Morag Shepherd

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Morag Shepherd is a Scottish playwright and screenwriter.

Shepherd grew up in rural Scotland and England before studying playwriting at Brigham Young University, where she wrote her Master's thesis on Edward Albee and the American absurdist tradition.[1]

Shepherd's made her debut on film not long after with "Blue Door", directed by Sohrab Mirmont, nephew of Abbas Kiarostami.[2][3]

Shepherd's full-length play "Poppy's in the Sand" opened to critical acclaim.[4] It was featured at both the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival and the San Diego International Fringe Festival.[5]

In 2015, Shepherd was recognized for experimenting in the theatrical form. Sackerson, a Salt Lake City-based theater company staged Shepherd's play "Before the Beep". The play was performed entirely by voice messages, allowing audiences to phone in to listen to daily scenes over 30 days.[6]

Shepherd won the 2016 AML award for drama for her play "Burn".

Shepherd won the Plan-B Theatre grant from the David Ross Fetzer Foundation for her play "Not One Drop", which debuted at Plan-B in March 2017.[7] One critic called Shepherd's writing "clever, pithy, and poetic."[8]

Shepherd is currently the resident playwright at Sackerson.[7]


  1. ^ Tribune, Ellen Fagg Weist The Salt Lake. "The enigma of what's real in Plan-B's absurdist tragicomedy 'Not One Drop'". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  2. ^ Grames, Renny; Huntington, Tod; Hertford, Brighton; Ostler, Savannah (2015-01-16), Blue Door, retrieved 2017-05-02
  3. ^ "Sohrab Mirmont". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  4. ^ "POPPY'S IN THE SAND is unexpected treasure at the Fringe". Utah Theatre Bloggers. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  5. ^ "Poppy's in the Sand - Sackerson". Sackerson. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  6. ^ Tribune, Ellen Fagg Weist The Salt Lake. "New Salt Lake theater company experiments with 'dial-a-scene' phone serial". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  7. ^ a b "morag shepherd | New Play Exchange". Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  8. ^ Tribune, Barbara M. Bannon Special To The. "'Not One Drop' asks pithy questions about who we are and where we're going". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 2017-05-02.