Siobhan Gilbert

Siobhan Gilbert

Siobhan Gilbert is a 2015 MFA graduate in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded the Department Full- tuition Fellowship. Her short film, Westward Expansion, was featured at the 2014 New York 48 Hour Film Festival. She has been an artist in residence for playwriting and screenwriting at Creede Repertory Theater in Colorado, Arts Letters & Numbers in upstate New York,...
Siobhan Gilbert is a 2015 MFA graduate in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was awarded the Department Full- tuition Fellowship. Her short film, Westward Expansion, was featured at the 2014 New York 48 Hour Film Festival. She has been an artist in residence for playwriting and screenwriting at Creede Repertory Theater in Colorado, Arts Letters & Numbers in upstate New York, Listhús Artist Residency Program in Iceland, FORGE theater company in Connecticut, and at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland. Her screenplay, Alsos, was a finalist for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Science in Film initiative commission at the Sundance Institute. Her 1/2 hour pilot Ivy League A-holes was a finalist for the Fusion Film Festival Best 1/2 hour Pilot Category and the WGAE Made in NY Writers Room Initiative. Her script, Alsos, was a 2017 Austin Film Festival and Slamdance Semi-Finalist. Her feature script, The Maddening Filth, was on the 2017 Bloodlist. Her plays have been featured in Primary Stages’ Detention series, Columbia University, the Davenport Theatre, John DeSotelle Studio, New York University, the Classical Theater of Harlem, the Last Frontier Theater Conference in Alaska, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, the Tank Theater, and the Old Globe in San Diego. Her ten minute play The Interview, which she directed, has been published by Indie Theater Now. Her play Spotlight was a semi-finalist at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her play, The Flying Machine, was a finalist for the the Princess Grace Award and a finalist for the Henley Rose Playwriting Competition for Women. Her plays Memorare and Uncertainty were both semi-finalists for the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference. She was the recipient of the 2015 MFA fellowship to the Sewanee Writer’s Conference in Tennessee where her play was workshopped under the guidance of Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, Paula Vogel. She has directed productions and readings of her plays: Weird Sisters, Father’s Day, The Flying Machine, and Spotlight. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

Plays

  • The Flying Machine
    The Flying Machine is the story of Tessie Lynch, a Princeton University rower with Olympic potential, who risks everything to win the Gold and loses everything in the process. Pulled in two different directions by Coach George and her neuroscientist boyfriend, Drew, this play asks the question: what price are you willing to pay in order to get what you want? For the first time in theater, there is a play that...
    The Flying Machine is the story of Tessie Lynch, a Princeton University rower with Olympic potential, who risks everything to win the Gold and loses everything in the process. Pulled in two different directions by Coach George and her neuroscientist boyfriend, Drew, this play asks the question: what price are you willing to pay in order to get what you want? For the first time in theater, there is a play that focuses on a female athlete who must decide between love and success. Tessie Lynch has to decide what pain- what sacrifice, her heart or her physical well being, she’s willing to endure, in order to get an Olympic gold medal, and then grapple with her uncertain future when seems out of her grasp.
  • Oedipus Pence: An Ubu Bake Off Play
    Part of Paula Vogel's 2018 Ubu Roi Bake Off Play.

    This is the tragedy is as old as theater itself filled with incest, deception, blindness, a duck, Gayest Ex Machina. and Vice President Mike Pence.
  • Memorare
    Memorare is a memory play about Alzheimer’s, family, and faith. In Memorare, Cecelia Murphy fled a cycle of abuse at the hand of her Alzheimer's-riddled grandmother and her mother's denial in order to start a new life far from the streets of Southie— but when her boyfriend's job brings Cecelia back to Boston twenty years later, the ghosts of her childhood return and refuse to leave her be despite...
    Memorare is a memory play about Alzheimer’s, family, and faith. In Memorare, Cecelia Murphy fled a cycle of abuse at the hand of her Alzheimer's-riddled grandmother and her mother's denial in order to start a new life far from the streets of Southie— but when her boyfriend's job brings Cecelia back to Boston twenty years later, the ghosts of her childhood return and refuse to leave her be despite the extraordinary measures she takes to forget.
  • Uncertainty
    Uncertainty is a play that focuses on the choices Dr. Werner Heisenberg, a renowned physicist, makes to feed his own ambitions at the risk of betraying everyone he has ever cared for, including his many mentors (Jewish or half-Jewish). It traces the choices he made throughout his life that brought him to the decision to head the Nazi nuclear project, intercut with scenes that show the personal consequences of...
    Uncertainty is a play that focuses on the choices Dr. Werner Heisenberg, a renowned physicist, makes to feed his own ambitions at the risk of betraying everyone he has ever cared for, including his many mentors (Jewish or half-Jewish). It traces the choices he made throughout his life that brought him to the decision to head the Nazi nuclear project, intercut with scenes that show the personal consequences of Werner Heisenberg after his capture by the US Army and his former friend, Dr. Samuel Goudsmit- a Jewish physicist recruited to hunt him down by the Allies. In this time of authoritarianism and xenophobia, this play focuses on those trapped in a regime at a crossroads between doing what’s right and pursuing their own legacy in the name of Scientific Advancement.
    Dr. Werner Heisenberg chooses to feed ambitions at the risk of betraying everyone he has ever cared for, including his many mentors (Jewish or half-Jewish) to become the head of the Nazi nuclear bomb project. He is forced to reconcile these choices after his capture by the US Army and his former friend, Dr. Samuel Goudsmit- a Jewish physicist recruited to hunt him down by the Allies.
  • Happily Ever Cadaver
    Happily Ever Cadaver is the story of two girls, Tara and Molly, struggling to survive the trials and tribulations of middle school in Norman, Oklahoma. Thinking that the way to popularity is through getting a boyfriend, the desperate girls rob the grave of a recently deceased high school heart­throb, Matt, to bring to the Spring Dance, but their plans are upended when a bolt of lightning brings Matt back to life. Sort of.
  • Love, Money, God, Drink, Christmas
    Love, Money, God, Drink, Christmas is an ensemble play that challenges the myth of being "home for the holidays." The play unfolds over the course of four Christmas Eve parties (1997, 2001, 2005, and 2009) in which the world screws with the Sullivans, and the Sullivans screw with each other. Spanning the last two decades of the American experience (the Clinton years, 9/11, and the Great Recession),...
    Love, Money, God, Drink, Christmas is an ensemble play that challenges the myth of being "home for the holidays." The play unfolds over the course of four Christmas Eve parties (1997, 2001, 2005, and 2009) in which the world screws with the Sullivans, and the Sullivans screw with each other. Spanning the last two decades of the American experience (the Clinton years, 9/11, and the Great Recession), Love, Money, God, Drink, Christmas asks to consider if our families really are our closest loved ones, or just the ones we can never really get away from.
  • Spotlight
    Spotlight is a dark comedy about a decomposing relationship between New York comedians, Ben Korman and New Jersey raised, Siona O’Malley. This play revolves around two stand up comedians and the interplay between the pursuit of success and a functioning relationship. The scenes of love and destruction are intercut with actual stand up as the play travels backwards in time to the couple’s first meeting, we...
    Spotlight is a dark comedy about a decomposing relationship between New York comedians, Ben Korman and New Jersey raised, Siona O’Malley. This play revolves around two stand up comedians and the interplay between the pursuit of success and a functioning relationship. The scenes of love and destruction are intercut with actual stand up as the play travels backwards in time to the couple’s first meeting, we encounter: sex, competition, an affair, a proposal, revealed secrets, exposed insecurities, the struggle of the writing process, stolen jokes, the conflict of knowing when to throw in the towel, and how to seek revenge on a fellow comedian. All of it sliced up by stand up comedy sets (both improving and declining for each comedian) that take place over the course of five years.