Guests have 48 hours prior to the live interview with the playwright and two hours after to enjoy the debut of their original  digital production On Demand. Our playwrights will be logging on to meet you from all over the world. Get your questions ready for a behind-the-scenes, in-depth conversation about the play you’ve watched, its author, and the process of bringing an idea from page to stage. We look forward to seeing you online on Zoom at 9 PM EST beginning July 19 and running through July 24! The Festival opens for viewing on July 17 with the first show. All times are Eastern Standard Time.


A group of busy do-gooders is on a tear to rapidly “improve” their reclaimed neighborhood. Their noble intentions backfire when they create displacement for a handful of vulnerable original residents—ending in a tragic sacrifice.

Brad Griffith is an actor/writer based in LA. He’s acted across the country, including plays in Seattle, New York and Los Angeles. TV: Curb Your Enthusiasm; The Politician; Snowfall; The Dropout. More at www.griffithparkproductions.com
Brandon Nagle has been acting most of his life. He’s worked at The Guthrie Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Crossroads Theater, and The New Victory on Broadway to name a few. He’s been nominated for an Ovation award and a recipient of a NAACP award for his work on the 2015 production of Fly. He holds a BFA in Performance from Baylor University and an MFA in Acting from Rutgers University.
Julia Walker Wyson is a director, actor and teacher in Los Angeles. She is the Executive Director of Shakespeare Youth Festival, where she has directed all but nine of Shakespeare’s plays, and with whom she traveled to Kogelo, Kenya, as an artist-in-residence at Sauti Kuu Foundation, at the invitation of director Dr. Auma Obama. A Chicago native, she worked there as an actor, dancer, director, and movement coach, performing and creating shows with many of Chicago’s foremost theater and dance companies, as well as in regional theaters across the country. She received her Theater degree from Northwestern University, and her MFA in Shakespeare from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Professional Actor Training program.

Juliette Jeffers is an award winning Caribbean American actor, writer, director, producer and teaching artist. On screen, she has appeared in eighteen films, thirty-seven TV shows and over sixty national commercials. Some of her notable credits include Law & Order: Organized Crime, 911 Lone Star, Chicago Med and Grey’s Anatomy. You can see Juliette currently in Aftermath on Netflix and Noise in The Middle on Amazon Prime.

Some of her theatre highlights include her five solo plays. She has performed them throughout the US and the Caribbean. Batman and Robin in the Boogie Down, (Bronx Council on the Arts Award, Drama Desk, and NAACP nominations), Chocolate Match, Pan Gyul, Judgment Day, and Tio Pablo (In English and Spanish – best play and best actress awards – Hollywood Short and Sweet fest).

As a teaching artist, Juliette has taught in schools and correctional facilities in N.Y. and L.A. She is a private coach and has helped develop and direct over thirty solo shows. She also teaches Master Classes throughout the country. Juliette served on the Board of the LA Women’s Theatre Festival and is the Curator of the Black Voices Solo Theatre Festival at the Whitefire Theatre.

For more information, please visit www.juliettejeffers.com

Kila Packett (Paul) was last seen on stage Our Country’s Good at The South Pasadena Theatre Workshop. Off-Broadway and regional theatres include: Mark Taper Forum, The Wallis, BAM, Classic Stage Company, Pearl Theatre Company, Crossroads Theatre Company, and Theatricum Botanicum. He is the co-author of, Unnatural Acts (Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Play). Television credits: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Hawaii Five-0,” NCIS: Hawaii,” “This Is Us,” “S.W.A.T.,” “Shooter,” “Counterpart,” and “Wisdom of the Crowd.” MFA: Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Milan Levy is a Third Generation Los Angeles native, a graduate of LA. High School of Performing Arts, and presently a senior at Kalamazoo College, (Theatre Arts with Film and Media concentration). Milan joined Shakespeare Youth Festival at age 11 and performed in nine full productions there, notably Gertrude in Hamlet and King Henry IV in Henry IV Pt 1 & 2. In 2019, she joined Shakes Youth on their visit to Kenya, Africa where she had the opportunity to perform with and co-direct young people in Hamlet. Within the last year, Milan did two semesters at the Lee Strasberg Institute for Theatre and Film in New York. She also directed an original one-person musical at her college. Some recent roles include Williamina Fleming from Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson and Chute&Ladders from Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegría Hudes. Currently, Milan works as a Social Justice Leadership Associate at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. In this work, she organizes and engages in projects and events at the intersection of the arts and social change. After graduation, Milan plans to continue her love for performance and commitment to social change. She couldn’t be more excited to work with the cast and crew of The Gentry of Essex! Thank you for watching!
Sherry Mandujano is a Los Angeles based Actor, Singer, Director. Originally from the Bay Area, she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York where she studied Acting and Classical Voice. After graduating she moved to Los Angeles where she began working in tv and film. Sherry had her Theatre Directorial debut this past August 2021 directing the short play “MOVING DAY” in the Leo Rising Short Play Festival. She has appeared in television shows such as LOPEZ, This Is Us, Ray Donovan, I’m Dying Up Here, Baskets and the film Downsizing. Theatre credits include Real Women Have Curves, Man of La Mancha, Songs For a New World and the world premier The Rain of Gold. She has also appeared in various showcases and cabarets for new musical works such as the Eastside Queer Stories Radio Plays, the NHMC Latino Scene Showcase, A Little New Music at The Rockwell, Mostly Musicals at Feinsteins’ and “A Night : Benefit Concert for The Actors Fund”.

Blaire Baron – Playwright
Blaire Baron is Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Youth Festival. Award winning actor, director and playwright, Blaire launched a trilingual Shakespeare Performing Arts program in Africa and Mexico. Her play: THE MILK MEETINGS won Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting at The Ophelia (NYC) and an encore run at Studio C/Theatre Row. THE BELOW: Best of Hollywood Fringe. THE BASKET WEAVER: Samuel French OOB. Blaire wrote WOMEN IN BOXES, an award-winning documentary about Magic Assistants. PBS Community Champion Award Recipient. THE GENTRY OF ESSEX The Blank’s Living Room series. Directed 34 Shakespeare productions reaching 1800 young artists from all walks of life.

J. Bailey Burcham – Director
J. Bailey Burcham is a Los Angeles playwright, director and producer. As a day job he is the Operations Manager of the Pasadena Playhouse. Bailey has won multiple writing competitions including his 1st and 2nd place wins in Serial Killers 2019 at The Broadwater in Hollywood. He is also a teacher/director at Shakespeare Youth Fest LA and was part of the team that began the Kenyan chapter of the Festival in Kogelo. Check out his LA Theatre based podcast THEATRE THEATER on all podcatchers. Bailey would like to thank you deeply for your contribution today. Without you there is no theatre. IG: @j.bailey.b


Marcia, an eight year old girl, decides to run away from her emotionally distant mother with the help of her best friend, Catherine.

As a current B.F.A. Theatre Studies student at Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, Sabina Arcila is studying to become a future actress, playwright, and director. This is her first time working with Addison Vaughn on an original work.
Emily Garrett is a rising junior at Southern Methodist University studying Theater with an emphasis in Acting. Catherine is the first official play she’s ever done, and she is ecstatic to have been a part of such a powerful piece with such a passionate team. Previous credits include the film Inbetween Girl (Sheryl), 9 to 5 the Musical (Judy Bernly), and Mamma Mia! (Sophie).
Averyl Hartje is an incoming junior at Southern Methodist University studying acting and political science. She is originally from Portland, Oregon and her favorite past roles include Vix in Shiver: A Musical Ghost Story (Oregon Children’s Theatre YP), Ensemble in Hair (Staged! Conservatory), and working on the freshman movement and sophomore acting project at SMU.
Annelise Wall is currently pursuing her BFA in acting with a minor in vocal performance at Southern Methodist University. Over the past decade Annelise has participated in over 60 productions in New Mexico and Texas. She would like to thank Addison Vaughn for including her in Catherine and for writing such a challenging, deeply moving play.

Addison Vaughn – Playwright & Director
Addison Vaughn (originally from Citrus County Florida) is a rising Junior at Southern Methodist University earning her BFA in Theatre Studies with a directing emphasis. She loves sharing theatre with wide audiences and is especially in love with highlighting female voices in areas of creation. This is her first play.

Nick Ward – Sound and Lights
Nick Ward is a music composer and sound designer based in Arlington, Texas.


Remembering Morgan is a one-act about grief, remembrance, and encountering death too young. Morgan Johnson, a high school student, passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind a journal of letters she has written to every person she wanted to say goodbye to.

Seth McIntyre is thrilled to be a part of this production of Remembering Morgan! He in an incoming senior at Santa Fe High School, where he participates in vocal music, theatre, speech and debate, and a few clubs. He has previously been seen as Ralphie in ‘A Christmas Story’, Mr. Cladwell in ‘Urinetown’, Cinderella’s Prince in ‘Into The Woods’, and more. He thanks his parents Kathy and Bruce, the incredible staff at Kismet, and most of all Annie for a wonderful opportunity!
Avalon Howard has been a performer her entire life, winning talent shows hula hooping when she was still in kindergarten. The acting bug bit her hard when she was cast as an extra in Infamous with Bella Thorne, who she got to meet and signed her Pride flag. Since then, she has been constantly acting, including lead roles in the films Irish Catholic and 20 Seconds Left to Run. She recently completed two weeks at the prestigious and intensive Quartz Mountain Institute of the Arts at where she was trained by Broadway and Stratford Shakespeare Festival Veteran Sara Topham and played Silvius in As You Like It. On a personal note, she is an LGBTQIA+ activist, coming out at 12, as well as a cancer survivor.
Mikey Holliman is so excited to be back at Kismet for this run of Remembering Morgan! He will be a junior this fall at Santa Fe High School, where he is a member of the vocal music and student government programs. He is a top-ranked tennis player in Oklahoma, and has also been seen before in roles like Sir Lancelot in ‘Spamalot’, Ryan in ‘High School Musical’, and John in ‘Peter Pan’. He thanks his family, friends, cast mates, the Kismet staff, and Annie for a great show!
Anabelle Uehlein is excited to be returning to Kismet for this production of Remembering Morgan! This fall she will be attending OCU and plans on getting her BFA in acting. Anabelle has been doing theatre for 11 years and is so excited to be continuing her love for performing. She wants to thank her friends, family, mentors, and Annie for this wonderful opportunity.
Kate Decker is so grateful to be apart of this project! Kate is a sophomore at Deer Creek High School and has been doing theatre for about 7 years now. Her favorite roles include Wendy in Peter Pan, Fruma Sara in Fiddler on the Roof, and Mrs.Parro in The Music Man! She would like to thank her friends, family, and of course Annie Brown for everything!
Hudson West Ratcliff has been with kismet for 6 years. He most recently starred in Spamalot as King Arthur and is now l playing the role of Ollie in Remembering Morgan. He wants to thank his parents for raising him in musical theater and always cheering him on!
Jordan Black has been acting since he was nine years old. Productions for Kismet Arts, Kids Off Broadway and Deer Creek schools. His favorite favorite role was Buddy the Elf from the musical “Elf”. He is very excited to play Kade in “Remembering Morgan”!
Abigail Manners is going into her freshman year at Southeast Missouri State University and is majoring in musical theatre. She has been doing theater and acting for over 8 years and plans to continue her career as an actor. Roles she has played include: Lucy Van Pelt – You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown: Roxie Hart – Chicago: Baker’s Wife – Into the Woods: SpongeBob – SpongeBob the Musical: Mae Tuck – Tuck Everlasting: Maria – Sound of Music. Abigail has been involved in over 30 productions since she started theatre and is excited to continue to do more in college and beyond.

Annie Brown – Playwright & Director 
Annie Brown, author of Remembering Morgan, loves to write and share stories about how we, as humans, deal with change. Annie’s love for theatre began at a young age as she began performing. As she grew up and got to work with some wonderful role models in her hometown’s theatre scene, she developed a love for every aspect of theatre, playwriting included! ​She currently is studying Musical Theatre at The Jeanine Larson Dobbins Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University.


Our play begins in 2016: Lorena is experiencing PTSD from the election and the fact that she and wife Adele have been disinvited to her family’s Thanksgiving. At the urging of her wife, Lorena agrees to see a therapist Sophia. Sophia, in turn, is having her own unique conversations with her Husband. Flash forward to 2020 in the local Whole Foods: Lorena runs into her therapist over organic produce, truthful conversations and a food fight ensues.

Susan Jackson has been writing award winning plays for over ten years; her first one won the BATCC award for best new play, featuring Diana Brown. From there, the Southern Railroad Theatre Company was formed, (they are co-producers) and they’ve been rocking the theatre world ever since, both independently, and together. Jackson’s work has been Finalists for, among others, Fusion Theatre Company, 3Girls Theatre Company, Henley Rose Competition for Female Playwrights and Creede Repertory Theatre. Her work has been performed nationally and internationally; and published by Applause and Smith and Kraus. She and Diana performed for the DC Capital Fringe and won Best of Fringe, and received a positive review in the Washington Post. They also performed with two International Theatre Festivals: in NYC and with the Red Curtain International Theatre.
Diana Brown is an actor and improv artist, voiceover artist, playwright, producer and teaching artist. She has appeared in theatre festivals and productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Charleston, SC, Washington, D.C., and others. Diana is an Associate Artist with 3Girls Theatre Company. She’s half of the nationally touring comedy duo Bingewatch. Bingewatch has appeared at San Francisco Sketch Fest, Tucson Comedy Arts Festival, San Diego Improv Festival, New York Improv Festival, San Francisco Improv Festival and others. Diana is Senior Producer and Director of Community with Leela Improv Theatre Company in San Francisco. She’s also a teaching artist with Laguna Playhouse. Additionally, Diana is a personal performance coach. She’s also a communication facilitator, working with physicians, helping them to interact with patients in ways that promote empathy and cultural equity for the patient and supports provider wellness.You can watch Diana appearing with Bingewatch on their YouTube channel:https://youtube.com/c/BingewatchImprov


Undocumented young Latina “dreamer” finds sanctuary with a newly widowed attorney who negotiates with her Alt-right bio Dad to avoid deportation.

Mary Kay Cyrus (Rachel) is making her debut performance with PowerStories in Legal Gringa.  This past year she played Fran in SOUP with LAB Theater Project and Gladys Green in Vivid Theatres production of The Waverly Gallery. No stranger to the stage, Mary Kay has also received Best Actress awards for her portrayal of Thelma in Night’ Mother and Kate Keller in All My Sons with Carrollwood Players. God Bless.
 Sarah Munera is Columbian-American. She studies at University of Tampa and Tampa Actor school. She has won best supporting actress at the International Christian film festival and is featured in a variety of students films. She hopes to attend Law School and specialize in immigration law.
Exceptional and charismatic Actor and Poet. Graduated from Bluefield University, majored in Theatre, and served as Technical Director for the university and theatre department for a year. Performed in 15 plays, including a lead role in “Twelfth Night” as Orsino, and Diggory in “She Stoops To Conquer”. Promotes Peace and Equality.
Andrew Enright hails from Detroit and, already in grammar school, got the acting bug.  He had studied with renowned Mizner teacher, Larry Silverberg and also extensive improv training. Andrew was a regular performer at St. Pete’s Spitfire Theatre and Shakespeare festival. This is his first Powerstories appearance.
Cinda Goeken-  “Beth”
Cinda was born and raised in Central Illinois, having graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BFA in Drama. After wrapping up her daytime career as a Rehabilitation Counselor, she now devotes her time to theater and music. Favorite roles onstage include the Housekeeper in “Man of La Mancha,” various characters in “Side by Side by Sondheim,” The Nurse in “Romeo and Juliet” and Amanda Wingfield in “Glass Menagerie”.

Angela Page is a Latina writer, producer and author. Her short films are featured on The Shorts TV channel, FunnyorDie, and Indiepix Unlimited. Books include the recently released “There’s a Dead Girl in My Yard.” Angela was a director at The Copenhagen Theatre Circle and founder of The Crown Players in Clerkenwell, London.A New Jersey native, she now divides her time between Boca Raton, Fl and Los Angeles.

Arlene Jacobs (SM & Voice for Court Clerk) is thrilled to be working with Angela Page to help bring her important story “Legal Gringa” to the Powerstories Theatre’s Voices of Women Theatre Festival. Arlene has been working in the theater industry around the Tampa Bay area for over 15 years, with numerous companies including The Straz Center, New Tampa Players, Carrollwood Players, Spanish Lyric Theatre, and others. Arlene believes it is more important than ever for Theater around this country to give voice to women’s issues and is happy to do her small part.


Three women in different stages of their lives face the consequences of an unrealistic draconian law governing their bodies.

Carly Kuck is a sophomore at Alonso High School and a part of troupe 6299. Her most recent productions there have been The Addam’s Family, as Pugsley, for which she received a Broadway Star of The Future nomination for outstanding lead actor in a male role. As well as a Midsummer Night’s Dream, in which her performance as Puck earned her a Broadway Star of The Future award for the outstanding lead performer in a play. Carly also enjoys being behind the scenes. She is part of the YAE at ThinkTank Theatre, where she has assistant stage-managed, and prop-managed many professional productions, the most recent being All the Great Books (Abridged). Carly is honored to take part in this show, especially at such an important time.
Molly Dakota is devastated that in this time our government isn’t supporting women’s rights as they should be. She’s so grateful for Deb Kelley and all the beautiful women who made this production possible. We can’t say it enough IT’S OUR BODY, OUR CHOICE. Molly strongly promotes activism in entertainment. If you’d like to see more about her or her work please go to www.mollydakota.com. Thank you for hearing our message!
Amy C. Ragg has been at home on Tampa Bay Area stages since she was in elementary school, a long, LONG time ago. After many years and many roles, Amy had the good fortune to meet Deb Kelley, and their friendship has changed her life. Amy has been honored to bring to life several characters penned by Deb, most notably Rose in the award-winning piece, A Necessary Conversation. Amy is delighted to have the chance to give voice to Alise. She is grateful to Deb for using her words and her talent to bring attention to the challenges facing society today. As the movement to roll back the rights of women, BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ people all over the country gathers momentum, it is the brave artists who use their platforms to give voice to the oppressed, who bring opposing parties to compassion and then to working together for true and lasting change. Deb Kelley is among the best of those artists. Amy fervently hopes that Deb’s words will spark awareness and change.

Deborah Bostock-Kelley – Playwright & Director
Deborah Bostock-Kelley is grateful to have such an incredible cast and crew.  She is a multi-time, award-winning playwright, and a director, producer, actor – pretty much in that order. Her work has appeared across stages in Tampa Bay, competing in every year of the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival and was honored with the inaugural Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Denise Deneen Award recognizing her work in the theatre community. Her one-acts have also been performed at Powerstories’ Voices of Truth Theatre Festival, Powerstories Voices of Women Theatre Festival, Carrollwood Players One Act Weekend, 4×6 Festival, Powerstories SheVolution Festival, and Tarpon Arts.

After everything our mothers and grandmothers fought for, it is unbelievable to think that the attack on women is happening in 2022. Our voice is our power. While SCOTUS is trying to send us back to the dark ages, a festival like this shines a light on women and helps magnify our voices.

Darouny Bounsengsay – Stage Manager
I’m so excited to return to tech theater & work with this wonderful cast and crew for the Voice of Women Theater Festival at Powerstories Theatre.

Chris Corley – Sound and Lights
Bio coming soon!


Torn between an upstairs/downstairs life of secrets and lies because of her parents’ bitter arguments over their different religions, a young woman desperately tries to discover her own identity and break the cycle of prejudice and religious conflict that has devastated her family and emotionally crippled her. Starring a stellar ensemble of working actors, A Good American is an emotional journey that examines the power of love, the struggles of grief and the resilience of family.

This production is dedicated of A GOOD AMERICAN is dedicated to my mom and dad who inspired this play.


A group of five women embark on a weekend trip in the beautiful San Juan Islands in Washington state. They discover that friendships and family are a complicated mix and “getting away from it all” usually involves bringing it all with you.

Barbara Lindsay has been an actress most of life and has worked in films, commercials, TV, and onstage. Her most recent roles in Seattle were “Undo” at Annex Theater and “Admissions” at Seattle Public Theater. Babs is also a playwright with more than 400 productions to her credit.
Jamie Hartung is a Seattle mom, cook, baker, artist, and knitter.
Doreen Leigh teaches piano and novel writing. She studied dance at the University of Minnesota.
Dakota Leigh has been an actress and dancer from a young age. She has been in dozens of musicals with prominent roles in both high school and college productions.
April Osborne enjoyed her time resurrecting her acting skills in “Reclaiming Grounds”, and thanks her fellow cast members for their generosity and Beth for the opportunity. The wisdom and the journeys of older women matter, and April was grateful to be included in the telling of this one small story.

PLAYWRIGHT: Beth Mahmoud-Howell has had a long career in the arts as an activist; directing, designing, producing and writing in the Pacific NW. Struggling to find inclusive shows written by women to direct, she went on to write and produce her first award-winning ensemble performance piece. Other produced works have focused on peace and justice, inclusion and diversity. Beth’s current pieces in development are addressing the issues of childhood sexual abuse and its impact on relationships, the polarity of politics in families heightened during the pandemic and about being a non-traditional Muslim woman. Her passion for social justice and telling women’s stories has fueled her desire to write and she hopes to continue to grow as a playwright and storyteller and to inspire other women to use their own powerful voices.

DIRECTOR: Beth Mahmoud-Howell has directed all ages of actors, and as an early adopter of inclusivity felt compelled to disrupt casting norms and practices. She has directed several award winning shows and has worked with both small intimate ensemble casts as well as what was her largest educational production which included double casting eighty students. Her innovated work integrating actors with disabilities, DHH and hearing casts was recognized by the local Deaf community. Beth lives in the Pacific NW with her husband and two cats and is a founding member of Dunya Productions the only MENA+, SWANA theatre in Seattle.

Director of Photography

Oliver J. Stellfox is an Emmy-award-winning producer and founder of Sessions In Place.


Jen Marlowe is a documentary filmmaker, writer and Founder of Donkeysaddle Projects.

Camera operator

Angela Moorer is Digital Marketing consultant & multimedia storyteller at Moorer Media.


Sound: Bob Rice

Tech: Kellen Osborne-McKenna