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Hollins University
Graduate Center
P.O. Box 9603
Roanoke, VA 24020-1603
(540) 362-6575
Fax (540) 362-6288

Program Director
Todd Ristau
(540) 362-6386

M.F.A. in Playwriting
Meet some students and graduates of the program  

Wendy-Marie Foerster is a native of the Central Coast and has been involved in the local community theatre scene since 1983. After graduating from PCPA's Actor Training program, Wendy-Marie completed her B.F.A. in Acting at Marymount Manhattan College in New York and has been performing, writing, and directing theater in the U.S. and Europe ever since. After returning to the Central Coast four years ago, Wendy-Marie enjoyed a year as Executive Director of the SLO Little Theatre and then moved into the position of Membership Director at the Clark Center for the Performing Arts. She currently serves as the Development Director of the San Luis Obispo Little Theatre where she is responsible for donor cultivation, development, and membership acquisition. She also established a No Shame Theatre there in January of 2011. Podcast »

Wendy-Marie Foerster
Adam Hahn (M.F.A. '12) has been a resident playwright at SkyPilot since 2010. He has contributed to SkyPilot's Rewind, The 12 Plays of Christmas, and youth theatre Aesop Project. Later this season, SkyPilot will premiere Earthbound, a musical that Adam is developing with Jonathan Price and Chana Wise, and his play KONG: A Goddamn Thirty-Foot Gorilla. Adam's plays Frogger and Dear Abe have received workshop productions at Studio Roanoke in Roanoke, VA. His play Feedback Loop premiered at the 2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival. His ten-minute and one-act scripts have been produced by theatres across the United States. Adam recently completed his M.F.A. at the Hollins University Playwright's Lab. As an actor, Adam has appeared in productions of the University of Iowa, in the Iowa Fringe Festival, and in the Piccolo Spoleto fringe theatre festival. He starred in his play Dear Abe at Studio Roanoke. He also performs long-form improv and is a graduate of the training program at iO West. Podcast »
Adam Hahn
Elizabeth Heffron's recent plays include Her Mother Was Imagination, currently running at Annex Theatre in Seattle; Mitzi's Abortion, which won the ACT Theatre New Play Award and was produced by ACT in July 2006, directed by Kurt Beattie, and is being produced in Michigan in September, 2010; and New Patagonia, produced by the Seattle Repertory Theatre and directed by Sharon Ott. She's received a Sloan Foundation grant, through ACT Theatre to complete her new play, Free Radical, about the current nuclear renaissance. Other work has been produced in Seattle at Annex Theatre, 14/48 - the World's Quickest Theater Festival, New City Theatre, Next Stage, and Freehold Theatre, where she's completed five seasons working with the women of the Washington Correctional Center for Women on inmate-generated performance pieces. Elizabeth has written three site-specific musicals for Seattle's One Reel Productions, including Icicle Times, which featured 250 performers, two chickens, and a horse, and spawned three more years of work writing the Icicle Times Radio Hour. She's been a principal playwright at Seattle Dramatists, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Podcast » Elizabeth Heffron
Clinton Johnston is an accomplished playwright, director, actor, musician, and songwriter who currently lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where he has a long history of work with Live Arts and other area theatres. He holds an M.F.A. in directing from the University of Virginia and has taught theatre courses and continues to direct at Mary Baldwin College. His play, Am I Black Enough Yet? was developed at No Shame Charlottesville and has been produced in theatres from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. Podcast » Peter Ullian
Rebecca Quirk is an M.F.A. candidate in the Playwright's Lab at Hollins University who is learning the art of great playwriting while fine-tuning her passion for dramaturgy. Quirk's dramaturgical skills have been used by theatre companies spanning from New Orleans to New York City and everywhere in between. Her undergraduate studies focused on technical theatre, and you can still find her hanging from lighting rigs and patching sound boards in various creative spaces. She is currently a reader for About Face Theatre's XYZ Festival, and is a graduate assistant for Cultural and Community Engagement at Hollins University and has provided dramaturgical assistance for numerous projects by both our graduate and undergraduate playwrights. Podcast »

Rebecca Quirk