Renee Calarco is a playwright, teacher and performer based in Washington, D.C. Her plays include The Religion Thing (2013 nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), Short Order Stories (2007 recipient of the Charles MacArthur Award), G-d's Honest Truth, The Mating of Angela Weiss, Bleed, First Stop: Niagara Falls, The 12 Days of Christmas, If You Give a Cat a Cupcake and others. Her plays have been produced, developed and commissioned by Theater J, Charter Theater, Geva Theatre Center, Project Y Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Doorway Arts Ensemble and the Source Festival. Calarco teaches both playwriting and comedy improv at The Theatre Lab and playwriting at George Washington University. She is a founding member of The Welders and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.