Mak Shealy

Mak Shealy

Mak Shealy (she/they)

is a writer, performer and published poet based in NYC and LA. Mak is a Samuel French OOB Top-30 finalist, an Orchard Project Finalist, RAVE Theatre festival finalist, and 2021 OnWomen’s Festival MainStage Selection at Irondale. Mak has been commissioned by Kervigo Ensemble Theater, 7x7 at The Tank and The Balcony Arts; they’ve created original immersive plays for The Cell...
Mak Shealy (she/they)

is a writer, performer and published poet based in NYC and LA. Mak is a Samuel French OOB Top-30 finalist, an Orchard Project Finalist, RAVE Theatre festival finalist, and 2021 OnWomen’s Festival MainStage Selection at Irondale. Mak has been commissioned by Kervigo Ensemble Theater, 7x7 at The Tank and The Balcony Arts; they’ve created original immersive plays for The Cell Theater and Wonder Media Network and just finished developing a full-length queer love epic with Original Idiots as part of  The Generator. 

Select performance credits Off-Broadway: The Cooping Theory 1969 (Poseidon Theatre Company), Professor Brenner (HERE Arts Center), The Jersey Devil Doesn’t Exist (The Shrill Collective); TV: LOVE LIFE (HBO).

Mak’s poetry has been featured in print with Allegory Ridge, they’ve performed spoken word with Women Who Roar, Bowery Poetry and Make:Shift, and been featured online with Muse Pie Press as well as Someday Production’s poetry journal: Pillow Talking. 


IG: @makattackssnacks
www.makwashere.org
NYU Tisch BFA.
Ring of Keys Member; Dramatist Guild Member.  

Plays

  • exceptional
    JAY and ADDIE fell in love backstage at a beauty pageant. Now ADDIE is missing and JAY can’t afford not to compete. Fighting for their lives in a battle for legacy; young queer love and the raw panic of how fragile we all are in our teens, collide. Flashes of memory punctuate the sharp twists of the Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen competition, full of pointed stares and secrets to unbury.
    What happens...
    JAY and ADDIE fell in love backstage at a beauty pageant. Now ADDIE is missing and JAY can’t afford not to compete. Fighting for their lives in a battle for legacy; young queer love and the raw panic of how fragile we all are in our teens, collide. Flashes of memory punctuate the sharp twists of the Miss Nebraska’s Outstanding Teen competition, full of pointed stares and secrets to unbury.
    What happens behind the blank white teeth that seem to shine through it all, no matter what?

  • where the water takes us
    Sabine and Tansy are childhood friends on a mission. As they navigate their way back into each other’s lives, their worlds collide with that of Dr. Rachel Mattingly (quite literally) after a crash landing of the vessel that she had a hand in building happens in her backyard. They all must decide what secrets are public domain, and which ones should remain buried for someone in the future to find.
  • GEN
    Synopsis:
    GEN ​is a play that follows the lineage through the womxn of a family on ​St. Helena Island in South Carolina.​ Years swirl around everyone who enters this house as they navigate embedded fears, white fragility, the performance of “southern” womxnhood and the ignorance with which we often follow our ancestors into the dark. This is a play about family (chosen or blood), about the ties that bind...
    Synopsis:
    GEN ​is a play that follows the lineage through the womxn of a family on ​St. Helena Island in South Carolina.​ Years swirl around everyone who enters this house as they navigate embedded fears, white fragility, the performance of “southern” womxnhood and the ignorance with which we often follow our ancestors into the dark. This is a play about family (chosen or blood), about the ties that bind, and what lengths we will go to in order to keep them intact -- or precisely what it takes to sever them for good.

    On the genre:
    Horror is a necessary mirror. This play should be as terrifying as real life. I loved the quote I read recently while scrolling through Dread Central: “Horror finds those deep, primal fears that fester inside us and brings them to the surface, where we can face them, examine them, and ultimately release them.”

    On the soundscape:
    Please play with altering frequencies, particularly if this is set in an immersive space. Run the gamut between the 3 generations when choosing pre & post show music.
  • if there is breakage you will find chips
    HAELEY is fresh out of a breakup and ANYA is desperate for a career break. The moment their worlds intersect, life begins to cascade and spread out into a permanent connection. As they navigate the very edges of love and understanding, they grow together and against each other, colliding with the world around them. A meditation on the way we crash into each other's lives if there is breakage you will find...
    HAELEY is fresh out of a breakup and ANYA is desperate for a career break. The moment their worlds intersect, life begins to cascade and spread out into a permanent connection. As they navigate the very edges of love and understanding, they grow together and against each other, colliding with the world around them. A meditation on the way we crash into each other's lives if there is breakage you will find chips is a play where days and weeks flip into months and years, tracing the cumulative micro and macro bits that stick in our memory, even if it's just a flash of a cross street in Brooklyn where hand-me-down furniture and a broken mirror sit after life takes the owners onto their next chapter.
  • [redacted] Mascot Play or The Gap
    The Gap follows a cheerleading team in a small town in the South, newly given the opportunity to redeem themselves at State. We meet the team where they are at: chaos-junkies, loners, escapists and more all gather together to build the Varsity Squad. When the co-captain makes it her mission to get the racist school mascot removed, her peers challenge her commitment to “change.” It explores explosive southern...
    The Gap follows a cheerleading team in a small town in the South, newly given the opportunity to redeem themselves at State. We meet the team where they are at: chaos-junkies, loners, escapists and more all gather together to build the Varsity Squad. When the co-captain makes it her mission to get the racist school mascot removed, her peers challenge her commitment to “change.” It explores explosive southern teen-dom, problematic white "wokeness," and the ties that bind a group of struggling young people together.
  • LACES
    Cait Gold has a secret and once it's revealed, it becomes apparent just how deep team ties bind.