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.


 Lawrence Dukore • Theatre Santa Fe

Lawrence Dukore

As a very young screenwriter, Lawrence began his writing career with the Richard Pryor film, Greased Lightning, produced by Hanna Weinstein for Warner Bros. His television play, A Mistaken Charity, was produced by Lindsay Law for PBS/American Playhouse and was nominated for a Writers Guild of America award for best dramatic writing. As a lyricist, his songs were recorded by Bernadette Peters and Chita Rivera. Mr. DuKore has written daytime television serials: One Life to Live for ABC and Search for Tomorrow for NBC. For Saturday morning television, he wrote the cartoon series Thunder Cats and Silver Hawks. His young adult novels, Never Love a Cowboy and Long Distance Love, were published by Bantam. The Boy Barrier and its French version, La Rivale, were published by Scholastic. His plays have been produced regionally and off-Broadway. Exploding the Swan had its world premiere at the Montauk Playhouse, produced by Bill and Anita Brown. His plays, Spinsters and Carry Me Back to West Virginia, were presented at Tennessee Stage (Knoxville). He was a finalist in the Heideman Awards competition at the Actors Theatre in Louisville for his one-act play, When Men Were Men This play took first prize / “Audience Favorite” at the American Globe Theatre / Turnip Theatre Festival in New York City and was later presented in Kingwood (Texas) as part of their festival. His one-act play, The Day That Brando Died, was also a finalist in the Heideman Awards at the Actors Theatre in Louisville and was presented at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre (Michigan) and subsequently presented at CenterStage in Greenville, South Carolina. His play, Stained Glass, premiered off-Broadway at the Metropolitan Playhouse.  His drama, Black & White All Over, was selected by Actors Equity for Black History Month and directed by Andre De Shields at the Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row. It was subsequently staged at the Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia. Recently, his comedy, Sunshine, enjoyed a healthy off-off-Broadway run at Teatro Latea. His comedy, Skating on Thin Ice, was presented off Broadway by the Abingdon Theatre Company and recently his interracial love story, Up From Stardom, was presented at the HRC showcase theater in Hudson, New York.

Contact: • 212.315.0558

Representation: The Susan Schulman Literary Agency
212.713.1633 •

Dale Dunn

Dale is a playwright, dramaturg, and teacher living in Santa Fe. Her latest play, The Big Heartless, was a semifinalist in the 2016 Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and was included in the Santa Fe Playhouse’s City Different Play Reading Festival in October. A new draft was part of Playwrights Voiced at Relative Theatrics in Laramie, Wyoming, in May 2017 and is now slated for production there next spring. Dale’s latest short piece, Gun Play, is a winner of  Fusion Theater’s 10-minute play Festival, The Seven, where it will be produced in June 2017.

Other plays include Body Burden (chosen as Best New Play of 2009 by the Albuquerque Journal), DWI: Driving While Innocent (1st place, First Stage LA One-Act Contest, 2015), Old Faithful (LALT 8X10), Our Place (Women’s Voices), Parakeet Love (Winner, The Seven, Fusion Theater’s 10-Minute Play Contest, 2010), Woman with a Gun (LALT 8x10), Sworn to Water (Theaterwork), and Armed and Dangerous (Finalist, The Seven at Fusion Theater, 2016).

Dale was pleased to participate this January in the National Winter Playwrights Retreat. She 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).

Contact: or 505.428.8508

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.