Wendy Ewan is an award-winning writer with an MFA in Stage and Screen Writing from Lesley University. She is also an educator, producer and director of both stage and screen and is the founder and Artistic Director of Scribe Stages, a "page to stage" writers' theatre group in Los Angeles. She has had several LA productions and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
Her plays can be found on NPX: https://newplayexchange.org
"My First Love"
Winner: 2020 The Seven 15th Annual New Works Festival
Regional and National Finalist: 2015 Kennedy Center American Colleges Theatre Festival
Land of Enchantment
Semi-Finalist: 2020 National Playwrights Conference
Finalist: 2018 Playwrights’ Center Core Apprentice Program
"Mind Games" and "Intervention"
Regional Finalist: 2019 Kennedy Center American Colleges Theatre Festival
Under Construction (TV Pilot)
2017 ITVFEST Semi-Finalist
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I write magical realism, absurdism, dramedy. “Fish out of water” is my go to source of internal and external conflict. I love the angst of teenagers and their parents. Ghosts and angels sometimes visit my characters as if it’s normal. I’m obsessed with ’80s period pieces. I strive to build bridges instead of walls, to explore identity without creating enemies or pointing fingers. I create an invitation with each piece; come to my party and meet new people whom you wouldn’t normally interact with. You might just find a new friend sitting next to you.
Most of my stories are led by strong, if flawed, female protagonists. They are usually constructed from the shavings of personal experiences or as a reaction to injustices that grate on me. My characters resemble the diversity around me within my house, in my neighborhood, in the cities I’ve called home, especially Santa Fe and Los Angeles. I write about family, love, loss, labels, what it means to be an American, “inter-racial” relationships.
I love the collaboration intrinsic to writing for the stage, the fact that you can type words on a page, then experience them come to life through actors’ flesh, tears, breath, voice. It’s magic. I also write for film and TV; the visual nature of the medium pairs well with my love of writing vivid imagery. I am committed to the fight for theatre’s survival by making my plays attractive to young (and old), technology-addicted audiences with short attention spans through writing honest and complicated characters, embracing spectacle and wonder, and employing multi-media.
I thoroughly enjoy the consolidated space of the short play as well as the full-length form, because it forces me to be concise and to make my stories truly athletic. Ten-Minute and One-Act plays also allow the perfect opportunity to create exciting entertainment at site-specific locations where people who normally don’t go to the theatre have access to it, don’t have time to get bored, and might even find themselves converted to a different, or additional, kind of church at the end of the day.
"The essence of creativity is to look beyond where you can actually see."