Karen Macklin is a San Francisco-based playwright. Her work has received staged readings and/or productions in San Francisco (at Actors Theatre, Eureka Theatre, Mason Street Theatre, The SF Playhouse, Teatro de la Esperanza, Berkeley Rep via Playground, Thick House, and the Shelton Theatre), Seattle (Mae West Festival), New York City (Nylon Fusion Festival), Texas (Zero Untitled Festival), and Bologna, Italy. Her plays have been published in several anthologies and have been chosen as finalists for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, the Actors
Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award and Humana Festival, the American Theatre Co-op Playwriting Award, the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Shenandoah Playwriting Award. Her work has also been seen in these SF festivals: Bay One Acts, Best of Playground, Shotz, SF Playhouse New Works Festival, USF Origin of Love, and Woman’s Will’s 24-Hour Playfest.
She has a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from San Francisco State University, and has been fortunate enough to assist direct and serve as a dramaturg with theater professionals like Octavio Solis and Erik Ehn. She is a resident playwright at Playground, and the recipient of two Emerging Playwrights awards (2014, 2016) as well as the June Anne Baker prize (2016).
Her plays include Popping the Cherry, Mr. President, Lotus in the Fire, And Baby Makes Two, Commit Me to Memory, More Like Messy, Saving Butterflies, The Night Dances, Stranger in a Stranger Land, Poetic License, Now is the Time, I [Love] You, and Ophy’s Apothecary.
You can find a full calendar of past and upcoming readings and productions here.