Bruce Graham, Neighbors Productions Inc., Playwright, Actor, Screenwriter, Teacher, Author
Graham began his career as a playwright at the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays (PFT) in 1984 with Burkie. Graham became playwright-in-residence at PFT and later served two years as Artistic Director. He has received grants from the Pew Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and was a past winner of the Princess Grace Foundation Statuette. He won the Rosenthal Prize for Coyote On A Fence. He has won consecutive Barrymore Awards for Best New Play (Something Intangible and Any Given Monday) and Chicago’s Jefferson Award for The Outgoing Tide. He is the first American playwright to be invited two years in a row to the Galway Arts Festival, which produced The Outgoing Tide and Stella and Lou.
An ex-high school teacher, Graham still teaches playwriting and film courses at Drexel University. In the past he has taught graduate level playwriting at University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University and Rutgers. He has conducted playwriting workshops in high schools and colleges across the country.
His textbook, The Collaborative Playwright, A Practical Guide to Getting Your Play Written (co-written with Michele Volansky) is published by Heinemann.
Graham recently returned to acting and has appeared as the Black Cat Husband in Haunted Poe (Brat Productions), Lenny in Any Given Monday (Act II) and is currently playing Richard in Time Stands Still (Delaware Theatre Company/Act II).
Graham is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He teaches film and theatre courses at Drexel University and lives in South Philly and Elkton, Maryland, with his wife, Stephanie, and a beagle named Truman.
PLAYS and SAMPLE PRODUCTIONS:
Burkie: PFT, Hudson Guild (NY), Cincinnati Playhouse, Interact Theatre (LA) Theatre Exile Published: Dramatists Play Service (DPS)
Early One Evening At The Rainbow Bar & Grille: PFT, WPA (NY), Florida Stage, Palm Beach Dramaworks, Royal Flemish Theatre Published: Samuel French
Minor Demons: PFT, Long Wharf, Century Theatre (NY), Company of Angels (LA), Arizona State Theatre Published: DPS
Moon Over The Brewery: PFT, Circle Theatre, Foundation Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theater. Published: Dramatics Magazine, DPS
Belmont Avenue Social Club: PFT, Working Theatre Group (NY), Northlight Theatre (Four Jefferson Award Nominations) Stamford Theatre Works, Theatre Exile, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Capital Rep, Two Roads Theatre (LA) FOUR JEFFERSON AWARD NOMINATIONS including Best Production, Published: DPS
The Champagne Charlie Stakes: PFT, Georgetown Theatre, Foundation Theatre Published: DPS
Desperate Affection: PFT, Access Theater (NY), Circle Theatre, Open Stages Published: DPS
Coyote on a Fence: Cincinnati Playhouse, Arden Theatre, Urban Stages/Blue Heron Theatre (NY) Shattered Globe, Curious Theater Company, Duchess Theatre (London’s West End, starring Ben Cross) WINNER: Rosenthal Prize Nominated for two DRAMA DESK awards, four JEFFERSON AWARDS NOMINATIONS (winner, best supporting actor) four BARRYMORE AWARDS. Published: DPS
A Christmas Carol - adapted from Charles Dickens for Mum Puppet Theatre
According to Goldman: Philadelphia Theatre Company – Three BARRYMORE NOMINATIONS including “Best New Play.” Florida Stage (2007), Circle Theatre (2007) Published: DPS
The Philly Fan: Theatre Exile, Kimmel Center, Arden Theatre, Media Theatre, People’s Light – BARRYMORE NOMINATION, Best New Play – 12th revival 9/10
Dex and Julie Sittin’ In A Tree - Arden Theatre, Circle Theatre (Pew Foundation Grant Recipient) Three BARRYMORE NOMINATIONS including “Best New Play.”
Full Figured, Loves to Dance (one act) – Commissioned by Theatre Exile (2007)
Something Intangible – Arden Theatre, Circle Theatre, Firehouse Theatre. WINNER of the EDGERTON FOUNDATION AWARD and one of four plays nationwide nominated for the LAURIE AWARD. Nominated for the Steinberg New Play Award and WINNER of seven 2009 Barrymore Awards including “Best New Play” and “Best Production.” Published: DPS.
Any Given Monday – Theatre Exile, Act II Playhouse, Off-Broadway at 59e59th. WINNER 2010 Barrymore Award “Best New Play.” Published: DPS
The Outgoing Tide – Commissioned by Northlight Theatre. Opens Spring 2011 starring Tony Winners John Mahoney and Rondi Reed. Winner of the EDGERTON FOUNDATION AWARD FOR NEW PLAYS. WINNER: 2011 JEFF AWARDS: BEST NEW PLAY Published: DPS.
Mr. Hart and Mr. Brown - People’s Light and Theatre
North of the Boulevard –– Theatre Exile
Stella and Lou – Commissioned by Northlight Theatre. Opens May 2013 starring Rhea Perlman.