Who We Are

Steve Rathje, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief

Steve Rathje studies Symbolic Systems, Psychology, and Creative Writing at Stanford University. His recent play “Signs” is winner of the Oregon New Play Prize, and will receive a $10,000 commission, development, and a production at Artists Repertory Theatre. “Signs” is also a finalist in the 2016 Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference. His other plays have been published by Samuel French Inc., Dramatics Magazine, Reflections Magazine, and the Leland Quarterly Literary Journal and have been produced at Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, Stanford University, the International Thespian Conference, and more. He is the 1st place winner of Stanford University’s Bocock/Guerard Fiction prize, winner of the International Thespian Playworks Competition, the 2014 National YoungArts Competition (Dramatic Writing Category), a four-time winner of the Oregon State Thespian Playwriting Competition, and received a Chappell Lougee grant to write a full-length play based on original research. He received a 2017 Ozy Genius Award, a 2016 Strauss Scholarship and a 2015 Haas Summer Project Grant from Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service to produce Proscenium Live, a free festival of new work in Portland, OR, in partnership with Proscenium Journal and Portland Shakespeare Project.

William Rathje, Co-Founder and Editor 

William J. Rathje’s interests extend across theatre performance, poetry, musical performance and composition, the sciences and applied science. He is a 2015 Rhodes Scholar, a Goldwater Scholar, and a junior member of Phi Beta Kappa who has done research in proteomics, biochemistry, and computer science. William has developed five iPhone apps, composed a full-length musical that was performed Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival, and composed three ten-minute musicals. He is a contributing writer to USA Today College, edits for the national computer science magazine XRDS, and has a peer-reviewed publication in computer science.

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