“Because a work does not aim at reproducing natural appearances it is not, therefore, an escape from life — but may be a penetration into reality…as expression of the significance of life, a stimulation to greater effort in living.”
― Henry Moore

Chelsea Marcantel is an NYC-based writer, director, and collaborator. 
Reared by Cajuns in southwest Louisiana, Chelsea has lived and made theatre among the tribes of the Midwest, Appalachia, and now the Mid-Atlantic, where she completed a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellowship at The Juilliard School.  Her plays include EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL, AIRNESS, LADYISH, DEVOUR, and TINY HOUSES.  They have been produced around the United States and Canada (and Chelsea is vigorously working on becoming a sensation abroad as well).

Current commissions: San Francisco Playhouse & Delaware Theatre Company.

Chelsea has been entrusted with young minds at Virginia Intermont College and Emory & Henry College, and loved every minute of it.  As a writer, Chelsea is extremely interested in humans as small-group primates, and what happens when the rules and value systems of our chosen groups cease to serve us.  She reads a lot of books, watches a lot of documentaries, and listens to a lot of podcasts.  Chelsea is an avid self-producer, an enthusiastic member of The Writers Guild of America and The Dramatists Guild, and is definitely working on something amazing right this very minute.

Special Skills: stalking celebrity chefs, making killer playlists, taking artsy photos of her dog, defending the oxford comma, and overestimating her own proficiency with yoga.

For specific production information, see the Vita & Awards pages.

“Theatre is like a gym for empathy.  It’s where we can go to build up the muscles of compassion, to practice listening and understanding and engaging with people that are not just like ourselves.”
— Bill English, SF Playhouse