Chelsea Marcantel

Birth Place: Jennings, Louisiana

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Chelsea Marcantel is an LA-based writer, director, and collaborator.
Reared by Cajuns in southwest Louisiana, Chelsea has lived and made theatre among the tribes of the Midwest, Appalachia, the Mid-Atlantic, and now the West Coast. In 2016, she completed a Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Her plays include AIRNESS, EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL, 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.

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The Kilroys Release Reimagined Version of Their Annual List

Continuing to mobilize and leverage their own power to support and amplify one another, the LA and NYC-based playwright, director, producer collective, The Kilroys are doing what they do best: shaking shit up… starting with their renowned annual List. Learn more about the new list here!

Writers Revealed for 2023/2024 The Writers' Room at Geffen Playhouse

Geffen Playhouse has announced its selection of LA-based writers to participate in the 2023/2024 cycle of The Writers’ Room, a forum for engagement and collaboration between Los Angeles playwrights.

Review: AIRNESS at Contemporary Theater Company

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about air guitar? Now try to imagine a national championship with actual stage performances and musical accompaniment. Who would ever do such a thing—and why?

AIRNESS Comes to The Contemporary Theater Company

Looking for some fun and joy this summer with a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll? Things will be epically rocking at Airness by Chelsea Marcantel, set to captivate audiences at The Contemporary Theater Company in Wakefield from June 23 to July 15.

Mile Square Theatre to Present 7TH INNING STRETCH in June

MILE SQUARE THEATRE has announced their 19th Annual production 7th INNING STRETCH! 7th INNING STRETCH will play a two night limited engagement at Mile Square Theatre (1400 Clinton St. Hoboken, NJ 07030). Performances are Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17.

Cast and Creative Team Set for AIRNESS at Citadel Theatre

Citadel Theatre will conclude its season with AIRNESS, a comedy set in the world of air guitar competitions, written by Chelsea Marcantel, a 2021 winner of the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theatre.

Mary Elizabeth Hamilton's SMART to Premiere at Ensemble Studio Theatre This Spring

Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have announced that Mary Elizabeth Hamilton, an EST Youngblood Graduate, will make her Off-Broadway debut with her new play SMART.

Review: AIRNESS at Forward Theater

I did not attend Foreword Theater’s Airness on Saturday with any intention to review the show. In fact, I said to my partner, “It will be nice to just see theater again without it being my job.” Yet here we are. The reason for the review is simple. I want you to see this show. did our critic think of AIRNESS at Forward Theater?

FIM Flint Repertory Theatre to Present THE FUTURE IS FEMALE... in February

FIM Flint Repertory Theatre will present another world premiere with The Future is Female... by Nandita Shenoy February 3-19. The sharp new comedy addressing women's rights is directed by Kathryn Walsh and stars playwright Nandita Shenoy (Washer/Dryer) alongside Hallie Bee Bard (Birthday Candles), Siho Ellsmore and Clara Tristan.

Forward Theater Presents AIRNESS, January 26- February 12

For their third production of the 2022-23 season, Forward Theater Company will present Airness by Chelsea Marcantel. Directed by Molly Rhode. Performances are in the Playhouse at Overture Center for the Arts, January 26 - February 12. 

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Presents AIRNESS By Chelsea Marcantel

Opening its 52nd season, the Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC) presents the Michigan premiere of 'Airness' by Chelsea Marcantel. A 2017 Humana Festival hit, 'Airness' is the story of a group of air guitar competitors as they move through competitions, love, loss and finding the inner rock star inside themselves.

Photos: First look at Red Herring Theater's AIRNESS

Get ready to rock out! When Nina enters her first air guitar competition, she thinks winning will be easy. But as she befriends a group of charismatic nerds, she discovers that there is more to this artform than just pretend; it's about finding yourself in your favorite song and performing it with raw joy. Airness is a fun and exuberant reminder that everything we need to rock is already inside of us. Written by Chelsea Marcantel, Directed by Mark Mann. Airness performances run Sept 23 thru Oct 9, 2022, at Shadowbox Up Front, 503 S Front St. Columbus, Ohio 43215. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company Announces Season 52: BELIEVE

The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company and University of Detroit Mercy's Department of Performing Arts has announced its 2022-23 season entitled 'BELIEVE,' featuring three mainstage works to be performed at The Marlene Boll Theatre. The season will also feature performances and workshops as part of the University of Detroit Mercy's TheatreLab, a second stage series, performed at University of Detroit Mercy's McNichols Campus.

Luba Mason and Caesar Samayoa to Lead New York Premiere of Ellen Fitzhugh and Michael John LaChiusa's LOS OTROS

The New York premiere production of Los Otros, a musical in one act with book & lyrics by Tony Award nominee Ellen Fitzhugh (Grind, Paradise Found) and music by five-time Tony Award nominee Michael John LaChiusa (The Wild Party, Giant), will star Luba Mason and Caesar Samayoa.

Citadel Theatre Releases Four-Show 2022-23 Season

Citadel Theatre Company recently announced its 2022/2023 season, featuring an Obie Award winner and three comedies –one of them a beloved musical.

Cleveland Play House Appoints Interim Artistic Director, Mark Cuddy

Cleveland Play House Board of Directors is has announced that regional theatre veteran Mark Cuddy has been appointed to serve as Interim Artistic Director. Industry visionary and arts champion Mark Cuddy comes to Cleveland from Rochester, NY, having served as Artistic Director of Geva Theatre Center.

San Francisco Playhouse Announces Updates To New Works Program

San Francisco Playhouse  continued its commitment to developing new plays and nurturing the voices of active writers with the selection of seven playwrights comprising the fourth and fifth years of the company's Five-Year Commission Program.

SAFE HOME, World Premiere Co-Written By Tom Hanks, and More Announced for Shadowland Stages 2022 Season

Shadowland Stages announces its joyful return with a wonderful seven-show season including musicals, dramas and rib-tickling comedies. The season is highlighted by two world premieres, including one co-written by Tom Hanks.


SHADOWLAND STAGES in Ellenville, NY launches its season this week with a limited three week run of AIRNESS by Chelsea Marcantel.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At THE UPSTAIRS DEPARTMENT At Signature Theatre

We've got a first look at Signature Theatre's The Upstairs Department, a play by Chelsea Marcantel (Airness, Everything is Wonderful), which plays in Signature's ARK Theatre for live performances now through June 12, 2022.

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