Lydia Blaisdell is a current fellow at the Michener Center for Writers. Her play, The Silent Woman, recently won the 2015 Kentucky Women Writers Conference Prize. Her immersive, retro-future piece, Apocalypse Radio had a workshop production in Austin in spring 2015. In March 2014, her one-act, Old Broads, was performed at the Off Shoot in Austin, TX. In summer 2013, she received a Jerome Travel and Study Grant to travel to Vienna and Berlin. She is a proud member playwright of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater (since 2010) and the Brooklyn-based writers’ collective, Kristiania. She has received both Seed Support and a Frontera Fest Short Fringe Commission from the Austin-based Scriptworks. Her short play, Donna’s First Brazilian, will be published in a Samuel French anthology in fall 2015. Her short plays have been performed in Aspen, Austin, Lake George, NYC, and Paris, France. Lydia received her B.A. in English Literature from Columbia University in 2009.