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Josh Tobiessen

Originally from Schenectady, N.Y., Josh Tobiessen used an undergraduate degree in philosophy and training from the ImprovOlympic in Chicago to co-found a theatre company in Ireland called Catastrophe. After several of his plays—many of them site-specific productions—were performed at such venues as the Galway International Arts Festival and the Dublin Fringe Festival, he returned to the United States to earn a playwriting MFA at the University of California, San Diego. His recent plays include Election Day, Red State Blue Grass, Spoon Lake Blues, Crashing the Party and Lone Star Spirits and have been produced or developed at such places as the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), Crowded Outlet (New York City), the Jungle Theater (Minneapolis), Mixed Blood Theatre Company (Minneapolis), the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference (Waterford, Conn.), Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Ashland, Ore.), Pioneer Theatre Company (Salt Lake City), Second Stage Theatre (New York City), Slant Theatre Project (New York City), and AiShangChu Theatre (Hong Kong). Election Day is published by Samuel French and is also included in the Smith and Kraus anthology New Playwrights: Best Plays of 2008.

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