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Missouri Playwright Hartley Wright 


Hartley Wright is a Missouri based writer, dramatist, presenterphilanthropist, cognoscente of marriage and avocate for the arts.


He serves as the Kansas City and St Louis Representative of The Dramatists Guild of America.    

Hartley's plays have been commissioned, developed and produced at theatres and dramatic spaces in the midwest, including the University of Wisconsin—Marathon County, Arlington Dramatists of Fort Worth, Texas, Stained Glass Theatre Mid-Missouri, Stained Glass Theatre Ozark, Missouri, the University of Missouri, Arlington Fellows (Texas), Talking Horse Theatre, and Affton High (St Louis). Hartley served as resident playwright with Stained Glass Theatre from 2000-2007, and was a contributing playwright of multiple productions for PACE (Performing Arts in Children's Education) from 2008-2010. An active member of the University of Missouri's Department of Theatre and Writing for Performance weekly salon—The Missouri Playwrights Workshop—Hartley is the author of Heart of Stone, Girl Trouble, Window Pains and Ricochét.

Most recently, Hartley had two scripts awarded, produced and developed at the Starting Gate New Play Festival. 


In addition to his work as a playwright, Hartley's commentary can be found in The Dramatist magazine. His short film, The Prisoner , was commissioned and produced by Remove the Lens Cap Productions in 2007. Another Screenplay, Tinderbox, is being developed with Terry Morawski. He has served as a contributing editor to Light in the Dark, CCM Scene and has written for the Word and Way. He has authored a three-volume script tailored as a graphic novel about Breadman, a hero he co-created with illustrator Brad Garlich, as well as several comic scripts for the potential ongoing Nick Nimble. Hartley currently serves as Trustee of a privately-funded charitable organization, leads marriage-endorsing presentations and mentoring groups as a certified instructor of the Center for Marriage and Family Intimacy in Austin, Texas, and spends time driving a cement mixer and delivering concrete just to ensure he writes in the concrete, communicates on a firm foundation and always follows good form.