Bruce Walsh

Bruce Walsh

Bruce Walsh teaches dramatic writing for the PlayPenn Education Program and the Philadelphia Dramatists Center. He received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University in 2017. Before attending IU, he worked extensively as an arts journalist in Philadelphia, where he also wrote plays and devised site-specific theater. Actors Theatre of Louisville recently named him the 2017 Heideman Award winner for his play...
Bruce Walsh teaches dramatic writing for the PlayPenn Education Program and the Philadelphia Dramatists Center. He received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University in 2017. Before attending IU, he worked extensively as an arts journalist in Philadelphia, where he also wrote plays and devised site-specific theater. Actors Theatre of Louisville recently named him the 2017 Heideman Award winner for his play, GROWN-ASS LOUIS. Full-length plays for the stage include BERSERKER (Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop), PROSPECT HILL (IU Theatre), and WHISKY NEAT (Azuka Theatre). His site-specific works include HOLLY'S DEAD SOLDIERS, co-written with Douglas Williams and Chris Davis (FringeArts), CHOMSKY VS. BUCKLEY, 1969 (Philly Fringe), and THE GUIDED TOUR (Philadelphia Live Arts Festival). Other recent honors include The Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award, The BETC Generations Residency (finalist), and the Seven Devils Playwrights’ Conference (finalist). His site-specific works have received numerous Phindie.com Best of the Fringe Awards, and a City Paper Barryless Award for political theater. He is a proud alumnus of The Foundry, a Philadelphia Emerging Playwrights Lab.

Plays

  • Berserker
    When an idealistic teacher falls in love with a voice emanating from a security camera mounted deep in the wilderness, he leaves his partner, child, and students in pursuit of his new obsession. But in order to get closer to his muse, he must embark on a new career in her workplace – a tech company specializing in virtual “NatureScapes.” There he discovers the true face of his passions, not in the beautiful...
    When an idealistic teacher falls in love with a voice emanating from a security camera mounted deep in the wilderness, he leaves his partner, child, and students in pursuit of his new obsession. But in order to get closer to his muse, he must embark on a new career in her workplace – a tech company specializing in virtual “NatureScapes.” There he discovers the true face of his passions, not in the beautiful woman he imagines, but in what he fears might be lurking in the forest surrounding his office.
  • Grown-Ass Louis, a ten-minute play
    When Louis was eleven-years-old, he wrote a note to his recently deceased father, tied it to a balloon, and released it to the heavens. But now, even though he's a grown-ass man, he can't stop wondering if his dad ever received the message.

Recommended by Bruce Walsh

  • Shitheads
    21 Apr. 2018
    SHITHEADS is a fine-tuned day job comedy about young people desperately seeking a vessel (the bike shop where they work) for their personal authenticity, amidst a culture that is increasingly skewed toward a vapid, winner-take-all economy. In the best spirit of THE ALIENS and THE FLICK, this sparse, four-person drama presents micro dilemmas (how to sell an overpriced bike) that poetically resonate with the great questions of a life well lived.
  • These Peaceable Kingdoms
    11 Aug. 2017
    I was fortunate to catch a reading of THESE PEACEABLE KINGDOMS at the Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights' Workshop. It was simply one of the most captivating staged readings I've ever seen. KINGDOMS evokes the startling early work of Caryl Churchill and Naomi Wallace. But Woolley's own sharp, biting, dangerous, challenging brand of feminist theater comes pouring through as well.
  • business
    23 Jun. 2017
    On the surface, BUSINESS is an understated tragedy: a pair of star-crossed modern would-be lovers find, or rather lose each other in a faceless hotel. But underneath, Lusk subtly builds a heartbreaking statement about the relationship between how we work and how we love in 2017.
  • How to Use a Knife
    10 May. 2017
    HOW TO USE A KNIFE brings global politics into the less-than-sparkling kitchen of a Midtown Manhatten restaurant. And that feels surprisingly perfect. Snider knows a thing or two about fast-paced kitchen culture, and it shows. The play runs at breakneck speed, like a New York kitchen at lunchtime.
  • St. Sebastian
    10 May. 2017
    ST. SEBASTIAN deals with the oft-unspoken fears, angers, and resentments that permeate the changing demographics of gentrifying urban America. But with such heart. It's also about the way in which well-intentioned progressives often cut themselves off from vulnerability by obsessing over getting their politics and language "right." Kramer smartly sets his play on a bare, sparsely designed stage. It's a play about people - three fascinating men - and not the cold buildings that surround them.