Willy Conley is a professor of Theatre and Dance at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Conley is an award-winning playwright whose work has appeared in American Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences Today, Stages of Transformation and numerous anthologies. He has one novel, The Deaf Heart, and two books of plays, Vignettes of the Deaf Character and Other Plays and Broken Spokes. His plays have had professional productions both nationally and internationally at venues that include the Kennedy Center, the Boston Center for the Arts, Baltimore CenterStage, Amaryllis Theatre, and the National Theatre of the Deaf, the Boston Playwrights Theatre, Imagination Stage, Olney Theatre, as well as off-off Broadway. He has garnered awards from the VSA arts 2000 Playwrights Discovery Competition, the Sam Edwards Deaf Playwrights Competition, The American Deaf Drama Festival, the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, the ‘99 and ’97 NeWorks Festival in Boston, the Lamia Ink! International One-Page- Play Festival, and a PEW/National Theatre Artist Residency grant.