A Note from the One-Act Contest Committee

We feel that theater is essential in our culture and in helping people share experiences and create connections. Theater brings us together to laugh, to cry, and to engage in stories of being human. We created this event for new playwrights to showcase their creativity and to see their work on a real stage; for directors & actors to perform new work and meet new talent; and for theater lovers to experience the joys of theater with an evening of entertainment and discovery. Creating a dialogue between new playwrights, directors, actors, and audience members allows all four to become more invested in the power of creativity, specifically in the joy of theater. We hope you will become a part of this incredible event, whether you are a playwright, a director, an actor, or an audience member. Support theater in South Lake Tahoe.


Diana_EvansDiana Evans has worked in marketing in the Tahoe area for close to 30 years. She owns a marketing & advertising agency called DAE&Co. that specializes in tourism & resort marketing. She currently serves on the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority Marketing Committee and has volunteered in theatre arts and cultural events in the area for over 20 years. She is a seasoned actor, singer, and has even been known to dance occasionally. A past Valhalla Tahoe (aka Tahoe Tallac Association) board member, she served as the Board President for over a year.



David Hamilton has an MFA in acting from UC Davis, an MA in Theatre from San Diego State. He has performed professionally in the Bay Area with theatres such as Berkeley Repertory, Marin Theatre Company, and Shakespeare San Francisco. He was the Director of Theatre at Lake Tahoe Community College for 19 years where he was privileged to help design and create the Duke Theatre. Having produced and directed over 80 productions, he also wrote the book and co-wrote lyrics for the musical Beauty, and lyrics and story for the rock opera Lysistrata’s War, which performed at the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh and the Victoria Fringe. He has also served as the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts at Folsom Lake College and the Dean of Business, Design and Workforce at Cañada College.


Ginger DavisGinger Nicolay-Davis graduated from The University of Mississippi with a Masters degree in Communication Science.  She has been studying theatre and performing for over 30 years.  While attending the University of Mississippi, she won a Mississippi Theatre Association award for her role as “Joy” in Shadowlands.  She has produced and performed in several productions at Valhalla including August Osage County.  She has served on the Board of Directors for Valhalla for 7 years and was president of the board for 3 years. Ginger is a real estate broker and owns her own firm in South Lake Tahoe.


Kim Wyatt is the owner and publisher of the award-winning independent press Bona Fide Books in South Lake Tahoe, California. A founding director of WordWave, she believes in the power of storytelling to change lives. One of her missions is to support new writers and new work, and the One-Act Play Competition is an exciting way to bring fresh talent to Lake Tahoe.