Bara Swain
she/her
New York, NY
Bara's plays have been staged in 225+ venues in 28 states and abroad. She serves as the Creative Consultant at Urban Stages, NYC.
Biography

Bara Swain serves as Creative Consultant at Urban Stages (NYC), where she is expanding their community of theatre artists through a new program, Urban Stages New Pages, producing a dozen short play festivals.  Formerly, she served as the Development Associate & Playwriting Outreach Coordinator at Abingdon Theatre Company, fundraising and co-producing more than 30 evenings of new short plays.  Bara's plays, monologues and films have been performed across the country in 225+ venues in 28 states and abroad (Australia, Canada, Ireland, UAE, England).  NY theatres include the Barrow Group, Urban Stages, Abingdon Theatre, Symphony Space, Articulate Theatre, San French OOB Festival, Artistic New Directions, Project Y Theatre, Athena Theatre, NY Madness, Hudson Guild, Westside Theatre, Rising Sun, and Ego Actus. Other theatres include City Theatre (FL), NJ Rep, Open Fist Theatre (CA), Duluth Playhouse (MN), Tom Mann Theatre (Sydney), Junction Theatre (Dubai), Barn Theatre (NJ), Short+Sweet Canberra, TheatreWorks (TN), New American Theatre (CA), Birdhouse Theatre (GA), Potluck Productions (MO), Old Opera House (WV), Salem Theatre Company (MA), Theater Works (TN), Flint City Theater Festival (MI), The Braid (CA), Dubuque Fine Arts Festival (IA), Stage Door Productions (VA), Lyric Theatre (FL), and Theatre Under the Stars (NH).   I Love Lucy, Critical Care, Give and Take, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, and Prized Begonias are published in the Smith & Kraus Best Ten-Minute Plays anthologies, as well as her monologues from Choose!, Turn, Turn, Turn, Spreadin' the News, Bereavement Group, Protocol and P.O.U.G.H.K.E.E.P.S.I.E. (Best Women's Stage Monologues, 222 More Comedy Monologues, 161 One-Minute Monologues from Literature). Other publications include How Could You, Rachel Holds Court, and The Hotel Lobbyist (Art Age Press);  Black Sheep, in Playing With a Purpose (Applause Books), Forget-Me-Not, in E-Tens (Original Works Publishing), Unconditionally (JAC Publications), and a reprint of Critical Care in the college textbook, Serious Daring: Creative Writing in Four Genres by Lisa Roney (Oxford U. Press), which serves as a key reading for the craft of playwriting. Honors include Heideman Award Finalist for Aboard the Guy V. Molinari,  the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting for The Hotel Lobbyist (2013)  and Extraordinary (2019), and, by special invitation from Burt Reynolds, An Evening With Bara Swain, BRIFT, Jupiter, Florida, directed by The Bandit.  Her short plays won first prize at the The Shawnee Playhouse, International Jewish Short Play Festival, the Raymond J. Flores Festival, Dubuque Fine Arts Players, and Multi-Arts Playwriting Competition.  Zoom presentations include My Heart Will Go On and Magical Thinking (Crafton Hills New Works Festival, CA); Folded (2020 Geneva Theatre Guild); Seventy-Seven (Primary Stages and Studio Theatre in Exile); Carolina in the Morning (SHOTZ-Amios and The Directors Project 2020-Rutgers-NJIT Theatre); The Southern Comfort Plays (Planet Connections Zoomfest); Mo Chu, With Friends Like That, and Plain White Tees (Vintage Soul Productions); The Golden Girls and You Can’t Argue With Fact (Theatre is the Cure).; Can You Hear Me Now? (Pastiche Series, NE); Stupid Boy, Facts, Frequent Flyer, Through the Looking Glass (Something Quirky This Way Comes, Australia), The Queen of Carbon (Planet Connections Zoom Fest, NY), Folded (Warner Theatre, CT); and The Color Enthusiast (Axial Theatre).

Successes

Bara's play, INCORRIGIBLE, was selected for the Ridgefield Theater Barn's 2023 Evening of One Acts.  Her work will also be represented in November in the World Monologue Games, an Australian competition called "Last Man Standing."  In October, her short play, GIVE AND TAKE, had a zoom reading with States of Play.  Bara also won the Phillips Mill Community Association Emerging Playwright Competition for her short play, ONE WORD.  A reading and reception of the winning plays will be held on Saturday, Nov 19th in New Hope, PA at 7pm.  OVERCOME was named a semi-finalist in the Paradox Theatre competition.  (This is only significant because there were 600 submissions!)

Bara's non-fiction piece, A RIVER IN EGYPT, won Second Place in Exposition Review's Flash 405 contest on the theme "Inheritance."  Visit http://expositionreview.com/flash-405/a-river-in-egypt   Her short play, HOW TWO PASSENGERS ABOARD THE GUY V. MOLINARI FELL IN LOVE (a former Heideman Award finalist) will be published in the September issue of the Masque & Spectacle Journal.  Visit https://masqueandspectaclejournal.worddpress.com  UNCONDITIONALLY was reprinted in Scenes From a Diverse World Volume 5: Comedy (Genevieve Swanson, editor) and is available on Amazon.  A reading of Bara's short play, INCORRIGIBLE, is slated for late September in An Evening With Julia and Friends, NYC. Her one-act play, CHOOSE, was selected for Warner Theatre's International Playwriting Festival and will be performed live on October 15 (Torrington, CT).

 

Selective catch-up!  Bara Swain's recent publications include "Unfathomable" (Smith & Kraus Best 10 Minute Plays 2021), "Saving Grace" (Best American Short Plays, Applause Books), and a monologue from "The Color Enthusiast" (Best Women's Monologues 2022, S&K).  Recent live performances include "Little Black Dress" (Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble, CA), "Incorrigible" (The Incubator Series, ND), "The Wonder of You" (Shawnee Playhouse, PA, and a retrospective festival at Warner Theatre, CT), and "Temporary" (PRO-ACT Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine).  Bara had virtual readings and productions at Barrow Group, Gallery Players, ARTC,  Bechdel Group, Playground Experiment (all NYC), and three films in Canberra, Australia. Her play, "The Plan," is slated for Metropolitan Playhouse's East Village Stories in May, NYC.  "The Wonder of Year" will be featured in the 10th Annual Black Theatre Festival, OH.  Recent honors include: Honorable Mention for "Folded," the Will Falkner Literary Competition, MS, and 2nd place winner, 27th Annual Nantucket Short Play Competition, MA. 

Bara Swain's The Reflection Plays, four audio pieces, can be viewed at https.://borderlesstheatrecompany.com.

Bara Swain's play, Carolina in the Morning, was chosen for the Bismarck International Short Play Festival in South Dakota.