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2023 Matchbox Reading Series

Apr 14–May 7 · Potrero Stage · Directions


An idea, the artists, the words, and you! Presenting free readings of new plays. Featuring playwrights Star Finch, Lisa Marie Rollins, A-lan Holt, Maria Jensen, and more!

A piece in development by Star Finch… more details to be announced!

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Star Finch (she/her)

Star Finch is a 2nd generation San Franciscan trying her best to hold ground amidst the Black-erasure of gentrification. She is currently the Mellon Foundation Playwright in Residence at Campo Santo and Crowded Fire Theater. She’s also a resident playwright in Playwrights Foundation’s RPI program. Her play BONDAGE is available via Broadway Play Publishing Inc.


A piece in development by A-lan Holt… more details to be announced!

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A-lan Holt (she/they)

A-lan Holt’s work imagines new worlds for intimate audiences across theater, poetry, experience and film—with an explicit eye toward racial justice and community transformation. She is director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, where she supports and develops curriculum and programs exploring art practice, spiritual practice and social justice. A-lan’s creative work has been supported by Crowded Fire Theater Company, SFFILM, the Sundance Institute, BlackStar Film Festival, The Public Theater, The Rainin Foundation and so, so many friends in community. I am so thrilled to be joining the R&D Lab for another cycle.

A piece in development by Maria Jenson… more details to be announced!

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Maria Jenson (she/her)

Maria Jenson is excited to reconnect with theater as part of Crowded Fire’s R&D cohort. She has been active in the arts her entire adult life. While living in Los Angeles, she studied dance, acting, and the theater arts in professional classes and workshops for over 15 years.

Jenson’s professional dance training encompasses hip-hop, tap, flamenco, salsa, samba, West African dance, contemporary jazz, Russian and English ballet and more. She studied with LA’s top instructors and worked with many well-known film and TV choreographers. She maintains a regular dance practice.

Jenson studied film acting with Howard Fine, and Shakespearean drama with Ron Burris. She was profoundly influenced by a series of Theater of the Oppressed workshops with drama theorist and political activist Augusto Boal, whose concepts are a central component in all of Jenson’s subsequent work. After working with Boal she dove into playwriting focusing on satire. In LA she produced and directed two well-received comedies, Yogi a Go Go and Shrinks. Jenson also completed several spec screenplays.

In 2009, Maria and her family moved to the Bay Area so their son could mature in the political and social milieu here. She pivoted professionally, founding ArtPadSF, an independent art fair, then moved to SFMOMA. In 2016 Jenson accepted the Executive Director role at SOMArts, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting diverse artists. Jenson has received awards and press for her work in arts advocacy.

Maria remains strongly committed to social satire and social justice.

A piece in development by Lisa Marie Rollins… more details to be announced!

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Lisa Marie Rollins (she/her)

Lisa Marie Rollins is a freelance director, writer and new play developer. She has been a writing fellow with Hedgebrook, Djerassi, SF Writers Grotto, CALLALOO London, VONA, Just Theater Play Lab and Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency. She is currently continuing work on her new play LOVE IS ANOTHER COUNTRY. Her chapbook of poems, Other Words for Grief (2018, winner, Mary Tanenbaum Literary Award) is available from Finishing Line Press.  She is a Sundance Institute Theatre Lab Fellow (Directing) and an Associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC).  Regional directing and dramaturg work include Hedgebrook Women’s Play Festival, Crowded Fire Theater, American Conservatory Theatre MFA program (ACT), Playwright Foundation, TheatreFirst, Berkeley Repertory Theater (Ground Floor), Shotgun Players, Custom Made Theatre, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, new plays by Star Finch, Lauren Gunderson, Geetha Reddy, Idris Goodwin, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm (and many more), and creative collaborations with comedic artists W. Kamau Bell and Zahra Noorbakash. She was honored with a “Bay Brilliant” artist award from San Francisco’s KQED (2018) and recently received a Gerbode Special Award in the Arts in which she will be working with Crowded Fire Theater to write and develop a new play to premiere in Fall 2023. She holds graduate degrees from Claremont Graduate University and University of California, Berkeley. She was Literary Manager for Intiman Theater in Seattle, WA in 2020, and is currently a Community Arts Panelist for Zellerbach Family Foundation and Resident Artist with Crowded Fire Theater in San Francisco.