Halley Feiffer

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Halley Feiffer
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Halley Feiffer playing Emily in the Huntington Theatre Company's production of Third by Wendy Wasserstein, at the BU Theatre during the 2007–2008 season.
Born (1984-11-20) November 20, 1984 (age 32)
Education Wesleyan University (2007)
Occupation Actress, playwright
Relatives Jules Feiffer (father)

Halley Feiffer (born November 20, 1984) is an American actress and playwright.

Early life and education[edit]

Feiffer was raised in a Jewish family,[1] the daughter of famed satirist and cartoonist Jules Feiffer,[2] and writer, actor, and comedian Jenny Allen. Feiffer graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007.


Feiffer's work as a playwright has been produced off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company,[3] the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the Cherry Lane Theatre.[4] Her play, I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard broke box office records for the Atlantic Theater Company's Stage 2 space, and was a Time Out New York Critics Pick.[5] It received its UK premiere in March 2017 at the Finborough Theatre, London.

Her play, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City, premiered at MCC Theater in Spring 2016. The play starred Beth Behrs, Erik Lochtefeld, Jacqueline Sydney, and Lisa Emery. The play was a NYT Critic's Pick.[citation needed]

Feiffer won the National Young Playwrights' Contest in 2002 [6] and the Lotos Foundation Award for Playwriting in 2015. She was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award (the John Gassner Playwriting Award) for her play, I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard, in 2015.

Her plays have been produced, commissioned and developed by Manhattan Theater Club, Second Stage Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, LAByrinth Theater Company, The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Cape Cod Theatre Project, Partial Comfort Productions and the Amoralists. She holds commissions from Manhattan Theater Club, Williamstown Theatre Festival, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and Playwrights Horizons. Her work is published by Dramatists Play Service, Overlook Press, Vintage Books, Applause Books, Samuel French and Smith & Kraus.

She has performed off-Broadway in subUrbia, Election Day, None of the Above, Still Life, Some Americans Abroad, Tigers Be Still,[7] (for which she was nominated for a Drama League Award), Kenneth Lonergan's Medieval Play and Ethan Coen's Women or Nothing.

In April 2011, she made her Broadway debut in The House of Blue Leaves starring Ben Stiller, Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh, directed by David Cromer, for which she won a Theatre World Award.[citation needed]

Television and film[edit]

As an actress, Feiffer's film credits include Kenneth Lonergan's You Can Count on Me, Stephanie Daley, Noah Baumbach's The Squid and the Whale and Margot at the Wedding, Oren Moverman's The Messenger, Jared Hess's Gentlemen Broncos, Jeff Lipsky's Twelve Thirty,[8] Todd Haynes' HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce, Desiree Akhavan's Appropriate Behavior, and Sasha Gordon's It Had to Be You alongside Cristin Milioti.

She also guest-starred on the HBO show Flight of the Conchords in the Season Two episode "Wingmen", and has guest-starred on Ugly Betty, The Good Wife, Law & Order, Torchwood and Royal Pains. She had a recurring role in the third and final season of Jonathan Ames' cult HBO series Bored to Death as Ted Danson's character's recovering alcoholic daughter Emily.

Additionally, Feiffer starred in the 2013 film He's Way More Famous Than You, directed by Michael Urie, which she co-wrote with Ryan Spahn and executive produced.[9] She also co-created and stars in the 2015 Stage17.tv web series "What's Your Emergency?", the first season of which was directed by Urie.[10]

As of fall 2014, Feiffer has been a writer for the Starz series The One Percent, co-created by Academy Award-winner Alejandro González Iñárritu, which is scheduled to begin filming in early 2016.[11]


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