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Jamie Pachino

Jamie Pachino is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and television writer. Her plays have been produced in four countries, commissioned, published and honored multiple times, and her television work has aired across the world.

Ms. Pachino's plays h...

Biography

Jamie Pachino is an award winning playwright, screenwriter and television writer. Her plays have been produced in four countries, commissioned, published and honored multiple times, and her television work has aired across the world.

Ms. Pachino's plays have been named the winner of the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays production grant, the Laurie Foundation Theatre Visionary Award, Chicago's Joseph Jefferson ("Jeff") Award for Best New Work, the Pinter Prize Gold Medal for Drama, and the Francesca Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, among many others. Her plays have been nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and Illinois Governor's Award, and named Runner-up for the Osborn Award (American Theater Critics Association) and Jane Chambers Award. Ms. Pachino's plays have been produced and developed by such theatres as Steppenwolf, Long Wharf, Hartford Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, San Jose Rep, Pasadena Playhouse, Geva, Northlight, Florida Stage, A Contemporary Theatre, and the Women's Playwright Conference in Athens, Greece.

Ms. Pachino's plays include Splitting Infinity (world premiere Geva Theatre, subsequent productions at San Jose Rep, Florida Stage, and many others), Waving Goodbye (world premiere at Steppenwolf and Naked Eye theatre companies, produced throughout the country), The Return to Morality (winner of eight national awards, produced throughout the country), Aurora's Motive (named one of "Top Ten Productions of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune), and Theodora: An Unauthorized Biography. Her adaptation of Studs Terkel's bestseller RACE has toured the country in a version for young audiences (Long Wharf, Northlight, and Blue Heron, among others), reaching over 16,000 students, and her short plays and monologues have been published and produced in festivals across the world. New work includes Some of the People, All of the Time (developed with Pasadena Playhouse, Asolo's Unplugged Festival and The Playwrights' Center, Minnesota), Other Than Honorable, and the book to the musical Sing Me A Happy Song, with composer Georgia Stitt.

As a screenwriter, Ms. Pachino has written features for DreamWorks, Disney, Vanguard Films, Walden Media, and Smith/Hemion. Other film scripts have been optioned by Greenestreet, Hearst, Trigger Street Films, and Lions Gate. On television, Ms. Pachino currently writes for the series Franklin & Bash (TNT), with previous series work on Fairly Legal (USA Network), and freelance work for Rizzoli & Isles (TNT). She has written movies for Lifetime Television and the Hallmark Hall of Fame, including one that gathered Emmy and SAG nominations for Gena Rowlands.

Ms. Pachino is a proud member of the WGA, the Playwrights Center, and the International Center for Women Playwrights, and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency and Evolution Entertainment. She has served on the faculties of Northwestern University (her alma mater), University of California Irvine, Columbia College, National Louis University and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. She currently makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband, composer and sound designer Lindsay Jones, and their two children.

Plays by Jamie Pachino

  • Actor's Choice: Monologues for Teens
    by
    Lucy Alibar
  • The Return to Morality
    by
    Jamie Pachino
    • commens
      Awards

      Runner-up: Osborn Award (American Theatre Critics Association)

      Nominee: Illinois Governor's Award

      Winner: Ashland New Plays Festival

      Winner: Blackjacks Festival, CAP 21 Theatre

      Winner: David James Ellis Memorial Award

      Winner: Midwest New Play Festival (New Play '99), Prop Thtr

      Winner: Oglebay Institute Towngate Competition

      Winner: Reva Shiner Playwriting Contest

      Winner: Stage 3 Theatre Festival of New Plays

      Winner: Y.E.S. (Year-End-Series) New Play Festival

      Finalist: National Play Conference (O'Neill)

      Finalist: Theatre Conspiracy New Play Contest

      Finalist: Bay Area Playwrights Fest

  • Waving Goodbye
    by
    Jamie Pachino
    • commens
      Awards

      Winner: Women at the Door Festival (Famous Door Theatre, Chicago)

      Winner: Coe College, New Works Competition

      Winner: Boston Theatre Works, New Work Festival

      Runner-up: Jane Chambers Award

      Winner: Arlene P. and William R. Lewis Playwriting Competition

      Winner: Joseph Jefferson ("Jeff") Award for Best New Work, Chicago, 2001-2002

      Winner: Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays production grant, 2000

      Runner-up: Creative Writing Residency Prize, University of British Columbia, Canada

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