rose Red (Snow White’s Less-Famous Sister)”, “Horror High: The Musical” and “Attack of the Killer B’s”. His play “Popcorn Girl” was the 2nd place winner of the National Partners of the American Theatre Award as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival 2017, and his play “Absence Makes the Heart…” was a national finalist for the John Cauble Short Play Award at KCACTF the same year. His recent Los Angeles theatrical endeavors include the world premieres of “Dr. Frankincense” and “The Christmas Monster” (Write/Act Repertory), “L.A. Tool & Die: Live!” (Celebration Theatre), “Larva!” (SkyPilot Theatre Company), the L.A. premieres of “Bitches!” (Magnum Players) and “Attack of the Killer B’s” (Factory Theater West, Backstage West Garland Award winner-Best Adaptation). His television writing includes multiple episodes of “So Weird” (Disney Channel), “Sabrina”, “the Animated Series” (Disney/UPN), “Digimon” (Fox Family), as well as several pilots including “Bench Pressly, The World’s Strongest Private Dick” with Ahmet Zappa. His produced screenplays include the B-movies “Socket”, “Witchcraft 15: Blood Rose” and “Witchcraft 16: Hollywood Coven.” He was one on the founders of Chicago’s prolific Factory Theater in 1992 (still going strong as of this writing), and the creator of the “Gay of the Dead” blog on Sean has an MFA in Playwriting from The Playwrights Lab at Hollins University, and is a member of the Dramatists’ Guild 2018 Red Eye – “Zombie?

Ryan Bultrowicz is a Mexican-American playwright and actor based out of Virginia/D.C. who’s looking to create strong, compelling, and character driven stories. His works have been produced all over the world. He is the author of Dream Date (Queensland University, Australia), Gentle Strokes (Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company, Texas), Shower Thoughts (Network Theatre, London), and many more. His acting credits include playing Macbeth (Macbeth), Scoop Rosenbaum (The Heidi Chronicles), Creon (Antigone), and many more. He is a Communication Studies major with a concentration in Mass Media at Longwood University. He spends his free time there working with the theatre department in numerous ways that include acting and writing. He is passionate about theatre and hopes to create works that will force audiences to question their comforts and beliefs.
2018 Red Eye – “The Rabbit’s Hole”

Emily Hageman
, theatre and music educator and playwright, was born in California, raised in Colorado, and now lives in Iowa. Emily’s one-acts, short plays, and monologues have primarily been performed in Northwest Iowa, but have been performed in California, Florida, Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, and the UK.  2018 Red Eye – “

Donald Loftus is an American playwright, librettist and lyricist. His work includes dramas, comedies and the book and lyrics for several musicals. Donald also serves on the Board of Directors for The Dramatist Guild Foundation(DGF), is a former member of the board of WP, The Women’s Project Theatre. He lives in New York, New York and loves working and playing in the theatre.  2018 Red Eye – “Amusing Willie

Ken Preuss is a Florida playwright and teacher. His published one-acts for teens and assorted short plays have been produced in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and 47 of the 50 United States. He lives near Orlando with his wife, sons, and too many pets.
2018 Red Eye – “How to Make a Play for a Girl


J. Weintraub is a writer, playwright, poet, and translator. A member of the Dramatists Guild, he has had radio plays produced by Scattered Sounds Productions, Whiskey Rebellion Theater, and Small Fish Radio Theatre (for the Atlanta Fringe Festival) and has had one-act plays produced by the Theatre-Studio and La Petite Morgue (New York City), Camino Real Playhouse (San Juan Capistrano, CA), Theatre One (Middleboro, MA), Black Box Theatre (Colorado Springs, CO), The Paw Paw (MI) Village Players, LowellArts (Lowell, MI), Fine Arts Assn. (Willoughby, OH), Gemco Players (Emerald, Australia), and the 2017-2018 Short + Sweet Festival in Hollywood, CA, Chennai, India, Auckland, NZ, and Sydney, AUS; and in the Chicago area by Second City, Theatre of Western Springs, New American Folk Theatre, American Blues Theatre, Blank Page Theatre, Summer Place Theatre, Fourth Street Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Dandelion Theatre, AMSATT Productions, Three Cat Productions, and 8 Scribes.  His fiction, poetry, and essays have been published in literary reviews and journals throughout the country, and many of his works have been anthologized. His translations from French and Italian have appeared in publications in the USA, the UK, and Australia, and in Spring 2018 his annotated translation of Eugène Briffault’s Paris à table: 1846 was published by Oxford University Press. Website: 2018 Red Eye – “The Wedding

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