Innovative work with words
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Playwriting

As a playwright, Haley is interested in making theatre you can feel with your whole body.  With a wide range of inspirations including music videos, children's movies, consumerism, sitcoms from the 1960s, dance, Grimm fairytales, and playwrights from Sarah Ruhl to Sarah Kane, her writing is highly theatrical, and attacks adult issues using childlike devices and tenderness. Her work has been produced across Dallas at multiple festivals such as House Party Theatre's GRAND SLAM!, and THIRSTY THURSDAY festivals, and in a variety of venues including bars, backyards, theaters, and the Dallas Museum of Art.  

View my New Play Exchange profile here

 
 
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CURRENTLY:

Haley is part of the Dallas Theater Center’s emerging writers group, the Dallas Playwrights Workshop! She’ll be developing new plays and working with industry professionals under the tutelage of Playwright-in-Residence Jonathan Norton through fall of this year.

PERFORMED SCRIPTS

    PERAMBULATORY: preambleastory

JP, 6, is scared. Samantha Louise, 8, writes stories that are “inappropriate.” The same could be said of teachers Miss Charlene and Mr. Boris making out at lunch, or of Samantha Louise’s always-gone Mother, or of JP’s Dad scaring his son with talk of taxes and disease. Nothing's working, but everyone’s trying their best; maybe there’s love in there somewhere.

Find the script and reviews here!

Staged readings at Southern Methodist University's New Visions, New Voices Festival (Spring 2017) and the Imprint Theatreworks First Impressions Festival (Spring 2018)

Publicity photos from a reading at Southern Methodist University's 2017 New Visions New Voices Festival

ON STAYING INDOORS

The sky has turned orange, and it's probably the end of the world, but a married couple sits comfortably on their front porch talking about the weather, carrying on as usual. MR. has a mysterious box his wife can't touch. MRS. is reading the subtext of the newspaper. It's all a little unsettling. What is bravery, and how do we express love, in the face of (probable) doom? Run time approximately twenty minutes.

Find the script and reviews here!

Productions at DAMN!sels (SMUST production, 2015), House Party Theatre's GRAND SLAM! Festival (2015), and Sundown Collaborative Theatre's Short Works Festival (2018)

Photos from previous productions at House Party Theatre's GRAND SLAM! Festival (Summer 2015), and Southern Methodist University Student Theatre's DAMN!sels short play festival (Spring 2015).

BREACH, A PODCAST FROM SPOKE MEDIA AND CARBONITE

Haley co-wrote the first episode of Spoke Media’s second season of BREACH, a podcast breaking down the need-to-knows and what-nexts of major data breaches. The episode is out now, and available to stream on any of your favorite podcast-streaming services!

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AT ETERNITY'S GATE

Haley wrote the libretto for a short opera, performed as part of the NEW MUSIC FOR STAGE festival at Southern Methodist University (Spring 2017).

 

Music: Dorian K. Stewart Libretto: Haley Nelson Woman: Julie Strauser Vincent van Gogh: Reed Mullican Viola: Kevin Bock Piano: Abby Hawthorne

The morning after an evening with a prostitute, Van Gogh poses her a question and reflects on his recent rejections from becoming a priest and asking his cousin to marry him.

 
 
 

Additional PRODUCED SHORT PLAYS

MULTIPLE PRODUCTIONS
Meet Cute                                        CAMP DEATH LIVE!, Camp Death Productions, dir. Nick Haley                                                     April 2018

                                                           Thirsty Thursday at Wild Detectives, House Party Theatre, dir. Ryan Lescalleet                    March 2017

ONE MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL
Roar                                                  Kitchen Dog Theater/SMU Bob Hope,  dir. Jake Nice                                                                     August 2018

Hurt                                                  Kitchen Dog Theater/SMU Bob Hope,  dir.  Clay Wheeler                                                              August 2018
 

HOUSE PARTY THEATRE
ANXIETY IS NASTY, OK?                LG Taps/Women Galore at Wild Detectives, dir. Sarah Hamilton                                                May 2017  

Conversation Hearts, Inc.            Thirsty Thursday at Wild Detectives, dir. Ryan Lescalleet                                                       February 2017

Plot Device                                       Dallas Museum of Art, dir. Sarah Hamilton                                                                                 January 2017

COMPENSATION                             Women Galore at Wild Detectives, dir. Kristen Kelso                                                                     May 2016


SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY
Hands                                               SMU Post-Election Responses  (self-directed)                                                                           November 2016

BINGBANGBOOMVROOM              SMU Solo Performance Showcase (self-directed)                                                                    December 2015