Tracy Held Potter (Playwright/Director/Producer) is the Artistic Director of All Terrain Theater, the Executive Director of Play Cafe, and the Co-Founder of the 31 Plays in 31 Days project. She serves the theater community as a playwright, director, and producer.
Many of her plays have been produced by All Terrain Theater, including this year’s production of “Suddenly Split and Swiping Over” for the Hollywood Fringe Festival. In 2015, she co-wrote the web series comedy “Merritt Squad!” through Battle Stache Studios with collaborator Colin Johnson. In 2014, her full-length screenplay “Science Fair the Musical” won First Place in the Alfred P. Sloan Screenwriting Competition at Carnegie Mellon University with a cash prize of $9,000. Her most recent playwriting productions include short plays with the San Francisco Playwrights Foundation’s Flash Plays and One-Minute Play Festivals and “Modernizing the Afterlife,” featured in the 2013 Bay One-Acts Festival and published in its 2013 anthology, and short pieces for “Babies, the Ultimate Birth Control: Terrifyingly Hilarious Plays about Parenting” for the 2013 SF Fringe and winner of the Best of Fringe Award. She also wrote commissioned pieces for the 2015 Loud & Unladylike Festival (“A is for Adeline”), the 2013 SF Olympians Festival, and has had staged readings at Masquers Playhouse and Monday Night PlayGround, winning two People’s Choice Awards and placing as a Finalist for Best of PlayGround. She also debuted her opera aria “Newbie Sally” with Pittsburgh Opera Theater’s Happy Hour series in the summer of 2014.
She has directed a number of plays for All Terrain Theater, including the original “Tuning Point: The Musical!” and “The Fantasy Club” by Rachel Bublitz. She directed for SF Theatre Pub’s Pint-Sized Plays Festival along with staged readings for Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond, City Lights in San Jose, the SF Olympians Festival, Play Cafe, and the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco. She has served as a producer for PCSF’s “Repro Rights!” staged reading showcase as well as the Playwrights Foundation‘s Rough Readings Series.
She received an AA in Theater Arts from Laney College in Oakland, a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies at UC, Berkeley, and an MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University with Rob Handel. She enjoys writing witty status updates and bragging about her two little boys, sometimes simultaneously. Tracy currently lives in Los Angeles, spends an awful lot of time in the San Francisco Bay Area, and can often be found on Twitter and Facebook.