Grace McLeod (she/her/hers) is a queer playwright and screenwriter born in New York, bred in Chicago, and now living in Los Angeles. She is currently developing film and audio projects with HartBeat Productions and Temple Hill Entertainment. As a playwright, she was a 2020-21 Virtual Realm Writer at The Playwrights Realm and a winner of the 2020 Ashland New Plays Festival. She was a 2017-2018 Trellis playwright-in-residence at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center, where she developed her play HERLAND, which received a 2018-2019 National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at MOXIE Theatre in San Diego, Redtwist Theatre in Chicago, and Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles. Grace's plays have been presented, developed, and/or commissioned by Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, First Floor Theater, The New Colony, Commission Theatre, The 24 Hour Plays, and Millikin University, among others. As a 2013-2014 Tribeca Film Fellow, she wrote and directed the short film UNDER THE TABLE, which premiered during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival, and co-conceived and produced LOCAL/EXPRESS, an experimental short film that screened across Times Square as part of the Midnight Moment Series, the world's largest, longest-running digital art exhibition. Grace is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she was the recipient of the 2018 Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize for Playwriting.


Grace is a lover of dark comedy, horror comedy, romantic comedy, and comedy comedy. She is inspired by young people grappling with Big Ideas. When she isn't writing, she's probably skateboarding, lusting over menswear collections online, or rewatching LEGALLY BLONDE, which she firmly believes is a perfect movie. When she is writing, she's probably writing about queer girlhood. 

Queer joy inspires me

Britney Spears is my idol

This is a haiku