8 x 10 Playwright Information

Playwright Bios

Philip Dawkins

Philip Dawkins is a Chicago playwright whose plays have been produced all over the country and the world. His critically acclaimed works include Charm (Northlight Theatre),  Le Switch (About Face Theater, The Jungle) and Miss Marx: Or The Involuntary Side Effect of Living (Strawdog Theatre), which won the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best New Work, as well as The Homosexuals (About Face Theater) and Failure: A Love Story (Victory Gardens Theater), both of which received Joseph Jefferson Nominations for New Work. This fall, he will be performing in the world premier of his one man play, The Happiest Place on Earth, at the Greenhouse Theater Center (co-production with Sideshow Theatre Company).  Look for his musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches (with composer, David Mallamud) at Children’s Theater Company in Minneapolis next winter. Philip teaches playwriting at Northwestern University, Loyola University Chicago, his alma mater, and through the Victory Gardens ACCESS Program for writers with disabilities. Most of his plays, including his plays for young performers, are available through Playscripts, Inc. and Dramatic Publishing.

Eric Coble

Eric Coble’s plays include “The Velocity of Autumn” (Broadway), “Bright Ideas”, “My Barking Dog”, “Fairfield”, “A Girl’s Guide to Coffee”, and “The Giver” 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, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Denver Center Theatre Company,  Arena Stage, Cleveland Play House, South Coast Repertory, and The Contemporary American Theatre Festival.  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, the Cleveland Arts Prize, and two Cuyahoga Arts and Culture Fellowships. Visit www.ericcoble.com for more madness.

KC Matthews

KC Matthews is a Chicago area actor/coach/playwright. He has been acting for about 10 years now, starting here in South Bend, where he ‘caught the acting bug’ after being casted in SBCT’s production of “Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge”. As of late, he has done primarily film work, which includes being an extra on Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Betrayal, Sirens and Shameless. He just finished filming his first short film, in which he wrote, directed and acted in, titled “Sweet Dreams”, which you’ll be able to see in the next month or so on YouTube. This is the first of several short films he will be producing under his “Smoking Angel Productions” film company. He has a full feature script in the works that is planning on being filmed in the South Bend area in the Summer/Fall of 2017. He is an acting coach/teacher, under his own independant company, “The Acting Warriors”. He does personal coaching as well as teachings in a classroom setting. “8×10” was done 3 years ago at The Acting Ensemble, which was received very well. The plan then was to produce it each year with new plays, but with the moving to Chicago, time and money, it was pushed back a bit. But he is so happy to be bringing this unique play watching experience back to South Bend and The Acting Ensemble.


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