Staci Swedeen

Staci Swedeen
Knoxville, TN
Fiction, Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Acting, Improvisation, Media Arts
After School Program, College/University, Arts/Cultural Organizations, Community Center, Independent Living, K-12 Schools, Library, Senior Center
Recipient of the 2014 Playwriting Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Council, the 2004 Arts and Letters Award in Drama, A New York State Council for the Arts New Play recipient, a Lark Theatre and Dramatist Guild Fellow alum, Staci is also a professional actress who recently performed her one woman show “Pardon Me For Living: A Biting Comedy” at the prestigious Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, S.C. Her play “The Goldman Project” premiered Off Broadway in the fall of 2007. Other plays have been performed across the country, published in numerous anthologies and presented in many festivals. For seven years Staci was the Theatre Playwriting Mentor at Fairfield University and also taught to high school students at the Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven, CT. Staci is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild, Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity and Emerging Artist Theatre. Staci also served at the Literary Manager at Penguin Rep Theatre. Staci taught a workshop for LifeTime Arts at the Warner Library in Tarrytown to a group of twenty older adults in 2010. The workshop culiminated in a public presentation of scenes for an invited audience. In 2013 she received an "Arts Build Communities" grant to teach a playwriting workshop oriented to Seniors at the Lawson McGee Library in Knoxville, TN. She works directly with students of all ages in the areas of writing, creating and performing.
Writing is an act of courage. Age is relevant only to the extent that more years offer more experiences to tap into - but the thrill of creating is available to all of us and is an expression of the human spirit. My workshops provide safety, self-confidence, fun, focus, practice, and support. In my experience older adults are committed and enthusiastic learners. Rates: Planning: $35/hourly Class Prep: $35/hourly Instruction: $100/hourly