About Moi

A [professional] BIO
Eliza Bent is a playwright and performer based in Brooklyn, NY.

Bent is a 2016 SPACE on Ryder Farm Working Farm resident writer, a MacDowell Colony fellow, a 2016 Target Margin Institute Fellow, a Bay Area Playwrights Finalist, a New Georges affiliated artist, and an alum of Project Y Playwright’s Group and TerraNova’s Groundbreakers group. Bent is a former senior editor at American Theatre magazine, where she still writes, a frequent performer with the Obie-award winning company Half Straddle, and an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College where she received an MFA in playwriting.

Plays: On a Clear Day I Can See to Elba (New Ohio’s ICE Factory), Toilet Fire (runs at Abrons Arts Center, the Brick and JACK, Time Out New York Critics’ Pick), The Beyonce (Breaking String Theatre, 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event), Blue Wizard / Black Wizard (Incubator Arts Project / Other Forces 2014 festival), The Hotel Colors (Bushwick Starr, L magazine’s 25 best stage shows of 2013), Karma Kharms (or yarns by Kharms) (Target Margin Lab at Bushwick Starr) and Pen Pals Meet (Iranian Theatre Festival at the Brick).

Actings: Celine Song’s Tom & Eliza, directed by Knud Adams, workshops with Ari Stess, Kristine Haruna Lee, and Title:Point. The voice of a few characters in Pokemon. With Half Straddle: Ancient Lives, Seagull (thinking of you), Football, Nurses in New England, and The Knockout Blow. Also various appearances as Mark Twain (Twain on a Plane, in development) and O’Lynne in Toilet Fire, Fire the Hire, and Asleep at the Wheel.

Eliza Bent grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts in a turn of the century apartment. Childhood obsessions included penguins, the post office, and requesting time tables and route maps from airlines. She got a degree in philosophy at Boston College while performing in shows at MIT. She speaks Italian and sometimes longs to be a linguist. Or a stand up comedian. There are other more interesting things to say but you should ask me.

(and therefore, perhaps, a bit jankity)

welcome. feel free to toot around.