Deirdre Girard, whose artistic passion is creating distinctive stage roles for women, recently completed her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. She has had dozens of one act plays staged at festivals throughout New England including: The Boston Theatre Marathon, SlamBoston, Kennedy Center American College Festival, Firehouse Center for the Arts, Swan Day Boston, Image Theater and Turtle Lane Playhouse. Her full-length play The Christina Experiment was featured by Stony Brook University in their interdisciplinary Discussion Series. It went on to a full workshop production at the 200-seat Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, MA. Her full-length play Widow’s Walk was selected for the Monroe Center Reading Series (directed by Melinda Lopez) and received a second public reading, sponsored by Company One Theater during the “Warm Up Laps” of the Boston Theatre Marathon. Deirdre was named a 2012/13 Playwriting Fellow at New Repertory Theater in Watertown and a returning Fellow for 2013/2014. Her full-length historically based play Reconsidering Hanna(h) was produced at Boston Playwrights Theatre in September/October of 2014. Most recently, Deirdre was selected as a 2015 Boston Center for the Arts/Company One PlayLab member and her newest play Shaken was selected for development as part of the 2016 TWSS program at Central Square Theater. In addition to playwriting, Deirdre volunteers her time extensively to several Boston area theater organizations including ArtsEmerson (member of Founder’s Advisory Council), Massachusetts Young Playwright’s Project (visiting playwright in public schools), The Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities (past member of the board of directors as well as interim director for their mid-sized theater), and TideTaken Playwriting Collaborative (c0-founder) which manages a 50 seat rehearsal studio made available free of charge to nonprofit theaters.