Rita Kniess Barkey’s recent plays include THE SQUEEZE BOX AIR, THE TRIGGER GENE (developed at 2013 Seven Devils Playwrights Conference as THE HUMMING); TECHNO TANGO (2012 finalist, Seven Devils); VERY F.B., (2012 finalist, Double (XX) Festival); FIREWALL (2011 Pandora Festival); as well as a dozen others that have been produced around the country. She has had staged readings at Chicago Dramatists, Indiana Theater Works, and Missoula Colony. Her accolades include a Djerassi Artist residency, the Basile Emerging Playwright award, an Indiana Arts Commission fellowship, and a Community Outreach Award from the Mary Anderson Center. She currently serves as Treasurer for ICWP. Her MFA is from The Ohio State University.