Assistant Professor

Bray has written plays under grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Louisiana, and has earned commissions from theatre companies and arts agencies around the country. His full length plays include Friendly’s Fire (Barter Theatre/Barter II), Christmas in the Airwaves (Lyric Arts Main Street Theatre), Hound (The Robert Moss Theatre, NYC), Erik: A Play About a Puppet (The Kraine Theatre, NYC), Donkey (Paradise Factory, NYC; Rose of Athens, Athens, GA), Dead Movement (Onion Man Productions, ATL) and Liner Notes (The Robert Moss Theatre, NYC). His one-act plays include Goodnight Lovin’ Trail (produced in rep. by Rising Sun Performance Co, NYC, 2004-2014), Green SoundON TOP, Fix (which has been published in The Coachella Review), and Eleanor’s Passing.  His plays are published with Original Works Publishing, Next Stage Press, JAC Publishing, Heartland Plays, and in anthologies published by Smith and Kraus Publishers, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. A collection of his shorts, Cart Before the Horse, is published with Polychoron Press. He is the co-screenwriter of the indie feature Liner Notes (based on his stage play) which was an official selection at the Woodstock Film Festival, Hoboken International Film Festival (finalist, Audience Choice Award), and which was the First Place Winner for a Narrative Feature by Faculty Members at the Broadcast Education Association’s Super-Regional Conference, where it was screened. Liner Notes is distributed with Distribber and is available on amazon (dot) com. At UGA, Bray teaches the dramatic writing sequence and theatre appreciation classes. He has earned a Sandy Beaver Award for Teaching Excellence, and has been an Online Learning Fellow and a Teaching Academy Fellow. His essays have been published with Theatre Topics, New England Theatre Journal, Texas Theatre Journal, Theatre Symposium, Platofrm: Journal of Performing Arts, and Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. He has contributed a co-written chapter to Mapping Smallville and a chapter to The Composer on Screen. Bray’s textbook, Inciting Incidents: Creating Your Own Theatre from Page to Performance, is published with Kendal Hunt (now in its second edition). He co-edited The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016 with William Demastes and edited The Best Plays from American Theatre Festivals 2015 for Applause Theatre and Cinema Books. John serves as a resident writer for Rising Sun Performance Company in NYC, he is Chair of the Professional Division of the Georgia Theatre Conference, and he is a member of The Dramatists’ Guild of America, Inc. He currently serves as a Dramatists Guild Atlanta Region Ambassador.


PhD, Theatre Studies, Louisiana State University

MFA, Playwriting, The Actors Studio Drama School/The New School for Drama


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Founding member and moderator of Athens Playwrights Workshop

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