Grace McLeod is a Chicago-bred playwright and screenwriter currently based in New York. She was a 2017-2018 playwright-in-residence at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater Center as part of the Trellis Residency Initiative, 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 has developed her plays regionally at Goodman Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, First Floor Theater, The New Colony, and Commission Theatre, among others, and she is a 2020 winner of the Ashland New Plays Festival. 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. When she isn't writing, she's probably skateboarding or walking her dog Dexter. When she is writing, she's probably writing about queer girlhood, in all its many complexities.