Playwrights & Dramaturgs


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Michael Burgan • Theatre Santa Fe

Michael Burgan

As a freelancer, Michael Burgan has written more than 250 non-fiction books for children and teens, as well as some fiction and adaptations of classic novels. He is also the editor of The Biographer’s Craft, the newsletter for Biographers International Organization. As a playwright, he has had short works produced across the country. Burgan is a former network playwright with the Chicago Dramatists and a current member of the Dramatists Guild.

Credits include:
Alternate selection, 1999 Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival (GIGO)
Theatres Against War 2005 Freedom Follies, New York (Truth, Justice, and . . . )
Self-produced solo show, Side Studio, Chicago (18: A Year With Footnotes)
Connecticut Heritage Productions 2011 New Stories on Stage, First Place (Rosary Peas)
2011 Boston Theater Marathon (Mirror Touch)
2015 Benchwarmers, Santa Fe Playhouse (Visible)


Never forget you are mortal. Don’t obsess about it . . . but don’t forget it.
— The Tree Play, bdd

Bronwen Denton-Davis

Bronwen is a playwright, screenwriter, actor, and director whose award-winning works
have premiered in Santa Fe and traveled to Los Angeles, New York, and London.

Bronwen served as co-founder and Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Theatre Company, which was founded to encourage new plays by focusing exclusively on original works. She served as the Director of the Playwrights Lab that assisted new plays to production locally and nationally. Bronwen was the co-creator of the original Benchwarmers at the Santa Fe Playhouse to which she contributed three plays, Waiting for Gaia, Waiting for William, and Angels in Waiting. She has premiered two critically acclaimed one-woman shows in Santa Fe, and premiered and directed her play String of Pearls at the Santa Fe Playhouse.

Three of Bronwen’s plays were showcased in a single season at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her mystical The Book of Wren premiered in Santa Fe with Theaterwork, directed by David Olson, and went on to be produced and directed by Valentina Fratti at The Miranda Theatre Company in NYC where it won a best new play nod from Backstage. Peeling Figs was nominated for an New York Innovative Theater Award. Other works have been presented in Brit Bits, NYC, and the So and So Arts Club in London. Invited to write for film, Bronwen shifted to creating scripts for Sandra Bullock, Gabriel Byrne, Simon Wincer, Bethany Rooney, and Montezuma Esparza.

Bronwen is a graduate of the University of California and holds an RSC Master Class Certificate.


Leslie Harrell Dillon • Playwright • Theatre Santa Fe

Leslie Harrell Dillen

Leslie is an award-winning playwright and actress. Her full-length plays and one-acts have had productions and workshops in New York, California, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Washington. Her full-length play, Death Quilt, was workshopped at The Sundance Institute under the direction of Oskar Eustis. Her full-length play, Two Wives in India, has had development productions at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre and The Santa Fe Playhouse.

Leslie has written and performed six solo shows throughout the U.S., at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and at the New York International Fringe Festival. She has performed her highly acclaimed solo play The Passions of Mabel Dodge Luhan at Teatro Paraguas, The Harwood Museum, and Santa Fe Playhouse. Additional Santa Fe productions include her one-act plays, Psalm of The Castle based on the poetry of Denise Levertov, and A White Notebook: Letters between Maud Gonne and William Butler Yeats, produced by Theaterwork.

Leslie received her theater training with Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, at the American Conservatory Theatre under William Ball in San Francisco. Leslie received her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Boston University.  Leslie is a member of Dramatist Guild.


Dale Dunn

Dale is a playwright, dramaturg, and producer. Her latest play, The Big Heartless, a semi-finalist in the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, was part of the Cherry Lane Theatre’s Tongues reading series in New York City, the Different Readings at the Santa Fe Playhouse, and was produced at Relative Theatrics in Laramie, Wyoming, in 2018. It will be presented in Santa Fe in collaboration with the New Mexico School for the Arts at Warehouse 21 in February, 2019. Dale’s latest short piece, Gun Play, was a winner of Fusion Theater’s 10-minute play Festival, The Seven, and was staged for Theatre Santa Fe’s Theatre Walk in September, 2018. It will be presented at the Samuel French OOB Festival in New York in August, 2019.

Other plays include Body Burden (Adobe Theater, Albuquerque; Santa Fe Performing Arts), Driving While Innocent (1st place, First Stage LA One-Act Contest), Our Place (Women’s Voices), Parakeet Love (The Seven at Fusion Theater), Sworn to Water (Theaterwork’s Four by Four), Armed and Dangerous (Finalist, The Actor’s Theater of Louisville’s Heideman Award for 10-minute plays) and The Language of Love (The Second Seven at Fusion Theatre).

Dale’s work as a dramaturg includes Ironweed Productions’ Our Town, Buried Child, Good People, Death of a Salesman, and their recent tribute to Sam Shepard. She is Co-Artistic Director with Lynn Goodwin of Just Say It Theater, which produced Nick Payne’s Constellations in 2018 and The Big Heartless in 2019. Dale received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.


Suzanne Lederer • Playwright • Theatre Santa Fe

Suzanne Lederer

Constance: The Art of Being Mrs. Oscar Wilde, is an original play about the married life of Constance Lloyd Holland and her husband, English playwright and author, Oscar Wilde.
Two of Suzanne’s plays, Platform, a bilingual piece in English and American Sign Language, and Ebb & Flo, about a brother and sister vaudeville team, were produced as part of the Benchwarmers Short Play Festival. Platform has been archived in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Suzanne adapted William Shakespeare’s As You Like It for Red Thread, as well as The Tempest for Shakespeare in Santa Fe. 

Suzanne is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association since 1971 and The Dramatists Guild of America since 2014.


Aaron Leventman • Theatre Santa Fe

Aaron Leventman

Aaron Leventman attended Columbia University’s Graduate School for film where his thesis screenplay was given a professional reading at the Union Square Theatre in Manhattan. He moved to Santa Fe from Provincetown after his involvement as a writer/director/actor with the Provincetown Theatre Company. When living in Santa Fe, he performed with most of the local theatre companies in productions of True West, Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, For the Love of Three Oranges, Macbeth, Opus, I Never Sang for my Father, and many original plays. He’s also appeared in industrials, short films, and features. Aaron’s plays have been performed all over the country, many of which are published and available on He recently co-produced an evening of his own short works titled Almost Adults that met with tremendous acclaim including the Mayor declaring LGBT Theatre Day in Santa Fe, NM, on opening night.


Talia Pura • Playwright • Theatre Santa Fe

Talia Pura

A member of the Dramatists Guild, Talia has enjoyed success as a playwright in both publications and productions. A Friend for Life is included in the Playwrights Press of Canada’s latest anthology of short plays. She is also in collections with Heinemann and the University of Michigan Press. Twice her plays have been chosen for presentation at the Women Playwrights International Conference. She recently completed a commission for The UnSlut Project, creating a play based on Emily Lindin’s UnSlut: a memoir. Her play, 10 O’clock was included in The Santa Fe Playhouse Benchwarmer Festival. In 2010, Talia was selected as a Canadian Forces war artist and conducted research in Afghanistan, resulting in several plays and screenplays. Ten of her short screenplays have been produced, as well as more than twenty of her plays. She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Manitoba (Canada).

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Rosemary Zibart

Rosemary has worked as a journalist, playwright, and children’s book author. Her award-winning plays for young people include Never Ever Land and My Dear Doctor. A comic one-act, Babe, Inc., was presented in New York and London. Her play about philosopher Frederick Nietzsche, All Too Human, was a semi-finalist in the 2008 Eugene O’Neill National Playwriting Conference and was produced in Santa Fe in 2016. The Jewel in the Manuscript about Fyodor Dostoevesky was one of two winners of the Icicle Theater Festival and had readings in Seattle and New York. It premiered at the Adobe Theatre in Albuquerque in 2012 and was subsequently produced in Santa Fe at Warehouse 21 Theater.