Makena Metz

Makena Metz

Makena Metz (playwright & lyricist) is an LA native who writes fantasy, sci-fi, and magical realism for the stage. She studied Playwriting & Theatre Directing at Columbia College Chicago (class of 17’) and is a proud member of DGA & ASCAP. This year, Makena was very excited for her full length TYA fantasy Blurrred: A Modern Fairy Tale to be chosen for the SE Texas Festival of New Plays and for her...
Makena Metz (playwright & lyricist) is an LA native who writes fantasy, sci-fi, and magical realism for the stage. She studied Playwriting & Theatre Directing at Columbia College Chicago (class of 17’) and is a proud member of DGA & ASCAP. This year, Makena was very excited for her full length TYA fantasy Blurrred: A Modern Fairy Tale to be chosen for the SE Texas Festival of New Plays and for her essay Epic Storytelling in Musical Theatre to be published in Musical Theater Today Magazine, Volume 3. Makena was chosen as an Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights 2018 Diversity Fellow and attended The Kennedy Center’s 2018 Playwriting Intensive for their annual workshop. Check out her 10 - minute play Death Bites (Queens Theatre, Play Readings for All), her 15 - minute musical A Family Portrait (Hollywood Fringe Festival & Microtheatre Miami, Micromusicals), and her full lengths Pirate’s Weekend: Three Nights in a Harbor (The Fountain Theatre, Rapid Development), and Quench (The Navigators Theatre, Lift-Off Festival). Makena is a graduate of New Musicals Inc. CORE Curriculum for Musical Theatre Writing and currently works for DreamWorks Animation. Follow her on twitter @MakenaMetz and find her work here on NPX!

Plays

  • Death Bites
    In this 10-minute play, young disease survivor AMY must decide whether dying is worth living, or if living is worth un-dying when a vampire named DRACULA appears to offer her a painless death or eternal life.
  • An Undeniable Actuality
    Emma, a post grad, contemplates the overwhelming choices in her future. Will she make the right one?
  • Pirate's Weekend: Three Nights in a Harbor
    Three sisters go to Catalina Island for an sisterly getaway, not expecting it to be hosting a Pirate's Weekend event! After disguising herself as a man to get into a contest, Jessica tumbles through trials and tribulations to become Pirate King in this farcical comedy of errors.
  • Quench
    In our future, water is the new oil and countries across the world have engaged in a war over it. In a small American town, one family must pay their water tax, or have 14-year old Maxwell conscripted. His older sister Susan must venture into the endless desert to find water and bring it back, before Max's time runs out.
  • Blurrred: A Modern Fairy Tale
    Nearby a magical forest, Red Riding Hood fights with her younger sister Blue about selling muffins to wolves. After Red’s wolf related PTSD explodes, Blue storms off into the woods. Realizing her sister is in danger, Red conscripts her Grandma, and a passing through Witch, to go in search of Blue before she’s thrown to the wolves. However, not all is as it seems and Red’s prejudices are exposed as they journey deeper into the forest.
  • A Family Portrait
    In this 15-minute musical, estranged siblings Elizabeth and Todd have to come together after their parent's deaths to find the portrait they left behind. However, not everything is as it seems, and the siblings have to reconcile their feelings about their parents, their spouses, and each other.