Chelsea Sutton is a freelance fiction writer and editor, playwright, theatrical director and producer, and amateur pie enthusiast. Kurt Vonnegut is her hero. She currently lives in Burbank, CA with a fern named John Paul whom she has managed to keep alive despite the fact that they haven’t talked in a while. She’s happiest when its cold outside, the coffee is hot, the book is good and she’s gotten some words on the page.
Now for some more information in third-person: Chelsea holds a BA in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Readings of her plays have been held at the Ensemble Theater in Santa Barbara (Ensemble Theater’s Emerging Playwright’s Reading Series), Inner Circle Theater in Ojai, The Waking Art Project in Santa Barbara, Monstrous Little Productions, Live @ the Libe with the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and at Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara. Her plays have been produced with Monstrous Little Productions, UCSB New Plays Festival, The Car Play Project at Westmont College, The Eclectic Company Theatre, Hurricane Season 2009 & 2010 (ECT), The Secret Rose Theatre (Sept 2011) and The Looking Glass Theatre (NY – Writer/Director Forum). Recently, her original monologues have been featured in Funny How Things Work Out, Abstract Concepts and Signs from the Universe, late night monologue shows presented by Eclectic Voices, the playwright wing of the Eclectic Company Theatre.
Her fiction has appeared in Farmhouse Magazine, Spectrum, Catalyst, Fictionade Magazine and The Best of Farmhouse Magazine Anthology (Editor’s Choice Award). She is the first place winner of NYC Midnight’s Flash Fiction Contest 2011, was an Honorable Mention in the Writers Weekly 24-Hour Short Story Contest 2010 and was an Honorable Mention for Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers.
She received the Corwin Award in Playwrighting for a One Act Play (UCSB), Corwin Award Honorable Mention for a Full Length (UCSB), the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII Meritorious Achievement in Playwriting (UCSB-2006), and Honorable Mention for Best Playwright in the Spring Forum 2009 at the Looking Glass Theatre NYC. Her play The Dead Woman is a Semi-Finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference 2013.
She is a co-founder of Monstrous Little Productions and a current member and VP of Production of The Eclectic Company Theatre (North Hollywood). Her directing credits include: 12 Angry Men, All in the Timing, Alice in Wonderland, 99 Impossible Things (2007 – Monstrous Little), Sally Spectre the Musical (Hurricane Season 2008), Modern Love, To Be Confirmed (reading), Voices from Chornobyl (reading), The Bad Habit (HS 2009), X-Mas Cabaret, The Last Sacrament of Belle (HS 2010), Traveling Carnival Freakshow, 99 Impossible Things (2011 – ECT). Her assistant directing credits include Turkey Day and Preposterous (dir. Taylor Ashbrook). She co-produced Proof, X-Mas Cabaret, 99 Impossible Things, Hurricane Season 2011, and Preposterous at The Eclectic Company Theatre. She helps run the Eclectic Voices Reading Series, Monologue Series and Writers Group at ECT as well. She’s currently a member of the AthroughZ Productions writers group, the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights and the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative . Between graduating from high school and shipping off to college, she went to the California State Summer School for the Arts for Creative Writing. It was awesome.