Derek Ahonen is the Creator, Resident Playwright and Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Amoralists Theatre Company in NYC. Mr. Ahonen is the author of the following full-length plays: The Cheater's Club (2013) The Bad and the Better (2012), Pink Knees on Pale Skin (2011), Happy in the Poorhouse (2010), The Pied Pipers of the Lower East Side (2010), Amerissiah (2010), Pokin' the Bears in a Zoo (2008), Bring Us the Head of Your Daughter (2008), and While Chasing the Fantastic (2007). Mr. Ahonen is also a guest director at his alma mater, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC, where he has directed the post-graduate company's productions of Happy In The Poorhouse (2012) No Exit (2011) and Escape From Happiness (2010). His work is regularly named to New York Theatre Top Ten lists, and he has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The New Yorker, Backstage and Time Out New York, amongst others. He was named a 2012 Nytheatre.com Person of The Year. His plays are published by United Stages, Indie Theatre Now, and Playscripts Inc and have been translated into Spanish and Bulgarian.