Joanna Garner is a writer and musician originally from Seattle, Washington. Her work has been developed nationally and internationally, including at the Banff Centre Playwrights Colony, Tofte Lake Center, the NEWvember New Plays Festival, Seattle Repertory Theatre, On the Boards, Annex Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Center, Live Girls! Theater, and the New York and Hollywood fringe festivals. Her country musical, 100 Heartbreaks, was workshopped in Seattle Rep's New Play Program, with the Northwest Playwrights Alliance, and was presented at the country’s largest arts and culture festival, Bumbershoot. Her diverse body of work endeavors to build spontaneous communities of play-goers, particularly in non-traditional spaces, often through immersive experiences involving music and/or food. Her plays include a light-and-sound-based performance for the very young (Fireflies), an immersive dinner performance exploring food and sex (Please Open Your Mouth), a political romance set in pre-revolutionary Iran (The Orange Garden), and a play about ghosts with bluegrass/mountain gospel music (Dead Leaves). She will receive her MFA in Playwriting from The University of Texas at Austin this spring. More information at www.joannagarner.com.