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Judges

Martha Lavey is an ensemble member and the Artistic Director of Steppenwolf Theatre. Under her leadership playwright Tracy Letts and several Steppenwolf Company members recently won Tony Awards for August: Osage County. Martha has appeared at Steppenwolf in Love-Lies-Bleeding, Lost Land, I Never Sang for My Father, The House of Lily, Valparaiso, The Memory of Water, The Designated Mourner, Supple in Combat, Time of My Life, A Clockwork Orange, Talking Heads, SLAVS!, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Ghost in the Machine, A Summer Remembered, Love Letters, Aunt Dan and Lemon and Savages. Elsewhere in Chicago she has performed at the Goodman, Victory Gardens, Northlight and Remains theaters, and in New York at the Women's Project and Productions. She has served on grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and the City Arts panel of Chicago. Lavey holds a doctorate in Performance Studies from Northwestern University and is a member of the National Advisory Council for the School of Communication at Northwestern and a board member of TCG. She is a recipient of the Sarah Siddons Award and an Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University. Steppenwolf Theatre: http://www.steppenwolf.org/boxoffice/

Timothy Bond is Artistic Director, Syracuse Stage and faculty at Syracuse University, NY. From 1996 to 2007, Bond has served as Associate Artistic Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, Oregon, where he directed The Piano Lesson, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Tongue of a Bird, Les Blancs, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Raisin in the Sun, Topdog/Underdog, and many others. He has also directed at the Arena in Washington DC; Milwaukee Repertory Theater; Arizona Theatre Company; Indiana Repertory Theatre; The Julliard School; The Empty Space Theatre and A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle; Honolulu Theatre for Youth; and over 20 productions at Seattle Group Theatre, where he served as Artistic Director and director of the Multicultural Playwrights' Festival. Tim also served as advisor and National Judge for the 2004 Earth Matters On Stage.
Syracuse Stage: http://www.syracusestage.org/  

José Cruz González, Professor of playwriting and directing at California State University Los Angeles,  was named a 2006 Outstanding Professor. His youth and adult plays have been produced by numerous theatres including the Mark Taper Forum, Denver Theatre Center, Teatro Visíon, Childsplay, Metro Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Cornerstone, and Childsplay.  He was awarded a 2004 TCG/Pew National Theatre Residency grant, and a 1997 NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights.  He has written for PAZ, the Emmy Award nominated television series produced by Discovery Kids for The Learning Channel.  He created and ran South Coast Repertory’s Hispanic Playwrights Project 1986-1996.  He is Associate Artist with Cornerstone Theater (CA), and Playwright in Residence with Childsplay (AZ). José Cruz González also served on the panel of National Judges for the 2004 Earth Matters On Stage, and was resident dramaturg for the Festival. Link to Cal State LA Theatre and Dance: http://www.calstatela.edu/dept/theatre_dance/  

 Diane Glancy, poet and playwright, has written numerous works across a wide range of genres, including Brown Wolf Leaves the Res and Other Poems (1984); Claiming Breath (1992); Pushing the Bear: A Novel of the Trail of Tears (1996); War Cries, a collection of one- and two-act plays (1997); and The West Pole, a series of vignettes (1997); The Mask Maker: A Novel (2002); American Gypsy: Six Native American Plays (2002). Through her writing, Glancy seeks to recover and preserve her "displaced part-Indian, part-white, mixed-message heritage." She has won the Autry's Native Voices Award, the American Book Award, and the Native American Prose Award. Diane Glancy received her Master's degree from Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma and her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City. She is currently Assistant Professor in the English Department at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she teaches courses in creative writing and Native Literature. http://www.macalester.edu/~glancy/ 

 Olga Sanchez, Miracle Mainstage Director, Teatro Milagro, Portland, OR. A graduate of Hunter College, CUNY, her directorial work has been seen in Portland, Seattle, NYC, Martha's Vineyard, Peru, Venezuela and Cuba. She served as Co-Artistic Director of the People's Playhouse in New York City, Artistic Director of Seattle Teatro Latino, is a member of the Seattle based Los Norteñwriters group, and a founder of La Casa de Artes, a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the beauty of Latino arts and cultural heritage. In 2005, she received a Portland Drama Critics' DRAMMY award for Excellence in Direction for Miracle's production of Lorca in a Green Dress by Nilo Cruz.
Teatro Milagro/Miracle Theatre Group: http://www.milagro.org/

David Diamond  is a co-founder and then Artistic and Managing Director of Headlines Theatre, Vancouver BC. Diamond has directed over 400 community specific theatre projects on issues such as racism, gender roles, violence, addiction, self-esteem, First Nations' Residential Schools, globalization, language reclamation and others. An internationally recognized teacher and director, Diamond has been involved in the writing and/or directing of all of Headlines' main stage plays, including NO` XYA` (Our Footprints), Out of the Silence, Mamu, Here and Now, Meth; and the Legislative Theatre project, Practicing Democracy. His book, Theatre for Living, the Art and Science of Community-Based Dialogue, shares Diamond's insights and observations about communities as living organisms. which can experience illness, with symptoms like violence and abuse and conversely, a capability of movement toward wellness. Headlines Theatre: http://www.headlinestheatre.com/

Marie Clements is an award-winning performer, playwright, screenwriter, director, producer and founding artistic director of urban ink productions and fathom labs highway. Her ten plays including Copper Thunderbird, Burning Vision, The Unnatural and Accidental Women, and Urban Tattoo have been presented on some of the most prestigious stages for Canadian and international work including the Festival de Theatre des Ameriques (Urban Tattoo 2001, Burning Vision 2003) in Montreal, and The Magnetic North Festival (Burning Vision 2003 and Copper Thunderbird 2007) in Ottawa, and have garnered awards including 2004 Canada-Japan Award, short listed for the 2004 Governor General's Literary Award, Jessie Richardson Awards and a Jack Webster Journalism nomination. As writer and producer her full- length play Copper Thunderbird premiered as a co-production with The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, May 2007 and at The Magnetic North Festival 2007. http://www.marieclements.ca/