Carolyn is a writer for screen and stage based in Los Angeles. Carolyn recently won: New York Television Festival Official Selection, Table Read My Screenplay Austin 2nd Place, and Emerging Screenwriters Competition 3rd Place for pilot In Chambers, a legal procedural series; First Place Comedy in Vail Film Festival’s Screenplay Contest for New Reality, a Silicon Beach-set feature screenplay for Noggin Sauce Pictures; and C21/Content London official selection for pilot The Second City, a crime drama series set in the aftermath of the Great Chicago Fire.
Academy Award winner Melissa Leo headlined the reading of Carolyn’s screenplay Magnetic at the Hamptons International Film Festival Screenwriters’ Lab. Magnetic received the Plume and Pellicule Award, Alfred P. Sloan First Place Screenwriting Award, 1stPlace in the Screenwriting Search contest (period category), and 2ndPlace in the Writemovies.com Awards.
Carolyn was Playwright in Residence at Sell a Door Theatre Company in London through the support of the Fulbright LUSK Award. Her play The Subject had a United Nations Orange Day Reading in central London featuring Alfred Enoch (Harry Potter, How to Get Away with Murder). The Subject has become a popular new play with 20 readings (and counting) at theatres worldwide. Carolyn received the Visionary Playwright Award and Commission from Theater Masters, and the resulting play Mine & Yours was named a top national new play by the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (Finalist), The Kilroys List Honorable Mention, and an L. Arnold Weissberger Award Nomination. Her plays have been produced or developed at Antaeus Theatre Company, The Blank Theatre, The Road Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left Theatre, Live Girls! Theater, The Looking Glass Theatre, Centenary Stage Company, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, 20% Theatre Company Chicago, Found Stages, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Chicago New Work Festival, ATHE New Play Development Workshop, Cypress New Play Festival, Theater Masters, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Carolyn has been a writer-in-residence at Ucross Foundation, Hawthornden Castle, Ragdale Foundation, and Anderson Center at Tower View. Honors include: Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, William Randolph Hearst Creative Artist Fellowship, Shubert Fellowship, Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar, Disquiet International Short Play Award, Playwrights First Award: Second Place, and Best Playwright Award in The Looking Glass Theatre's Writer/Director Forum.
Carolyn is an alum of the NBC Page Program and Women in Film Mentorship Program. She has a B.A. in Drama from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. For more information, please visit www.carolynkras.com