Holly Arsenault writes funny, sad plays about tender and tough things. Her plays, which have been called “almost clinically observant,” talk about families—biological, chosen, and circumstantial—and the complicated women who hold them together.
Holly was born in Montréal, Quebec and has lived in Seattle, Washington since 1997.
Her play Undo is the recipient of a Theatre Puget Sound Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play and a Seattle Theater Writers Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting. Undo was nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association New Play Awards, and was a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award. It is published in Rain City Projects’ Manifesto v.4, edited by Chay Yew. Holly’s play 24 Pictures of a Pilot was a finalist for the Heideman Award at the National 10-Minute Play Contest at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and is published in Rain City Projects’ Manifesto v. 2, edited by Steven Dietz.
Holly’s plays, which include Undo, The Cut, The Manor, Marvelous, and The Great Inconvenience, have been developed at Seattle Repertory Theatre and the National Winter Playwriting Retreat, and produced in Seattle at Annex Theatre, Live Girls! Theater, 14/48: The World’s Quickest Theatre Festival, The Drama School at Seattle Children’s Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts, and the One-Minute Play Festival. Nationally, her work has been produced in Boca Raton, Detroit, and Chicago.
Holly’s essays have been published in City Arts magazine and The Dramatist, and her short play Scattered Thoughts as I Prepare a Eulogy on the Occasion of the Tragic Death of the Royal Children will be published in Caffe Cino magazine this winter.
Holly holds a BA from the University of Washington School of Drama. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, an alumna of the Seattle Rep Writers Group, and a current member of the Northwest Playwrights Alliance writers group.