Ali MacLean is an award-winning TV writer and playwright in Los Angeles. A graduate of the Miami University actor’s program and the LaJolla Playhouse acting conservatory, her plays and writing have been workshopped at the HBO Workspace, the Comedy Central Stages, Largo at the Coronet Theatre, the White Bear Theatre (UK), and the Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. Ali’s play She’s Not There received the 2018 John Gassner Playwriting Award and was named 2019 Best Production by She NYC Arts. She was nominated for a Broadway World Directing Award for the same play. Her play Wolves At The Door was a finalist in the 2019 O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference and the winner of the 2020 Julie Harris Playwright Award. Her play This Will Be Our Year was performed at the virtual 2020 SHE NYC Arts Festival. Ali is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, Antaeus Theatre’s Playwrights Lab, The Honor Roll, and the Dramatists Guild.
Ali’s award-winning films have screened at Atlanta, Toronto, Gen Art, and Palm Springs to name a few. Her scripts have been a Chesterfield Writer’s Project semi-finalist, a Scriptapalooza semi-finalist a Screencraft semi-finalist, a Script Lab semi-finalist, an IFP Filmmakers Program finalist, a 2015 Women in Film Mentor recipient, the 2018 Writer For Writer Fellowship recipient and a participant in the 2020 Respectability Entertainment Lab. Ali recently was named the winner of the 2020 David Sedaris Humor Writing Competition.