Cecilia Copeland

Copeland’s plays have been Produced or Presented at the Culture Project, Cherry Lane Theatre, Ensemble Studios Theatre, HERE Arts Center, INTAR Theatre, The Anarchist Theatre Festival of Montreal, Stage Left Productions, Cara Mia Theatre in Dallas, Venus Theatre in MD, the Disreputables in DC, and IATI Theatre among others.  She has developed work with TerraNOVA Collective and the Lark Play Development Center.  Her Full Length, “The Wicked Son”was named one of the Top Three Best New Jewish Plays by the Jewish Plays Project.  Other full length works include Light of Night Production at IATI Theatre, Tiene Duende (It Has Soul) semifinalist for MultiStages New Works Competition, COURTING semifinalist for The O’Neill Playwrights Conference, BIOLIFE semifinalist for The O’Neill Playwrights Conference and The Emerging Playwrights Prize The Marin Theatre as well as a Finalist for Mabou Mines Residency.  Copeland was awarded a Special Effects Grant from Metro Screen Australia for her One Act that she adapted into a Screenplay, Amusement Bomber.  Her short play, The Next Time has been produced all over the world and featured in the Gun Control Plays collection curated by Caridad Svich.  Copeland is the recipient of the Lennis J. Holm Playwriting Scholarship from University of Iowa for her Honors Thesis, One Woman.  She is a graduate of the Writers Workshops at University of Iowa BA with Honors and Ohio University MFA.  Her works have been published by PM Press, The International Center for Women Playwrights, NoPassport Press, Amazon.com, and Indie Theater Now!  She is an Alumna of the Women’s New Works Playlab at New Perspectives, a Member of the Dramatists Guild of America, The Cimientos Playlab at IATI Theatre, and The League of Professional Theatre Women.  Before becoming a playwright Copeland toured as a Jr Company Member of Ballet Iowa in Cinderella and the Nutcracker and later she danced for MTV and VH1.  In 2013 Cecilia Copeland was named an Indie Theatre Now Person of the Year!