Grace McLeod

Grace McLeod

Grace McLeod is a Chicago-based playwright and screenwriter. She has developed her full-length plays with First Floor Theater, Greenhouse Theater Center, The New Colony, and Commission Theatre, and has had the pleasure of writing short plays for Chimera Ensemble, American Blues Theater, and the Victory Gardens College Night series, among others. Grace was the recipient of the 2018 Olga and Paul Menn Foundation...
Grace McLeod is a Chicago-based playwright and screenwriter. She has developed her full-length plays with First Floor Theater, Greenhouse Theater Center, The New Colony, and Commission Theatre, and has had the pleasure of writing short plays for Chimera Ensemble, American Blues Theater, and the Victory Gardens College Night series, among others. Grace was the recipient of the 2018 Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for Playwriting and a 2017-2018 playwright-in-residence at the Greenhouse Theater Center as part of the Trellis Residency Initiative, where she developed her play “Herland,” which will have its National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere this year at MOXIE Theatre in San Diego, Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, and Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. She was a 2013-2014 Tribeca Film Fellow and wrote and directed the short film “Under the Table,” which premiered during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Grace is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago.

Plays

  • 2007
    It's 2007 and Lucy is freaking out. Tenth grade totally sucks, her best friend Alison is moving onto bigger and better things, she can't seem to get rid of her stupid made-up boyfriend, and her mom Eileen is bald now due to chemo treatments. And then there's her idol, the infamous Popstar, who is also newly bald and refusing to leave the 24-hour news cycle and literally everyone's minds....
    It's 2007 and Lucy is freaking out. Tenth grade totally sucks, her best friend Alison is moving onto bigger and better things, she can't seem to get rid of her stupid made-up boyfriend, and her mom Eileen is bald now due to chemo treatments. And then there's her idol, the infamous Popstar, who is also newly bald and refusing to leave the 24-hour news cycle and literally everyone's minds. "2007" is a darkly comedic, queer coming-of-age story about the women who inspire us, the power they wield, and the crippling pressure to maintain our public selves in times of private crisis.
  • Herland
    After graduating from high school, Natalie gets a summer internship working for Jean, a recently-divorced woman in her 70s who has no plans to move into a typical retirement home. Natalie helps Jean and her two best friends design an alternative: a DIY utopia where they can live out the next chapter of their lives. They plot the future together inside Jean’s garage, where relics of Jean’s ex-husband (and his...
    After graduating from high school, Natalie gets a summer internship working for Jean, a recently-divorced woman in her 70s who has no plans to move into a typical retirement home. Natalie helps Jean and her two best friends design an alternative: a DIY utopia where they can live out the next chapter of their lives. They plot the future together inside Jean’s garage, where relics of Jean’s ex-husband (and his locally famous Bruce Springsteen cover band) still linger. HERLAND is a play about women growing up, growing old, and rocking out to the beat of their own drums.
  • you, too
    Kat and Sam are sisters. Sometimes best friends. Sometimes enemies. Sometimes acquaintances. Always sisters. “you, too” follows them from early childhood in the 70s through adulthood in the present, chronicling the specific frustrations and joys of sisterhood, aging, and navigating the relationship between our younger selves, older selves, and all the selves in the middle.