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Elizabeth Heffron

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Elizabeth Heffron is a Seattle-based playwright.  Her play, Bo-Nita, received a 2013 Edgerton New Play Award and its world premiere at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in October 2013.  It was also produced at Portland Center Stage in February 2014; where it had been developed for the JAW Festival of New Plays in July 2012.  It is currently a nominee for a 2014 Gregory Award for ‘Best Play’.  Her most recent new work, Portugal, has been developed as part of the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, through the Seattle Rep Writers Group, and with ACT Theatre.  Her play, The Weatherman Project (co-written with Kit Bakke), received a workshop reading, as part of the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s inaugural New Play Festival in February 2013. Other full-length plays include New Patagonia, produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Mitzi’s Abortion: A Saint’s Guide to Late-Term Politics and Medicine in America, which received a world premiere production at ACT Theatre in 2006. Since then, the play has been produced across the country, published by Original Works Publishing, and the Rain City anthology ‘MANIFESTO v.3: Here’s to a Theater of Defiance’, edited by Naomi Iizuka.  Her short plays include Irreducible Howard, Pipe Play, and T-Minus, radio dramas performed before a live audience for podcast through Sandbox Radio Live! (and available for download at iTunes), Foxy Populi, a Seattle Times Footlight Award winner, as well as Moses Lake and Birds, both Heideman Award Finalists at Actors Theatre of Louisville.  She’s written 3 site-specific musicals for One Reel Productions, including Icicle Times, which featured 250 performers, two chickens, and a horse, and spawned three more years of work writing the ICICLE TIMES RADIO HOUR.  Elizabeth has served as dramaturg for Intiman/STG’s Black Nativity, as well as ACT’s Young Playwrights Festival, and the Cornish College of the Arts Winter New Works Festival.  She’s received several grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, as well as a Playwriting Fellowship from Artist Trust and the Washington State Arts Commission.  She currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, ACT Young Playwrights Program, and at Freehold Theatre/Lab, where she spent 5 years working with the women of the Washington Correctional Center for Women on inmate-generated performance pieces.  She is an alumna of the Seattle Rep Writers Group, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and the Dramatists Guild.  She holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Hollins University, and a B.S. in Psychobiology from UCLA.  http://www.elizabethheffron.com

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