Gillian Beth Durkee

Gillian Beth Durkee

Gillian Beth Durkee is a playwright and sometimes actor/singer/musician hailing originally from Seattle, which is absolutely the best city. She has worked with Current Harbor, Sam French OOB Festival, Rhapsody Collective, PTP/NYC, In the Water Theatre Company, Tiny Rhino, and more. She has been a Sanguine Project Playwright finalist, a two-time O'Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, and a...
Gillian Beth Durkee is a playwright and sometimes actor/singer/musician hailing originally from Seattle, which is absolutely the best city. She has worked with Current Harbor, Sam French OOB Festival, Rhapsody Collective, PTP/NYC, In the Water Theatre Company, Tiny Rhino, and more. She has been a Sanguine Project Playwright finalist, a two-time O'Neill National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, and a KCACTF Region I 6x10 winner. Residencies and conferences: Sewanee Writers Conference; In the Water Block Island guest artist. Current member of EST’s Youngblood.

Former staff writer for the award-winning web series “That Reminds Me...” and current writer for the forthcoming “Adulting with Jane.”

Gillian sings with the a cappella group Treble NYC, with whom she appeared in the New Line Cinemas film How to be Single. Gillian has also provided background vocals for recording artists A Great Big World and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness.

Education: BA: Middlebury College. MFA: Carnegie Mellon, Steven Bochco Fellowship.

Headshot: Louis B. Stein photography (https://lbsphoto.photoshelter.com/index)

Plays

  • All Creatures
    Holidays at the Grangemont Pet Hotel are always a hectic and lonely affair, but this year's holiday season takes a turn for the wilder with the return of a former employee who last departed in muddled scandal. This feline phantasmagoria of mixed perceptions and shifting narratives takes place over the the eight days of Hanukkah, and is relayed to us by the cats of the world, who are trying very hard to better understand the humans.
  • Little Souvenirs
    An unlikely duo of ghost hunters spends three days in a haunted mansion, while a ghost named Greta grasps for any memory of her death and the life that preceded it. Worlds collide as the ghosts and humans discover they may be linked across the boundaries of time and mortality.
  • On Trash Monsters
    Horrified by a film on global warming she sees in school, Jessica Bilson decides to take control of her family's trash situation, only to discover there is a trash monster named O'Leary living in their basement garage. The Bilson family quickly find themselves caught up in a tornado of garbage, mononucleosis, Vivaldi busts, 3 a.m. secrets, doll houses, and — most importantly — the crushing guilt of feeling poisonous.

Recommended by Gillian Beth Durkee

  • Tiny Thin Woman Inside
    3 Mar. 2018
    I love this play. It IS: humor, fury, and sex in a funhouse world of body obsession. It is NOT: apologetic.
  • ALEXANDRIA
    3 Mar. 2018
    Alexandria is an intimate, empathetic exploration of navigating one's sociopolitical differences in the direst of circumstances. There is so much to appreciate about this play: its diverse representation; the way it steers away from cliché, allowing for very truthful ironies and idiosyncrasies; the way it encapsulates and dramatizes the polarity of America today; the fact that each character has something to learn, to name a few. This play questions what we let go and what we cling to when we are stripped of the basic systems around which we have built our lives.
  • Shut Up, I'm on a Diet!
    2 Oct. 2017
    Catherine Weingarten has a way of dropping you right into a wild world the minute you step into her play. Shut Up, I'm on a Diet! launches us into a land of wacky extremes and extreme choices. This play is funny and strange and, at times, menacing.
  • Soldier Poet
    2 Oct. 2017
    Soldier Poet tackles the tricky subject of war with grace and virtuosity, all the while acknowledging the very real and gritty elements of its subject matter. Darcy Parker Bruce's language is poetic and evocative, and her characters are strong and unique.