Haley Nelson

Haley Nelson

Haley, originally from the foothills of Northern California, now lives in Dallas, Texas. She is a 2019 NNPN Producer-in-Residence with Kitchen Dog Theater, in addition to her work as a playwright and dramaturg.

Haley is working on a new full-length play, THIS IS A MORTALITY PLAY SET IN AN OFFICE DEPOT, as a member of the Dallas Theater Center Playwrights Workshop. Her other work has been...
Haley, originally from the foothills of Northern California, now lives in Dallas, Texas. She is a 2019 NNPN Producer-in-Residence with Kitchen Dog Theater, in addition to her work as a playwright and dramaturg.

Haley is working on a new full-length play, THIS IS A MORTALITY PLAY SET IN AN OFFICE DEPOT, as a member of the Dallas Theater Center Playwrights Workshop. Her other work has been developed and produced across Dallas with organizations including IMPRINT Theatreworks, House Party Theatre, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Kitchen Dog One-Minute Play Festival, among others.

As a dramaturg, Haley is interested in new work, civic dramaturgy, and the intersection of the two. She has dramaturged new work from playwrights including Lisa Langford, Kenny Finkle, and Jonathan Norton, and devised ensembles such as Artstillery; her commitment to new play development was recognized with an Actors Theatre of Louisville Emerging Leaders Grant in 2018. As a civic dramaturg, she has explored the processes of the Dallas City Hall Historic Preservation division through an Office of Cultural Affairs Micro-Residency; "Integrated Dramaturgy" as a 2017 Bly Creative Capacity Grant recipient; and as the Manager of Literary and Community Initiatives at Kitchen Dog Theater. She has served as LMDA Third Coast Regional VP since 2018.

Outside of the rehearsal hall, Haley enjoys teaching, gardening, and endlessly re-watching "Documentary Now!" episodes.

Plays

  • PERAMBULATORY: preambleastory
    JP, 6, is scared. Samantha Louise, 8, writes stories that are “inappropriate.” The same could be said of teachers Miss Charlene and Mr. Boris making out at lunch, or of Samantha Louise’s always-gone Mother, or of JP’s Dad scaring his son with talk of taxes and disease. Nothing's working, but everyone’s trying their best; maybe there’s love in there somewhere.
  • On Staying Indoors
    The sky has turned orange, and it's probably the end of the world, but a married couple sits comfortably on their front porch talking about the weather, carrying on as usual. MR. has a mysterious box his wife can't touch. MRS. is reading the subtext of the newspaper. It's all a little unsettling. What is bravery, and how do we express love, in the face of (probable) doom?

    Run...
    The sky has turned orange, and it's probably the end of the world, but a married couple sits comfortably on their front porch talking about the weather, carrying on as usual. MR. has a mysterious box his wife can't touch. MRS. is reading the subtext of the newspaper. It's all a little unsettling. What is bravery, and how do we express love, in the face of (probable) doom?

    Run time approximately twenty minutes.
  • MEET CUTE
    Mary's getting married and Teryn is unlucky in love. As they spend their night talking and drinking, Teryn reveals her fantasies about what it would be like if she was the type of girl that could have a "meet cute." The duo gets carried away acting out the ridiculous possibilities and have as much "fun as the female romantic narrative is toxic" before the truth of it all is revealed, and two people lose an eye.

Recommended by Haley Nelson

  • Narrated: Saved
    11 Jul. 2017
    I had the pleasure of producing this piece at an independent theatre festival. Not only was it relatively easy to produce (and a FUN challenge for our production team) but, each night, audiences clung to every word and were visibly moved by the story. This play is relatable, challenging, uncomfortably vulnerable, and a total breath of fresh air.