Out of over 180 full-length plays, Anton Sattler's poignant drama LOCAL GODS placed second in our playwriting competition.
Our judges said the following about LOCAL GODS: "Authentic, panoramic, fascinating. Lots of terrific detail and dialogue and chock-full of story and characters. A haunting story about the interaction between the services and how humans can and can’t show care for each other."
It is a promising start for a playwright only two plays into his career. But then, Anton has been a promising writer for a long time.
Anton is a combat-decorated Marine Corps veteran based in Queens, NY. His second play, LOCAL GODS, won the 2020 Bridge Award from Arts in the Armed Forces. Sattler’s first play, THE BOROUGH, was a semifinalist for the Bridge Award and the Theatre 503 International Playwriting Award in 2018.
Anton grew up in Monroeville, PA. He studied film and fiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh and was the first student to win both the Taube and Montgomery Culver awards for a trilogy of short stories in 2002. After graduating In 2002, he served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice to Iraq with Third Battalion, Seventh Marines. After leaving active duty, Anton produced the critically-acclaimed Korean War documentary CHOSIN, among other film, TV, and digital projects. He now works in the tech and media space in New York City in order to fund his writing habit. Anton lives with his wife Jacqueline Kittivarakul in Forest Hills, Queens.
I couldn't have had a better time sitting down and talking with Anton. It hopefully won't be the last time. I think there will be plenty more reasons to talk as his career progresses...
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