Shawna Casey is an emerging playwright, born of her experience as an award-winning stage actress performing new works by top playwrights in Los Angeles, New York and Europe. Cast in premiere productions by such playwrights as Irene Fornes, Murray Mednick and Jose Rivera, she now writes her own plays with an eye toward love in all its glory, pathos and humor.
In 2014, her first full-length play NIGHT BECOMES DAY, was awarded 2nd place in The Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize competition for women playwrights in California. http://ebellplaywrightprize.com/2014-winners/ NIGHT BECOMES DAY was honored with a "Green Read" as part of Theatricum Botanicum's Seedlings series on Saturday, Sept 12, 2015, with Ellen Geer illuminating the role of Matilda. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.929429063760646.1073741856.118436738193220&type=3
In November 2014, STRONG FORCE, her two-act look at love, death and romantically-skewed physics through the lens of life in a surreal metropolitan hospital, was chosen out of 500 blind submissions to be given a public reading at the NEWvember Festival in Tivoli, New York.
STRONG FORCE was also a finalist in Aurora’s Global Age Project Competition, and a semi-finalist in the Playwrights Foundation BAPF Competition 2015.
Her new full-length play, has been invited to the Last Frontier Playwright Conference in Valdez, Alaska, to be held in June of 2017. Also in June 2017, her latest short play CATCH will be at the “What She Said” short play festival in Duluth, Minnesota.
Other short plays include THE AEGEAN, produced by Padua at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood; ANIMAL STYLE and SAP, produced by the Lost Studio in Los Angeles; BLUEBIRD, produced by Theatre of N.O.T.E. in Hollywood; OUT OF THE BLUE, produced by There in 10 at the Acting Barn in Los Angeles; READ m n WEEP; and her latest, TAKE ME TO CHURCH.
Ms. Casey received her MFA in Writing, with an emphasis in playwriting, at Spalding University MFA program in Louisville, Kentucky in 2012, and for years taught playwriting to young adults at the Santa Monica based Virginia Avenue Project until it closed its doors in December of 2015. She conceived, edited and contributed to the single edition of her zine LOVE, which was carried by two popular independent bookstores in Los Angeles, and is working on a book of short stories entitled Fear Not, Maude May.
She has received 6 DRAMALOGUE AWARDS and 8 LAWeekly AWARD Nominations for her work as an actress in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband Jack.
two-act play Strong Force - chosen out of 500 blind submissions for the NEWvember Festival in November 2014; finalist in Aurora's Global Age Project competition; semi-finalist in the Playwrights Foundation BAPF 2015.
full-length play Night Becomes Day 2nd place in The Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize Competition 2014 for women playwrights in CA; "Green Read" in Theatricum Botanicum's Seedlings series on Sept 12, 2015 in Los Angeles.