Hilary Bettis

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Hilary Bettis
Born South Carolina, US
Occupation Playwright, actress, producer, writer
Nationality American
Alma mater The Juilliard School
Genres dark comedy, docudrama/historic, drama
Notable works "Alligator", "The Ghosts of Lote Bravo", "Dakota Atoll", "Mexico", "Blood & Dust", "American Girls"

Hilary Bettis is a playwright, an actress, a producer, and a writer.

She is a two-time recipient of the Lecomte de Nouy from Lincoln Center and is a 2015 graduate of the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwright Fellowship at The Juilliard School. Bettis has received fellowships and residencies at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference,[1] New York Theatre Workshop, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Cape Cod Theatre Project, La Jolla Playhouse, New York Foundation for the Arts, Playwrights’ Week at The Lark, NNPN’s National Showcase of New Plays, Audrey Residency at New Georges, Two River Theater, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Kennedy Center/NNPN MFA Workshop and a Sloan/Ensemble Studio Theatre Commission. Her plays, The Ghosts of Lote Bravo and The History of American Pornography made the 2015 Kilroy’s List as the most recommended new plays by a female writer.[2] She has been a Runner-Up for the Alliance Theatre’s Kendeda Award,[3] Nuestras Voces National Playwriting Competition, American Blues Theater’s Blue Ink Award and the Leah Ryan Prize.

The Ghosts of Lote Bravo will receive a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, MO,[4] Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona[5] and the Cleveland Public in Cleveland, OH.[6]

As a screenwriter, Bettis has written and produced two short films, B’Hurst and The Iron Warehouse, which have screened at multiple film festivals across the globe. She has a TV series in development with Alyssa Milano and NBCUniversal, and another series in development with TV producer Bob Levy, who is known for the hit shows Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries.

She lives in Brooklyn, NY where she works as a staff writer for the TV series The Americans on FX.[7] Her grandfather was of Mexican descent.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2001 Herman U.S.A. Girl Romantic Comedy Film
2002 Ultimate Revenge Girl TV Series
2002 The Violent Kind Beth Horror Film
2002 Bittersweet Lies Brooke Drama Film
2004 Running Drug Addict Drama Film
2009 B-Hurst Sam Kickstarter Short Drama

Written Works[edit]

Full-Length Plays[edit]

  • American Girls
  • Mexico
  • Alligator
  • Dakota Atoll
  • The Ghosts of Lote Bravo
  • The History of American Pornography
  • Blood & Dust

Short Plays[edit]

  • The Mud Hole
  • Two Lovers
  • The Bronze Serpent


  • B'Hurst
  • The Iron Warehouse
  • The Lost Coyote Cabaret


  1. ^ "O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference Launches July 4 With Anne García-Romero's Provenance | Playbill". Playbill. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  2. ^ "THE LIST 2015 | The Kilroys". The Kilroys. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  3. ^ Smith, Kelundra. "Emerging Playwrights Get a Boost From the Kendeda Competition". AMERICAN THEATRE. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  4. ^ "Unicorn Theatre's New Season to Include Two World Premieres". AMERICAN THEATRE. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  5. ^ Editors, American Theatre. "Borderlands Theater Announces Season Led by Female Writers". AMERICAN THEATRE. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  6. ^ "Cleveland Public Theatre Announces Ambitious 2015--16 Season". AMERICAN THEATRE. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  7. ^ "About". Hilary Bettis | Playwright. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
  8. ^ https://stageandcandor.com/conversations/a-conversation-with-hilary-bettis/#.Wa5kLtTR_Mo