Bara Swain
New York, NY
Bara's plays have been staged in 185+ venues in 28 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 185+ venues in 28 states and abroad (Australia, Canada, Ireland, UAE, England).  NY theatres include the Barrow Group, Urban Stages, Abingdon Theatre, Symphony Space, Articulate Theatre, San 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).   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 playwriting. 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); Stupid Boy, Facts, Frequent Flyer, Through the Looking Glass (Something Quirky This Way Comes, Australia), The Queen of Carbon (Planet Connections Zoom Fest, NY), Folded (Warner Theatre, CT); and The Color Enthusiast (Axial Theatre).


Bara Swain was named a 2019 finalist for the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting for her play, EXTRAORDINARY.

Bara Swain produced a festival reading series, THE OPINION PIECES: An evening of short plays, at Urban Stages, NYC, in March.  Bara serves as the Creative Consultant at Urban Stages.

YEARNING FOR PEACE was produced in Articulate Theatre Company's Articulating the Arts Protest Plays, in April at TADA, NYC.

CHOOSE, by Bara Swain, will be produced in Summer Shorts, Theatre Workshop of Owensboro, Kentucky, in July.

Bara Swain's play, THE WONDER OF YOU, was produced at Ten Below: The Fine Arts Association 22nd Annual One Act Festival, Ohio, in April.  It will be prsented at the 2019 Solstice One-Act Festival at the Barn Theatre, NJ, in June.