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Southampton Theatre Conference

2017 Conference Faculty





Lucas HnathLucas Hnath's plays include Hillary and Clinton (Victory Gardens); Red Speedo (New York Theatre Workshop); The Christians (Playwrights Horizons, Humana Festival); A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep); nightnight (Humana Festival), Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Death Tax (Humana Festival, Royal Court Theatre). In April of 2017, his play A Doll's House, Part 2 will premiere on Broadway. He has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He has received the Kesselring Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Whiting Award, two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations, an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, and an Obie. His work is published by Dramatists Play Service and Overlook Press.




mann talkingEmily Mann has overseen 150+ productions in her 26 seasons as McCarter’s multi-award winning Artistic Director and Resident Playwright. Recent productions directed: Five Mile Lake; Antony & Cleopatra; Proof; A Delicate Balance. Recently directed world premieres: The Convert; The How and the Why; Miss Witherspoon; Me, Myself & I. Broadway productions: A Streetcar Named Desire; Anna in the Tropics; Execution of Justice; Having Our Say. Her plays: Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth; Execution of Justice; Still Life; Annulla, An Autobiography; Greensboro (A Requiem); Meshugah; Mrs. Packard. Adaptations: Scenes from a Marriage; Uncle Vanya; The Cherry Orchard; A Seagull in the Hamptons; The House of Bernarda Alba; Antigone. Awarded a Princeton University Honorary Doctorate of Arts; 2015 Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwrights' Award; and 2015 Margo Jones Award given to a "citizen-of-the-theatre who has demonstrated a lifetime commitment to the encouragement of the living theatre everywhere”.



William Carden has been the Artistic Director of the Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST) since 2007. Last year EST was given a Special Drama Desk award for its unwavering commitment to developing new American plays. At EST he has directed productions of Please Continue by Frank Basloe, Headstrong by Patrick Link, Lenin’s Embalmers by Vern Thiessen, Pidgeon,PTSD and Zero by Tommy Smith and Lucy by Damien Atkins.  He was artistic director of the HB Playwrights Foundation for eleven years where he directed the Off-Broadway productions of Mrs. Klein and Collected Stories starring Uta Hagen.  His many other productions there include Horton Foote’s The Habitation of Dragons and Voir Dire by Joe Sutton.  He directed The Dew Point at Summer Play Festival, The Young Girl and the Monsoon at Playwrights Horizons, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Stratford Festival in Canada. As an actor he played leading roles Off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Circle Rep, WPA, and EST and also worked at numerous regional theatres. On Broadway, he created the title role in the original, award-winning production of Short Eyes.  He teaches in the MFA acting and playwriting programs at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.



Co-artistic director of Youngblood, the company of emerging playwrights at Ensemble Studio Theatre (Obie Award, Drama Desk citation). Director of the E.S.T./Sloan Project, a $1.5 million program that fosters plays about science, technology, and economics. Also serves as Associate Artistic Director at E.S.T. Worked as a playwright at theatres throughout the United States and Canada, including E.S.T. (Youngblood, Marathon of One-Act Plays), Rattlestick, Cherry Lane, Vampire Cowboys, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Source Theatre (DC), Tarragon Theatre (Toronto). Published by Dramatists Play Service and Applause Books. He teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and is a member of the Actors Studio and E.S.T.



Abigail Katz serves as Director of New Play Development for Atlantic Theater Company where she has been on the artistic staff since 2009.  In 2014 she expanded Atlantic’s play development program by creating the Amplified Reading Series and Launch Commission for early career writers. She was previously Literary Associate and Dramaturg for The Civilians, where she worked on productions Brooklyn at Eye Level, This Beautiful City (The Vineyard Theatre) and Paris Commune (The Public Theater). She was also Producer for Voice & Vision, a company devoted to developing women theater artists. She teaches in Atlantic Theater Company’s Professional Conservatory program and has also taught in the College of Performing Arts at The New School, the MFA program at Columbia University School of the Arts, SUNY Stony Brook/Southampton as well as workshops at PlayPenn, Southampton Writers Conference, the Commercial Theater Institute, the Playwrights Foundation, CityWrights/City Theatre and Samuel French. Additional affiliations include the Arts Committee for the Alumni Career Task Force for The Dalton School and the New York City team for the American Theatre Archive Project. A native New Yorker, Abigail received her MFA in dramaturgy from Columbia University School of the Arts.


hamilton_steveDirector, Southampton Theatre Conference
Producer, actor, director, and teacher, Hamilton co-founded Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, NY, with his wife, Emma Walton Hamilton, and Sybil Christopher in 1991. In his seventeen years as Executive Director of Bay Street, Steve oversaw over 50 productions including Jon Robin Baitz’ adaptation of Hedda Gabler (Tony nomination, Kate Burton), Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend (Julie Andrews’ directorial debut and National Tour). Other new plays under his tenure included work from Jon Robin Baitz Paula Vogel, Lanford Wilson, Cynthia Ozick, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Chris Durang, Rick Dresser, and Diane Paulus.
In 2015, Steve directed All My Sons at the John Drew Theatre featuring Alec Baldwin and Laurie Metcalf. In 2001, he directed the world premiere of Ira Lewis’ Gross Points, starring Alec Baldwin, at Bay Street Theatre. Other directing credits include Neil LaBute’s The Furies at 59 E.59th Street, Yasmina Reza’s Art at the John Drew Theatre in 2006, and Quack Theatrics production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lonesome West at the Stephen Talkhouse in 2001. Also: Uncle Vanya, The Cripple of Inishmaan, RED, all at JDT

Prior to Bay Street, Steve performed extensively as an actor in film, television, Off-Broadway and in regional theaters across the country, including Lincoln Center Theatre, Circle in the Square, Soho Rep, The Actor’s Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Capitol Rep, Alliance Theatre of Atlanta, and the Arizona Theatre Company.

A teacher for over 20 years, Steve also serves as a faculty member of Southampton Arts, and maintains a private coaching practice in his studio in Sag Harbor. He is married to author/educator and Bay Street co-founder Emma Walton Hamilton, and the couple live year-round in Sag Harbor, NY. They have two children, Sam and Hope.