Sacramento Voices – New Works Play Festival

We’re thrilled to announce our finalists for our Sacramento Voices – New Works Play Festival, of the 10 finalists, at least one will be commissioned to move forward and be developed into a full length play with a World Premiere production at the Sacramento Theatre Company.

All scripts will be read live by professional actors, either in a live environment at STC or virtually in early March.

Please follow our social media channels to learn more about each of the writers over the course of the next several months. We’ll learn about their process, their challenges, their breakthroughs, their discoveries and so much more.

And here they are…

Todd Duda, After the Melting Pot – a professional drummer who has opened for such greats as Willie Nelson, George Straight and Gregg Allman.

Mike DiSalvo, The Statement – his play, Trophy Room, was given a two-week workshop and staged reading by the Redhouse Theatre in Syracuse, NY last year.

Jesse Janzen, Black Comedy – has produced several original plays and was nominated for “Best Playwright” during the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival for his play Aperture.

Taryn Cagley, Message Sent 1915…Seen 2020 –  received an Elly Nomination for her portrayal of Gwendolyn in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest several years ago, and is now honing her skills at writing.

Carmel Suchard, Why Do We Hurt (The People We Love) –  is a recent UC Berkeley graduate who has studied theatre all her life. She plans to be a Broadway company manager.

Stephen Miller, Coyotes – is a fulltime student in the Theater and Dance Dept. at UC Davis. This is Stephen’s first play.

William Myers, And the Sky is Gray – is a US Navy veteran, with a science background. William is an avid writer and talented sound engineer.

Kaiden Zaldumbide, Feel The Bern – a young Latinx, genderqueer artist, actor, and rising playwright. They are currently a third-year student and UC Davis majoring in Theater and Dance and Studio Art.

Leah Finity, Painted Red – has been performing on stage for two decades, and in 2019 she decided to start writing the kind of juicy female roles that she’d want to play. She produced an original work last year and is preparing to take it to the Hollywood Fringe Festival next year.

Tana Colburn, Mary’s Song – is an Elly nominated writer who has been involved with Folsom’s FreeFall Stage for several years as a director, writer, actor and board member.  

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