Bara Swain
New York, NY
Bara's plays have been staged in 250+ venues in 29 states and abroad. She serves as the Creative Consultant at Urban Stages, NYC.

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 250+ venues in 29 states and abroad (Australia, Canada, Ireland, UAE, England).  NY theatres include the Barrow Group, Urban Stages, Metropolitan Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Symphony Space, Articulate Theatre, Sam 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).   Unfathomable, 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 dialogue. 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); The Queen of Carbon (Planet Connections Zoom Fest, NY), Folded (Warner Theatre, CT); and The Color Enthusiast (Axial Theatre).  Films include Stupid Boy, Facts, Frequent Flyer, Through the Looking Glass, Scarlet, Zig-Zagging, and Facts (Something Quirky This Way Comes, Australia), Protocol (Richard Brauer Productions; Prized Begonias and Critical Care (Pfeiffer Pfilms); Safety Pin and Staten Island Ferry (Project Y Theatre).


Bara Swain's short play, One Word, was produced in the Hand to Mouth Playwright/Directing Festival (NY) and the Marshall Playwrights Showcase at the Players Guild of Leonia (NJ).  The latter showcase is a 2023 NJACT Perry Award Nominee for "Outstanding Production of an Original Play."  Bara won the Silver Stage Award for her one-act play, The Plan, Old Opera House's 2023 New Voice Festival (WV).  Her short play, Incorrigible, was selected for a Fall production in the Crafton Hills 2023 New Works Festival (CA).

Bara's short play, "If Your Mother Calls," was included in the Plethora of Plays livestream from London, featuring scripts from 28 Plays Later 2023.  Her play, "Incorrigible," was named as a semi-finalist and "One Word" was chosen as a winner in the 2023 Stage It! 10-Minute Play Festival in Florida.  Her one-act, "The Plan," was selected for production in the 2023 New Voice Play Festival at the Old Opera House in West Virginia, slated for a June run.  Her monologue, "Breathtaking," was awarded Quarter-Finalist at Scriptwriters & Co International Festival.  "Full Disclosure," a piece of short fiction, was published in the online literary blog, Sad Girls Club.

Monologue update from Bara Swain: A monologue from her one-act play, "Breathtaking," was accepted for publication in Best Women's Stage Monologues 2023, Smith & Kraus (editor Debbie Lamedman).  A selection from the same play will be presented in "Healing Voices" with Premiere Stages (NJ) on April 30.  Bara's monologue, "Schoharie Creek," has been selected for "Writing the Walls," a Studio Theater in Exile & Hudson Valley MOCA collaboratoin (Peekskill, NY).  Performances are in March and April.  A short monologue, "The Angels Sang," was published in the January 2023 issue of "Literature Today."  Bara also wrote and performed "Regrettable," a 10-minute monologue that was featured in Roland Tec's "Some1Speaking" program on February 6.

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   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  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).