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For over twenty years, the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival has proudly supported the creation and development of hundreds of new theatrical works by some of the most exciting playwrights of our time—who have gone on to become Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Obie, Emmy and Golden Globe award winners, as well as McArthur Genius Fellows.

About The 2018 Festival

2019 Dates and Information Coming Soon

Be the first to see new work by Kate Hamill, Kimber Lee, Wendy Macleod and Cheryl West. Hedgebrook partners with regional theatres across the country with strong track records of commissioning and producing new works by women playwrights. This year’s festival partners include ACT Theatre, Center Theatre Group, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

2018 Performances

Whidbey Island


Sunday, June 3 at 4:00 PM


Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
565 Camano Avenue, Langley, WA 98260




Monday, June 4 at 7:00 PM


Seattle Repertory Theatre
155 Mercer St, Seattle, WA 98109



Kate Hamill

Kate Hamill is an actor / playwright. Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year, 2017. Her work includes her play Sense and Sensibility (in which she originated the role of Marianne) – Winner, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2016; Nominee, Drama League Award (Best Revival); 265+ performances off-Broadway. Other plays include Vanity Fair at the Pearl Theatre (in which she originated the role of Becky Sharp; Nominee, Off-Broadway Alliance Award 2017), Pride and Prejudice at Primary Stages & Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival (in which she originated the role of Lizzy Bennet; WSJ Critic’s Pick, Best Theater of 2017 – Huffington Post). Additional acting credits include: The Seagull (Bedlam) Cyrano (Amphibian Stage), Dreams of A… Marsupial Girl (PearlDamour), Three Mutants (PearlDAmour) The General from America (HVSF), Separation Rapid (Chenango River Theatre), Good Person of Szechwan; The Nameday Party (Schapiro Theatre), and numerous independent films. Her plays have been produced off-Broadway, at A.R.T., the Guthrie Theatre, Seattle Rep, Dallas Theater Center, PlayMaker’s Rep, Folger Theatre (8 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Winner, best production – S&S) & others; upcoming productions at Shakespeare Theatre of DC, Trinity Rep, Portland Center Stage, Syracuse Stage, Pittsburgh Public, Kansas City Rep, Dorset Theatre Festival and more. Upcoming new plays: Little Women at Primary Stages; Mansfield Park at Northlight Theatre. Kate was one of the top 20 most-produced playwrights in the country this season; plays currently running at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Arvada Center, & more. http://www.kate-hamill.com

Kimber Lee

Kimber Lee

KIMBER LEE (Playwright) Plays include to the yellow housetokyo fish story (South Coast Rep, TheatreWorks/Silicon Valley, Old Globe Theater), brownsville song (b-side for tray)(Humana Festival, LCT3/Lincoln Center, Long Wharf Theatre, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Moxie Theatre, Shotgun Players), and different words for the same thing directed by Neel Keller (Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre). Her work has also been presented by Lark Play Development Center, Page 73, Hedgebrook, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Manhattan Theatre Club, Southern Rep, ACT Theatre/Seattle, and Magic Theatre. Lark Playwrights Workshop Fellow, Dramatists Guild Fellow, member of Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and recipient of the Ruby Prize, PoNY Fellowship, Hartford Stage/New Voices Fellowship, BAU Institute Arts Residency Award, and inaugural 2015 PoNY/Bush Theatre Playwright Residency in London. MFA: UT Austin.

Wendy MacLeod

MacLeod, Wendy

Wendy MacLeod’s newest play Slow Food will premiere next season at Merrimack Repertory Theater.  Women in Jeopardy! which premiered at Geva Theater is now being done at many theaters around the country.  Her other plays include Sin (The Goodman, Second Stage), Schoolgirl Figure (The Goodman Theatre), The Water Children and Juvenilia (Playwrights Horizons), and Things Being What They Are (Seattle Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre) and The House of Yes (Gate Theater and Soho Rep)which became an award-winning Miramax film starring Parker Posey.  Her humor and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Dramatist, Poetry, on Salon, The Rumpus, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and All Things Considered.  A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, she is the Artistic Director of the Kenyon Review Playwrights Conference and is a winner of The New Yorker caption contest.

Cheryl West

Cheryl West

Cheryl L. West’s plays have been seen in England, off-Broadway, on Broadway (Play On!) and in numerous regional theaters around the country. Her plays include, Shout Sister Shout, Akeelah and the Bee, Pullman Porter Blues, and Jar the Floor.  She has written TV and film projects at Disney, Paramount, MTV Films, Showtime, TNT, HBO, CBS and is the Webby-nominated writer for the original web series Diary of a Single Mom.  Ms. West is currently working on commissions for Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival,  Chicago Children’s Theater, Minneapolis Children’s theater, Seattle Children’s Theater and UC Santa Barbara’s Launch Pad Program.

Radha Blank

Radha Blank is a playwright, performer and writer for TV and film. She’s written for “The Get Down” (Netflix) and “Empire” (FOX), and works currently as Producer/Writer for “She’s Gotta Have It” (Netflix). She is Co-Writer for the film adaptation of Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling Young Adult novel, Monster. She’s a 2017 Sundance Directors Lab Fellow, a 2017 Sundance Screenwriters Fellow, and a 2017 Creative Producer’s Fellow (all for The 40 Year-Old Version). She’s also been a Sundance UCROSS playwright, a Helen Merrill Award recipient, an NEA New Play Development Award recipient (for SEED), a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, a Nickelodeon Writing Fellow, and a member of The Public Theater’s inaugural Emerging Writers Group. Her feature-length film script for The 40 Year-Old Version recently garnered the 2017 Adrienne Shelly Women’s Filmmaker Award and the 2018 Maryland Film Festival Producers Club Award. When not writing for the stage or screen, Radha performs as emcee RadhaMUSprime, whose brand of Ghost-Face-Killah-meets-Moms-Mabley hip-hop comedy has sold out shows from New York to Norway. This summer, Radha will write, direct, and star in her first feature film, The 40 Year-Old Version.

2017 Women's Playwright Festival Alumnae

Playwrights Alumnae

Hansol Jung – Lucy Alibar – Amy Freed – Winsome Pinnock- Aleshea Harris

Previous Women's Playwright Festival Alumnae

The plays generated and developed through the HWPF are being produced at local and regional theatres across the country, off-Broadway and on Broadway, and internationally. Our alumnae are winning major awards and recognitions, including the Pulitzer Prize, Obie and Tony awards, MacArthur Fellowships, Alpert Awards, Shakespeare’s Sister in partnership with AROHO, the Lark Play Development Center’s PoNY Fellowships, and the Ruby Prize in partnership with Southern Rep. We are very proud of the body of work created by our alumnae. We celebrate their achievements and the impact of this program on the landscape of American theatre.

>View a complete list of alumnae from 1998 to 2018 (PDF file)



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