For the 2015-2016 academic year, the Contemporary Drama Working Group will be run collectively by its five directors: Miyoko Conley, Martha Herrera-Lasso, Christian Nagler, Kimberly Richards and Joshua Williams.
Miyoko Conley is a playwright and actor. Her plays have been produced and read in the New York City area, including Untitled Fantasy, as part of (2g) Second Generation’s Jumpstart Commissions, and The Joke, which was the winner of 2g’s Free Range Festival and produced at Walking Fish Theatre in Philadelphia. While not all of her plays involve robots, she has been commissioned to write some, including Interchangeable Parts and Untitled Robot Plays, a collaboration with A. Rey Pamatmat. Miyoko is also a recipient of the George A. Kernodle Award for her play Robot Arm. She holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Theatre, and an MA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in Playwriting and Japanese Popular Culture. She is currently a PhD student in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, with a focus on transnational fan cultures in Japan and Korea.
Martha Herrera-Lasso is from Mexico City, where she studied playwriting at the national university (UNAM), and later worked as writer and developer for theater and television. She has an MA in Theatre from the University of British Columbia, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, with a focus on language, performance and immigration. She likes to think, speak and write about how languages and cultures are translated, circulated and made to intersect.
Christian Nagler is an artist and writer based in Oakland, California. He works at the intersection of bodily movement and geo-financial systems. Recent projects include Market Fitness, Yoga for Adjuncts, and Cosmoconvulsive Anxiothenics, which pursue economic critique through kinesthetic, participatory performances. Currently, he is doing graduate research on issues of performance in economic discourse and completing his first novel, The Capitalist.
Kimberly Richards obtained her BA and MA in English literature at the University of Calgary, Canada, before pursuing a PhD in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. She studies international human rights law and its representations and implications for artistic production in cosmopolitan centers.
Joshua Williams is a writer, teacher, director and PhD candidate in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. He researches the political figure of the animal in East African theatre and performance and is translating the complete plays of the Tanzanian dramatist Ebrahim Hussein from Swahili into English for Oxford University Press. Before coming to Berkeley, he earned an AB from Princeton University in Comparative Literature with certificates in African Studies and Creative Writing, and an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, also in Comparative Literature. His plays have been produced at Theatre Intime, Princeton University, the Capital Fringe Festival, U.C. Berkeley, C.U. Boulder, the New York Musical Theatre Festival and Ars Nova’s ANT Fest. jdmwilliams.com