Bonnie Milne Gardner is an award-winning playwright whose 30+ plays have been featured around the country, including Cleveland Play House, New School for Drama, San Diego Human Rights Festival, and Edward Albee Last Frontier Conference. Her scripts garnered honors from Actors Theatre of Louisville Ten Minute Play Contest, McLaren Comedy Competition, Writers Digest, Eileen Heckart Drama Competition, and the Columbus Dispatch. Most recently, her full-length comedy WEDDING BLISTERS was selected as a Finalist in the AACT NewPlayFest 2022. But she is particularly proud of winning the limerick contest at the 2003 Southern Writers Project Festival of New Plays.
Her plays have appeared in numerous publications, including Clockhouse Literary Magazine and The Best Ten Minute Plays of 2019 by Smith and Kraus. Her historical drama, THE SECRET WAR OF EMMA EDMONDS was selected for 365 Women A Year Playwriting Project. An adaptation of Jane Austen’s LADY SUSAN is published by the UK’s Scripts for Stage. Her book, THE EMERGENCE OF THE PLAYWRIGHT-DIRECTOR IN AMERICAN THEATRE, with a forward by Megan Terry, was published in 2001 by Edwin Mellon Press.
Bonnie earned a PhD in theatre from Kent State University, and has worked as an educator, writer, dramaturg, and director for theatres and universities for over 25 years. A two-time winner for Excellence in Playwriting by the Ohio Arts Council, she recently “ran away from home” to focus solely on her writing. She is a member of Dramatists Guild and New Play Exchange, currently living in Asheville, NC, where she co-runs the Stage Brews Workshop.
WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
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MORE ABOUT ME
My best experiences in theatre over the years have grown out of truly collaborative opportunities where writer, performer, and director work in tandem to shape a vibrant work of art. Unfortunately, these opportunities are rare in this country. My wish is to help nurture and celebrate organizations and people that promote this kind of work.
WHAT I'M WORKING ON
"Condo Condo," a dark comedy where new home owners are surprised when strangers appear to take over their condo. It exposes how technology and materialism literally run our lives, and how we are losing our connections with nature and people.
women, family, adaptations, period, ten-minute plays, monologues