Michele Aldin Kushner
Most recently, Michele’s play, RADIO GALAXY, took part in TRU Voices Play Reading series after which it was optioned by a commercial producer. Her play, UNFIT, was workshopped and presented as a reading at Rider University, NJ. Her play, ABDUCTED, was read at WorkShop Theatre Company September 2014 and The Barrow Group in April 2015. THE TEXT OF SEX, premiered in the New York International Fringe Festival 2014. In August 2014, the musical she wrote with composer/ lyricist, Keith Gordon, GIRL POWERS, was invited to the Santa Fe Musical Theatre Festival. Michele’s play, THE BABY GAME, is the recipient of Fulton Theater's Discovery Project New Play Contest 2012. In 2014 THE BABY GAME was a finalist for William Patterson University's New Jersey New Play Contest. Michele’s play, THE TEXT OF SEX, took part in Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series April 2012 and had a reading at Luna Stage Company, also in April of 2012. Michele’s play, THE TEXT OF SEX, took part in Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series April 2012 and had a reading at Luna Stage Company, also in April of 2012. THE TEXT OF SEX as workshopped with American Academy of Dramatic Arts’ New York Company in January 2012, and had a reading at the Soho Club, New York, November 2011. Her play, ADVANCED WOMEN, is the 2009 recipient of the Todd McNerney Playwriting Award from the College of Charleston. The College presented two public readings of the play at the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC. ADVANCED WOMEN, was invited to The Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlabs 2010, Omaha, NE, and presented there as a staged reading. As a finalist for the W. Keith Hedrick Playwriting Contest in October 2009, ADVANCED WOMEN was given a staged reading at HRC Showcase Theatre in Hudson, NY. In November 2008, ADVANCED WOMEN took part in the New Moon Reading Series at Luna Stage Company, NJ. Michele's historic murder mystery, 31 BOND, was originally commissioned by and produced at the Brooklyn Lyceum, NY, in 2002. In June 2007 31 BOND, was presented at the North American Actors Association Playreading Festival at the Soho Theatre, London, England. Michele’s dark comedy, THE PROGRAM, premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival 2007. Michele was named one of “three Fringe Festival playwrights to watch” in the Backstage article, “Breakout Talent – Writers on the Rise” after the critically acclaimed production of her play, DEAR AMERICA, took part in the New York International Fringe Festival 2006. With composer/lyricist, Keith Gordon, Michèle wrote an original musical, GIRL POWERS (book), which participated in Dixon Place’s Warning: Not For Broadway in November 2006. Her other plays have premiered as readings or workshops in New York, New Jersey and Los Angeles. Michele’s screenplay 11 MONTHS, is the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Award; her screenplay, THIS SWEET EARTH, was a finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival. Michèle is a current member of Passage Theatre's Playwrights Lab, Dramatists Guild, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and is an affiliated artist of New Georges and The Barrow Group; she is an alumna of the Women’s Project and Production’s Playwrights’ Lab. MFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Dramatic Writing Program.