Calley Anderson
She, Her, Hers
New York, NY
CALLEY ANDERSON is an up-and-coming playwright from Memphis, TN in her third year as an MFA Playwriting Candidate at The New School - School of Drama.

CALLEY ANDERSON is an up-and-coming playwright from Memphis, Tennessee. Her ten-minute plays have received five festival productions to date (Emerald Theatre Company, TN 2016; Pride Theater at Chandler, VT 2017; Stable Cable Lab Co., NY 2017; InVersion Theatre, NY 2018; Fade to Black Fest, TX 2018). Anderson is a graduate of Davidson College, where she received her BA in English with a Concentration in Film and Media Studies and currently attends The New School - School of Drama. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and was a finalist for the 2017-2018 Many Voices Fellowship. She is also one of thirteen Memphis Hub fellows of the Salzburg Global Seminar's Forum for Young Cultural Innovators.


by Calley Anderson


In the world just beyond a mirror's reflection, five co-workers try their best to do their jobs well: be a voice in someone's head and make them happy. But what happens when the world outside the mirror blends with the world inside it?

2m, 3f, | 1 Black, 1 white, 3 race neutral


There's a cultural touchstone in Black America that, if you see another Black person running, you follow without question. But what happens after you've followed? Where do you run? What do you discover? Trick or Treat? gives comedic answers to those questions while highlighting the realities of what it means to be a Black man in America.

4m | 4 Black


Five research study participants gather in a conference room. Their task appears simple and straight-forward: select 10 events from the year 1968 that they feel impacted the nation’s conscious and view of empathy. What transpires is a reflection of what is seen, heard, and missed when history, memory, and living bodies must merge in unflinching ways.

2m, 3f | 1 Black, 2 white, 2 race neutral


Six actors and one narrator take us through a meta-theatrical journey that asks an essential question of August Strindberg's classic: who is Miss Julie? Set in multiple time periods and locations in the United States, The Julies is an attempt to push adaptation further and create more space for questions than interpretations or answers.

3m, 3f, 1 gender neutral | 3 Black, 2 white, 2 race neutral
by Written by Calley Anderson | Devised in collaboration with Class of 2020 and Tectonic Theatre Project


Lillian is the newest resident to Pit-A-Hell, U.S.A. The residents attempt to show her that "Hell is normal," but she struggles to adjust after realizing that disenfranchisement and lynching are part of "normal". Plus, there's a Ring Leader who is keen on keeping everyone in line and under control. Hell is Normal journeys along with Lillian as she tests the limits of this strange world, making friends and enemies alike.

2m, 3w, 3 gender neutral | 3 Black, 2 white, 3 race neutral


Does a spark always start a fire, or can it die out? 

In this 10-minute play, two young men engage in a tête-à-tête about truth, self, and love at a lonely airport baggage claim. 

3 M | 3 race neutral


Calley's newest one-act play, Everyone But Us, received a workshop production on the Main Stage at The New School for Drama May 11-12, 2019. 

The Julies received a staged reading during the New School for Drama's Summer Studio Series. It was performed on June 1, 2018 at Arnhold Hall in New York City, NY. 


Trick or Treat? was selected as one of nine finalists for the Fade to Black Play Festival. It was performed at the MATCH Theatre in Houston, Texas June 21-23, 2018. 

Carousel was selected as one of eight finalists for Emerald Theatre Company's "Out of the Closet" Festival. It will be performed at TheatreWorks in Memphis, TN September 9-11, 2016. Calley was the only local playwright to be chosen for the festival.