Keith is a playwright and a screenwriter. Keith’s Great Migration play, The West End, is scheduled to premiere in 2021 at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. His play, The People Before the Park (about Seneca Village), is scheduled for a 2021 production at his alma-mater the University of Iowa. He was recently commissioned by the Apollo Theater in New York City to help curate their inaugural season at their new Victoria Theater. Keith's other plays include Safe House, Pitbulls, The Final Daze, Sugar and Needles, the Last Saint on Sugar Hill, among others. He's been produced Off-Broadway, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Aurora Theater in Berkeley, among others. He's the recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, Samuel French's Award for Impact and Activism in the Theater Community as well as National Black Theater's Teer Spirit Award. He is also the artistic director of The New Black Fest, a 10-year-old theater organization committed to fostering insurgent voices from the African Diaspora. His TV credits include P-Valley on Starz, Netflix's Outer Banks, ABC's For The People, The Good Fight on CBS, and he's currently developing TV projects with JJ Abrams' Bad Robot and Regina King’s Royal Ties with Netflix. He's also currently working on a feature film project with Gamechanger Films/Amazon.
Nathan's plays include: The Refuge Plays (Upcoming at McCarter Theatre), The High Ground (Upcoming at Arena Stage), Nat Turner in Jerusalem (New York Theatre Workshop; Stavis Playwright Award), Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (NNPN Rolling World Premiere; Steinberg/ATCA New Play Citation), and The Wind and the Breeze (Cygnet Theatre; Lorraine Hansberry Award). He received a Whiting Award in Drama in 2018.
Nathan is a Lecturer in Theater and Berlind Playwright-in-Residence at Princeton University. He is a graduate of Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program with an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the University of Illinois.
Deborah Zoe Laufer’s play, Leveling Up premiered at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park in 2013, directed by Associate Artist, Wendy Goldberg. It went on to productions at dozens of other theaters around the world, including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, it was on the 2019 Broadway Producer’s Pick List, and it won Best of Fringe at The Baltimore Fringe Festival. Deb’s Zoom adaptation is slated for several productions this year.
Her play Be Here Now, a Cincinnati Playhouse commission, was produced there in 2018. Other plays include Rooted, Informed Consent, Out of Sterno, The Last Schwartz, Sirens, Meta, The Three Sisters of Weehawken, Fortune, Miniatures, Random Acts, and her musicals — Window Treatment, and By Any Other Name, written with composer, Daniel Green.
Deb is a recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, the Lilly Award, The ATCA Steinberg citation, and grants and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Edgerton Foundation, The National New Play Network, The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Lincoln Center Foundation. She is a graduate of Juilliard, an alumna of the BMI Lehman Engel Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, and a Dramatists Guild council member. DEBORAHZOELAUFER.com