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Meet ‘Running’ playwright Arlene Hutton


Arlene Hutton 01Arlene Hutton won this seasons’ Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest and her play, Running, will be performed in May.

Hutton is an alumna of New Dramatists and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and Dramatists’ Guild. She is best known for The Nibroc Trilogy, which includes Last Train to Nibroc (a 90-minute romantic comedy that received a New York Drama League Best Play nomination in 2000 and was a Francisca Primus Award finalist in 1999), See Rock City (a 90-minute drama that received the 2005 Spirit of America Award) Arlene Hutton 05and Gulf View Drive (a full-length dramedy that recxeived an LA Weekly Theatre Awards nomination for Best Playwriting and an Ovation Awards nomination for Best Play in 2007). Her plays have been presented Off- and Off-Off-Broadway and at theaters across the United States, in London, Edinburgh and throughout the world. Her five FringeNYC productions include Happy Worst Day Ever (winner of the Macy’s New Play Prize for FringeJr) and Running (which was chosen for the 2010 Fringe Encores Series).

Other plays include As It Is in Heaven, Letters to Sala (based on the book Sala’s Gift by Ann Kirshner and which received honorable mention at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre New Play Festival and was Arlene Hutton 15chosen as the featured play for the festival of new works at Centre Stage in Greenville), 40 Stat. 76 (which was chosen for Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival of Short Plays), Parhelia, Closing Costs (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Heideman finalist), Academia (an evening of short Arlene Hutton 12pieces about university life), women@work (an evening of short pieces about women in the workplace), A Closer Look (Samuel French Short Play Festival winner), Studio Portrait (Samuel French Short Play Festival winner), The Price You Pay (a one-act absurdist dark comedy that was an Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Heideman finalist and Samuel French Short Play Festival winner), Arlene Hutton 08Friends for Life (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Heideman finalist), Houseplay (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Heideman finalist) and I Dream Before I Take the Stand (a one-act absurdist drama that won an ATHE Lunchtime Theatre Award).

When you add it all up, Hutton is a three-time Samuel French Short Play Festival winner, four-time Heideman Award finalist, a Francesca Primus Prize finalist, and recipient of the Lippman and Calloway Awards. Her scripts are published by Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Dramatic Publishing and Playscripts. Residencies Arlene Hutton 10include the Australian National Playwrights Conference, New Harmony Project, MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Her New York credits include 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Barrow Group, Circle-in-the-Square Downtown, Alice’s Fourth Floor, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Vital Theatre.

Hutton’s academic experience includes:

  • Sewanee, The University of the South, 2007-2008
  • Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2006, 2008
  • Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference, 2007, 2008
  • Arlene Hutton 07Sewanee, The University of the South, 2005-2006
  • Fordham University, adjunct, 2001 – 2005
  • The Glen Workshop, Santa Fe, 2005, 2006
  • The Barrow Group, 2002-2004
  • Museum of the City of New York, 2002, 2003
  • Learning on Location, 1999-2001
  • The New School, substitute, 2000

Arlene Hutton 06She has been a guest lecturer and workshop leader at:

  • Berea College, 2008
  • Northwest Writers, Seattle, 2008
  • Anderson University, 2008
  • North Greenville University, 2008
  • Governor’s School of Greenville, 2008
  • Oklahoma Baptist University, 2008
  • Arlene Hutton 04Mary Baldwin College, 2007
  • James Madison University, 2007
  • Loyola Marymount University, 2006
  • Pepperdine University, 2006
  • Orlando Playfest, 2005
  • Texas Tech, 2004
  • Concordia College, 2003
  • Yale University (at New Dramatists), 2003
  • Arlene Hutton 11Museum of the City of New York, 2002, 2003
  • Washington and Lee, 2002 (Flornoy Playwrights Festival honoree)
  • University of Nebraska, 2002
  • Catholic University, 2002
  • Brooklyn College, 2002
  • Arlene Hutton 14Calvin College, 2000, 2002
  • University of Kentucky, 2000, 2002
  • Wake Forest University, 2000

Hutton worked for years on and off stage before she wrote her first play. “Learn to do everything – act, direct, make costumes, build sets – and do it for other people’s plays,” Hutton tells aspiring playwrights at her seminars and workshops. “Work Arlene Hutton 02with the best people you can find, those that both support you and challenge you to be your best. See as many plays as you can see. See readings of plays (they’re usually free!). Read every play you can. Arlene Hutton 03Don’t be afraid to produce or co-produce your plays yourself. Take the Commercial Theatre Institute’s weekend intensive on producing and learn everything you can about the business. Keep applying to New Dramatists and the MacDowell Colony and the New Harmony Project and all those wonderful places that serve writers and give you community. Join the Dramatists’ Guild.”



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