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VISIONARY AWARD (Theater Masters), 2024.

O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist, 2024.

Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival Finalist, 2023.

Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival Finalist, 2023.

Mark Twain Prize in Comic Playwriting (Kennedy Center), 2022.

Yes And Laughter Lab Fellowship, 2022.


Brianna Barrett is a writer and performer fascinated with identity crises, double lives, mortality, grief, dick jokes with heart, and the forgotten history of stuff that happened surprisingly-not-that-long-ago. Recipient of the Theater Masters’ Visionary Award, twice-voted Portland’s Best Storyteller in Willamette Week, Barrett has developed work with the Playwrights Union, LineStorm Playwrights, Central Works, Vivid Stage, Theatre 33, New Stage Theatre, Naked Angels LA, Public Assembly. Full length-plays include ACTS OF CREATION (Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize in Comic Playwriting), FLORENCE FANE IN SAN FRANCISCO (O’Neill finalist and RACC Grant recipient), STILL HARVEY STILL (Portland Civic Theatre Guild's New Play Award finalist), 36 PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE MEALTIME CONVERSATIONS (O’Neill semi-finalist), AFTER THIS EPISODE (Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival finalist), and solo show OTHER NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASES (Oregonian Arts Pick / adapted into a 5-part audio series for Bag & Baggage Productions), with short plays published by Samuel French/Concord Theatricals and Applause Books. Co-writer of the TV pilot, CANCER CULTURE (which received a Yes And Laughter Lab Fellowship and a “Projects on the Rise” reading at YALLFest in NYC). Additional TV work has been developed with Stuber, Farah Films, and Hollywood Laundromat. Received the George Burns and Gracie Allen Fellowship and Scholarship in Comedy, and the Kenneth Macgowan Family Playwriting Award while completing an MFA in Playwriting from UCLA.

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