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Jonathan Dorf has had over 1000 productions of his plays in more than 49 states, as well as in Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Best known for his writing for young people, among his many titles are After Math, Thank You for Flushing My Head in the Toilet and other rarely used expressions, High School (non) Musical, Rumors of Polar Bears, Harry's Hotter at Twilight, Just Add Zombies, Tiny Tim Runs the Marathon, and, of course, the original non-musical version of 4 A.M. He has been a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award, and he has worked with such companies as the Walnut Street Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Ensemble Studio Theatre - LA, Moving Arts and the Pittsburgh New Works Festival. Twenty-five of his plays are published by such companies as Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Heuer and Original Works, with monologues in collections published by Meriwether, Playscripts and Smith & Kraus. He co-founded YouthPLAYS, the publisher of plays and musicals for young actors and audiences, and has been instrumental in the development of ProduceaPlay.com, the internet's top resource site for prospective producers of theatre at all levels - schools, colleges, community and professional theatres.

He is the resident playwriting expert for Final Draft (for whom he created the playwriting "Ask the Expert") and The Writers Store (creator of the popular playwriting website Playwriting101.com and playwriting instructor at Writers University), the co-chair of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the former managing director of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center. He is also a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and is the author of Young Playwrights 101, a book for young playwrights and those who teach them, and conducts workshops at schools and festivals across the US and as far away as Singapore. He has served as Visiting Associate Professor of Theatre in the M.F.A. playwriting program at Hollins University and as United States Cultural Envoy to Barbados. He holds a B.A. in Dramatic Writing and Literature from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Playwriting from UCLA.



In her career to date, Alison Wood 's work has encompassed both music and theatre; the musical 4 A.M. is her first venture combining these as a writer. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in Dramatic Literature, she worked in professional theatre for several years as a director, teacher, actor, and stage manager. From there, Alison shifted her focus to music, writing and recording two albums and playing live shows with her band. Recently she's been adding film to the mix as she's taken a break from performing to focus on her writing and other creative efforts.

In 2006, Alison released her first full-length album, At Arm's Length: a pop-rock disc with a folky soul. Her sophomore effort, Fairytale Endings Aside (November 2007), represented a return to the piano playing of her childhood and a step forward into a more soulful expression of the melodic pop sound established on her debut. Her focus on pairing intelligent, empathetic lyrics with catchy pop melodies has earned her notice around the greater Boston area and NY/NJ, where she enjoyed her music-filled childhood. She's brought her warm, energetic stage presence to such venues as Club Passim, the Paradise Lounge, the Knitting Factory and the Lion's Den, and her songs can also be heard on iTunes and Internet radio station Pandora.

Through all her work in various media, Alison is ever conscious of the teachers who helped and inspired her along the way, including Marcus Stern at the A.R.T., Jim Glossman and John Pietrowski (both primarily known in the NY/NJ area, though their work extends far beyond that), Brian Crowe, Allen Artz, Will Akers, and numerous others. So much of the value and joy of performing arts is in their collaborative nature, and Alison is grateful to have worked with so many kind and talented people. She considers each new project another opportunity to share and communicate with a new group of people; her hope is to help bring collaborative arts to as many people as she can.