Callie Kimball is a playwright, performer, and blogger in New York City. In her smart and often funny writing, she explores dark subjects such as parasitic relationships, emotional violence, and organized aggression. She supports her creative work with a job in Media Techology/Digital Media at NBC Universal. She's deeply interested in the opportunities and ethical challenges facing social media, especially in the power of social media to bring attention to the most marginalized members of society and their advocates.
She began blogging in 2002 as Lucky Spinster. At the height of its popularity (2004-06), “Lucky Spinster: Diary of a Dilettante” received 1,000-3,000 unique hits a day. Her first full-length play, LULU FABULOUS, was based largely on her blog, and was produced in 2005 by Phoenix Theatre DC. Other produced full-length plays include PEACE and LUCRECE (both commissioned by Washington Shakespeare Company); and MAY 39th, JUPITER ZOOM, and NUTSHELL (DC Dollies & The Rocket Bitch Revue). PEACE was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and she has had four readings at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, including the O'Neill semi-finalist SAFEWORD. Her plays have been supported by a MacDowell Fellowship, a grant from the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and a workshop by Electric Pear Productions. Her short plays have been produced in NY, LA, DC, Boston, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, and Oregon.
As a teaching artist in Washington, DC, she brought theatre and playwriting to over 1,000 students through Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Helen Hayes Legacy Project, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.
Callie founded Lizard Claw, a band of scaly playwrights from all across the country who issue absurdly difficult writing challenges to each other, evaluate them anonymously, and then produce readings of them. She also founded and ran DC Dollies & The Rocket Bitch Revue from '06 to '07—they produced plays, held readings, and raised $4,000 for the DC Rape Crisis Center with a performance of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES at the Clark Street Playhouse.
Callie is a member of Screen Actors Guild, has served as Regional Representative (DC) for the Dramatists Guild of America, is on the Advisory Board of DC Fringe, is a former Board Member of The Actors' Center (DC), and is Literary Manager for Red Bull Theater.