ELAINE SMITH (Playwright) is an actor, director, and accidental playwright. Other works include THE LOOKING GLASS (adapted from Edith Wharton's short story and produced in August 2013 by The Wharton Salon) and short plays LIARS' POKER (Finalist – 2010 Heideman Award), PICTURE PERFECT, SHE HUNG UP, CARAPACE, and TEN MINUTE LIFE (recently produced at 10 By 10 in the Triangle by the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC). In the wake of a temporary insanity known as "Ten Plays in Ten Days," works-in-progress include short pieces STRANGE FLOWERS OF REASON, HANDIWORK, DARKNESS, AGIT-PROP 8, WALLS, FISHING, QUIS CUSTODIET, and two full-length plays, POWERPLAY and THREE MILE LIMIT. ANGELS AND MINISTERS OF GRACE has been previously read at New Jersey Rep as well as Abingdon Theatre Company, the Barter Theatre (second place, Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights), Berkshire Theatre Festival, BoarsHead Theater, Penobscot Theatre Northern Writes Festival, and Theatre Resources Unlimited's TRU Voices Reading Series. It has been a finalist for the Ashland New Plays Festival, a semi-finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference, a semi-finalist for the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize nominee, a finalist for the Eudora Welty New Play Series, and won Honorable Mention in the 76th Competition. Wearing her actor and director hats, Elaine has worked at Abingdon Theatre Company, New Dramatists, Lincoln Center Institute, Women's Projects & Productions, and Immigrants' Theatre Project, among other venues. She has been a script reader for the Princess Grace Awards and for WPP, has a Master's in Theatre from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Delaware. She is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, LPTW and the Dramatist's Guild. Elaine is eternally grateful for the representation of Ron Gwiazda and Amy Wagner of Abrams Artists and for the encouragement of actress Linda Hamilton whose generous participation and fine work in an early reading of this play kicked her into gear. Gratitude is also owed for the support of an army of other angels too numerous to mention here who can be found listed at AngelsAndMinisters.com.

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