Bruce McLeod - Playwright

Bruce McLeod was born in Scotland. After earning his doctorate at the University of Iowa, he published The Geography of Empire in English Literature, 1580 – 1745 with Cambridge University Press (1999). He has co-written IN THE SWEAT (Faber) with Naomi Wallace as well as a number of film script.

Naomi Wallace - Author

Naomi Wallace is a playwright from Kentucky. Her plays — which have been produced in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and the Middle East — include In the Heart of AmericaSlaughter City, One Flea Spare, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Things of Dry Hours, The Fever Chart: Three Vision of the Middle East,  And I And Silence, The Hard Weather Boating Party, and The Liquid Plain. Her stage adaptation of William Wharton's novel Birdy was produced on the West End in London. In 2009, One Flea Spare was incorporated in the permanent repertoire of the French National Theater, the Comédie- Francaise. Only two American playwrights have been added to La Comédie's repertoire in 300 years. Films: Lawn Dogs, The War Boys, Flying Blind (co-written with Bruce McLeod). Awards: Susan Smith Blackburn Prize (twice), Joseph Kesselring Prize, Fellowship of Southern Writers Drama Award, Obie Award, and the 2012 Horton Foote Award for most promising new American play. She is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts development grant. In 2013, Wallace received the inaugural Windham Campbell prize for drama and in 2015, an Arts and Letters Award in Literature.

Jessica Headington - Director

Jessica Headington has a BFA in Acting from Stephens College and has been studying theatre since age ten. Her recent roles at 6th Street include Henrietta Leavitt inSilent Sky, the Ghost of Christmas Past in A Christmas Carol, Maureen Folan in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Ivy in August: Osage County.  Elsewhere in Sonoma County, Jess played Dawn in Lobby Hero at Sonoma Stage Works and Agnes White in Bug at Narrow Way Stage Company.   She is currently working as a company member with the Chalkboard Players, an improvisational children's theatre group.  During her undergraduate years, she was the Artistic Director and Dramaturge of the Warehouse Theatre on the Stephens College campus and a company member at the Okoboji Summer Theatre in Spirit Lake, IA. Jess loves teaching almost as much as she loves acting.  She has taught reading, piano lessons and African dance.  Her movement study has included Alexander technique, pilates, and yoga.  She has sung with many choirs, including 5 years with the Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble in Sonoma. When she's not at the theatre, Jess enjoys spending time her husband Billy and her sweet dog, Sophie.