Ali MacLean is a graduate of the Miami University Actor’s Program and the LaJolla Playhouse Conservatory. Her plays and writing have been workshopped at the Melrose Theater, (via the HBO Workspace), the Hudson Theatre (via Comedy Central Stages), the Lyric Hyperion, Largo at the Coronet Theatre, the Naked Angels Theatre Group, the White Bear Theatre (UK), Rogue Machine Theatre, A Noise Within Theatre, Antaeus Theatre, Zephyr Theatre, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Ali’s play She’s Not There received the 2018 John Gassner Playwriting Award and was named 2019 Best Production by She NYC Arts, as well as being selected for the Bits New Plays UK series, a finalist for the Kitchen Dog Theater New Works Festival, the Gary Marshall Theatre New Works Festival, shortlisted for the Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation Project, a semi-finalist in the Screencraft Play competition, and finalist for the Scribe Marsha A. Croyle Award. She was nominated for a Broadway World Directing Award for the same play. Her play Wolves At The Door was a finalist in the 2019 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference. Ali workshopped her play, I’ll Call You Mine, at the Summer Salt Playwrights Workshop in Chatham, MA and workshopped This Will Be Our Year at EST’s 2020 Winterfest. Ali is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, Antaeus Theatre’s Playwrights Lab, and the Dramatists Guild.
Ali has performed at several different festivals and theaters including Rogue Machine Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, San Francisco Sketch Fest, Funny Women Festival, Gen Art, and Story Lotto. Her prose is published in The American Dream (Nation Books, 2008). Ali’s screenplays have been a Chesterfield Writer’s Project semi-finalist, a Scriptapalooza semi-finalist, a WeScreenplay finalist, an IFP Filmmakers Program finalist, and an Orchard Project finalist. Ali won the 2018 Writers For Writers fellowship, founded by Script Pipeline. She was also part of the 2015 Women in Film Mentorship program. Ali has written for networks like MTV, Vh-1, and FOX, and is a writer and consultant for the television shows Hollywood Darlings and Hot Date on the Pop Network.
Ali produces comedy charity shows for the non-profit PEACE OVER VIOLENCE, for which she also serves on the advisory board. She has performed and shared the stage with top acts such as Tenacious D, Patton Oswalt, Bob Odenkirk, Jimmy Fallon, Dave Foley, Greg Proops, Sarah Silverman, Tim Heidecker, Retta, and Reggie Watts.
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