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 ten-minute play, ONE WORD, opens in the Short+Sweet Hollywood festival in May (Burbank, CA). The play is also reprinted in "Best Ten-Minute Plays 2024" (Smith & Kraus).  HOWARD'S REAR END was selected for Queens Theatre's New American Voices/Theatre for All Short Play Readings on May 11.  Her play, MAGICAL THINKING, is included in Cork Arts Theatre's shortlist of 15 plays considered for production in their "Views from a Lamp Post" event in Ireland.  WASTED advanced to the final round of 12 plays for ATHE Conference's New Play Development Workshop 2024.  On Sunday, May 19 @ 2pm, Bara will be reading her essay, IN CONTRAST, for Writers Read's live show at the City Winery, NYC. 

A shorter version of Bara Swan's play, UNFATHOMABLE, was selected for publication in "30 Scenes for Young Women, Ages 15-30" (Smith & Kraus, Ed. Irene Zeigler).  Bara's monologue, REGRETTABLE, was selected for Venus Theatre's inaugural anthology, "Frozen Women/Flowing Voices" (Palmetto Press, Ed. Deborah Kendall).  Her play, INCORRIGIBLE, was selected for "Healing Voices" at Premiere Stages, NJ, on April 28th at 3:00pm.  Bara's play, WASTED, was chosen for the Benson Theatre/Queens Theatre Disability Plays Readings in May (Omaha, NE) plus one live-streamed performance.  Open-Door Playhouse will produce a podcast of Bara's short play, THE QUEEN OF CARBON, in May.

An audio of Bara's piece, DAZZLING, is part of Something Quirky's Small Blessings," a collaborative community art project in Greenway, Australia. A recent production of her play, GIVE AND TAKE,  was nominated for a merit award in the TANYS Theatre Festival, Watertown, NY, and also placed second as best short play production.  Two monologues, MESHUGANAH and IMPUSLES, were published in literary magazines.  Bara participated in the ProEnglish Theater and Drama School writing challenge in Kyiv, Ukraine.  Her short play, NO BIGGY, was selected for a short stage production and is currently being filmed. 

Three of Bara Swain’s monologues were performed in the November acting challenge, World Monologue Games: Last Man Standing (Australia), featuring 20+ actors worldwide who receive a new script daily and had 24 hours to memorize, film and submit their work on YouTube.  To view Bara’s monologues, vi  Scroll down to “Watch the latest LMS submissions.”  Her work is represented on Day 5 (SUPPORTING YOUR INTERESTS), Day 12 (BREATHTAKING), and Day 24 (A RIVER IN EGYPT).  The Naples Players Reader’s Theatre has selected Bara’s play, YEAR OF THE TIGER, from 700 submissions for a January performance. Her one-act play, FOLDED, has been selected for Eden Prairie Players’ 2024 production of Women’s One Acts+ in Minnesota.

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 Spring reading in the Crafton Hills 2023 New Works Festival (CA).