October 2015 Playwright Panel

Sunday, October 11, 2015, 2 – 4:30 p.m.
Flamingo Hotel, Empire Room 

How to Write an Award-Winning Play:
A panel of “play doctors” is standing by

Lennie Dean, Linda Loveland Reid & Natasha Yim


Want to see your play in full production on stage?

Do you think because you are a new playwright this can’t happen for you?

Did you know that writing a play has much in common with writing fiction?


Whether you are a writer or playwright you’ll want to attend this panel discussion that will present great ideas to enhance any type of writing. Each year, Redwood Writers sponsors a short play contest and some of the winners are often first-time playwrights. The dream of seeing your play on stage can happen.

But, first … the play’s the thing!


Topics will include:

  • Character Development
  • Please, no Airplanes!
  • Dialogue Is Everything
  • Where’s The Arc?
  • Creating An Environment
  • Is It Plot or Character Driven?
  • Who Changes?



Lennie Dean

Lennie Dean

Lennie Dean

This year marked the fourth year Lennie Dean has been festival director for “New Voices on the Vine,” the Redwood Writers and 6th Street Playhouse collaboration to produce winning plays from the Redwood Writers short play contest. Dean has been part of the Sonoma County theater scene for more than 40 years. She received her MFA in Acting from Temple University’s Advanced Actor Training Program in Philadelphia.

Dean has acted, taught, directed, worked as a dramaturge and produced for several theater companies and schools in areas including New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Currently, as the education associate at 6th Street Playhouse, Dean teaches adult acting.

Her recent directing credits at 6th Street include “The Tennessee Menagerie,” (an original adaptation), “One Flew over the Cuckoos Nest,” “Happy,” by Rob Caisley, and “Rumors” for Montgomery High Drama. Dean is slated to direct “Silent Sky,” by Lauren Gunderson, in March of 2016 in the studio at 6th Street Playhouse.

Linda Loveland Reid

Linda Reid

Linda Reid

“Back in 1983, when Harry and I co-produced “Our Town” for what is now Wells Fargo Center for the Arts, I had no idea my career in theater had begun,” said Linda Loveland Reid. Now as she looks back, she has directed more than 30 plays for various groups, including 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa Players, Novato Theater Company and Sonoma Theater.

Reid’s favorites include “Odd Couple: Female Version,” Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” and “Merchant of Venice,” “Hotel Baltimore,” “Biloxi Blues,” “Beyond Therapy,” “Gin Game” in 2009 for Novato and Spreckels Performing Arts Center, and “Oleanna,” a drama by playwright David Mamet for 6th Street Playhouse. She transformed the monologue from “My Left Breast” into a three-person show that ran in Santa Rosa, Ukiah, and Napa. ln 2010, Reid directed “The Ticking Clock” by Jody Gehrman, and 18 vignettes melded into a cohesive production. The latter was the first show for 6th Street’s Women’s History Month celebration. As well, Reid’s 10-minute plays have been read on radio and performed in reading theaters.

Linda is a past president of Redwood Writers, the author of two novels, and she has chaired the Redwood Writer’s Play Contest and Festival for five years.

Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim

Natasha Yim is a playwright, children’s author and freelance writer. Her short plays have been performed in Ukiah, Guerneville, Santa Rosa, Los Angeles, and internationally in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Her non-fiction articles have appeared in adult regional and local publications, as well as in children’s magazines: Highlights for Children, Appleseeds, and Faces. Yim is the author of four children’s books: Otto’s Rainy Day (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2000), Cixi, The Dragon Empress (Goosebottom Books, 201 1), Sacajawea of the Shoshone (Goosebottom Books, 2012), and Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (Charlesbridge Publishing, 2014). Her upcoming picture book, The Rock Maiden, will be released by Wisdom Tales Press in 2017.

Currently, Yim is working on some 10-minute play ideas, a middle-grade novel and revising a picture book manuscript.