Ali MacLean

Ali MacLean

Ali MacLean is an actor and writer in Los Angeles and a graduate of the Miami University actor’s program and the LaJolla Playhouse acting conservatory. She is the winner of the 2018 John Gassner Playwriting Award, a 2019 O'Neill Finalist, the 2019 She NYC Arts Best Production, the 2020 David Sedaris Writing Prize, and the 2020 Julie Harris Playrighting Award.

Her plays and writing have been...
Ali MacLean is an actor and writer in Los Angeles and a graduate of the Miami University actor’s program and the LaJolla Playhouse acting conservatory. She is the winner of the 2018 John Gassner Playwriting Award, a 2019 O'Neill Finalist, the 2019 She NYC Arts Best Production, the 2020 David Sedaris Writing Prize, and the 2020 Julie Harris Playrighting Award.

Her plays and writing have been workshopped at the Melrose Theater, (via the HBO Workspace), the Hudson Theatre (via Comedy Central Stages), the Lyric Hyperion, Largo at the Coronet Theatre, the Naked Angels Theatre Group, the White Bear Theatre (UK), Rogue Machine Theatre, A Noise Within Theatre, Antaeus Theatre, Zephyr Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Ali’s play She’s Not There received the 2018 John Gassner Playwriting Award was a finalist for the 2109 Scribe Marsha A. Croyle Award and was named 2019 Best Production by She NYC Arts. Her play Wolves At The Door was a finalist in the 2019 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. Ali recently completed the play This Will Be Our Year, the second in her trilogy based on Zombies songs. Ali workshopped the third in the trilogy, I’ll Call You Mine, at the Summer Salt Playwrights Workshop in Chatham, MA. Ali is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, Antaeus Theatre’s Playwrights Lab, The Honor Roll, and the Dramatists Guild.

Ali is an award-winning filmmaker, and her films have screened at Atlanta, Toronto, Gen Art, and Palm Springs to name a few. Her screenplays have been a semi-finalist at Chesterfield, Screencraft, and ScriptLab, and a finalist at WeScreenplay Diverse Voices, Orchard Project, IFP Filmmakers Program. She is a 2015 Women in Film Mentor recipient, and the 2018 Writer For Writer Fellowship recipient.

Ali has written for various networks, including MTV, VH-1, and FOX. She created the MTV pilot TOWN MAUL and wrote for MTV2’s CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH, as well as for KATHY GRIFFIN. Ali worked on comedies such as THE JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW, HBO’s MR. SHOW, and THE GREEN ROOM with PAUL PROVENZA. Ali created the web series LAW OF THE LAND, which she wrote for the DAVID CROSS-owned FKR TV. She most recently was a writer for the television series, HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS, on the Pop Network.

Plays

  • She's Not There
    When Rob meets Anna, he thinks she’s the one. When Anna meets Rob, she thinks maybe she can finally be happy. But there is a third party in the relationship that may destroy their union. Every night a shadowy monster called The Form comes out of the walls of Anna's apartment and tries to kill her. What starts out as a meet-cute slowly descends into confusion and horror. This play personifies depression and...
    When Rob meets Anna, he thinks she’s the one. When Anna meets Rob, she thinks maybe she can finally be happy. But there is a third party in the relationship that may destroy their union. Every night a shadowy monster called The Form comes out of the walls of Anna's apartment and tries to kill her. What starts out as a meet-cute slowly descends into confusion and horror. This play personifies depression and explores how it can devastate a person and the lives of those around them.
  • Wolves At The Door
    Wolves At The Door is a story about a couple Grace and Gavin, who lost their daughter Lucy in a shooting where she was in the wrong place wrong time. The shooter, Marc, had returned to work to kill his co-worker in an ‘incel’ styled revenge plot. Lucy was at a dance class in the building next door and was collateral damage. While grieving, Grace is bombarded by a stream of visitors, all who seem to want to...
    Wolves At The Door is a story about a couple Grace and Gavin, who lost their daughter Lucy in a shooting where she was in the wrong place wrong time. The shooter, Marc, had returned to work to kill his co-worker in an ‘incel’ styled revenge plot. Lucy was at a dance class in the building next door and was collateral damage. While grieving, Grace is bombarded by a stream of visitors, all who seem to want to exploit her in some manner. A Pastor wants her to convert and be the face of the ministry. A psychic wants her to connect with her daughter and be advertisement for her popular practice. A cop who was at the shooting wants absolution. Her ex-husband Mitch wants custody of half of his daughter’s ashes. Meanwhile Grace and Gavin grapple with the harassment of ‘hoaxers’ who don’t believe that Lucy is dead, and their own relationship woes, as one of them wants to heal and one isn’t ready to move on.

    The play flips back and forth in time from the past as we see what set Marc on his path and as he gears up to exact his plan, and the present with Grace trying to come to terms with the aftermath.
  • This Will Be Our Year
    Meet Hugo. Millions of girls want him. He could have any of them. But he wants Gen.
    Meet Gen. She’s not a people person. That is, until she meets a certain person. And she wants Hugo.
    Hugo and Gen are perfect together, but can’t be together. Year after year they keep trying and it just might kill them.

    Watch them destroy each other.
  • Sullen Girl
    After their mother dies, Kellan and Gen find home life with their abusive father unbearable. However, once they escape is when the real hell begins.
  • I'll Call You Mine (Work In Progress)
    Paul's life fell apart when Molly left town, but now she's back with her fiance and Paul will do anything to win her over.

    I'll Call You Mine is the third from MacLean's Zombies Plays Trilogy - plays based on songs by the 60’s rock group The Zombies. Each play (She’s Not There, This Will Be Our Year, and I’ll Call You Mine) examines relationships from a different toxic theme...
    Paul's life fell apart when Molly left town, but now she's back with her fiance and Paul will do anything to win her over.

    I'll Call You Mine is the third from MacLean's Zombies Plays Trilogy - plays based on songs by the 60’s rock group The Zombies. Each play (She’s Not There, This Will Be Our Year, and I’ll Call You Mine) examines relationships from a different toxic theme: depression and co-dependence, adultery and addiction, obsession and revenge. When love is the drug, relationships have the ability to make zombies of us all.
  • The Point
    Murph and Scanlan join lovebirds Teenie and Lugo for a debaucherous party deep in the Massachusetts woods. At first, they miss the underlying tension between the couple but then they realize the night is about to take a deadly turn.
  • Bits N Pieces
    Lesley, a woman in her 20s-30s, makes a video to her Ex, apologizing for her past behaviors.
  • Those People
    A Southern gothic tale about bullying, parenting, and racism in a small town in Georgia.

    Ms. Hicks has called Justin’s mother and grandfather to her office to discuss Justin’s behavior. Now she has to deal with theirs.
  • The Fifth Beatle
    The team behind the Beatles is dealing with a major PR snafu, but luckily they may have the perfect solution.