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Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival Finalist, 2023.

Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival Finalist, 2023

Mark Twain Prize in Comic Playwriting, 2022 (!!!!!)

Yes And Laughter Lab Finalist, 2022.

Portland Civic Theatre Guild's New Play Award Finalist, 2022.


Brianna Barrett is a playwright, screenwriter and performer fascinated with identity crisis, double lives, mortality, grief, queer coming-of-age stories, and the forgotten history of stuff that happened surprisingly-not-that-long-ago. A member of Playwrights Union, LineStorm Playwrights, and the Dramatist Guild, Barrett’s full length-plays include ACTS OF CREATION (Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize in Comic Playwriting), FLORENCE FANE IN SAN FRANCISCO (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist and RACC Grant recipient), STILL HARVEY STILL (Portland Civic Theatre Guild's New Play Award finalist), 36 PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE MEALTIME CONVERSATIONS (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist), and AFTER THIS EPISODE (Lanford Wilson New American Play Festival finalist). Barrett has developed work with Theater Masters, Central Works, Vivid Stage, Bag & Baggage Productions, Theatre 33, New Stage Theatre, Naked Angels LA, Public Assembly, and has short plays published by Samuel French/Concord Theatricals and Applause Books. Twice-voted Portland’s Best Storyteller in Willamette Week for solo works including TRUE LOVE AND OTHER NONCOMMUNICABLE DISEASES (Oregonian Art Pick /Adapted into 5-part miniseries for KBNB) and performances at Folklife Festival, Art of the Story Festival, and Pickathon. As a Yes And Laughter Lab Fellow, Barrett co-wrote the TV pilot, CANCER CULTURE, recently featured at YALLFest in NYC. Additional TV work has been developed with Stuber, Farah Films, and Hollywood Laundromat. This Portland-born weirdo 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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