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Chelsea holds a BA in Creative Studies with an emphasis in Literature from the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara and is currently pursuing her MFA in Fiction at UC Riverside. She is a 2016 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices Fellow.
Chelsea Sutton’s fiction has appeared in Farmhouse Magazine, Spectrum, Catalyst, Fictionade Magazine, The Best of Farmhouse Magazine Anthology (Editor’s Choice Award), Eclectic Voices, NYC Midnight, Bourbon Penn, The Cactus Heart, Five Quarterly, The Lascaux Review, the Texas Observer, The Rattling Wall, Exposition Review, and The Cost of Paper. She is the first place winner of NYC Midnight’s Flash Fiction Contest 2011, the first place winner of Exposition Review’s 405 Flash Fiction Contest, a Finalist for Boulevard‘s 2015 Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers, a Finalist for the Indiana Review Prize, a Finalist for The Lascaux Review Prize in Short Fiction 2016, and a finalist for the Texas Observer Short Story Contest.
She has been a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, PlayPenn Playwrights Conference, Ingram New Works Lab, Seven Devils Playwriting Conference, Stanley Drama Award, Woodward/Newman Drama Award, and Reva Shiner Comedy Award, and a semi-finalist for the Bridges Initiative. She received the Corwin Award in Playwriting for a One Act Play (UCSB), Corwin Award Honorable Mention for a Full Length (UCSB), and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII Meritorious Achievement in Playwriting (UCSB-2006). She was nominated for a Stage Raw Award in 2016 for her adaptation for Wood Boy Dog Fish with Rogue Artists Ensemble. She was a Humanitas PlayLA award winner, culminating in a staged reading of her play The Wall and the Dinosaur.
Her plays have been developed with Rogue Artists Ensemble, Skylight Theatre Company’s LABWorks, The Production Company, Eclectic Voices, Brimmer Street Theatre Company Blue Print Series, Ensemble Theater in Santa Barbara (Ensemble Theater’s Emerging Playwright’s Reading Series), Wordsmyth Theater in Houston, PlaygroundLA, 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, The Looking Glass Theatre (NY – Writer/Director Forum), The Eclectic Company Theatre, UCSB New Plays Festival, The Car Play Project at Westmont College, Center Stage Theater in Santa Barbara, Theatricum Botanicum Seedlings Festival in Los Angeles, the Santa Barbara PlayFest, The Vagrancy’s New Play Reading Series Blossoming, Little Black Dress Ink, and Coffee & Whiskey Productions in Chicago.
She attended the Tin House Writers Workshop in short fiction and was a writer in residence at Willapa Bay AiR in 2017.
She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, AWP, the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative, the Skylight Theatre Company’s PlayLAB, an ensemble member with Rogue Artists Ensemble.
Her work has been featured in readings at LACE gallery, Tongue & Groove LA reading series, LA Library’s ALOUD Series, the new series Percolate in Irvine, Lit Crawl NoHo with her writers group Eclectic Voices, Dirty Laundry Lit, Speaking of Stories in Santa Barbara, Chevalier’s Bookstore, and the Last Bookstore in LA.
Most recently she co-wrote with Lisa Dring the immersive production Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin, based on Japanese ghost stories, for Rogue Artists Ensemble. She is currently working on a short story collection, Curious Monsters, her first novel, and her first screenplay.