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Grace McLeod (she/her/hers) is a queer playwright and screenwriter from New York City now living in Los Angeles. She currently has a horror-comedy feature in development with Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions and Billy Magnussen’s HappyBad Bungalow, and alongside Jessica Fisch, she is a co-creator of the upcoming scripted podcast series TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE, which was developed with Temple Hill Entertainment and PictureStart. Grace is a member of AGBO's Storytellers Collective and wrote and directed the 3rd place short in No Sleep 'Til Film Fest 2023 (AGBO's annual 48-Hour Film Festival competition). When Grace was 18, she wrote and directed the short UNDER THE TABLE with the support of the Tribeca Film Fellows program, which premiered during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Alongside her Film Fellow cohort, she also created and produced LOCAL/EXPRESS, an experimental piece that screened across Times Square as part of the Midnight Moment Series, the world's largest, longest-running digital art exhibition.

As a playwright, Grace recently completed a commission from The Playwrights Realm, where she was a 2020-2021 Virtual Realm Writer. She was a Trellis playwright-in-residence at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center, where she developed her queer coming-of-age play HERLAND, which received a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at MOXIE Theatre in San Diego, Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, and Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles in 2019. Grace's plays have been presented, developed, and/or commissioned by Chalk Rep Theatre (2023 Writers Group), Ashland New Plays Festival (2020 winner), Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The New Coordinates (2019 Uncharted Festival), First Floor Theater, Commission Theatre, The 24 Hour Plays, and Millikin University's BFA program, among others. Grace is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she was the recipient of the Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for Playwriting.



Grace is a lover of dark comedy, horror comedy, romantic comedy, and comedy comedy. Her work uses irreverent humor to tackle social truths with a blend of audacity, irony, and wry observation that never punches down. When Grace isn't writing, she's probably busy being obsessed with her amazing wife Emma Maltby, rewatching LEGALLY BLONDE, or lusting over menswear collections online. When she is writing, she's probably writing about queer girlhood. She believes that pink isn't just a color -- it's a state of mind. 

Photo by Daniel Bergin

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