Featured Artists

As artists are confirmed for the 2017 Conference, they will be added here.
The following artists are currently confirmed.

Featured Artist Carrie BakerCarrie Baker is an Associate Professor (performance) and Chair of the Department Theatre & Film at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actors Guild- American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), and a founding company member of New York City’s Coyote REP. New York Theatre credits include: New Age Classics, New Perspectives Theatre Company, NYU Festival of New Works, Manhattan Theatre Source, and Coyote REP. Regional Theatre credits include: Utah Shakespearean Festival, Irvine Barclay Theatre, Summer Repertory Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company, Potomac Theatre Project, Washington Stage Guild, and Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre. TV: Guiding Light, Ed, and commercial voiceovers. Film: Mining for Ruby, alaskaLand, The Messenger, Chronic Town (Sundance 2008), Eat Me, and various industrial films. Directing credits include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Stop Kiss, Speech & Debate, How I Learned to Drive, The Laramie Project, Three Days of Rain, The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Theatre UAF); The Taming of the Shrew (Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre); Turandot (Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra); The Telephone, Verdi & the Bard (Opera Fairbanks); and DIVE (Middlebury College). Carrie has also served as Vocal Coach and Stage Combat Choreographer on many productions. She has taught acting at Middlebury College, University of California Irvine, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Bethesda Academy of Performing Arts, Washington Shakespeare Company, and Northfield Mount Hermon School. Carrie is on the Relativity School’s (Los Angeles) Program Advisory Committee, the Last Frontier Theatre Conference’s National Advisory Board, and Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre’s Advisory Board. Carrie holds a BA in Theatre and English from Middlebury College and an MFA in Acting from the University of California, Irvine.

Featured Artist John CarianiJohn Cariani is a Tony Award nominated actor and an accomplished playwright. As a playwright, he is best known for his first play, Almost, Maine, which premiered at Portland Stage Company in 2004 and became the most successful play in the company’s history. Almost, Maine opened Off-Broadway in 2006 and has since become one of the most popular plays in the United States with over 3,000 productions to date. It is currently the most frequently produced play in North American high schools, topping perennial favorites A Midsummer Night’s Dream, You Can’t Take It with You, and Our Town. It has also received over twenty international productions and has been translated into over a dozen languages. In 2014, Transport Group revived Almost, Maine Off-Broadway to critical acclaim, and Lincoln Center recorded the production for its Theater on Film and Tape archives. Almost, Maine is published by Dramatists Play Service and is featured in Smith and Kraus’ New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2006. John’s other plays include Last Gas and LOVE/SICK both of which are newly published by Dramatists Play Service and have had several professional productions across the country and around the world. His newest play, cul-de-sac, is currently in development. As an actor, John has appeared on and off Broadway and in several films and television shows. Originally from Presque Isle, Maine, he is a graduate of Amherst College. He lives in New York City.

Featured Artist Bostin ChristopherBostin Christopher has been telling stories for over 25 years as a director, an actor, producer, administrator, and educator. Bostin holds the position of Senior Acting Teacher at Virginia Commonwealth University where he teaches Acting for Camera, The Business of Theatre, Audition Technique, New Play Development, and others. Previously, he held the position of Artistic Associate at Perseverance Theatre (Alaska) where he worked on new play development, assisted in commissioning new plays, helped to produce at least one new play each season, and directed the world premiere of Arlitia Jones’ Rush at Everlasting. He has been attending the Last Frontier Conference since its early years and for three years he was the coordinator of the Fringe Festival. Additionally, he has served as a guest artist and workshop leader at Great Plains Theatre Conference (GPTC) and the William Inge Center for the Arts. He has worked on new plays with NYSF/Public Theatre’s New Work Now!, Manhattan Theatre Club, Theatre for the New City, Moving Arts, Perseverance Theatre, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, and Seattle Rep. Bostin was the recipient of a Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Continuing Education Grant where he explored new play development models at various theatres around the country. Bostin is Ambassador-at-Large with the National New Play Network (NNPN) and serves on the Last Frontier Theatre Conference Advisory Board. Acting credits include new plays Off-Broadway (Kit Marlowe, Ice Island) and film work including UnbreakableOtisScorpion King 3, and In My Pocket. Originally from Anchorage, Bostin has lived in New York City, Los Angeles, and North Carolina. He currently splits his time between Juneau and Richmond, Virginia. He holds an MFA from PlayMaker’s Repertory Company/UNC-Chapel Hill. His complete mess of a website can be found at http://bostinx.com.

Featured Artist Eric CobleEric Coble was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised on the Navajo and Ute reservations in New Mexico and Colorado. His scripts had been produced on Broadway (Tony-nominated The Velocity of Autumn), in Disney Theme Parks (Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple), and in Las Vegas (upcoming at the Paris Casino). His plays include Bright Ideas, My Barking Dog, The Giver, Fairfield, and A Girl’s Guide To Coffee, and have been produced Off-Broadway, in all fifty states of the U.S., and on several continents, including productions at Manhattan Class Company, The Kennedy Center, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Cleveland Play House, Denver Center Theatre Company, Arena Stage, New York and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Habima Theatre (Israel), Rabbit Hole Theatre (U.K.), Pentacion Productions (Spain), Teatr Polski (Poland), Orange Row (Mexico), and the Contemporary American Theatre Festival (U.S.). Awards include two AATE Distinguished Play Awards for Best Adaptation, an Emmy nomination, the Chorpenning Playwriting Award for Body of Work, the AT&T Onstage Award, National Theatre Conference Playwriting Award, an NEA Playwright in Residence Grant, a TCG Extended Collaboration Grant, the Cleveland Arts Prize, two Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Fellowships, and four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Grants. For more insanity, visit www.ericcoble.com

Featured Artist Frank CollisonFrank Collison is thrilled to return to the Conference with his wife, Laura Gardner, for their eleventh year. Since last year, Frank appeared at Rogue Machine Theatre in the West Coast premiere of Alexander Dinelaris’ Still Life. He was a recurring character on American Horror Story and continues as a series regular on Mr. Pickles, an animated show airing on Adult Swim. Frank has voiced a series of Experian commercials this year. He also continues with BookPALS, a program run by the SAG Foundation. On the screen, audiences will see Frank in The Hero with Sam Elliott, the new Twin Peaks airing on Showtime, and Radio Free Albemuth on Netflix. He is also developing Long Riders, a social media program designed to raise awareness about hepatitis C. When the program launches, Frank and two friends will be riding the entire 2,650 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail on horseback. Check it out at www.longriders.org. Frank first appeared on stage as a baby in a summer tent theatre, trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, earned his BA in theatre at San Francisco State University, where he performed street theatre and helped establish Pinecrest Theatre in the Sierra Nevada. He then went on to earn an MFA in acting at UC San Diego. Appearing in over 150 stage productions, Frank has worked Off-Broadway, with the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, Chamber Repertory Theatre in Boston, Denver Center Theatre Company and Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts. In Los Angeles, Frank has acted in productions at the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Los Angeles Theatre Company, Rogue Machine and Pacific Resident Theatre where he is a founding member. The LA Weekly honored his performance as Mr. Peachum in PRT’s The Beggars’ Opera as best supporting actor. Frank’s film work includes Hitchcock, The Happening, The Village, The Whole Ten Yards, Hope Springs, Hidalgo, Suspect Zero, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Majestic, Mobsters, The Last Boy Scout, Buddy, Alien Nation, Diggstown, The Blob, My Summer Story and David Lynch’s Wild at Heart which won the Golden Palm Award at Cannes. Frank is best known to television audiences as Horace Bing, the bumbling telegraph operator on CBS’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. His extensive television appearances include guest-starring roles on Silicon Valley, Backstrom, Monk, Stargate Atlantis, HBO’s Carnivale and Luck, Seventh Heaven, NYPD Blue, Star Trek, the Next Generation, and Hill Street Blues. Contact Frank at www.frankcollison.com

Featured Artist Ben CorbetBen Corbett is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher (Shakespeare & Co. 2012). He teaches Kristin Linklater’s vocal progression, and phonetics/accents using Louis Colaianni’s Phonetic Pillows, and Uta Hagen’s approach to acting. His professional vocal coaching credits include the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Shakespeare Dallas, City Rep, the William Inge Theatre Festival, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, Barter Theatre, Burning Coal Theatre Company, Bare Theatre, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz. Ben’s professional acting credits include two-and-a-half years as a resident actor at Barter Theatre, additional roles at the William Inge Theatre Festival, City Rep, Blowing Rock Stage Co., Burning Coal Theatre Co., Light Opera Oklahoma, Shakespeare & Co., North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, and Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. For three years, he has served as both an actor and voice/acting teacher at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. He recently gave a talk at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, “Keep Yer Yap Shut: Freeing the Natural Voice in Rural America.” Ben Corbett is a full-time Associate Professor of Voice and Acting at the William Inge Center for the Arts at Independence Community College. He has previous experience working for the William Inge Theater Festival as an actor, director and vocal coach. For the Inge Festival, Ben has played the role of Pinky in Inge’s production of Where’s Daddy, the sole character in Inge’s one-act The Love Death as part of Inge: A Complex Evening for the 2009 Inge Festival. He has directed scenes from Come Back, Little Sheba, Picnic, and Natural Affection as part of Scenes at the Inge House Scenes for several past Inge Festivals. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity, and an Associate Editor for Oklahoma for the International Dialects of English Archive. He has launched his own voice practice, BenCorbettVoice.com, and welcomes private clients who wish to explore the possibility and power of their speaking voices.

Featured Artist Timothy DalyTimothy Daly is one of Australia’s most internationally-produced playwrights, with a string of national and international productions to his credit. Actors such as Academy-Award winners Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush have appeared in his plays. His play Derrida In Love was written expressly for the 2011 & 2013 Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, which she performed in a sold-out production in Sydney. His play Kafka Dances has won over a dozen national and international awards since its première, and is the most internationally-performed Australian play of all time. Its most recent production was in February-March 2015 at Theatre Grybowski in Warsaw, Poland. Timothy Daly’s play Richard III (ou presque) premiered at the 2011 Festival of Avignon, followed by a season in Paris in October to November, 2012. His play The Man in the Attic was awarded Australia’s most prestigious award for a new play, the Patrick White Playwrights’ Award. It received a Paris season in Feb, 2012, and was performed in a sold-out season at the 2013 Festival of Avignon, the third of Timothy Daly’s plays to be performed at France’s most prestigious theatre festival. The production was invited back to the 2015 Avignon Festival, and made its Italian premiere in December, 2015. Timothy Daly is the 2013 recipient of a Paris Studio Residency Award by the Australia Council for the Arts. He advises on over 100 scripts and productions a year and his book 21st Century Playwriting will be published by Smith & Kraus later this year. Timothy Daly is represented by Victoria Wisdom and her Los Angeles-based management and production company.

Featured Artist Erma DurickoErma Duricko, director, SDC, founder and Artistic Director of Blue Roses Productions, Inc., and Artistic Associate for Circle East Inc. Off-Broadway, she has directed at the Lion Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, and The American Place; Off-Off at Neighborhood Playhouse, manhattan theatresource, LaMama, Goldberg Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Chasama, The Abingdon Theatre Complex, Baruch Center, The Drilling Company, Polaris North, Laurie Beecham Theater; Liberation Theatre; Internationally for the Hibernia Ensemble; regionally at Arkansas Rep, William Inge Festival, White Birch, Sag Harbor, Pocono Playhouse, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, Scranton Public, Fernwood, and others. She conceived and directed In Their Own Words, Destination Valdez, and Flights of Fancy for the Last Frontier Theatre Conference. Her recent professional career is devoted to directing and producing new American plays and the work of Tennessee Williams. She has conceived and directed Tennessee Williams compilations, including The Broken World of Tennessee WilliamsHappy Birthday Mr. WilliamsDerelicts and Dreamers, in addition to many TW full-lengths and one-acts. She also curates the NYC Tennessee Williams Birthday celebration produced by Blue Roses Productions in NYC. Erma was privileged to direct Camino Real for Cyrano’s in Anchorage in honor of the 100th birthday of Tennessee Williams and Bus Stop in Independence, Kansas in honor of the 100th Birthday of William Inge. She curates/produces the C. Douglas Stephens Infusion Series in NYC for new plays. Ms. Duricko has helped to develop, produce, and/or direct hundreds of new plays by some of the country’s most outstanding playwrights including premieres by Tennessee Williams, Craig Lucas, Lanford Wilson, Arlitia Jones, John Yearley, Craig Pospisil and many others. She has received Drama Critic Awards for outstanding direction, a Cervantes Grant, a Meredith Harless Visiting Artist Endowment, The Harper Service Award, and is the recipient of the Tennessee Williams Award for Outstanding Contributions Preserving, Promoting and Perpetuating the Work of Mr. Williams. Ms. Duricko is on the national advisory boards for several writer festivals in the USA and Europe. She is a member of Minneapolis Playwright Center and a reader for them, for Blue Roses, Circle East, Inge Festival, other theatre companies across the USA. In Europe for the past several years, she has taught classes for directors, coached professional actors, read new plays and is an advisor for a major theatre company in Cork, Ireland.  Most importantly, Erma is the grandma of Onofria Violet.

Featured Artist Laura GardnerLaura Gardner is delighted to return for her eleventh Conference with her husband, Frank Collison. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress by the LA Weekly for her performance in Fighting Words, which opened at the Celtic Arts Center in Los Angeles and then transferred to the Millennium Center in Wales. She was also nominated for an ADA Best Actress for Idle Wheels at The Road Theatre, by Alaska writer/actor James Morrison. Laura appeared on Broadway in Smile. Her Off-Broadway credits include The Cocktail Hour with Nancy Marchand and Bruce Davison, Other People’s Money, and Welded, directed by Jose Quintero. She toured nationally with Showboat, Doonesbury, Oliver, and My Fair Lady. Her extensive regional credits include the Arena Stage, Huntington Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, McCarter Theatre, and the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. LA credits include The Road Theatre, The Rogue Machine, Pasadena Playhouse, Will Geer Botanicum, Westwood Playhouse, Greenway Court, Tiffany Theatre, Fountain Theatre, Deaf West, Road Theatre Company and Sacred Fools. Some of her TV and film credits include Outcast, Doubt, Scandal, Fresh Off the Boat, Secrets and LiesCriminal MindsCastle, Law and Order LA, Torchwood, The Forgotten, Crash, ER, Close to Home, and The West Wing. You may have seen Laura and Frank recurring on the NBC hit My Name is Earl. Laura also shot the pilot Shredd, as Jason Lee’s rather wacky mother. Laura trained at Boston University, Rutgers, and HB Studio, where she studied with Uta Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld, and Ken McMillan. She has been on the faculty of The Howard Fine Acting Studio, known as one of the best professional acting schools in LA, and in Australia for over 18 years. She is a frequent guest teacher in New Mexico and teaches her ‘Authenticity Workshop’ across the country.  Laura resides in Los Angeles with Frank and their two large puppies. www.lauragardner.org

Featured Artist Michael HaneyOriginally from Kansas City, Michael Evan Haney is celebrating his 43nd year in professional theatre during which time he has acted and directed more than 150 productions including staging Around the World in 80 Days Off-Broadway for The Irish Repertory Theatre and appearing in Elie Wiesel’s Zalmen on Broadway, and the first American production of Nicholas Nickleby. He has been an Associate Artistic Director and Artist for The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for fifteen years where he has directed the award winning productions of Speaking in Tongues, The Clean House, Blackbird, The Syringa Tree, Love Song, As You Like It, Crime & Punishment, Speaking In Tongues and the world premieres of The History of Invulnerability (a play about Superman and the Holocaust), Hiding Behind Comets, and A Delicate Ship. His production of A Christmas Carol has been bringing the spirit of the Holidays to Ohio for over twenty years. Michael’s regional directing credits include Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Westport Country Playhouse and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Internationally, Mr. Haney has directed shows at the English Theatres of Vienna and Frankfurt, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He resides in Minnesota with his wife Amy Warner. They recently finished shooting the movie Carol, with Cate Blanchett and Kyle Chandler, playing their parents.

Featured Artist Arthur M. JollyArthur M. Jolly and his rather dubious mustache are back at the Conference for a sixth straight year – his second as a featured artist. In 2013, his play A Gulag Mouse, produced by Tosspot Productions, was an evening performance. In 2016, Sacred Fools Theatre Company produced it in Los Angeles, where it was seen by producer Vanessa Pantley & Director Simon Fink, who bought the screen rights and hired Jolly to write the screenplay. The film was shot on a soundstage in Los Angeles and on location in California and Oregon and is currently in post-production. Productions since last year’s bio include the full length plays The Ithaca Ladies Read Medea (Little Fish)Long Joan Silver (Loft Ensemble), A Gulag Mouse (University of Northern Iowa), and Trash (Defiance College), and the short play Childish Things (Stella Adler Theatre/Short+Sweet Hollywood) starring Confernece favorite Frank Collison; and then also performed in Chicago, courtesy of Midnight Summit Ensemble, which is like all LFTC alums. Childish Things will be published in the Applause Books Series The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, and is scheduled to be produced as a short film in 2017. Other published plays include A Gulag Mouse, Trash, Past Curfew, The Christmas PrincessThe Four Senses of Love, What the Well Dressed Girl is Wearing, Bath Time is Fun Time and two collections of one acts Thin Lines and Guilty Moments. Jolly is two-time Joining Sword and Pen winner, a finalist for the inaugural Woodward/Newman Drama Award, and was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.  He is a member of the WGA, The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and The Dramatists Guild; repped by Brant Rose Agency. More at www.arthurjolly.com

Featured Artist Arlitia JonesArlitia Jones is a poet, playwright, and co-founder of TossPot Productions in Anchorage, Alaska. Her short play Tornado was chosen winner in the 38th Samuel French OOB Short Play Festival and 2014 National Award Winner Summer Shorts Festival with City Theatre, Miami, Florida. Come to me, Leopards received a workshop production in 2013 at Cyrano’s Theatre.   Rush at Everlasting premiered at Perseverance Theatre in 2014. Jones received a 2014 Individual Artists Fellowship from the Rasmuson Foundation. She is an alumna of the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Playwrights’ Group. Her latest play Summerland received a workshop production from Seattle Repertory Theatre in the New Play Festival last October and its world premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in 2017. She is a resident alumna at Hedgebrook and Djerassi Resident Artists Program for 2014. She participated as an emerging playwright in the 2013 Director’s Lab at Lincoln Center. Her volume of poetry The Bandsaw Riots won the Dorothy Brunsman Award for Poetry from Bear Star Press, Cohasset, California, in 2001. Jones recently finished a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol commissioned by Perseverance Theatre for their 2014/2015 and 2016 season. She is currently serving as deputy mayor of Jonestown, located in the Bear Paw Camper Park, so please stop by and introduce yourself, the tea might still be hot. Member of Blue Roses Productions and the Dramatists’ Guild of America. www.arlitia.com

Featured Artist Carol LaursenCarol Laursen is a Jack of all trades, synthesizer of some. During her undergraduate days at Reed College she engaged in parallel play with science by day and theater by night. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Math and Biology, she went on to earn her MFA in Acting from Ohio University’s Professional Actor Training Program. Always intrigued with the deeper mechanics of body and voice used in the service of expressive arts, she has attended a number of summer intensive trainings including two seven-week sessions of The Actor’s Space, taught by Linda Putnam, Stephen Wangh and Marc Samuels who had been students of Jerzy Grotowski while he taught at NYU, Acapella Motion run by some of the originators of contact improvisation, and Canada’s National Voice Intensive under the direction of David Smukler. She was managing director of Foolscap Theatre and School in Western Massachusetts until she was lured back to her native Ohio for the fulfilling experience of marriage and parenting. While there she completed 500 hours of Yoga teacher training in the Satyananda tradition and taught at an Ohio yoga center for several years. She also built a career at University Hospitals of Cleveland studying chromosomes of cancer patients, acted in or directed a dozen projects, and saw her first script, Illuminated Lizard, produced at Ensemble Theater and Cleveland Public Theatre. She is also a student at San Francisco Zen Center where she attends meditation retreats on a regular basis.

Featured Artist Rob LecroneRob Lecrone is a former Alaskan who has been living in Los Angeles since 2012. He began appearing on the Anchorage stages in the late nineties. His first two appearances at Cyrano’s Off Center Playhouse in downtown Anchorage weren’t as an actor, but as a writer, presenting his short stories in two solo shows in 1994 and 1995. You can find one of those stories, “The Headed and the Gutted,” in North of Eden: An Anthology of Alaskan Writings. In 1998, he got his first paycheck as an actor while appearing at Cyrano’s as Jack Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest. Some of his favorite roles in Alaskan productions include Septimus Hodge in Arcadia, Crumpet in Santaland Diaries, Watson in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, and Bile in Dawson Moore’s Bile in the Afterlife. He also appeared for a year and a half as the male lead in The Whale Fat Follies, where he had numerous quick changes and sang and danced as a baker’s dozen of characters, including a vegetarian wolf, Elvis, Richard Simmons, a Brokeback Pirate, and many others. He was an Alaska resident for 32 years and participated in the cleanup of the Prince William Sound following the Exxon Valdez oil spill. In Los Angeles, Rob is a member of Sacred Fools Theatre Company where he has appeared in Arthur M. Jolly’s A Gulag Mouse, as well as in numerous roles and episodes of the weekly wonder that is Serial Killers, Sacred Fools’ competitive episodic late-night theatre. Sacred Fools also selected his five-page script Two Visits for inclusion in their experimental theatre piece, The Box: Los Angeles. As a volunteer through Laughter for a Change, he is a member of an improv group that performs once-a-month for patients and parents at Children’s Hospital LA. Rob has studied extensively at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in LA, with both Howard Fine and Laura Gardner. He also studies improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Last summer, he took a course in Hagen Teacher Training at HB Studio in New York. He is pleased to be able to occasionally teach in Alaska, and has taught through TBA Summer Academy, the Anchorage Community Theatre, and, most recently, Midnight Sun Performing Arts. He has also taught drama as a substitute in the Anchorage School District. Rob is excited to be back coaching in the Monologue Workshop with Laura Gardner and Frank Collison, to be reprising his role as host of the conference’s late-night Fringe, and to be part of the team bringing Julia Lederer’s With Love and a Major Organ to the Conference mainstage.

Featured Artist Padraic LillisPadraic Lillis is the founding Artistic Director of The Farm Theater. The Farm Theater’s name inspired by the ‘farm’ system of baseball cultivates early career artists through workshops, productions, and artists. The Farm Theater’s College Collaboration Project, which annually commissions an early career playwright to develop a play with three college partners over an academic year, was featured in American Theatre Magazine in May 2016. Padraic is a director, writer, and educator. He has been awarded the NY IT Award for Outstanding Director for Lindsay Joy’s Rise and Fall of a Teenage Cyberqueen, Overall Excellence in Directing Award from NY International Fringe Festival for Lee Kaplan’s Bully, Outstanding Director at Planet Connection Theatre Festivity for Valerie David’s The Pink Hulk, and Planet Advocate and Best Solo Show for his solo show on suicide awareness, Hope You Get To Eleven or What are we going to do about Sally? His plays have been produced nationwide and are published with Dramatists Plays Services and Indie Theater Now. He is a member of the Indie Theater Hall of Fame. His film Hand Over Hand, which he wrote and directed, was awarded Best Short Film at the Milan International Film Festival. He was awarded the Dayton Hudson Distinguished Artist Fellowship to be in residence at Carlton College. Padraic taught with NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing, is a member of The Labyrinth Theater Company and a lifelong Yankee fan.

Featured Artist Debrianna MansiniDebrianna Mansini has trained with such greats as Kim Stanley, Jose Quintero, Edward Albee and Alan Arkin. She has worked Off- Broadway in New York City at the Soho Rep. Her most recent stage appearances have been as a company member with the For Giving Ensemble in Santa Fe, New Mexico, directed by Janet Davidson: Almost, Maine; Patty in Kimberly Akimbo; Margie in the New Mexico premiere of Good People, which toured to Albuquerque; Motherhood Out Loud; Love Loss and What I Wore (touring New Mexico and Colorado); Dana in Imagining Brad; Catherine in Rapture, Blister, Burn; and last year in the acclaimed production of Country House. Ms. Mansini also starred in Ron Bloomberg’s original one-acts Seriously Funny. Her solo show The Meatball Chronicles debuted in May of 2016 and is currently touring the US. Ms. Mansini has had supporting roles on numerous television movies and mini-series including recurring roles in ABC Family’s The Lying Game as well as in the hit series Better Call Saul. She has also worked on numerous TV series including guest roles on The Lost Room; Longmire; Breaking Bad; Wild Fire; and In Plain Sight. Her film credits include Hell or High Water and Crazy Heart, both opposite Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges; The War Boys; The Burning Plain; and the Sundance selection Drunktown’s Finest. Ms. Mansini plays the role of Georgia O’Keeffe in the upcoming PBS film Awakening in Taos.

Featured Artist Shane MitchellShane Mitchell is the founding Artistic Director of TBA Theatre in Anchorage, and is among Alaska’s most prolific actors, playwrights, and directors. After earning his Master’s Degree in Theater Communication from Wichita State University, he immediately went to work at Wichita Summer Rep, and since that time has worked for many theater companies across the nation. He is the author of over 50 plays that are frequently produced all over the world. His published works include Jolly Roger, King of the Pirates, The Enchanted Pajamas, and Half a King Is Better Than None, all intended for young audiences. His commissioned works include The Courtship of Zach and Ada for the Alaska Humanities Forum and Cyrano’s Theater, Omega for the International Polar Year, the five play Understanding Cycle for The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, as well as works for The Anchorage Ballet, The Anchorage Symphony, Anchorage Community Theater, The Anchorage School District, and several others. The Death or Edgar Allan Poe is perennially produced at the Poe museum in Richmond Virginia. His play The Resurrection Of Humpty Dumpty was a part of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, and four of his plays have been performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2000, he was selected as an American representative to the Olympic Arts Festival, in celebration of the games in Sydney, Australia, where his collaborative production was named Best of The Festival. Proud of his Celtic heritage, his plays are often set in or reflect the culture of Scotland and Ireland and his original work The Daemon of Darby Castle resides as part of the collection at Leap Castle in Coolderry Ireland. He has been honored with two Patricia Neil Acting Awards, the Jerry Harper Service Award, The UAA Alumnus of Distinction Award, and was named by the readers of the Anchorage Press as Anchorage’s Best Actor in 2015. Shane is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Conference Coordinator Dawson MooreDawson Moore is a playwright, director, teacher, and actor. He works for Prince William Sound College, for whom he has coordinated the play development-focused Last Frontier Theatre Conference since 2003. He began writing plays in 1994, developing the plays The Making of Eye Contact, Domestic Companion, and Sand & Granite On Liberty at UAA. Since then, his plays have been produced in Off-Broadway, across the country, and internationally in Canada, Italy, and Namibia. He has won national playwriting awards for his short comedies In a Red Sea The Peach, Burning, The Bus, Bile in the Afterlife, and Domestic Companion. Six Dead Bodies Duct-Taped to a Merry-Go-Round, which he co-wrote with Lindsay Marianna Walker, is included in Applause Books’ The Best American Short Plays 2010-2011, and has been turned into a short film by Kevin T. Bennett. The companies who have staged his work include TBA Theatre, Kokopelli Theatre Company, Theatre Artists Conspiracy, Three Wise Monkeys, Unidentified Theatre Company, Reston Community Players, Impact Theatre, Bellingham Theatre Guild, UAA Theatre & Dance, Circle East, Fairbanks Drama Association, Eccentric Theatre Company, Bradley University, Prince William Sound Community College, Eureka Theatre Company, Expanded Arts Theatre, 78th Street Studio Theatre, Las Positas College, Theatro del Naville, Isis Arts Collective, Nearly Stellar Entertainment, Love Creek Productions, Playwrights Center of San Francisco, Venue 9, TOAST, the Rough Theatre Company, Two Spoons Theatre Company, Northwest Playwrights Alliance, Theatre Limina, Alleyway Theatre, Java Theatre, the University of Idaho, and the Mid-America Theatre Conference, among others. His other plays include LibidOFF; Happy Loving Couples are a Thing of the Past; Alyson and the Great Bagel Mistake; The Fears of Harold Shivvers; Living with the Savage; Oh, Nancy!; Secret Stuffing; Laundry Day; Love’s Lumberings Remembered; Skid Marks; The Tie; and The War of Virginia and Alabama. He has also served as a play respondent and/and or teacher for the Playwrights Showcase of the Western Region, the William Inge Theatre Festival, the Playwrights Center of San Francisco, the Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival, and for the Blaine Quarnstrom Playwright’s Series at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is a member of the Anchorage-based theatre company Three Wise Moose, who produce new works by Alaska’s playwrights, including the Alaska Overnighters, which to date has produced 251 new plays by 64 different writers. He is on-line at www.dawsonmoore.com.

Featured Aritst Teresa K. PondTeresa K. Pond was thrilled to return to Anchorage in 2016 as Cyrano’s Theatre Company’s Producing Artistic Director. Born and raised in the Anchorage theater scene (her first show was at Grant Hall Theatre when she was 10 weeks old!), Teresa has performed, directed, and produced theatre of all styles and sensibilities in Anchorage throughout her career. After her BFA in Communications at Chapman University, she served Executive Director of Anchorage Community Theatre for several years in the 90s. After receiving her MFA in Directing from UC-Irvine, she moved to New York City where she has directed professionally Off-Broadway, across the country regionally, and internationally. She has worked Off-Broadway with Women’s Project Theatre, New York Classical Theatre, and Vital Theatre Company; also directed and produced with NewShow theatre development, NY Fringe Festival, and numerous theaters regionally over the past 15 years. She spent two seasons as Producing Artistic Director of a professional summer theatre in Pennsylvania (Millbrook Playhouse). She has served on arts councils, development groups, and other committee associations; locally, she has directed with organizations such as Perseverance Theatre (Peter and the Starcatcher), Cyrano’s Theatre, ACT, ATY, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Dance Theatre, Out North Theatre, and collaborated with UAA Department of Theatre with several other organizations, non-profit and charitable groups in a variety of roles. Teresa is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Society (SDC).

Tanya Taylor Rubinstein is the founder and CEO of The Global School of Story, a training program for professional story and creativity coaches. She is considered one of the world’s foremost solo performance experts and has coached and directed over one hundred one person shows over the last twenty years. These shows have been performed in venues including Second Stage Theater (NYC), Stage Left (NYC), Writers Guild Theater (Los Angeles), New York Fringe, Toronto Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, as well as the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where Tanya is based. Tanya has utilized the solo performance process for professional performers as well as created a transformational writing and performance process for those dealing with issues of transition, illness and loss. Her book based on this work, The Cancer Monologue Project, was featured in “O” Oprah Magazine, on NPR, in Backstage, on the CBS Early Show and in other national media. It was endorsed by such luminaries as Marianne Williamson, (the late) Spalding Gray, Dr. Bernie Siegel and Rachel Naomi Remen. Tanya has taught “Storytelling for an Emerging World” and “Solo Performance 101” at conferences including The Bioneers, Bird by Bird and Beyond with Anne Lamott and Black Mesa Writer’s Conference with Julia Cameron and Natalie Goldberg. She is the director of Debrianna Mansini’s one-woman show, The Meatball Chronicles, appearing at the Conference this year.

Featured Artist Warren WeinsteinBorn and raised in Anchorage, Warren Weinstein has been active in the local theater community since the early 1990s, performing in ACT’s A Christmas Carol, Inherit the Wind, and Fiddler on the Roof, and in Anchorage Opera’s Carmen. He took a break from theater to complete his degree in History, travel through Europe, and enjoy the Alaskan outdoors. Warren returned to the stage as a member of Scared Scriptless Improv in 2005, where he fell in love with improvised theater, specifically improvised comedy. Since then he has performed in over 300 improvised performances across Alaska, and performed improv comedy in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He has trained and performed with instructors from Improv Olympic, Annoyance Theater, and Upright Citizens Brigade. He has served as the Artistic Director, Education Director, and eventually owner of Scared Scriptless, teaching both adults and youths the skills of Improv, and directing numerous improvised performances. Recently Warren has returned to scripted theater to complement his work in improv. He performed and directed in the last two Overnighters productions with TBA Theater, as well as performing in TBA’s The Burning and The Wizard of Oz, and performing in Cyrano’s productions of One Hundred Years of Anchorage – Week 8 and The Good Times are Killing Me. Warren is proud and honored to be reading and teaching improv at the Last Frontier Theater conference.

Featured Artist Jayne WengerJayne Wenger is a director and dramaturg whose exclusive focus is on original material. She has developed the emerging work of acclaimed playwrights, composers and choreographers nationwide and her work has been recognized with numerous awards. She is the past Artistic Director of Bay Area Playwrights Foundation and Women’s Ensemble in New York. Currently she is the Director of Creative Process for the BAPF. Current projects include Blues is a Woman by Pamela Rose (bluesisawomen.com) a touring theatrical music concert celebrating blues singers from Ma Rainey to Bonnie Raitt, The Unreliable Bestiary (unreliablebestiary.org) an ongoing project by Deke Weaver, and The Dyke And The Porn Star by Bayla Travis. Selected recent collaborations include Michelle Carter’s Rose In America; The Lariat, a new opera by Lisa Scola Prosek, LOVEBIRDS by Marga Gomez and Men Think They Are Better Than Grass with the Deborah Slater Dance Theater. She has had the privilege of working with many talented Alaska theater makers, directing Arlitia Jones Comes To Me Leopards as well as dramaturging her Make Good The Fires and Rush At Everlasting, and working with Schatzie Schaefers, Sandy Harper, and Anne Hanley, to name a few. She was the original director and dramaturg for The Winter Bear Project an on-going performing arts and social outreach initiative focused on teen suicide in rural Native Alaskan communities. She is an alumna of Djerassi Resident Artist Program; a guest artist and advisory board member for The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, and has taught at ArtWorkshop International in Assisi, Italy, and San Francisco State University. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and the League of Professional Theater Women.

Featured Artist Carrie YanagawaA Last Frontier Theatre Conference family member for over a decade, Carrie Yanagawa is pleased to return to beautiful Valdez as director of the Ten-Minute Play Slam. An Anchorage-based director, scenic designer, and painter, she currently serves as the resident scenic charge artist for the Anchorage Opera and is a proud company member of Anchorage’s critically-acclaimed TossPot Productions. Selected recent directing credits for new plays include Kevin Armento’s Good Men Wanted (TossPot Productions); the Conference Ten-Minute Play Slam (2014-present); portions of Fourplay: Four Short Plays by Alaskans (Three Wise Moose); and a many short plays for The Alaska Overnighters. Selected recent scenic design credits include: The Mikado; Aklaq and Nayak (An Alaska Native adaptation of Hansel and Gretel designed to tour to young audiences in rural Alaskan villages); Mozart and Salieri; The Impresario; La cambiale di matrimonio (Anchorage Opera); Good Men Wanted; Arthur M. Jolly’s A Gulag Mouse (TossPot Productions); Hedda Gabler; and Arlitia Jones’ Come to Me, Leopards (Cyrano’s Theatre Company). Selected recent regional scenic painting credits include productions with Juneau’s Perseverance Theatre, Bermuda’s Earl Cameron Theatre, and London’s National Theatre.

List is subject to change. Other artists will be added, and others may drop off if schedule conflicts arise.