Core Playwrights

As a developing program to include new works, this past season South of Broadway has hosted a group of Core Playwrights. These writers have met monthly, created new works, and challenged each others’ development. It is our hope that their work will premier as part of PlayFest, they will continue to build a community of creatives with a home in South of Broadway.

Meet the Writers

21768111 10214356643894260 5728789946611075603 n 150x150 Core PlaywrightsBlair Cadden is the co-founding Artistic Director of 5th Wall Productions, where she and her partner Jason Olson have produced seven world or US premieres, with an eighth coming this spring. Some of her favorite directing credits include Agloanike’s Tiger (world premiere), The Way It Is (U.S. premiere), and Spring Awakening at 5th Wall; and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Flowertown Underground. Blair’s full length farce, The Stray Englishman, was produced at 5th Wall in 2015, and two of her short plays have appeared in South of Broadway’s annual Playfest. Her Theatre for Youth script, Christmas in Crisis, was released this past December by Aural Traditions. Blair is grateful to this writers’ circle for keeping her motivated and inspired!

IMG 8560 150x150 Core PlaywrightsSteven Cardinal was born and raised in Massachusetts, moved to South Carolina in 2010, and has found a home in the amazingly deep and culturally rich community known as Charleston. Working in cyber security for the Medical University of South Carolina by day, he flexes his creative muscle by writing for and producing the Aural Traditions audio drama podcast as well as performing in the local theatre community. He deeply appreciates the challenges presented to him by this writers’ circle to create even better works.


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Doug Clinton is a Massachusetts transplant who has lived in Charleston since 2005. He has written three plays for young people – The Life and Times of Princess Sophia, The Prophecy of the Shoe, and Princess Tabasco Saves the Universe – which have been performed throughout the country as well as overseas. He has previously written for the comedy time travel podcast It’s About Time and currently contributes to the audio drama podcast Aural Traditions.



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Erin Danly worked as a pastry chef in Seattle and a monkey lab manager in New York before moving to Charleston in early 2011. She then started writing for the stage and has had several short works performed at theaters in South Carolina and North Carolina. Her full-length play It’s Time to Bring Back Charlie was produced at South of Broadway Theatre Company (SOBT) in January 2015. Erin was one of the moderators of the playwriting workshop program Playback10 (formerly Second Sundays at 7) and helped put on PlayFest at SOBT in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons.


Jason Olson has been been writing, acting, directing, and designing since moving from Boston six years ago. He spent three seasons as set carpenter for Charleston Stage Company. His adaptation of The Three Musketeers was produced at Flowertown Players in 2013. He coordinates the Young Playwright’s Program at Threshold Repertory Theater. He has had several short plays showcased at Playfest at South of Broadway Theater Company.  He co-founded 5th Wall Productions in 2014, where he serves as Executive Director and Literary Manager. He is boundlessly grateful for the many creative relationships he has made here in Charleston


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