Bruce Walsh

Bruce Walsh

Since receiving his MFA in playwriting from Indiana University in 2017, Bruce's plays have won the Heideman Award, the Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award, and the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. His works have recently been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alleyway Theatre, Cardinal Stage, and Fat Turtle Theatre Co. In a previous life, he was a longtime arts reporter for the...
Since receiving his MFA in playwriting from Indiana University in 2017, Bruce's plays have won the Heideman Award, the Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Award, and the Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition. His works have recently been produced by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Alleyway Theatre, Cardinal Stage, and Fat Turtle Theatre Co. In a previous life, he was a longtime arts reporter for the Philadelphia Metro and City Paper. He currently lives in Elizabethtown, PA, where his wife, Jennie, is a mental health counselor at Elizabethtown College, and his son, Henry, enjoys cupcakes, ROBOCAR POLI, and shooting hot lava out of his elbows.

Plays

  • 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.
  • Essential Reading for This Moment in History
    Eddie, an overworked adjunct professor/barista, mentors young working-class men, teaching them to rationally untangle the riddles of their engrained misogyny. But, as a Tiresias-like aging colleague points out to him, he is woefully blind to the chaos of sadness and disappointment at the root of his students’ lives – and his own. When Eddie’s newborn son refuses to sleep, his dreams and waking life begin to...
    Eddie, an overworked adjunct professor/barista, mentors young working-class men, teaching them to rationally untangle the riddles of their engrained misogyny. But, as a Tiresias-like aging colleague points out to him, he is woefully blind to the chaos of sadness and disappointment at the root of his students’ lives – and his own. When Eddie’s newborn son refuses to sleep, his dreams and waking life begin to blur, and his repressed grievances become grand literary ambitions.
  • Prospect Hill
    In a Midwest college town, Jacob runs an in-home, sliding-scale counseling practice, partly underwritten by Rex, his well-to-do husband. But when Rex sets his savior complex on Ethan, Jacob’s working-class, drug-addicted client, their relationship fractures — then suddenly flourishes — as all three men wrestle their addictions, grievances, false idols, and yearnings for a higher power.
  • 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.