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Pittsburgh Public Theater Playwrights Collective

Established during the 2020 COVID crisis as a way to engage and support regional writers, the Pittsburgh Public Theater Playwrights Collective exists to elevate playwrights with ties to the Pittsburgh region and increase the visibility of Pittsburgh’s past legacy and future potential as a home for extraordinary playwrights. Member writers meet every other week to hear one another’s work and to encourage each other’s progress through constructive feedback and collective effort. They also serve as ambassadors for Pittsburgh Public Theater by engaging in organizational events and adjudicating the theater’s annual new play competition.


MORA V. HARRIS is a Pittsburgh-based playwright and screenwriter. Her plays are published by Playscripts, Inc. and her alien comedy Space Girl has had over twenty productions. She holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh's Regional Co-Representative for the Dramatist Guild. For more, visit:
BRIAN POPE is a Philadelphia-born, Pittsburgh-based playwright and producer. He currently serves as Casting & Literacy Director at Pittsburgh Public Theater. His plays include Paper Trail (Pittsburgh Playwrights), The Elephant Walk (Yinz Like Plays, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust),  Milo de Venus (Non-State Actors), and The Gift of the Mad Guys (Pittsburgh Public Theater's PlayTime).

ALEC SILBERBLATT is a playwright and actor who grew up in Pittsburgh. His plays include The Mon Valley Medium (Carnegie Stage), A Tell-Tale Heart (Pittsburgh Public Theater's PlayTime), and The Angel of Allegheny County (New Wave Theater Collective). He’s a Resident Artist at The Studios of Key West for the 21/22 season.

KELLY TRUMBULL is a theater artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is an actor, educator, director, and, most recently, playwright. Her play, Morning Reckoning, received a production in April 2023 at the New Hazlett Theater, part of CSA 10. 

TJ YOUNG is a Texas-born playwright and dramaturg based in Pittsburgh where he serves as co-representative for the Dramatists Guild – Pittsburgh region. He received his MFA in Dramatic Writing from Texas State University. He is also the NPP Vice-Chair for Region 2 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.