Bridget Carpenter

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Bridget Carpenter (b. New York) is a television writer and playwright.


She holds an M.F.A. from Brown University, and has taught playwriting in grammar school, high school, college, and prison.

Most recently, she was a playwright-in-residence at the Royal National Theatre in London. Her plays have been produced across the country. She is working on new play commissions from South Coast Repertory and the Mark Taper Forum. She lives in Los Angeles.


She was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series at the February 2007 ceremony, for her work on the first season of Friday Night Lights. She was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Dramatic Series the following year at the February 2008 ceremony, for her work on the second season of Friday Night Lights.[1][2][3] Carpenter was nominated for Best Dramatic Series a second time at the February 2009 ceremony for her work on the third season of Friday Night Lights.[4] She was nominated for the WGA Award for Best Drama Series for the third consecutive year at the February 2010 ceremony for her work on the fourth season.[5]

She won the 2000 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, was awarded a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship.,[6] and was awarded the 2003 Kesselring Prize.[7]



  • Euxious (2003)
  • Hurry! (2003)[8]
  • Up (The Man in the Flying Lawn Chair), (2002).
  • The Faculty Room , (2002)[9]
  • Fall , (2000)
  • The Death of the Father of Psychpanalysis (and Anna), (1997)
  • Mr. Xmas, (1997)
  • Tiny, (1997)
  • West, (1997)
  • The Ugly Duckling, (1996)
  • OED, (1995)
  • Variations on a Sex Change , (1994)
  • Roman Fever , (1996)
  • The Ride , (1994)


She has worked on the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights and Parenthood.[10] She wrote for the Sundance Channel series The Red Road and the Television mini-series 11/22/63, which stars James Franco.[11]


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