MJ HALBERSTADT is the Boston-based playwright of The Launch Prize (Elliot Norton Award, Bridge Repertory Theater), That Time the House Burned Down (Fresh Ink Theatre), not Jenny (Bridge Repertory Theater), and other plays all involving some intersection of Antarctica, community, privilege, and queerness. His less traditional work includes immersive plays performed in cars and museums, and a chamber opera about Grindr (with composer Marc Hoffeditz). He is an alumnus of Boston University and Emerson College, where he teaches screenwriting, as well as a Founding Playmaker Emeritus of Bridge Repertory Theater, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., and a devoted knitter.