GUILDED (VOLUMES 1 & 2)
PLAYS BY WOMEN OF FILM AND TV
These unique collections of drama and comedy one-act plays, written by professional women screenwriters, will enthrall audiences worldwide. From dysfunctional family relationships, unrequited love, coming-of-age issues, historical pieces about prejudice and discrimination, to life-altering accidental run-ins and absurd communication problems, these plays are crafted by writers trained to entertain for television and film, now turning their talents to the stage.
These anthologies will make you laugh and cry. From fighting over mattresses, confiding secrets to a stranger on an airplane or confronting a cheating spouse, these plays are about the moments that can potentially change a life. GUILDED plays are diverse, ranging from stories of Chinese immigrants, to a young Latina finding romance, to teenage fashion angst and childhood monsters who threaten in the dark. Take your pick from the women of GUILDED, each one is a gem.
This collection contains the following plays:
Foodie by Zoila Amelia Galeano
The Apology by Sharon Soboil
Take-Off by Linda Shayne
Hysteria by Susan Cinoman
Happy Talk by Valérie A. Brotski
Sizzler by Ellen Ancui
The Pinky Promise Dissolution Service by Tracy Held
The Monster in the Dark by Catherine Wignall
This collection contains the following plays:
The Wife and Other Woman by Maria Elena Rodriguez
Gaslighting by Monique Sorgen
Gam Saan by Amy Joe
Natural Son by Cheryl L. Davis
Boot Night by Carissa Kosta
Fifteen Candles by Linda Dillon Moya
Silver Linings by Susie Singer Carter
About the Playwrights
Ellen Ancui (she/hers) is a middlescent, neuro-diverse, gluten-free, writer for TV, film, theater, and animation who hails from Long Island and lives in Pasadena. Her edgy traumedies focus on sexual irreverence and female protagonists who feel like outsiders, desperately trying to fit in. In NYC, Ellen founded a multi-disciplinary performance space, SOLO ARTS GROUP, and provided the first home for the original Upright Citizens Brigade (Amy Poehler, Ian Walsh). Conan O’Brien saw them there and the rest is history. Ellen transplanted to LA after the success of her one-woman show, JUMPING OFF THE FRIDGE, and was staffed on the sitcom, MALCOLM & EDDIE. Most recently, Ellen wrote two episodes of the Netflix animated show, BROWN & FRIENDS, was hired by Independent Media to write a comedy feature, is in pre-production for her short film, FOUND, her feature SILICON SALLY and TV pilot, IN THEORY are both in development with producers, she’s developing a full-length ensemble play, PASSOVER, for production in 2023, and is writing a tantalizing and cheeky cookbook called, SAUCY! She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and received her MFA from Rutgers University.
Valérie A. Brotski writes both drama and comedy for film and television. Her writing examines the worlds of inadvertent contrarians who crash against societal norms, often with a twist of dark humor. While her film and TV scripts tend to be female-focused and explore the darker side of humanity, she also has the flexibility to write different genres and tones. Topics she’s tackled include women in the military, sexism in the cannabis industry, the astronaut training program for women, women’s rights, government oversight, and psychopathy.
Valérie worked on several comedies, including “The Office,” and on “Desperate Housewives,” where she wrote two episodes in the final seasons. Valérie is a member of the WGA and the WGA Committee of Women Writers.
Susie Singer Carter is a multi-award-winning filmmaker, podcast producer/host and Caregiver Advocate. She is best known for writing, directing, and producing the 2018 Oscar Qualified short film, “My Mom and The Girl” starring Valerie Harper in her final performance, writing and producing “Bratz the Movie” for Lionsgate, co-producing “Soul Surfer” for Sony. Most currently, Ms. Singer Carter wrote the screenplay, “RUN”, based on the book “Plain Jane” and will be firecting the film starring Leighton Meester and Rose McIver in 2023. Ms. Singer Carter produces and hosts the podcast Love Conquers Alz – awarded BEST PODCAST 2020 by New Media Film Festival and is the co-creator, co-writer, and director of the outrageous horror/comedy narrative podcast “I Love Lucifer”. Ms. Singer Carter serves as California Caregiving.com Champion, has been featured in many Alzheimer’s awareness campaigns, and is a sought-after Keynote Speaker.
Playwright Susan Cinoman wrote for television, ABC’s “The Goldbergs.” Plays include Fitting Rooms, Applause Books “Best Short Plays.” Off-Broadway, Gin and Bitters and Cinoman and Rebeck. Other productions seen at Ensemble Studio Theatre, Naked Angels and Circle Repertory. Film work includes the screenplay Love and Class in Connecticut andAll Me, All the Time. Cinoman’s new play, Guenevere, is being developed by Connecticut Theatre Exchange. Awards: The Best Connecticut Filmmaker Award in 2009; The Best Narrative Film at New England Film and Video Festival; an Official Selection by The International Berkshire Film Festival; The Maxwell Anderson Playwrights Prize, and The Aristos Award.
Cheryl L. Davis’ play Maid’s Door premiered at the Billie Holiday Theatre, received seven Audelco Awards and was presented at two National Black Theatre Festivals; it was a finalist for the Francesca Primus Prize and has recently been published as part of TCG’s Holy Ground: The National Black Theatre Festival Anthology. She received the Kleban Award for her work as a musical theater librettist, and her musical Barnstormer, written with award-winning composer Douglas J. Cohen, received a Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award under the auspices of the Lark Play Development Center. Her musical Bridges (also written with Cohen) was commissioned and produced by the Berkeley Playhouse and was a finalist for the 2018 Richard Rodgers Award. Don’t Stay Safe, the short musical film based on Bridges, was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and screened and won awards in several film festivals.
Zoila Amelia Galeano, (Zoilita to her large Honduran family) worked in reality television on shows like Project Runway, Survivor and American Choppers. She also worked in Post Production on scripted series. Life was sweet, but she secretly dreamed of becoming a writer. But, leaving her established career seemed scary, then she became a stepmother to teenaged girls. After that, nothing scared her. So, she gave up her steady paycheck to pursue her passion.
She got into a LOT of writers’ programs: Act One, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, CBS, NBC Writers On The Verge and the ABC/Disney Fellowship.
She’s written for Hulu, Mun2, Freeform, Hallmark, Hooked, PBS Kids, Brat TV, Focus Features, and she sold a kids’ show. Her writing ranges from dark and twisted (like her hair) to fun and dramatic (like her family).
Zoila is happiest chasing her dream as a writer, mom and aspiring karate black belt.
Tracy Held (she/they) is an award-winning Chinese/Eastern European writer for stage and screen. Her work has been produced across the country and commissioned by The Vagrancy, Playwrights Foundation, SF Olympians Festival, Loud and Unladylike Festival, Trap Street, and All Terrain Theater. She received an Alfred P. Sloan screenwriting award for her feature, “Science Fair the Musical.” She is the former Executive Director of Play Cafe, the Founder and Artistic Director of All Terrain Theater, and the Co-Founder of the 31 Plays in 31 Days Project. She received her AA degree in Theater Arts from Laney College, BS in Conservation and Resource Studies from UC, Berkeley, and an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University with Rob Handel. She is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of the Writers Guild of America West Asian American Writers Committee and is a member of the Independent Writers’ Caucus.
Amy Joe is a Chinese American producer and writer who has worked on the documentary, “Science of Avatar,” as well as talk television shows like “Ask Oprah’s All-Stars” and “Dr. Phil,” before moving into scripted television writing dramas and dramedies that explore the themes of alienation and the special bond of sibling relationships. A two-time Emmy nominated producer, Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Asian American Studies from California State University, Northridge. She speaks Toisan and Cantonese. Amy volunteers at Project Angel Food and is currently developing a TV pilot inspired by her college years, and life in an Asian sorority.
Carissa Kosta recently wrote on ABC’s United We Fall starring Jane Curtin, Will Sasso, Christina Vidal and Guillermo Díaz. Prior to that, she co-created a series called Flip A Bitch which reached hundreds of thousands of people when it was featured on Cosmopolitan’s digital channels. Born out of this concept, she recently wrapped a short film she co-wrote and directed called Dealhership, starring Johnny Pemberton, Natalie Palamides, Beth Stelling and Carlos Santos. In her spare time, she co-leads the Eastside LA Moms Demand Action/Everytown For Gun Safety group because we all know, it’s the f**king guns. Oh, she also pushed two babies out of her vagina. Kidding! They were ripped out of her stomach.
Raised in a Mexican and Irish American household in El Paso, Texas, Linda Dillion Moya is a co-executive producer, who worked on the TV pilot “Whole Planet” for ARtv and developed “White Sands,” an original TV pilot for Sony Crackle. Linda also wrote the feature “Killing Animals” and the short film “Age of the Moon” for Rabbit Bandini Productions. Linda holds an MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA, where she was awarded a prestigious Showcase Award for her original drama pilot, “Border Saints.” An avid traveler, Linda is a global storyteller who writes about complex characters living on the fringes of society. She is fluent in Spanish and is currently writing a memoir based on her two-year trip around the world.
Maria Elena Rodriguez is from San Francisco where she began writing sketch comedy. Her first job in TV was production managing The Simpsons, then working in animation and CGI for studios like Nickelodeon, Fox, Sony, ILM, Pixar and Disney. She also produced the movies, TV specials and web series for Mattel’s hit franchise Monster High. She quit producing to write full time, staffing on Showtime’s Latino boxing drama Resurrection Blvd, NBC’s drug war mini-series Kingpin, and Ava DuVernay’s OWN family drama, Queen Sugar. Maria Elena’s comedic monologue “Cramp Services” was performed by Pulitzer-nominated Kristina Wong as part of the Period Piece Anthology. She has developed several TV series, both solo and with luminaries Peter Lefcourt, Robin Swicord and Rosemary Rodriguez.Current projects include an animated series set in the court room, a dramedy pilot about parolees working in a restaurant kitchen, and a romantic comedy feature.
Sharon Soboil grew up around the arts in Marin County. She has long loved writing, from the first diary entry as a young girl of ‘Why won’t he look at me?, which plunked her solidly into writing romantic comedies and dramas. Sharon’s 20-year career writing for film and television includes working for a myriad of studios and producers including Netflix, Amazon, Voltage, E1, ABC Family, Hallmark, Disney, Fox, and Participant Media. Sharon is a past member of famed Groundlings and Second City, and is an active member of the Women’s Writer’s Guild Committee.
Raised in an international hippie house in San Francisco’s Castro district, Monique Sorgen is an award-winning writer-director with a joyfully cynical voice, who’s gone through the Sony Television Directors Program and two initiatives at BlackMagic Collective. Her dark comedy, Sorry, Not Sorry amassed over 100,000 views and 4000 likes in its first month on Omeleto.com. She’s directed branded reality series, shorts, and music videos that were acquired by the Disney Channel and the Jonas Brothers. As a writer and member of the WGA, she has developed with Imagine, DiNovi, USA/UCP, Morgan Freeman’s Revelations, and David Oyelowo’s Yoruba Saxon, among many others. Currently, she has three projects in post-production, including a sitcom about her family starring sock puppets.
Linda Shayne graduated from UC Berkeley, worked in mental hospitals and published a field study on ex-offenders from San Quentin Prison, before she became a writer and director in film and TV. Shayne has written movies for Imagine, Showtime and Disney, and directed for Paramount, Nickelodeon and Warner Bros. She created a teen dramedy TV series for Quincy Jones. Shayne is adapting for the screen, a nonfiction book about WW2 spies, for a European company. Recently, Shayne wrote & directed a documentary about a Thai transwoman self-made billionaire. Shayne won a Directing Award at the Freedom Festival Intl., Best Screenplay at the London Renaissance Film Festival and the Florence Film Awards and Best Thriller at the Hollywood Ind. Film Festival. She has served as a Judge at the Big Apple Film Festival and the Content Asia Awards. Shayne is an American/Canadian dual citizen and works in the US, Canada, Asia and Europe.
Catherine Wignall is a screenwriter and cat lover from England who made her feature film debut with the Blumhouse YA horror-comedy CRAWLERS, shortly after graduating from the UCLA Screenwriting MFA program. She then created and wrote GOOD LUCK HAVE FUN, a middle grade romcom series for Brat TV. In the UK, she was awarded funding from Screen Yorkshire and the British Film Institute for a mini writers’ room for her show GHOUL FRIENDS. She was a BAFTA LA Newcomer for three years before becoming a BAFTA Connect member. She was recently named one of Austin Film Festival’s ‘Screenwriters to Watch’ and has multiple projects in development with global production companies. When not writing or napping, she spends her time wishing she was a witch, a cat in a well-off family, or Harry Styles’ best friend.