Monica Bauer is one of a small number who have earned both a GED (after dropping out of high school) and a Ph.D. She is a playwright and former Writing Fellow at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. She holds degrees from Brown, Yale, and Boston University, where she was the Teaching Fellow for the graduate program in playwriting. She’s a member of the Playwright’s Unit at the Abingdon Theater in New York City. This August she is taking a play to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Known mostly for her work off-off Broadway, Bauer’s plays and musicals have also been produced in Boston, Provincetown, Cambridge, Atlanta, Bloomington, Omaha, San Diego, and Providence. Her Off Broadway debut was at Urban Stages, which produced “My Occasion of Sin” as part of their 2011-2012 season. Awards include the 2012 Emerging Playwright Award from Urban Stages; Outstanding Script, Theater Arts Guild Award; Outstanding Playwriting at the Midtown International Theater Festival; third place in the national New Works for Young Women competition; and the Audience Favorite Award at Short Attention Span Play festival. Finalist for the 2009 Heideman Award from the Actors’ Theater of Louisville, and has had plays published by Heuer, Brooklyn, JAC, and IndieTheater Now. She’s a proud member of the Dramatists Guild. She tweets as Monicadrama, and her playwriting website can be found at www.monicabauer.com.