Alyson Mead studied at Yale, the Slade School of Art in London, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and with iO West, UCB and Tectonic Theatre Project. Her fiction, essays and articles have appeared in over forty publications, and she has received the Columbine Award for Screenwriting, the Roy W. Dean Filmmaking Grant, and awards from Writer’s Digest, Indie Excellence, Writer’s Block, and USA Book News. Her memoir, Searching for Sassy: An L.A. Phone Psychic’s Tales of Life, Lust & Love, was optioned by the producers of USA Network’s PSYCH, to develop the book for television.
Alyson’s award-winning plays have been staged at Off-Off Broadway and regional theaters around the country and in London, including La MaMa, St. Mark’s Church, Judson Church, 8BC, Pasadena Playhouse, Venus Theatre, Women Playwrights Conference, Limelight, the Other Space Theater, the Hudson, Atwater Village Theater, Sacred Fools and the Lillian, among others.
She was awarded residencies and fellowships through Ragdale, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, Can Serrat, and the Women’s International Study Center; won the Bridge Initiative Writing Award and the University of Houston’s 10-Minute Play Festival; and has been a finalist for the Henley-Rose Playwriting Competition, the Kenneth Branagh Award for New Dramatic Writing, the Collective: 10 Play Festival, the Cimientos/IATI Theater Play Development Program, NEWvember New Plays Festival and the Teatro Moz Playwriting Competition, and a semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Manhattan Theatre Works’ Newborn Festival and the Wordsmyth Theater reading series.
She’s published by Original Works Publishing, and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Ammunition Theatre’s Writing Workshop, the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Playwriting Unit, and the Los Angeles Female Playwrights Initiative.