Ali MacLean is an award-winning playwright, director, and actor. A graduate of Miami University and the LaJolla Playhouse Conservatory, her play She’s Not There won the 2018 John Gassner award, amongst others, and was named 2019 Best Production by She NYC Arts. She was nominated for a Broadway World Directing Award for the same play. Her play Wolves At The Door won the Julie Harris playwriting award, was a semi-finalist for the O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference, and was workshopped at the Road Theatre. Her play This Will Be Our Year, in which she also starred, was performed virtually for the 2020 She LA Arts festival and is nominated for Top Virtual Performance by Broadway World. Ali is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, Antaeus Theatre’s Playwrights Lab, and the Dramatists Guild.
Ali’s screenplays have been a Chesterfield Writer’s Project semi-finalist, and a Scriptapalooza and Screencraft semi-finalist. Her pilot Lady Killer was a WeScreenplay finalist, an Orchard Project Episodic Lab, and won the 2018 Writers For Writers fellowship and the 2015 Women In Film Mentorship. Ali is also a member of the Imagine Impact Creative Network and alumni of the Respectability Lab. This year Ali won the 2020 David Sedaris Humor Writing Prize and wrote for the 24 Hour Plays Viral Monologues. She writes for the TV series Hollywood Darlings and lives in Los Angeles.