About the Playwrights


g and thiGay H. Hammond lives and writes in Gainesville, Georgia, where she has been the Artistic Director of WonderQuest, a theatre for young audiences since 1993. In the theatre for over 30 years, Gay continues to be a working actor, director and playwright, as well as a professional theatre educator currently teaching at Brenau University. She received her MFA in Playwriting from Spalding University, her MA in Theatre from University of Louisville, and her BA in both Theatre and English from Brenau College.  Underlying all of Gay’s work is the fervent belief that there is no more valuable treasure than that of feeling the connection between ideas and emotions. She hopes that her plays will always inspire that connection.


Stephanie F. Garrett

Stephanie F. Garrett is a native of Gainesville, Ga. Her first full-length play, Pieces of Ivory, was staged at Brenau University’s Black Box Theater as a part of the Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s Discovery Series. Her second work, H.M.S. Tempest, was featured at the first annual S.T.E.A.M Fest at the Academy Theater in Atlanta, Ga. Stephanie has taught workshops on acting and performance as well as leading playwriting camps for several Georgia school groups and has done dramaturgical work, including for Florida Studio Theater in Sarasota, Florida. She received her MA in English Literature from the University of Georgia and her BA in Theatre from Brenau University. She currently teaches English and directs theater productions at Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga.


Lainey E. Kennedy

Lainey E. Kennedy is a Georgia playwright who graduated from Brenau University and the Gainesville Theatre Alliance ( 2008).  She directed her TYA script Twilight Wood as part of ActorQuest: Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s Theatre for Youth summer camp.  Her full-length script The True History of Henry Rayne and the Airship Pirates was performed as part of The Academy Theatre’s Second Annual S.T.E.A.M Fest in 2009.  She is a prolific writer in multiple genres, most currently dabbling in the world of the novel.