'There aren’t many writers who conjure stories the way Isley Lynn can. Her innate instinct for achingly human characters in situations rarely – if ever – seen on stage sets her well apart from most young playwrights.
These intimate stories leave a huge impact when set on stage, their echoes long reverberating with her audiences.'
- Laura Kressly, The Play's The Thing


Isley is an American-born, London-based playwright and poet. Her work is concerned with the marginalised and misrepresented. She believes in making the ordinary extraordinary, that the personal is political, and that small stories can have global resonance.  She writes plays which place new narratives centre-stage, either by taking a fresh perspective on a story you thought you knew well, or by unearthing untold or mis-told stories.

Isley's play Skin A Cat was awarded Pick Of The Year at Vault Festival 2016 and nominated for four Off West End Awards (Most Promising New Playwright - shortlist, Best New Play, Best Lead Female, Best Director) for its transfer as inaugural production at The Bunker, 2016, then touring nationally throughout 2018. Her adaptation of War Of The Worlds in collaboration with Rhum And Clay enjoyed a completely sold out five week run at New Diorama Theatre and will tour later this year. Her play Revolutions is supported by the MGCfutures Bursary, Old Vic Lab, Arcola Lab, and the Bush Theatre. Isley was the 2014 Script6 winner at The Space with Bright Nights, she received Special Commendation from the 2012 Soho Young Writers Award for Lomography, and Isley's monologue What's So Special was performed as part of The Get Out at The Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs (2014). Her critically acclaimed debut play Lean enjoyed an extended run at the Tristan Bates Theatre (2013). She was twice named Champion of Literary Death Match (Norfolk and Norwich Festival and The Book Club, London). Her European debut Sie Und Wir was performed in German at Werk X, Vienna. Her play Totty, written for Paines Plough and Tamasha's Come To Where I'm From: London, is available for free through the CTWIF app.

Isley is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme (2012) and Royal Court Invitation Studio Group (2013) and her work has been supported by writing programmes at the National Theatre Studio and Cottesloe Theatre, Hightide, Soho Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, the Tricycle, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Ovalhouse, Criterion theatre, and the Orange Tree Theatre.

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