Who We Are

Susan M. Steadman, Ph.D. (Executive Director), a longtime Dramatists Guild member, theatre instructor, and director of nearly 70 productions, writes for and about the stage. Most recently, her plays have been produced by the St. Louis Actors Theatre; Concord, NC’s Old Courthouse Theatre; and Wilmington, NC’s Outrageous Pelican Productions.  Among her five published plays and scenes, her feminist take on the Cinderella story has been performed in six countries.  Publications include the critically lauded Dramatic Re-Visions, and articles in theatre books and periodicals.

Elizabeth Gordon (Vice President) is an award-winning poet who is making forays into playwriting, with short plays produced in Boston, MA; Cary, NC; and Wilmington, NC. A Pushcart Prize nominee and recipient of the Tennessee Arts Commission Literary Fellowship for Poetry, she holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University and divides her time between Wilmington, North Carolina and Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Find her online at http://www.appalasianwriter.com.

Patrick Raynor (secretary) initially got involved in theatre in 2014 and has since acted in a dozen plays at Sneads Ferry Community Theatre. He also has been an assistant director and props manager there. His experience with SFCT has given him insights into the dramatic process and has been the catalyst for pursuing playwriting. Patrick has appeared as a background extra in several local film and television productions. He appeared in a principal role in the locally filmed “Resilience.” He resides in Hampstead, NC with his wife, Barbara.

Don Wood (Treasurer)is a longtime Wilmington resident and the owner of DGW Business Forms and Systems. Late in life he developed a strong interest in screenwriting which motivated him to join PCPP. He has written two screenplays, 1979 and An American Tragedy.  He is eager to learn from experienced professionals and believes a well written screenplay is an under appreciated art form.

Brad Field saw his four mock-melodramas first produced aboard the Hiram College Showboat Majestic, touring the Ohio River.  One of the plays, Lust, Lucre, and Liquor, is available from any bookstore.  His prize-winning plays staged in the Midwest include Choices and Thin IceThin Ice received Equity productions at the Cleveland  Play House and Madison Rep.  He has also published short fiction, novels, and academic articles on Shakespeare, Ibsen, O’Neill and Arthur Miller.

Charles Alexander Neal is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University’s creative writing program. He is a novelist, short story writer, and locally produced playwright. He also plays the flute and has performed with the Cape Fear Community College orchestra.

Jeremy Steadman has written two published children’s books, but despite his background as an amateur actor, his involvement with PCPP marks his entry into playwriting. He has studied French language and literature and holds a degree in Library Science. He has been acting since childhood—not surprising, with so many theatre practitioners in the family—and performing in musical endeavors as well. A former resident of Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, Texas, and Georgia (not simultaneously), he finds the calm atmosphere in Wilmington to be conducive to his writing habit.

Richard M. Trask is Emeritus Professor of English, University System of Maryland, author of three books:  Beowulf and Judith: Two Heroes, The Complete Writer’s Guide: Questions of Language, A Telling Experience (short stories); actor and singer in community theater productions in Maryland and Southport (Oliver, Pirates of Penzance, etc.); author of a screenplay (in search of an agent), Cosmosis:  Worlds Without End; member and performer in Southeastern Oratorio Society (Whiteville, NC), and Carolina Master Chorale.