William Bivins is an award-winning playwright, recovering screenwriter and library school drop-out.
In June his one-act play Grunion Run won PianoFight’s ShortLived 2.0, a 13-week-long audience voting competition; the prize is a commission to write a full-length play for the company to produce. He has two world premieres coming up this fall: The Afterlife of the Mind, a two-act brain transplantation comedy, will open in Berkeley in October and in San Francisco in November, and Pulp Scripture, a comedy based on off-color Bible stories, will be in the 2009 San Francisco Fringe Festival in September.
He was one of only twelve Bay Area playwrights chosen in 2008 for Theatre Bay Area/TheatreWorks Playwrights Showcase and has been a finalist for the Heideman Award in the National Ten-minute Play Contest. His plays have been featured in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Off-Market Theatre, San Francisco Fringe Festival and New Writers/New Works. His screenplays have been optioned more than half-a-dozen times, and “Rio Sangre,” a horror-western he co-wrote with Ken Karn, is currently under option by ASL management. He has won awards from the Nantucket Short Play Competition, the Rochester International Film Festival and the Palo Alto Film Festival.
He has participated in the Will Dunne Dramatic Writing Workshop since 2001, is a member of the Monday Night Playwrights Group and the Dramatists Guild. He grew up in New Mexico, went to college in New York and lives in San Francisco. He responds to “Bill.”
Please visit Bill’s website.