Ashlin Halfnight

('06SOA)
Ashlin Halfnight’s plays include Second Life (2012 O’Neill Playwright’s Conference Finalist), A Hard Wall at High Speed (Directed by May Adrales, APAC, Nominated for Outstanding Premiere Production of 2011, NYITA), Balaton (Nominated for Best Play of 2009, NYITA), Good Pictures (Outstanding New Play – 2008 Talkin’ Broadway), God’s Waiting Room (Best Play, 2005 NYFringe), Diving Normal (Plays and Playwrights 2007), and Artifacts of Consequence.
 
He is a Fulbright Award winner, is the recipient of a TCG Grant, The Ludwig Volgelstein Artist Grant, and the Howard Stein Playwriting Fellowship. In 2011, he was named one of nytheatre.com’s People of the Year for exceptional contributions to New York theater. He was an artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary in 2005/2006, and received a New York residency with The Royal Court; he is also a proud member of MCC’s Playwrights’ Coalition, and a Resident Playwright at the Railroad Playhouse.
 
Ashlin received a BA from Harvard and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia; he has lectured, taught or been on faculty at St. Andrew’s College, The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The Studio New York, The Actor’s Studio, and at Brooklyn College’s MFA program. His plays have been translated and performed in Canada, The US, and Europe. His film Diving Normal (with Sandra Bernhard, Susie Abromeit, Tonye Patano) wrapped in the summer of 2012, and his recent films include Northbound  (with Gordon Pinsent), Astraea, and Survival Box. 
 
 
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2015
Astraea Premieres This Week At The Cinequest Film Festival /Astraea will have its world premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival on February 27th.

2015
A Red Carpet Interview with the Actors of ‘Astraea’ at Cinequest / The Daily Quirk caught up with actors Jessica Cummings, Dan O’Brien and Nerea Duhart of Astraea, which made its world premiere at theCinequest Film Festival.

2015
'Diving Normal' explores deep emotional waters / Based on a play by Ashlin Halfnight, the film tracks the odd couple friendship between Brooklyn neighbors Fulton (Karner), a handsome graphic novelist, and Gordon (Crowe), a hyper-attentive library staffer

2011
Lots of Modern Angst, and Free Beer / Ashlin Halfnight, 35, is a playwright on the verge. Moving from Toronto to Harvard to a stint in professional
hockey to downtown theater, he has a biography that is catnip for profile writers.

2011
Ashlin Halfnight divides his time between writing plays and teaching junior high
/ Ashlin Halfnight is known for dark and stylized plays, including the Southern gothic “Mud Blossom” and “Artifacts of Consequence,” set after an environmental meltdown.

2009
Artifacts of Consequence / In this scenario dreamed up in the deliriously imaginative and talent-rich “Artifacts of Consequence,” an offstage jury of select survivors of an environmental disaster.



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