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barbara hammond: bio

Hammond is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre. On a recent trip to Essex a boatman took her on a journey seven miles offshore to the world's smallest country, the Principality of Sealand, for research for her latest play, TERRA FIRMA. 

Her play WE ARE PUSSY RIOT OR EVERYTHING IS P.R. was originally a commission for the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and in February 2016 had a residency at Duke University followed by a workshop production at Emerson College. Her research took her to the world's biggest country, and its courts, cathedrals and counter-culture. She witnessed one of the last opposition protest rallies in the centre of Moscow at Pushkinskaya Square in September 2014. 

She and her plays have won recognition, awards and funding from many national and international sources, including New Dramatists (’18), the National Endowment of the Arts, The Tyrone Guthrie Centre, The Venturous Theater Fund, the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, as well as Emerson College, Duke University, Yale University, the Contemporary American Theatre Festival, The Helen Merrill Foundation, Seven Devils Theatre Conference, the First Irish Theatre Festival, the Edward Albee Foundation, the Tennessee Williams One-Act Play Festival and the Kerouac Project. A member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild, she was named one of the Influential Women of 2011 by the Irish Voice.

Playlist: Terra Firma; We Are Pussy Riot or Everything is P.R.;Visible from Four States; The Eva Trilogy: Eva the Chaste, Enter the Roar and No Coast Road; Beyond the Pale; Summerland; Norman and Beatrice; Paper Tigers and a collection of three one-acts entitled New York in June.

Film awards and recognitions: Directors' Award, San Francisco International Shorts Festival, official selection at the Austin Film Festival, NYC Shorts Festival, Soho House Screening Series, Big Sur/Henry Miller Library Screening Series and the Baltimore Women's Film Festival. Film: June Weddings [with Tom Noonan and Elzbieta Czyzewska]

Essays: "How to Stay a New York Playwright" and "Brecht, Love and Taylor Mac" are available at  

Music:  Her song "That's What I Recall" (written with composer Martin Hennessey) has been performed twice at Opera America and she is currently under commission for the AIDS Quilt Songbook at National Sawdust.

Her plays and film have been seen in and won awards from the far-flung - Berlin, Dublin, London, Paris, Big Sur and Queensland, Australia - to New York City, where she is a long-time resident of the Lower East Side.