Sheila Callaghan

Alumni Playwright

2006 -- 2013

Sheila Callaghan's plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright's Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, Woolly Mammoth, and Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. These include Scab, Crawl Fade to White, Crumble (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake), We Are Not These Hands, Dead City, Lascivious Something, Kate Crackernuts, That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play, Fever/Dream, Everything You Touch, Roadkill Confidential, and Women Laughing Alone With Salad. She is published with Playscripts.com and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the Obie winning playwright's organization 13P. Sheila is also a resident of New Dramatists. In 2010, Callaghan was profiled by Marie Claire as one of "18 Successful Women Who Are Changing the World." She was also named one of Variety magazine's "10 Screenwriters to Watch" of 2010.

ND Activity
  • Creativity Fund

    Creativity Fund

    The Creativity Fund blends the flexibility of a one-day play reading with the intensive focus of a two-week workshop, providing ten to fifteen playwrights per year the opportunity to program three to five day workshops on an ad hoc basis. Creativity Fund workshops are structured according to each writer's needs at any stage of development and are funded through a lead grant from the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions

    Nocturnal Commissions is a marathon evening of instant theatre, New Dramatists style. First, the opportunity to commission new plays by New Dramatists resident and alumni playwrights is auctioned to the highest bidder; second, the writer and their winning bidder meet for a lightning-fast commission; third, each writer has about 20 minutes to create a new short theatre piece, monologue, or song; fourth, the plays are rehearsed upstairs while the audience has dinner downstairs; and last, all the evening's commissioned pieces are presented by a first-rate company of actors and directors.

  • Pen & Swill

    Pen & Swill

    Pen & Swill is a catch-all phrase for events designed to stimulate discussion among the resident playwright company on artistic and professional issues. Some are private-just for resident writers-most are open to the public, and they almost always include drinks and snacks.

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    Launched in 2002, the PlayTime Developmental Studio provides five New Dramatists writers with a two-week writers' retreat, right in the heart of New York City. PlayTime is a laboratory designed to give playwrights the opportunity to explore, workshop, rethink, and revise ambitious new works of theatre by drawing from a supportive resident company of actors, directors, stage managers, staff, and fellow playwrights.

  • Princess Grace Award Fellowship

    Princess Grace Award Fellowship

    The Princess Grace Award in Playwriting was created by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA in 1994 to seek out and support exceptional, emerging American playwrights. The Award provides the winning writer with a year-long residency at New Dramatists, a $7,500 stipend, and a publication opportunity with Samuel French.

  • Writers' Executive Committee

    Writers' Executive Committee

    The Writers' Executive Committee is a voluntary grouping of resident playwrights who meet throughout the year to discuss and make decisions concerning the work of New Dramatists and to help guide the organization.

Playwright Buzz

December 16, 2012

OVER/UNDER airing on USA January 4

Sheila Callaghan's TV film OVER/UNDER, staring Steven Pasquale, will air on the USA network Friday, January 4 at 10pm.

Paul, a high-profile Manhattan hedge fund manager, makes a bad trade which costs his firm millions, and is fired immediately. He must find a way to support the lavish lifestyle to which he and his wife have become accustomed-- even if it means courting a nasty, expensive addiction.

May 24, 2012

rehearsals beginning for Port Out, Starboard Home

A piece Sheila co-created with the San Francisco-based troupe Fools Fury called Port Out, Starboard Home will be receiving its world premiere in the fall at Zspace. http://foolsfury.org/fury/

May 24, 2012

rehearsals begining for Port Out, Starboard Home

A piece Sheila co-created with the San Francisco-based troupe Fools Fury called Port Out, Starboard Home will be receiving its world premiere in the fall at Zspace. http://foolsfury.org/fury/

February 6, 2012

THAT PRETTY PRETTY; OR, THE RAPE PLAY in Baltimore

Sheila Callaghan's play That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play will be playing at Baltimore's Strand Theatre Feb 3-18, 2012.

Tickets: $20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 students
Opening Night: $25 - SOLD OUT
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Performance Schedule
Wednesday, February 15 at 7pm - students and teachers $3 with ID (enter code 'students' or 'teachers' online).

October 21, 2011

two plays: los angeles and chicago

IN LOS ANGELES

CRUMBLE (Lay Me Down, Justin Timberlake)
directed by Jeremy Aluma
November 11 - December 18
Sacred Fools Theater Company
660 N. Heliotrope Dr
www.sacredfools.org

IN CHICAGO

WE ARE NOT THESE HANDS
directed by Bries Vannon
November 25 - December 17
Right Brain Project @
RBP Rorschach
4001 N Ravenswood Ave
www.therbp.org

Contact Info

c/o Corinne Hayoun
Creative Artists Agency
162 5th Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
ph: 212.277.9000
chayoun@caa.com
sheila.callaghan@gmail.com

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