Ashlin Halfnight

Writer

LAWS OF MOTION
- PS122 (January 2011, New York)
“a splendid new drama that ranks with the very best of Halfnight's work (which is to say, also, with the very best American plays of this new century)… a joltingly profound play”- nytheatre.com

BALATON
- Urban Stages (October 2009, Electric Pear Productions)
“one of the best new American plays of 2009…intense and delicate…filled with complexity and conflictedness “ - nytheatre.com

ARTIFACTS OF CONSEQUENCE
- Stokastik Theater Ensemble (May, 2011, Avery Schreiber Theater, Los Angeles)
- Satori Group (November 2009, Seattle)
“like the Coen brothers meets Woody Allen's Sleeper…more engrossing than any Hollywood blockbuster of the past four months…a more visceral experience” -Seattle Weekly
- Wild Project (April 2009, Electric Pear Productions)
“A fantastical drama by the gifted young playwright Ashlin Halfnight… deliriously imaginative and talent-rich… as much pulp fiction as theater of ideas” - The New York Times

GOOD PICTURES
- Cherry Lane Theater (August 2008, FringeNYC)
**** (Four Stars) Time Out NY
“should top the yearly list of most produced American plays in a couple of seasons. Yes, it's that good”- nytheatre.com

DIVING NORMAL
- SFS Theatre (November 2010, Los Angeles)
“GO!…uniformly flawless and engaging…a superb cast”- LA Weekly
- Arts Theater, West End (March 2009, Staged Reading, London, UK)
- Ventura Court Theater (June 2008, Los Angeles)
- FringeNYC Encore Series (September 2006, 14th Street Y Theatre, NYC)
- Fringe Festival (August 2006, Access Theatre, NYC)
- The Lion Theatre (May 2006, Staged Reading, NYC)
“engaging and enjoyable” - nytheatre.com

MUD BLOSSOM
- Emergency Theater Project (April 2007, WalkerSpace)
“A playwright who bears watching” - The Village Voice
“A gift for foreshadowing… a finesse that is rare for a new writer” - The New York Times

GOD'S WAITING ROOM
- PS122 (January 2011, New York)
- Merlin Theatre (March 2006, Budapest, Hungary)
- Fringe Festival (Best Play, August 2005, PS122, NYC)
“Briskly well written and entertaining… a cleverly deconstructed plot… concise originality” - The New York Times

Education:

Royal Court New York Residency - September 2006
Columbia University School of the Arts - MFA in Playwriting, 2006
Harvard University - Cum Laude Honors BA in English and American Literature, 1997

Awards, Memberships & Publications:

Best New Play (Balaton, Nominated, New York ITA 2009)
Outstanding New Play (Good Pictures, Talkin' Broadway, 2008)
Best Play (God's Waiting Room, 2005 NY Fringe Festival)
Fulbright Fellowship (National Theatre of Hungary 2005/2006)
MCC Playwrights' Coalition (2007 - Present)
TCG Travel Grant (Family Dinner, Budapest, 2007)
Howard Stein Playwriting Fellowship (2005 Columbia University)
Resident Playwright Railroad Playhouse, NY (2010 - Present)
Diving Normal (Published in Plays and Playwrights, 2007)
Artistic Director of Electric Pear Productions (2006 - Present)
Person of the Year (Named by NYtheater.com, 2007)
Ludwig Vogelstein Artist Grant (American Drek, 2003)
Ford Grant (1997)

Current & Film:

- Working on film script for “Iceland”, www.icelandthefilm.com, scheduled to shoot in 2012, as an adaptation of the short, which stars Ingvar Sigurdsson and Allison Pill.
- Northbound - feature film, with Gordon Pinsent.
- Diving Normal - feature film optioned from play by same title.
- This Time of Year, ensemble piece centered on a lesbian couple, optioned by Producer Seth Soloway in 2010.