In my writing, I explore new ways for people to experience the tangled mesh of circuits in my mind and the lens through which I view the world. With words on a page, I find the courage to expose my fears, sorrows, pains, while sharing my curiosity, joy, and faith. I want to create characters with stories that live beyond me, hoping their words and actions resonate forward.
Alayna Jacqueline is a Minneapolis-based playwright, born and raised in Buckeye Nation (Columbus, Ohio). She’s an instigator for new plays with the Twin Cities Playwright Cabal and the Membership and Development Coordinator at the Playwrights’ Center. In her absurd experimental writing, she loves to turn figurative into the literal, finding new ways to bend, reshape, and deconstruct stories for the stage. Alayna’s plays include The Amethyst, Drapetomania, Get Broken Like Me, Persephone’s Spring, and It’s Too Cold for You Here. Her work has been performed and/or developed at Phoenix Theater (MN), Market Garden Theatre (MN), Rennasaince Theaterworks (WI), Playwrights’ Center (MN), MadLab Theater (OH), Lincoln Theater (OH), Pythian Theater (OH), and Haybarn Theater (VT). Her 10-minute play All of the Everything was recently produced at the Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival. Currently, she is at a teaching and writing residency at the William Inge Center. She earned her BA in theater from Otterbein University and her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.