SHEILA CURRAN BERNARD: Writer.
SHEILA CURRAN BERNARD is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning writer, filmmaker, and consultant. In 2016 she was honored with a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in Playwriting/Screenwriting, as well as its Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award. Her credits include nearly 50 hours of broadcast and theatrical film programming, including the nonfiction series Eyes on the Prize and School: The Story of American Public Education; and the documentary feature Slavery by Another Name, which premiered at Sundance in 2012. Her stage plays include A Firefly in August (2015 Boston Theatre Marathon; 2014 Warner Int’l Playwrights Festival) and Leaving Ibsen (finalist, Christopher Brian Wolk Playwriting Award, 2010). Bernard earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Honors include selection as a Guest Artist at the Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive and residencies at the MacDowell Colony for the Performing Arts and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The author of Documentary Storytelling, now in its fourth edition and widely translated, and co-author of Archival Storytelling, Bernard has taught at Princeton University and Westbrook College and is currently an associate professor at the University at Albany, SUNY.
DARA O’BRIEN: Writer | Actor.
DARA O’BRIEN is a playwright and actress based in New York City. Her plays have been presented or developed at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Urban Stages, the Abingdon Theatre Company, Resonance Ensemble, and HB Studio. She received the 2015 Thomas Barbour Playwrights Award for her play “Early Sunday Morning,” which had a staged reading featuring Melissa Errico by The Schoolhouse Theatre, was a finalist for Capital Stage’s Playwrights Revolution, and was featured in the Naked Angels Tuesdays@9 Reading Series. As a founding member of WAC (Writer/Actor Collective) she is a co-creator of the upcoming podcast series, “Bricks and Murder.” She is also an actress whose work includes the New York premiere of “Gidion’s Knot” by Johnna Adams, directed by Austin Pendleton at 59E59 Theatres; and Lady Capulet in “R&J” for Web Series Shakespeare. In addition to the 9th Floor, her affiliations include Playwrights Gallery, The Geese, and the League of Professional Theatre Women. Member, AEA, SAG-AFTRA, Dramatists Guild of America.