Greg Machlin is a 2016 Nicholl semi-finalist, Austin Film Festival semi-finalist, and 2017 O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference semi-finalist for his screenplay and play 7 Days: A Fantasia on the Life of Miles Davis.
His work in digital media includes The Canadians and L.A. Beer.
He was approved by the Keith Haring estate to write a fantasy/bioplay about Haring’s life. The resulting workshop at Skypilot Theatre in 2014, Keith Haring: Pieces of a Life sold out 6 of its 8 performances.
His plays have been presented at Theatre Unleashed, Skypilot Theatre, the University of Iowa Mainstage, the University of Iowa Gallery Series, the Midtown International Theatre Festival (NYC), the Iowa New Play Festival and Newgate Theatre Company (Providence, Rhode Island), among others. His radio drama Who Killed Harry Park? was recorded by Shoestring Theatre Productions and broadcast on select NPR stations.
Greg’s full-length include Keith Haring: Pieces of a Life, Seven Days: A Fantasia on the Life of Miles Davis, A History of Bad Ideas, This Is Your Life, Bloody Lies, 2034: Basket Full of Books, and i scream the loveliest music. His one-acts include the oft-produced “Sushi,” “Family Portrait,”“The Diplomat’s Dilemma,” “Mnemonic Device,” the Film Noir Anthology plays, and the radio play “The Briefcase.” Several of these are collected in his evening of one-acts Absurdities. He wrote two scenes for the world premiere of Obie-Award-winner David Schweitzer’s Versailles at the University of Iowa in 2007. He received a commission from Gil Botello in 2008.
His one-act “Family Portrait” was a 2008 Heideman finalist at the Actors Theatre of Louisville; Bloody Lies was a 2007 finalist for Best New Script at the Midtown International Theatre Festival. 2034 won the IRAM (University of Iowa’s best new play award) in 2006 and was a Seven Devils Semi-Finalist, and his one-act “Film Noir Anthology 1: The Sleep Demon” was a Samuel French finalist when it was directed by Rebecca Nyahay in 2005.
Two one acts of his are published in the Smith & Kraus anthology 60 Seconds to Shine IV: 161 One-Minute Monologues from Literature. He has been published on the website ruinedmusic.com, and his short film, Starring Laura Silver, screened at the 2005 Maine International Film Festival.
He received his MFA from the University of Iowa in 2008, where he was a three time recipient of the Norman Felton scholarship and a teaching fellow. He studied with Obie-award winner Dare Clubb, Art Borreca, and completed an independent study with filmmaker Franklin Miller. He has studied dramaturgy with Oskar Eustis; playwriting with Ruth Margraff; screenwriting with Aishah Rahman, and video production with Tony Cokes. He is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild.
As a director, he has directed three world premieres, including a production of Adam Hahn’s Feedback Loop for the Hollywood Fringe’s inaugural festival, which was invited to be restaged in Roanoke, Virginia at Studio Roanoke. Other productions include the 2007 world premiere of Eli Wilkinson’s Thanks for the Memories, Hahn’s “I Wouldn’t Mind Seeing That Again” in Skypilot’s Rewind, and an acclaimed production of Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman at the University of Iowa.