Anya Reiss is a British playwright and the youngest writer to have a play staged in London, a graduate of the Royal Court's Young Writers Programme, she had her first play Spur of the Moment staged there in the Upstairs Jerwood Theatre in July 2010, directed by Jeremy Herrin. The play went on to win the 2010 TMA Award for Best New Play; the Evening Standard and the Critics' Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. Wikipedia.
Sam Holcroft studied Biology at the University of Edinburgh. During her time as a student she wrote two plays for the Edinburgh University Theatre Company and was part of the Traverse Theatre's young writers group. Initially intending to study for a Ph.D., she questioned her choices and took a year out from education, during which time she was commissioned for her first play. Wikipedia.
Penelope Skinner is a British playwright who came to prominence after her play Fucked was first produced in 2008 at the Old Red Lion Theatreand the Edinburgh Festival to huge critical acclaim and has had successive plays staged in London including at the Bush Theatre, National Theatre and Royal Court Theatre, where she is a member of the Young Writers Programme. Wikipedia.
Ella Hickson is a playwright and theatrical director who was brought up in Surrey near Guildford and educated at Guildford High School from 1996-2003. Hickson's first play, Eight, produced by the Edinburgh University Theatre Company, won a Fringe First, the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and the NSDF Emerging Artists Award at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2008. The show toured to New York in January 2009. Eight opened at Trafalgar Studios, London in July 2009, as did Ella's second play Precious Little Talent in March 2011. Wikipedia.
Mike is 34, and currently Associate Playwright at Paines Plough. In 2011 he was Writer-In-Residence at the National Theatre, and in 2007 he was Pearson Playwright in Residence at The Royal Court Theatre.