Players & Playwrights

Meet the players and playwrights of the games we play at Dungeons + Drama Nerds. Below you’ll find headshots and bios for the players of our Second Season.

Kids on Bikes

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Emma Covert (Fred Hudson, she/her) is a theatre artist/technician and freelance photographer/illustrator, and a 2019 graduate of Franklin & Marshall College where she received her B.A. in Theatre and minored in Studio Art. When not building or fixing something or other backstage, Emma spends most of her time chasing birds or rewriting campaign notes for her various home games while her players debate the merits of every single type of french fry. She will be working as a Carpenter for Festival 56 this summer before joining the Gulfshore Playhouse as a Carpentry and Scenic Production Intern in the fall, and is thrilled to roll some dice with some awesome people!

Blades in the Dark

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Percival Hornak (Hank Boswell, he/they/xe) is a dramaturg, playwright, and literary manager who loves games, ghost stories, and plays about lesbians. They are currently pursuing their MFA in Dramaturgy at UMass Amherst, and are the proud Literary Manager of Team Awesome Robot. Percy spent two seasons as an Allen Lee Hughes Fellow in Arena Stage's Literary office, where he worked on several productions as a script supervisor and production dramaturg. Other companies xe has worked with include Andy’s Summer Playhouse, Luna Stage, and the Theatre Communications Group. TTRPGs have been a lifelong love of Percy's, and he has several years of experience as a GM in several D20 and Powered by the Apocalypse systems. Check out his website at percivalhornak.com

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Esther Yumi Ko (George Privanathan) is a Korean-American writer and photographer who grew up in (and escaped) New Jersey. By day, she works as an arts administrator in higher education. The rest of the time, she creates and consumes stories about hyphenated identity, liminal spaces, tech mediated communication, multiverses, and memory. During the pandemic, she socially distanced by driving through the country then wrote about it on her blog: paragraphsandpixels.com. Follow her on IG for pretty photos and Twitter for angry rants about economic injustice: @estheryumiko

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Ella Mock (Kodi Thompson Lee Garcia Smith, they/them) is a multi-disciplinary theatre artist and educator, intimacy choreographer, and sex & consent educator with Speak About It. They have been an Education Artist with Portland Stage Theatre Company, teaching Shakespeare and storytelling to most ages. They trained with Theatre of the Oppressed NYC in Forum Theatre, has had their clown heart opened by many excellent clown facilitators, and earned their BFA in Socially Engaged Arts with a Decolonial Sexuality Studies concentration at Goddard College. They currently occupy the unceded lands of many nations, including the Eno, Shakori, and Skaruhreh.  They want you to look up whose land you live on at  https://native-land.ca/.

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C. J. Linton (GM, he/him) is a game designer and dramaturg who writes about robots, change, and making difficult choices in impossible circumstances. Theatrically, he has worked in dramaturgy and administration for Actors Theatre of Louisville, Center Theatre Group, Studio Theatre, and Olney Theatre Center. C. J. holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and sociology from Johns Hopkins University, where he served as the Executive Producer of Witness Theater for two seasons and researched American cyberpunk literature and independent bookstore survival strategies in the Amazon age. In the tabletop gaming realm, C. J. is the designer of Those of Us Who Know Better and Bring Down the House and the co-designer of Tomorrow on Revelation III. He is also joyfully a perpetual GM, most frequently of Cyberpunk 2020/RED and recent indie releases. You can find him on itch.io and Twitter @NearFutures. For more of his work, visit cjlinton.com.

Bluebeard's Bride

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Gina Femia (The Virgin)'s work has been seen/developed at MCC Theater, Playwrights Horizons, EST, The Flea, Page 73, Playwrights’ Center, CTG, Theater of NOTE, Panndora Productions, among others. Plays include ALLOND(R)A (2019 Kilroys List, Winner: Leah Ryan Prize, Runner-up, Yale Drama Prize), THIS HAPPENED ONCE AT THE ROMANCE DEPOT OFF THE I-87 IN WESTCHESTER (2019 Kilroys List Honorable Mention), We Are a Masterpiece (Winner: The Doric Wilson Award, Stage Rights publishing), The Mermaids' Parade (Finalist, American Blue Ink Award, Semifinalist, The Relentless Award, Finalist, Princess Grace Award), For The Love Of (Original Works Publishing), and The Violet Sisters (Great Plains Theatre Conference).

 

Gina is a 2019-2022 Core Writer with the Playwrights Center, and an Alum of EST Youngblood, Page73's Interstate 73, Ingram New Plays Lab, Parsnip Ship's Radio Roots Writer's Group, Pipeline Theatre’s PlayLab, and New Georges' Audrey Residency.  Gina’s a New Georges Affiliated Artist and has received residencies with Page73, Powerhouse, NTI at the O’Neill, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Fresh Ground Pepper. MFA, Sarah Lawrence College (Lipkin Prize in Playwriting).

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Haleh Roshan (The Animus, she/they) is an Iranian-American writer with hereditary neuropathy (CMT). Her work fuses leftist politics with intercultural narratives to challenge global power structures and trouble conceptions of identity and ability. Her plays A PLAY TITLED AFTER THE COLLECTIVE NOUN FOR FEMALE-IDENTIFYING 20-SOMETHINGS LIVING IN NYC IN THE 2010S and FREE FREE FREE FREE are published by Dramatists Play Service. Previous pilots include BELLWETHER (2016 Austin Film Festival Second-Round Semi-Finalist) and THE LEGITIMATE (Screen Craft Quarter Finalist).

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Kory Flores (The Witch, she/her) Kory is a jack of all trades. From acting to directing, she's run the New York gamut in the pursuit of happiness. She has found it in a dark cyber hole in Paranioa, where her love of improv and spending time with distant friends can come together as one. Kory currently works for Rumble as a fitness trainer in Manhattan and lives with her beloved rescue cat, Garbage.

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Romana Isabella (The Mother, they/them) is a playwright, performer and producer with roots in Ukraine and Argentina. Their plays include HYENA!, which they performed at La MaMa, the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the United Solo Festival (winner of “Best Experimental Show”) and Martyrs, which premiered in La MaMa’s Spring 2018 Season. Romana is also a 2017 Fellow of the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices.

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C. Meaker, "Meaks" (The Groundskeeper, she/they),  is a playwright, director, teacher, independent horror scholar, and Dungeon Master who loves all things terrifying and witch-related. Meaker's plays have been performed and developed across the United States including the Kennedy Center and National New Play Network, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Annex Theatre, About Face Theatre, and the Playwrights’ Center, among others. Meaker's work is "reality-adjacent," often playing with conventions outside of kitchen-sink realism, focusing on queer characters and feminist themes that tend to be bleak and funny at the same time. They're a Stranger Award Genius Nominee (That'swhatshesaid) and a Gregory Award Outstanding New Play Nominee (The Lost Girls). Meaker is an alumna of Seattle Repertory Theatre’s Writers Group, and a previous Walter E. Dakin Fellow (Sewanee Writers Conference) and Jerome Fellow (Playwrights' Center). Meaker received an MFA from the University of Iowa's Playwrights' Workshop. You can read more about their work and see pictures of the horrifying things they've done at courtneymeaker.com. For pictures of their cat, visit Instagram. If you want to know what tea she's drinking, she's on Twitter.

Blades in the Dark

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T.P. Huth (Princess Mirena Alonda Gracielle Valerio of the Grayfire Line, Alias: Her Highness) is a theatre artist and educator in the DC area, with her dramaturgical, playwriting, and directing work seen across the DC metropolitan area. They are also currently producing Moon Harbor Heroes, a Masks: A New Generation actual play podcast, and are an active member of the Masks podcasting community (including writing and producing an original musical crossover with over a dozen Masks APs). You can find her on Instagram or Twitter at @tphuth94

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Whitney Lehn Meltz (???, Alias: Wick) is a scenic designer, prop artisan, and colorful genderqueer cryptid based in Las Vegas, NV. They can mostly be found smeared with paint in the scene shop of the Nevada Conservatory Theatre, where they are a resident scenic artist and designer whilst pursuing their Master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They are eagerly spending this year exploring the relationship between themself and theatre/art/storytelling, as they are currently One Stressed Grad Student in Search of a Thesis Topic. Whitney’s sanity saving hobby is the sporadic D&D campaign still running from their undergrad days, in which they play one half of a pair of kenku twin siblings. Keep up with the shenanigans at meltzdesign.com, or @whitney_lehn_meltz on a sometimes forgotten Instagram. 

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Nicholas Orvis (Milos Jeduin, Alias: Needle) is a dramaturg, director, literary manager, and tabletop roleplaying game enthusiast, as well as one of the Managing Editors for Theater magazine. As the Literary Associate for Premiere Stages at Kean University, Nick served as the dramaturg on over a dozen workshops, readings, and productions, and grew the company’s annual submission pool by hundreds of playwrights. He’s also worked at Portland Stage Company, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Luna Stage, and the Tank, and his short (fan) fiction has appeared in Wayfinder magazine. He has over a decade of experience in tabletop roleplaying games (mostly as a GM).

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Dex Phan (Gabe, Alias: Gabe) is an American-born, Vietnamese, gay man looking to inspire others to be their best selves. A former marine mammal trainer and park ranger, he now works within a QA team at a global water and soil research laboratory in Pennsylvania. But in his free time, he enjoys writing and reading about unabashedly queer characters, designing Vietnam-inspired fantasy settings, and subverting expectations of what Asian Americans should be. He hopes to one day be able to put books on shelves that he wishes he had had when he was younger. Keep up with him on Twitter @rexarino.

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Ran Xia (Ellery Crow, Alias: E17) is a Shanghai born, Brooklyn based playwright, director, and sound designer. Resident Director at the Tank (inaugural Artist of the Year Award 2019), where her directing credits include: Independent Study (by Ben Gassman), The Tallest Man in the World (by Ailís Ní Ríain), her own play In Blue, and most recently, Howard Rubenstein's new adaptation of Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound, as a theatrical cinematic hybrid production. Recipient of Drama League × Beatrice Terry Residency 2021-2022, alumnus of Pipeline Playlab 2020, and a usual suspect at Exquisite Corpse Co. Sound design credits include: Islands of Contentment (Hypokrit), Zoetrope (ECC), Black Revolutionary Theatre Workshop's podcasts, etc. She'll be directing Orlando by Sarah Ruhl at Barnard College in Fall 2021. Ran is extremely grateful to Nick for being her Gene Wilder in this D&D world of pure imagination. 

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Elliot Peterson (GM) is a freelance theatre electrician in the DC area. She works at several regional theatres like Signature Theatre and Arena Stage. They are a co-producer, player, and occasional GM on Moon Harbor Heroes, a Masks: A New Generation actual play podcast, and a player on Paradigm Academy, another Masks podcast. When she's not playing bi disaster characters, they can be found GMing Powered by the Apocalypse games with friends on a regular basis.  Elliot can be found on Twitter and on Instagram @elliotylen.

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