Led by some of the country’s top theater artists, the Big Sky Theater workshop is designed to inspire, empower and elevate the talent of actors and playwrights from across the country and provide a stunning environment to cultivate the professional development of new American plays. Focused primarily on process over product, fellows explore their craft in an extraordinary setting that emphasizes individual mentorship and ample access to highly celebrated artists in residence.
2017 ARTISTS In residence
MICHELE PAWK: Michele’s Broadway credits include: Hairspray, Losing Louie, Mamma Mia, Hollywood Arms (Tony Award), Chicago, Seussical, Cabaret (Drama Desk & Outer Critics’ Circle Award nominations), Triumph Of Love, Crazy For You (Drama Desk nomination), Mail. Off-Broadway she appeared in Giant, A Small Fire (Drama Desk & Lucille Lortel nominations), Mahida’s Extra Key To Heaven, Flyovers, Prayer For My Enemy, The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs, The Paris Letter (Drama Desk nomination), Reefer Madness, After The Fair, Hello Again, Merrily We Roll Along, jon & jen, A Little Night Music. Regional favorites: Bounce (Helen Hayes nomination), Natural History. Television appearances include: “Law & Order” (7x) and some fabulous shows from the 80’s. She can be heard on 14 Original Cast Albums. Michele is a proud faculty member in the Theatre Department at Wagner College.
STEPHANIE DIMAGGIO was last scene on stage opposite Nick Offerman in the stage adaptation of the Pulitzer PrizeWinning novel A Confederacy of Dunces. The production debuted at Huntington Theater Company this fall, directed by David Esbjornson.
Her past stage credits include: Broadway: A Free Man of Color by John Guare, directed by George C. Wolfe Off-Broadway: Love’s Labour’s Lost (The Public Theater / dir. Karin Coonrod), Exile (The Cherry Lane/ Dir. Lisa Peterson), 17 Orchard Point (Co-Author & Actor / The Beckett). Regional: Italian American… (Long Wharf Theatre/Dir. Eric Ting ), All My Sons (The Huntington Theatre Company/ Dir. David Esbjornson), Bloody Mary (Dir. Steven Brackett), Haroun… (Dir. Evan Cabnet) both at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Her TV and Film appearances include : The Good Wife (CBS), Person of Interest (CBS), Rubicon (AMC), Cupid (ABC), Law and Order (NBC), The Kosher Cucina (Web-series) and the films The First Born and Generation Um, staring Keanu Reeves.
As a writer, her play 17 ORCHARD POINT (co-author) had it’s world premiere Off-Broadway last spring staring Tony-Award Winner Michele Pawk, directed by Stella Powell-Jones. Her additional plays have been developed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Atlantic Theater Co. and last year at the inaugural Big Sky Theater Workshop. Her first co-authored screenplay, SMART GIRLS, is currently in development.
Stephanie received her B.A in Theater from Fordham University at Lincoln Center, where she now serves on the acting faculty, and her MFA from NYU Graduate Acting Program.
Broadway: War Horse (Lincoln Center Theater), The Heidi Chronicles
Off-Broadway: When the Rain Stops Falling (Lincoln Center Theater), Game Play, The Netflix Plays (Ars Nova)
Other NYC Theater: From The Miraculous (Writer, Director, & Performer – Studio Tisch & in residence at SPACE on Ryder Farm, summer ’14), Paper Dolls (Sundance Theater Lab), Spring Fling (F*It Club – IRT), Bare Naked Drama (Aporia – Cherry Pit), Obama Drama (Creative Destruction – The Tank), An Irish Brew (Studio Tisch) Regional: Disgraced (Philadelphia Theatre Co.), The Heidi Chronicles, Postcards from Earth (Guthrie), Be a Good Little Widow (Old Globe), Twelfth Night, Youth Ink! (McCarter), The Cherry Orchard, Twelfth Night (Chautauqua), Brand:NEW Festival ’09 & ’10 (Hartford Stage) Film: Canto, Ama at Sea TV: Unscripted, The History Channel Writing: The Kosher Cucina (Co-Creator, co-Writer, and Actor – Webseries), The Baby Gospel (Semi-Finalist – O’Neill Theater Center ’11) Teaching: Artists Financial Support Group, Co-Founder and Educator at many schools and organizations, www.artistsfinancial.org Training: M.F.A. NYU Grad Acting, B.A. CSU Long Beach. Proud member of the The Actors Center. www.bengraney.com
EDDIE PRUNOSKE (Resident Director)
Eddie is a theater director interested in new plays, old plays, and site specific events. From 2009-2015 he served as the founding Artistic Director of Glass Bandits where he directed the world premiere of Paul Cameron Hardy’s feeling (The New Ohio), as well as the company devised pieces The Boogeyman Thumbs A-1-A (Fringe), In Memoriam (House of Yes), and a site specific Three Sisters set amidst a Brooklyn loft party. Other credits include Salty Brine’s Dean. Maybe Frank, Maybe Sammy. (Time Our NY Critic’s Pick), the East Coast premiere of Henry Murray’s Treefall (Sargent Theater), Claire Kichel’s Passenger (Crashbox Theater Company) and Dollymops (NYU Tisch/Atlantic), Blake DeLong’s The Hottest Blood (in a gutted Manhattan commercial building), John MacDonlad’s Rough Approximations (Incubator Arts Project) and God on the Roof (Carnegie Mellon University), Lucile Baker Scott & Julia Weldon’s Wet Glitter (IRT), Diana Stahl’s Meditating with my Parents (Dixon Place), and a site-specific production of August Strindberg’s Playing with Fire (in an outdoor Brooklyn garden). Eddie has developed new work with Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Fee, Ugly Rhino, HOWL!Arts, and Magic Time at Judson Church. He was a resident artist at House of Yes, a finalist for the Thayer Fellowship in the Arts/Patricia Kerr Ross Award, and has been a guest lecturer at The New School. As an assistant director he has worked on projects with Daniel Aukin, Ki Fagan, Mallory Catlett, and David Schweizer.
CAROLINE V. McGRAW (Playwright-in-Residence / Mentor)
Caroline V. McGraw’s plays include Ultimate Beauty Bible, Believeland, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, The Bachelors,The Vaults, The King is Dead, and Baby No More Times (a musical co-created with Mary Birnbaum and Melissa Lusk). Her work has been produced and developed all around the country, at companies such as Page 73, Lesser America, New Georges, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Theater Ninjas, Naked Angels, Washington National Opera/The Kennedy Center, Second Stage, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Studio 42, the Lark, IAMA Theater Company, and Ars Nova, among others. She has been in residence at Portland Center Stage’s JAW Festival, Wordbridge Playwrights’ Lab, and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Four of her full-length plays have been nominated to the Kilroys’ List. She is an alumna of the New Georges Jam, the Civilians’ R&D Group, and Interstate 73, and a member of the Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group. Caroline was the 2013 Page 73 Playwriting Fellow, and was Page 73’s 2016/17 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence. She is working on a new play commission from Yale Rep. Caroline is a graduate of the Playwriting program at the Yale School of Drama, where she studied under Paula Vogel.