Discipline: Theatre – playwriting

Mallory Jane Weiss

Discipline: Theatre – playwriting
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2024

Mallory Jane Weiss is a Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based playwright, whose works center around female friendship, time, and finding the mythical inside the mundane. Weiss is also a screenwriter and a fiction writer. She is a graduate of Harvard University and has her M.F.A. in playwriting from The New School.

Her play, Big Black Sunhats, was selected for the Great Plains Theatre Commons New Play Conference 2023, The O’Neill National Playwrights Conference 2022, and was a Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission finalist 2020.

Additional plays include: Lights Out and Away We Go, an O’Neill finalist; The Page Turners, a Clauder Competition Gold Prize winner, Princess Grace Award semi-finalist, and O’Neill finalist; Pony Up, Broadway Play Publishing, and Princess Grace Award Finalist, Dave and Julia are Stuck in a Tree, winner of Playing on Air’s James Stevenson Prize; and Drawbridge, part of the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and published with Concord Theatricals.

While at MacDowell, Weiss completed a first draft of a new play, By Day/By Night, which follows a group of women in sales and employs tropes of 1980s werewolf movies and workplace dramas to explore the ways we hold women accountable for preventing and healing the violence of men.



Mallory Jane Weiss worked in the Garland studio.

Marian MacDowell and friends originally named this studio in memory of Anna Baetz, the nurse who helped care for Edward MacDowell in the waning years of his life. With generous support from the Garland family, the studio was renovated in 2013 and renamed the Peter and Mary Garland Studio. The inward opening, diamond-pane windows were replaced…

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