About Elana Gartner

Internationally produced and recognized playwright Elana Gartner is a native Brooklynite and a lifelong playwright, starting as early as first grade when her teacher allowed her to direct and act in the first play that she wrote "The Good Butterfly". That experience led her to believe that a career in playwriting was possible. Since then, she has written Before Lesbians (2nd Place Recipient of the 2018 Henley Rose Playwriting Competition for Women (Readings: Oberlin College, Henley Rose, due for a staged reading at Good Luck Macbeth Theatre), Because of Beth (Productions: Howick Little Theatre; The Workshop Theater), Daughter (Reading: UpTheater Company; PlayLab Selection, 2013 Great Plains Theatre Conference), Pilar’s Brother (Reading: Repertorio Español), Cortex Kin (Reading: Dixon Place), Spinning (Production:Fabrefaction Theater Company), and Ernie Evan (Productions: Genesis Repertory Theater; Heights Players, 6x10 Festival). Two monologues from Elana’s plays Daughter and Because of Beth were published in “Audition Monologues for Young Women #2: More Contemporary Auditions for Aspiring Actresses “(Meriwether Publishing, Ltd., 2013). Elana founded the EMG Playwriting Workshop and is also a member of the Manhattan Oracles playwriting group. Elana founded the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) 50/50 Applause Awards and served on the ICWP board for five years. Elana is a member of the Dramatists Guild and is currently an MFA candidate at Spalding University.

In addition to playwriting, Elana has worked in many aspects of the theater: stage management, technical theater, theater education, literary, and some dabbling in acting and directing. Through these, she has had the great fortune of working at Williamstown Theater Festival, Lincoln Center Institute, Cherry Lane Theatre, Second Stage Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Theatre Development Fund.

Elana's freelance writing covers gender parity, parenting, theater and disability.

She lives with her family in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Elana Gartner