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prezYou can become a member of OPP by attending at least two meeting in order to understand our critique process, then simply declaring to the Board your intent to participate as an ongoing member.

Dues are $36.00 a year - payable in January of each new year. Parties who join at other times during the year will have their dues prorated. Any person who, for reasons they are not required to explain, cannot pay the dues need simply inform the Board President. They will be waived.

What Membership Provides...

  • Membership can provide professional collegiality, networking and a first rate opportunity to acquire practical playwriting skills.
  • Also, members of Old Pueblo Playwrights are afforded an opportunity to have their work performed in a staged reading in the annual New Play Festival.
  • Finally, their plays are given priority when it comes to scheduling them for Monday night critiques.


Pam Burris
The act of playwright is stimulating, challenging, aggravating, fun, at times pitiful. The act of revision is all of this and much more. Yet it is the 'filling-in' of time and space in a particular way that keeps it all going. Communing with others at OPP, enlivens this process. I feel gratitude for all of you, for your willingness to listen, to give feedback, to write follow-up emails, to generously give your encouragement to carry on.

John Cafiero
John Cafiero is a dad, a student of the Pilates method, a freelance writer, and designer, and co-owner of local massage clinic Rooted. He has always been a bookworm. As a teen, while his peers were "hanging out" with their friends, he was "hanging out" with Moliere and Samuel Beckett and Thornton Wilder, among others. He had a complicated relationship with his own creativity until recently when he had an idea for a play and joined OPP to help him flesh it out. The inspiration, guidance, support, and community he found there helped him find his creative groove. He has long nursed a crush on the theatre but always admired it from afar. OPP gave him the courage to finally ask it to dance.

Katherine Conte

Ellen D'Acquisto

Carl Damhesel

Chad Davies
 Chad Davies is an actor, newly arrived in Tucson from Santa Cruz, California. He majored in Theater Arts at San Jose State University and worked on- and off-stage with a number of San Francisco Bay Area troupes. Over the last 15 years, Chad appeared in such productions as The Laramie Project, The Three Sisters, and as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. He also appeared in equity productions with Santa Cruz’ Jewel Theatre, including roles in Sam Shepard’s Geography of a Horse Dreamer (Santee), Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men (Candy), Mary Stuart (Paulet), Harper Regan (Elwood Barnes), and Woman in Mind (Gerald Gannett). Chad has augmented his stage appearances with roles in a number of short-subject film projects by Santa Cruz area filmmakers. His first Tucson appearances have been in two short sketches with Unscrewed Theater’s Our Funny Shorts and, more recently, in Winding Road’s productions of An Iliad, and The Fantasticks. He is a member of the Winding Road Theater Ensemble and will be appearing as Dodge in the Company’s production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child coming in May, 2018. He will also be producing Eight 10s in Tucson, a 10-minute play festival coming in April, 2019.

Ellen D'Acquisto

Sydney Flynn
 The thing I most like to write about is What If or The Road Not Taken—the way events in the past affect the future. When I was young I spent a lot of time at the library reading plays in the Burns Mantle Best Plays series. That’s where I read two of my favorite plays, Dangerous Corner and Time and the Conways both by J.B. Priestly.

Vince Flynn
 I used to think that writing plays was the most fun in the world until I had a chance to direct a play I had written and learned what paradise is!

Reid Gilbert
When I joined OPP, some members expressed confusion.  Someone ventured to say, "I thought you were a mime."  I assured them that mimes can talk. My interest in playwriting is a culmination of my various careers in the ministry, education, and theatre as well as my specific involvement in mime, Asian theatre and book publishing.

Basically I'm an Appalachian storyteller, now finding the play script as an appropriate story telling venue. 

Mel Hector

John Heyl
 I first recall witnessing serious theatre at age 13 when I watched the US television broadcast of Lawrence Olivier’s “Hamlet” in 1956. I was hooked! Only since joining OPP two years ago, however, have I tried my hand at sustained playwrighting. OPP’s sharing of original works, insightful critique and continuous encouragement inspires me to keep writing . . . just keep writing!

Gavin Kayner

I joined OPP in August of 2002. The organization has been a blessing despite - and, maybe, because of the changing membership over the years. When I joined the group, I had four goals. With the help of members past and present, I have achieved them. thanks to one and all for their tolerance, their patience, their insightfulness, their compassion and their companionship. I have been enriched immeasurably through my association with Old Pueblo Playwrights.

Phil Levere

Alison Manning


Janet Smith

   Sometimes things pop up in your life that no doubt was always there, but ignored or unrecognized, and that's how my writing began, and now here I am, my first year in OPP and loving it.

Gabe Schivone

David Sewell

Richard Thompson


charly van den bergh


John Vornholt


Gretchen Wirges
Gretchen Wirges is a local actor, improviser, director, and playwright. She was first introduced to Old Pueblo Playwrights in 2014 as an actor participating in table reads and officially joined as a member in 2017. Gretchen performs locally with various storytelling groups and Musical Mayhem Cabaret. She also performs nationally with an improv duo named Ex-Boyfriend. She started a Tucson theater company named Third Story that showcases storytelling in all its forms. Gretchen is also on the board of the Tucson Fringe Festival which makes exciting theater accessible to the community.

Eddie Young

David Youngerman
Since moving to Tucson a few years ago, I’ve had the privilege to act in a number of plays with various theatre companies in town. It has peaked my interest in learning how playwrights develop characters and plots, and OPP is an opportunity to do that while spending time with a great group of people.  And with their encouragement, I might just finish the script I’ve been working on forever.