Staci Swedeen

The recipient of a 2014 Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship, Staci also received the Arts and Letters Award in Drama, a NYSCA Grant for New Plays, an EST/Sloan commission and won the Sprenger-Lang Foundation New Play Contest. She is a core Lark Theatre member.

The Goldman Project directed by Joe Brancato, was produced Off Broadway.

Other plays have been performed across the country, published in numerous anthologies and presented in many festivals. She performed her one woman show Pardon Me for Living – a biting comedy involving a rabid raccoon -– at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Festival in 2013.


Pardon Me For Living (full-length solo text/writer & performer) Inspired by a real life run in with a rabid raccoon. Originally produced by Hudson Stage Company. Developed at Drunken! Careening! Writers! (KGB, NYC) Emerging Artists Theatre “One Woman Standing” Festival and the Lark Theatre, presented at Piccolo Spoleto 2013.

The Feeble-Mindedness of Woman (full-length) Ensemble Studio Theatre/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation commission for a play about Gerty Cori, the first American Woman to win the Nobel Prize in Science. Premiered at Oregon State University 2012.

There’s No Zombies Like Show Zombies (One Act) Emerging Artist Theatre Fall EATfest. An unscrupulous agent, a bed bug, and Marilyn Monroe making her return as a zombie.

Till That Lucky Day (One Act) Site Specific play written for Theatre 4, New Haven.

Next! (One Act) Emerging Artist Theatre Fall EATfest. Set in a UPS shipping office, this is a surprise romantic comedy attempting to return a very large package to the person who sent it, while being stymied by an uncooperative UPS sales clerk and a spacey woman who is next in line.

The Goldman Project (full-length play) produced by Penguin Repertory Theatre 2006, produced Off Broadway in 2007 with a co-production by the Abingdon Theatre. Developed through a New York State Council for the Arts grant for New Plays. Directed by Joe Brancato. Nominated for an A*bie and is published by Samuel French.

The Secret of Our Success (one act) Winner of the Arts and Letters Award, selection by Tina Howe. Produced in 2006 in the Emerging Artists Theatre spring Eatfest, NYC. Published in the Arts and Journal Review 2005.

House Rules (full-length) Finalist for the 2008 Firehouse Play Festival Competition. Initial development at the Mount Sequoyah Playwriting Retreat with staged readings at the Gallery Players, Brooklyn, and Rockland Reading Series. Being presented in 2015 at the Tennessee Stage Company as a staged reading.

Feliz Navidad (one act) Cable broadcast in Westchester on “The Play’s The Thing.” Previous productions: City Theatre, M&M Productions, New Jersey Rep.

Details (One act) 18 Minute Madness Playwright Festival, Turtle Shell Productions, NYC.

Criminal Confessions: The Radio Play (aka AM/FM in the First Degree – full length) staged reading Gallery Players and at New Jersey Repertory Theatre. Finalist in the Mill Mountain Playhouse New Play Competition.

Requiescat in Pace (one act) developed at the Lark Theatre, Finalist for Heideman Award, 2003. Produced at Stephen Austin University & Fairfield University 2007 & 2008.

The Taste of Desire (full length) produced by the Newman Theatre in Pleasantville, NY. A small local bookstore owner is threatened by present circumstances and past loves.

Theme and Variation (three one acts) directed by Jack Heifner, produced by Stephen Austin University.

The Frozen Grail (full-length) Winner of the Sprenger-Lang Foundation New Play Contest. The play is an investigation into Robert Peary’s claim to be the first to reach the North Pole.

A Little Bit of Culture (collection of one acts) Honorable Mention, McLaren Memorial Comedy Playwriting Competition, and Winner of the Tennessee Stage Company New Play Contest. Produced in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Outtabounds I, II, and III (three separate plays written on issues important to school age children) developed and produced as the playwright-in residence at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, directed by J. Barry Lewis.

Mystery at Spook Rock (full-length site-specific interactive theatre.) Written with a community grant from Sleepy Hollow and the Arts Council of Westchester. Collaborator Diane Coburn Bruning, choreographer.

Three Forks (full length) Winner of the Maxwell Anderson New Playreading Series and the New Plays Festival at Charlotte Rep 1996, World Premiere March 1997, Florida Stage Theatre. Carbonell Nominee for Best New Play

Pressure Points (full-length play) produced by the Newman Theatre. “The whole experience of giving and receiving a massage becomes a metaphor for what people need and don’t get. A surprisingly moving and sophisticated work.” Ed Burroughs, Patent Trader.

Summer and Winter Shorts (one acts) City Theatre, Miami, Producers Susi Westfall and Stephanie Norman 1996-2004, ten different one acts over eight years.

Gallery Players Black Box New Play Series (one acts) numerous plays, 1998-2004, including Off Broadway Samuel French finalist “Good Vibrations” 2003.

Grave Transformations (three one acts: The Sleep Seeker, Words Like A Wall, Making Her Moan) produced by Terry Schreiber, NYC, 1992. “Making Her Moan” also a finalist in the Theatre Works at the University of Colorado 1991.

The Sleep Seeker (Contest Winner, Love Creek Productions), Nat Horne Theatre, NYC, 1992. Numerous productions. Published in FACING FORWARD: One Act Plays and Monologues by Contemporary American Women B’way Play Pub, 1995)

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