Eliza Bent is a playwright and performer based in Brooklyn, NY.
Bent’s plays have been developed and presented in productions, readings, and workshops at the Abrons Arts Center, JACK, the New Ohio, the Atlantic, and the Bushwick Starr. Residencies: SPACE on Ryder Farm, New Georges Audrey Residency, Target Margin Institute Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow, currently artist-in-residence at the Abingdon Theatre. Awards/Citations: LMCC procress grant, Critics Pick for Toilet Fire, 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event. Alum: SPACE on Ryder Farm “Working Farm,” Project Y Playwright’s Group, TerraNova’s Groundbreakers group, New Georges affiliated artist. Bent is a former senior editor at American Theatre magazine, a performer with the Obie-award winning company Half Straddle, a frequent guest artist at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, and an adjunct lecturer in creative writing at Brooklyn College where she received an MFA in playwriting.
Bent’s plays include: ALOHA, ALOHA, OR WHEN I WAS QUEEN (Abrons commission for April 2018), ON A CLEAR DAY I CAN SEE TO ELBA (the Atlantic’s Amplified Reading Series, workshop showing with New Ohio’s ICE Factory), THE BEYONCE (Breaking String Theatre, 2014 Payne Award for Outstanding Theatrical Event), BLUE WIZARD / BLACK WIZARD (Incubator Arts Project, published by Sam French), THE HOTEL COLORS (Bushwick Starr, L magazine’s 25 best stage shows of 2013), and ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL (Brooklyn College).
Bent’s hybrid works include: REAL TALK / KIP TALK, (season one commissioned by Abrons Arts Center, season two on location at JACK and the Atwater Village Theatre with Barker Room Rep in Los Angeles, season three upcoming at La Mama), TOILET FIRE (runs in 2015/16 at Abrons Arts Center, the Brick and JACK, “Time Out New York” Critics’ Pick), FIRE THE HIRE (New Georges 2014 Jam Festival), KARMA KHARMS (OR YARNS BY KHARMS) (Target Margin Lab at Bushwick Starr), and PEN PALS MEET (Iranian Theatre Festival at the Brick).
As an actor Bent has performed in Anne Washburn and Dave Malloy’s LITTLE BUNNY FOO FOO, directed by Les Waters (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Celine Song’s TOM & ELIZA, directed by Knud Adams at JACK, and performed in various readings and workshops with New York Theatre Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, Pig Iron, Big Dance Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. With Half Straddle: ANCIENT LIVES, SEAGULL (thinking of you), FOOTBALL, NURSES IN NEW ENGLAND, and THE KNOCKOUT BLOW. Bent is the voice of a few characters in Pokemon and also has made various appearances as Mark Twain (TWAIN ON A PLANE, in-development) and O’Lynne in TOILET FIRE, FIRE THE HIRE, and ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL.