Lesley Scammell

Lesley Scammell

Lesley was born and brought up in England but has lived in America for many years.
She received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts for her first play, Make Me an Angel and spent the next three years as an itinerant playwright working with the Garter Lane Arts Center in Waterford, Ireland; Bluebarn Theatre in Omaha NE and Circle Rep in Seattle, WA before returning to New York to do an...
Lesley was born and brought up in England but has lived in America for many years.
She received a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts for her first play, Make Me an Angel and spent the next three years as an itinerant playwright working with the Garter Lane Arts Center in Waterford, Ireland; Bluebarn Theatre in Omaha NE and Circle Rep in Seattle, WA before returning to New York to do an MFA in Playwriting at The Actors Studio Drama School at The New School.

Lesley’s plays have been seen at Luna Stage, The Shooting gallery, Show of Strength Theatre in Bristol, England, Blue Barn Theatre in Omaha and Circle Rep in Seattle. Her plays have had readings and workshops at The Shooting Gallery, MCC, New Dramatists, The Great Plains Theatre Conference and Fallen Angel Theatre Company in New York City.

The German Lullaby, a short film for which she wrote the screenplay, aired on the BBC Film Network, received Best Short film awards in the following festivals; 2008 International Film Festival, England; 2008 Reelheart International Film Festival, Toronto; Silver Award Best Short International Filmmakers; Honorable mentions in New York Downtown Short Film Festival 2008; and Accolade Awards 2007. She has been a finalist for EST’s Marathon, a Jerome Fellowship, and a Princess Grace Award. She attended the 2017 Great Plains Theatre Conference with A Perfect Existence.
Lesley is a 2018 recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts.




Plays

  • A Perfect Existence
    In an effort to move past the violent loss of her daughter, Alison, having recently moved to the neighborhood, invites her new neighbors over for drinks. Robert, her husband, prefers the company of his dog, Rufus, who turned up on their doorstep unexpectedly one day. Adam, the neighbor, is only too happy to accept the invitation, as he’d like a word with Robert about the matter of Rufus digging up his radishes...
    In an effort to move past the violent loss of her daughter, Alison, having recently moved to the neighborhood, invites her new neighbors over for drinks. Robert, her husband, prefers the company of his dog, Rufus, who turned up on their doorstep unexpectedly one day. Adam, the neighbor, is only too happy to accept the invitation, as he’d like a word with Robert about the matter of Rufus digging up his radishes. Charlotte, his pregnant wife is just happy to meet new people and share the joy of her impending motherhood. Later, the two couples and the dog, who has problems of his own, ponder what it means to suffer the worst a parent can possibly face and discover that the only way though it all is each other.
  • Cannibals
    Cannibals synopsis


    It’s Christmas Eve and Mary Agnes, home from university for the holidays, is in need of some Christmas cheer. She won’t find it here. Dad, Byron drowns his sorrows in booze. Mother, Katie drowns hers in tea. Her younger sister, Anna Livia prefers the glowing ember of a cigarette against her skin. Together, they wait for Abbey, the oldest child, whose bus may or may not...
    Cannibals synopsis


    It’s Christmas Eve and Mary Agnes, home from university for the holidays, is in need of some Christmas cheer. She won’t find it here. Dad, Byron drowns his sorrows in booze. Mother, Katie drowns hers in tea. Her younger sister, Anna Livia prefers the glowing ember of a cigarette against her skin. Together, they wait for Abbey, the oldest child, whose bus may or may not be stuck in the snow. Cannibals is about a family so that has so deeply buried its past that the past has disappeared leaving only the trauma that it wreaked.
  • Tree
    JUDE: Perhaps if I had not fallen that day you would not have noticed me and we would have walked past each other as it seems we did every day for so many years and we would have continued to walk past each other for years to come.

    Tree is a play about loneliness, otherness and deep friendship.
  • Ancient Astrological Events
    Three Norns are at their work. They do the same thing that they have done since the beginning of time, over and over until one of them asks a question and offers the others a glimpse of the gruesome side of motherhood. The ancient world collides with modern technology in this short reflection on how we are created and destroyed.