Jon Bastian (writer) Plays include The Heretics of Alexandra, New Century Writer Award finalist; Noah Johnson had a Whore…produced at South Coast Repertory and Renegade Theatre Experiment, winner of the SCR California New Plays Prize, DramaLogue Award Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Playwriting, and a PEN West Literary Award Drama Nominee; Petty Treasons at the Audrey-Skirball Kenis Theatre and The Road Theatre (nominated for three Valley Theatre League Awards.) His play Bill & Joan, about the writer William S. Burroughs and the accidental murder of his wife, officially authorized by the Burroughs estate, was a Lois and Richard Rosenthal Playwriting Prize Finalist, and had its world premiere at Sacred Fools Theatre, Los Angeles. His short play A Perfectly Natural Explanation was produced at the Rose Theatre, Theatre/Theater, and other venues. An invited participant in the Lincoln Center West Directors Lab, the Actors Alley Playwright’s Lab, and the Filmmakers Foundation Writers Project, Jon was also awarded a fellowship to the Chesterfield Film Company’s Writers Film Project, sponsored by Steven Spielberg. As Co-Director and Founder of The Golden West Playwrights, and Founder and Emeritus Member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and founding member of the Los Angeles Writers Center, he has been a proactive creator of organizations that support, advocate and help to develop plays and playwrights. He was also a company member and regular performer with The Company Rep Theatre, and Playwright’s Arena’s 2012 “12 for 12” flash theatre project. He wrote for the television series “Seventh Heaven”, and co-wrote both the omnibus feature “Random Shooting in LA”, and the award-winning short film “Who Gets to Water the Grass?” Currently, Jon recently worked as senior content editor and head writer for Cesar’s Way, Inc., the company owned by Cesar Millan, first host of “Dog Whisperer,” He is also the Pack Leader to his fabulously perfect dog Sheeba.