As an immigrant, I love to explore and write, in serious and comic forms, stories of those who, through choice or happenstance, find themselves strangers in a strange land.
Born in Cardiff, Wales. Degrees from Nottingham, England and the University of in Santa Barbara (MA/PhD).
• Taught English and Creative Writing at California State University, Chico and served six years as Chair of English.
AWARDS:
• Two National Endowment for the Arts Grants. Videotapes for the humanities.
• “Outstanding Teacher” Award.
• Published articles: “A playwright looks at an historian looking at a playwright,” and, “Confrontation.”
• Many university grants to continue playwriting.
PLAYS:
• MY TOWN, one-act, George R. Kernodle Playwriting Competition. San Francisco Playwrights’ Unlimited Award.
• PIRANDELLO’S WIFE. San Jose State University Playwriting Award. Alley Theatre, Buffalo, New York Playwriting Award.
• AND WE WERE LEFT DARKLING, two-act. Mill Mountain Theatre of Roanoke, Virginia New Plays Award.
LYNN ELLIOTT
I was born in Cardiff, Wales. My degrees are from Nottingham, England and the University of in Santa Barbara (MA/PhD).
· Taught English and Creative Writing at California State University, Chico and served six years as Chair of English. Taught: Shakespeare; Medieval, Restoration and Contemporary Drama; Native-American Literature; Celtic Literature; Critical Thinking; and, Humanities.
ACADEMIC AWARDS:
· Two National Endowment for the Arts Grants. Videotapes for understanding the humanities.
· Published articles: “A playwright looks at an historian looking at a playwright,” and, “Confrontation.”
· Many university grants to continue my playwriting.
Sabbatical to study film with Richard Walter at UCLA.
Voted “Outstanding Teacher.”
Although I am retired, I continue to teach courses for seniors: Hail to the Celts (a history of the Celtic peoples); Myths, legends and stories of the Celtic peoples; “Will,” a TV series based on the life of William Shakespeare; A Look at some Shakespeare Plays; and, Writing For Film and the Stage.
PUBLICATIONS:
· THE STORY OF ANOTHER CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, prose version (Memoir Books)
· THE BOY FROM THE MOUNTAINS BEYOND, with Luis Santos, prose (Memoir Books)
ANOTHER CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, dramatic version (Drama Association of Wales). Co-written with William Johnson, Professor of Theatre
THE CROSSINGWAY, a young-adult novel (future publication by Austin Maccauley, London)
PLAY AWARDS:
· MY TOWN, one-act, George R. Kernodle Playwriting Competition. San Francisco Playwrights’ Unlimited Award.
· PIRANDELLO’S WIFE. San Jose State University Playwriting Award. Alley Theatre, Buffalo, New York Playwriting Award.
· AND WE WERE LEFT DARKLING, two-act. Mill Mountain Theatre of Roanoke, Virginia New Plays Award.
THEATRE PRODUCTIONS:
· MY TOWN; PIRANDELLO’S WIFE; AND WE WERE LEFT DARKLING; ANOTHER CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES; INTERVIEW, and, RODEO, A musical-comedy (with Marcel Daguerre, Josh Hegg and Michael Bone).
SCREENPLAYS:
THE QUISLING.
BORDERLINE JUSTICE.
--Finalist in the Finish Line Script Competition.
ALTA CALIFORNIA,
--Finalist in Filmmatic “Pitch Now” screenplay competition;
--Finalist in Creative Screenwriting Screenplay Contest; and
--Finalist in both the Best Action/Adventure and Global Script Challenge of the 2018 Oaxaca FilmFest.
--Winner of Partner in Industry Award at 2018 Oaxaca FilmFest.
UNCLE FRANCO’S BIRTHDAY SUIT, Under consideration by Houston Film Festival.
CURRENT PROJECTS:
PRINCESS YELLOW BOOTS, with Dani Elliott. A children’s book for our granddaughter. Not yet published.
SALON and SILENT SINGERS ANONYMOUS, two ten-minute plays.
WHAT YOU’D REALLY LIKE TO SAY. A phrase book for the smart-ass (arse) traveler. Not yet published.
I am a member of the Dramatists’ Guild of America, and the New Play Exchange.
· https://newplayexchange.org/users/16053/lynn-elliott
I am a member of Film Freeway
https://filmfreeway.com/submissions/my_submissions
International Screenplay Association, Coverrfly,
https://www.networkisa.org/
and IMDb (Internet Movie Database)
https://www.imdb.com/user/ur94049871/?ref_=nv_usr_prof_2
I sing tenor in a choir and am a black belt in Sinmoo Hapkido,
I assist weekly at a Community Food Locker giving food and breakfast to the poor.
I am married to Dani Elliott
  • Writer (3 Credits)
    And We Were Left Darkling
    Screenplay
    Once There Were Stories
    Screenplay
    Rodeo
    Screenplay
  • Director (1 Credit)
    Alta California2016
    Screenplay
Official Selection
And We Were Left Darkling
Page Turner Screenplays
Santa Monica
2020
Official finalist
And We Were Left Darkling
Mont. Blanc International Movie Festival
Paris, France
2020
Finalist
And We Were Left Darkling
Beyond the Curve International Film Festival
Paris, France
2020
AWARD WINNER
And We Were Left Darkling
Prix Royal AWARD WINNER
Paris
2020
Semi-finalist
Rodeo
Filmmatic Film Festival
2020
Official finalist
Rodeo
Portland Comedy Festival
Portland
2020
Award Finalist
Rodeo
Houston Comedy Film Festival
Houston
2020
Official finalist
Rodeo
Austin Comedy Festival
Austin
2020
Official Selection
Rodeo
Bridge-fest.
Los Angeles
2020
Semi-finalist
Alta California
Lonely Seal Film Festival
Boston, MA
2020
Official finalist
Alta California
Global Film Festival, Best Feature
Los Angeles
2020
Finalist
Alta California
Toronto Festival of Tiime
Toronto, Canada
2020
Award Winner
Alta California
Filmmatic Film Festival
2020
Award winner
Alta California
Point of View Indie Film
2020
Semi-finalist
Alta California
Tirota_Finish Line Social Impact Film Festival
USA
2020
Official Selection
Alta California
Paris Arts and Movie Awards
Paris, France
2020
Finalist
Alta California
Beyond the Curve International
USA
2020
Award Winner
Alta California
Depth of Field International
Los Angeles, California
2020
Award Winner
Alta California
Diversity Feedback Film Festival
Los Angeles
2020
Best Feature
Alta California
Los Angeles Film Award
Los Angeles, California
2020
Official Selection
Alta California
Austin Revolution Festival
Austin, Texas
2020
Award Winner
Alta California
Lonely Wolf Film Festival
London
2020
Industry Partner Program Award
Alta California
Global Monthly competition. Award Winner
Oaxaca
2018
Finalist in Oaxaca's International FilmFest. Received Finalist in Oaxaca's International FilmFest. Received Partner in Industry Award.
Alta California
Oaxaca FilmFest, 2018
Oaxaca, Mexico
2018
College
University of California, Santa Barbara
English
19661972
College
Nottingham College of Education, Nottingham, England
English
19611964
High School
Canton High School, Cardiff, Wales
Birth Date
February 3, 1941
Birth City
Cardiff, Wales
Current City
Chico, California
Height
5' 9"
Gender
Male
Ethnicity
Celtic
Eye Color
Hazel
Zodiac Sign
Aquarius
Married To
Dani Elliott
Children
Some natural, some adopted.
I am an immigrant (born and raised in Wales) with a name (common in my home country of Wales) that confuses me as female. That might explain why I love to explore and write, in serious and comic dramatic forms, stories of those who, through choice or happenstance, find themselves strangers in a strange land. I share in the immigrants’ attempts to “navigate as safely as possible through an ever-shifting landscape of independent and unpredictable powers” (Alan Jacobs), and the difficulty of coalescing given and adopted values and ways of seeing.
“The great mystery is not that we should have been thrown down here at random between the profusion of matter and that of the stars; it is that from our very prison we should draw, from our own selves, images powerful enough to deny our own nothingness.” Andre Malraux
As an immigrant, I love to explore and write, in serious and comic forms, stories of those who, through choice or happenstance, find themselves strangers in a strange land.
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