Current KWPS Playwrights
TRISH AYERS, Founder & Director
Trish Ayers is the founder and director of Kentucky Women Playwrights Seminar. She has had readings/productions throughout the United States and Japan. Awards include Kentucky Foundation for Women grants, 2011 Sallie Bingham Award, Appalachian Writers and Ten-Tucky Play Festival. Her plays have been finalists in the Heartland Ten-Minute and One-Act Play Festivals, Roots of the Bluegrass New Play Contest, and Estrogenius Festival. Ayers’ play, “Painting the Egress” is included in Scenes from the Common Wealth: Short Plays and Monologues by Kentucky Women. She hosts In the Crib a monthly radio show on OnAir Players and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and 365 Women a Year.
Karen Devere has spent the majority of her working life honing her skills as a technical writer and financial analyst. An ardent fan of language and literature, she began a decade-long break at the age of 40 to earn a BA and MA in English at Eastern Kentucky University and an MA in Teaching at the University of the Cumberlands. She taught English for a few years before semi-retiring. Karen lives in Berea, Kentucky with her husband and two dogs in the home she raised her two daughters in. There she works, creates, cooks, gardens, and contemplates life.
Kristin Hornsby earned a BFA in playwriting from Northern Kentucky University and an MFA in Stage and Screen Writing from Florida State University. Her 10-minute play, "Turn Left," took top prize at the 2011 Regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and several of her screenplays have been made into short films. Favorite writing credits include: twentysomething (The Journey Company at The Barrow Group), The Boy Who Knew Too Much (FSU), and When the Dealing’s Done (NKU). Kristin teaches dramatic writing, theatre, and film-based courses at Northern Kentucky University. She is an associate member of the Dramatists Guild.
PAT CHESHIRE JENNINGS
Pat Cheshire Jennings, a retired social worker, spends her time between Berea, Kentucky and Punta Gorda, Florida. Painting, fiber art, and acting are her activities of choice along with theatre and reading. She is writing her first monologue for the 365 Women's Play for 2014 while also working on her first dialog script for the Kentucky Women Playwright's Seminar. She lives happily with her two wee dogs.
Beth Myers has been a creative writer since she was young, but most of her professional experiences have been in technical writing and journalism. She is the editor of The Berea Citizen and has won multiple Kentucky Press Association awards for her column, feature and news articles. Through the past 20 years, Beth has acted in No Exit, Nunsense II, and In Her Own Words and toured the country performing But I Said No for colleges and universities. She is enjoying writing plays, relying heavily on her experience as an actress and the stories she gathered as a journalist.
Betty Peterson, Professor of English at Somerset Community College in Somerset, Kentucky and recipient of the Al Smith Fellowship in Playwriting, is a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellow and Dramatists Guild member. Credits include Desert Flower, produced by Horse Cave Theatre, published in World Premieres from Horse Cave Theatre; The Dollmaker, adapted from the novel through a National Endowment for the Arts grant and produced at the annual Harriette Arnow Conference; River Dreams, a musical adaptation of Billy C. Clark’s autobiography; A Long Row to Hoe, produced in Ashland, Kentucky with a grant from the Kentucky Arts Council.
DONNA R. PHILLIPS
Donna R. Phillips is a singer, composer, playwright and a member of the Dramatist Guild of America. Donna earned a BM and A BME at the University of Kentucky and is currently a Masters of Divinity student at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Patricia Watkins is a working feminist artist and social activist. She is a playwright, photographer, painter, and mixed media artist. A member of the Dramatist Guild, the International Women Artists’ Salon, and a founding member of the Feminist Artists of Kentucky, her ten-minute plays have been featured on In The Crib, an OnAir Players program that reads and discusses current works with the playwright. Her play “Proof of Influence” was produced by Berea College Theatre Laboratory as part of a compilation of work by Kentucky women playwrights. Website: https://www.facebook.com/pwatkinsfeministart
GLENDA DENT WHITE
Glenda Dent White is a poet, essayist, and short story fiction writer, has published in several collections of writings by Appalachian women and elsewhere. Her memoir, The Curse of the Costume Goddess, published this year, is a humorous account of her experiences as an actress, singer, director, and in myriad other unusual jobs during her career. Ms. White is a graduate of the School of Music at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida.
BRENDA K. WHITE
Brenda White, poet and playwright, teaches English at Somerset Community College. Her ten-minute play, “Continental Us,” was produced in Berea and Lexington, Kentucky and in New York City. “Continental Us,” was recently published in Scenes from the Common Wealth: Short Plays and Monologues by Kentucky Women and performed at Vault 1031 Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky and Berea College Theatre in Berea, Kentucky.