AIMEE BENDER is the author of six books: “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt” (1998), which was a NY Times Notable Book, “An Invisible Sign of My Own” (2000) which was an L.A. Times Pick of the Year, “Willful Creatures” (2005), which was nominated by The Believer as one of the Best Books of the Year, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” (2010), which won the SCIBA award for best fiction, “The Color Master”, a NY Times Notable Book, and “The Butterfly Lampshade”, (2020) which was longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Award. Her books have been translated into sixteen languages. Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and more, as well as heard on PRI’s “This American Life”and “Selected Shorts”. More about Aimee can be found at http://aimeebender.com.
PEHSA RUDNICK is the founding artistic director of Local Theater Company where she pursues the company’s mission to discover and develop new American plays. For Local Theater Company, Pesha has directed eight world premiere productions and she curates Local Lab, Boulder’s annual new play festival. In 2019, Local Theater Company was named “Best Theater in Denver” by the editors of 5280 Magazine. Nationally, Pesha has directed over 60 new works including the world premiere of O.P.C. by Eve Ensler at the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University. She previously collaborated with Ms. Ensler as associate director of the world premiere of EMOTIONAL CREATURE at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Signature Theatre Center. She has also worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Creede Repertory Theatre, Curious Theatre Company, Florida Stage and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Pesha holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree from New York University. In 2008, Pesha was invited to present her thesis, “Using Theater in the Classroom to Promote Literacy” at the IDEAS Conference in Hong Kong. More about Pesha can be found at https://www.pesharudnick.com.