Elizabeth Heffron

Elizabeth Heffron is a Seattle-based playwright.  Her full-length play, Bo-Nita, received a 2014 Edgarton New Play Award from TCG and premiere productions at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Portland Center Stage; where it was developed at the JAW Festival of New Plays.  Her most recent work, Portugal, received a 2016 Holland New Voices Playwright Award and a MainStage reading at the Great Plains Theatre Conference.  The play has been developed through the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, ACT Theatre Playwrights Circle, and the Seattle Rep Writers Group Showcase of New Work.  Her play, The Weatherman Project (with Kit Bakke), was part of the Seattle Rep’s inaugural New Play Festival in February 2013, and the Hollins Playwrights Festival in Roanoke, Virginia the following July. Other full-length plays include New Patagonia, produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Mitzi’s Abortion: A Saint’s Guide to Late-Term Politics and Medicine in America, which received ACT Theatre’s New Play Award and a world premiere production at ACT Theatre in 2006. Since then, the play has been produced across the country, published by Original Works Publishing, and included in the anthology ‘MANIFESTO v.3: Here’s to a Theater of Defiance’, edited by Naomi Iizuka.  She has written work locally for 14/48:The World’s Quickest Theater Festival, Annex Theatre, One Reel Productions, and New City Theatre, among others.  She is a Staff Writer for Sandbox Radio Live, and her radio plays can be heard by downloading them from iTunes or Stitcher.  Elizabeth has received grants from the Seattle Arts Commission, and a fellowship from Artists Trust/Washington State Arts Commission.  She currently teaches at Cornish College of the Arts, ACT Young Playwrights Program, and at Freehold Theatre/Lab, where she has spent 6 seasons working with the women of the Washington Correctional Center for Women on inmate-generated performance pieces.  She is an alumna of the Seattle Rep Writers Group, a member of the Sandbox Artists Collective, and the Dramatists Guild. She holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Hollins Playwrights Lab.


MFA in Playwriting from the Hollins Playwrights Lab

 Bo-Nita, Portugal, Mitzi's Abortion, An Altered Life, Her Mother Was Imagination, New Patagonia