Joy McCullough-Carranza



 Me, watching Alex Highsmith and Daniel Christensen rehearsing the world premiere of BLOOD/WATER/PAINT at Live Girls Theater. Photo by Joe Iano Photography


My first play, written while a sophomore at Northwestern University, won the Agnes Nixon Playwriting Award. My plays have gone on to be developed and produced in San Diego (new village arts, Lamb's Players Theater), Chicago (Northwestern University, Stage Left Theatre), New York (Manhattan Theatre Source), and my home base of Seattle (FringeACT, Live Girls!, Mirror Stage, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Next Stage, 14/48, Seattle Dramatists).

I have taught playwriting as a teaching artist for ACT, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Old Globe, among other theatres and arts organizations. I traveled throughout Latin America teaching drama workshops for Icthus International. 

Most recently, my play BLOOD/WATER/PAINT was produced in Seattle by Live Girls Theater at Theater Off Jackson. MORE INFO HERE.


Daniel Christensen and Alex Highsmith in the world premiere of BLOOD/WATER/PAINT at Live Girls Theater. Joe Iano Photography


My full length plays include:

After Midnight - When Cinderella doesn't leave the ball by midnight, she is thrown in the dungeon and accused of terrorism.

Chasing Monarchs (Washington Ensemble Theatre Play/Lab) - In the forests of Sierra Chincua, Mexico, two Americans, two indigenous Mexicans, and two Mexican park rangers search for a place to call home.

Watching for Wolves (Stage Left Theatre, Mirror Stage Company, Seattle Dramatists) - An international adoption worker grapples with slippery issues of morality while an American couple waits for their Guatemalan baby and a Guatemalan couple mourns the child they've lost.

Blood/Water/Paint (FringeACT, Live Girls Theater) - 17th Century Italian painter Artemisia Gentileschi is raped by the painter hired to teach her perspective, and the apocryphal subjects of her paintings, Judith and Susanna, share their own stories of sexual stigma. 

Hiding Hannah (Mae West Fest, Stage Left Theatre, Mirror Stage Company) - When a teenage girl is returned after having been held captive for a year, her family must deal with the media aftermath. How far is her older brother willing to go to protect her?


My short plays include:

Little Birds (Live Girls!, Manhattan Theatre Source, finalist for the Heideman Award) - Three female astronauts abandoned on the surface of the moon contemplate their next move.

Leap (Next Stage) - Shakespeare, Twain, and Woolf as children, getting ready to leap into the creative unknown. 

Expecting Bobby (or Nicole) (14/48, Live Girls!) - A pregnant couple wonders what their unborn child will be like.

Eat Car (finalist for the Heideman Award) - A young woman eats a car. Her mother wrings her hands. A childhood friend tries to help.