Merri Biechler is the Assistant Director of the School of Dance, Film, and Theater. She’s a playwright, actor, educator, and the Managing Director of Brick Monkey Theater Ensemble, a professional theater company located in Southeast Ohio. She is the recipient of a 2014 Boomerang Fund for Artists award. Her play Tammy Faye’s Final Audition was part of the inaugural season on Tantrum Theater. Her plays have been produced, workshopped, and read at Centenary Stage Company, Mortar Theatre Company, Foundry Theatre Works (Los Angeles), Artist’s Laboratory Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater, among others. Her plays have received awards and placed in numerous competitions, including the Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series winner; Stavis Award nominee; David Mark Cohen Award finalist; P73 Playwriting Fellowship semifinalist (twice); Clubbed Thumb biennial commission finalist; Princess Grace Award finalist; Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist; WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory participant (three years); Seven Devils Playwrights Conference semifinalist; and Perishable Theatre’s International Women’s Playwriting Festival finalist. She wrote movies-of-the-week for ABC Television and received her MFA in playwriting from Ohio University. As an actor, she studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and at his home on the island of Bequia, West Indies. She spent 18 months with the original Off-Broadway cast of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, appeared in the films He Said, She Said; The Thing Called Love; and Pieces of April; and guest-starred on episodes of Judging Amy, E.R., and Murphy Brown. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, and is proud to call Athens County her artistic home.