J. Merrill Motz
graduated june 2011
MA - Playwriting, Ohio University
graduated may 2005
BFA - Acting/Directing, Central Michigan University
Motz (rhymes w/ boats) received a Master's degree from Ohio University's Professional Playwriting Program and a BFA in Acting from Central Michigan University. His plays have appeared through the Minnesota Fringe, Q.E.D. Astoria, Freshwater Theatre, Northland Words, UW Fon Du Lac, KCACTF, Swandive Theatre's Veggie Stock, and the Seabury Quinn, Jr. Playwrights' Festival. He has had his fiction and nonfiction featured on Consequence of Sound, Plots With Guns, LitReactor, and Revolver's Write Fight. He appears quasi-regularly as part of Encyclopedia Show Minneapolis. He was shortlisted in 2012 for The Old Vic New Voices TS Eliot US/UK Playwright Exchange. Paper Soul is looking to tour in 2018! He has a niece named Elleonor and two nephews named Xavier and Gregory...but none of them are allowed to see his shows. By day Motz can be found at Grant Thornton LLP in downtown Minneapolis, by night he's probably a private eye...or just drinking like one.