Biography

Alena Smith

Playwright
The Sacrifices (2009)

Alena Smith is a member of the 2009 Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater and is a 2008-09 Artists Fellow in Playwriting with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). The Sacrifices is her newest play; before being selected by SPF, it was given a staged reading at Playwrights Horizons. Her play The Lacy Project was most recently produced at the American Repertory Theatre's A.R.T. Institute (Cambridge, MA). Lacy was previously produced in the 2007 Ice Factory festival at the Ohio Theater (NYC), developed with Soho Think Tank, and was first seen in the 2006 Carlotta Festival of New Plays at the Yale School of Drama. Other plays include Alice Eat Your Words (Yale Cabaret, Northwestern University, Haverford College), It or Her (Philly Live Arts, Brown University), Apple of Discord (Philly Fringe), and Saturnalia in Poughkeepsie. She is a cofounder and the resident playwright of Dead Genius Productions, an independent dance-theater company whose most recent work was presented by Chashama in Riverside Park. Alena has been a finalist for the O'Neill Playwrights Conference and the Princess Grace Award in Playwriting, and was nominated by the Public Theater for the Old Vic New Voices US/UK Exchange. MFA, 2006, Yale School of Drama; ASCAP Cole Porter Prize in Playwriting.

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SPF Diary

July 22, 2009

Summer Theater
One of the best things about being part of SPF is the fact that it's a summer festival.  This...

July 17, 2009

Performance #5
Four performances down.... four to go:

July 14, 2009

Opening Night
Tonight is the first performance of The Sacrifices and I'm so excited!  I can't believe my play is...

July 7, 2009

Playwrights and Designers
On Monday night I'll be part of an event at Wingspace, a theatrical design collective in Brooklyn,...

July 2, 2009

I’m On A Boat
Rehearsals for The Sacrifices started on Monday, which makes today (Thursday) Day 4. At first I...

 

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