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Bruce Graham, the author of a dozen produced plays, spent eight years as playwright-in-residence at the Philadelphia Festival Theater for New Plays. His work has been produced by the George Street Playhouse, the Hudson Guild, the Cincinnati Playhouse and the Northlight Theater, among others. His TV/film credits include "Dunston Checks In," "Anastasia," the Abbie Hoffman bio-pic "Steal This Movie," as well as the Ira Einhorn mini-series "Hunt for the Unicorn," which aired this past year on NBC-TV. Graham has won several awards from the Pew Foundation, Theater Association of Pennsylvania, Rockefeller Foundation and the Princess Grace Foundation. "Coyote on a Fence," which was the 1998 Rosenthal Prize winner and received several 1999 Barrymore Award nominations, marked his ninth collaboration with director Jim Christy. A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Graham lives in Media, Delaware County, with his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter, Kendall.

Michael Hollinger's plays "Incorruptible," "An Empty Plate in the Cafe Du Grand Boeuf" and "Tiny Island" all premiered at the Arden Theatre Company before going on to productions in New York City and throughout the country and abroad. He has written three short films for WHYY, the latest of which ("Wilma on the Move") won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy award for outstanding feature presentation. Hollinger won the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Fund for New American Plays, the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theater Artist, and multiple playwright fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He recently completed a new play, "Red Herring," which will premier at the Arden in January. A playwriting instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and La Salle University, Hollinger lives in West Mount Airy with his wife, actress Megan Bellwoar, and their son, Jan.

Sonia Sanchez is a writer, professor and activist who speaks on issues related to the African-American experience, women, literature and culture. She is the author of 13 books, including "Homecoming," "We a BaddDDD People," "Under a Soprano Sky" and "I've Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems, "Homegirls and Hand Grenades," which received the 1995 American Book Award. She has also edited two anthologies: "We Be Word Sorcerers: 25 Stories by Black Americans" and "360* of Blackness Coming at You." One of the most renowned women leading the black studies movement, Sanchez taught the nation's first course on black women at the University of Pittsburgh.

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