Moderated by Donna Blanchard, President, Hawai'i State Theater Council.
Michael Jackowitz served as the Musical Theater Liaison for the Harold Prince Musical Theater Program at The Directors Company in NY (1993) and is the Founding Partner of WitzEnd Productions, formed in 2013 for the creation of New Work. He serves as Rubicon Theatre’s Director of New Work in California. Current & Upcoming Productions: "Diana" (Broadway, Spring 2021). "Once on This Island" (Tony Award). "Escape to Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett. "Lifespan of a Fact" starring Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale. "The Hawaiian Goddess" by Keali’i Reichel, Patrick Makuakane, and Roslyn Catracchia.
Chisa Hutchinson has presented plays at such venues as the Lark Theater, Atlantic Theater Company, the National Black Theatre, Second Stage Theater, and Arch 468 in London. Chisa has been a member of New Dramatists, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a NeoFuturist, and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group. She’s won a GLAAD Award, a Lilly Award, a Helen Merrill Award, and the Lanford Wilson Award. She is currently premiering her film, "The Subject" at various festivals, finishing a script for Disney, and writing for a new Showtime series. www.chisahutchinson.com
Marsha Norman won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for her play, ‘night, Mother, and a Tony award for the book to her musical, "The Secret Garden," as well as another for the Revival of "The Color Purple." She has been co-chair, first with Chris Durang, and now with David Lindsay-Abaire, of the Playwriting Program at The Juilliard School for twenty four year. She also teaches musical book at Yale. Recent Broadway work is "The Bridges of Madison County," and the revival of "The Color Purple." Her new project is the book for a musical about two women who dressed as men and fought in the Civil War, and a new play, assisted by the UN, about trafficking and violence toward women worldwide. http://marshanorman.com/