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Join us for the 18th annual Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival™. Be the first to see new work by Leanna Brodie, Karen Hartman, Julie Marie Myatt, Suzanne Vega, Lauren Yee, as well as Dipika Guha, the winner of the first Shakespeare's Sister Playwriting fellowship, awarded in partnership with the LARK Play Development Center and A Room of Her Own Foundation. 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, LARK Play Development Center, Denver Center Theatre, and Goodman Theatre.

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HedgebrookLogoHedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture. We offer writing residencies, master classes, and salons at our 27-year-old retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs around the country that connect writers with readers and audiences. For more information, visit the website at hedgebrook.org.

The Alchemy of Time and Space, Solitude and Community

Located on beautiful Whidbey Island near Seattle, Hedgebrook offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers, and bringing their work to the world through innovative public programs.

The gift of time and space in solitude cannot be overestimated. It is essential to a writer’s process and difficult to carve out in daily life. Having her own cottage, with meals provided, enables a writer to give full focus to her work and go deeper into her writing process.

Hedgebrook was founded on Virginia Woolf’s belief that giving a writer a room of her own is the greatest vote of confidence in her voice. What we’ve discovered in the ensuing decades is the power of community: bringing women together is equally important in nurturing and informing their voices, and emboldening them to speak.

At the end of a day of writing, all seven residents come down to the farmhouse kitchen and share a meal, their stories, histories, breakthroughs and roadblocks. They give advice and feedback, and challenge each other to take risks. A community forms around the kitchen table, bonds deepen through conversation, and writers leave knowing they are part of the larger Hedgebrook community in the world.

Learn more about the history of the festival.

Leanna Brodie, Hedgebrook alumna, is a Canadian actor, translator, and writer. Her dramas have aired on CBC Radio, and The Vic, For Home and Country, Schoolhouse, and The Book of Esther are regularly performed across Canada. She has translated the Québec playwrights Christian Bégin, Louise Bombardier, Rébecca Déraspe, Sébastien Harrisson, Catherine Léger, Philippe Soldevila, Larry Tremblay, and Hélène Ducharme, whose award-winning production of Baobab has toured North America with over 500 performances. She has been Playwright-in-Residence at the Blyth Festival, 4th Line Theatre, and Lighthouse Festival Theatre: together they have commissioned her new documentary play, Turbulence, which she further developed as a member of the 2014 PTC Playwrights Colony in Vancouver. As an actor, Brodie most recently appeared with Blackbird Theatre in the Canadian première of Samuel Beckett's All That Fall. Her opera with New Zealand composer Anthony Young, Ulla’s Odyssey—winner of both Opera Factory New Works (New Zealand) and the Flourish Competition (UK)—will be produced by London's acclaimed OperaUpClose in October 2015.

Dipika Guha was born in Calcutta and raised in tea drinking countries. Her plays include I Enter the Valley (Weissberger nominee, 2014), Mechanics of Love (Drama League Directorsfest, INTAR’s American Nightcap), Blown Youth (New Georges/Barnard), and The Rules (SuperLab Playwrights Horizons/Clubbed Thumb, Joust Theatre). She is the inaugural Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship recipient, a current Playwrights Foundation Resident, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Lab, Ars Nova Playgroup, and Young Writers Program at the Royal Court Theatre alum. Her work has been developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Old Vic New Voices, Fault Line Theatre, Naked Angels, Cutting Ball Theatre, the Flea, Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, One Coast Collaboration, and the Tobacco Factory (UK), amongst others. She has been awarded residencies at the Ucross Foundation, SPACE at Ryder Farm, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. She has a B.A. in English Literature (UCL) and an M.F.A. in Playwriting (Yale School of Drama) under Paula Vogel. Current work in progress: Unreliable through the Soho Rep Writer Director Lab and Lifted with Sarah Krohn. Despite a long run in the north east of the United States she still drinks tea.

Karen Hartman holds the Playwright Center’s 2014-15 McKnight Residency and Commission for a nationally recognized playwright. Current and upcoming work includes The Book of Joseph at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Project Dawn in workshop at People’s Light & Theater Company, and a Yale Repertory Theater commission about the landmark Supreme Court case Ricci vs. DeStefano. Her new dialogue for Mozart’s The Magic Flute appears in Pacific Music Works’ 2015 production at Meany Hall in Seattle. Hartman’s Goldie, Max, and Milk premiered at Florida Stage and the Phoenix Theater. Other works: Goliath (Dorothy Silver New Play Prize), Gum, Leah’s Train, Going Gone (N.E.A. New Play Grant); Girl Under Grain (Best Drama in NY Fringe); Wild Kate, ALICE: Tales of a Curious Girl (Music by Gina Leishman, AT&T Onstage Award); Troy Women; Donna Wants; Sea Change; and MotherBone (Frederick Loewe Award). New York productions: Women's Project, National Asian American Theatre Company, P73, the New York Fringe (Best Drama), and Summer Play Festival. Regional: Center Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Dallas Theater Center, the Magic, and elsewhere. Publications: Theater Communications Group, Dramatists Play Service, Playscripts, Backstage Books, and NoPassport Press. Awards: Sustainable Arts Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation at Bellagio, the N.E.A., the Helen Merrill Foundation, Daryl Roth "Creative Spirit" Award, Hodder Fellowship, Jerome Fellowship, Fulbright Scholarship.  An alumna of New Dramatists, Karen is now Senior Artist in Residence at the University of Washington. Her prose is published in the New York Times and The Washington Post.

Julie Marie Myatt's plays include The Happy Ones, Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, My Wandering Boy, Boats on A River, The Sex Habits of American Women, and Wake Up, Mrs. Moore. Her work has been seen at the Kennedy Center, South Coast Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Guthrie Theater, Cornerstone Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theatre, ACT Theatre, and the Magic Theatre, among others. She is an alumna of New Dramatists, and currently the Mellon Playwright in Residence at South Coast Repertory.

Lauren Yee's plays include Ching Chong Chinaman (Pan Asian, Mu Performing Arts, Impact Theatre), Crevice (Impact), The Hatmaker's Wife (Playwrights Realm, The Hub, Moxie, AlterTheater), Hookman (Encore Theatre, Company One), in a word (SF Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre, Hangar and Williamstown workshops), King of the Yees (Goodman Theatre commission), Samsara (Victory Gardens, O'Neill Conference), and The Tiger Among Us (MAP Fund, Mu). Former Dramatists Guild fellow, MacDowell Colony fellow, Public Theater Emerging Writers Group member, Women's Project Lab playwright, Second Stage Shank playwright-in-residence, and Playwrights Realm Page One resident playwright. She is currently a member of the Ma-Yi Writers' Lab and a Playwrights' Center Core Writer. Lauren is under commission from the Goodman Theatre, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, and Encore Theatre. She has a B.A. from Yale, and an M.F.A. from UCSD. www.laurenyee.com

Suzanne Vega is a New York based singer/songwriter who has sold more than 7 million albums over the course of her career. She began studying ballet at the age of nine, and eventually majored in modern dance at the High School of Performing Arts. She has a degree in English Literature and Theater from Barnard College. She also hosted the Peabody Award-winning show "American Mavericks" about classical composers, and writes articles for The New York Times and the London Times. Suzanne just released her eighth album, her first studio recording of new material in seven years.  Called Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles, the 10 new songs each tell a story that has to do with the material world and the world of the spirit and how they intersect.