PLAYWRIGHTS

Past Writers

* denotes founding member of WPC

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​Toni-Ann Fischetti (2019)

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Ariel Marcus-Hollenbeck (2018-2021) * is currently the WPC Producer. A Staten Island native with a flair for whimsy, and the zest for the spoken word. She is honored to be surrounded by creative artists within the WPC. As a director, actor, playwright, and Artistic Director of Educational Theatre Company IlluminArt Productions, Ariel is always ready to collaborate with others. 

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Helene Montagna (2019-2021) has been a member of the Women’s Playwright Collective since 2019. She also serves as the Playwright in Residence at Sea View Playwright's Theatre in Staten Island. Her work has been produced in various venues throughout New York City. Helene has been a recipient of grants from Staten Island Arts for her plays "Don't Hang Up" and an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart". In 2014, Helene was a Romulus Linney Playwriting Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference. She has studied playwriting at Primary Stages and Labyrinth Theater Company (Master Class) in New York City, and with playwright/poet Dan O'Brien (New York City and Sewanee).

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Ariana Nicoletta (2018-2021)* is an artist and educator from Staten Island, New York. An avid playwright, she has had her works produced and published. Her original short play, “The Time Traveler’s Daughter,” was produced by the Sundog Theatre Company. Her one woman show “Joiamia” was published by Penguin Random House as a part of their Creative Writing anthology. She is also a member and co-founder of Women Playwright’s Collective, with which she produced, directed, and wrote her play “Over a Cup of Coffee” in June 2018, as well as her one-woman show “The Female Conundrum” in September 2019 and wrote/directed“Little Light in a Nimbus” August 2020. 

Besides the arts, Ariana holds a Bachelor of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders and a Master of Education in Adolescent Education. She teaches English and AP Literature and Composition to high school seniors and holds an Education Residency with the Roundabout Theatre Company, with which she assistant teaches the Roundabout Youth Ensemble (RYE) of Manhattan.

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Amy Puleo (2018-2020)* has worked in the Staten Island arts scene for almost a decade. She began her theatrical career at CSI. While earning her Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts, she participated in several productions as a stage manager and actor. Post graduation, she was hired on as a stage hand and production manager for The Center for the Arts at The College of Staten Island. For the three years, she has been a company member with The Staten Island Shakespearean Theater Company. As one of the founding members, writing with the Women's Playwright Collective has been one of her most rewarding artistic experiences.

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Miranda Mortensen (2020) is a Music Education Major studying at Wagner College. This is her second year in the Women's Playwright Collective and loves to write in her free time as well as performing in the Staten Island Theatre Community. Miranda also spends her days educating students on music and theatre.