Stacey Isom Campbell received an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Old Dominion University, where she was the recipient of a teaching assistantship, as well as the David Scott Sutelan Memorial AwardA few of her plays include Letters to John Lennon, Touching Aurora, Smokin’ Devils, California Dreamin’, On the 8’s, Dough & Cookies, and The Memory of Ice.  Her work has been seen or won awards at The Barter Theatre, the Playwright’s Theater (Dallas), Pittsburgh New Works Festival, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, L.A. First Stage, Third Course: Theatre (Austin), EstroGenius Xtended (Manhattan Theatre Source), Red Clay Theatre, and others.  She is also a Fellow of The Hambidge Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.


Production History


The Memory of Ice (a full-length play)

Lee University’s Writer’s Festival, Workshop Production, directed by Lisa Neely, 2015

On the 8’s (a full-length play)

The Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Play Lab Series, Staged Reading, directed by Becky Key Boesen, 2012

Third Course: Theatre, Staged Reading, Austin, TX, directed by Lisa Neely, 2011

The O’Neill Center’s National Playwright’s Conference, Semi-Finalist, 2011

Lee University’s Writer’s Festival, Workshop Production, directed by Lisa Neely, 2010                             

California Dreamin’ (a fifteen-minute play)

EstroGenius Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source, NYC, Finalist, 2012

EstroGenius Xtended, Manhattan Theatre Source, NYC, Staged Reading, directed by Lisa Neely, 2012

Third Course: Theatre, Production, Atlanta, GA, directed by Lisa Neely, 2010

Third Course: Theatre, Production, Austin, TX, directed by Lisa Neely, 2010

Dough & Cookies (a full-length play)
Third Course: Theatre, Staged Reading, Austin, TX, directed by Lisa Neely, 2014

Lee University’s Writer’s Festival, Staged Reading, Cleveland, TN, directed by Lisa Neely, 2012

Helene Wurlitzer Foundation for the Creative Arts Fellowship and Lee University grant, 2010

Beneath Black Rapids Glacier (a full-length play)

New Play Reading Series, Lee University Theatre, 2009 

A Proportional Response (a one-act play)

Published, The Tusculum Review, 2009

First Stage LA’s Playwright’s Express, Staged Reading, directed by John McDonald, 2008

First Stage LA’s One-Act Contest, Honorable Mention, 2008

Lee University’s Writer’s Series, Staged Reading, directed by Jose Zayas, 2008

Voices & Violence: A Series of Documentary Monologues (a full-length play)

University of North Carolina Asheville, ACA-UNCA Symposium, Staged Reading, 2009

Lee University, Staged Reading, Project funded by an Appalachian Colleges Association/Mellon Grant, a collaborative work with undergraduate students, 2009 and 2010

Smokin’ Devils (a full-length play)                                                

Reverie Productions, Next Generation Contest, Semifinalist, 2009

Playwright’s Theater, Plays for the 21st Century, 2nd Place, Dallas, TX, 2008

Red Clay Theatre Company, Workshop Production, Cleveland, TN, directed by Lisa Neely, 2006

Published excerpt, Lee Review, 2006

Barter Theatre, Festival of Plays & Playwrights, Abington, VA, Staged Reading, 2005                 

Chattanooga Theatre Center’s Festival of New Plays, Honorable Mention, 2005

Touching Aurora (a one-act play)

Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Production, directed by Jay Brechenridge, 2006

The Heritage Players, Production, directed by Jay Brechenridge, 2006

Old Dominion University’s Stables Theatre, Staged Reading, Norfolk, VA, 2003

Letters to John Lennon (a full-length play)

Old Dominion University’s Stables Theatre, Staged Reading, Norfolk, VA, dir. by Jose Zayas, 2004

Nomination, Portfolio Award for Best Writer of a New Play, 2004


Out of Egypt, Mississippi (a feature-length film)

Ravenous Blue (a feature-length film)

Regent University’s Attic Theatre, public reading of MFA thesis screenplay, 2000

The Director’s Chair (a short film) Regent University, produced by Andrew Swift, 2000


Finalist, EstroGenius Festival, Manhattan Theatre Source, NYC, 2012

Selection, The Great Plains Theatre Conference, Play Lab Series, 2012

Semi-finalist, The O’Neill Center’s National Playwright’s Conference, 2011

Residency, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, May-Aug. 2010

Residency, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Dec. 2009

Semi-finalist, Reverie Productions Next Generation Contest, 2009

Semi-finalist, Drury University’s One-Act Play Festival, 2009

Second Place, Playwright’s Theater, Plays for the 21st Century, Dallas, TX, 2008

Honorable Mention, First Stage LA’s One Act Contest, 2008

Residency, Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap, GA, Mar. 2007

Selection, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, 2006

Selection, Barter Theatre, Festival of Plays & Playwrights, Abington, VA, 2005

Honorable Mention, Chattanooga Theatre Center’s New Play Contest, 2005

Nomination, Portfolio Award for Best Writer of a New Play, 2004

David Scott Sutelan Award for Excellence in the English Department, O.D.U., 2004

Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Old Dominion University, Fall 2003-Fall 2004

Assoc. Professor of Creative Writing

I believe you learn to write by writing.  And the best way to learn the craft of playwriting, I have found, is to go through a developmental process that includes working with a director and actors.  To that end, I produce an annual new 10-minute play festival -- Fringe Fest.  Each of my Introduction to Playwriting students is placed with a director and a cast.  They revise for a week, as rehearsals are taking place.  At the end of that time, each play receives a staged reading in front of an audience.  

Below are images from each year.  I won't attempt to label the photos with names, but these give a representative sampling from each year.











Below is a running list of theatres and theatre artists that I work with often.  Their work has so informed my own that it only seems right to include a page about them. 

Also, the photographers who have furnished the pictures on this website are acknowledged here.  

3rd Course: Theatre

From their website: After mulling over Erik Ehn’s concept of theatrical hospitality, a group of artists gathered and got to work: the first project took place in various living rooms throughout Austin, an exchange of dinner for theatre, our offering being the ‘3rd course’ of the evening.  Since then, the expanding community of artists and collaborators has developed new plays (several of which have gone on to win awards around the country) and performed in homes, attics, and small theatres in Austin, Atlanta, and New York City.  The project continues to explore relationships between artist and audience, develop new work, and to create imaginative moments out of minimal materials.  3rd Course: Theatre is based in Austin, TX.


Lisa Neely




Amber Woods




Kim Jackson






Sara Renee








Rachel Schrock

Austin Gunter

Theatre Artists

Lisa Neely and I met in graduate school.  We like to say we grew up together in the theatre.  We've collaborated on plays as director/playwright for over 10 years.  It's a rare gift to have an ongoing relationship with a collaborator.  We believe it makes for a richer experience for us, and we hope for the actors, and the audience.  Here is her bio:

Lisa Neely engages the theatre as a director, actor, teacher, and researcher.  Her work ranges from contemporary plays to Greek classics, from mime to new play development.  She was awarded best director by Portfolio magazine of Hampton Roads, VA, for her production of Medea. Among her most memorable theatrical experiences was time invested as artistic director of Red Clay Theatre in Cleveland, TN.  She has a particular interest in the collaborative process of playwright and director on new work, and her scholarly focus is in theatre of hospitality as espoused by Eric Ehn.  She currently resides in Austin, TX, where she continues an initiative in theatrical hospitality through 3rd Course: Theatre.

Amber and I have been working together as playwright/actor since the early 2000s.  So often I find myself writing plays for her.  She's an amazing talent and wonderful collaborator on new work. Her bio: 

Amber Wood met Stacey Isom in graduate school. She is pleased to have participated in performance readings of Isom's California Dreamin', Letters to John Lennon, On the 8s, and Dough and Cookies.  Regional credits: Streetsigns/Piedmont Performance Factory; Skydive/Common Ground; Summer Sisters;  Deep Dish Theatre Company; Haymaker; Manbites Dog Theater; Urban Garden Performing Arts; Koka Booth Shakespeare; Shakespeare in the Grove; 40th Street Stage; Red Clay Theatre Company; Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads; Virginia Stage Company. Wood has served twice as a guest artist for the Lee University Writer’s Festival and as Artist in Residence at Park Place School for the Virginia Stage Company. She specializes in devised theatre and the development of new works. Currently in process: America Forever for Haymaker. 

Kim and I met at Red Clay Theatre when she performed a Shakespeare monologue that left me transfixed.  I was surprised to find such a talented actor living in Chattanooga and have endeavored to work with her as often as I can since.  Her bio:

Kim Jackson met Stacey Isom shortly after moving to Tennessee when she auditioned for Red Clay Theatre. Kim performed in Tartuffe and the world premiere of The Yip at Red Clay and has been honored to collaborate with Stacey on A Proportional Response, Dough and Cookies and The Memory of Ice as a guest artist with Lee University. Working with Stacey and being a part of her work is a true gift. Kim has appeared in regional productions in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Washington, DC before finding her way to Chattanooga. As a lifelong storyteller, SAG-AFTRA actress and latest role of full-time Mommy, Kim is truly grateful to have crossed creative paths with Stacey and, to quote a great playwright, “endeavors to work with her as often as I can.” 


The beautiful photographs of the typewriter and the headshot on the bio page were taken by the amazing Sara Renee.  Here is her bio and a link to her website:

Raised an adventurer, Sara Renee has lived and traveled all over the world.

She rides trains, flies in planes and uses her legs to get wherever it may be that she’s going. Movement and growth are a constant in her life. You can call her SR.

Starting her own freelance photography business when she was eighteen, Sara Renee continued on to the prestigious Hallmark Institute of Photography to get a formal education in photography, building upon four years of photography/business experience.  Since we’re talking about education, you should know that Sara Renee also has her BA in English Literature, and is an avid reader. She loves classic literature, and is enamoured with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn characters, and Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables.

As far as photography style goes, Sara Renee likes what is real. She likes shooting wide open. She likes big catchlights. She likes dimples and freckles. She likes to rock & roll and her clients seem to always turn into her close friends. Her approach is lifestyle meets rockstar meets fashion/editorial.  Sara Renee is based out of Cleveland, TN but travels all over the world for weddings and photoshoots.

Rachel took a lot of the photos for the Lee University Writer's Festival.  She always does amazing work.  You can find out more about her at:


I met Austin, who was taking photographs for the Lee Clarion, at the workshop of The Memory of Ice.  He offered to send me the photos after the reading.  I loved his photos so much that I used some of them here.  I hope I can use him in the future.