Alan Berks is an Assistant Professor of English at St. Cloud State University where he teaches Composition and Rhetoric, Writing for the Professions, and Playwriting. He is also a co-founder and creator of Thirst, a project designed to make live theater more daring, raw, and accessible for both audiences and professional artists. In 2003-2004, he was a Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights' Center of Minneapolis, where he developed his play Music Lovers. His solo show Goats premiered at the Festival of Emerging American Theatre at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis. It will be seen at The Production Company in New York in January and February. His other plays include The Big Bang, produced with the Riverside Repertory Theatre in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Mourning Rituals, produced by Blackball Ensemble in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Playwriting.