Bara Swain
New York, NY

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.  Formerly, she served as the Development Associate & Playwriting Outreach Coordinator at Abingdon Theatre Company, fundraising and co-producing more 30 evenings of new short plays.  Bara's plays, monologues and films have been performed across the country in more than 120 venues in 25 states and abroad (Australia, Canada, Ireland, UAE).  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), Jewish Women's Theatre (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.  Other publications include How Could You, Rachel Holds Court, and The Hotel Lobbyist (Art Age Press),  Black Sheep, in Monologues for Kids Ages 7-15 (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 International Jewish Short Play Festival, the Raymond J. Flores Festival, Dubuque Fine Arts Players, and Multi-Arts Playwriting Competition.


Bara Swain was named a 2019 finalist for the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting for her play, EXTRAORDINARY.

Bara Swain produced a festival reading series, THE OPINION PIECES: An evening of short plays, at Urban Stages, NYC, in March.  Bara serves as the Creative Consultant at Urban Stages.

YEARNING FOR PEACE was produced in Articulate Theatre Company's Articulating the Arts Protest Plays, in April at TADA, NYC.

CHOOSE, by Bara Swain, will be produced in Summer Shorts, Theatre Workshop of Owensboro, Kentucky, in July.

Bara Swain's play, THE WONDER OF YOU, was produced at Ten Below: The Fine Arts Association 22nd Annual One Act Festival, Ohio, in April.  It will be prsented at the 2019 Solstice One-Act Festival at the Barn Theatre, NJ, in June.