An in-house group of playwrights who meet monthly at MLT to workshop and collaborate on a variety of plays in development.
Shari D. Frost is a playwright and screenwriter on Boston’s North Shore.
Her plays include “Snowcaps,” “Bang for the Buck,” Hungry and Two Left(ist) Feet, One Last Dance. Her works have been produced at the Boston Theater Marathon, the Warner International Playwrights’ Festival, the New Works Festival, and Our Voices. Two Left(ist) Feet, One Last Dance was a national finalist for the Playwrights’ Center’s Core Apprentice Program. “Bang for the Buck” was a regional finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Shari’s short plays are published by Smith & Kraus.
Shari’s screenplays include Gap Year, Low and Outside, and #HallMonitors (a current work-in-progress). Low and Outside advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2015 Nichols Fellowships. Gap Year moved on to the second round of the Austin Film Festival and is currently optioned. Shari also spent a year as a reader for New Horizons Pictures.
Shari is a proud member of Proscenium Playwrights, and an Interim Writers Accomplice, two Boston-based playwright collectives. She is also the creator and producer of the TNT! – Totally New Theater Playwrights’ Collective and Festival.
Shari received her MFA in Creative Writing, with a concentration in Writing for Stage & Screen, from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, where she now also teaches. She is a member of the Dramatist Guild, the International Center for Women Playwrights, and Women in Film and Video: New England
Judith Black creates narratives that enable you to re-envision your world.
Her traditional and original stories have rocked laughing audiences to their feet. A creator and teller of tales for over 30 years, Judith’s stories wrestle with everything from familial dysfunction, to the search for spiritual connection, to the questionable joys of aging.
Her background in theater, early childhood development, political activism, and the the wryly observed life, inform her work. Recipient of the Oracle: Circle of Excellence, the most coveted award in storytelling, Judith has been featured on stages as far reaching as The Montreal Comedy Festival, The National Storytelling Festival, The Smithsonian Institution, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the National Art Museum in Cape Town, and NPR.
She has also won short form contests and the the first Massmouth big MOUTHOFF winner. She has created stories for the US Department of the Interior, NPR, The Mass. Foundation for the Humanities, and many others. Having joined TNT at it’s inception she is both thankful and ambitious about the possibilities of penning work that will live beyond the poken word. On the home front she is an organic gardener, leader of a peer mentoring organization; Bridging Lives, active in the Marblehead Harbor Rotary Club, sing with Calla Lilly, and is wife to Mike and mother to Solomon.
Anne began her acting and singing career at age five, and since then she has also been a university drama professor, director and playwright. She received a diploma from the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England after three years of study (alongside classmate Julian Fellowes) and also studied voice at The Royal College of Music. She has worked as an Equity actress in New York City and regional theatre productions. Anne has an MFA from Boston University in Theatre Education with an emphasis on Directing. She is now in her final semester towards an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis on Stage and Screen, at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
Over the past few years Anne has directed The Diary of Anne Frank, The Fantastiks, Side by Side by Sondheim, Jacques Brel is Alive and Living in Paris, and Kat(i)e and J(awh)n. She wrote and directed Richard Rodgers, The Sound of His Music, Irving Berlin Loves America, and Gershwin/Porter, Who Could Ask for Anything More for The Marblehead Little Theatre. She has worked to create a home theatre space for The Marblehead Little Theatre and is an original member of the Board of Trustees.
Anne has taught and directed at the high school and college level. She was a professor in the Theatre Department at Salem State University for ten years, where she also directed JB, The Women’s Theatre Project, The Fantastiks, and I Hate Hamlet. At the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA, she has written and directed Legacy of the Hanging Judge, Dearest Dove, and Spirits of the Gables, which have all been mounted every October for the last fourteen years. She directed All in the Timing, and acted in the opening production of Love Letters, for Salem Theatre Co.
Several of Anne’s plays have been performed in 10-Minute Play festivals. Her first full length play, Say the Name, based on the memoir of a Holocaust survivor, was used as a course text and staged at Harvard Divinity School during the Fall of 2013.