Meet the Creative Team of HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING
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Amanda Keating is a writer from Western Mass pursuing her MFA from the Iowa Playwrights' Workshop. Plays include WITH FELLOWSHIP (EST/Sloan Commission, O'Neill Finalist), TEACH/TEACH (Leah Ryan Honorable Mention), RETREAT (Ensemble Studio Theatre), adaptations of TARTUFFE and MISS JULIE (Two Headed Rep), and others. She is a former EST/Youngblood member and the Literary Manager of Two Headed Rep. Her play HOW CAN I KEEP FROM SINGING is part of New Play Festival 2021.

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Molly Clifford is a NY-based new play director, old play adaptor ,and Co-Artistic Director of Two Headed Rep. Alumna: National Theater Institute, Connecticut College. Upcoming: Polylogues (Colt Coeur).

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Dramaturg | MEG MECHELKE

Meg Mechelke is a second-year undergrad at the University of Iowa studying theatre arts and English. Her previous credits with the department include Ten-Minute Play Festival 2021, Skeleton Closet, Losing Faith, and Essential Workers: A Portrait. 

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Iowa New Play Festival is Taylor’s fourth production at University of Iowa, previously working on 6 by 6, Dance Gala, and An Unsettled Body. Taylor is a recent transplant from Omaha, NE, navigating her first year in the MFA Stage Management program. She has worked as an independently contracted stage and company manager for the past 13 years for productions ranging from opera, dance, plays, musicals, and symphonies. Proud member of IATSE Local 42.