Faculty Profile for Caitlin Elizabeth Turnage

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Caitlin Elizabeth Turnage
Lecturer — Department of Theatre & Dance
THEA 101
phone: (512) 245-2147

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Caitlin Turnage holds a B.F.A in Playwriting and Dramaturgy from the University of Houston and an M.F.A. in Theatre from Texas State University. She's a co-founder of Ignition Theatre Productions a student run group operating out of the University of Houston. Her play "It's a fine day for a picnic" was featured in the first ever University of Houston ten-minute play fest. She was named as a National Finalist for the Gary Garrison National Ten Minute Play Contest for her play "Jigsaw Cactus" which was read in Washington D.C. as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The play also went to L.A. where it was performed as part of Scribe Stages "Motel Plays: Lost and Found". Caitlin's one-act play "Routine" was named a National Semi-Finalist of the John Cauble One- Act contest, her one-act "In a Darkroom, The Lord Knows" was named the recipient of the National John Cauble Short Play award. Caitlin was a finalist for the 42nd annual Samuel French Off Off Broadway festival, and a NPDW ATHE participant with her play “The Holes in Human Flesh”. She's a past attendee of the Dorsett Theatre Writer's retreat in partnership with Theresa Rebeck and the Lark. Her play "What We Scream Underwater When No One Can Hear Us" was a 2019 O'Neill semi-finalist and produced by Renegade Productions in Lubbock TX.

Teaching Interests

Playwriting, Dramaturgy, Script Analysis

Research Interests

Women in Theatre, Religion in Theatre, Gender Studies in Theatre

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Harbinger. 2023.
    • Reading. May 2023 - Present Public Theatre, San Antonio.
  • Warmth. 2021.
  • Lie To Me. 2021.
    • Reflections Series. 2021 Zoom.
  • What We Scream Underwater When No-one Can Hear Us. 2019.
    • What We Scream Underwater When No one Can Hear Us. February 22, 2019 - February 25, 2019 Theatre Center, Studio Theatre.
    • Reviewed by: Addison McKissack.
  • Writer, What We Scream Underwater When No One Can Hear Us. January 2019 - February 2019.
    • Production. January 2019 - February 2019 Texas State Studio Theatre, Texas State University.
    • Production. July 2019 - August 2019 Renegade Productions, Sun 'N' Fun Pool.
    • (Invited) Reviewed by: Addison McKissack.
    • (Invited) Reviewed by: Andronica Owens.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Semi-Finalist for Screencraft Pilot Competition, ScreenCraft. March 2022 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Semi-Finalist for ScreenCraft Pilot competition "VOLANT", ScreenCraft. September 2021 - Present
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Ashland New Play Festival. 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Inaugural 3 for the SoTex Playwrights Lab, Public Theatre San Antonio. October 2022 - May 2023
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Finalist for Atlanta Screenplay Awards, Atlanta Screenplay Awards. January 2022 - June 2022

Selected Service Activities

Writing Advisor
College Newsletter
September 2019-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Landing Theatre Company
August 2017-Present
Reviewer / Referee
October 2023-February 2024