Maria Elena Torres (Artistic Director / Founding Member)
A founding member of Dramatic Question Theatre, Maria is a graduate of Brooklyn College, where she developed her first play under the guidance of Jack Gelber. She is a member of the HB Studios playwrights unit, run by Donna DeMatteo, and also studied with Roger Hendricks Simon. A long-time member of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s Professional Playwrights Unit, she has been the Unit Director since January 2009.
Her produced plays include: THE BRIARS, THE HAZEL TREE (a medieval fantasy), WALLENBERG, LOYALTY LIES (historical Richard III), and THREE MEN ON A BASE, the story of Jackie Robinson, Branch Rickey and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Her latest play, THE MATINSKY CYCLE: PLAY ONE, was performed at the Huron Club at Soho Playhouse in June 2012.
Michael Mejias (Executive Producer / Founding Member)
A founding member-playwright of the Dramatic Question Theatre, Michael also serves as the company's Executive Producer, responsible for creating and implementing both the new play development programs and the community outreach initiatives. Select producing credits for DQT include THE BALLAD OF HIM AND HER, the Bar Play Series, the Playwrights/ Directors Lab, the Fresh-Faces Reading Series, the Familiar Faces Reading Series; and, as part of the Developmental Production Series, FIREHOUSE and CODA (FOR FREDDIE BLUE).
Additionally, Michael founded The Reading Series at the Kettle of Fish and curated the series from 2001-10, introducing over 300 new writers to the New York City publishing community. From 1989-96, he was on the literary staff of the AboutFace Theatre Company (NYC), and was the company's Literary Manager from 1991-96, responsible for new play development programs. Currently, Michael is developing The Latino Presence, an audio platform for Latino authors.
His work for the stage includes MUJERIEGO, GHETTO BABYLON, THE SHOO-IN, WAITING FOR LUCY, and HAMLET PEREZ MACBETH. Michael's work has garnered several honors including the National Latino Playwriting Award (Winner), the MetLife Nuestras Voces Playwriting Competition (Finalist), and the Princess Grace Playwriting Award (Finalist).
His plays have been read, work-shopped, or produced by the Dramatic Question Theatre, the 59E59 Theaters, the Huron Club of the SoHo Playhouse, the Theatre for the New City, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, the AboutFace Theatre Company, the New Federal Theatre, and the HOME for the Contemporary Theatre and Art.
Noemi de la Puente (Managing Director / Founding Member)
Noemi is a founder member of the Dramatic Question Theatre. She received her MFA in Theatre Arts from the University of Iowa (Patricia Roberts Harris Scholarship), as well as a Masters of Science Engineering from Princeton University, and a Bachelors of Science Engineering from Cal Tech. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild. “Pura vida” to her husband Ron!
Her plays include: GENERAL HISPANIC (finalist MultiStages New Works contest 2012), MANUEL VS. THE STATUTE OF LIBERTY (winner – 2014 NYMF Developmental Reading Series Award, Official Selection of the 2015 NYMF Grand Jury), THE REVENGE OF SUICIDE JACK, and LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE (10 min. musical).
A member of the Professional Playwrights Unit at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre from 2004-2012, she also performed the solo show FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH at Theatre 3.
Fred Crecca (Founding Member)
Born in New York, Fred is a former businessman, special ed teacher, cab driver, and bartender whose experiences inform his two dozen plays, including a Drama League award for FAST SHUFFLE and a nomination for his play LACY.
Fred has written over 20 plays that have received public readings. Some of his performed works are NYC premieres of ARTHUR MURRAY TAUGHT ME DANCING IN A HURRY; PARTNERS; TUXEDO JUNCTION; EENIE MEENIE MINEY MOE; PHOMPH!!; SAMMY’S LAST CALL; CODA (for Freddie Blue).
His 2010 BARFLY’S TRILOGY- RYE ‘N GINGER; DOUBLE STOLI; TANQUERAY, was produced by the Dramatic Question Theatre (DQT), for its popular Bar Play Series.
Fred holds a Hunter College (CUNY) B.A. and M.S., and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a former member of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre’s Professional Playwrights Unit.
He is a founding member of DQT and his latest play BILL: A Rake’s Tale, was developed in the DQT Playwrights/Directors Lab 2011 at Theatre for the New City, and was performed at the SoHo Playhouse Huron Club in March 2012. He has recently adapted Strindberg’s THE DANCE OF DEATH,(renamed THE DEADLY DANCE).
Allen Davis III (Founding Member)
A founding member of Dramatic Question Theatre, Allen was awarded the Borimix Award in 2011 for lifetime service mentoring Hispanic playwrights.
In 2010 he was accepted as a colonist at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and he was recently the winner of the TADA! Youth Theatre Award and a Life Time Achievement Award from The Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA).
For 32 years he directed the Beginning and Professional Unit of the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. He was also a Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. His plays have been produced regionally and in New York, and his children’s plays are published by Samuel French.
Allen is graduate of Syracuse University and has an MFA from Yale Drama School, as well as an alumnus of The New Dramatists and The United States Marine Corp. Just call him “Sarge.”
Jonathan Libman is a playwright and director born and raised near Penn Station in New York City. He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program.
His plays include: ACCIDENTS WAITING TO HAPPEN (IRT Theater, produced by Stable Cable, Kitchen Dog Theater Finalist), PLEASE LEAVE THE LIGHT ON (Seven Devils Playwriting Conference Finalist), THE METRO SECTION, THE MEN UPSTAIRS, LIFE DRAWING AND THE HUMAN BODY, SELF-GENERATION FRICTION, SHALL I FETCH THE APPARATUS, and other one acts.
Jonathan’s work has been performed at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, New Dramatists, The Actors Studio, Provincetown Playhouse, Cherry Lane, The Medicine Show, and The Slipper Room.
An excerpt of his full length play Please Leave the Light On was presented in Barefoot Theatre Company’s ROCKAWAY, a collection of plays to benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims.
Erica Silberman (Affiliated Playwright)
Erica Silberman is a playwright, director, producer and memoirist. Her plays have been produced or developed at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, New World Stages, New York Theatre Musical Festival, The Stonington Opera House, Metropolitan Playhouse, Six Figures, New Perspectives and HERE.
She has written sixteen times for the acclaimed twenty-four hour theatre short play and musical production theAtrainplays, and was featured in The Best of theAtrainplays, and on PRI’s Studio 360 with Kurt Anderson in a piece on writing under pressure of deadline. Erica was a finalist for the Susan Nims playwriting award at Alaska’s Last Frontier Theatre Conference in 2012 for her play Ms. Baxter’s Good Deed.
She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, serves on the board of directors at the League of Professional Theatre Women, and for the past eleven years she has held various positions at Girls Write Now, an award winning after school writing/mentoring program for high school girls from underserved city schools.
Brittany Barker (Affiliated Playwright)
Brittany Barker, 23, is a Guyanese-American by way of Harlem, NYC. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education and is the lead 10th grade English teacher at Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School.
A writer and spoken word artist, Ms. Barker recently debuted her first one woman show, "BlackGirl ThirdSpace: Standing Upright in the Crooked Room" at Theaterlab, NYC.
Ms. Barker is the 2012 Knicks Poetry Slam 2nd place winner; founder of Dickinson College's first spoken word poetry collective, Exiled Poetry Society; and, has twice attended the White House as a representative for Girls Write Now Inc. She is currently working on the second installment in her BlackGirl ThirdSpace series.
Ahrum Claiborne (Affiliated Playwright)
AHRUM CLAIBORNE is a New York-based playwright and actor. Her multi-character one-woman show, Seoul for Sale in NYC is the first in a trilogy autobiographical story about her journey from Seoul Korea to NYC during the Golden Age of Hip Hop.
Claiborne was educated at New York University on an academic scholarship. She received extensive training with a scholarship to The Lee Strasberg Theater Institute with George Loros and Hope Arthur. She received an additional scholarship at Broadway Dance Center, and continued her dance training at Phil Black Dance Studio and Steps on Broadway in NYC. Claiborne received the Spotlight On Award for, tryin t’ touch the sun in 2002-2003.
Claiborne is co-creator of Art Takes Seoul, a collaboration with African American visual artist Mira Gandy where theater and visual art merges. Seoul for Sale in NYC / Art Takes Seoul was featured in the Wall Street Journal and received the Agnes Morehead Award Best of 2012 - Gay City News and New York Beacon. In 2015, Seoul for Sale in NYC-Art Takes Seoul was a finalist in the Women in the Arts & Media Coalition Collaboration Award. Claiborne is a 2016-2017 Playwright-in-Residence at the Dramatic Question Theatre, NY.
Claiborne currently resides in New York City with her husband and son.