Dr. John Patrick Bray

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Louisiana State University
Specialties & Research Areas: Dramatic Writing

Email: jpbray@uga.edu

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Dr. Bray, who also has an MFA in Playwriting from The Actors Studio Drama School/The New School, has written plays under grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and the Acadiana Center for the Art in Louisiana. He has earned a number of commissions from theatre troupes around the country, and serves as a resident writer for Rising Sun Performance Company in NYC. His plays are published with Original Works Publishing, Indie Theatre Now, JACPublishing, and Heartland Plays. He also has plays and monologues published in anthologies released by Smith and Kraus and Applause. His research interests include new play development and production in the US, the history of Off-Off Broadway/NY Indie Theatre, geek theatre, and adaptation studies. His essays have been published in Theatre Dance and Performance Training, Theatre Topics, New England Theatre Journal, Platform, Texas Theatre Journal, and Theatre Symposium. Additionally, he co-authored a book chapter (with Dr. Gregory Bray) which appears in Mapping Smallville, and a book chapter for the forthcoming Composers on Screen. Dr. Bray adapted his stage play Liner Notes into a screenplay (with Dr. Gregory Bray). The film was an Official Selection of the Woodstock Film Festival and the Hoboken International Film Festival. Liner Notes also won First Place for Best Narrative Feature written by Faculty Members at the Broadcast Education Association’s Super-Regional Conference. It is now available to rent or buy on Amazon (dot) com. Dr. Bray’s textbook, Inciting Incidents: Creating Your Own Theatre from Page to Performance, is published with Kendall Hunt. He edited The Best Plays from American Theatre Festivals 2015 for Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, and co-edited The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016 with William Demastes, also for Applause. Dr. Bray is a founding member of the Athens Playwrights' Workshop, a member of The Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., an Equity Membership Candidate, and serves as Vice Chair of the Professional Division of the Georgia Theatre Conference.
Dr. John Patrick Bray