Tess Light
Los Alamos, NM

Tess Light’s plays tend to incorporate any or all of the following: sarcasm, death, sarcastic death, Buddhism, foodism, poetry, song, and Shakespeare. Her plays undergo development through table readings, staged readings, and productions at theaters around New Mexico, and have been produced or read across the U.S.  After sampling eight cities in four countries, Tess settled in Los Alamos with her husband and sons, where she works as a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 


  • New Play Competition, Stage West (TX), 2014:           Semi-Finalist, “To Conceive Gods”
  • NuVoices, Actors’ Theatre of Charlotte (NC), 2014:     Semi-finalist, “To Conceive Gods”
  • Old Opera House New Voice Play Festival (WV), 2014:     2nd place, “Shimmer”
  • New Play Competition, Stage West, (TX), 2013:         2nd place, “Tower of Magic”
  • Am. Assoc. of Comm. Theater New Play Festival, 2013:     Semi-finalist, “Stalking Serendipity”
  • Playwrights First New Play Competition (NY), 2013:    Semi-finalist, “To Conceive Gods”
  • Arts & Letters Prize for Drama (GA), 2013:            Finalist, “The Last Days of Wonder”
  • Dubuque Fine Arts Players competition (IA), 2013: 2nd place, “The Last Days of Wonder”
  • New Play Contest, Theater Conspiracy (FL), 2012:          1st place, “Tower of Magic”
  • Heiress Productions New Play Contest, (NY), 2012:        Finalist, “Stalking Serendipity”
  • Dayton Playhouse FutureFest (OH), 2010:        Semi-finalist, “The Cadence of a Dream”