A bit about the playwright…
Lisa Sillaway is an established writer who found success as a journalist, online content producer and advertising copywriter before returning to her first love, the theatre, when she began writing her first play in December 2013. As a playwright she focuses on pieces that echo the lives of the women of her generation and, she hopes, leave audiences with something to contemplate or reconsider and she loves to experiment with the use of music and silence in her work. Finding success quickly, Sillaway traveled in 2014 to see her work The Peacock’s War on the Arena Stage in Washington, DC. The piece won a competition hosted in conjunction with the National Civil War Project. Her play, blank, had a reading at London’s Hen and Chickens Theatre the summer of 2015 and her drama f*sh debuted in an award-winning run at the Crown Uptown in her hometown of Wichita in 2016. Most recently, she directed her Revoluntionary War play Unanchored in London at the Bread & Roses Theatre and again in Wichita with the Guinea Pig Lab. In addition, Unanchored was selected for the 2016 Fall Edition of the Stage It Live! ATL Playwright’s Audience Choice Competition at Mark SQuared Studios Orange Box Theater in Atlanta. She is currently workshopping another drama, The 110, that is slated to travel to London in 2019.
In addition, Sillaway is the founder and Director of the Guinea Pig Lab, a new theatre dedicated to producing the work of Kansas playwrights, which had its inaugural evening of Kansas playwrights in March 2015, and has hosted several well-received contests, readings and productions since that first night. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Guild Hall Players in Wichita, as a playwright mentor for the Wichita Fringe Festival, and serves on the Readers’ Theatre board for Wichita Community Theatre. Sillaway, who has directed plays at both the collegiate and community theatre level, is a graduate of both Friends University and Capella University and is currently working on her PhD.
Portraits on this site by Linda Gregory of www.lindagregory.com.
Reach Lisa Sillaway at lisa.sillaway (at) gmail.com or via Twitter @lisasillaway.