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 freelance dramaturg and playwright.

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...
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 freelance dramaturg and playwright.

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. She received the Rosenfield Playwriting award from her alma mater, Southern Methodist University, in 2017.

Haley has worked at Kitchen Dog Theater in a dual dramaturgy/community engagement capacity since 2016, and she is finishing up her Fall Literary Fellowship at Geva Theatre Center. She has dramaturged new and produced works at Dallas Theater Center, Circle Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater, and Theatre Too; evaluated scripts for Seven Devils and the Playwrights Center; and assisted at several new play festivals across the country. She frequently works across disciplines, having also dramaturged immersive multi-media work for Artstillery, two Spoke Media podcasts, and the procedures of the Dallas City Hall Historic Preservation office (completed during her 2019 Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Micro-Residency). Additionally, Haley is the LMDA Third Coast Regional Vice President, and a recipient of both the 2017 Bly Creative Capacity Grant and an inaugural Actors Theatre of Louisville Emerging Leaders Grant. More information about her work is available at her website, www.haleynelson.me.

Plays

  • THIS IS A MORTALITY PLAY SET IN AN OFFICE DEPOT
    Parallel universes are real and in all of them Office Depots exist and that makes Tina want to die.

    A play for millennials on the brink of everything.
  • 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. A play about kids for adults, PERAMBULATORY is...
    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. A play about kids for adults, PERAMBULATORY is a 70-minute, joyful ride exploring how we cope with ourselves. Includes elements of dance/movement.
  • 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.