Shawna Casey comes to playwriting from 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 playwrights Irene Fornes, Murray Mednick, Jose Rivera and Michael Sargent, she now writes plays of her own with an eye toward love in all its glory, pathos and humor.
She began work on her new full-length play blue blue moon in 2017, and was invited to the Last Frontier Playwright Conference in Alaska. The resulting draft was featured at Tangent Theatre’s NEWvember Festival of new play readings in New York.
Her play, Strong Force, was chosen out of 500 blind submissions to be featured at Tangent Theatre's NEWvember Festival in 2014. http://newvemberfestival.com/the-playwrights/2014-playwrights/ Early drafts of Strong Force also received recognition from Aurora’s Global Age Project Competition (finalist), and the Playwrights Foundation BAPF Competition (semi-finalist).
An early draft of 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/ A subsequent draft of 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 2017, her short play, Catch, was produced at the What She Said Festival in Duluth, Minnesota. http://duluthplayhouse.org/announcing-the-selected-plays-directors-of-what-she-said/
Other short plays include: Missive (2020), Batten Down the Hatches (2020), Take Me to Church (2020), Read m n Weep (2020), The Aegean (produced by Padua at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood), Animal Style (produced by the Lost Studio in Los Angeles), Sap (produced by the Lost Studio in Los Angeles), and Bluebird (produced by Theatre of N.O.T.E. in Hollywood).
Ms. Casey most recently appeared in ECHO Theater Company's BOLDFACED SECRETS story-telling series, telling her bold stories to rapt audiences :) in 2019-20.
She received her MFA in Writing at Spalding University MFA program in Louisville, Kentucky in 2012. She conceived, edited and contributed to the single edition of her zine, LOVE, which was carried by two popular independent bookstores in Los Angeles, along with her chapbook of short stories FEAR NOT.
She has received 6 DRAMALOGUE AWARDS, and 8 LAWeekly AWARD NOMINATIONS (awarded one LAWeekly) for her work as an actress in Los Angeles.
latest short play, Catch, received a full production at the 2017 What She Said Festival in Duluth, Minnesota.
new two-act play, blue blue moon, invited to the 2017 Last Frontier Playwright’s Conference in Valdez, Alaska, and to Tangent Theatre’s 2017 NEWvember Festival of new play readings in New York’s Hudson Valley.
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.