Staci Swedeen

Playwright, Author, Actor


Workshop production of an original play for high school students.
After her parents divorce a distraught 13- year- old is forced to “sink or swim” at summer camp only to discover that family comes in many forms and love can appear in the most unexpected places.

Arthur Kopit coming to speak to students at the Educational Center for the Arts

I lead a variety of writing workshops – from two hour inspirational and intensive “boot camps” to ten week sessions which focus on the craft of revising and shaping written work. While I give particular attention to writing for the stage and screen, I also encourage writing in poetry, prose and personal essay.

I believe that everyone has a strong, unique voice. We are all born with creative genius and writing is an art form that belongs to all people, regardless of economic class or educational level.

Most importantly, I believe a writer is someone who writes – and that in my workshops, regardless of age, we are colleagues in pursuit of the expression of our creativity.

As a visiting artist, I have taught in a variety of locations - grade school, high school and college age levels. I’d be delighted to speak with you about bringing one of my dynamic, fun and interactive educational workshops to your location.

I was Adjunct Professor of Playwriting at Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT for seven years and also taught at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, where I frequently return as a visiting guest artist.

A Few Of My Plays

Three character, one set full length play
"The Goldman Project Should Be On Every Serious Theatregoer's To Do List" The Journal News
"Three Forks mixes right ingredients." Miami Herald
Did Peary really make it to the Pole?
Collected One Acts
An Evening of Short Comedies Exploring Reality, Relationships, and Love
I was so impressed with your activity as students used higher level thinking skills and the enthusiasm and engagement of your students. Wow, I was really amazed when you asked the students if they wanted to take a break and they said "No!" Great work.

Alice Schilling, Principal, ECA 2008

I just want to let you know that you were really my inspiration to want to write a play. I didn't think I was a good writer at all until your class, and once I realized that I could actually create something, I was inspired to write this play. Thank you so much, so far, this class has really had a profound impact on my life.
Freshman Student, ECA

"As a budding playwright, Staci's class challenged me become a better writer. Through creative exercises and group discussions on each play or scene, I learned many different techniques in playwrighting as well as critiquing the work of others. Her class was enjoyable and a rewarding experience." -Kerry Davies
Recipient of the 2009 John W. Ryan S.J., Prize for Playwrighting at Fairfield University
Intern at New Dramatists, 2010

"Creative writing has always been a passion of mine, but I was never entirely sure I'd be any good at writing a play. I had to throw away my safety net, and just trust the dialogue. Staci was a huge help - encouraging, supportive, respectful, and very funny. She helped us form a close bond as a class, and we all became less afraid to explore new worlds in our writing. I took away from Staci's class a new-found sense of courage and the reminder that failure doesn't exist in creative writing."
Olivia Giroux, winner of the 2010 Fairfield John W Ryan Prize for Drama

"My freshman classes and I had the great pleasure of having Staci Swedeen offer a workshop on playwrighting. We found Staci's energy, her positive reinforcement of student effort and her great sense of humor delightful. Having a real live playwright and actress come to the school gave students the opportunity not only to interact with a living artist but also to see that an idea can come to fruition as a play. This Stamford for the Arts program which puts artists into classrooms is vital."
Janet MacKenzie, Teacher, Greenwich High School

"After listening to your experiences, and hearing about all the different things you have done and written, you have made me think about how much I enjoy writing. You have brought back something inside of me, that I had put away for far too long - you have opened up a door. Thank you."
High school student

"After you came in, I thought about the world in a different way. I started hearing and seeing different things and understanding that my life experience could be made into plays or monologues. I am forever grateful to you for coming in and sharing your passion with us."
High school student