Mya is a comedy writer who is half-Floridian, half-South African, and half-Muppet. She was a writer for CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, and for Whoopi Goldberg and Mana Contemporary’s mini-writers’ room fellowship. Mya was also a semi-finalist for the Universal Animation Writing Workshop, and twice each for Sundance Episodic Lab and Screencraft Comedy Script Competition. She is additionally the Creator & Writer of Submitting Like A Man, in which she resubmitted a decade of rejected scripts–this time under a man’s name. It went a wee bit viral and was read 25K times in 59 countries. In theatre, Mya has had over two dozen stageplays and comedy shows seen from NYC to LA, including Ars Nova, New Dramatists, Ammunition Theatre, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, UCB, The PIT, and more. Mya can speak ASL, French, Hebrew, and Zulu (really), and knows a lot about bears (not really). NYU-Tisch BFA, Dramatic Writing & Africana Studies. mmkagan.com • @theSLAMblog
Lauren is an actor based out of Brooklyn. She has worked professionally in and out of New York for 10+ years. Regionally she performed as Eurydice in the anniversary production of Metamorphoses at the Lookingglass and Arena Stage, in the premier of The House in Hydesville, telling the tale of the Fox sisters who claimed to be the first spiritual mediums (and perhaps feminists themselves), heroine Gerda in The Snow Queen, the courageous Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank, and many other juicy roles.
Favorite New York credits include My Sweet Charlie at the Abingdon, playing the saucy Mary Boleyn in The Kings Whore at Walkerspace and Snoopy himself in the ever popular Charlie Brown Christmas Live.
Additionally Lauren is incredibly organized and business savvy. She is the Business Operations Manager at Apartment Therapy Media where she makes things happen on a daily basis.
MFA Acting FSU/Asolo Theatre Conservatory, BA Theater Penn State University. www.laurenorkus.com
Sarah Cosgrove is a feminist theatre artist who is dedicated to the creation of new works. Her play, Cafe Bernard, will have its first staged reading at CenterPieces Reading Series on The Waldron Stage at Mill Mountain Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia in April 2017. She had the first reading of a play she is currently writing, Jack’s Place, at The Tinker in Roanoke this past November. As an actor, Sarah Cosgrove has worked with the Playwright’s Forum and 1MPF in DC, as well as, the Organic Theatre, Bailiwick Theatre, Inn Town Theatre Company, Chameleon Theatre, and The Artistic Home in Chicago. Sarah was nominated for a non-equity Joseph Jefferson award for Supporting Actress in John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo with Inn Town Theatre Company. She toured with Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education in Chicago and taught drama with ArtStream in the Metro DC area. As a film actor, Sarah performed in La Stanza Acconto/The Room Next Door and A League of Their Own. She studied professionally with Sanford Meisner at The Neighborhood Playhouse, earned a B.S. in Acting and Directing from Illinois State University, and is currently an MFA Candidate in Playwriting at Hollins University.