A [professional] BIO
Eliza Bent is a playwright and performer based in Brooklyn, NY.
Bent is currently a New Georges Audrey Residency artist and has been a SPACE on Ryder Farm Working Farm resident writer, a MacDowell Colony fellow, a Target Margin Institute Fellow, the recipient of an LMCC Process Space grant, a Bay Area Playwrights Finalist, 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 2016 ICE Factory), The Beyonce (Breaking String Theatre, 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event), Blue Wizard / Black Wizard (Incubator Arts Project / Other Forces 2014 festival) and The Hotel Colors (Bushwick Starr, L magazine’s 25 best stage shows of 2013),
Hybrid Events: Real Talk / Kip Talk (Abrons 16/17), Toilet Fire (runs at Abrons Arts Center, the Brick and JACK, Time Out New York Critics’ Pick 2015) Karma Kharms (or yarns by Kharms) (Target Margin 2012 Lab at Bushwick Starr) and Pen Pals Meet (Iranian Theatre Festival at the Brick 2011).
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.
A [MORE INTERESTING] BIO
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.
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