DEIRDRE GIRARD recently completed her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University after selling her Inc. 500 marketing firm. She has had many short plays produced at festivals throughout New England in the last few years, including at The Boston Theatre Marathon, SlamBoston, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, New Works Festival at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, and the Turtle Lane Playhouse Winter Festival. In 2011 her full-length play, The Christina Experiment, was produced at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. In addition to her playwriting skills, Girard contributes her extensive business and marketing expertise to several Boston area theatre organizations, including ArtsEmerson (member of Founder’s Advisory Council), Massachusetts Young Playwright’s Project (visiting playwright), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (founder/manager of alum writing groups), and the Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities (past member of the executive board of directors as well as temporary director for their 200-seat theater). She is the co-owner of TideTaken Playwriting Collaborative, which owns and operates a 50-seat rehearsal studio made available free of charge to nonprofit theatres.