Playwright Heidi Kraay makes theater and bridges gaps between genres through collaboration to find the space between words. Training in diverse writing practices and theater vocabularies gives her tools to live better by making art.
Her plays, including How to Hide Your Monster, New Eden, Me and My Shadow, Kilgore, Somewhere on the Pacific, Hoarse, Cut Here, The Good Life, The Pond, Robots in the Ring, Survivors and Carny Veil have been presented in Boise, regionally and in NYC, most recently through Boise Contemporary Theater, id Theater, Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, The Cabin, HomeGrown Theatre (HGT) and Death Rattle Writers Festival.
Co-devised work includes SuperSecretSiteSpecificSomething for BCT, and HGT’S DIRT. Kraay is a member Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
Selected poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction has been published through ZO Magazine, Black Heart Magazine, Limn Literary & Arts Journal, Boise 150, Ascent Aspirations, GEM Magazine, Anastomoo, The Zodiac Review, The 5-2, Bewildering Stories and The Cabin's Writers in the Attic anthologies.
She holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Boise State University, with emphases in Dramatic Writing and Design, and is a 2016 MFA recipient in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts from California Institute of Integral Studies. A teaching artist through The Cabin and BCT Theater Lab, she is available to lead writing and theater-making workshops.
Kraay’s work examines the connection between brain and body, seeking empathy with fractured characters. She transforms monstrous memories into mythic theater to speak to the silenced, so we can all move forward and live new stories.