Iowa New Play Festival Guest Artists

Since its inception in the 1970s, the Iowa New Play Festival has brought guest artists to campus to meet with students. Festival special guests attend all performances and give feedback to the creative team for each show, especially the playwright. The feedback is given in roundtable discussions following each reading and on the morning after each production or workshop. These roundtables help the playwright and his or her collaborators see their work in a professional context.

All Iowa New Play Festival 2021 guest artists will participate virtually.

Meet the Guest Artists of Iowa New Play Festival
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BETH BLICKERS - Agent at Agency for the Performing Arts

Beth Blickers is an agent at APA, where she represents artists who work in theatre, television and film. Beth has served on the jury panel for the Weissberger Award, the Ed Kleban Award, the Lark’s PONY Fellowship and Playwrights Week and facilitated industry related workshops and panels for organizations around the country.  She is the Past President of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and is the Board Chair Emeritus of Theatre Breaking Through Barriers. Photo by Joey Stocks.

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KIA CORTHRON - Playwright, Screenwriter, Novelist

Kia Corthron’s Tempestuous Elements will be produced by Arena Stage in 2022. Other plays premiered in New York: Playwrights Horizons, NYTW, Atlantic, MTC; regionally: Yale Rep, Goodman, Taper, ATL/Humana, Center Stage, Hartford Stage, Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakes; London: Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse; and elsewhere. For her body of work: Windham Campbell Prize, USA Jane Addams Fellowship, Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, McKnight National Residency, Dramatists Guild Flora Roberts Award. Dramatists Guild Council member, New Dramatists alumnus.

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CATHERINE FILLOUX - Playwright; Librettist; Co-founder Theatre Without Borders

Catherine Filloux is an award-winning playwright who has been writing about human rights and social justice for over twenty-five years.  Her plays have been produced around the U.S. and internationally.  Catherine has been honored with the 2019 Barry Lopez Visiting Writer in Ethics and Community Fellowship; the 2017 Otto René Castillo Award for Political Theatre; and the 2015 Planet Activist Award.  Filloux is the librettist for four produced operas. She is the co-founder of Theatre Without Borders. Photo by Vandy Rattana.

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MARTINE KEI GREEN-ROGERS - Fellowship Associate at Playwrights' Center; Past President of LMDA

Martine Kei Green-Rogers is an Associate Professor at SUNY New Paltz, Past President of the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and the Fellowship Associate at the Playwrights’ Center. Her dramaturgical credits include: Radio Golf, Five Guys Named Moe, Blues for An Alabama Sky, Gem of the Ocean, Waiting for Godot, Iphigenia at Aulis, Seven GuitarsThe Mountaintop, Home, and Porgy and Bess at the Court Theatre;  Sweat at the Goodman; Hairspray, The Book of Will, Shakespeare in Love, UniSon, Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Comedy of ErrorsTo Kill A Mockingbird, The African Company Presents Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and Fences at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

LYNDE ROSARIO - Literary Manager at Denver Theatre Center

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CORI THOMAS - Playwright; Co-founder Pa's Hat Foundation

Cori Thomas Plays: LOCKDOWN; WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER; CITIZENS MARKET and more. Produced and developed at: Rattlestick Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Goodman Theater, New Dramatists, O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Sundance, MacDowell and more. Mellon Playwright in Residence at WP Theater. Screenplay for HBO Films and Tribeca Productions, and more. Co-author of Sara Kruzan's memoirs - April 2022 Knopf/Random House. Representation: Leah Hamos - The Gersh Agency, Kirsten Jacobson - Good Fear Content, Eve MacSweeney - Fletcher and Co.